Last fall, the Obama administration trumpeted a joint announcement with China to aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For its part, the United States committed to cutting net greenhouse gas emissions 26–28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. READ MORE
When it comes to public opinion, nuclear power has run the gamut from a promising new source of plentiful electricity to a nightmarish, sci-fi-like technology that should be shunned, lest the entire planet suffer a meltdown.
Now, the industry has apparently recovered from such memorable, recent accidents as Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima, and achieved general, widespread acceptance. READ MORE
As smart-grid technology deployment expands, the technical needs of utilities become more sophisticated. One of the potential beneficiaries of this trend is a platform that allows utilities to unify all of the vast amounts of data that they receive. Known as advanced distribution management systems (ADMS), the market for this technology appears ready to expand. READ MORE
California, long considered a pioneer of renewable-energy technologies, has lagged in one area.
By various accounts, the Golden State has not done much to advance the role of demand-response programs in meeting its overall energy needs. That trend may be coming to an end with a rule recently adopted by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). READ MORE
All the hype surrounding smart grid technology masks a painful reality: Change is often disruptive. While the evolution of digital technology in the energy sector hasn’t always been easy for consumers, it is equally challenging for utilities. READ MORE
One of the cornerstones of the smart grid evolution is the smart meter itself. Capturing and sending data in real time between the utility and the consumer has enabled a level of communication between the two that is almost science fiction-like. READ MORE
Energy efficiency has become one of the building blocks of the larger effort to transform the way society consumes electricity. Within the realm of efficiency, demand-response programs have become one of most effective tools for utilities to cut back on consumers’ energy consumption.
Now that tool faces uncertainty as a legal challenge has put the future of those programs in doubt. READ MORE
The benefits of renewable power extend beyond reducing carbon emissions and encouraging energy independence in the United States. The transition to an alternative-energy environment also creates valuable jobs. READ MORE
Nothing says you have arrived more than an endorsement by a Fortune 500 corporation. In the race to capture the hearts and minds of American consumers, renewable power has arguably reached critical mass.
When Apple and Google, two of the world’s largest corporations and purveyors of contemporary digital culture, choose to embrace renewable power, they indicate they care about clean energy. READ MORE