As our energy mix changes, the need to improve the infrastructure for delivering that power also grows. Utilities recognize that need and are investing in upgrades to their delivery systems. Customers in New York and Pennsylvania are about to benefit from one such upgrade. READ MORE
Renewable power still has a ways to go before it can displace fossil fuels, but the efforts to boost green power generation are still making progress. According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), renewable power made up most of the newly installed capacity so far this year. READ MORE
A number of cities have embraced light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as an efficient street lighting technology. Making the transition is not a simple endeavor, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Gateway Demonstration program helps them evaluate the technology. Recently, the DOE published a Gateway report on Portland, Ore.’s LED streetlight conversion. READ MORE
Few one-trick ponies exist in the digital age. As cell phones have become portable computers, other devices also have taken on multiple functions.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are no exception, and, as they gain in popularity, their utility grows, too. The value of EVs as an instrument to support the grid is catching on almost as fast as their ability to drive without gas. READ MORE
Energy storage is indispensable to renewable power’s success. Increasingly, it is also becoming a prominent feature in the appeal of electric vehicles. Storage works at the wholesale and retail levels by facilitating grid stabilization and home energy management. Not surprisingly, the technology is catching on with utilities and consumers. READ MORE
Solar power continues to suffer from the obstacle of high upfront costs. Although the electricity it generates is free, that is still not enough to make up for the hefty cost of purchasing and installing the equipment for many consumers. READ MORE