Investment in U.S. clean energy reached $51.8 billion in 2014, 7 percent above 2013 levels and five times more than a decade ago, according to the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) commissioned Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, marking a clear transformation of the U.S. energy economy.
Consumers across the country are jumping on the trend to install solar panels on their homes or at least considering it. Because rooftop solar and its associated technology is relatively new, the available information with which consumers can make their determination can be limited.
Today, wide area situational awareness systems, particularly synchrophasors (synchrophasors/wide area situational awareness- SWASA), are being used to collect and transmit data to identify high-speed disturbances before outages occur, Navigant reports. In fact, they predict annual transmission synchrophasor revenue is expected to grow from $8.5 billion in 2014 to $16.7 billion in 2023.
PNNL's new zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery uses an electrolyte that has more than two times the energy density of the next-best flow battery used to store renewable energy and support the power grid. And its energy density is approaching that of a type of lithium-ion battery used to power portable electronic devices and some small electric vehicles.
While lobbying to help government and utilities understand the importance of the smart grid and other new energy innovations, the cost of new projects is often overlooked. A new study by the New Cities Foundation (NCF) suggests ideas for government entities to secure their funding.
Central America and the Caribbean's smart grid investment is growing. According to a new study, it will grow to $3.3 billion in infrastructure investment between 2015 and 2025.
The development plans outline cumulative goals for each state, including approximately 1,300 megawatts of installed stationary fuel cell capacity; 10,800 fuel cell electric vehicles; 640 fuel cell powered buses; and 110 hydrogen refueling stations to support the fuel cell electric vehicles and buses.
The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded a $20 million cooperative agreement to Colorado State University (CSU) to establish the Community Resilience Center of Excellence, which will develop computer tools to help local governments decide how to best invest in resources that would lessen the impact of extreme weather and other hazards on buildings and infrastructure and allow rapid recovery in their aftermath.
While threats to the grid often take the form of cyber attacks or extreme weather, a new report is focusing on threats that are "completely avoidable," including bad policy.
The American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC) is urging Congress and President Obama to expand energy research in the United States.