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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →