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Echelon Ditches the Smart Grid to Focus on the Internet of Things

August 30, 2014 by Jeff St. John

As the smart meter market has hit the doldrums, we’ve seen a number of grid networking players start to look for opportunities in the “internet of things,” or IOT for short -- a broad term that can include everything from smart street lights and building controls to IT-enabled industrial equipment and medical devices.[read more]

Women in Power: Managing California's Electric Grid Takes Nerves of Steel, and a Knack for Collaboration

August 30, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Women and California's Grid

In California – just beyond the outlets, thermostats, and light switches – are more than 40,000 miles of interconnected power lines, some 1,000 generation facilities with more than 55,000 megawatts of capacity, and some of clean energy’s most brilliant women in the control room.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "You're Handing a Bat to Your Opponents..."

August 30, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Climate Change and Political Ads

Tom Steyer the billionaire hedge fund manager turned enviro-political activist is spending big bucks to sway voters toward pro-climate-action democrats in the midterm elections this fall, but some are questioning the factual integrity of ads sponsored by Steyer’s super PAC NextGen.[read more]

Musings on the Second Great Recovery Experiment and the Promise of Natural Gas: Interview with Ron Muhlenkamp

August 30, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Recovery and Energy Investment

Ron Muhlenkamp is the founder and portfolio manager of Muhlenkamp & Co. Inc., established in 1977 to manage private accounts for individuals and institutions. In 1988, the company launched a no-load mutual fund as an investment vehicle for all investors, large or small.[read more]

U.S. Liquid Fuels Production Growth more than Offsets Unplanned Supply Disruptions

August 29, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Production and Supply Disruption

Record-setting liquid fuels production growth in the United States has more than offset the rise in unplanned global supply disruptions over the past few years, although differences in quality and location suggest that the substitution may not be exactly 1-for-1.[read more]

Can Modular Desalination Provide Cheap, Clean Water and Demand Response Too?

August 29, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Modular Deslination

The process of desalination isn’t nearly as energy-intensive as it was just a decade ago, thanks to new reverse-osmosis plant designs and nano-structured membranes that have drastically improved the energy efficiency of turning salt water into fresh water.[read more]

New Study: America's Data Centers Consuming, and Wasting, Growing Amounts of Energy

August 29, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Data Centers and Energy Use

All of our online activity is delivered through nearly 3 million data centers across America, from small closets and larger server rooms, to mammoth “cloud” server farms. Their explosive growth is gulping huge amounts of energy, and despite some efficiency improvements much of it is still wasted.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On US Coal Exports to Asia Reducing Global Carbon Emissions

August 29, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Global Carbon Emissions and Coal Exports

With US natural gas production growth and subsequent natural gas price declines coal has been backed out of the power generation fuel mix to some extent. As a result, US coal producers are exporting greater volumes to European and Asian buyers.[read more]

Climate Scientists Spell Out Stark Danger And Immorality Of Inaction In New Leaked Report

August 29, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Science Report

The message from climate scientists about our ongoing failure to cut carbon pollution: The catastrophic changes in climate that we are voluntarily choosing to impose on our children and grandchildren — and countless generations after them — cannot plausibly be undone for hundreds of years or more.[read more]

Let's Keep Florida Breathable

August 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Environmental Action

Last week former environmental officials released a statement supporting Governor Rick Scott’s “Let’s Keep Florida Beautiful” conservation plan. While conservation is a worthy goal, it will mean very little if state leaders don’t also develop a plan focused on addressing climate change.[read more]

Greenland And West Antarctic Ice Sheet Loss More Than Doubled In Last Five Years

August 28, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Growing Ice Loss

A new study finds that both the Greenland ice sheet and West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) have seen an astonishing increase in ice loss in just the past five years. This first-ever extensive mapping of the two great ice sheets using the CryoSat-2 satellite confirms the findings.[read more]

Renewable Energy Provides 100 Percent of New Electrical Generation in July

August 28, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Renewables and New Generation

Data from the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report just released from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects shows that 100 percent of new U.S. electrical generating capacity put into service for July came from renewable energy sources.[read more]

Update on US Natural Gas, Coal, Nuclear, and Renewables

August 28, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Fuel, Electricity, and the US

United States natural gas production leveled off in 2013, because of the low level of US natural gas prices. In 2013, there was growth in gas production in Pennsylvania in the Marcellus, but many other states, including Texas, saw decreases in production.[read more]

Finding Ways to Pollute Less, and Employ More

August 28, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Employment and the Environment

 

Cleaner air, more American jobs: that’s a potential reality for the U.S. if it acts to curb emissions of methane. It’s a significant opportunity, and it’s one California Congresswoman Linda Sánchez encountered first-hand when she toured a Cerritos manufacturing plant last week.[read more]

SolarWorld Wins Trade Case, But Faces Sliding Stock, Faulty Lug Recall, and More

August 28, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

SolarWorld Successes and Difficulties

In June, the Department of Commerce found in favor of petitioner SolarWorld in that company's trade case against Chinese solar module makers. The preliminary decision imposed significant tariffs on Chinese solar modules in the anti-dumping portion of this case.[read more]