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Electricity Grid

Microgrid at Italian University Generates Savings, Knowledge

August 25, 2014 by Chris King

Microgrid Savings and Research

Autonomy and flexibility can support energy resilience, while also benefitting the power grid. This February, the Savona campus of the University of Genoa, Italy, opened a campus-wide microgrid. It combines both electrical and thermal energy resources, as well as thermal and battery storage.[read more]

The Catch-22 of Energy Storage

August 25, 2014 by Barry Brook
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Energy Storage Issues

Several recent analyses of the inputs to our energy systems indicate that, against expectations, energy storage cannot solve the problem of intermittency of wind or solar power. There is not enough surplus energy left over after construction of the generators and the storage system to power our present civilization.[read more]

Building Smart Cities in India

August 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

India Smart Cities

In his Independence Day speech from Old Delhi’s famed Red Fort, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced plans to replace the country’s 64-year-old Planning Commission with a new central government think-tank led by a mix of experts.[read more]

Which Solar Company Boasts the Highest Market Cap?

August 24, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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Coming in with a $6.92 billion market cap (the total dollar market value of the company's outstanding shares) is First Solar, the cadmium-telluride thin-film solar panel builder and project engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company.[read more]

Natural Gas Serves a Small, but Growing, Portion of China's Total Energy Demand

August 24, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Natural Gas

China relies heavily on domestic coal (and to a lesser extent oil) to meet rising energy consumption. To reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions, the Chinese government is attempting to replace some of the country's coal and oil use with natural gas.[read more]

Order 1000 Upheld on Appeal: A Closer Look at the Good News for Clean Energy

August 23, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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In finding all of the challenges to FERC Order 1000’s public policy-related provisions “without merit” in it's ruling, the D.C. Circuit Court embraced Order 1000’s role in integrating renewable energy like wind and solar power onto the electrical grid.[read more]

Household Electricity Data May be a Click Away for Illinois Residents

August 23, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Measuring Household Energy Use

Energy data collected via smart meters could lead to services that improve people’s lives and cut harmful carbon pollution. This is true only if customers have easy access to the energy data they need to control their own energy use and reduce their electricity bills – which isn’t always the case.[read more]

Quick Comparisons of Building Ordinance Policies

August 23, 2014 by Wego Wise

Building Ordinances

It makes us happy to see that city governments have recently been catching on to the importance of energy benchmarking, with new policies being implemented all over the country that require building owners to report their energy and water use.[read more]

Why Radiation is Safe and Why All Nations Should Embrace Nuclear Energy

August 23, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Nuclear Energy, Radiation, and Risk

Dr. Wade Allison has recently published a video on radiation that is aimed at a general audience. It explains why radiation associated with nuclear energy production, medical diagnostics, and medical treatments is generally safe and should not be a cause for excessive concern.[read more]

Demand Response at the Core of Energy Savings for Large Office Building in Chicago

August 22, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Demand Respone and Building Efficiency

Demand response – an energy saving tool that encourages customers to shift their electricity use to times of day when there is less demand on the power grid or when more renewable energy is abundant – has been at the core of my work this summer.[read more]

Price of US Wind Energy at 'All-Time Low' of 2.5 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour

August 22, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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A just-released Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report pegs utility-scale wind power-purchase agreement pricing as averaging $25 per megawatt-hour for projects that negotiated contracts in 2013. That's cheap power.[read more]

More Non-Nuclear Prescriptions from Shell

August 22, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Shell and Nuclear Energy

Shell, one of the world’s largest natural gas and oil companies, is spending large sums of money creating and distributing beautifully produced ads aimed at convincing us all that natural gas can provide increasing supplies of clean electricity, clean heat, and clean transportation fuel.[read more]

Brace Yourself for Solargeddon

August 22, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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OK, here’s the bad news. Despite all our efforts, I fear that Solargeddon is a big step closer. As an advisor to solar businesses across the country and around the world, unless we are blessed with a shock announcement from our Prime Minister I now hold very little hope for the survival of the RET.[read more]

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Are Reverse Auctions the Key to Reforming Solar Energy Subsidies?

August 21, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Solar and Reverse Auction

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has implemented a novel way to support renewable energy: a reverse feed-in tariff auction. The first reverse auction ran from January 2012 to August 2013 and attracted a highly competitive pool of 49 proposals from 27 different participants.[read more]

Developing New Light and Energy Technologies

August 21, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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New Light and Energy Tech

Silvija Gradečak has big intentions for small ingredients. The associate professor of materials science and engineering focuses on energy-conversion and light-harvesting through the use of nanomaterials. It’s at these microscopic scales that she can customize components, meld parts, and create new materials.[read more]