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Controlling the Path of Least Resistance with Smart Wires

Controlling the Path of Least Resistance with Smart Wires

According to reports released over the past 6 months, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Southern Company have successfully deployed networks of distributed power flow control devices to relieve stress on the nation's electricity grid...

February 8, 2015 — Melissa C. Lott
Why Can’t Companies Get Renewables?

Why Can’t Companies Get Renewables?

If two-thirds of Fortune 100 companies want to buy electricity generated by off-site renewable energy sources this year, why hasn't more capacity been built?

February 7, 2015 — Melissa C. Lott
Renewable Energy Shines in 2014

Renewable Energy Shines (and Blows) in 2014

Looking back at 2014 through the prism of renewable energy, it's hard not to get bombastic. So many records were broken, corners turned, and with costs declining, it's hard not to wonder if 2015 will see renewable energy become nothing more than a fully competitive energy source, capturing more and more market share...

February 5, 2015 — Tali Trigg
Beyond Oil Sands: The Carbonates are Coming

Beyond Oil Sands: The Carbonates are Coming

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Deborah Gordon, the director of the Energy and Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

January 30, 2015 — Deborah Gordon
What is the World’s Busiest Airport?

After a 350 Year Reign, Heathrow Is Dethroned as the World's Busiest (Air)port

Is it Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, or Dubai International? Both apparently. But it depends on the metric. If you go by number of flights, then O'Hare is the world's busiest airport (881,933 flights in 2014), dethroning Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (868,359) after 10 years at the top - by this way of measuring...

January 29, 2015 — Tali Trigg
Low oil prices aren’t working against solar (probably)

Low oil prices aren’t working against solar (probably)

In the United States, reducing electricity probably won't lead to a significant reduction in direct oil consumption. Instead (in terms of fossil fuels) it is more likely to reduce your consumption of coal and natural gas...

January 26, 2015 — Melissa C. Lott

Rooftop Solar Increases a Home's Selling Price

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released a report showing that homes with solar panels typically sell for $15,000 greater than those without solar panels installed...

January 23, 2015 — Robert Fares

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