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Installed Energy Storage for the Grid to Be 20.8 GW by 2024

Karen Henry

Global installed energy storage for the grid and ancillary services (ESGAS) power capacity is expected to grow from 538.4 MW in 2014 to 20.8 GW in 2024, according to a new report from Navigant Research, Energy Storage for the Grid and Ancillary Services. Although the ESGAS market is developing in a piecemeal fashion, several factors, including   …Continue Reading


PG&E Tops in Smart Meter Deployments

Linda Hardesty

As of July 2014, over 50 million smart meters had been deployed in the United States, covering over 43 percent of US homes, up from 46 million smart meters a year ago, according to a new report from The Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation. The report, “Utility-Scale Smart Meter Deployments: Building Block of the   …Continue Reading


EIA: US Marketed Natural Gas Production Hits Record in June

Linda Hardesty

US Energy Information Administration Administrator Adam Sieminski issued the following comments on EIA’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook. “US natural gas production is expected to increase 5.3 percent this year. US marketed natural gas production in June was a record 74.5 billion cubic feet per day. US natural gas production has shown very strong growth in   …Continue Reading


Europe Dominates Zero Energy Buildings Market

Linda Hardesty

While the global outlook for zero energy buildings (ZEBs) is strong, the market will start slowly, according to a new report from Navigant Research. Navigant’s report “Zero Energy Buildings” estimates that total ZEB revenue will reach $629.3 million in 2014, focused mostly in the European Union member states for the next 2 decades. Navigant forecasts   …Continue Reading


Natural Gas Leads Power Plant Capacity Additions

Karen Henry

In the first six months of 2014, 4,350 MW of new utility-scale generating capacity came online, according to preliminary data from the US Energy Information Administration’s “Electric Power Monthly” report. Natural gas plants, almost all combined-cycle plants, made up more than half of the additions, while solar plants contributed more than a quarter and wind   …Continue Reading


Global Shift to Renewable Power Needed

Karen Henry

Speeding up the adoption of renewable energy technologies is the most feasible route to reduce carbon emissions and avoid catastrophic climate change, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). This first edition of REthinking Energy, which draws on worldwide research and analysis by the intergovernmental agency and reviews progress in the   …Continue Reading


Geothermal Provides 0.4% of US Electricity

Linda Hardesty

Geothermal energy has been a small, but consistent, source of electricity in the United States since 1971, providing 0.4 percent of total US generation in 2013, according to the Energy Information Administration. California is the site of most US geothermal capacity, but since 2001 new geothermal capacity additions have increasingly been located in other western   …Continue Reading


US Solar Industry Nearing 16 GW of Installed Capacity

Karen Henry

The United States’ solar market hit a major milestone in the second quarter of this year, with more than half a million homes and businesses now generating solar energy. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Q2 2014 US Solar Market Insight Report, the United States installed 1,133 MW of solar   …Continue Reading


Distributed Generation Races Centralized Generation

Linda Hardesty

The rise of distributed generation (DG) is one of the most important trends in the energy industry today, according to Navigant Research’s report, “Global Distributed Generation Deployment Forecast.” New DG capacity additions worldwide will surpass new centralized generation capacity additions in 2018. This trend will continue with more DG capacity installed annually than centralized capacity   …Continue Reading


Water Cooling Saves Data Center $200,000 per Year

Linda Hardesty

A comparison of liquid cooling versus air cooling in the Maui High Performance Computing Center showed much less cooling power is required by a water-cooled IT system, compared to the cooling power required by an air-cooled system. The retrofit installation of the water-cooled system, Riptide, presented a better power usage effectiveness (PUE), typically 15 percent   …Continue Reading


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