Tag: power generation


The transformation taking place in the electricity system is enormous, but twofold. But most commentators – including the former FERC chair – miss half the opportunity when they fixate on the inevitable technological rather than the more fundamental economic transformation. Read more…


A recent report from the World Wildlife Fund (and others) touts how city energy aggregation is “unleashing” renewable energy in Illinois. Buying electricity on behalf of their residential and small business customers, nearly 100 Midwestern cities have purchased renewable energy Read more…


In a victory of David vs Goliath proportions, policymakers in Arizona stood up for its citizens by rejecting an attempt from the state’s largest utility to squash rooftop solar. Five months after Arizona Public Service (APS) sought approval to slap Read more…


China is on track to generate more electricity from renewable energy by 2035 than the U.S., the European Union, and Japan combined, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a new report. In its World Energy Outlook report, the IEA also said that b…


The largest tidal energy project in Europe has been granted permission by the Scottish Government. MeyGen Ltd., a joint venture between American investment bank Morgan Stanley, French independent power generator International Power and Australian tidal technology provider Atlantis


Here’s a Business Week article whose point is that the relevance of our power utilities is disappearing. Not true. Unless there is a breakthrough in energy of unprecedented proportion, along the lines of cold fusion or something else that appears Read more…


Annual investment in renewable energy is predicted to triple between now and 2030, according to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In an analysis of several factors shaping the global energy future — including economic conditions, market demands, and Read more…


I received an interesting press release about something called Nautical Torque technology, a process for generating energy from the rise and fall of ships and other large vessels with the tide. It was invented by the late Cahill Maloney; his Read more…


One of the U.S.’s largest electric utilities has agreed to close three coal-fired power plants in the Midwest, the latest sign of how the U.S.’s electricity supply is shifting away from coal to natural gas and renewable energy. American Electric Read more…


Coal is somewhat notorious for not being the cleanest of fuels. Similarly all combustion systems release a good deal of carbon dioxide. A new form of clean coal technology reached an important milestone recently, with the successful operation of a Read more…


Here’s a video that shows where I spent my afternoon: on a tour of the (currently) 2 megawatt solar photovoltaics facility at Fort Hunter Liggett in Central California, now the largest solar array on a military base in the U.S. Read more…


Rising water temperatures and a reduction in river flows have caused declining production at some thermoelectric power plants in the U.S. and Europe, a trend that will likely continue for decades to come as the planet warms, according to a Read more…


Germany has installed enough photovoltaics such that coal-fired power plants are beginning to become unprofitable. This is driven by a combination factors, e.g., that coal isn’t asked to provide power at the peak of the day, when both the sun Read more…


Two recent stories illustrate how far wind power can go in terms of efficiency and mechanics. First, let’s take a look at what Japanese researchers have come up with. According to Mother Nature Network, scientists at Kyushu University in Japan Read more…

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