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The Sun May Promote Adoption of Storage Technology In More Ways Than One

July 28, 2014 by James Greenberger

An interesting story in the press recently may portend a major driver of the storage market, this one also driven by the sun. NASA reports that in 2012 the earth narrowly missed being hit by a powerful coronal mass ejection event, which would have devastated the electricity grid, had it hit the earth directly.[read more]

More Evidence Global Surface Temperatures Poised To Rise Rapidly

July 26, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Potential Surface Temp Jump

A new study finds that when climate models factor in the temporary warming and cooling impact of El Niño and La Niña, they accurately predict recent global warming. And that is consistent with recent studies that led one climatologist to say, “Global temperatures look set to rise rapidly.”[read more]

World Oil Production at 3/31/2014: Where are We Headed?

July 25, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

Oil Production and Energy Future

The standard way to make forecasts of almost anything is to look at recent trends and assume that this trend will continue, at least for the next several years. With world oil production, the trend in oil production looks fairly benign, with the trend slightly upward. However, we may be dealing with an unstable situation.[read more]

The Coming Storage Boom: Project Proposals Nearly Double California's Storage Target

July 24, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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California’s push to transform the market for grid-scale energy storage is working even better than expected -- at least on paper. Last year, California created a mandate calling for 1,325 megawatts of energy storage projects by 2020, to be scaled up every two years.[read more]

Geoengineering - Insanity? All the More Reason to Discuss It

July 22, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Geoengineering and Hard Choices

Is geoengineering the key to solving the global climate change problem? That’s the kind of question that evokes a knee-jerk reaction from those who consider it, including me. I believe we’re already doing enough geoengineering on the planet, albeit unplanned and perhaps unintended.[read more]

Condensate Pries Open the Oil Export Lid

July 21, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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Last month we learned that the Commerce Department gave two US companies permission to export condensate that would otherwise be trapped here under a 1970s-vintage ban on oil exports. This validates the view that the administration has the statutory authority necessary to allow such exports.[read more]

Resiliency Through Microgrids; EVs and PV: 'Great Tastes that Taste Great Together'

July 20, 2014 by Lexie Briggs
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Microgrids and Resiliency

 

The electrical grid is an aging beast, cobbled together from disparate pieces to form the infrastructure on which all modern life depends. Sometimes it seems like we are teetering at the edge of disaster, a single storm or terrorist attack away from a devastating outage. Can resiliency save us?[read more]

California Ready to Fund the Next Wave of Microgrids Paired With Renewables and Storage

July 19, 2014 by Jeff St. John

California Grid Funding

Microgrids -- autonomous yet connected islands of energy generation and control -- could be important building blocks of a truly resilient, solar and wind-integrated power grid. Someday. But the vast majority of the microgrids in the U.S. use traditional combined heat and power and fossil-fuel-fired generation.[read more]

My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well

July 18, 2014 by Scott Edward Anderson
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Cleantech Industry Health

Cleantech isn't dead. Cleantech hasn't crashed, cleantech hasn't lost its value, and cleantech has only grown more important and necessary. Cleantech is, in fact, alive and well. So here in this post are my top five reasons cleantech is alive and well.[read more]

Crisis of EU Refining Industry: Threat to Our Energy Security? [VIDEO]

July 18, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU Refining Crisis

Fabrizio Barbaso, Deputy Director General of DG Energy at the European Commission, meets with viEUws.eu leading energy journalist Hughes Belin for an exclusive interview on the European refining industry crisis and security of energy supply.[read more]

US and China Agree to Advance Carbon Capture Technology

July 18, 2014 by Edward Dodge

US and China's CCS Agreement

China is the world’s largest coal producer and consumer and the world’s leading emitter of carbon dioxide emissions. China is also the world’s most populous country and is suffering from high pollution levels due to its unrestrained fossil fuel use.[read more]

Will Nissan's Free EV Charging Rival Tesla's Supercharger Network?

July 18, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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If you drive a Nissan Leaf, you already don’t have to worry about paying for gas, which is hovering near $4 per gallon in much of the United States. Now, you don’t have to worry about paying for the electrons that fuel your car when you’re out on the road either.[read more]

Production of Fossil Fuels from Federal and Indian Lands Fell in 2013

July 13, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Fossil Fuels from Federal Lands

Sales volumes of fossil fuels from production on federal and Indian lands in 2013 dropped 7% from 2012. Crude oil production on federal lands increased slightly in 2013, but that increase was more than offset by decreases in coal, natural gas, and natural gas plant liquids production.[read more]

Making a Wire-Free Future

July 11, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Wireless Energy Future

More than a century ago, engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla proposed a global system of wireless transmission of electricity — or wireless power. But one key obstacle to realizing this ambitious vision has always been the inefficiency of transferring power over long distances.[read more]

As the Solar Industry Eyes Storage, Experts at Intersolar Talk About Key Growth Markets

July 11, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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This week’s Intersolar North America conference, the world’s largest solar power confab, has dedicated multiple tracks of its multi-day schedule to energy storage. That’s a lot more attention than the single, hour-long session dedicated to marrying batteries with solar panels at last year’s show.[read more]