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Energy Storage: It’s About the Software

Carl Weinschenk

Renewable initiatives rely on the ability to save the generated energy for a rainy – or windless – day. It follows that the software driving the pivotal task of managing the energy storage system is of paramount importance, says Gabe Schwartz, the Director of Marketing for Stem, which describes itself as an intelligent storage company that combines hardware and software storage platforms.

MIT Develops Promising New Battery Storage Technology

Ken Silverstein

MIT has a new way to design batteries to store energy: Liquid flow devices whereby the positive and negative electrodes are liquid and separated from the membrane — something only those scientists and engineers really understand.

India Launches Net-Zero Building Portal

Carl Weinschenk

The Indian Power Ministry, with the help of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has launched the country’s first Web portal aimed at net-zero energy use in buildings.

Companies Cooperating on Waste-to-Energy Projects

Carl Weinschenk

Gershman, Brickner & Bratton and Stern Brothers & Co. have agreed to work together on waste-to-energy infrastructure and alternative energy projects, according to the website Renewable Energy from Waste.

Clean Energy Commitment in the Corporate and Local Small Business Sphere

Steve Constable

Forward thinking businesses such as Google Inc are leading the charge in the use of renewable energy in the corporate sphere. They power 100% of their operations with renewable energy.

Xcel Asks for $90M ‘Switching Fee’ If Lubbock Utility Joins ERCOT

Cheryl Kaften

Xcel Energy – which provides electricity to 261, 896 customers in its Texas service area –filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on May 24, requesting approval of a one-time $88.7 million interconnection switching fee, if Lubbock Power & Light (LP&L) disconnects from Xcel’s transmission system to interconnect a portion of the city’s system with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

EDF Sending 127 Climate Corps Fellows to 100 Organizations

Carl Weinschenk

The ninth year of the Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) Climate Corps program will see 127 young fellows embedded in 100 organizations. Most will be deployed in the United States, with a handful traveling to China.

Capegemini, Siemens Working on Analytics Platform

Carl Weinschenk

Capegemini and Siemens Building Technologies Division are working on a cloud-based services platform that will offer asset management and analytics capabilities. The companies say that the partnership will add the functionality to the Web-based Energy & Sustainability Navigator platform. The press release from Capegemini says that the platform has avoided release of 10.5 million tons   …Continue Reading

Fulham Retrofit Kits EPA Approved

Carl Weinschenk

The Fulham Co.’s ThoroLED LED Retrofit kits are Energy Star Luminaire 2.0-complaint. The AC LED retrofit kits are aimed at ceiling and wall luminaires and are available in 10 watt, 15 watt and 25 watt models. The units, the company says, are optimal to replacelamps in wall sconces and common ceiling lights in the field or   …Continue Reading

Brookings Study: Net Metering Offers Cost Benefits to All Utility Customers

Cheryl Kaften

Net metering frequently benefits all ratepayers when all costs and benefits are accounted for, which is a finding state public utility commissions, or PUCs, need to take seriously as the fight over net metering rages in states such as Arizona, California, and Nevada, according to the results of a new study released by the Brookings Institution, a think tank based in the District of Columbia.

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