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Why We Need to Pay More Attention to Cybersecurity in 2014

The state of cybersecurity in 2014 is tenuous at best.  President Obama paid nominal attention to the matter in his State of the Union (SOTU) address January 28 giving it only one mention.  “Here at home, we’ll keep strengthening our...

Posted February 12, 2014    

Coal Ash Causing Problems in Carolina

At 4:03 p.m. on Monday February 3, Duke Energy officially notified the public that up to 82,000 tons of coal ash leaked from a pond at a retired power plant and were flowing into the Dan River.  To put that in perspective, according to Duke’s...

Posted February 7, 2014    

Acidification: The Ocean's Changing Climate

Scientists overwhelmingly agree that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the atmosphere cause global temperatures to rise.  This has detrimental impacts for the environment due to changes in climate patterns.  The increase in ocean...

Posted October 17, 2013    

EPA Restrictions Can Encourage Clean Coal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making the coal industry nervous with a proposed rule that would impose new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from newly constructed power plants. This would permit new coal plants to emit no...

Posted September 25, 2013    

Transactive Energy: The Next Big Deal for the Smart Grid?

Transactive energy (TE) is a new hot topic in the energy industry, but what exactly is it? Frankly, it is a concept so new that it does not yet have a formal definition. Carl Imhoff, manager of electricity infrastructure for the Pacific Northwest...

Posted July 27, 2013    

Controlling Climate Change: IEA Says It's Not All About Carbon Dioxide

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a World Energy Outlook Special Report warning the world that current climate change policies are on track to far exceed the goal of limiting temperature rise to 2°C.  The special report, “...

Posted July 13, 2013    

Manufacturers Push For Federal Energy Efficiency Goals

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is setting its sights hard on energy efficiency.  Recently the NAM sent a letter to the Whitehouse urging President Obama to invest even more in energy efficiency savings and investments for...

Posted June 22, 2013    

New York Strengthens Electric Grid for Storm Season

June 1 will begin the 2013 hurricane season, and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) it is going to be a busy one.  NOAA predicts a 70% chance of 14-20 named storms (winds of 39mph or higher);   7...

Posted June 1, 2013    

US Oil Boom Shifts Focus to North Dakota Bakken Shale

North Dakota may soon be giving Texas a run for its money in the oil industry.  Information released last month by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Interior, indicates that oil and gas resources in...

Posted May 24, 2013    

Building the Smart Grid: Machine-to-Machine Technology

Machine to Machine (M2M) technology is what makes the “Smart Grid” smart.  We often hear about the many benefits of smart grid technology, but we rarely examine the backbone of that concept.  M2M technology that comprises the smart grid...

Posted April 25, 2013    

Facts on Fracking: Three Things You Need to Know

The natural gas boom in the US due to hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has provided the country with a cleaner burning, inexpensive fuel source that has lowered energy bills for industrial facilities and homeowners alike. The fracking process is...

Posted April 21, 2013    

Can We Afford a Carbon Tax?

A big issue right now among manufacturers and policymakers alike is whether or not to put a price on carbon.  The debate over implementing a tax to curb greenhouse gas emissions has been raging on for years with no solutions in sight. ...

Posted April 13, 2013