Atomic Show #249 – All-Electric America by Freeman and Parks

January 27, 2016 by Rod Adams

There are a number of visionary sections of the book that appeal to me. However, I was not surprised to find out that the book takes a strong position in opposition to nuclear energy. I’ve long been aware of S. David Freeman, his career in the electricity production enterprise, and his forty-fifty year old position on nuclear energy.[read more]

Assembling Reliable off Grid Power System for Emergency Preparedness

January 19, 2016 by Rod Adams

Many advocates of unreliable power sources like wind and solar blithely toss out the concept of “storage” as the panacea that makes their favored energy sources viable competitors in the potentially lucrative business of supplying on demand power.[read more]

DOE Announces Grid Modernization R&D Projects, Partners, and Funding

January 19, 2016 by Benjamin Burger

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced it will fund up to $220 million of R&D projects to modernize America’s aging power grid infrastructure over the next three years. Accompanying this, DOE released its ¨Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan¨ (MYPP), a strategic blueprint that informs and guides a national R&D agenda involving a consortium of DOE National Laboratories.[read more]


Was Edison Right After All? Reconsidering DC Power

May 3, 2013 by Steven Collier

Perhaps Thomas Edison was right after all. As new technology develops, it's time to ask the question: should we be using direct current (DC) instead of alternating current (AC) power?[read more]


Energy Facts: Is the U.S. Shift from Coal to Natural Gas Stalling Out?

March 22, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins

Coal mine via Shutterstock

The historic shift from coal to natural gas in the U.S. electric power sector may be stalling out, according to the latest forecasts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.[read more]

Securing the Power Grid and Our Way of Life

August 12, 2012 by PJ Jennings

Securing our electrical grid needs to be a priority. We, as a society, should be very interested and concerned about our electrical lifeline to the world... What do we do when the things we take for granted every day are all of a sudden unavailable?[read more]

Solar In A Box Powers Off-Grid Communities

January 17, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

Imagine if every day when you arrived at work, you might or might not have electricity to power your laptop, which is at 33 percent battery charge. Definitely throws a wrench into your agenda. While you could call it a day and hope for the best tomorrow, the deadline still looms and you’re nowhere closer to getting done what needs to get...[read more]

New Year's Resolution: Monitor Your Electricity Usage!

January 6, 2012 by Peter Troast

First of all, Happy New Year! We're all recovering from a relaxing and, for some of us, pretty exciting holiday break, but we're psyched to be back online and amped up to help all of our readers find new, unique, exciting and effective ways to save energy over the coming year, which we hope you'll all be enjoying in cozy, healthy homes....[read more]

What Consumers Don’t Know About Electricity Deregulation Can Hurt Them

January 3, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

Pennsylvania has one year of experience with deregulation of its electricity markets.  Residential, commercial, and industrial customers can now switch to alternative electricity suppliers in a quest to manage the generation and transmission costs on their electricity bills.  With some suppliers, they can even get energy from...[read more]

Power Plants Suffer Water Woes

December 6, 2011 by Jonathan Smith

Union of Concerned Scientists Image via Wikipedia A previous reprint of an article originally published in Ecocentric noted that power plants need lots of water primarily for cooling. “Several Texas power plants that rely on cooling ponds are in a tough spot because their reservoirs aren’t being replenished, and that lack of cooling...[read more]

The Canadian Electricity Infrastructure Deficit

October 31, 2011 by Pierre Guimond

It’s time for Canadians to focus on the urgency of making multi-billion-dollar investments to upgrade, repair and expand the electricity infrastructure across Canada. Capital investment in electricity infrastructure declined dramatically in the 1990s. After reaching a peak of $15 billion in 1991, investment fell rapidly to just $5.3 billion in 1997 as a result of overcapacity, poor economic conditions and electricity prices that had outpaced inflation as the new facilities built in the prior ten years caused rates to rise.[read more]

Boosting Electricity Reliability and Availability via Microgrids

September 9, 2011 by Dick DeBlasio

In addition to reducing carbon footprint, empowering customers to more cost-efficiently manage their energy usage and fueling new business opportunities, the Smart Grid offers tremendous promise in terms of improving the reliability and availability of electricity service. Increased reliance on “microgrids” is one way how.In a microgrid...[read more]

Slide Show on Vermont's Energy Future

August 11, 2011 by Meredith Angwin

I recently recorded a 45 minute slide show about Vermont's Energy Future. I had been meaning to do this for a long time. I want to thank the people at CATV studio of White River Junction for their work and patience in recording this, and Cavan Stone for his thoughtful editing. I hope you enjoy it!The show covers Vermont Yankee issues...[read more]

The Market for US Cleantech Is Out There

July 29, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

One of many press releases I received this week highlighted the new Clean Energy Export Principles developed by a "multi-industry coalition, which was coordinated by the National Foreign Trade Council, and U.S. government representatives." They recommend a significantly expanded and technology-neutral effort by the US government to...[read more]

Electricity Market Reform Unlikely To Stimulate Sufficient Investment

July 12, 2011 by David Thorpe

The Electricity Market Reform White Paper is scheduled to be published today, the most radical change to the industry since it was privatised 20 years ago, but business is worried that it still won't provide sufficient certainty to permit the required levels of investment. The paper is designed to shake up the way the supply industry...[read more]