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What Can We Expect from the Smart Grid?

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

Laura Meadors , Director of Corporate Strategy & Business Development at GridMaven Utility Solutions, thinks the Nest’s differentiator is design. Collecting useful data through the smart grid In another example of utilities not being great with their messaging, a lot of people worry that with smart meters, the utility will be collecting their private data. Hertzog and Meadors pointed to some unexpected benefits from smart meters.

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Charging Scarcity Holding Back EV Growth

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

Today, transportation is witnessing another technological shift to electric plug-in and extended range vehicles. However, four years in to the shift, it’s still to early to say how the transition to an electrically dominated automobile industry will compare to the switch from horse to “horsepower.” MW of energy each day. “We We built it, and the EVs arrived, and they keep on coming,” said Rolf Schreiber, technical program manager for electric transportation at Google.

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Announcing Our Seed Investment in UtilityAPI

Better Ventures

Accelerating the Transition to Solar Energy We are thrilled to announce our seed investment in UtilityAPI , an enterprise software company that is accelerating the worldwide shift to renewable energy by making it easier and more cost effective to switch to solar. Accessing historic usage and billing data from utilities is a major customer acquisition pain point for solar companies, resulting in as much as a 30% loss in lead conversion.

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Silicon Valley Clean Energy and UtilityAPI Want to Free Your Meter Data

GreenTechMedia

Why can’t you get an accurate, fact-based online quote for a rooftop solar system, backup battery or electric vehicle charger as easily as getting a quote on, say, a mortgage refinancing or home insurance policy? His company has built a technology platform to manage the open, transparent and secure exchange of energy data, and this week the California-based based startup announced a pilot project with Silicon Valley Clean Energy to test it out.

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A decidedly impartial review of Mark Jacobson’s 100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything

Renewable Energy World

I’ve known Mark for over ten years, even before I learned of his audacious roadmap for powering New York state with 100% renewable energy. states to be mapped for renewable energy by Mark and his team of students at Stanford University (see Mark’s abbreviated bio, below).

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Funding the Next Generation of Efficient, Electric, Grid-Interactive Communities

GreenTechMedia

homes and commercial buildings consume roughly two-fifths of the country’s overall energy, three-fourths of all electricity, and account for most of the peak electricity demand that drives generation and power grid infrastructure costs.

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Planet Partners with SynMax to Provide Energy Intelligence and Monitor Dark Vessels

Planet Pulse

In collaboration with SynMax , Houston-based satellite analytics and intelligence company, Planet data is now being used to provide data-informed insights on the energy industry within the United States and monitor the movements of dark vessels around the globe.

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Small businesses contribute a third of UK emissions, but are laggards in the net zero race

Envirotec Magazine

The research report, “ Smaller businesses and the transition to net zero “, highlights the potential collective influence of UK smaller businesses and the considerable contribution they could make to wider net zero objectives if they all made changes to reduce their carbon footprint.

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Ohio bill emphasizes jobs and justice on path to 100% clean energy by 2050

Renewable Energy World

Kowalski , Energy News Network. A bill for cutting carbon emissions calls for equity in job training and transition programs, an office of energy justice, increased oversight, and curbs on utility influence over regulators. Energy justice and equity. By Kathiann M.

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CO2 Storage Plans Risk Leaving Future Generations with ‘Carbon Bombs’, Energy Expert Warns

DeSmogBlog

But, as the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis’ energy finance analyst Bruce Robertson told DeSmog, even they “haven’t been able to get it right”. . according to a 2014 study. By Tracy Keeling.

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How Often Do People Drive Electric Vehicles?

Clean Energy Trust

Credit: Electrek The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) recently came out with an analysis that suggests that electric vehicles are being driven less than originally expected: “We provide the first at-scale estimate of electric vehicle (EV) home charging.

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Why Vestas Brought Its Offshore Business In-House

GreenTechMedia

Global turbine leader Vestas has taken sole control of its offshore wind joint venture, a move that says a lot about Vestas' current standing in the sector and even more about where wind power is headed. MHI Vestas was created in April 2014, he pointed out.

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California’s Plan to Crowdsource Distributed Energy to Replace Grid Upgrades

GreenTechMedia

California regulators are on the cusp of breaking open a long-awaited opportunity to enlist rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries and other distributed energy resources (DERs) to substitute for expensive grid upgrades.

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Watt It Takes: Opower’s Dan Yates on the Origins of Behavioral Efficiency

GreenTechMedia

Dan Yates and his co-founder Alex Laskey built Opower, an efficiency company that saves more energy every year than the hoover dam can generate. Opower was based on a simple premise: send paper mailers to utility customers comparing their electricity use to their neighbors.

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5 States Blazing the Trail for Integrating Distributed Energy Resources

GreenTechMedia

Distributed energy resources (DERs) is an expansive term, including everything from backup generators to microgrids. In some states with 100 percent clean energy mandates, like California and Hawaii, the focus is on solar — lots and lots of it — and the tools needed to integrate this massive new grid edge resource. Distribution utilities are going to need all of these DERs to manage the paradigm shift to come as renewables grow to a majority of the grid’s energy.

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The policies that could send the global rooftop solar market to 2,000 GW

Renewable Energy World

The global rooftop solar market has the potential to exceed 2,000 GW of generation and 1,000 GWh of energy storage by 2050 through careful policy design, according to a new report. solar prices increased quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year for the first time since 2014.

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Sunrun to Turn Home Batteries Into Grid Resources for 2 Major Utilities

GreenTechMedia

rooftop solar installer, finalized two utility partnerships to turn home batteries into miniature power plants. Regulators approved that program as a demonstration project for New York's Reforming the Energy Vision grid modernization effort. Sunrun, the leading U.S.

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Utilities plus telcos: The case for an arranged marriage

GreenBiz

The notion of power utilities and telecommunications companies combining or working together is not new. Telco plus utility = Energy savings and modernized infrastructure. Telcos are also dependent on a reliable power supply to ensure their network functions. Energy & Climate.

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The Seven Sins of Greenwashing

Green Business Bureau

It’s used to gain a financial advantage that’s often short lived and can expose businesses to long-term financial risk. As business leaders and employees , we must understand the nature of corporate greenwashing. In this Green Business Bureau article, we define corporate greenwash.

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Event - New Frontiers in Renewable Energy and Resources

Green Market Oracle

New Frontiers in Renewable Energy and Resources will take place on November 25-26, 2019 in Rome, Italy. The theme is "Renewable Energy for a Better Future" and the it will include: Keynote talks, Plenary sessions, Discussion Panels, B2B Meetings, Poster symposia, Video Presentations, and Workshops. Sources of Energy A substance that is converted by process into usable energy then the substance is called source of energy.

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Sensing evolution

Envirotec Magazine

As global awareness of the impact of poor air quality grows, so too does the demand for monitoring. The microscopic particles sloughed off by tyres and brake discs won’t be directly addressed through the wholesale adoption of electric vehicles.

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‘Data Hive’ Opens for Solar, Battery Vendors in Silicon Valley

GreenTechMedia

Now that project, dubbed Data Hive, has officially launched amid a coronavirus pandemic that’s made doing business the old-fashioned way even more challenging than it used to be. ” The value of opening up energy data bottlenecks.

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Residential Demand Response to Play Key Role Managing US Load This Summer

GreenTechMedia

Heading into summer 2020, looming uncertainty about electricity demand makes flexibility more vital than ever in the United States. Some of those are more traditional commercial and industrial aggregators such as CPower, Enel X and Voltus, but others are focused on the residential space.

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World’s Largest Customer-Sited Solar-Storage Plant Planned for Nevada Desert

GreenTechMedia

Data center operator Switch plans to buy power for its record-breaking Citadel facility from an adjacent project developed and owned by Capital Dynamics. A 60-megawatt/240-megawatt-hour Tesla Megapack installation will turn 127 megawatts of solar capacity into a nearly 24/7 power source.

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The Seven Sins of Greenwashing

Green Business Bureau

It’s used to gain a financial advantage that’s often short lived and can expose businesses to long-term financial risk. As business leaders and employees , we must understand the nature of corporate greenwashing. In this Green Business Bureau article, we define corporate greenwash.

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Stem Will Operate Massive AMS Battery Portfolio in Southern California

GreenTechMedia

Energy storage software company Stem will operate a 345-megawatt-hour portfolio of distributed batteries in Southern California Edison utility territory. AMS is exiting that role to focus its resources on a newer business, a bidding algorithm for energy markets.

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Comment: Carbon net zero – we’re halfway there

Envirotec Magazine

By Faye Bowser, Head of Energy Solutions, Siemens plc. How do we find the energy and ideas now to put in place the changes needed to sustain our collective trajectory to 2050, and also identify the next set of ‘big wins’ for industry?

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#Greentown10: A Look at Greentown’s Biggest Annual Event Throughout the Years

Greentown Labs

You’ll also learn about key technology areas that are driving momentum to equitably tackle the climate crisis, and explore the plentiful opportunities for everyone to be a part of the energy transition that’s already unfolding. 2014 Oct. 30, 2014. Northeast Clean Energy Council.

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‘I’ve quit drinking the water’: What it’s like to live next to America’s largest coal plant

Grist

Without Tony Bowdoin’s grandfather, Georgia Power might never have come to the quiet town of Juliette. By the late 1960s, Georgia Power had started planning to build the Robert W. Scherer Power Plant. The plant is so powerful that it can light up more than half of Georgia’s 3.7

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An Inside Look at a Groundbreaking Solar-Storage Procurement in California

GreenTechMedia

Early this month, three community-choice aggregators and one municipal utility serving much of California’s San Francisco Bay Area launched a 30-megawatt distributed energy storage-plus-solar solicitation.

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Comment: Water in the US – a decade of turbulence

Envirotec Magazine

While advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology had been fully deployed in the power and gas industries, water was just beginning to look into its adoption. On the subject of water quality issues – in the aftermath of the 2014 water crisis in Flint, Michigan, many US cities started more closely inspecting and monitoring their own pipe infrastructure and water sources.

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Carbon-capturing glasshouses grow greener tomatoes, says firm

Envirotec Magazine

The UK eats over 500,000 tonnes of fresh tomatoes each year but only grows 20% of them here, a state of affairs that commercial tomato-growing firm Sterling Suffolk says it is attempting to address using an unusual glasshouse technology to minimise the environmental impact of the activity.

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Making the Impossible Possible

Mr. Sustainability

All data concerning Sleipnir is either taken from public sources such as the Heerema website , or is ‘generalized’ to avoid potential commercial conflict or IP infringement. The largest crane vessel is Sleipnir, which has an installed power generation capacity of 98MW.

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Tory MP Leading Net Zero Backlash is Linked to Lobbyist With Hidden Fossil Fuel Interest

DeSmogBlog

The chair of a campaign by backbench Tory MPs against climate action runs a parliamentary group with a lobbyist who has an undeclared interest in the continued use of fossil fuel-powered vehicles, DeSmog can reveal. Energy

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20 C-suite sustainability champions for 2021

GreenBiz

These 20 C-suite executives have steered their companies forward through much disruption, providing inspiration for the possibilities of advancing sustainability, social responsibility and circular business models — sometimes all at once. 20 C-suite sustainability champions for 2021.

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RE100 initiative hits 300 member milestone

Business Green

Corporate clean energy initiative now boasts 300 members after Heineken, Epson, Novartis and LG Energy Solution pledged to switch their operations to renewables. And at the heart of this change has been a rapid shift in the cost of renewable energy.".

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Why Innovation Is Key to Accelerating Battery Storage Growth

GreenTechMedia

By any measure, 2019 was a breakout year for energy storage in the U.S. According to Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, global installations will reach 15 gigawatts per year by 2024.

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‘This Needs to Be Fixed’: Nuclear Expert Calls Radioactivity Levels Found Outside Ohio Oilfield Waste Facility ‘Excessive’

DeSmogBlog

” The Ohio and Pennsylvania advocacy groups sent the Austin Master samples to Marco Kaltofen, a nuclear forensics scientist in Massachusetts who has extensive experience examining radioactive waste from the nuclear weapons, nuclear power generation, and oil and gas industries. Energy

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Opening Our Archive

Clean Energy Trust

A collection of Clean Energy Trust’s videos from the last decade In honor of our 10 year anniversary, I’ve been going through Clean Energy Trust’s archive?—?old Third, Adam Lowry’s sustainable approach to business is forward-thinking and worthy of emulating.

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The prospects for I-1631 eliminating 20 million tons of carbon pollution annually by 2035

Low Carbon Prosperity

While 70% of total expenditures are directed toward “Clean Energy & Clean Air” investments, additional claims on those funds may diminish the amount made available for direct emission reduction activities. 2 The share of allocation is after program admin costs, assumed to be 1% of revenues as in the Fiscal Note, and includes both state revenue and fees credited for specific uses to gas and power utilities. Table 1: Clean Air & Clean Energy Account, Scenario Summary.

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China has a fight on its hands to ween its economy off coal power

Business Green

The enormous expansion in China's coal power capacity means more regional vested interests against decarbonisation, writes Andrew Warren. We in the UK have rightly been celebrating the remarkable shift in how we generate electricity - as well as in the decline in the amount we waste.

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Can California’s cap and trade address environmental justice?

GreenBiz

The system works by setting a limit on the total amount of greenhouse gases released by refineries, power plants and other large emitters, and requires polluters to obtain permits to cover their share. He replaced his 1995 Honda Civic with a fully electric 2017 Fiat 500e. "I

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Smart living: Inside Panasonic's drive to transform old factories into hi-tech, low carbon communities

Business Green

In a northern suburb of Osaka, a brand new community development is aiming to be the first in Japan to derive all its electricity from renewable sources. Panasonic's first town, Fujisawa, is some 50 kilometres south of Tokyo and has been fully operational since 2014.