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4 US firms honored for making it easier to buy green energy
Four US companies have been recognized by the Department of Energy (DOE) for their work in helping individuals...
US bureau sharpens focus on 'energy diplomacy'
The US State Department has created a new bureau to address the vital importance of energy in international...
ABB acquisition puts focus on renewables in isolated grids
Power and automation giant ABB aims to expand its capabilities in renewable power integration through...
IEA: Six years to change energy, carbon course ... or else
We’re fast running out of time to steer away from business-as-usual energy and carbon policies...
Alstom researchers seek longer-lasting, better hydropower
Alstom’s new Global Technology Center (GTC) in Canada will focus on innovative ways to retrofit...
Gas pipeline operator to transform waste heat into energy
The operator of a natural gas pipeline compressor station in Canada plans to install a new technology...
Energy spending in rural US focuses on basic services
A $2.1-billion program to improve electricity service in rural parts of the US includes only around $40...
French solar farm to produce enough energy for 12,000 homes
A new solar farm able to generate enough energy for 12,000 households has just come online in the south...
Energy, water efficiency has helped US agencies save $16bn
For all the complaining about waste in Washington, DC, it seems that some federal agencies are doing...
In Afghanistan, energy efforts are 'opportunity squandered'
For a fascinating and in-depth — if also somewhat despair-inducing — account of efforts to...
Energy for all by 2030? It can be done, IEA says
The latest report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) is classic good news/bad news: The good...
Massive grid upgrade in India wins $750m in bank loans
A $2.25 billion project to bring electricity to parts of India that need it most has won a $750 million...
US lays out first 'battle strategy' for energy technology
With some already likening our energy challenges to a war, it seems appropriate that the US Department...
By 2035, world is on track to use 53 percent more energy
As usual, the annual energy forecast from the US government is a “good news, bad news” outlook....
US heat wave leads to record-breaking grid loads
Extreme heat across the southern US has led to three days of record-breaking demand for electricity in...
US sees record power demands during heat wave
An extreme heat wave that’s now moved into the northeastern US and Canada pushed electricity demand...
As energy storage market grows, so does SustainX
SustainX, a company developing a new compressed-air energy storage (CAES) technology, is moving to a...
S&C provides voltage control to Orkney wind project
Smart-grid integrator S&C Electric Company is helping to bring more wind energy to the Orkney Islands,...
Is natural gas 'boom' a threat to real renewables?
My skepticism alarm goes off whenever I see a news story or press release cross my newsfeed with some...
New venture targets China's energy storage market
The Chinese government has given the go-ahead for Ener1 Inc. and Wanxiang Electric Vehicle Co. to launch...
EnerNOC acquires Australian demand response firm
Demand response application and service provider EnerNOC has expanded its reach into the Australian and...
Dow, Ube target energy storage market with new venture
With an eye focused on the fast-growing energy storage market, Dow Chemical and Japan’s Ube Industries...
'Liberator' generates power from low-grade heat
Renewable energy company PowerVerde has successfully tested its 50-kilowatt electric power renewable...
Researchers use 'continuous solar simulator' to test PV modules
A Texas-based firm is providing a German research organization with a “continuous solar simulator”...
Court paves way for 1st offshore wind farm in US
A Rhode Island Supreme Court ruling paves the way for Deepwater Wind to move forward with permitting...
Johnson Controls backs energy storage research at UW
The University of Wisconsin is looking to new support from a battery company to help it become a leader...
Next-gen solar could 'forever alter' buildings
A three-year, $18-million pilot project between Dyesol  and Tata Steel aims to develop Dyesol’s...
US solar market gets a $4.5 billion boost
Photovoltaics company First Solar has received around $4.5 billion in conditional loan guarantees to...
Unique liquid air energy storage pilot plant to open soon
The UK and China are collaborating to deliver the first-ever pilot demonstration of a liquid air energy...
New tool calculates payback times for energy storage
Energy and utility consulting firm KEMA has come out with a new energy storage performance modeling tool...
Ultracapacitor firm aims for energy storage innovations
A company that produces ultracapacitor-based energy storage products plans to work three other US firms...
US funds research into better, lighter wind turbines
A half-dozen research projects across the US will be working over the next two years to try and develop...
GE and partners bet on Israeli wastewater-to-energy firm
An Israeli company that uses microbial fuel cells to turn wastewater into an energy source has received...
Residential solar a market 'whose time has come'
Baltimore-based Constellation Energy is making an equity investment in residential solar-energy firm...
Project to make Spanish island 100% renewably powered
An $87 million project in a small community in the Canary Islands is aimed at providing residents with...
50-MW solar thermal plant in the works for Spain
Spanish officials have cleared the way for the development of a 50-megawatt solar thermal energy plant...
Quebec gives OK for 80-MW wind project
The Quebec government has given the go-ahead for an 80-megawatt wind-energy project to be located in...
Suntech's rooftop PV system earns France's top FIT rate
Suntech Power Holdings’ rooftop solar-energy system has won the approval of France’s evaluation...
China's growing power demands bring new opportunities
Siemens Energy is among those looking to tap into China’s fast-growing market for ultra-high-voltage...
China solar firm plans 1GW production expansion
China’s aggressive push into the world’s solar energy markets is taking another jump forward...
Sweden to store wind power with grid-based batteries
A Swedish utility company plans to test a grid-connected system of batteries designed to store wind energy...
RIP Google PowerMeter, 2009 - 2011
Just a little over two years old, Google’s PowerMeter is heading for the search giant’s dustbin...
A wind farm sprouts before your eyes
This time-lapse video from Puget Sound Energy (PSE) shows the recent assembly of three large wind-power...
Tucson utility aims for 7x more solar energy by 2014
Tucson Electric Power (TEP)  is on track to add what will be its largest single source of solar energy...
Utility-scale solar a 'viable reality,' Amonix says
Now on its seventh generation of concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) solar technology, Amonix has been around...
Geothermal innovations get $11 million boost
The US is betting that new ways of extracting geothermal energy from the Earth could help put it on the...
IEA's 60 million barrels a short-term feel-good
The decision by 28 International Energy Agency (IEA) member countries to release 60 million barrels of...
Southwest Solar hits 'big milestone' in next-gen CSP
Southwest Solar Technologies has successfully tested a high-temperature air receiver prototype that will...
UK needs £100bn+ 'surge' in new energy investments
British officials see the need for a massive investment in the country’s energy infrastructure...
Ferry-based wind power generates energy, cuts resistance
International ferry operator Stena Line has launched a unique project it says is the first of its kind...
Project Amp will be largest rooftop solar project in US history
An effort known as Project Amp aims to install solar panels on industrial buildings across the US and...
Turkey taps into big wind-energy potential
Turkey’s newest wind farm is now selling clean energy into the country’s power grid. The...
Transmission upgrades could help balance wind power
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), a federal agency that markets hydropower, is looking at transmission...
Veris meter targets solar power market
Power and energy monitoring provider Veris Industries will showcase its meter for the solar market in...
Big batteries help keep lights on in rural Canada
Two large sodium-sulfur battery systems will help keep the lights on for residents of a mountain area...
Cincinnati Bell is 1st telecom to provide green retail energy
Cincinnati Bell has become the first telecom provider to offer retail energy to its residential customers...
Energy research project integrates design, anthropology
Researchers in the UK are looking for volunteers to help them with a project designed to study how people...
Beacon Power turns on 20 megawatts of flywheel energy
North America’s largest advanced energy storage facility is now 100-percent online, providing 20...
120,000 new solar modules go up in Bavaria
Construction has started on what will be one of the largest solar energy parks in Bavaria, Germany. Set...
Partnership to explore energy potential of osmosis
Statkraft and Nitto Denko/Hydranautics have entered into an agreement for the development and supply...
Sweden to see one of its largest land-based wind farms
What will be one of the largest land-based wind farms in Sweden has received a financial jump-start with...
Zayed Prize offers $4m for energy innovators
Small businesses and individuals who are leading the transition to cleaner, more sustainable energy can...
Solar carport brings Munich Re closer to carbon neutrality
A 2.5-megawatt solar carport is the latest advance in reinsurance giant Munich Re’s quest to make...
Siemens bets on next big thing in solar PV
What’s the next big technology in solar energy? Siemens is banking on high concentrating photovoltaics...
$359m US loan paves way for unique solar plant
A $359 million conditional loan guarantee from the US Department of Energy (DOE) will pave the way for...
Policy change could pave way for new energy services
US energy regulators are looking at ways to make it easier for new energy services — in particular...
In a sluggish US economy, solar is king
Retail and real estate markets in the US might still be sluggish, but the solar energy industry is one...
Big batteries to ensure power during 2014 Olympics
With the Winter Olympic Games coming to the city of Sochi in 2014 and a $15 billion nationwide push to...
Siemens throws more money at already-giant wind business
Already a major player in the wind-turbine business, Siemens wants more. It’s just announced plans...
Two projects will double US's concentrating solar capacity
Two concentrating solar power (CSP) projects in California have received a boost of nearly $2 billion...
Big energy users can earn $ by adjusting demand
Two energy-focused firms — one based in Canada, the other in Kentucky — are teaming up to...
GE, Gehrlicher team up for global solar projects
GE and Germany’s Gehrlicher Solar plan to build a series of solar power plants around the world....
Solar, wind power could provide a boost for hydrogen
Renewable power sources, coupled with improvements in how we currently split water into hydrogen and...
Utilities increasingly worried about water
Clean-energy advocates will find some bright spots in the latest survey of electric utilities, but they’ll...
$280m fund for home-based solar the largest yet
Google and SolarCity have launched a $280 million fund to help bring solar power to residential customers....
Work set to start on world's largest solar power plant
Construction is about to begin on the world’s largest solar power facility. To be located in Blythe,...
World 'consumed more energy in 2010 than ever before'
Coal consumption: up. Oil consumption (and prices): up. Hydro, solar, wind, geothermal and biofuel consumption:...
Marines go solar in Afghanistan
As part of their strategy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, the US Marines are turning to solar power...
Giant solar ambitions in the Middle East
A solar power plant in the Middle East is proving that large-scale sun energy is a viable option in the...
Gallery: US military wages green war
Faced with the growing reality that energy insecurity threatens national and international “regular”...
'Cambridge crude' could revolutionize batteries
They call it “Cambridge crude,” and it could revolutionize how we store energy. Researchers...
Largest ever solar curtain wall graces PV factory
A company that makes lightweight plastic solar panels is practicing what it preaches by installing its...
10 weirdest power outages ever
While big storms — winter blizzards, severe summer thunderstorms and hurricanes — are the...
Solar energy aims for the 'impossible'
If you think about it, it’s crazy for us not to try and find every way possible of harnessing energy...
5 reasons it's nuts to dump nukes
Nuclear power has a funny effect on people, especially when something in the industry goes awry. Guardian...
Nuclear meltdowns 101
Here’s a clear, straightforward — and, we’re guessing, heavily caffeine-fueled —...
Solar power without the panels
How does concentrating solar power work? Here’s a brief introduction:
Amazing video: Two leaky water buckets make electricity
Invented almost 150 years ago, the Kelvin water dropper (yes, named after that Kelvin) produces electricity...
6 amazing facts about electricity transmission in China
It’s well known that China has been going gangbusters on developing its energy infrastructure,...
DOE aims to change energy outlook
How do you transform the energy system of a nation of 300 million people? The US Department of Energy...
Solar fun in the US sun
How can you encourage the growth of solar energy in communities where, say, many of the residents are...
Devil's advocate: Let's ditch these energy technologies
In a perfect world, we’d pursue any technological advancement and scientific achievement worth...
High concentration PV lets deserts ride a waterless solar wave
Around this time next year, energy customers in Colorado will be getting some of their electricity from...
In renewable energy, we've barely scratched the surface
With the help of the right public policies, the world could get most — close to 80 per cent —...
Ending military's oil addiction could 'save lives'
Reducing the military’s dependence on fossil fuels would not only make it easier to provide supplies...
Coming soon to Arizona: 150MW of new solar power
Construction of a 150-megawatt (MW) solar plant — a greater capacity than any photovoltaic plant...
Question: How to deal with energy irrationality?
Here’s a question for you: What is the best way for the energy and technology industries to overcome...
UK could corner 25% of world's marine energy market
Marine energy technology could pump £76 billion into the UK economy by 2050 — that’s one-fourth...
Constellation, ODEC team up for demand management
Energy customers in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia will begin testing a new demand management program...
Cuts disembowel US energy info agency
In a world where access to ever-more and real-time data is critical for effective government, competitive...
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