Energy

Many homes aren’t ready to charge electric cars without blowing the fuse

Strange but true: In many homes, you can’t charge your Tesla Model S and make a cup of tea at the same time.<p>This warning comes from National Grid, which operates the UK’s electricity-transmission network, as it prepares for a future when cars run on electricity instead of gasoline.<p>These are the …

Business

The hidden costs of renewable power

One of the less well-kept secrets in the renewables industry is the reason why funds that invest in these energy technologies can get away with …

Renewable Energy

CA officials: Loss of solar power in eclipse won’t kill the grid

As the Golden State waited for its brief dip into darkness Monday, managers of California’s electrical grid assured a not-terribly-nervous public that they had this whole solar eclipse thing well in hand.<p>Yes, the sun’s temporary disappearing act would plunge the state’s fast-multiplying solar farms …

Renewable Energy

Why The US Solar Industry Doesn't Want Government Protection

Suniva was once among the top solar panel manufacturers in America. Then, in April, the Georgia company declared bankruptcy. A few days after, it …

Renewable Energy

National smart grid mission in line with emerging reality

Around the globe, electricity generation, transmission and the distribution landscape have been rapidly changing. The emergence of multiple sources …

Smart Grids

EGEB: Study–world powered by solar within 50 miles; Florida utilities own politicians part ∞; more

<i>Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news.</i><p>Policy, Geospatial, and Market Factors in Solar Energy: a Gestalt Approach – In a research paper written by Dr. Wesley Herche, we’re shown that greater than 99% of all locations …

Renewable Energy

Historic Eclipse Will Test America's Grid as Solar Waxes, Wanes

In a few hours, the first total eclipse of its kind in 99 years will plunge broad swaths of the U.S. into darkness, sending solar supplies sliding …

Renewable Energy

World’s Biggest Floating Solar Farm Goes Live on Top of a Former Coal Mine

Coal power is getting buried in China—both literally and figuratively.<p>Earlier this week, a new floating solar farm went live in the Chinese city of …

Renewable Energy

What liberals get wrong about climate change

Democrats and environmental groups too often let their ideological agendas get in the way of addressing climate change.<p><b>My thought bubble:</b> Republicans …

Climate

Oman's first big wind farm

Abu Dhabi renewable energy company Masdar has signed a contract with General Electric (GE -0.4%) and Spain's TSK to build Oman's first large-scale …

Wind Farm

A controversial California effort to fight climate change just got some good news

A controversial California climate program got a shot of good news this month when a study suggested it is successfully reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and providing other environmental benefits on the side.<p>The study, conducted by a trio of Stanford University researchers, concerns a …

Climate

Switch to Renewables Won't End the Geopolitics of Energy

Countries that dominate the export of rare-earth minerals will be the petrostates of tomorrow.<p>In another sign that the age of fossil fuels is waning, the California State Senate has passed a bill to commit the state to use 100 percent renewable energy for power by 2045. Other states and cities -- …

Renewable Energy

We Went up Against a Highly Regulated, Entrenched Industry. Here Are 4 Tips for Getting Your Foot in the Door.

Focus on creating value, not disruption.<p>Multibillion-dollar legacy industries don’t make it easy for entrepreneurs to step in and create value. There are huge barriers to entry -- licensing, pricing, regulations, and cultural/brand significance -- that come with being around for a century or …

Renewable Energy

Roofr wants to use satellite imagery to disrupt the roofing industry

Why it matters to you<p>Need a new roof? You may not know, but Roofr can find out thanks to its satellite imagery software.<p>The roofing industry may not …

Gear & Gadgets

New dawn for thorium reactor research

<b>First molten-salt thorium nuclear reactor experiment in 45 years starts in the Netherlands</b><p>The first phase of the Salt Irradiation Experiment …

Engineering

Massive new data center to be built in chilly Norway to offset energy use

Every like and tweet costs energy, which isn’t great for climate change. That’s why the American-Norwegian data company Kolos is building a new data …

Lifestyle

In Gaza, We Get Four Hours of Electricity a Day — If We’re Lucky

Some friends threw me a surprise birthday party last month. They placed a chocolate cake lit with candles before me and told me to make a wish for …

Electricity

Dow Chemical considers exiting shale gas venture in Argentina, minister says

Dow Chemical (DOW +0.3%) may exit its joint venture with YPF in Argentina’s flagship shale gas program, the country's energy minister says.<p>Dow signed …

Business

California added 1,300 fuel cell hydrogen vehicles over the last year – projections lowered again

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) released its latest annual evaluation of “Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Deployment and Hydrogen Fuel Station Network Development”.<p>The report shows that about 1,300 new fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) have been deployed on California’s roadways between June …

Alternative Fuel

Solar Plants to Go Dark During Eclipse

Monday's rare total eclipse is more than a celestial fascination to operators of power plants across the U.S.<p>There are around 1,900 utility-scale solar power plants in the U.S. with the capacity to churn out 21.75 gigawatts of electricity. While the sun's complete obstruction by the moon won't …

Renewable Energy

BRIEF-Websol Energy System places orders for expansion of cell line facility to 250 MW

Aug 21 (Reuters) - Websol Energy System Ltd WESL.NS<p>* Says placed orders for expansion of its existing cell line facility from 200 mw to 250 mw<p>* Says …

Heady days for oil sands producers likely to be cut short by falling prices

Canadian oil sands producers such as Cenovus and MEG Energy impressed investors in the second quarter as prices of heavy crude rose, but those gains are expected to be short-lived.<p>Most of these companies are expected to book losses or post sharp drops in profit in the coming quarters as prices take …

Oil

Ohio governor not backing bailout for state's nuclear plants | Miami Herald

Ohio's governor says he can't see supporting a proposed financial rescue of Ohio's two nuclear plants that's now stalled in the state …

Business

East Africa: EAC to Use Energy As Integration Factor

THE East African Community (EAC) is moving towards getting energy solutions for the regional block as part of the integration factors.<p>The EAC Deputy …

Renewable Energy

GreenPower: QuietlyPreparing For Strong Future Sales

The age of battery powered buses has arrived as their lifetime operating costs are now lower than internal combustion engine (ICE) options.<p>The …

Business

Bankrupt utility company abandons $9 billion Warren Buffett deal

Bankrupt Texas utility Energy Future Holdings will abandon a deal to sell power transmission company Oncor to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway for …

Warren Buffett

Lithuania becomes first ex-Soviet state to buy US natural gas

Lithuania became the first former Soviet state to import a shipment of US natural gas on Monday, at a time when Washington has promised to help …

Natural Gas

U.S. natural gas futures start the week on upbeat note

Investing.com - U.S. natural gas futures edged higher on Monday, hitting their strongest level in almost a week as near-term weather forecasts turned …

Natural Gas

Aurora: What you should know about Port Augusta’s solar power-tower

No doubt they’ve been burning the midnight oil in the office of South Australian Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis to deliver on the SA energy plan …

Jay Weatherill

The Total Solar Eclipse Is Upon Us — Watch It Here (Live Stream) - Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists

On Monday, the much-anticipated total solar eclipse which is predicted to be visible from coast to coast in the United States, will take place. It’s …

Liberal View