Tag Archives: energy

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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Climatic Relief

Pruitt, Wyoming, and a temperature record highlight a wild Wednesday for all things climate-related  Wednesday’s child is full of woe. Woeful for some, promising for others, the byproducts of the most recent ‘Hump Day’ were certainly interesting for the energy world. Let’s begin at Mission Control, 8:00 AM: Two federal agencies—NASA and NOAA (the National Oceanic […]

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2 Degrees of Separation

Paris Agreement goals looking lofty Even before the surprise result of the U.S. presidential election put a blanket of jeopardization over all renewable energy efforts to counter climate change, the numbers set by the Paris Climate Agreement may have been too ambitious. Greentech Media reported that the $44 trillion needed in investment to reach these numbers […]

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Advances in CCS

Can sequestered carbon storage method become affordable?  In the ongoing effort to regulate carbon emissions, there’s nowhere to go but down. Scientists trying to figure out ways to keep CO2 out of the air have been developing ways to store it in the ground. This method is called carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). CCS involves […]

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‘XPRIZE’ Yourself

$20 million prize for carbon storage solutions; July 15th deadline nears A four-and-a-half year competition designed to address carbon emissions from fossil fuels will begin in earnest this coming month. Houston-based NRG and Calgary-based COSIA (Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance) have organized the Carbon XPRIZE Competition, and registration will conclude July 15 for the first round. The grand […]

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O&G Whiz

Oil & Gas markets’ effect on repair and service How do the longstanding energy sources of oil and gas affect the electromechanical service industry? Directly. But plenty of us already know that. The decision of repair/replace, and associated arguments, have been contended as long as many of our machines have been around. However, with alternative […]

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