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On the Front Lines of the Power Grid

On the Front Lines of the Power Grid

QUICK! You are on duty in a secret control room in a nondescript, windowless building. The sign out front is so small that people driving by cannot read it, and it may give no clue what goes on inside, anyway. But your task is crucial: you are matching the ever-changing power needs of tens of millions of electricity customers with supply coming from hundreds of electricity generators, deciding...

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New ‘Designer Carbon’ Boosts Battery Performance

New ‘Designer Carbon’ Boosts Battery Performance

Stanford University scientists have created a new carbon material that significantly boosts the performance of energy-storage technologies. Their results are featured on the cover of the journal ACS Central Science. “We have developed a ‘designer carbon’ that is both versatile and controllable,” said Zhenan Bao, the senior author of the study and a professor of chemical...

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Dark Fiber May Help Light Up Competition

Dark Fiber May Help Light Up Competition

The problem with cutting the pay-TV cord is that you still need a high-speed Internet connection. No surprise, then, that the big telecom companies are jacking up fees for broadband access. But I have two words that should worry the likes of Time Warner Cable, AT&T and Verizon Communications. Dark fiber. What’s that? It’s all the unused fiber-optic lines out there just waiting...

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2015 predictions: The year of energy

2015 predictions: The year of energy

By Marie Bahl McKenna, Tendril – Mark my words: 2015 will be all about energy. Of course, energy has always been here, keeping the lights on, keeping us warm, keeping us alive. But the industry has been largely stuck (not entirely of its own fault) for nearly 100 years. In 2015, it all will change. Next year, energy will come to the foreground as the leader in innovation, showing the world...

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Alevo Opening US Operation Soon

Alevo Opening US Operation Soon

10.28.14 Alevo pulls back the curtain on its batteries for the grid Alevo Group, which has kept its energy storage technology secret for a decade, unveiled it on Tuesday, and said it has struck deals aimed at deploying its batteries in power grids in China and Turkey. Aleveo ‘s chief executive, Norwegian entrepreneur Jostein Eikeland, made the announcement in front of 500 people at a North...

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Court Upholds FERC Order 1000

Court Upholds FERC Order 1000

Terrific news! A federal court today upheld in its entirety the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) groundbreaking electric grid planning rule known as Order 1000. The unanimous decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is a major win for clean energy, the environment, and consumers. The court affirmed Order 1000’s requirements that grid operators must consider needs...

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Sniper Attack Sparks Worry Over Security of US Power Grid

Sniper Attack Sparks Worry Over Security of US Power Grid

02.11.14 An organized sniper attack on an electrical substation near San Jose, Calif., last April raises unsettling questions about the vulnerability of our nation’s power grid. Judy Woodruff talks to Jon Wellinghoff, former chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Mark Weatherford, former deputy undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security, about future risks and...

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Changing Energy Landscape May Save Plymouth Nuclear Plant

Changing Energy Landscape May Save Plymouth Nuclear Plant

12.30.2013 By Erin Ailworth — Perched on the eastern shore of this seaside community, the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is a sprawling complex of sand-colored buildings completed during Richard Nixon’s first term. Above its main entrance, a sign proclaims, “Pilgrim: Our plant. Our Performance. Our Future.” That may seem a bold statement for one of the nation’s oldest nuclear plants. Over the...

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Could More Traffic Produce More Energy?

Could More Traffic Produce More Energy?

11.29.13 Mexican entrepreneurs developed a system capable of using the vehicular flow to generate electric energy. This development has the potentiality to produce sufficient electricity to power up a household through a device that “catches” the force of the moving cars. “This is a technology that provides sustainable energy and could be implemented at low prices, since...

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How Energy Storage is Transforming the Electric Power System

How Energy Storage is Transforming the Electric Power System

09.08.2013 by Janice Lin, Co Founder and Executive Director, California Energy Storage Alliance, and Alex Ghenis, Senior Analyst, Strategen Consulting Energy storage is a transformative technology class that does exactly what its name suggests: it absorbs electricity at one time and saves it for discharge later. It’s a simple concept and makes perfect sense considering how the electric system...

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