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Rhode Island may pave way for Obama wind energy boom

Five wind turbines in the waters off Rhode Island’s coast will start producing electricity this fall, fulfilling a years-old clean energy dream from …

Energy

Soaring Corporate Demand Causes Utilities To Shoot For The Sun

A decade ago, Duke Energy didn’t own any renewable energy assets. Today it owns or contracts for 3,000 megawatts — a number that it expects to increase to 8,000 megawatts by 2020. Its purchase of a majority stake in REC Solar is a primary vehicle to getting there and one that will focus on selling …

Energy

National Grid to recoup 95 million pounds of power contract costs

Britain's National Grid will be able to recoup 95 million pounds of the 113 million it has awarded to two companies to provide back-up emergency power for winter 2016/17, regulator Ofgem said on Tuesday.<p>The so-called "black start" contracts pay power companies to keep plants ready to come back …

Energy

America’s First Offshore Wind Farm May Power Up a New Industry

BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. — The towering machines stand a few miles from shore, in a precise line across the seafloor, as rigid in the ocean breeze as sailors reporting for duty.<p>The blades are locked in place for now, but sometime in October, they will be turned loose to capture the power of the wind. And …

Energy

To be Solar, or not to be? Part 2: What solar panels should I choose?

Electricity is one of the most important things in our lives. That solar panels allows us to collect photons from the skies and drive – literally if it’s an electric vehicle – our modern world is almost magical. In our first article on residential solar, we talked about the structural aspects of a …

Solar panels

To be Solar, or not to be? Part 1: Does solar power make sense for my roof?

<i>North Palm Beach, FL – 9.3kW PCM Solar, Renogy & SolarEdge built by Coronado Solar</i><p><b>Does Solar Power make sense for my roof?</b><p>Residential Solar Power is big time business – 2,099 MW at about $3.60/W means $7.6B in sales in the United States in 2015. SolarCity, the largest national installer at about …

Energy

The Myth of the Sustainable City

<i>Excerpted from</i> America’s Most Sustainable Cities and Regions: Surviving the 21st-Century Megatrends<i>, by John W. Day and Charles Hall (with</i> …

Sustainable Design

GE is building America's first offshore farm of wind turbines that are twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty

The US uses an astounding amount of energy: about 97 quadrillion BTUs, or about 18% of world's total energy consumption. And demand is only going to increase over time.<p>The majority of the energy the country generates — which powers America's homes, internet, and urban infrastructure — comes from …

Energy

Offshore wind farm a green-energy milestone

The first offshore wind energy farm in the USA is up and nearly ready to go, marking a new chapter in the nation’s changing electricity grid.<p>Thursday, workers finished installing the last of five turbines off Rhode Island’s coast, a little more than a year after the Providence-based developer …

Energy

Extracting Uranium From Sea Water, A Renewable For Nuclear Power

Uranium is a heavy metal that occurs naturally in low concentrations in our solar system, and its slow reactive decay is what provides the primary …

Energy

Blockchain power trading platform to rival batteries

A Perth startup will begin trials of consumer-to-consumer electricity trading this month using Blockchain technology – a small but potentially …

Energy

Who owns the wind? We do, Wyoming says, and it's taxing those who use it

Not long after it became clear that the robust winds that blow down from the Rocky Mountains and across the sea of sagebrush here could produce plenty of profit in a world that wants more renewable energy, some of the more expansive minds in the Wyoming Legislature began entertaining a lofty …

Energy

All of the US's energy consumption in one giant graphic

Today’s graphic is special type of flow chart, called a Sankey diagram.<p>This particular one shows the total estimated energy consumption in the United States in 2015, and how energy flowed from source to the final destination. The graphic comes to us from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory …

Energy

Bill Gates backs cleantech startup to help utilities improve electric grid efficiency

Bill Gates backed cleantech startup Varentec in a $13 million funding round announced Thursday, reinforcing the Microsoft billionaire's effort to …

Bill Gates

The U.S. finally has its first offshore wind energy farm, after a decade of trying

The pair of 600-foot towers rising off the eastern U.S. coast marks a historic achievement for the country’s energy industry.<p>The two towers, installed near Rhode Island last week, are the first-ever offshore wind energy turbines to go up in U.S. waters. Deepwater Wind, the project’s developer, said …

Energy

6 things to know about Massachusetts' new energy law

BOSTON (AP) — A future in which Massachusetts homes and businesses are powered by energy from ocean- and land-based wind farms, solar rays, and …

Energy

Solar and wind 'cheaper than new nuclear' by the time Hinkley is built

The government expects solar and wind power to be cheaper than new nuclear power by the time Hinkley Point C is completed, its own projections show.<p>Theresa May’s government last month made a surprise decision to delay a deal on Hinkley, prompting a renewed look at what alternatives could power …

Energy

Holy Grail of energy policy in sight as battery technology smashes the old order

The world's next energy revolution is probably no more than five or ten years away. Cutting-edge research into cheap and clean forms of electricity storage is moving so fast that we may never again need to build 20th Century power plants in this country, let alone a nuclear white elephant such as …

Energy

China’s solar binge looks like a win for the climate, but it’s about to fall flat

China’s epic solar binge accelerated in the first six months of 2016, as the country added more than 20 gigawatts of new solar installations. That’s …

China

A huge battery made of air

Deep in a cavern in the Swiss Alps, an innovative system that stores electricity as compressed air is being developed in a pilot project that is a …

Batteries

This Very, Very Detailed Chart Shows How All The Energy In The U.S. Is Used

Take a master's level course in improving your energy literacy, down to the half a percent of our energy that we use to fly military jets.<p>Saul Griffith likes numbers. The serial entrepreneur and MacArthur genius once calculated the carbon footprint of every single action in his life—from buying …

Energy

Texas Is Drowning in Wind Energy

Yes, you can have too much of a good thing. ​<p>Texas has made a massive investment in wind power, and the turbines are starting to move. 18,000 megawatts (MW) of wind generation capacity are already up and running, and 5,500 more are coming soon. But there's a problem: It's hard to build the …

Energy

Duke Energy Finds Success In The New Energy Economy. Can Other Utilities Learn From It?

Market economies march forward. It’s how they deliver better products and services, enabling them to weather what is often unforgiving and competitive climates. The individual businesses unable to make such adjustments are shunted aside while the bold yet nimble ones get ahead.<p>No where is this …

Energy

54 Percent of Older Customers Won’t Pay for Additional Services

Customer engagement has been the rallying cry of smart grid advocates for years. The problem, it turns out, is that customers are not one monolithic …

Customers

PPL Electric Utilities Introduces Automated Power Restoration System

A new automated power restoration system is turning the lights back on for PPL Electric Utilities customers in minutes, even before a work crew has …

Restoration

ABB And Its Smart Grid Center Of Excellence

<b>Published on</b> August 6th, 2016 | <i>by Glenn Meyers</i><p>0<p>August 6th, 2016 by <b>Glenn Meyers</b><p>Make no mistake about how the future of distributing clean electricity …

Clean technology

Can Tesla go from sexy car company to clean energy empire?

If you're wondering about Elon Musk's latest vision for Tesla, think Apple.<p>Apple succeeded in turning a bland market for electronic devices into a coveted and connected lifestyle where your phone, your tablet, your computer, your watch and your television can all be bought in one place and work …

Energy

Why energy may soon be free thanks to solar, wind, storage and big data

Google and Apple both have licences to trade energy while Microsoft has been busy developing new technology

Energy

Adelaide charges ahead with world’s largest 'virtual power plant'

Adelaide will be home to the world’s largest “virtual power plant” – AGL is rolling out 1,000 battery systems to homes and businesses, with backing from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena).<p>AGL and Arena say the project will improve network security and dampen a volatile wholesale …

Energy