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  • U.S. Nuclear Power in Decline

    Nuclear power generation in the United States is falling. After increasing rapidly since the 1970s, electricity generation at U.S. nuclear plants began to grow more slowly in the early 2000s. It then plateaued between 2007 and 2010—before falling more than 4 percent over the last two years. Projections for 2013 show a further 1 percent drop. With reactors retiring early and proposed ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • The Emerging Power of Microgrids

    Over many decades, the centralized power grid — a one-way flow of electricity, generated by large, remote power plants and distributed over miles of transmission lines to homes and businesses — succeeded in delivering electricity across continents to billions. But in recent years the system’s shortcomings have become increasingly ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Powering Renewable Programs: The Utility Perspective

    When considering how to build out a renewable energy portfolio, there are a lot of factors and many points of view to consider. For purposes of this narrative, we will take the point of view of the electric utility itself. Your electricity providers are quite familiar with the concept of a “smart grid.” According to the Department of Energy (DOE), a smart grid “generally refers ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Community Wind Power for Renewable Income

    CONSIDERING its incredible history and environmental benefits, wind power is one of the most underutilized sources of renewable energy. Stretching back as early as 200 BC, communities have been harvesting the wind for power. However, the scale and popularity of wind power is only now starting to reach critical mass as concerns of climate change rise and energy usage continues to soar. While ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • How clean energy can power Parking lot lights

    Many cities have now opted to go green with parking lot lighting because it helps in a tight budget while also remaining environmentally sustainable. The use of green energy power through solar has the advantage of saving energy costs and can help in the reduction of carbon emissions. Energy efficiency is very important for any parking lot because there is a need to find long term solutions that ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Energy Management Contract

    1. Introduction Energy management contract (EMC) is a new market-oriented energy saving mechanism. It is not to market a product or a technology, but a financial management method to reduce the energy costs. EMC companies provide the customers with a complete set of energy saving services, including energy auditing, project design & financing, engineering construction, ...

  • How well is clean energy weathering the recession?

    The clean energy industry may not be popping the champagne cork, but it is at least holding the bottle in hand. While not unscathed by the recession, the industry sees growth in several sectors, according to recent reports. For example, use of smart meters—a key technology for better energy management and efficiency – is increasing at a rapid clip. A study by ABI Research, “Advanced Metering ...

  • Business Intelligence for utilities: Five planning strategies

    Guest Blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets Business Intelligence is not a new concept to utilities, as the analysis of data is as entrenched in every utility as the concept of providing safe, reliable and affordable power. However, the unique challenge facing utilities today is that there is exponentially more data, from more ...

  • The price of wind energy in the U.S. hits an all-time low

    States hoping to increase their share of renewable energy to achieve the emissions reduction goals set forth in the President’s recently-announced Clean Power Plan may have just received an unexpected boost from wind energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s ...


    By Ensia

  • Smarter grids, appliances, and consumers

    More and more utilities are beginning to realize that building large power plants just to handle peak daily and seasonal demand is a very costly way of managing an electricity system. Existing electricity grids are typically a patchwork of local grids that are simultaneously inefficient, wasteful, and dysfunctional in that they often are unable, for example, to move electricity surpluses to areas ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Solar:The Next Shale?

    That is a key question asked in a February 2nd Press Release from Wood Mackenzie, a world leader in commercial intelligence for the energy, metals and mining industries. Just as shale extraction technologies took oil and gas markets by storm, solar technologies too hold the potential to ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Home energy devices: Can we bewilder Edison?

    Why do so many energy insiders insist that home energy automation will fail?  Many whom I respect say the typical householder will never take the time to fiddle with smart gadgets that reduce energy costs. Their skepticism, however, just elicits a verbal shrug from Peter ...

  • Energy efficient ferrero group invests in GEM

    Thermal Energy International Inc is pleased to announce that Energhe S.p.A. has made Thermal Energy International’s GEM venturi orifice steam traps its steam trap of choice following rigorous testing at Ferrero Group’s headquarters in Alba, Italy.   Founded in 2007 by parent company, Ferrero Group, Energhe S.p.A. develops energy efficient projects and financial savings for ...

  • Sunny Boy Storage is affordable and also flexible applicable

    Independent and affordable electricity supply for your home – until now that was not feasible from a technical perspective. But that’s exactly what the new SMA battery inverter Sunny Boy Storage offers. In March, the inverter has been honored with the Innovation Prize at the PV symposium Bad Staffelstein. Volker Wachenfeld, Executive Vice President of the SMA Offgrid ...


    By SMA Solar

  • Case study - Multi-tenant building energy efficiency

    Buildings accounted for roughly 40% of total U.S. energy consumption in 2010, according to the United States Energy Information Association. “[New York] City's roughly 1 million buildings cost $15 billion a year to power and heat and account for 80% of the city's greenhouse gas emissions”(1). The proliferation of smart energy devices and building management systems will result in the ...


    By Powerhouse Dynamics

  • What’s the Future of R&D in the Wind Industry?

    When the wind industry finally reacted to the world’s financial crisis—it didn’t fully hit us until 2010—at once, we lost both an incredibly vibrant global wind market and sufficiently robust profit margins. The market recovery is rebounding nicely now, thanks largely to government incentives, but profit margins will probably never fully recover—at least, not to the ...


    By NRG Systems

  • Winning the Future: Grand Ronde Solar Projects Reduce Pollution, Cut Costs

    Challenge: Situated on nearly 12,000 acres in the heart of Western Oregon’s scenic coastal range, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon has a strong connection to the earth and nature and a deep commitment to environmental stewardship. Landless from 1954 until 1983 when the Grand Ronde Restoration Act returned a portion of its land base, the Tribe has ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Time to de-risk your flexible energy procurement strategy

    Ten-year high power prices last week  (12-16 September)  caused by tight supply margins illustrate the imperative of de-risking your flexible energy procurement strategy. Towards the end of a turbulent week, prices on the day-ahead over-the-counter market ...


    By Inprova Energy

  • Overhaul Completed in Just 30 Days

    Sulzer completed an overhaul of three General Electric steam turbines and five Clark compressors for a large ethylene plant in Colombia. Sulzer’s service centers in Texas and Bogotá worked together to inspect and repair the three turbines. Sulzer staff helped the customer with project planning, full commissioning, and testing within a very tight timeframe. The city of ...


    By Sulzer Management Ltd

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