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Kenya army plane crashes in Somalia

A Kenya military plane has crashed in southern Somalia, the army said, citing "technical problems" while Somalia's al-Shabab fighters claimed they had shot it down.<p>There are reports that the pilot is dead and two members of the crew are missing after Thursday's incident.<p>Al Jazeera's Catherine Soi, …

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The 6 Best Tools For Creative Work, According To Science

Connecting our minds and bodies–by sleeping, stepping away from the keyboard, and breaking a sweat–might be the best way to get through a creative block.<p>I’d love to have a toolkit that promised me great, creative ideas every time I sat down to work. Obviously that’s not going to happen–creativity …

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The Democratizing Promise Of Energy Storage

<b>Published on</b> April 4th, 2014 | <i>by John Farrell</i><p>28<p>April 4th, 2014 by <b>John Farrell</b><p>While energy storage is a small fraction of total power generation …

Time to Rightsize the Grid?

Last week a team of systems scientists known for counter-intuitive insights on power grids delivered a fresh one that questions one of the tenets of …

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The Dropping Cost Of “Grid Defection” Means You Could Soon Ditch Your Electric Company

Solar panels and battery energy storage are getting cheaper and easier. Soon, off-the-grid living could go mainstream.<p>The killer app? That would be solar panels plus batteries. When you put the two together, homeowners don’t need utilities anymore, and perhaps not the grid either.<p>A new report …

Will Utilities Control Behind-the-Meter Solar Batteries?

Ken Munson, CEO of Stockton, Calif.-based startup Sunverge Energy, doesn’t want you to think of his company’s product as a “battery in a box,” …

What do you need to know about microgrids?

In the early days of electric service to homes, financier J.P. Morgan wanted electric light so badly he asked Thomas Edison to install a “miniplant” …

Onsite Generation: Can Utilities Rethink Their Business Proposition?

Can utilities adapt to emerging innovations that allow customers to “bypass” their services? Or, will power companies become the modern-day dinosaur?<p>The trend is toward more independent customers who are able to generate their own electricity — all spearheaded by advancing technologies that are …

The Time for Wind and Solar Energy Is Now

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report, which explores ways to cut carbon emissions, put the world on notice. Despite efforts in the United States, Europe and developing countries such as China to ramp up energy efficiency and renewable energy, global carbon emissions …

Rooftop Solar: Does It Really Need the Grid?

In Australia’s remote and distant outback, the development of micro- and mini-grids based on solar and battery storage seems a logical step to take, …

What Can We Do About Grid Loss?

<b>Published on</b> April 28th, 2014 | <i>by Roy L Hales</i><p>35<p>April 28th, 2014 by <b>Roy L Hales</b><p>A high-power electrical tower.<br>Image Credit: FASTILY, CC-BY 3.0 …