One of the biggest obstacles to kick-starting the alternative-energy industries is cash. Funding pays for research and development of new and more efficient products, which makes the industries more cost competitive with traditional power sources. Without the money, it’s a proverbial Catch-22.
California has a long history of rebellious behavior, dating back to the Bear Flag Rebellion that sought to make the then-Mexican territory into an independent nation. Settling for statehood in the United States more than a century ago apparently didn’t dampen the spirit of dissension.
Chevron Energy Solutions, San Francisco, and the city of Brea, Calif., announced that construction of an energy efficiency and solar project has begun and is expected to save the city more than $13 million.
The popular claim is that everything is bigger in Texas. When it comes to utility-scale batteries, it’s no exaggeration, now that a 4-megawatt (MW) sodium-sulfur battery system is operational in Presidio, Texas.
Officials at a Waukesha, Wisc., utility have announced plans to move forward with a project they have been studying for more than two years. In July, American Transmission Co. (ATC) decided that it was time to kick-start the proposed Badger Coulee Transmission Line into the public outreach stage.
The term “smart grid” is getting a lot of use these days, with related stimulus funding reaching into the billions of dollars and the popular press promising Jetsons-like advances; it has been predicted to enable our control of home appliances from our office desktops and allow us to supply electri
As the electric grid develops to incorporate renewable generation, more robust transmission and smart meters, utilities are beginning to work on the final segment of delivery by automating their distribution networks.
Duke Energy, an electric utility for the Southeast and Midwest, has finalized an agreement with the Department of Energy (DOE) for $204 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to support smart grid projects in the company’s five-state service territory.
“Tres Amigas” means “three friends” in Spanish, and developers of a major transmission hub bearing that amicable moniker hope their efforts to join North America’s three largest transmission interconnections proceed in an equally friendly fashion.
Nations Power, a certificated retail electric provider to smart-metered customers in Texas, recently announced that it is providing prepaid, real-time pricing for electricity to customers at rates 30 to 40 percent lower than other prepaid companies that bill on an estimated basis, which costs the c
Glendale Water & Power (GWP) signed a contract for a $20 million federal Smart Grid Investment Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), becoming the first city in the nation to receive smart grid funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Duke Energy, Charlotte, N.C., is offering coupons for energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to its customers in North Carolina and South Carolina to help them save money on their electricity bills and reduce the need for additional power plants.