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Cool Videos: Replacing Natural Gas with Biomass in the Netherlands

May 14, 2015 by Jared Anderson
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Biomass and Fuel Replacement

Natural gas is a common power generation fuel, but it’s also used for heating. In Pumerend, a city of 80,000 residents in the Netherlands located about an hour from Amsterdam, a biomass heating facility was recently constructed to replace natural gas-fired heating.[read more]

"Pre-Pay" Carbon Policy: How Carbon Removal Enables Regulatory Alternatives

May 14, 2015 by Noah Deich

Carbon Removal and Regulatory Policy

There is growing support for governments across the world to price carbon emissions. Moving from theory to practice, however, has proven challenging, as the two leading approaches to pricing carbon, carbon taxes and cap-and-trade programs, only cover about 12% of all carbon emissions globally today.[read more]

How EnerNOC Is Building Tesla's Batteries Into Its Demand Response Plans

May 14, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Tesla and Battery Integration

Tesla’s battery business isn’t just about putting Powerwall units into solar-roofed homes. Commercial and industrial customers pay a lot more attention to their energy costs, and they bear a bigger burden from demand charges that batteries are good at containing.[read more]

Will Areva Survive a Cascade of Crises?

May 13, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Energy Company Risk

Phillippe Knoche, Areva’s CEO, at this point in his brief history at the head of the firm, could probably be forgiven for thinking that without too much trouble he could throw a rock in just about any direction and hear the clang of its impact on side of one of the firm’s major crisis.[read more]

The German 'Energiewende' - Finally One Step Too Far?

May 13, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Problems with the German Energy Plan?

In March it was first reported by German TV network ARD that the utility E.ON was considering mothballing one of the most efficient power plants in Europe, a gas-fired high-efficiency combined-cycle gas turbine power plant called ‘Irsching 4 and 5’ in the southern state of Bavaria – which only went online in 2010.[read more]

Demand Response Markets in Europe Begin to Blossom

May 12, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Demand Response in Europe

The opportunities for demand response in Europe are growing - and REstore is raising money to grow with them. On Thursday, the Antwerp, Belgium-based startup announced a €7 million ($7.5 million) Series C capital round, to expand operations from its home country and the U.K. to France and Germany.[read more]

Argentina Shifts its Energy Focus to Nuclear

May 12, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear in Argentina

Recently, Argentina has catapulted to the front end of global attention on new nuclear builds with deals for three new nuclear reactors, two from China and one from Russia. Additionally, the country has its own nuclear R&D program which supports the development of a 25 MB SMR based on PWR designs.[read more]

Global Solar Manufacturers Look to India for New Manufacturing Capacity

May 12, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Over the past months, several PV module manufacturers have announced plans to ‘Make in India’. While Trina Solar and Canadian Solar have declared that they are setting up manufacturing capacities in India, First Solar and SunEdison have stated that they are studying the viability of manufacturing capacity in India.[read more]

From Sunlight to Jet A1

May 12, 2015 by David Hone
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Jet Fuel Usage

In a world of near zero anthropogenic emissions of carbon, there remains the problem of finding a fuel of sufficient energy density that it remains practical to fly a jet. Commercial aviation is heading towards some 1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum so doing nothing may not be an option.[read more]

The What and Why of Carbon Budgets

May 11, 2015 by Zane Selvans

Carbon Budgeting

If you’ve been paying much attention to the climate policy discussion over the last few years, you’ve probably heard mention of carbon budgets. For any given temp target there’s a total cumulative amount of greenhouse gasses that can be released, while still having a decent chance of meeting the target.[read more]

Is the U.S. Market Ready for Distributed Batteries Like Tesla's Powerwall? [PODCAST]

May 11, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Tesla and Distributed Battery Markets

Tesla’s new stationary storage units have everyone talking about distributed batteries. But is the U.S. market ready for them? This week, we’ll talk about what needs to happen on a regulatory level to take distributed storage beyond the hype.[read more]

Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage Goes Wholesale

May 10, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Energy Storage Development

Startups have put together battery and power electronics packages, control hardware and software, financing and performance guarantees, and other aspects of the business under one roof -- and there's no real way for customers to mix and match different pieces of those offerings from different vendors.[read more]

Hawaii's Advanced Energy 'Postcard From the Future'

May 10, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Hawaii and Advanced Energy

Ah, Hawaii. The palm trees sway in the tropical breezes, the volcanoes cast long shadows on beautiful white sand beaches, and diesel-fired power plants generate electricity at the highest prices in the country. Big things are afoot for the electricity system of this tiny U.S. state, though.[read more]

Storage Not Needed to Accommodate Higher Levels of Wind Energy

May 8, 2015 by Michael Goggin
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Wind Energy and Storage

Recently, energy storage has been in the news. Contrary to a common misconception, very high levels of wind energy can be reliably integrated without energy storage. Energy storage is typically more expensive than grid operating reforms, which can provide the same flexibility services that storage provides.[read more]

Innovations Transform Residential Energy Use

May 8, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

Home Energy Use and Savings

Today’s consumers have more tools at their disposal than ever for reducing consumption, managing energy, and generating power. New residential-focused technologies, cost reductions, and business models are creating opportunities for advanced energy companies while saving money for homeowners.[read more]