A claimed breakthrough in solid oxide fuel cell technology Earlier this week, General Electric announced that it is initiating an entrepreneurial effort to commercialize its solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology for megawatt-scale stationary power applications. Billion-dollar fuel cell startup Bloom Energy also works with SOFC technology at this scale. GE has claimed a recent… Keep reading →


A new demand-side program will be a training ground for future utility reforms in New York Consolidated Edison is taking a new approach to delivering reliable power that is as radical as the gentrification sweeping New York’s outer boroughs. Con Ed filed a proposal on Wednesday with the New York Public Utilities Commission for a… Keep reading →

National Grid Announces Controversial New Power Line Route

The Energy Department recently launched the Microgrid 2014 MVP Challenge, a competition to support resiliency and adaptation in communities across America. The Challenge will recognize local organizations that have adopted successful grid strategies which can continue providing vital public services during power disruptions caused by severe weather and other events. As part of the Obama… Keep reading →

Illinois Governor Appoints Special Task Force To Review Energy Infrastructure

On a hot day in August 2003, a high-voltage transmission line failed in Ohio, followed by a series of failures on other vital lines over the next two hours. As the massive power flows sought a path of least resistance, they overloaded other high-voltage lines and the time intervals became shorter between each subsequent failure.… Keep reading →


Quick Take: Need more ammunition to convince ratepayers and regulators that it’s time to modernize? Need more statistics and examples of just how bad things have gotten in the U.S.? Read “A Smarter Power Grid for U.S. Utilities” from Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Brief abstract below. – Jesse Berst Power outages in the United States are up… Keep reading →


Quick Take: By now, I’m sure you’ve read the predictions that we’ll be living in a world of federated microgrids within a decade or two. Yet many of those predictions gloss over an essential question. What will power those microgrids when the main grid goes down? Microgrid enthusiasts often imply that renewables plus storage will provide… Keep reading →


Summers in Austin, Texas are hot. Temperatures rise to an average of 97 degrees Fahrenheit daily, causing residents to swelter and energy bills to soar. However, one Recovery Act-funded project is helping find a way to turn down the heat on electricity bills. The Pecan Street Project is testing a new smart grid system in the Robert… Keep reading →

Recovery Continues Two Weeks After Superstorm Sandy

This past weekend, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released the latest figures for the 2012 State Energy Data System (SEDS). Each year, EIA publishes comprehensive statistical estimates that explore energy production, consumption, prices and expenditure, with historical figures and state-by-state breakdowns. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you a few graphics and maps using SEDS, aimed at… Keep reading →

Solar Power Tariff Incentive Spurns Boom In Gainsville Solar Industry

  We could all learn to get along without cell phones. And many of us are already learning to get along without cable TV. But civilization as we know it could not get along without electricity, which makes the electric industry – the generation, transmission and delivery of power – one of our most vital,… Keep reading →

Debate Continues into Future of UK Energy Generation

Agency’s $33 Million “REBELS” Program to Develop Innovative Technologies for Distributed Generation New York, NY – Today at New York Energy Week, ARPA-E Acting Director Dr. Cheryl Martin announced $33 million in funding for 13 new projects aimed at developing transformational fuel cell technologies for low-cost distributed power generation. The projects, which are funded through… Keep reading →

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