Battery Companies Drive Innovation In Energy Efficiency Storage Technology

California Faces Continued Energy Woes

A hot new area for the development of energy efficiency storage technology is refrigeration

Renewable Energy Update – April 2017 #2

Germany Debates Renewable Energy Investements

Solar capacity on the CAISO system spiked last year, leading to negative prices at times when output is highest but demand is not.

Renewable Energy Update – July 2015 #2

New Combined Electricity Project Connect Spain and France

Report Blames Human Activity For Global Warming

Tesla Motors Inc. is recruiting clients, Wal-Mart and Cargill, accelerating efforts to become a leader in energy storage — a new market that’s poised to boost sales and profit at the electric vehicle pioneer.”This week, Tesla will make a deeper push beyond the car business when it unveils batteries for homes and utilities. A review… Keep reading →

Schwarzenegger Tours Solar Panel Roof Of A Sam's Club

Climate hawks threw a punch at Walmart early Thursday afternoon – and before the day was over, the global retail behemoth had jabbed back. Sort of. Or so it might have appeared. The Institute for Local Self Reliance, with enviro heavyweights like founder Bill McKibben and Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune at its… Keep reading →

President Obama Speaks On Energy Efficiency At Mountain View Walmart

Walmart’s green platform – headlined by the “aspiration” to source 100 percent of its energy from renewables – got major play last month when President Obama used a solar-panel-festooned California store as a backdrop to promote his own efforts to boost clean power and energy efficiency. But just ahead of the visit, former Labor secretary… Keep reading →

A large excavator loads a truck with oil

A female Suncor Energy employee was attacked and killed by a black bear at the company’s oil sands production facility in Northern Alberta, Canada yesterday. “An extensive investigation is now underway at a Suncor worksite in northern Alberta after a large male black bear attacked and killed a female employee. At about 2 p.m. at… Keep reading →

The daunting cost of getting new transmission lines built is spurring the search for alternatives that not only cost less but can make the electricity system more resilient in the face of natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy.

Proponents of distributed generation, like rooftop solar panels, have been promoting many of these options as clean energy. But Doug Hurley, senior associate with Synapse Energy Economics, told the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) in Baltimore this week that cost alone will drive the power industry toward “non-transmission alternatives” (NTAs). Keep reading →

For 100 years, Americans have lived with what amounts to a corner store for electricity, but the smart grid means someone, somewhere, will start building Walmarts.

And the Sam Waltons of the power grid won’t wait for a regulatory invitation to start.
Steve Corneli, Senior Vice President, Policy and Strategy of NRG, challenged the experts gathered at GridWeek 2012 in Washington, DC last week to think of the smart grid as an interstate highway that will enable entire new forms of commerce. Keep reading →

Over the last decade, wind energy has catapulted from a fringe energy option to an economic, mainstream, $50 billion a year industry that employs 300,000 people globally. Over the last decade, technology advancements have driven the cost of wind down 60%, while the price of oil has surged over 350%. In fact, 40% of new power installations in America over the past five years have been wind energy. The success of wind power has become so widespread in the US that even companies like Walmart, Anheuser Busch and Nestle are becoming power producers using the technology.

Last week, the United States celebrated the milestone of 50 GW of installed wind power, demonstrating wind’s value as a mainstream, domestic source of energy for America. Fifty gigawatts is big: it’s enough capacity to power 12.8 million American homes, or meet the electricity demands of Nevada, Colorado, Wisconsin, Virginia, Alabama and Connecticut through wind power alone. Keep reading →

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