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Itron to Acquire Silver Spring Networks in Smart Grid/Smart City Mega-Merger

The long rivalry between Itron and Silver Spring Networks, the country’s two major smart meter and grid networking players, is ending in marriage.<p>On …

Internet of Things

What Specific Energy Sources Do Different States Draw Their Electricity From?

And where does your state line up?<p>What happens when you plug your Prius in? Are you ultimately drawing power from coal, nuclear, wind, biomass? It …

Renewable Energy

What Would It Take for the U.S. to Bury Its Power Lines?

<i>This piece originally appeared on The Conversation.</i><p>It is the height of a highly destructive hurricane season in the United States. The devastation of …

Renewable Energy

Quiet energy revolution underway in Japan as dozens of towns go off the grid

TOKYO/HIGASHI MATSUSHIMA, JAPAN (Reuters) - A northern Japanese city's efforts to rebuild its electric power system after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami mark a quiet shift away from the country's old utility model toward self-reliant, local generation and transmission.<p>After losing three-quarters …

Energy

After Irma: Solar Plus Storage - A Small Beacon Of Light In A Sea Of Darkness

Five days after the dreaded arrival of Hurricane Irma, Jim Walden lives in a ghost town. When Walden woke up on this mid-September morning, he switched on his lights and headed to the kitchen to grab something out of the refrigerator for breakfast. He is the only person within miles who could make …

Renewable Energy

California’s big battery experiment: a turning point for energy storage?

The world’s largest lithium-ion battery installed after the Aliso Canyon gas blowout has become a test case for the grid storage industry<p>On a paved expanse next to an electrical substation in Escondido, 30 miles north of downtown San Diego, sits a row of huge silver boxes. The site resembles a …

Energy

The New 1,600 Megawatt Solar Program For Massachusetts Really Is SMART

<b>Published on</b> September 14th, 2017 | <i>by John Farrell</i><p>0<p>September 14th, 2017 by <b>John Farrell</b><p><i>Originally published at ilsr.org.</i><p>With nearly 1500 megawatts, …

Renewable Energy

Making Sense of Trump’s Surprising Investment in Solar - MIT Technology Review

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced it will invest $62 million to advance the state of concentrated solar power, at the apparent …

Renewable Energy

After Irma, Florida’s Smart Grid Needs the Longest and Most Complex Restoration in U.S. History

An electrical worker repairs stoplights the morning after Hurricane Irma swept through Naples, Florida.Spencer Platt/Getty Images Reports are rolling …

Florida Power & Light

Hurricane Irma: About 10 Million People Are Still Without Power

About 5 million customers, or about 10 million people, were without power on Wednesday morning in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas after Hurricane …

Weather

MIT turns to millennia-old tech for renewable energy storage

Firebrick technology invented by Hittites in 17th century BC is being repurposed for a modern use<p>With renewable energy sources becoming more and more advanced, storing that energy means big business. While we’ve seen technological breakthroughs enabling everything from DIY powerpacks to batteries …

Renewable Energy

Giant Batteries Help Renewable Energy Grow In New England

Support the news<p>For more than half a century, a massive, oil-fired plant has been churning out electricity from an island in the heart of Maine’s …

Renewable Energy

California is considering a mandate to make the state's entire grid fossil fuel free

Golden State Rule<p>Lawmakers in California will likely be voting on a revolutionary measure for the production of energy in the state. Senate Bill 100 …

Energy

Vestas Joins With Tesla to Combine Wind Turbines With Batteries

Tesla Inc. has partnered with Vestas Wind Systems A/S to figure out how to combine wind turbines and batteries, socking away power during breezy …

Wind Power

Mapped: How much space would it take to sustain the world's largest cities by solar energy?

The world's fossil fuel resources are only becoming more limited. With our increasingly large global footprint, the need for renewable energy is amplifying.<p>But the impact of renewables might be less than once thought - with new research from RS Components revealing how little land is needed to …

Clean Energy

Disruption in the Energy Industry: 3 Trends to Know

Don't fall behind.<p>The way we generate and consume energy changes seemingly by the day.<p>The electric car was once laughed at and disregarded as a pipe dream. Now, hybrids rule the road and companies are following Tesla's lead. Solar energy used to be viewed as too expensive and not worth the hassle, …

Renewable Energy

California's goal: an electricity grid moving only clean energy

California lawmakers are considering a future without the use of fossil fuels to generate electricity, a step that would boost the renewable energy industry and expand the scope of the state’s battle against global warming.<p>If approved at the end of the legislative session next month, the proposal …

Renewable Energy

Potential Carbon Capture Game Changer Nears Completion - MIT Technology Review

On a small lot between Houston and the Gulf Coast, in an industrial zone packed with petrochemical factories and gas pipelines, a little-known …

Energy

Being cyber safe and smart with our power grid

Will it be harder to protect utilities as customers embrace smart grid technologies?<p>Electrical utilities around the world are under increasing attack …

Smart Grids

New Directions for Energy Storage – How technology will change how we create, store and use electrical energy

Presented by: Lee Stogner, Soumya Kanti Datta, Tom Coughlin<p>Thursday, September 7, 2017 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET<p>Click Here to Register Now<p>For most of the …

Energy Storage

Welcome to the world of excess solar and “free” electricity

Welcome to the brave new world of plentiful, variable, zero marginal cost renewable energy, By all indications – we ain’t seen nothing yet

Renewable Energy

A Road Map to 100 Percent Renewable Energy in 139 Countries by 2050

Wind, solar, hydropower, and geothermal could power most of the world, argues Mark Jacobson and team Illustration: The Solutions ProjectNearly 140 …

Renewable Energy

Big Customers Demand 100 Percent Renewables—and Utilities Look Set to Deliver

Academics argue about its feasibility, but governments and corporations set their sights on a completely renewable future Photo: Hawaiian Electric …

Renewable Energy

In This New Neighborhood, All The Houses Are Their Own Power Stations

In Wales, this collection of 16 houses combines existing clean energy tech to minimize energy needs and generate their own power.<p>A new housing development in the small U.K. town of Neath won’t look much different from the buildings around it. But the new homes will generate, store, and release …

Energy

DIY Powerwall Builders Are Using Recycled Laptop Batteries to Power Their Homes

Who needs Tesla?<p>In May of 2015, Elon Musk unveiled Tesla's Powerwall. The battery allows homeowners to store electricity, either from the grid or solar panels. The tech was alluring to those interested in alternative energy, but for many, the starting price of $3,000 was too steep. The battery …

Batteries

How 139 Countries Could Be Powered by 100 Percent Wind, Water, and Solar Energy by 2050

100% renewable energy<p>The latest roadmap to a 100% renewable energy future from Stanford’s Mark Z. Jacobson and 26 colleagues is the most specific …

Renewable Energy

How California Grid Operators Managed the Eclipse

Today's total solar eclipse was a high-profile demonstration of California's deft management of shifting solar output—a feat the state's grid …

Renewable Energy

Rick Perry’s “baseload” study released, offers a lifeline to coal, nuclear | Ars Technica

The study is two months late but meets many expectations.<p>The US Department of Energy (DOE) released a report late Wednesday night recommending that …

Energy

Researchers have discovered a way to increase nuclear fusion's energy output

Nuclear fusion is a highly complicated process, and right now, the energy we're able to output from that process isn't enough to justify the work that goes into it.<p>If we can find a way to increase this output, however, fusion could put us one step closer to a future powered solely by clean energy.<p>A …

Nuclear Fusion