Electric vehicles (EV) can be key part of a low-carbon, consumer-friendly energy future. That is the broad point of a letter from a coalition comprised of 67 organizations, including utilities, private companies, business groups, EV advocacy groups, and environmental groups, calling on the Governors and Governors-Elect in the 11 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states to make a top priority developing policies that support EVs going forward.
There is a good reason Warren Buffett's name seems to be turning up everywhere in the energy sector. When he bought Nevada utility NV Energy last year, he said there would be further energy acquisitions. Already heavily involved in solar and wind power, his Northern Grid Power Holdings Co. is wrapping up a home energy management pilot project with Siemens in the UK.
After several smart meter failures earlier this year, Saskatchewan's Crown Utility is investigating yet another. While some of the earlier overheated meters burned and scorched the exterior walls on which they were installed, this recent failure damaged only the meter.
The home energy management market has seen its share of starts and stalls over the years. But now, Navigant Research forecasts global revenues will grow from $846 million in 2013 to $2.4 billion by 2023.
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has made available $60 million in funding for 22 new projects aimed at detecting and measuring methane emissions and developing localized thermal management systems that reduce the energy needed to heat and cool buildings.
It may not come as a complete surprise, but the U.S. Energy Information Administration has confirmed that California leads the country in electric vehicle adoption. However, battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles still represent a small percentage of new vehicle sales.
A storm that ripped through the Bay Area and outlying areas last week caused a power outage affecting at least 500,000 Pacific Gas & Electric customers. However, power was restored for most of them by Friday and smart grid technologies were credited with being instrumental in the quick response.
Kentucky regulators appear to be getting closer to deciding on an upgrade to the state's electric grid, and are holding two meetings this week to get a sense of the public's level of interest in implementing smart grid technologies.
A comprehensive agreement supported by utilities, solar organizations and businesses, and environmental groups has been filed by the Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) with the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC). Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress support the proposal which outlines a balanced plan for solar net metering in the state.
If the U.S. is to successfully handle the energy challenges it faces, the federal role in transforming energy policy needs a dramatic overhaul â€” and a much larger federal investment in energy R&D is essential, according to a new report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.