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The moment you get home and turn on the television or pick up the newspaper, arresting headlines grab your attention. And water has been taking prime spot in breaking news – now more than ever before. Here’s just a small sample: “Texas drought forces a town to sip from a truck” (New York Times, 3… Keep reading →

E.ON IBU Worldcup Biathlon Annecy - Antholz-Anterselva: Day Four

The German government is providing the country’s largest utility E.ON loans to help competitively bid for global LNG supply as Berlin seeks to diversify gas import sources away from Russia. The loans strengthen E.ON’s credit rating and help the company compete with government-backed companies that LNG suppliers favor. “Those guarantees have in the past been… Keep reading →

Obama Visits Daimler Trucks North America Plant In North Carolina

WASHINGTON—As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to reduce dependence on foreign oil and transition to a clean energy economy, the Energy Department today announced more than $55 million for 31 new projects to accelerate research and development of critical vehicle technologies that will improve fuel efficiency and reduce costs. These new projects are aimed… Keep reading →

Electricity Bill Across The Country Rise On Record Fuel Costs

Quick Take: We typically reserve press releases for our Friday column documenting product announcements and project wins. But I think this recent story from Itron has at least three important implications. First, an electric power utility is sharing its communications network with a separate entity (a city’s water department). This is such an obvious way for a… Keep reading →

Workers install the "K Computer" superco

This article is part of the series highlighting the “Top Things You Didn’t Know About…” Be sure to check back for more entries soon. Encompassing three research sites and two offices in five separate states — Alaska, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia — the Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has a 104‑year history… Keep reading →


Following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent decision to emphasize the use of biogas in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has come out with their own Biogas Opportunities Roadmap to promote biogas as a valuable form of renewable energy. The USDA is working together with the EPA, the Department… Keep reading →

Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano Announces New Cybersecurity Team

Quick Take: It’s a war out there — literally. Hackers from hostile countries target the U.S. power grid every day. That’s why I wanted to run this adaptation of a recent blog post from Trend Micro, an IT security company. I previously shared their view of the ways to attack a smart meter. This article explains how… Keep reading →

Aleo Produces Solar Panels

Sunny skies have turned cloudy for utility-scale solar PV development in the United States thanks to a trade dispute that has spread from China to Taiwan, raising costs, squeezing margins and delaying and possibly threatening projects. From the moment German-owned SolarWorld’s U.S. arm initiated trade cases against Chinese companies nearly three years ago, accusing them… Keep reading →

Sequestration Could Slow Movement Of Goods Through Ports

Germany’s Siemens, a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, appears to have received approval from California’s Air Resources Board (CARB), one of five units within the state Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to built a test track and implement its eHighway concept for heavy-duty trucks, as was first reported by Germany’s Spiegel-Online. Emission standards for… Keep reading →

2011 US Open - Day 13

It would be logical to assume that we make decisions based on our needs, desires, and values regardless of how the choice is presented. For instance, we wouldn’t expect the choice to become an organ donor to depend on whether you must check a box to accept or decline donation. But we would be wrong:… Keep reading →

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