Posted By: Wayne M. Kovach
On: August 22, 2014
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was banned in New York state in 2008 to study its effects on the environment. Since then, there have been numerous debates on whether or not fracking would be beneficial for the state. Predominantly, citizens and businesses are against the practice. However, many land owners in ... more...
Filed under: Fossil & Biomass
Posted By: Alastair Turner
On: August 21, 2014
Much has been made of the potential for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Europe's evolving energy mix. However, its progress has stalled in recent years with concerns around cost, complexity and potential health and safety risks. Recently, the Energy Institute held a lecture entitled, 'CSS: Developing a cost-effective scheme for the ... more...
Filed under: Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Management
Posted By: Rick Barnett
On: August 20, 2014
On 6/25/13, the Obama administration released their "Climate Action Plan" (CAP). This re-confirmed the nation's 2020 goal from the 2009 Copenhagen Accord, to reduce carbon emissions to a level 17% below 2005. Some have criticized the Copenhagen goal for being too modest, particularly when compared to the recently adopted European ... more...
Filed under: Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Management
Posted By: Gary Brooks
On: August 19, 2014
For decades, multi-facility organizations have struggled with the frustrating task of collecting data from their disparate utility providers. With all the talk about big data, going green, sustainability and reducing energy costs, you'd think it would be easier than ever for organizations to access the energy data they need to ... more...
Filed under: Billing & Customer Care
Posted By: David Rizzo
On: August 18, 2014
How much can you afford to lose? For any CEO or manager in charge of a plant that purchases electricity in bulk, that question must be faced when considering the replacement of a power transformer. If one goes down, the loss of operational capability is always crippling. The process gets ... more...
Filed under: Grid Operations
Posted By: Wayne M. Kovach
On: August 15, 2014
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is a hot topic. There has never been a middle ground on the technology; people are either for it or against it. Was Charles Schumer Too Honest? However, recent support for fracking, and the natural gas industry itself, might help lead the way towards a full-blown spike ... more...
Filed under: Fossil & Biomass
Posted By: Ken Collison , Heidi Pacini , Jake McMurtry , Kiran Kumaraswamy
On: August 14, 2014
Executive Summary Opposition to new transmission lines is nothing new.   Concerns about cost, sensitive habitat, safety, and aesthetics are a constant in the debate over all large infrastructure projects.  However, significant new challenges are now facing the electric grid as utilities prepare for greater integration of renewable energy resources, a ... more...
Filed under: Grid Operations
Posted By: Shlomi Palas
On: August 13, 2014
At the start of the New Year, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and his Administration announced final statewide commercial food waste disposal ban regulations to take effect on October 1, 2014. The ban will divert food waste to energy-generating and composting facilities and reduce the Commonwealth’s waste stream by 30 percent ... more...
Filed under: Fossil & Biomass
Posted By: Michael Hinton
On: August 12, 2014
On January 31st, Maryland-based Clean Currents shut its doors for good. The renewable energy supplier sent a minor shockwave through the industry when it abruptly announced it could no longer serve its 8,000 residential and business customers. Speaking to journalists about the closure, the company president said 'the financials were ... more...
Filed under: Business & Corporate
Posted By: Kimberly Klemm
On: August 11, 2014
There are several possibilities for furthering the efficiency and energy output of fuel cell systems that could be incorporated into the processes used for fuel cell energy production. Below are three areas for exploration in this relatively new arena: 1. In hydrolysis a covalent bond is formed between the oxygen ... more...
Filed under: Energy Storage

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