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Spirae Launches the Operating System for Distributed Energy

November 7, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Distributed Energy Operating System

 

The grid edge is a wild and wooly frontier. Rooftop solar PV, behind-the-meter batteries, energy-smart buildings and other forms of distributed, customer-owned energy assets represent a significant problem for centrally controlled, one-way power grid operations.[read more]

Oil Price Slide: No Good Way Out

November 7, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Oil Price Collapse

The world is in a dangerous place now. A large share of oil sellers need the revenue from oil sales. They have to continue producing, regardless of how low oil prices go unless they are stopped by bankruptcy, revolution, or something else that gives them a very clear signal to stop.[read more]

Is Small-Scale GTL the Next Big Thing?

November 7, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Small-Scale GTL Growth?

 

Converting natural gas to liquid fuels using Fischer-Tropsch conversion is not a new idea but it has always required very large and expensive production facilities. Now Velocys is bringing to market new technology for small-scale GTL production at a fraction of the capital costs of traditional plants.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Crude Exports and Re-Exports Continue to Rise; Some Volumes Sent to Europe and Asia

November 7, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Exports Rising

The United States exported 401,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) of crude oil in July 2014, the highest level of exports in fifty-seven years and the second highest monthly export volume since 1920, when the Energy Information Administration's published data actually starts.[read more]

Cost-Benefits Analysis of Utility-Scale Energy Storage is Promising

November 6, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Utility-Scale Storage Analysis

I recently read a white paper by Chet Lyons of the Energy Strategies Group performing a cost-benefits analysis of utility companies purchasing battery storage systems vs. simple cycle gas-fired combustion turbines (CT). These CT systems are typically used to regulate peaking capacity.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Utility Scale Solar PV

November 4, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Utility Scale Solar Internalized Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of utility scale solar PV energy. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

Post-Election Day, Tax Extenders Will Be a Bipartisan Opportunity

November 2, 2014 by Tom Carlson

Elections and Tax Law

Though Senate movement on passing tax extenders came to a standstill in May, both parties have since shown interest in pushing the issue forward during the lame duck session. There is no question that extending advanced energy tax credits is both vital to industry and has bipartisan support.[read more]

Price is Right for Storage, or Is It? Utilities' Pot Power Problem

November 1, 2014 by Lexie Briggs
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Indoor Plant Growth and Resource Consumption

 

Managing the resource and power needs of marijuana growers is quickly becoming an issue that needs to be addressed for utilities in Washington and Colorado, states that, quite famously, recently decriminalized the recreational use of the drug.[read more]

Beating Battery Drain

November 1, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Battery Efficiency

Stream video on your smartphone, or use its GPS for an hour or two, and you’ll probably end up seeing the battery drain significantly. As data rates climb and smartphones adopt more power-hungry features, battery life has become a large and growing concern.[read more]

Does CDR Provide 'Moral Hazard' for Avoiding Deep Decarbonization of our Economy?

October 31, 2014 by Noah Deich
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CDR and Moral Hazard

The “moral hazard” argument against CDR is that it could be a “Trojan horse” that fossil fuel interests will use to delay rapid decarbonization of the economy, as these fossil interests could use the prospect of cost-effective, proven, scaleable CDR technologies as an excuse for continuing to burn fossil fuels.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Benchmarks Play an Important Role in Pricing Crude Oil

October 31, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Benchmarks and Oil Prices

When analysts and media discuss crude oil prices, they typically refer to one of a small group of specific types of crude oil that are widely and actively bought and sold. The use of such benchmark crudes makes it easier for buyers and sellers to price the variety of crudes that are produced around the world.[read more]

Tour of NuScale Control Room and Test Facility

October 31, 2014 by Rod Adams
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NuScale Tour

On October 20, 2014, I had the opportunity to visit NuScale’s facilities in Corvallis, OR. Though the company now has offices in three cities, Corvallis, the home of Oregon State University, is the place where the NuScale Power Module has been conceived and refined.[read more]

New Jersey Begins the Process of Deploying Grid-Scale Energy Storage

October 31, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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Grid-scale energy storage is slowly moving from its pilot-program phase to its early commercialization phase. And the slow road to commercialization at U.S. utilities comes in the form of requests for quotation and solicitations like the one just issued by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.[read more]

A World of Wireless Energy

October 30, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Wireless Energy Innovation

If you buy a 2016 Toyota Prius, you won’t need to worry about keeping your hybrid car charged — just get the option for wireless power transfer that lets you drive into your garage and have your battery automatically topped up from a pad on the floor.[read more]

Water Trading: Studies Call for Market-based Water Use System

October 30, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Water Use and Markets

The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institute and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have recently hosted a forum on the ongoing water crisis in the United States. This resulted in the release of two interesting new discussion papers.[read more]