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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Storage via Batteries

July 10, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Energy Storage Internalized Costs

 

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of using batteries as a primary energy storage mechanism. 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]

Carbon Sequestering Energy Production

July 10, 2014 by Jim Baird
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CCS and Energy

It is estimated that ocean storage has taken up over ninety percent of the heat attributed to global warming and that the amount of carbon dioxide that has been taken up since the start of the Industrial Revolution has been sufficient to raise the ocean’s acidity by about 30 percent.[read more]

Heres a Way to Get Utilities to Embrace Solar and Batteries: Let Them Own the Inverter

July 8, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Utilities own a wide range of devices on the transmission and distribution grid to manage power quality. But there's a power control device that may be much more familiar to the hundreds of thousands of American homeowners with solar on their roofs: inverters. Should utilities own those too?[read more]

CCS Is Not an Option, It's a Requirement (and an Opportunity)

July 7, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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CCS and Future Environmental Risk

In the past I have been extremely skeptical of carbon capture and sequestration, CCS, but recently my opinion has evolved based on the sober conclusion that hydrocarbon fuels simply are not going away. Both supply and demand for coal, oil and gas continue to grow globally.[read more]

5 Non-Tesla EV Stories: BMW, Motiv, Proterra, Harley-Davidson, Boston Power

July 5, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Electric Vehicle Diversity Growth

Tesla is the marque in many automaker's sights. And since Tesla's plan is to build a lithium-ion battery factory bigger than the world's current lithium-ion production capacity -- the company is also one of the potential big players in the race to distributed storage and battery-based grid support services.[read more]

National Safety Month: AGA Reminds Public About Natural Gas Safety Methods

July 4, 2014 by Lisa Dundon

Each June, the National Safety Council (NSC) celebrates National Safety Month (NSM), an initiative to bring attention to the importance of safety and the prevalence of accidental injury. According to the NSC, accidental injuries lead to the deaths of about 120,000 people each year.[read more]

Novel Bromine Battery: Small-Scale Demo, Large-Scale Promise

July 2, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Battery and Storage Innovation

The availability of low-cost, high-capacity energy storage technology could profoundly change today’s energy landscape. The ability to store electricity when supplies are abundant and deliver it later when they’re not would permit widespread use of intermittent sources such as solar and wind.[read more]

Here's Where Solar, Storage, and Microgrids Are Starting to Take Hold in the US

July 2, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Grid Advancement Locations

The grid edge is all around us. Historically, distributed generation has largely been limited to a handful of progressive states. But as new maps show, solar, storage and microgrid applications are expanding beyond those traditional borders and leaving their imprint on the grid.[read more]

Energy Storage Opportunities are Everywhere

June 26, 2014 by Michael Weinhold
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“I like to think of storage in the absolute widest sense of the word. It’s not only about storing electricity for later use. It’s also about crossing over into other infrastructures like mobility. For example, we see it now in electic and hybrid cars that carry batteries."[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'The Flood May Just be a Trickle'

June 25, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Iraq Chaos and Oil Markets

As the situation in Iraq continues to develop, oil market bulls and bears are currently battling over the degree to which the worst sectarian violence since United States troop withdrawal will exert upward price pressure and lead to other market changes and risks.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Mature Energy Storage Technologies

June 23, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Energy Storage and Internalized Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of mature energy storage technologies. Please chip in with your opinion so that we can gather a statistically significant sample size and get a meaningful indication of the current consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

Is Elon Musk the Jonas Salk of Our Time?

June 22, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy
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You have probably heard the news by now: Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, has just done something incomprehensible in today’s world driven by corporate profit margins and stock values. Elon Musk has released hundreds of Tesla’s patents for free.[read more]

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Unlocking America's Energy Potential through MLPs

June 20, 2014 by Mary Lyman

MLPs and Energy Potential

There’s no denying America’s quick emergence as an energy superpower. With breakthrough technologies and cutting-edge production processes, the United States is now able to take advantage of our vast energy resources like never before.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 4: Putting an Asterisk on Climate Change Mitigation Cost Projections

June 17, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Warming Mitigation Costs and Measurement

 

The IPCC argues that keeping global temperatures within 2°C will incur an annual cost of 0.04 to 0.14 percent of global GDP ($29 billion to $101 billion per year) between now and 2100. Climate say this is proof that we can address climate change on the “cheap” when compared to the costs of inaction.[read more]

Barclays Just Threw Gasoline on the Fire that is the Battle Between Utilities and the Solar Industry

June 16, 2014 by Elias Hinckley
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Last month Barclays downgraded the high-grade bond market for the entire electric utility sector because “we believe that a confluence of declining cost trends in distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation and residential-scale power storage is likely to disrupt the status quo.”[read more]