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Energy News Roundup: Texas Floods Related To Climate Change, Clean Power Plan Analysis & Duke Reveals Storage Plans

Energy News Roundup: Texas Floods Related To Climate Change, Clean Power Plan Analysis & Duke Reveals Storage Plans

Constant rainfall in recent weeks across Texas and Oklahoma resulting in extreme flooding is a result of global warming which is affecting the jet stream, according to meteorologists. “The waterlogged landscape is partly to blame for the weather-related destruction in Central Texas, where fierce storms and tornadoes have dumped record amounts of rain, swelling rivers… Keep reading →

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Today, the Energy Department is announcing $32 million in funding to help train American workers for the solar energy workforce and to further drive down the cost of solar by developing innovative low-cost concentrating solar power collectors and increasing access to critical solar data. The Department is making up to $12 million available to develop… Keep reading →

Role Of Biomass Questioned For Clean Power Plan

EPA's Michael Leavitt Signs Clean Air Nonroad Diesel Rule

In a May 8, 2015, letter, Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) requested that EPA reconsider its decision to treat biomass as having zero emissions under the proposed Clean Power Plan (Plan).

Plug-In 2008 Conference And Expo Highlights Latest Hybrid Electric Car

The state’s solar future can’t rely on a flawed modeling platform, say those who’ve tried to use it.  California’s attempt to rework its solar regulations could be stymied by a flawed and ineffective software planning tool meant to model the cost-effectiveness of proposed policies to replace the state’s current net metering regime. That’s the stunning… Keep reading →

Congress Holds Ceremony Marking 50th Anniversary Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

Solid bipartisan support for important energy legislation is on display in the U.S. Senate, with members of a key committee considering a number of ways to increase access to domestic supplies of oil and natural gas – as well as bills ending 1970s-era restrictions on U.S. crude oil exports. Energy security is about having secure,… Keep reading →

Aerial view of the Suncor oil sands extr

Heads of the world’s big five oil companies have been showered with bonus payouts linked to $1tn of spending on fossil fuel exploration in the last nine years, according to the Guardian. “The unprecedented push to bring untapped reserves into production, and to exploit new and undiscovered fields, involves some of the most complex feats… Keep reading →

National Renewable Energy Lab Tests Green Energies In Colorado

Our new #LabSpotlight series profiles standout individuals at the National Labs. The latest installment features Peter Thelin, an optics specialist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This post originally appeared on LLNL.gov. Growing up in a household of artists and engineers, Peter Thelin was destined for a career in which art meets science. For him, art… Keep reading →

Approved Drone Use Grows Among Electric Utilities

Drone Photography Raises Questions About Privacy And Safety

On May 11, 2015, Xcel Energy became the latest electric utility to obtain an exemption under Section 333 of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act authorizing the company to conduct commercial small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) operations. The exemption was issued exactly 90 days after the utility’s original petition which reflects the FAA’s continued efforts to streamline the issuance of such exemptions.

Colorado Blazes The Path On Oil And Gas Data

The Dow Falls On Poor Economic Data In The Housing And Job Market

This May has truly been a banner month for transparency of the oil and gas industry.  To start, FracFocus, the state-run, national hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure database,released chemical information of nearly 100,000 wells in raw digital format. On the same day, Colorado’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) put two key datasets online that will… Keep reading →

President Barack Obama wth Vice President Joe Biden speaks with CEO of Namaste Solar Electric, Inc., Blake Jones, while looking at solar panels at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Denver, Col., Feb. 17, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

China will overtake Germany as the world’s solar leader this year based on cumulative installed capacity, and the United States is likely to move up a spot to No. 4. But China and the U.S. are big countries, and when you take population into consideration, the solar leadership picture changes – a lot. Here are the… Keep reading →

California Faces Continued Energy Woes

Insight for Industry – Breakthroughs in Battery Storage Technologies Carry Impacts for Wind and Solar On April 30, 2015, Tesla Motors unveiled its Powerwall and Powerpack lithium ion batteries for homes and utility-scale applications, which could facilitate an increased role for wind and solar energy resources that have so far been limited by a need… Keep reading →

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