Energy storage

There is no shortage of ideas on how businesses, governments and households in the U.S. and other industrialized countries can become more energy efficient; same applies on how to grow cleaner supplies of energy while lowering harmful greenhouse gas emissions and doing so in ways that create sustainable jobs. There are so many ideas, in…

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The absence of a viable means to store a significant amount of electricity generated from renewable resources is one of the tallest hurdles limiting their growth.  After a series of financial setbacks and exhaustive regulatory deliberations, energy storage fed by renewables  is set to earn a scalable role due largely to a new mandate in…

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Two settlements at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) made public this year involving large civil penalties illustrate how the market for demand response (DR) services could be ‘gamed’ by artificially inflating normal levels of power consumption. In the most recent settlement, the FERC reached a consent order June 7 with the Enerwise Global Technologies…

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Here’s another game-changer in the making brought to you by America’s burgeoning supplies of shale natural gas: alternative fuel vehicles and distributed power generation using fuel cells. Emboldened by low prices and booming supplies of natural gas in the U.S , the American fuel cell industry is clawing its way back from the brink. The…

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Acknowledging that opponents of renewable energy “are dominating the conversation” and asserting they are doing so “through misrepresentation, exaggeration, distraction and millions of dollars in lobbying and advertising,” the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) is launching EnergyFactCheck.org to “help ensure that the facts about our industry are front and center.” With those stated aspirations,…

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Be sure to gauge the tall hurdles American renewable energy industries face in 2012 and beyond here which I wrote for my colleagues and friends at EnergyCentral.com and their daily e-newsletter at RenewablesBiz.com.

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It’s hardly a done ‘deal’ but a band of citizens in Boulder, Colorado have taken the biggest step toward dismissing Xcel Energy as the city’s electricity utility. The main reasons is a yearning to garner more power from renewable sources and reduce carbon emissions more quickly. But a bungled smart grid experiment two years ago…

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For the first time, “energy” is a distinct military program or capability at the Pentagon — on par with troops, weapons and cyber skill sets. And with its just unveiled “Operational Energy Strategy” there is hope this ambitious blueprint could trigger significant new efficiency innovations in vehicles and deployment of onsite renewable sources of electricity….

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Wherever one looks, from China to India to Denmark to the United States, the race to innovate to a cleaner energy future is on. The more President Obama talks about clean energy nnovation the more U.S. seems to be losing the race because other nations are already very busy at this or are racing ahead. Or are they?…

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While most states struggle to juggle policy initiatives to foster the growth of different sources cleaner energy AND energy efficiency, at least one state is building a model that brings together the shared interests of these sometimes competing sectors: Maryland. The first-ever Maryland Clean Energy Summit Monday, Oct. 4 in Baltimore demonstrated that how ever…

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