Boeing Launches VC Division, Invests in Electric Airplane Developer

Boeing Launches VC Division, Invests in Electric Airplane Developer

Chicago-based aerospace company Boeing has formed a small venture-capital division called HorizonX to “turn new ideas and businesses into reality” – among them, a pioneering enterprise to develop a small hybrid-electric aircraft that would be suitable for regional consumer travel, “out to a thousand miles,” and that could be built “by the 2020s.”

USAF Develops Deployable Energy Systems

USAF Develops Deployable Energy Systems

The the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, announced on April 6 that its staff has developed and tested an expeditionary operating base that is expected to change the way in which forward-deployed forces will power missions in the future.

OSU Trustees to Vote This Week on $1B Energy Outsourcing Deal

OSU Trustees to Vote This Week on $1B Energy Outsourcing Deal

Ohio State University officials want to clinch a deal to lease the university’s energy facilities to a contractor that will make a $1 billion, up-front payment to the OSU endowment fund, The Columbus Dispatch reported on March 30.

NY PSC Adopts Landmark Orders to Value Distributed Energy, Test Energy Storage

On March 9, the New York State Public Service Commission approved a new pricing structure (Cases 15-E-0751, 15-E-0082) for distributed energy resources, designed to promote community solar projects statewide and to gradually phase out net energy metering. The commission also directed the state’s investor-owned utilities to deploy at least two energy storage projects by the end of 2018.

As a result of the order, rooftop solar may decline after 2020 and community solar has been fostered.

The Little Engines That Could: Rail-Based Energy Storage To Go Online in Nevada Soon

The Little Engines That Could: Rail-Based Energy Storage To Go Online in Nevada Soon

A California-based company, Advanced Rail Energy Storage (ARES), is providing grid-scale energy storage using small electric locomotives, according to a March 4 report by Interesting Engineering. And there is a system ready to go online in Nevada soon.

Enel Joins Advisory Board of Energy Excelerator in Hawaii

Enel Green Power North America is joining the strategic advisory board of Energy Excelerator, an incubator for clean energy start-ups based in Honolulu, the company announced on February 28. Through the global partnership, Enel will provide guidance on the selection of projects to be suppo

At Pearl Harbor, the USAF and HCATT Test Microgrids for Military Needs

At Pearl Harbor, the USAF and HCATT Test Microgrids for Military Needs

At Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office and the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies have initiated the design of the Pacific Energy Assurance and Resiliency Laboratory (PEARL) – a renewable energy microgrid … Read more…

National Wind Technology Center Awards Energy Storage Test to RES

National Wind Technology Center Awards Energy Storage Test to RES

The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) awarded a 1-MW/1-MWh energy storage test project to Renewable Energy Systems, the UK-based firm with offices in Broomfield, Colorado, announced on February 22.

Xcel Starts $4M Solar Energy Storage Pilot Program in Denver

Xcel Starts $4M Solar Energy Storage Pilot Program in Denver

The Stapleton neighborhood in Denver has the largest concentration of rooftop solar in the city. That’s why Xcel Energy is using its North Central Park and Eastbridge neighborhoods for a $4 million, two-year pilot program  that will test the value of storing solar energy in banks of batteries, according to a February 15 report by the ABC-TV news affiliate, The Denver Channel.

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