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London Assembly urges renewed energy goals
London officials are urging the mayor to lobby the UK government for a renewed commitment to energy efficiency....
People prefer 'smart grids' with local energy
There are lots of different ways to define the “smart grid,” but a new study shows people...
Automation program aims to stabilize UK grid
A new smart-grid program being launched in the UK aims to help stabilize the power grid as more renewable...
Tiny island in Azores moves to greener, smarter microgrid
When it comes to renewable energy, too much of a good thing has in the past been a problem. Germany,...
Waste heat from London's Tube will help heat homes
London expects to begin heating some homes with waste heat captured from the London Underground and an...
World faces 'energy trilemma,' warns International Energy Agency
Triple-digit prices for crude oil have opened up large new unconventional sources like Canada’s...
Cheap soy catalyst produces hydrogen fuel
A US research team inspired by the work of twin sisters from a New York high school has identified a...
Five 'out-there' energy technologies
Modern society would grind to a very unpleasant halt without energy … we all know that. Outside...
Solar energy for 1bn people?
Grand solar energy plans — such as turning the Sahara or the Mojave into giant, clean power plants...
Peak water worries energy experts
What are the key takeaways from the World Economic Forum’s latest report on energy? One, global...
More British homes to stay warm with heat pumps or solar
If winter is making temperatures drop to frigid levels where you live, you’re likely grateful for...
At Finnish 'research hotel,' the top amenity is efficiency
Foreign students will get more than just a place to stay while visiting the VTT Technical Research Centre...
Titan ushers in new era of computing for energy, climate research
A technology first created for computer gaming is helping to launch a “new era of scientific supercomputing.”...
Energy Institute aims to fast-track utility innovation
A new Smarter Energy Research Institute aims to help energy and utility companies improve their services...
'CNG in a Box' aimed at boosting use of natural gas for transport
With US production booming and low prices, natural gas could be an appealing fuel for a growing number...
Navy dreams of turning seawater into jet fuel
Refueling a Navy vessel in the middle of the Pacific ocean isn’t like topping off the tank of your...
Predicting wave heights doubles marine energy generation
What if we could “tune” marine-energy devices so they could grab the maximum amount of power...
New power cell is both a generator and a battery
Imagine being far from the comforts of home — maybe hiking through a remote wilderness or patrolling...
Sludge power: Wastewater plants could become energy producers
Wastewater treatment plants could one day not only power themselves but be able to generate excess electricity...
Solar propulsion key to future space travel
NASA is banking on advanced solar energy technologies to power spacecraft and satellites on future journeys...
Transparent solar cells could mean rooms with an electric view
A new breakthrough could bring us a bit closer to a future in which building and car windows could generate...
Which countries produce the most coal?
While the world continues to put up more wind turbines and solar panels, it also continues to use more...
Algae shells could hold secret to better solar cells
Algae could help us build a cleaner, more sustainable energy future, but not necessarily in the way you...
Big 'liquid batteries' could mean a better, cleaner grid
“Liquid batteries” could provide the answer to the large-scale energy storage challenges...
BP: World sees challenges for oil at 'reasonable prices'
What’s the most telling comment in this year’s BP Statistical Review of World Energy? It’s...
Floating, deep-water wind farms inch closer to reality
The tantalizing prospect of deep-water wind farms, using vast, floating turbines, is coming closer to...
Which countries produce the most geothermal electricity?
The global geothermal energy market continues to grow significantly in 2012. However, in the US, the...
7 reasons why the 'golden age of gas' is a trap
Let’s get a few potential objections out of the way up front: Yes, natural gas is cleaner than...
Which countries produce the most wind energy?
The world was producing nearly 238 gigawatts (GW) of wind energy as of the end of 2011, with the fastest...
Colorado welcomes world's largest concentrating PV power plant
With the opening of the Alamosa Solar generating facility, Colorado is now home to the world’s...
Oil bonanza? Maybe ... A return to $2/gallon gas? Forget it
For consumers, sentiment about prices generally follows two simple rules: more expensive and hard to...
Which countries use the most nuclear power?
Nuclear energy is a lot of things: reliable, controversial, fraught with economic and engineering challenges....
Which countries get the most energy from hydropower?
Which country generates the most electricity from hydropower? It probably comes as no surprise that China...
Quest continues for cheap, easy, 'drop-in' biofuels
What else is crude oil but ancient sunlight in liquid form, a fuel distilled from the remains of tiny...
What if our assumptions about a clean-car future are wrong?
We tend to assume that moving toward a world of all electric, zero-emissions cars is just a matter of...
Rising oil prices cost importing countries $5.5 billion a day
Oil prices and the broader economy are linked in complex ways, but there’s no question the connections...
Which countries produce the most biofuels?
Biofuels — liquid fuels made from everything from algae to corn — haven’t yet come...
Solar, gas or biofuels? Power-generating Tulip says 'yes' to all
Every alternative energy source has its disadvantages, right? Natural gas, while cleaner than coal or...
What parts of the world get the most sunlight?
What parts of the world have the best potential for solar energy developments? Desert regions like the...
Which countries get the most energy from solar panels?
Which countries are getting the most energy from solar panels? Germany continues to lead the way globally,...
Countdown to chaos: What happens when gas pumps run dry?
How dependent are we on a steady supply of fossil fuels? In particular, how much does a fully functioning...
You tell us: What's most important for our energy future?
Smart-grid technology and renewables are the keys to a more energy-secure and sustainable future, a lot...
Dual visions of gas future: 'Golden age' or 'well from hell'
What’s the potential downside to a “Golden Age of Gas,” the International Energy Agency’s...
Where is oil demand growing the fastest?
Standards of living aren’t the only thing rising in so-called BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India...
Which countries use the most oil?
Who uses the most oil in the world? In this category, the US does have the right to say, “We’re...
Resource collapse stands to 'wipe out' successes of fossil fuel age
When it comes to making sense of current energy issues, it seems wise to ask, say, a scientist. And one...
How are water and energy linked?
Most forms of energy we produce also require us to use water, often lots of water. Think of all the water...
What do we need water for? Food, of course ... and energy too
This year’s World Water Day is focused on the most essential way in which we use water: to produce...
Energy from the ocean: Almost ready for 'prime time'?
With wind turbines becoming a familiar part of the scenery in many places, and the cost of photovoltaic...
US industry wastes way too much energy, coalition says
With wasted electricity accounting for nearly 25 percent of their total energy consumption, industries...
What we know about solar energy
What do we know about solar energy? We know that, despite the popular criticisms leveled against government...
'Golden age' of natural gas could bring more earthquakes
The world might be on the brink of a “golden age of gas,” as the International Energy Agency...
10 facts about the natural gas 'boom'
In the US and elsewhere, a lot of news coverage lately has focused on the vast new supplies of natural...
One year on, Fukushima fallout -- real and literal -- continues
As we close in on the one-year anniversary of the deadly triple disaster in Japan — earthquake,...
LEGO wind turbines to sprout in North Sea
LEGO is helping a new crop of wind turbines sprout up in the North Sea off of Germany’s coast....
RIP Oldbury, 44, world's oldest working nuke plant
It was a different world for nuclear power stations when Oldbury came onto the scene in the UK in 1967....
Eat your efficiency: Good for us but hard to swallow
Why is it people continue to do so many things they know aren’t good for them: eating fast food,...
Is there such a thing as 'energy security'?
Who could argue with the goal of achieving an “energy-secure” future? It’s a worthy-sounding...
Why are oil prices going up?
In the good-versus-evil, broad-brush-strokes world of modern politics, it’s always someone’s...
US power blackouts leave record numbers in the dark
We’ve heard over and over again in recent years that a smarter, more technologically advanced energy...
How much uranium is left?
As a natural resource on a finite planet, uranium is no more unlimited in supply than oil, coal or natural...
Is it a new dawn -- or twilight -- for nuclear energy?
Nuclear energy stands at a strange crossroads. In one direction, the path taken by Germany and Siemens,...
Why $200 oil is the subprime mortgage of energy
What does an oil price shock have to do with subprime mortgages? Well, consider this: the global economy...
Natural gas boom: A deal 'getting worse all the time'?
Could the natural gas “boom” end up being the Darth Vader to Lando Calrissian … as...
How much oil is left? Who cares?
There’s been a lot of crowing in certain media arenas lately about the “death” of peak...
How NOT to cover energy news
What’s the best way to understand developments in the energy world? A Daily Ticker story on Yahoo!...
How much coal is left?
Compared to natural gas, the US is using proportionately less coal than it once did for generating electricity....
How much natural gas is left?
In his most recent State of the Union address, President Barack Obama laid out an all-energy-sources-go...
In clean energy, the 'growing' outweighs the 'pain'
The renewable energy industry might be suffering growing pains, but the key word there is “growing,”...
Utilities team up for a water-energy two-fer
Energy and water are linked in many ways, though we don’t always give much thought to the connections....
Challenge of the century: How to keep energy 'lifeblood' flowing
Energy is the “lifeblood” of the global economy, as a report issued at the just-wrapped-up...
World energy outlook: High demand, higher prices
The US will produce 20 percent more crude oil a decade from now, become a net exporter of liquefied natural...
Is the post-cheap-oil, de-globalized future upon us?
President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address this week highlighted a lot of issues related...
As North Sea oil dwindles, UK eyes ocean energy 'gusher'
North Sea oil production passed its peak more than a decade ago, but the UK is still looking offshore...
What will our energy world look like in 2040?
What will our energy landscape look like in, say, 30 years? As physicist Neils Bohr is quoted as saying,...
Could we power the world with just clean energy?
As if the year 2012 doesn’t already portend challenges enough, what with all the Mayan prophecy...
How to lose 55 BILLION gallons of gas? Blame friction
Friction is a fickle friend for motorists. On the one hand, you wouldn’t want to find yourself...
Consumer electronics: Bigger, smarter and hype-ier than ever
It’s that time of year again, when the Sugar Plum Fairies have put away their dancing shoes, and...
Can wasteful gas flaring be stopped?
We mentioned in an earlier post that the size of the global gas-flaring problem is massive – 150 billion...
Watch oil companies waste gas around the world: video
Financial impact 150 billion cubic meters per year of flared gas is roughly equivalent to … • Gas use...
8 minutes and 19 seconds that could change the world
The company name Eight19 doesn’t seem to suggest anything … until you hear the reason its...
'Autos on steroids' keep US gas thirst super-sized
Rising levels of obesity and the McMansion trend of the real-estate bubble era already provide evidence...
Saudi Arabia's domestic thirst for oil threatens world markets
A looming but hidden energy crisis in Saudi Arabia could wreak havoc both at home and internationally,...
Solar energy goes through the roof in Germany
Nuke-abandoning Germany is rapidly expanding its already large base of renewable energy, putting it on...
Ohio's 'clean' gas-energy future on shaky ground ... literally
The fast-expanding shale gas industry in the US has hit a literal bump with the closure of several fluid...
Water + solar = savings for cash-strapped California utilities
Cash-strapped water utilities in California are turning to solar energy to keep operating in the face...
European 'supergrid' could have it all: wind, solar and geothermal
Electricity utility Landsvirkjun plans to build the world’s longest submarine power cable to connect...
What's the smart-energy outlook for 2012?
The past year was a busy one for the smart grid, with advanced energy meters and other major grid improvements...
Remembering Brian Robertson of Amonix
Our thoughts today are with the family, friends and co-workers of Amonix CEO Brian Robertson, who passed...
Could we quit fossil fuels for good?
Coal, oil and natural gas helped power the Industrial Revolution, and make life as we know it today possible....
Five key clean-energy materials face 'critical' supply risk
With budget cuts, rampant climate-change denial and a Republican party eager to turn back the clock on...
Could 'parasite power' change the world?
By 2016, many of the little energy aggravations that inconvenience you today — a run-down cellphone...
Will oil prices hit record highs - or crash - in 2012?
Will 2012 be the year we see oil prices rise to crushing record highs? Or will the cost of crude collapse...
Sub-atomic 'avalanche' could pave way for super solar cells
Researchers at Kyoto University have discovered a way to unleash an “avalanche” of excitons...
Yes, energy and the economy are linked ... just not how you think
The inextricable link between energy and economic growth has been painfully clear to many people since...
For nuke-nixing Germany and Siemens, it's full-steam ahead with wind
Nuke-rejecting Germany plans to expand its renewable energy base even further with a new offshore power...
Low-carbon future? Ha ... Coal demand to grow by 600,000 tons A DAY
While it’s common knowledge to anyone who follows energy news that the world’s appetite for...
New ventures to put China's wind energy on steroids
After several years of courtship, Siemens and Shanghai Electric are tying the knot and looking to raise...
Bundle up this winter: Cheap energy is gone for good
Late December brings with it more than Christmas these days: as winter looms in the northern hemisphere,...
The scariest energy graph you'll see today
We have all the technology we need today to live more efficiently and sustainably … or so we’ve...
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