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Eric Cutter on LinkedIn: “Ahmad Faruqui from Brattle Consulting…

Ahmad Faruqui from Brattle Consulting Group, Inc. presents a useful global survey on moving forward on rate reform at an August 8th California Energy …

Pay-as-you-save: Arkansas cooperative harnesses innovative financing to fund efficiency

Ouachita Electric Cooperative in southwest Arkansas is a small, rural service territory. Many residents are low-income; homes are spread out, and …

Ryan Wiser on LinkedIn: “Wind project capital costs in…

Wind project capital costs in the U.S. averaged $1,590/kW in 2016. New report at http://windreport.lbl.gov/

98-Year Old Hawaiian Company Plunges Into The Hydrogen Future

A good sign that the hydrogen economy is not a dream: Hawaii-based Servco follows through on plans for a fueling station to support Toyota Mirai fuel …

Solar power and clean cars are ‘gamechangers’ consistently underestimated by big energy, says Imperial College and Carbon Tracker report<p>Falling costs of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide growth in demand for oil and coal by 2020, a new report has suggested.<p>A scenario that …

Fossil Fuels

How Does Geography Figure Into the Full Cost of Electricity?

To determine the full cost of electricity, you have to account for geographical factors Image: UT Austin Not all power plants are the same. They …

Power Markets Are Better For Consumers Than Traditional Alernative, Study Says

A new study shows that power generation is more efficient in competitive power markets than it is under traditional command-and-control style regulation. Or, more specifically, imperfect markets are better for consumers than imperfect regulation.<p>In “Imperfect Markets Versus Imperfect Regulation in …

America’s Cyber Security Dilemma — and A Way Out

The network era has changed the rules of arms buildups.<p><b>A security dilemma occurs when one nation’s</b> efforts to improve its security prompts other …

Cybersecurity

A 'Rosie' future? Vivint unveils A.I. assistant Sky, taps into 'Jetsons' ethos

Alexa who?<p>The age of robots and automated personal assistants is upon us, with a universe of smart devices recently estimated at more than 6 billion. …

SoCalGas, UC Irvine test hydrogen energy technology to store renewable energy

Southern California Gas Co. announced the power-to-gas (P2G) hydrogen pipeline injection program it funds at the University of California Irvine has …

Scientists say the global ocean circulation may be more vulnerable to shutdown than we thought

Intense future climate change could have a far different impact on the world than current models predict, suggests a thought-provoking new study just out in the journal Science Advances. If atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations were to double in the future, it finds, a major ocean current — one …

Cyber experts report 'chasing ghosts' after US warning

WASHINGTON (AP) — After the U.S. government disclosed its first technical report publicly connecting Russia's intelligence services to U.S. hacking, …

Hackers threaten smart power grids

Europe is investing in power grids that save consumers money and easily handle surges from wind and solar sources — features critical to curbing …

Averting a National Blackout: Cybersecurity and the Critical Energy Infrastructure

Heading to the next issue of The Electricity Journal is an article I worked on with Ijeoma Onyeji and Morgan Bazilian of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis. In it, we make our initial foray into the matter of how much we really need to worry about a catastrophic cyber attack against …

Compromised Hydro One computer shows difficulty of tracking hackers

The discovery that Ontario’s main electricity distributor allegedly had an IP address compromised by Russian hackers is “a wake-up call” and should …

Indian firm makes carbon capture breakthrough

A breakthrough in the race to make useful products out of planet-heating CO2 emissions has been made in southern India.<p>A plant at the industrial port of Tuticorin is capturing CO2 from its own coal-powered boiler and using it to make baking soda.<p>Crucially, the technology is running without subsidy, …

Critiques of the DHS/FBI’s GRIZZLY STEPPE Report – Robert M. Lee

On December 29th, 2016 the White House released a statement from the President of the United States (POTUS) that formally accused Russia of …

Water Sector Prepares For Cyberattacks

<i>Security threats evolve as water systems connect to the internet.</i>Industrial control systems, which operate the pumps, valves, and disinfection …

Russian hackers strike Burlington Electric with malware

CLOSE<p>Malicious software linked to a Russian hacking group associated with attempts to influence the U.S. presidential election has been found within …

Cyberattacks Raise Alarm for U.S. Power Grid

Experts believe Russian hackers linked to the DNC breach are also behind attacks on utilities in Ukraine and U.S., leaving domestic power grid exposed<p>Cyberattacks that have knocked out electric utilities in Ukraine, including one suspected hack earlier this month, have renewed concern that computer …

Cybersecurity

Is Brooklyn’s Microgrid-On-The-Blockchain The Future Of The Electric System?

A new cooperative, local, energy Internet is emerging, and this project is on the cutting edge.<p>A new micro-grid project in Brooklyn is pointing the way to a new type of energy system: one based around local electricity generation, energy trading between neighbors, and less reliance on traditional …

The Blockchain Energy System Is Going To Be Great For Consumers

Make your own power, sell your own power–at prices you decide.<p>Traditionally, energy systems flowed in one direction: from big power producers to consumers. Now, with more people getting rooftop solar panels, they’re increasingly two-way: homes send excess power back to utilities, reducing their …

Instead Of Buying Electricity From The Power Company, What If You Bought It From Your Neighbor?

Traditionally, when you want electricity, you buy it from a utility. In the future, you may buy it from the house next door. A Dutch company called PowerPeers is making it happen in the Netherlands.<p>In the Netherlands, a marketplace called Power Peers is linking up home energy producers with …

Negative Electricity Prices Are Not A Sign Of Renewable Success

<i>“The success story of German solar meant power prices dipped into negative territory in the last five days as the sun finally appeared.”</i> PV Magazine April 2015<p>Advocates of wind and solar power often point to low or negative prices for electricity in wholesale markets with a heavy reliance on those …

11 maps that explain the US energy system

Want to see what America's energy infrastructure looks like — all those power plants and coal mines and oil wells and transmission lines? The Energy Information Administration just released a new new mapping tool laying it all out.<p>Below I've pulled out 11 maps of interest, but you can customize the …

India just fired up the world’s largest solar plant to power 150,000 homes

Things are heating up in India, where one of the world’s top polluting countries has unveiled the world’s largest solar power plant. The 648-megawatt …

How will the election affect policy toward the environment? | Stanford News

<b>What could the election mean for U.S. commitments to national and international environmental agreements?</b><p><b>Charles Kolstad:</b> Trying to figure out what …