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Canada Makes Power Moves to Decarbonize its Grid

November 24, 2015 by Jarret Adams
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Canada and Updating the Grid

The government of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, announced November 23 it had banned coal-fired power generation “a first in North America and a significant step in the fight against climate change,” according to a press release.[read more]

Resilience for Free: Protecting Vulnerable Communities

October 19, 2015 by Lewis Milford

Resilience and Communities

Clean Energy Group, through its Resilient Power Project, has released a new report analyzing the economics of resilient solar PV and battery storage (solar+storage) systems for multifamily affordable housing. The report, Resilience for Free, models project expenses and savings/revenue over a 20-year period.[read more]

Why the U.S. Urgently Needs to Invest in a Modern Energy System

September 25, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon
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The U.S. power grid is one of the most advanced energy systems globally, but its growth has been an evolving patchwork of disparate systems, functions, and components. Because of years of inadequate investment, the electric grid is now aging, outmoded, and unreliable.[read more]

New Study Emphasizes Need to Find and Fix Methane Leaks, Reveals Limits of Voluntary Action

July 23, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methne Leak Risks

A study published recently in Environmental Science & Technology confirms official figures from the Environmental Protection Agency showing that an enormous amount of methane, about 80 billion cubic feet per year, is escaping from key nodes along the nation’s natural gas interstate pipeline system.[read more]

Cyberattack on U.S. Power Plants Could Cause $1T in Economic Damage

July 13, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Cyberattacks and Infrastructure Safety

Let’s imagine an “improbable, but not impossible” cyberassault on the U.S. power grid. A shadowy group of skilled and malicious actors spend years implanting a piece of malware, dubbed the “Erebos” trojan, in the control systems of power plants across the Northeastern United States.[read more]

The LNG Terminal Building Bonanza has Begun

April 9, 2015 by Maria Robinson
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LNG Terminal Bonanza

 

International marine construction companies are seeing a bonanza of new projects as countries around the world approve massive new terminals for liquefied natural gas – for imports in most cases, and for exports from North America, Australia, and some Southeast Asian countries.[read more]

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Regulatory Reform Needed for Transmission Investment, Renewables Integration

April 6, 2015 by Max Luke

Limited transmission infrastructure is one of the largest obstacles to the deployment of renewables in the U.S. Many of the best wind and solar regions are far from areas of high electricity demand. Bringing electricity from these regions to load centers often requires additional transmission investments.[read more]

The New (and Improved) Electric Grid in California

March 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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California Electric Grid

 

During the day, California routinely gets more than 15 percent of its power needs from solar energy, which produces no harmful air pollution. That's enormously helpful for our environment and public health. It also means that the people who operate the grid don't need to find as much electricity elsewhere.[read more]

How Much Do You Know About Your Electric Utility?

March 5, 2015 by Coley Girouard

Utility Structure

Does your utility sell you power from its own power plants, or procure power on the open market on your behalf? Do you have the right to shop around for your electric power among competitive providers? Do other states do this the same way? Do you even know?[read more]

'Carbon-Removing' Gas Stations: The Future of Transportation?

March 4, 2015 by Noah Deich
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Carbon Removal and Transportation

Over the past several decades, gas stations have remained largely immune to the disruption that has radically altered other industries. But as climate change continues to increase, the imperative for innovation at the pump will start to increase significantly.[read more]

How (and Who) Will Pay for our Energy Infrastructure?

February 12, 2015 by James Bushnell

Energy Infrastructure Costs

You may have heard that the Federal highway trust fund is running out of money because, darn it, people aren’t using enough gasoline. The transformation of our energy system is rapidly accelerating the need to confront a long-standing problem with how we pay for our transportation and utility infrastructure.[read more]

AC/DC: In the New Current Wars, Will Edison Win Out After All?

February 3, 2015 by Tom Plant
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Electrical Current Standards

In the late 1800s the “War of Currents” pitted Alternating Current (AC) power against Direct Current (DC) power. In the end, the capability of AC power to run at high voltage from large central generating stations made AC the victor. But two substantial changes could signal a return to the war of currents.[read more]

Charting Hawaii's Spectacular Solar Energy Growth

February 2, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Hawaii Solar Growth

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report on Hawaii’s solar status this week, and Hawaii is officially a solar hot spot of national significance, and that makes it a fitting test bed for Department of Energy research meant to stretch the limits of rooftop PV penetration on island grids.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'I Can Confirm that the President Would Not Sign this Bill'

January 9, 2015 by Jared Anderson

White House Keystone XL Decision

The Keystone XL pipeline has become a prime example of why it’s impossible to forge a comprehensive US energy policy. The energy Holy Grail is clean, reliable and affordable. Unfortunately, that three-pronged goal is unattainable given current technical and economic realities.[read more]

A Time For Giving: Help End Energy Poverty

January 3, 2015 by David Lawrence

Today, in this rapidly expanding world, 1.3 billion people have no access to electricity, and nearly 900 million still use unsafe drinking water. More than 2.5 billion people still rely on biomass, like wood and dung, for cooking. Energy is crucial to lift people from a life of hardship and poverty.[read more]