NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05:   The Manhattan skyline is viewed from Brooklyn on May 5, 2015 in New York City. In an effort to reduce Manhattan's carbon footprint, New York's City Council is considering a bill that would limit the amount of external light commercial buildings may use when empty at night. If approved, the bill could alter the use of lights in nearly 40,000 structures and potentially change the iconic nighttime view of Manhattan. The controversial bill has received support from Mayor Bill de Blasio.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York Energy Week is kicking off its third year next week! The energy industry event series has quickly become a must-attend gathering for businesses, government leaders, financial players, legal professionals, members of the environmental community and citizens interested in the exciting ways energy production, transportation and consumption are evolving. New York finds itself on… Keep reading →

Europe Fears Cuts In Natural Gas From Russia

In an ideal world, our electricity system would run on 100 percent clean, renewable energy. Moving toward that goal means transitioning away from a system of centralized, fossil fuel power plants, to an intelligent, efficient, networked energy grid that smoothly integrates vastly increased amounts of renewables and energy-efficient solutions. To do that, we have to… Keep reading →

NEW YORK - JULY 23:  A woman walks past power lines on the sidewalk as workers try to restore electrical service July 23, 2006 in the Queens borough of New York City. Many Con Edison and other electrical workers have been working long hours attempting to restore power to thousands of people that were left without electricity after a blackout a week ago.  (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

New York can begin to catalyze the transformation of its electric utilities by putting the right incentives in place for utilities to perform some of the duties envisioned for its distributed system platforms of the future. In a February order, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) released the first major decision of its… Keep reading →

'A World Without Petrol' Art Exhibition Launches In Sydney

They just sit there most of the day and night, storehouses of electricity, doing nothing. So in an era of increasing renewable energy penetration, why not use electric vehicles and their batteries to help make way for more variable renewable energy? It’s an idea that’s been kicked around a lot, and now the Chinese are getting… Keep reading →

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Our reliance on electricity is nothing new, but in the era of global connectivity and the burgeoning mobile economy, our dependence on power has grown dramatically. This is especially true in developing countries, where the growth of mobile has opened up economic frontiers and brought new opportunities. Sadly, all of that progress can be undermined… Keep reading →

DIRECTV CBC Solar Groundbreaking Event With Solar City

  US solar giant SolarCity today announced the launch of a microgrid product with built in energy storage capability. SolarCity is going after the commercial market, targeting municipalities, which is a segment the company views as underserved. Extreme weather events have been increasingly disruptive for municipalities in recent years. See Hurricane Sandy as an example.… Keep reading →

Crane Collapses On Apartment Building On Manhattan's Upper East Side

Pushing forward on what some are calling “Utility 2.0,” New York on Thursday adopted a regulatory reform framework aimed in large part at paving the way for more cleaner, distributed energy on the grid. A whole host of factors is driving the state here: A post-Sandy desire to address climate-change risks, increasingly cheaper renewables, smart… Keep reading →

Germany Expands Its Electricity Grid

Former FERC Chairman, Jon Wellinghoff spoke in an interview about the need to harden the electric grid from security threats by expanding the use of microgrids and distributed generation. “People are beginning to understand that they need their own onsite capabilities to island themselves from the grid. That’s because the grid’s external vulnerabilities will continue… Keep reading →

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

  Extreme cold weather has had a tight grip on much of the Northern U.S. this winter.  Boston recently saw its lowest temperature since 2004 and New York City had its coldest February morning in nearly three decades.  As millions of Americans endure these cold temperatures, the importance of electricity for heating our homes and… Keep reading →

Central Utah Anchors State's Coal Mining Industry

 Ed. note: This is a new weekly column by Elie Mystal, Managing Editor of Above the Law Redline. This space will focus on the laws that exist, should exist, and should be put out of their misery. OVER-REGULATED Gag Orders: Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is under criminal indictment for his role in the death… Keep reading →

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