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Why We Are Working With Colleagues in China to Develop Sustainability Metrics

October 22, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Developing Sustainability Metrics

I visited Beijing last week to finalize a partnership between Columbia University and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges. Our goal is to develop a set of sustainability metrics that can be used by businesses and governmental agencies in China, the United States, and around the world.[read more]

A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India

October 22, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke

India Development Strategy

During his first official visit to the U.S., India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, met with President Obama, as well as with CEOs of top U.S. corporations, to encourage investment to support India's development goals, which include providing renewable energy for the 400 million citizens who lack access today.[read more]

Will Stem's Battery Systems Combined With Kyocera's Solar Boost Energy Storage Adoption?

October 21, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Energy Storage Adoption

The convergence of rooftop solar PV and behind-the-meter batteries continues. On Tuesday, Japanese solar module giant Kyocera announced it has teamed up with Stem to “offer an integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage solution for commercial power users.”[read more]

Germany's Energiewende Proves Electricity can be Clean and Reliable

October 21, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Germany's Energy Transition

Since 2004, the year of the first major revision of Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the country has added at least 35 gigawatts (GW) of solar and 35 GW of wind to its electric grid, which is enough energy to offset upwards of 35 coal plants.[read more]

University Microgrid Manages Multiple Generation Assets

October 21, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Combined heat and power tech are sometimes overlooked as assets that can be deployed in Smart Grids and microgrids in North America. Also known as cogeneration, it is defined as the production of electricity and useful thermal energy from a single fuel source, typically located at the point of consumption.[read more]

From Artisanal to Integrated: How Data Is Remaking the Efficiency Industry

October 20, 2014 by Wego Wise

Data and Efficiency

The past few years have seen an abundance of software innovations designed to enhance the efficiency of the built environment. Taking advantage of inexpensive computing power and storage, these platforms are leveraging the torrent of data generated by and about our buildings.[read more]

Innovation Needed for Gas to Bridge to Somewhere

October 20, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Natural Gas and the Future of Energy

A new research letter in Nature concludes that natural gas will not “discernibly reduce fossil fuel CO2 emissions.” The paper models a scenario in which the US shale gas revolution is scaled globally. While natural gas displaces higher-carbon coal-fired power, zero-carbon power like nuclear and solar are also displaced.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for October 2014 [VIDEO]

October 20, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy Report

In this Brussels Briefing on Energy, leading energy journalist Hughes Belin for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, provides an overview of the European Union’s most pressing energy issues including the Juncker Commission, and the recent green light for the Hinkley Point C nuclear project.[read more]

How Microsynchrophasors Could Keep Solar-Saturated Grids Stable

October 19, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Solar Energy and Stable Grids

The electricity from rooftop solar PV is very different from conventional electricity. It sags and surges in response to the pattern of clouds crossing overhead, and is also provided by lots of inverters, which create electrical conditions very different from the alternating current supplied by big spinning generators.[read more]

This Diagram Will Help You Visualize How Opower's Software Platform Operates

October 18, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Opower Software Platform

After giving its software and analytics engine a powerful tuneup earlier this year, Opower is unveiling yet another set of offerings for utility customers. The release includes three new analytics capabilities designed to make it even easier to target specific customer segments for efficiency.[read more]

How Apple Became One of the Greenest Companies in America

October 18, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

Green Apple

There’s one thing you probably don’t know about Apple. The technology conglomerate was ranked 48th on Newsweek’s Greenest Companies of America list this year. To put that in perspective, of the six million businesses registered in the United States, only 47 are considered “greener” than Apple.[read more]

World's "First Fuel" - Energy Efficiency - Coming Out of Hiding

October 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Energy Efficiency and the Main Stream

The International Energy Agency (IEA) just released its second annual Energy Efficiency Market Report 2014 confirming energy efficiency’s place as the world’s “first fuel” and estimating the value of the energy efficiency market at between $310 and $360 billion and growing.[read more]

Georgia Is the Latest State to Procure Dirt-Cheap Solar Power

October 17, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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In Obama's America, according to conservatives, utilities are forced to consume expensive green energy mandated by the government. But in an ideal conservative America utilities would procure the cheapest and most reliable resource to deliver value to consumers. Those worlds have officially collided.[read more]

Sustainable Consumption and the World of Endless Images, Voices, and Ideas

October 17, 2014 by Steven Cohen

The world we are creating with global communications and global economic production is fast becoming a true global society. Nevertheless, place continues to have meaning as both communities and nations become even more treasured in a world of mass-produced impressions and fear of homogenization.[read more]

Life-Cycle Study Confirms Global Environmental Benefit of Low-Carbon Energy Technologies

October 16, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Low-Carbon Tech Benefits

A new study examines the environmental impacts and resource requirements of large-scale global implementation of a variety of low-carbon power generation tech as backbone of a new low-carbon power supply infrastructure. Basically, this research goes one step further than previous life-cycle assessments.[read more]