Mayors Caucus and ComEd Collaborate to Advance Smart Cities

Mayors Caucus and ComEd Collaborate to Advance Smart Cities

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC), a membership organization of the Chicago region’s 275 cities, towns and villages; announced on May 4 that it has joined Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) – the largest electric utility in Illinois, serving the Chicago and Northern Illinois area – in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will support the study and development of new energy efficiency programs, smart streetlights, and community and residential solar; and other infrastructure projects.

NREL Licenses Forge Nano to Commercialize Patented Li-ion Battery That Won’t Explode and Is Less Costly

NREL Licenses Forge Nano to Commercialize Patented Li-ion Battery That Won’t Explode and Is Less Costly

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, has entered into an exclusive license agreement with Forge Nano – a company that claims to be “inventing the future, one atom at a time” – to commercialize NREL’s patented lithium-ion (li-ion) battery materials and systems capable of operating safely in high-stress environments.

Duke University Energy Initiative Awards Fourth Round of Funding

Duke University Energy Initiative Awards Fourth Round of Funding

Research projects that explore advancements in energy storage, grid reliability, and sustainable development will receive funding in 2017-2018 from the Duke University Energy Initiative’s Energy Research Seed Fund, the Durham, North Carolina-based academic institution announced on April 28.

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.

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