Technology

Germany Debates Renewable Energy Investements

It is that simple, yet not simple  Between 2006 and 2009, Texas installed roughly 7 GW of wind capacity, nearly all in West Texas, where it is windy. But since there is virtually no load in the area, nearly all generated power had to be transmitted to major load centers in the South and East… Keep reading →

Domestic Oil And Gas Production

The North American Gas Forum was held in Washington D.C. Sept 28-29. The event brought together leaders from across the natural gas supply chain to discuss the latest developments and important issues in the industry today. Keynote speakers were Adam Sieminski, Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration discussing the impressive growth in gas and… Keep reading →

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Quick Take: Home energy monitors, once expected to be a popular accessory for the affluent, instead may become common amongst Texas’ poorest families, as you will read below. I have mixed feelings. I certainly agree that more should be done to help low-income families gain control and choice. And I understand that the poor are the… Keep reading →

Visitors At The Hay Festival 2011

Lighting “consumes about 19% of the world’s electric power, more than all nuclear and hydroelectric plants can produce together (which is about 15% in total),” according to Grant Feller of the World Economic Forum. With significant future projected power demand and over a billion people without proper access to electricity (see Breaking Energy ‘energy poverty’… Keep reading →

A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker arr

One of the world’s first LNG exporters – Indonesia – is facing increasing domestic demand and dwindling gas reserves, motivating national oil company Pertamina to secure LNG imports. The company has already contracted supply from Cheniere Energy starting 2018 and recently announced plans to acquire a stake in a US Eagle Ford Shale producer before… Keep reading →

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I recently had the opportunity to test drive the Tesla Model S P85, the high-performance version of the highly acclaimed all-electric luxury sedan. Like many drivers of the Model S, I was thoroughly impressed by the performance of this machine and after examining the engineering I am increasingly convinced that electric vehicles (EVs) are the… Keep reading →

Sundarban's Ecosystem And Residents Threatened By Rampal Power Plant

Over the weekend, an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 people gathered in New York City for a rally organized by Peoples Climate, a coalition of more than 1,500 organizations that demand world leaders take action to combat climate change. For all of the media coverage and billboards protesting a plethora of topics such as fracking, the… Keep reading →

One World Trade Center Deemed Tallest Building In North America

Quick Take: When I talk at industry conferences and private events, I often remind utility leaders that they now have new allies. Climate groups that previously saw utilities as carbon-spewing monopolists now understand the essential role they play in integrating renewables. As a result, organizations such as the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense… Keep reading →

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In an increasingly fast-paced and mobile world, consumers are interested in being able to use technology wherever, whenever — with as little hassle as possible. Taking a cue from some smartphones that can charge wirelessly, automakers, federal researchers and equipment manufacturers have recognized an opportunity for plug-in electric vehicles, known as PEVs. Wireless charging has… Keep reading →

Solar Energy Is Focus Of Energy-Producing Housing Colony

Seven billion people will live and work in urban areas by 2050 and the demand for energy for all these people will be huge. Local production of energy will be needed with building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) key to make cities at least partially self-sufficient with energy. Rapid development in thin film solar cell efficiency strengthens the… Keep reading →

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