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Microgrids emerging as a global phenomenon

These systems offer compelling features, including the ability to isolate themselves from the utility distribution system during power outages, as well as a high capacity to integrate diverse distributed energy resources, such as wind, solar PV, and conventional generation from diesel generators.

North America driving grid-scale energy storage

North America continues to move the market forward with commercial and demonstration grid-scale energy storage projects while Western Europe-- Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom in particular-- is leading the market with utility-scale advanced battery and power-to-gas installations and announcements, Navigant reports.

Big data approaches to cyber security threats

With public and private organizations moving their IT resources to the cloud and employees increasingly using their mobile devices to access resources, the need for managed security services is growing, according to Frost & Sullivan, and managed security service providers can be a strategic partner in securing corporate-owned and bring-your-own-device endpoints.

Under pressure: Utilities make distributed energy moves

Utilities are making some very interesting moves, particularly in the distributed energy resources space.  Most of this activity is occurring via utilities' unregulated subsidiaries, but there are also interesting developments on the regulated side. 

Research budgets favor nuclear; investments go to renewables

The nuclear renaissance has been stalled for years, while renewable energy continues to expand rapidly, although it still has a long way to go to catch up with fossil fueled power plants, according to Worldwatch Institute's (WWI) Vital Signs Online analysis by senior researcher Michael Renner.

Future of oil and gas driven by collaboration, innovation

The oil and gas industry in America, Europe and Asia is being driven by investments in five main areas-- improvements in safety and operational efficiencies, reducing overall costs, accessing new reserves, and increasing asset lifespan, according to research from Lloyd's Register Energy, a compliance, risk, and technical consultancy.

MA clean energy sector reporting economic gains

Massachusetts' growth rate of 47 percent in this sector over the past four years, and its 10.5 percent growth in clean energy employment since 2013 are impressive achievements. Other states should consider developing similar reports so that they too can track the job-related impacts of their clean energy programs.

Shale boom benefitting non-shale production areas

Firms supplying goods and services to shale oil and gas producers will create more than 233,000 new jobs in the United States over the next 10 years, according to a report prepared for the Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA) by IHS Global, Inc. That is in addition to the 524,000 already existing shale energy supply chain jobs-- bringing the total to more than 757,000 over the next decade

Research collaboration addresses green building technology

Lux Research has entered into a collaboration that will address the lack of information available about green building technology and how it can reduce the world's electricity consumption.

Long Island offshore wind study underway

A collaborative study of Long Island's offshore wind resources is underway between Deepwater Wind, Stony Brook University (SBU), and renewable energy consultant AWS Truepower (AWS). The collaboration will provide SBU with tools and resources that will strengthen its research in the growing renewable energy industry and support the development of the Deepwater ONE project-- a 210 MW offshore wind farm to be located approximately 30 miles east of Montauk-- proposed by Deepwater Wind in response to a Long Island Power Authority renewable energy request for proposals.