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The Largest Coal Plant In The Western U.S. Is Closing Decades Ahead Of Schedule

The Navajo Generating Station is the seventh largest source of climate pollution in the country. When it closes in 2019, it will be because of economics—not regulation.<p>Three years ago, the EPA struck a deal with the owners of the largest coal plant in the Western U.S. to close the plant by 2044. …

Renewable Energy

Wind Energy Will See More Tech Breakthroughs, Falling Costs, Experts Predict

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory conducted the largest-ever survey of experts on energy last year, asking them to predict whether wind energy would continue to get cheaper toward 2030 and beyond.<p>When they plotted the 163 expert predictions against traditional analyses, they …

Renewable Energy

How Secure Is Our Smart Grid?

Over the past several months, alarm bells have been going off regarding potential attacks against the U.S. electrical grid. Consider these recent …

Government Technology

Windfarms aren’t the real reason energy bills are rising. Blame the free market

Complaints about ‘green crap’ have been a convenient excuse for governments unable or unwilling to intervene and cap suppliers’ prices<p>Last week, photographs of wind turbines were once again juxtaposed with headlines about rising energy prices. The cause on this occasion was no less pre-eminent a …

Renewable Energy

As CA bill aims for 100% renewable by 2050, utility starts 30MW battery system

CA Public Utilities Commissioner: "We are far in advance of where we expected to be."<p>On Friday, Southern California utility San Diego Gas & Electric …

Renewable Energy

3 Ways the Utility Industry is Mimicking Startup Mentality

As a reaction stricter regulations, the utility industry is taking lessons from entrepreneurs on how to become more agile and<p>Today’s economic and environmental realities call for the energy efficiency industry and business leaders to engage more than ever before. Entrepreneurs have a deep …

Renewable Energy

A forgotten war technology could safely power Earth for millions of years. Here's why we aren't using it

• <b>Humanity may face an energy crisis as the world's population rapidly grows.</b>• <b><br>Nuclear power plants can generate bountiful, carbon-free electricity, but their solid fuel is problematic, and aging reactors are being shut down.</b>• <b><br>A Cold War-era liquid-fueled reactor design could transform thorium — a</b> …

Nuclear Energy

Enbala Raises $12M Investment Led by Grid Software Partner ABB

Enbala has just cemented its partnership with ABB with a new funding round. On Thursday, the Vancouver, Canada-based startup announced $12 million in …

Renewable Energy

How EPA Calculates the Cost of Environmental Compliance for Electricity Generators

People pay for electricity directly, out of pocket, when they pay their electric bill. But they may also pay in an indirect way, when they bear the …

Renewable Energy

SDG&E bets on batteries for local grid's future

It may not look like much — just a collection of large, stationary containers dotting an industrial park at the San Diego Gas & Electric operations …

Renewable Energy

Europeans are cutting down U.S. forests for so-called 'sustainable' energy

European nations, including the UK, are making a grave accounting error that will result in the emissions of more planet-warming greenhouse gases, according to a new report from an independent London think tank.<p>By counting the burning of wood pellets from felled forests in the U.S., Canada and …

Climate Change

Australia first to introduce a solar energy digital marketplace

Australia is famous for its crazy inhospitable environment, but with the introduction of new technology, Australians might actually be able to make money off the burning hot sun.<p>According to the Guardian, Australia will be the first country in the world to implement a network of “virtual” power …

Renewable Energy

Startups re-energise the power sector

EDF Energy’s innovation competition, the EDF Energy Pulse Awards, along with its Blue Lab innovation accelerator, are helping energy startups get a footing in the sector<p>Taking an energy meter reading isn’t a task most would describe as fun, yet EDF Energy’s latest app recently got one such review. …

Innovation

Cybersecurity of the power grid: A growing challenge

Called the “largest interconnected machine,” the U.S. electricity grid is a complex digital and physical system crucial to life and commerce in this …

Cybersecurity

This Startup Lets Small Businesses Buy All Their Power Directly From Wind And Solar Farms

Squeaky makes it easy for companies to go 100% renewable energy. Now there are no excuses.<p>When Google decided to shift to 100% renewable energy, it worked directly with wind and solar farms to sign deals. A new U.K.-based startup called Squeaky lets small businesses easily do the same thing at a …

Renewable Energy

How a Pacific Island Changed From Diesel to 100% Solar Power

Ta'u, American Samoa<p>The island of Ta'u in American Samoa now boasts a solar microgrid from Tesla's SolarCity.<p>Join us in The People v. Climate Change and share an environmental portrait of someone taking positive steps to protect the Earth on YourShot or social media. Use #MyClimateAction to share a …

Renewable Energy

Here’s what the world’s biggest solar farm looks like from space

On the Tibetan Plateau in eastern China, 4 million solar panels silently soak up the sun as part of the Longyangxia Dam Solar Park. It’s the largest …

Renewable Energy

Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change

Environment correspondent<p><b>Using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a flawed policy that is speeding up not slowing down climate warming.</b><p>That's according to a new study which says wood is not carbon neutral and emissions from pellets are higher than coal.<p>Subsidies for biomass should …

Climate Change

Clean energy’s dirty secret: Wind and solar power are disrupting electricity systems

Clean energy’s dirty secretWind and solar power are disrupting electricity systems<p>But that’s no reason for governments to stop supporting …

Renewable Energy

California talking about 100%, Mexico at 2.69¢/kWh, The Residential Electric Utility, more

California going for 100% renewable electricity by 2045 – A California politician has submitted a bill requiring the state to go 100% renewable electricity by 2045. California is the largest US state by population and GDP, and if it were on its own it is often said it’d be among the top ten …

Renewable Energy

Harvard Is One Step Closer to Developing Cheap, Long-Lasting Battery Storage

By Kieran Cooke<p>It is the holy grail of the renewable energy sector—a cheap and efficient battery system that can store energy generated by renewables …

Renewable Energy

Fixing the Power Grid through Open Markets and New Technologies

The electric power system makes our modern, mobile, information-age economy possible. But it is organized in much the same way it was in 1884, when …

How electric utilities could revive their sagging fortunes and decarbonize the country

It’s all about electrification.<p>These are gloomy times for electric utilities. After more than a century of fairly steady and predictable growth, they have entered stagnant waters. Demand for electricity is sluggish. Distributed energy resources (solar panels, batteries, etc.) are chipping away at …

Renewable Energy

Revolutionary Power Plant Captures All Its Carbon Emissions, At No Extra Cost

<i>Green Gas: the Allam Cycle technology promises a future of emissions-free fossil fuels.</i><p><b>GROWING UP IN ENGLAND</b> after World War II, “all the youngsters like me were obsessed with aircraft,” says Rodney Allam. “I had a picture on my wall of Chuck Yeager when he broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1, …

Renewable Energy

A look at Tesla Powerwall ownership after 1 year as second generation is coming: 92% savings on utility bill

We reported on Nick Pfitzner just over a year ago when he became one of the first people to have a Tesla Powerwall in Australia. After now over a year of ownership, Nick shared his experience just as a lot more people are considering installing home energy storage now that the market expanded with …

Renewable Energy

California city on its way to becoming the first Zero Net Energy city in the U.S.

The city of Lancaster, California is one step closer to becoming a Zero Net Energy city – the very first in the U.S. The proposed ordinance, recently …

Renewable Energy

This blooming solar system harvests energy from the sun like a flower

'Smartflower' claims to be the world's first "intelligent energy plant." It's a solar system that unfolds its giant solar panel petals in the morning and follows the sun throughout the day. It closes up at night or during heavy weather conditions.<p>Its mobility makes it more efficient than …

Renewable Energy

1.5GW RFP in AZ, Perovskite at 30% in two years (!?), Apple backing energy storage, more

Arizona County put out Request for Proposal (RFP) for 1.5GW of solar power – Personally, this is the largest RFP I’ve seen in the US. There are headlines for projects in the Middle East at 5GW, one in India at 7.5GW and China sorta has an RFP of 20GW a year – but these nation-state led bids feel …

Renewable Energy