Nuclear Power Plants Tighten Their Security

Germany’s planned nuclear switch-off is driving a surge in clean energy investment. [The Guardian] General Electric announced Monday that it had finalised a deal to acquire the energy assets of France’s Alstom for $10.7 billion. [Yahoo] The $2.2 billion Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System benefited from a $1.6 billion Energy Department loan guarantee has been… Keep reading →

Congress And Energy This Fall

Congress Reconvenes After Midterm Elections

Congress could consider wide-ranging energy legislation this fall if they can get past a Continuing Resolution, rumors of a government shut-down and pre-election year politics.

American Electric Power's (AEP) Mountain

On August 24, 2015, President Obama announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) will provide up to $1 billion in additional loan guarantee authority to support innovative distributed energy projects such as rooftop solar with battery storage and smart grid technologies. The loan guarantee is expected to spur innovation in clean energy technologies that are… Keep reading →

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A BMW manufacturing plant in Greer, South Carolina, demonstrated that fuel cells can be powered by fuel from a unique source: Garbage. In a first-of-its-kind demonstration, the Energy Department, BMW and project partners Ameresco, Gas Technology Institute and the South Carolina Research Authority powered some of the facility’s fuel cell forklifts with hydrogen produced on-site from… Keep reading →


A recent report casts doubt on whether proposed federal legislation would actually accelerate decisions on the siting of cross-border energy infrastructure.

As Default Deadline Nears, Congress Continues Debate Debt Ceiling Plan

On July 22, 2015, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, the first major energy legislation since 2007. The bill focuses on areas of agreement and avoids controversial issues such as lifting the ban on crude oil exports… Keep reading →

National Renewable Energy Lab Tests Green Energies In Colorado

On July 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $18 million in funding for six projects to develop bioproducts and biofuels from algae.

Energy & Environment Update – July 2015 #2

As Default Deadline Nears, Congress Continues Debate Debt Ceiling Plan

The House and Senate have a full schedule for the remaining three weeks of the summer session before the August recess.

Casio Introduces World's Smallest Fuel Cell

Duke Energy’s decision to replace 36 MW of Xtreme lead-acid batteries shows the risks of backing emerging storage tech.  Utilities are leery of new battery technologies, no matter how groundbreaking they seem. That’s because they sometimes don’t perform as promised, and fixing that problem can turn out to be an expensive proposition. Last week, Duke… Keep reading →

Germany Seeks Ambitious Goals For Renewable Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy wants 20 percent of the nation’s energy to come from wind power in the next 15 years, targeting a 5% increase from current production levels. “A new Energy Department report finds that wind technology featuring taller towers and larger turbines may get the nation to that goal by opening up… Keep reading →

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