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Battery Technology: Of the Past, but Lifeblood for the Future

March 26, 2014 by John Steller
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Batteries and the Future

Before the massive electrical grids and power lines that our current infrastructure relies so heavily upon, batteries were how we made electricity. As batteries advanced, so did our technology. From lead-acid to lithium ion, battery technologies dominate the majority our our appliances, and amenities.[read more]

Re-Inventing the Electricity Industry with Storage

March 21, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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No matter what side of the fence you are on, everyone is agreed that electricity companies will be very different in a few years’ time. Change is inevitable of course and we need look no further than the business world to see that sustainable businesses adapt and prosper, leaving others in their wake.[read more]

Gas Inventories Reach 11-Year Low

March 17, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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Gas Inventories

Two weeks ago I wrote about the abnormal situation with natural gas inventories. I got a number of questions and comments about that essay, and since then we now have another two weeks of inventory data, so let’s take a moment to update the picture.[read more]

Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas Is A Dreadful Idea For The Climate

March 13, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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LNG Exports

The crisis in Ukraine has rekindled arguments that the US should export shale gas, supposedly to diminish the threat posed by Russia’s “energy weapon.” But few seem to care about diminishing the threat posed by climate change, since it has become increasingly clear that LNG would make things worse.[read more]

Nation's Largest Grid Operator: Huge Renewables Expansion Won't Be a Problem

March 11, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Renewables Expansion

PJM Interconnection, the nation’s largest power transmission grid organization, announced last week that wind and solar power could generate about 30 percent of PJM’s total electricity for its territory covering the Mid-Atlantic region and part of the Midwest by 2026 without “any significant issues.”[read more]

Tesla Shifts Gears to Enter Utility Industry

March 9, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia
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After its launch in 2003, Tesla Motors quickly became a force to be reckoned with. With the tremendous success of the Roadster and the Model S, Tesla became known for its impressive technology in energy efficient vehicles. Now it is attempting to become a major player in energy efficient homes.[read more]

Zimtu Capital Analyst Says All Roads Lead to the Athabasca Basin

March 8, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Uranium Supplies

Derek Hamill completed his Master of Financial Analysis and Professional Accounting at La Trobe University, a leading Australian academic institution. Between degrees, Hamill worked for several years as an investment executive for ScotiaMcLeod, a leading Canadian wealth-management firm.[read more]

Natural Gas Storage Capacity Up 2% in 2013 Led by West, Salt Capacity in Producing Region

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

Natural Gas Storage

U.S. natural gas storage capacity grew 2% in 2013, according to a report just released by EIA, led by strong gains in salt-based storage in the traditional Producing region as well as in nonsalt storage fields in the West. In contrast, there was almost no growth in storage capacity in the East.[read more]

Physicist And Congressman Rush Holt On Keystone XL: Tar Sands 'Sludge' Is 'A Climate Poison'

March 7, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Congressman Rush Holt

Rush Holt (D-NJ) saddened scientists and climate hawks everywhere when he announced last month he would retire at the end of his (eighth) term in Congress. Holt brought the unique sensibility of a research physicist to a body that has become increasingly hostile towards science.[read more]

Schadenfreude and the Future of Energy Storage

March 5, 2014 by James Greenberger
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Schadenfreude is no virtue, but it does have its moments. David Crane reminds us that in thinking about the financial challenges of microgrids, distributed generation systems and distributed energy storage, it is important to remember the question: “Compared to what?”[read more]

Will Batteries Be a Defining Technology Achievement in this Decade?

March 4, 2014 by Christine Hertzog
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The 20th century was a time of extraordinary growth and change. In the first half of that century, relatively new technologies like electricity and telecommunications indelibly altered every aspect of life. In the latter half of the 20th century, computers radically reshaped work and play.[read more]

Natural Gas Inventories are Headed Toward Zero

March 3, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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Natural Gas Inventories

This winter has been one of the coldest on record. It’s been the coldest winter in at least 30 years, and I saw a report today that there is a chance that this will be Chicago’s coldest winter on record. It is the 3rd coldest on record for Chicago, but another blast of cold air is just moving into the Midwest and East Coast.[read more]

Can Distributed Storage Help Expand the Midwest Solar Energy Market?

March 1, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

When we looked at some of the most interesting state markets for distributed storage, Illinois did not make the top of the list. But northern Illinois, which is the westernmost part of PJM territory, is exactly where Intelligent Generation is looking to make inroads.[read more]

FERC Affirms Support for Removing Market Barriers to Energy Storage, Other Clean Energy Resources

February 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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FERC and Energy Storage

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has once again demonstrated its commitment to removing unfair market barriers standing in the way of the grid flexibility necessary to incorporate high levels of renewable energy like wind and solar.[read more]

Can Coal Fly Ash Waste Be Put To Good Use?

February 24, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Coal Fly Ash Waste

A huge coal ash spill was discovered on at the Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina that has caused significant damage to the Dan River. The spill was caused when a storm drain pipe that runs underneath the containment pond collapsed and allowed 82,000 tons of ash to flow into the river.[read more]