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Developing New Light and Energy Technologies

Posted: 21 Aug 2014 09:00 AM PDT

Silvija Grade?ak has big intentions for small ingredients. The associate professor of materials science and engineering focuses on energy-conversion and light-harvesting through the use of nanomaterials. It’s at these microscopic scales that she can customize components, meld parts, and create new materials.

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Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

Posted: 21 Aug 2014 08:00 AM PDT

Combined Heat and Power, also called cogeneration, generates both electricity and useful heat from the same fuel source. CHP typically involves dedicated equipment to generate electricity, followed by recovery of exhaust/waste heat for use in industrial processes, space heating, or water heating.

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The Argument for Why Utilities Should Give Up Operational Control of the Distribution Grid

Posted: 21 Aug 2014 07:00 AM PDT

Regulators in New York are about to make one of the most important changes to the modern electric grid. But is it enough? As part of the state Public Service Commission’s ongoing effort to reform the electricity system, distribution utilities may soon be turned into Distribution System Platform Providers.

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Are Reverse Auctions the Key to Reforming Solar Energy Subsidies?

Posted: 21 Aug 2014 06:00 AM PDT

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has implemented a novel way to support renewable energy: a reverse feed-in tariff auction. The first reverse auction ran from January 2012 to August 2013 and attracted a highly competitive pool of 49 proposals from 27 different participants.

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Sustainability: Reconfiguring the Relationship Between Humanity, Energy, and the Natural World

Posted: 21 Aug 2014 05:00 AM PDT

A new ‘zeitgeist’ is increasingly taking hold in growing pockets of society, politics and the business world. All indications point to one direction – towards the concept of ‘sustainability’ dominating human behavior and thinking in the twenty-first century.

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To Fight Climate Change we Have to Save the Rainforest

Posted: 21 Aug 2014 01:00 AM PDT

Most of us are concerned about how climate change will affect our corners of the world, but we need to be thinking about our most vital natural resources: tropical forests. Tropical and subtropical forests are the most biodiverse areas on the planet, and they even give us most of the oxygen we breathe.

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Regulators Approve Major Upgrades to California’s Largest Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program

Posted: 20 Aug 2014 09:00 AM PDT

The California Public Utilities Commission today unanimously adopted significant program enhancements for the state’s largest energy efficiency program dedicated to cutting bills and electricity waste for low-income households.

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