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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]

Can New Hybrid Models Make Up for Slowing Growth in Traditional Demand Response?

October 1, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Hybrid Models and Demand Response

The previously growing demand response market in the United States took a hit in May when an appeals court ruled against a federal order requiring grid operators to pay wholesale prices for demand reductions bid into the system in real time.[read more]

Why We Need to Bring Early-Stage Venture Investors Into NextWave Greentech

July 9, 2014 by Rob Day

Why do we even need to talk about the next wave of greentech? And what is it, anyway? When I started talking about an emerging next wave of greentech entrepreneurs and investors a couple of years ago, it was admittedly just described as "not what we did during the last decade."[read more]

Origins of the Next Wave of Innovation in the Oil & Gas Industry [INFOGRAPHIC]

July 9, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Energy Industry Innovation

Future oil and natural gas production as well as exploration is expected to take place in some of the most remote and inaccessible places in the world. Reservoirs with the highest commercial potential are seen to be located offshore in deep waters or in the Arctic.[read more]

Richard Kauffman talks New Market-Based Energy System at New York Energy Week

July 1, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Market-Based Energy Systems

Last week, the 2nd New York Energy Week (NYEW) concluded. At its closing ceremony, the esteemed Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York State, Office of the Governor of New York, offered his thinking on a new energy system.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 5: Pivoting International Climate Policy to Innovation

June 19, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Climate Policy and New Ideas

Society must act quickly to implement policies that provide the world the tools it needs to cut carbon and put the world on a path for deep decarbonization. The more time we let pass without aggressive action, the higher the cost of mitigation and the harder the task.[read more]

An Energy Efficiency Parable

May 21, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram
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Energy Efficiency Challenges

Here’s a story that captures a lot of the challenges, organizational and technical, that we face as we try to implement and improve energy efficiency. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t exactly have a happy ending, but I’m certainly holding out hope for a sequel to the story.[read more]

Energy With Benefits

April 9, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Energy Benefits

The world needs a new energy system that will bolster the environment rather than making it uninhabitable to most living things. Before designing and building such a system, it behooves us to consider what is wrong with what we have and how we can improve on that.[read more]

Tesla Shifts Gears to Enter Utility Industry

March 9, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia
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After its launch in 2003, Tesla Motors quickly became a force to be reckoned with. With the tremendous success of the Roadster and the Model S, Tesla became known for its impressive technology in energy efficient vehicles. Now it is attempting to become a major player in energy efficient homes.[read more]

Will Batteries Be a Defining Technology Achievement in this Decade?

March 4, 2014 by Christine Hertzog
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The 20th century was a time of extraordinary growth and change. In the first half of that century, relatively new technologies like electricity and telecommunications indelibly altered every aspect of life. In the latter half of the 20th century, computers radically reshaped work and play.[read more]

The Importance of Innovation to the Nuclear Industry

February 13, 2014 by Milton Caplan
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Innovation and Nuclear Energy

A comment caught my attention at a recent nuclear industry event. The comment was that a hi-profile agency with a mandate to do research in advanced technology across industries had no interest in attending any events to learn more about nuclear power, because “nuclear is not innovative.”[read more]

Study: Wind Energy Needs Controls to Minimize Risk of Instability on the Grid

January 4, 2014 by Christina Nunez
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The location of a wind farm can play a key role in the potential for wind energy to add or detract from stability on the electric grid, according to researchers at North Carolina State University and Johns Hopkins University.[read more]

Giant Gleaming Eggs Will Help Solve Urban Water, Energy and Waste Problems

January 3, 2014 by Tina Casey

Giant Eggs Solve Problems

Cities are takers: taking in energy and resources, while dumping out mountains of garbage and oceans of polluted wastewater. But take a look at the gigantic egg-shaped structures that dominate New York City’s Newtown Creek wastewater treatment plant, and you’re looking at a sustainable future.[read more]

Top Clean Energy and Climate Breakthroughs in 2013

December 24, 2013 by Frances Beinecke
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In cities and state capitols, businesses and federal agencies, people around the country embraced effective ways to reduce global warming pollution. They expanded wind and solar power. They designed innovative ways to use energy more efficiently.[read more]

BLM Should Re-Think its Failed Solar Auction to Drive Innovation

December 13, 2013 by Megan Nicholson

Solar Auctions and the BLM

Last month the Department of Interior (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) held its first competitive auction for commercial solar development on public lands, offering three parcels for lease with a collective acreage of 3,700 in the San Luis Valley of Colorado.[read more]