Tag Archives: energy

Departmental Notices

One proposal is out; another stirs the pot Two major announcements came from the U.S. government within the past week that could have potential consequences for the energy sector. Last Thursday (January 4), the Department of the Interior announced a proposal for offshore drilling that has been bombarded with criticism in the ensuing week since. […]

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SCANA’s Gift

Dominion to buy beleaguered southern utility in $14.6B stock merger Nuclear plant operator SCANA has been looking for a helping hand since last summer, when the V.C. Summer plant was abandoned. Dominion Energy, the Richmond-based utility, reportedly agreed to an all-stock merger Wednesday expected to lower customer rates and assist financial obligations related to the […]

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Waste High in Electronics

Progress comes at a price The 2017 Global E-waste Monitor, a three-branch study produced by the United Nations University (UNU), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), was published Wednesday. Its results are quite illuminating. For all the benefits of energy conservation methods, they also have an adverse effect on […]

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Griddle Me That

EuroAsia Interconnector project; DOE proposal; Saudi energy reform Work on an electric cable linking the power grids of Israel, Cyprus and Greece is on track to start in the first quarter of 2018 after Greek and Cypriot regulators approved the project, an official in Nicosia, Cyprus, told the Associated Press October 16. Nasos Ktorides, who […]

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Eclipse & The Grid

Rare event draws crowds, tests solar panels Monday’s solar eclipse caught the attention of most of the country, from Madras, Oregon to Columbia, South Carolina. Thousands planned trips to “Eclipse Crossroads of America” around Carbondale, Illinois, where it was said to be best for viewing. But what happens to solar panels during a solar eclipse? […]

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Pull Up a Chair

Former Siemens CEO will head up board at utilities efficiency company Eric Spiegel, the former Siemens CEO and noted STEM program supporter, has been appointed the new chair of Clearesult’s board of directors. The Austin, Tex.-based energy efficiency company, which works closely with utilities, announced the appointment in a press release Tuesday. Spiegel has an […]

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Just In Case

Sensor suitcase measures energy efficiency in buildings Here’s a novelty option for measuring energy efficiency in your building: your suitcase. The “Sensor Suitcase“ , a portable diagnostic toolkit that uses sensors that gather information about how a building operates, was created as a result of a collaborative effort by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National […]

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Barely Budging

Cuts looking more like slashes in latest budget proposal A new budget proposal for 2018 drafted by the White House was formally announced Tuesday, including significant cuts to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency (predictably), as well as the advanced manufacturing industry. The proposal includes a 70% cut to the Office of Energy […]

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Conflicting NRGs

Company’s shake-up and identity crisis  Barry Smitherman, one of two newly appointed directors at NRG Energy, has called climate change “a hoax” in the past. He’s now in position to make major decisions for a company with significant renewable energy investments on hand. So goes the ideological crossroads facing the second largest power company in the […]

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Toshiba Realignment

Four divisions: Infrastructure, Energy, Electronics, Information/Communications Toshiba is splitting its corporation into four subdivisions, the company announced Monday. The decision follows Toshiba’s nuclear division—Westinghouse—filing for bankruptcy March 29. The four subsidiaries will be infrastructure, including water treatment and railways; energy, including thermal and nuclear power; electronics, including data storage; and information and communications. These will take effect in July, […]

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