The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gas created a disaster recovery app that will provide real-time information in the wake of severe weather events about which neighborhoods have electricity and which gas stations have fuel. Developed in response to lessons learned in the aftermath Hurricane Sandy, Lantern Live will allow users to report and view availability of fuel at nearby gas stations and access utility outage maps.
By 2025, Frost & Sullivan predicts that 58 percent of the population globally, 4.6 billion people, will be living in urban areas as urbanization drives the transformation of major cities like Barcelona, New York and Amsterdam into smart cities.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) draft rule for reduction of carbon emissions under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act has divided the industry down the middle-- with many (like the American Council for Clean Coal Electricity, or ACCCE) staunchly opposing the Clean Energy Plan and others like the Sierra Club supporting it. Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) has a horse in both sides of the race, supporting the Clean Power Plan as a vital step toward modernizing the U.S. electric power system for greater efficiency, reliability, and economic opportunity while urging EPA to make changes that realize the benefits of advanced energy technologies.
"The grid of the future will be more than a one-way delivery system for electricity. It will be a platform for information and services that we've barely begun to imagine," said Doyle Beneby, CEO of CPS Energy. "[This] conversation with industry leaders helps us develop ways to put new grid technologies and services to work for our customers."
Lab-Corps aims to better train and empower national lab researchers to successfully transition their discoveries into high-impact, real world technologies in the private sector, building on the success of the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps (I-Corps) model.
New York University (NYU) is stimulating the creation of clean energy companies with the launch of a certificate program to train experienced business professionals in energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Clean Start program, supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will provide the foundation for 15 professionals interested in establishing companies in, or making a career change to, those growing fields.
The government has made strides in modernizing its infrastructure, as well as integrating and managing the latest technology, to meet its energy-efficiency targets. Access to better data and the ability to integrate that data into this new infrastructure and technology will be essential for federal agencies to build on their progress and meet their energy-efficiency and energy security goals.
A project completed by DTE Energy at its coal-fired Monroe Power Plant will significantly reduce emissions and improve air quality in the region, making it one of the cleanest coal plants in the country, as well as the first in Michigan to operate best-in-class systems that reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by about 90 percent and sulfur dioxide emissions by about 97 percent.
The results of improvements made to Pepco Energy Services' Midtown Thermal Control Center (MTCC) operations in Atlantic City, including numerous energy-efficiency upgrades and an automated plant optimization application are in-- and are impressive.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a major demonstration project for converting carbon dioxide (CO2) into commercial products. The plant will use a first-of-its-kind process to capture 75,000 tons of CO2 from a San Antonio, Texas, cement plant, converting the greenhouse gas into other products, including sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, hydrochloric acid and bleach.