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Another Week, Another Big Advanced Energy Business Deal, This Time with Google

February 28, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Advanced Energy Business Deals

Following last week’s announcement that Apple partnered with First Solar to build new solar to power its headquarters and a huge portion of its California operations, Google announced that it would be lighting up the Googleplex – its Mountain View, CA, headquarters – entirely with wind power.[read more]

First Solar's Top Production Lines Averaged 15.8% Conversion Efficiency in February

February 28, 2015 by Eric Wesoff
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Production Line Efficiency

First Solar missed the low end of its sales guidance but the company posted a net income of $397 million on sales of $3.4 billion over the past year. Other areas such as production, capacity utilization, and conversion efficiency showed overall positive results.[read more]

United States to Provide Air Quality Data Overseas

February 28, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

Air Quality Data Sharing

Recently, the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new partnership that will monitor air quality at selected U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, building on the successful work of the United States embassy in Beijing.[read more]

Role of Wages of the Common Worker in Oil Prices, Collapse

February 27, 2015 by Gail Tverberg

Wages and Oil Prices

In their book Secular Cycles, Peter Turchin and Surgey Nefedof point out the important role falling wages of the common workers played in early collapses. I got to thinking that this might be an issue with our current situation as well, including the low level of oil prices.[read more]

The Carbon Price Challenge

February 27, 2015 by David Lawrence
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There are many practical benefits to the Carbon Price Challenge We choose our own carbon price as a strong motivator to reduce emissions of CO2. We tax ourselves using that carbon price and our carbon tax and energy cost savings are returned to us to reinvest in cleaner energy investments of our choice.[read more]

Oil Import Dependence Not Aways Economic Disadvantage, Study Finds  

February 27, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Oil Dependence and Economics

According to research by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research energy imports should not be “understood as a threat to the security of energy supply and an economic disadvantage” per se. The study finds that conclusion simplistic and points out that energy security depends on open and integrated markets.[read more]

Japan's Largest Nuclear Power Station Moves to Center of Reactor Restart Efforts

February 27, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant, composed of seven nuclear reactors, is one of the world’s largest power stations. Getting all of the reactors at the site online again is emerging as a key priority for the government and for TEPCO which owns and operates the plant.[read more]

Driving Finance for Energy Efficiency Investment

February 27, 2015 by Clare Taylor

Energy Efficiency Financial Support

Policymakers and financial institutions are pushing hard for scaled-up investment into energy efficiency. Will the work of the Energy Efficiency Financing Institutions Group report help unlock the EUR 100 billion per year needed to reach the European Union 2020 targets?[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Did I Miss Where it Said There Will be Zero Demand for Oil by 2050?

February 26, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Saudi Arabia and Energy Source Change

Saudi Arabia’s oil minister is concerned about potentially disruptive trends that could undermine the oil industry in the coming decades. New technologies and efforts to cut carbon emissions offer potentially existential threats to the world’s most important commodity.[read more]

A New Tactic to Manage Grid-Edge Voltage: Lawsuits

February 26, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Lawsuits and Competition

Over the past month, Dominion Voltage Inc. has announced new customers and expanded software for its technology to fine-tune conservation voltage reduction systems using smart meter data. At the same time, it has quietly sued a competitor, claiming it is violating patents on the same concept.[read more]

Will the Battery Gigafactory be Elon Musk’s Waterloo?

February 26, 2015 by Jay Stein
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Tesla Battery Production and Risk

Tesla’s founder and CEO, Elon Musk, faces his greatest challenge ever in selling enough batteries to support his $5 billion battery-manufacturing Gigafactory now currently under construction in Reno, Nevada. Musk will have to prevail where many others have failed.[read more]

The Age of the Prosumer

February 25, 2015 by Christine Hertzog
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Electricity consumers are transforming into prosumers capable of production as well as consumption. A prosumer can generate kilowatts in the form of rooftop solar or create negawatts in the form of participation in a demand response or EV smart charging program. That’s why for utilities, this is the Age of the Prosumer.[read more]

One University's Attempt to Reduce Energy Waste at Work

February 25, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Saving and Waste at Work

 

If you work outside your home, chances are you don’t pay (directly) for the energy you use at work. At my place of work, the UC Berkeley campus, most employees never see – let alone pay – their energy bills. Of course, there are plenty reasons to be conscientious about energy consumption.[read more]

How Energy Productive is the United States?

February 25, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

US Energy Production

A new global index ranks countries by their energy productivity performance and finds the US in 38th position trailing the likes of Japan and Germany. The index sheds light on potential improved energy productivity for “rais[ing] economic performance and extend[ing] environmental and social benefits” to societies.[read more]

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A Call for Much Bigger Electricity Markets

February 24, 2015 by Max Luke

Electricity Market Expansion

In 1996 the FERC issued its landmark Orders 888 and 889, creating a framework for competitive wholesale electricity markets. This coincided with the development of independent organizations that would operate utility-owned transmission networks under a single “open access transmission tariff.”[read more]