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 →

Energy & Environment Update – June 2015 #5

Balance Of Power At Stake As Midterm Elections Draw Near

The House and Senate are in recess for the Independence Day holiday before returning next week for the July work period.

Texas Oil Companies Work To Adapt To Falling Oil Prices

The issue was energy infrastructure – where the United States is and where things are headed. At the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) annual conference this week, one discussion honed in on the challenges to infrastructure approval and construction – as well as government’s best role in developing projects that are key to U.S. energy… Keep reading →

Photo from NRG Energy/Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images for Bechtel

The Wall Street Journal has returned attention to the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the $2.2 billion Department of Energy-backed concentrating solar power plant whose slow start became the subject of some controversy after a Breaking Energy story last fall. The Journal reported that “15 months after starting up, the California plant is producing just 40… Keep reading →

dark matter

Fundamental scientific research lies at the heart of many energy-related breakthroughs that ultimately disrupt established social and economic systems. It can be overwhelming to look at the world’s looming energy and climate challenges, but Dr. Franklin (Lynn) Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the US Department of Energy remains optimistic despite the complexity… Keep reading →

California Faces Continued Energy Woes

Insight for Industry – Breakthroughs in Battery Storage Technologies Carry Impacts for Wind and Solar On April 30, 2015, Tesla Motors unveiled its Powerwall and Powerpack lithium ion batteries for homes and utility-scale applications, which could facilitate an increased role for wind and solar energy resources that have so far been limited by a need… Keep reading →

USGS interactive map showing location of utility-scale wind farms.

It gets more than its share of dramatic weather, but the U.S. South is generally not windy, at least not over land. As a result, wind power isn’t a thing there. East of Texas and south of parallel 36°30′ north – the Missouri Compromise line – the only wind farm in the entire region is… Keep reading →

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