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Java for the Grid Edge: From Blu-Ray Players to Smart Grid Devices

April 19, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Java and the Grid

The long-promised goal of embedding open, flexible computing power in all types of smart grid devices is starting to be realized in 2014. Open platforms are being introduced. Multi-vendor partnerships driven by utilities are creating new ways for technology to interact on the grid edge.[read more]

Excitons Observed in Action for the First Time

April 19, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Solar Tech Advancements

A quasiparticle called an exciton — responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits — has been understood theoretically for decades. But exciton movement within materials has never been directly observed.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: ‘We Will Create Our Own Oil Company’

April 19, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Oil Industry Changes

The changing global oil refining picture has seen several mid-range to large companies spin off their downstream operations in recent years, but the trend has yet to travel up the food chain to the world’s largest oil companies, despite pressure from investors to do so.[read more]

The EPA Gives Us 25 Ways to Limit Climate Change

April 19, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

The earth is getting warmer. There’s no doubt about that. The average temperature of our planet rose 1.4°F over the last 100 years, and is expected to continue on that path over the next 100 years. Some are even predicting an increase by as much as 11.5°F.[read more]

Whiplashed by Weather?

April 19, 2014 by A Siegel

Weather Whiplash

Drastic shifts in weather (from beautiful sunny skies to dark menacing ones, from t-shirt frisbee temperatures to parka-wearing cold, etc.) are natural. Humanity, however, has recently been putting its thumb directly on the scales of what can be considered “natural.”[read more]

Study: Weather-Related Blackouts Doubled Since 2003

April 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

I think it was either Cheech or Chong who said, “I’m fed up and sick of this.” Well that’s how many people here in the Northeast where I live feel about power outages caused by storms. If people are sick of it, that’s because they’ve been losing power a lot more often over the last decade.[read more]

DOE Poised to Hit a Home Run with Its New Proposed Efficiency Standards for Linear Fluorescent Light Bulbs

April 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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The Department of Energy has just hit a home run with the recently proposed minimum energy efficiency standards for linear fluorescent light bulbs, the tube lamps that are located in virtually every office, hospital, school and airport in the country.[read more]

Study Ties Epic California Drought, 'Frigid East' To Manmade Climate Change

April 18, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change Effects

Natural variability alone cannot explain the extreme weather pattern that has recently driven both the record-setting California drought, and also the cooler weather seen across most of the Midwest and East this winter, a major new study finds.[read more]

Loan Guarantees Are Back: DOE Targets 'Catalytic' Grid Integration Technology

April 18, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Three years after the Department of Energy issued its last loan guarantee to a renewable energy project, the program is officially back in action. Ending a long hiatus, the DOE indicated that it would finally use the remaining $1.5 billion allocated by Congress for loans to clean energy project developers.[read more]

Report Challenges EIA's Renewable Energy Projections

April 18, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Renewables and the Future

New research that was recently released by the SUN DAY Campaign challenges the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) assertion that only 16 percent of United States electrical generation in 2040 will come from renewable sources of energy.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Gulf Coast Crude Oil Inventories Reach Record Level

April 18, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Gulf Coast Oil Inventories

Crude oil inventories on the U.S. Gulf Coast reached 207.2 million barrels on April 11, a record high. The levels are the result of the continuing strong crude oil production growth, the opening of TransCanada's Marketlink Pipeline, and a drop in crude oil inputs at USGC refineries as a result of seasonal maintenance.[read more]

Oil Price Leverage Over Russia in Ukraine Crisis

April 18, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Oil Price Leverage Over Russia

Following Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, tensions between the West and the Kremlin have been dangerously simmering. Meanwhile, the spotlight has moved to Eastern Ukraine where unmarked soldiers appear to be keen on destabilizing the situation further.[read more]

New EU State Aid Guidelines for Energy and Renewables "Needed to Reach Climate Objectives," Claims Commission [VIDEO]

April 18, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU State Aid Guidelines

Jennifer Baker, leading journalist at viEUws.eu, is joined by Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, spokeswoman of the European Commission, to discuss the new State Aid Guidelines on Energy & Environmental Aid that will provide new criteria for the support of energy and environmental projects.[read more]

EPA Gets Started on Curbing Heat-Trapping Methane from Oil and Gas Operations

April 17, 2014 by David Doniger
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The EPA recently took the first step promised under President Obama’s Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, released last month. The EPA issued a set of white papers examining five big sources of heat-trapping methane and other dangerous air pollutants from the oil and gas sector.[read more]

Building Genome Project: Retroficiency Takes a City-Wide Approach to Efficiency

April 17, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Building Genome

If more than 30,000 commercial buildings in New York City adjusted their thermostats just one degree upward in summer and one degree lower in winter, the savings would add up to $145 million dollars annually. That finding is just one gleaned from Retroficiency’s new Building Genome project.[read more]