Matt Smith

1,021 Flips | 1 Magazine | 18 Followers | @fmsmith | I'm formerly an environmental professional who has moved into the energy industry. I am fascinated by the future of energy production and technology.

This is the world's first energy grid that harnesses the power of undersea waves

Australian Renewable Energy Agency<p>Harnessing the power of the sea is gaining momentum in Australia.<p>Carnegie Wave Energy, an Australian wave power …

Renewable Energy

NASA Satellite Images Show the Rapid Expansion of Utility-Scale Solar in China

China is a difficult solar market to track from the outside. Government subsidies are opaque and bureaucratic, interconnection problems run rampant, …

Three ways the world’s power mix is about to change

Big changes are afoot for the energy sector in the next 25 years. Coal and gas are headed out and solar and wind are rushing to take their place on a multi-trillion dollar investment bonanza, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance that scopes out the power generating landscape …

Renewable Energy

America Will Achieve Its Sunshot

Solar energy will be cost competitive with fossil fuels by 2020, if not before, the director of the Department of Energy’s Solar Technologies Office said in New York Thursday.<p>And industry leaders agreed that the remaining obstacles to solar’s success, like the expiration of a federal tax credit, …

Inside the renewable energy battles shaping North Carolina's future

Some of the nation’s most active renewables advocates have run head-on into the determination of conservative legislators to roll back state …

Duke Energy to use hog waste

Making energy with natural gas might get a whole lot more natural if Duke Energy Carolinas starts using hog manure.<p>The company hopes to use swine …

Updated: Georgia Power moving into rooftop solar market this summer

Dive Brief:<p>When Georgia’s new Solar Power Free Market Financing Act goes into effect July 1, Georgia Power, the state's dominant electricity provider …

Minnesota regulators approve state's largest solar project for Xcel

Dive Brief:<p>Minnesota regulators have approved what is expected to become the largest solar array in the state, a 100 MW project which will supply …

Solar Power

SCE&G, Duke reach settlements to add 190 MW of solar in South Carolina

Dive Brief:<p>South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) reached an agreement with consumer and renewables advocates on a $37 million program to get 84.5 MW …

How climate change threatens the Western grid, and what to do about it

Utilities across the nation are worried about revenue losses to distributed generation and energy efficiency, but a new study suggests they might …

Climate Change

AEP Shuts Down Ten Coal-fired Facilities - LCG Consulting

Duke Energy to build solar facility near Disney World

With the scorching summer heat now beating down upon us, the sizzling Florida sun is actually doing more than providing us with great vacation …

Duke Energy buys development rights to 80MW solar project in eastern N.C. - Charlotte Business Journal

By John Downey <br>– Senior Staff Writer, Charlotte Business Journal<p>Jun 3, 2015, 4:40pm EDT<b><br>Updated</b> Jun 3, 2015, 4:49pm EDT<p>Duke Energy Renewables has …

Renewable Energy

Billions over budget. Two years after deadline. What’s gone wrong for the ‘clean coal’ project that’s supposed to save an industry?

DE KALB, Miss. – If coal has a future, it lies here, off a state road lined with churches, crawfish billboards and boarded-up houses. One of the poorest places in America, this is also home to one of the most expensive power plants ever built.<p>The Kemper County Energy Facility is the showcase for …

Duke Energy Florida's solar plans to include new Orlando facility

Once constructed, all of the energy from the facility will be sold to the district to meet its energy needs.<p>"Our new solar facility agreement is …

UC Berkeley researchers say they have found a cheaper carbon capture solution

Dive Brief:<p>Scientists at the University of California at Berkeley are working to make carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) a more cost-effective …

Nevada utility-solar compromise could raise state's net metering cap

Dive Brief:<p>A compromise between Nevada solar advocates and NV Energy would, if approved by the full legislature, allow for 235 MW of net metered …

Solar Power

The future of global demand response markets, explained

While most demand response activity is currently going on in the United States, a new report from Navigant finds spending is set to take off …

Asia Pacific

26-acre solar farm coming to Mebane

MEBANE � The city has given the OK for a California-based group to develop the first solar farm in Mebane.<p>The group, Ecoplexus Inc., of San …

City Politics

Areva, Toshiba preparing for extended life -- perhaps a century -- for nuclear plants - Charlotte Business Journal

By John Downey <br>– Senior Staff Writer, Charlotte Business Journal<p>May 22, 2015, 5:08pm EDT<b><br>Updated</b> May 22, 2015, 6:38pm EDT<p>Can a nuclear plant run for a …

Nuclear Energy

Duke Energy to convert North Carolina plant to nat gas for $1.1 bln

May 19 (Reuters) - Duke Energy Corp, the largest U.S. power company by generation capacity, said it would invest $1.1 billion to convert a coal-powered power plant in North Carolina into a natural gas plant over four to five years.<p>Duke will retire the 376 megawatt (MW) coal plant in Asheville and …

Utilities can rate base EV charging stations under new Washington law

Dive Brief:<p>Last week, Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D) signed HB 1853 into law, making it possible for utilities to rate-base spending on electric …

Wind farms and solar panels 'will cost more than expected'

Consumers face higher energy bills unless subsidy schemes are reined in because ministers have understimated their costs, Policy Exchange warns<p>Energy bills will rise even more than expected to pay for wind farms and solar panels because ministers have underestimated the cost of green subsidies, a …

Why Google halted its research into renewable energy

Back in 2007, Google had a simple idea for addressing global warming — we just need to take existing renewable-energy technologies and keep improving them until they were as cheap as fossil fuels. And, voila! Problem solved.<p>Google realized its clean-energy project wasn't nearly ambitious enough<p>That …

Germany’s Nuclear Cutback Is Darkening European Skies

Germany’s influence in Europe is unquestionable, but it appears that some of its neighbors may be adversely affected by recent German decisions; and …

Portable Electric Grid Will Go Everywhere The Army Goes

What’s power without power?<p>Napoleon’s army may have marched on its stomach, but a modern military force needs more than just food to survive in the field. Electricity powers everything on an army base, so having a power grid is important if troops are going to be able to function inside a country. …

Military

MIT Group Used Solar Energy To Make Salty Water Drinkable In Off-Grid Areas

While there are many technologies out there than can effectively remove salt from water to make it drinkable, most are expensive and rely heavily on electricity –- rendering them all but useless in remote, off-grid villages.<p>That’s why a group of engineers from MIT, backed by Jain Irrigation …

New Bladeless Turbine Design Could Revolutionize Wind Power

A new project currently seeking crowd-funding called Vortex Bladeless is hoping to revamp wind turbine technology by creating a bladeless wind …

More Efficient Solar Panels, Thanks To Eye Of Moth And Leaf Of Lotus

<b>Published on</b> May 16th, 2015 | <i>by Tina Casey</i><p>16<p>More Efficient Solar Panels, Thanks To Eye Of Moth And Leaf Of Lotus<p>May 16th, 2015 by <b>Tina Casey</b><p>When …