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The GE-Alstom Merger: Where Does it Fit Into the Soft Grid?

September 4, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Energy Mergers

General Electric’s proposed $13 billion takeover of Alstom (also called an "alliance") could create a supergroup of smart grid technology, if the marriage goes well. But like any giant corporate merger, there will be overlapping areas of expertise that need to be integrated or otherwise addressed.[read more]

Could This 'Data Lake' Concept From GE Revolutionize Energy Analytics?

August 15, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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General Electric has become a prodigious producer and consumer of data. Energy engineers at the conglomerate are analyzing ten times more data today than they were five years ago -- bringing new insights, while also creating new complications for the data-crunching infrastructure.[read more]

GE Threatens to Enter Fuel Cell Market, Compete With Bloom

August 2, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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Fuel Cell Markets

Earlier this week, General Electric announced that it is initiating an entrepreneurial effort to commercialize its solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology for megawatt-scale stationary power applications. Billion-dollar fuel cell startup Bloom Energy also works with SOFC technology at this scale.[read more]

GE Tackles Fuel Cells, Google Issues 'Little Box' Challenge, and Smart Grid Drones Prepare for Takeoff

July 27, 2014 by Lexie Briggs
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GE, Google, and Drones

Energy giant and AEE member General Electric is expanding its advanced energy product line to include fuel cells. Google is looking to shrink inverters. And utility San Diego Gas & Electric is getting ready to launch drones to check on transmission lines.[read more]

GE Opens a Pricing War Over the Connected LED Light Bulb

July 4, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Just over a year ago, the emergence of a sub-$10 light-emitting diode (LED) bulb was big news for the lighting industry. The same pricing trends are headed for smart bulbs too. Now, for just a few dollars more, consumers can buy a GE LED light bulb for their homes that can be controlled from a smartphone.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Ice-Cold National Industrial Policy'

July 3, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Industry and National Policies

GE’s apparently successful takeover of key segments of Alstom’s prized energy business raised eyebrows when many thought German energy giant Siemens would prevail. Siemens’ unwillingness to part with its train signaling business is reportedly one aspect of the deal that tipped it in GE’s favor.[read more]

Report: Alstom to Accept GE's $13B Offer

May 1, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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The bidding battle between General Electric and Siemens over Alstom seems to have found a preferred winner. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Alstom’s board had agreed not to seek out alternatives to GE’s proposed $13 billion takeover of its power and grid businesses.[read more]

Photos: Is GE's Space Frame Tower the Future of Wind Power?

March 9, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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GE Space Frame Tower

Greentech Media got an early look at GE's new space frame wind turbine tower in advance of its official debut at next week’s European wind industry conference. The space frame advances the potential of GE to deliver taller towers capable of more power production at a lower cost.[read more]

GE CTO Describes His Company's Focus on Oil and Gas Technology

January 3, 2014 by Rod Adams

GE and Technology

Bill Loveless from Platts Energy Week recently interviewed Mark Little, GE’s chief technology officer, about the company’s interests in the oil and gas extraction sector. Loveless and Little discussed GE’s planned investments into an Oklahoma-based research center.[read more]

Energy Innovation: How GE's Industrial Internet Reshapes Thermal Power Generation

July 17, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Power Monitoring

Some people have a good view from their corner office. In the case of Justin Eggart, who manages GE's remote monitoring and diagnostics center in Atlanta, he has one of the most expansive views of the world's power plant fleet.[read more]

China's Rare Earths Monopoly

December 16, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

Rare earth minerals may be the most important, let least understood factor in America’s transition to a low-carbon, clean-tech future. They’re essential to virtually every source of renewable energy and consumer technology we use today. But China dominates worldwide rare earth supplies and production, and their monopoly could corner the world economy. energyNOW! chief correspondent Tyler Suiters explores how U.S. dependence on China’s rare earths could affect our energy future and high-tech lifestyles.[read more]

VID: Demonstrating Efficient CFL and LED Lighting Technologies

June 13, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

Consumer face a confusing and frustrating array of lighting choices today. energyNOW! special correspondent Daniel Sieberg, our gadget and technology expert, sheds new light on the situation by comparing the different types of bulbs in a studio demonstration with anchor Thalia Assuras.[read more]

GE hits the electric car showroom

November 15, 2010 by Todd Woody

photo: Todd Woody I wrote this story for Grist, where it first appeared. With the first mass-produced electric cars set to hit American streets next month, there’s been a lot of to-ing and fro-ing in the media about whether consumers will actually buy the vehicles once they’re in showrooms. But as General Electric made clear this week,...[read more]

Oil marches to $90 a barrel; GE purchases 25,000 electric vehicles for its global fleet… Good timing

November 11, 2010 by Tyler Hamilton

That’s right, oil is making its trek toward $90 again, and once it busts through that all eyes will be on that psychological barrier – $100. Good timing then for General Electric, which announced today it has purchased 25,000 electric vehicles as part of a global revamping of its fleet (and the fleets of its customers). As the...[read more]

Wanted: 20,000 All-Electric Vehicles. Call Jeff @ GE.

November 1, 2010 by Osha Davidson

GE's Jeff Immelt: "Clean Energy is a way to create jobs." When a company decides to upgrade and replace its vehicle fleet, that’s often a boon for a local dealer. When that company happens to be GE, and they want all-electric vehicles, it is a momentous occasion for an entire industry. GE’s CEO, Jeffrey Immelt announced last Thursday...[read more]