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Energy Storage Emerges as an All-Purpose Grid Asset

SCE recently awarded more than 250 MW of energy storage contracts. Here's a deeper dive into the thinking behind that historic announcement. MORE    added: Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

French Nuclear Giant Areva Says Future Is Uncertain, Prompting a Sell-Off - New York Times

ARIS — Areva, the French nuclear technology giant, has warned of an uncertain outlook for its business amid delays to important projects and sluggishness in the global atomic energy sector, sending its stock tumbling on Wednesday. MORE    added: Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

Canada's first concentrated solar thermal plant, and,
Medicine Hat,

Canada's first concentrated solar thermal plant, and, Medicine Hat, "The Gas City," goes solar

More than three years ago Ted Clugston was showing me around the small southern Alberta city of Medicine Hat for our pilot episode. He pointed to a hillside and said he eventually hoped to see a showcase solar project there. He saw it as an educational MORE    added: Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

Top Five Things People Can't Seem to Remember about the Ivanpah CSP Plant

It’s been nine months since Ivanpah celebrated its grand opening in February, 2014. Since that time, the world’s largest concentrating solar power plant has continued to receive accolades from around the globe, including being named Plant of the Year by MORE    added: Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

“While nuclear power plants were being forced to shut because of cracks, Scotland’s wind & sunshine were quietly & cleanly helping to keep the lights on in homes across the country with wind power generating enough electricity to power 126% of the needs

“While nuclear power plants were being forced to shut because of cracks, Scotland’s wind & sunshine were quietly & cleanly helping to keep the lights on in homes across the country with wind power generating enough electricity to power 126% of the needs

Japan's nuclear cleanup stymied by water woes. Every day, about 6,000 workers pass through the guarded gate of the Fukushima plan — two to three times more than when it was actually producing electricity. Decommissioning expected to take 40 yrs, cost 90B MORE    added: Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

ENERGY EAST PUTS 125 COMMUNITIES AT RISK OF TAR SANDS OIL SPILLS. IS YOURS ONE?

ENERGY EAST PUTS 125 COMMUNITIES AT RISK OF TAR SANDS OIL SPILLS. IS YOURS ONE?

TransCanada’s Energy East would the biggest tar sands pipeline in the world. If built, it would be bigger than Northern Gateway and bigger than Keystone XL. NEW VIDEO: Get the facts about Energy East, a risky mega-pipeline project. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Quebec-Ontario power-sharing shows energy synergy: Cohn

Quebec has put separatism on the backburner. Is Ontario ready to reciprocate — by renouncing its own costly history of electricity separatism? MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

We can all be 21st-century scientists

We can all be 21st-century scientists

Science relies on observation. As more people examine natural phenomena & record and share information, we gain better understanding of the world. An increasing number of scientific inquiries now depend on contributions from ordinary people to help them MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Congress is trying to squash one of the few examples of American leadership on climate

Since sweeping the midterms, Republicans in Congress have giddily discussed their plans to crush Obama’s climate change agenda. Most of the focus has been on EPA, particularly its carbon rules for power plants. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Amazon makes green energy pledge after Greenpeace gives F grade - will power green cloud service with 100 per cent renewable

The move represents a major shift for Amazon, according to the environmental group Greenpeace, which gave Amazon an F in an April report for failing to commit to renewable energy & for siting new data centres close to "dirty" energy sources such as coal MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

This poo-powered bus runs on the regular as long as you do

A bus that runs on gas made from feces and food scraps makes its maiden voyage today. Bath Bus Company’s new crapmobile delivers passengers along the No. 2 line between Bath and Bristol Airport. MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Get nuclear overhauls right, banker warns: Past power plant projects in Ontario missed deadlines, suffered from cost overruns - Toronto Star

The massive task of refurbishing 10 nuclear reactors - at a cost of $25 billion - is the crucial issue for keeping electricity rates under control in Ontario, says a CIBC investment banker MORE    added: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

UWaterloo expert: Extreme weather in Western New York

Waterloo - Professor Jason Thistlethwaite, a researcher in the Faculty of Environment and director of the Climate Change Adaptation Project at the University of Waterloo commented on the snow emergency in Western New York. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Within 2 years, a quarter of the world’s carbon emissions are likely to be priced

Well, it turns out that carbon is getting priced, not in the big, dramatic, simple way climate hawks would prefer, but incrementally, piecemeal, country-by-country, region-by-region, still inadequately but in a way that’s starting to add up. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Watch a year’s worth of CO2 swirl around the globe like a horrifying lava lamp

Ever wondered what a year’s worth of carbon dioxide emissions looks like in our atmosphere? According to NASA’s new climate visualization, which condenses all the activity into a few minutes’ time, it’s surprisingly as beautiful to watch as it is worriso MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

World’s longest superconductor in operation in Germany

One benefit of Germany’s energy transition is supposed to be technological innovations. The new superconductor currently being tested in Essen is a good example of how the Energiewende could ensure German technological leadership. Craig Morris says the MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Quebec electricity would save Ontario consumers $14 Billion - As the Ontario and Quebec provincial cabinets meet tomorrow to discuss energy, there is one natural topic of conversation: How can we better integrate our electricity systems to save a whack

Quebec electricity would save Ontario consumers $14 Billion - As the Ontario and Quebec provincial cabinets meet tomorrow to discuss energy, there is one natural topic of conversation: How can we better integrate our electricity systems to save a whack

Our neighbour in Quebec has a problem: Their electricity is fetching lower and lower prices in export markets. We have a need: A cost-effective source of power to replace the energy from our aging and expensive-to-rebuild nuclear reactors. MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Solar Generation In The U.K. Soon To Be Cheaper Than Gas

Solar power in the U.K. will be cheaper than natural gas by 2018, according to new industry analysis from the Solar Trade Association (STA). According to the industry organization’s report, the cost of building a large-scale solar farm is set to go down MORE    added: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

"It is wrong for UBC to continue to profit from its investments in fossil fuel companies," faculty says

"We are inspired by our students, who voted overwhelmingly in favour of divestment earlier this year," said UBC professor. MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

How winning over rural constituents changed the political discussions on renewables in Germany

In Germany, support for the Energiewende is not a matter of party membership. It is a field where all parties are active & generally support the Energiewende. To understand this political consensus, one needs to look to rural Germany, explains Alexander MORE    added: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014