It can be safely said that 2016 has been a memorable year in Washington, D.C. Everything the experts knew about politics was turned upside down and inside out as the election results broke nearly every rule we have ever known.
These days, almost anything for the home can be automated. Door locks, window blinds, switches, toasters—all are available as "smart devices" connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). Despite this bevy of products, they can’t all work together.
Regardless of what the federal government does or does not do in the coming months and years to incentivize and otherwise promote energy efficiency initiatives, most states are continuing to ramp up their own efforts.
Crops, of course, have always relied on three things from nature: soil, water, and sunlight. If executives at AeroFarms have their way, though, the future of crop growing will be mesh cloth, small amounts of water, and LED lights.
In late October, Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $3.6 billion in loans to fund 82 electric projects for rural electric utilities in 31 states.
Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lists its top 10 violations for the year. One list is for construction-site safety violations, and the other is for nonconstruction workplace safety violations.
Residential electricity prices in the United States were set to decline in 2016 for the first time since 2002, according to the Oct. 6, 2016 “Today in Energy” report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
The International Energy Agency (IEA) raised its five-year growth forecast for the renewable industry because renewable energy surpassed coal last year as the largest source of installed power worldwide.
California has long been a national leader in areas of renewable energy, digital innovation and fighting climate change. Occasionally, it surrenders the top spot to another state, as it has to Texas in the field of wind power. Sometimes, it gains it back.
Recently, LED lights have been touted as the technology that would catapult the nation's lighting program into the future, but there is now growing concern over the potential negative impact of LED lights on human sleep patterns and nocturnal animal health and behavior.
This summer, in the aftermath of a heavy storm, Duluth, Minn., residents were mostly concerned about when their electricity would be restored. They were unlikely to be thinking about how the city would dispose of all of the toppled trees.
Storage technology has emerged as the next stage in the evolution of renewable energy as a viable form of power on a grid scale. Governments, utilities and residential customers are embracing a wide range of storage technology to counter the variability of wind and solar generation.