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Where Urgency Meets Opportunity

Gary Lawrence

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking at the SXSW Eco Conference in Austin, Texas. I must compliment the organizers. This is one of those meetings that gets better every year as the learnings of the prior year are incorporated into the innovations that will be necessary to see the improvement in human development   …Continue Reading

DOE Awards $53M to Cut Solar Cost

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is investing more than $53 million for 40 research and development projects to drive down the cost of solar energy, addressing key aspects of technology development in order to bring innovative ideas to the market more quickly. These awards upport the development of next-generation PV solar technologies and advanced   …Continue Reading

FERC Accepts Pre-filing for PennEast Natural Gas Pipeline

Linda Hardesty

PennEast Pipeline says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved its request to initiate the pre-filing review process for an interstate natural gas pipeline. The proposed 108-mile, 36-inch natural gas pipeline will be designed to transport 1 Bcf/day. Current plans call for the pipeline to run from Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania to Transco’s   …Continue Reading

Membrane Technology Generates Renewable Energy from Wastewater

Karen Henry

GE has combined anaerobic digestion technology with its ZeeWeed 500 wastewater treatment membranes to create the anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR). AbMBR generates renewable energy from industrial wastewater. According to GE, the AnMBR provides reduced energy consumption, energy recovery and reduced sludge production. It solves the issues associated with traditional anaerobic process by separating solids retention   …Continue Reading

Domestic Energy Propels Another Record

Linda Hardesty

Total US net imports of energy as a share of energy consumption fell to their lowest level in 29 years for the first six months of 2014, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Total energy consumption in the first six months of 2014 was 3 percent above consumption during the first six months of   …Continue Reading

California PUC President to Step Down

Karen Henry

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) president Michael Peevey announced that he would not seek reappointment when his term ends in December, an article on the SFGate website reports. Peevey’s announcement comes after the release of e-mail messages from 2010 that show Peevey appeared willing to give favorable consideration to a rate-setting case in exchange for Pacific   …Continue Reading

Maine PUC Warns Businesses to Prepare for High Electric Prices

Linda Hardesty

State energy officials in Maine are encouraging businesses to prepare for a sharp rise in electricity prices this winter. According to the Maine Public Utilities Commission, these price increases will be most pronounced for medium-sized business customers on the standard offer, as well as for customers whose electricity price fluctuates with time of use. For   …Continue Reading

Vayu Opens Wholesale Gas Market to Mid-Sized UK Businesses

Karen Henry

Irish gas and electricity supplier Vayu launched Vayu Energy Smart, a product that gives mid-size gas users access to day-ahead wholesale gas prices based on the System Margin Price (SMP) index. The SMP index has been an average of 20 percent cheaper than the fixed market this year. At any time during the contract, businesses   …Continue Reading

EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook Looks Positive for Winter Electricity, Natural Gas

Linda Hardesty

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued its October 2014 Short-Term Energy Outlook, forecasting that temperatures this winter will be warmer than last winter, which will result in less demand for heat. Although electricity prices are expected to be higher this winter, the warmer temperatures and lessened demand will keep costs in check. EIA also   …Continue Reading

DOE Recognizes Oregon Cities, Public Schools in Better Buildings Challenge

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy recognized the cities of Beaverton and Hillsboro, Ore., as well as the Portland Public School District for reducing their energy use. As Better Buildings Challenge partners, they have committed to reduce the energy use in ten million square feet of building space by 20 percent over the next decade. The   …Continue Reading

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