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The Evolving Grid: Why Smart Technology and Wireless Communication Go Hand-in-Hand

BY GERMÁN FERNÁNDEZ, BELDEN INC. The seeds of the current smart grid were planted back in the 1980s when electronic control monitoring and metering …

Wireless

Smart grid electrical systems – a new export jackpot for Finland?

Finnish high-tech firms aim to turn smart energy technology into a major export product. A professor from the Lappeenranta University of Technology …

Environment

Sierra Nevada brewery installs 1 MWh Tesla Powerpack system

Sierra Nevada Brewing company just installed 500 kilowatts/1 megawatt-hour of Tesla Powerpack batteries at its Chico, California brewery. The …

Energy

The End of Coal Is Near: China Just Scrapped 103 Power Plants

A huge win for the environment.<p>China has announced plans to cancel more than 100 coal plants currently in development, scrapping what would amount to …

Energy

Calculating the Full Cost of Electricity—From Power Plant to Wall Socket

The Full Cost of Electricity is an interdisciplinary initiative of the Energy Institute of the University of Texas to identify and quantify the …

Energy

Calculating the Full Cost of Electricity—Know Your History

The structure of the electricity industry—of generation, delivery, and use of electricity over the past century—has evolved significantly Photo: …

Energy

Ukraine's power outage was a cyber attack: Ukrenergo

KIEV/MILAN (Reuters) - A power blackout in Ukraine's capital Kiev last month was caused by a cyber attack and investigators are trying to trace other potentially infected computers and establish the source of the breach, utility Ukrenergo told Reuters on Wednesday.<p>When the lights went out in …

Ukraine

Squirrel 'threat' to critical infrastructure

<b>The real threat to global critical infrastructure is not enemy states or organisations but squirrels, according to one security expert.</b><p>Cris Thomas has been tracking power cuts caused by animals since 2013.<p>Squirrels, birds, rats and snakes have been responsible for more than 1,700 power cuts …

Cybersecurity

Solar Energy Entrepreneurs In India Are Finding Faster, Cleaner and Economical Route to Power

Access to power in India is not a given. Mera Gao Power (MGP), however, is able to offer customers two solar powered lamps and a mobile phone charger for less than a dollar per week, powered by renewable energy sources as opposed to kerosene.<p>“People are concerned not about the emissions from a coal …

Energy

Wyoming Bill Would Outlaw Renewable Energy

Republican lawmakers in Wyoming have introduced a bill that would block the use of renewable energy in the state. If passed, utilities that use wind …

Energy

"Miniature" Nuclear Power Plants Could Create a New Age in Energy

Power on a New Scale<p>In the case of nuclear power plants, one company thinks bigger isn’t always better. NuScale Power has just submitted a design for …

Nuclear Energy

China scraps construction of 85 planned coal power plants

China has suspended 85 planned coal power plants in a bid to meet a government coal capacity target laid out in its latest plan for social and …

Energy

Kenya’s national electrification campaign is taking less than half the time it took America

In the 1930s, the US embarked on a campaign to connect rural parts of the country to electricity. It took more than two decades before 95% of all farms were electrified. Kenya is working on doing that in just seven years.<p>Kenya added 1.3 million households to its electricity grid last year, raising …

Energy

China’s energy strategy: power and independence

What are the implications of China’s announcement last week that it will be spending $360m over the next four years to build up its renewable energy …

Energy

A Big Test for Big Batteries

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — In Southern California in the fall of 2015, a giant natural gas leak not only caused one of the worst environmental disasters in the nation’s history, it also knocked out a critical fuel source for regional power plants.<p>Energy regulators needed a quick fix.<p>But rather than …

Houston coal plant makes use of carbon-capture tech

The woebegone U.S. coal industry received a rare bit of good news recently as the independent power company NRG Energy announced the completion of a $1 billion venture in Texas.<p>Called Petra Nova, the project separates more than 90% of the carbon dioxide from 240 megawatts of coal-fired power at a …

Energy

Why more and more countries are taking an interest in geothermal energy

<i>Originally published on</i> <i>Ensia</i><i>.</i><p>At 2:46 p.m. local time on Friday, March 11, 2011, Japan was rocked by the largest earthquake ever to strike its shores. The 9.1 magnitude quake triggered a devastating tsunami that killed more than 15,000 people. It also took out the back-up emergency generators that …

Energy

Australian firm plans nation's largest geothermal plant in Imperial Valley

In California’s southeastern desert, where an abundance of clean energy boils just beneath the surface, two start-up firms aim to build the nation’s largest geothermal power plant and mining operation.<p>Controlled Thermal Resources and Alger Alternative Energy plan to tap the Imperial Valley’s …

Energy

How Solar-Based Microgrids Could Bring Power to Millions

Millions of the world’s poorest lack power. Microgrids could be a clean-energy solution.<p>The village of Tanjung Batu Laut seems to grow out of a …

Duke Energy Continues Shift Towards Renewable Energy

<b>Duke Energy</b> (NYSE: DUK) may be the best example of utilities changing course from coal and other fossil fuels to renewable energy. The company was once one of the biggest coal burners in the country and now it's pouring billions of dollars into renewable energy.<p>The latest investment is the …

Energy

Tesla Plans to Power World's Largest Building with World’s Largest Rooftop Solar Farm

Tesla will generate 70-megawatts of power, shifting the Gigafactory away from fossil fuels.<p>Last week, Tesla investors got a sneak peek at what the …

New York is betting on renewables to replace a major nuclear power plant

The Indian Point nuclear power plant will be closed, but the state says emissions won’t go up.New York City. CREDIT: Pexels<i>By</i> <b>Jeremy Deaton</b>New York …

Nuclear Energy

Natural Gas Is The Future Of Energy, And It's Not Even Close

Natural gas is the wave of the future in U.S. and global electricity production, with no other power source even close to matching natural gas’s potential over the next few decades. The United States is in perfect position to take advantage of this if American policymakers will remove government …

Energy

Solar panel researchers investigate powering trains by bypassing grid

Imperial College and climate change charity 10:10 to focus on connecting solar panels directly to train lines, reports BusinessGreen<p>Imperial College London has partnered with the climate change charity 10:10 to investigate the use of track-side solar panels to power trains, the two organisations …

Energy

United Arab Emirates to invest $163bn in renewables

<b>The United Arab Emirates has said that it intends to invest $163bn (£134bn) in projects to generate half of the nation's power needs from renewables.</b><p>The major oil producing Gulf state is hoping to get close to this by 2050 and says it wants to balance economic needs against environmental goals.<p>The …

Energy

Nuclear Plants Fall Victim to Economic Pressures

Utilities are closing U.S. nuclear-power plants at a rapid clip as they face competition from cheaper sources of electricity and political pressure from critics.<p>New York’s Indian Point plant about 35 miles north of Manhattan, a major source of power for the city and its surrounding suburbs, is the …

Nuclear Energy

Costa Rica got 98 percent of its electricity from renewables in 2016

The country’s ambitious energy plans have wiped out nearly all reliance on fossil fuel power<p>While a number of U.S. cities have committed to going 100 percent renewable for their energy sources in the coming years, they could learn a thing or two from Costa Rica. In 2016, the Central American …

Environment

Wind power now runs all electric passenger trains in the Netherlands

All of the electric passenger trains running in the Netherlands are now powered entirely by wind. One year ahead of schedule, Dutch railway company …

Renewable Energy

Climate fast forward: America on track to become net energy exporter by 2026

But with or without the Clean Power Plan, energy-related carbon emissions are not expected to change much<p>The amount of energy Americans use and the pollution they emit from using coal, oil and natural gas are not likely to change radically over the next 30 years, even as the United States becomes a …

Energy