Tag Archives: renewable energy

The Hoover Battery

Could a national landmark represent a changing of the guard in power supply? In many ways, the Hoover Damn represents an epoch antithetical to the current era of renewable energy. Constructed during a five year period from 1931-36, during the Great Depression, it stands as one of the most monumental (and costly) public works projects […]

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Underutilized

Power sector’s progress marred by a bad couple of weeks Major progress in the utility sector can be seen in the forms of integrating renewable energy to the grid, shoring up security measures, and the inclusion of battery storage and microgrid function to the industry. Maintenance of utilities has also become more advanced of late, […]

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Drone Zone

The drone market is growing faster and larger than expected The drone market is growing faster and larger than expected. A new report from Navigant Research expects it to reach at least $13 billion by 2026. The report examines the use of drones and robotics for electric transmission and distribution (DRTD) operations, with global market […]

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Raising the Roof

The solar method is paying off—and raising the bar The International Energy Agency can give themselves a pat on the back upon viewing the results of a recent report. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) quantified that reduced demand and found that solar panels installed between 2013 and 2015 in […]

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Trash & Trade

China puts its foot down, complicating waste problem Even if you aren’t an environmental nut, you may have noticed in the news a trend of trash heaps cropping up around the world. The waste issue, oft-overlooked in much of society, but combated by recycling advocates at a spiked pace of late, has spread from mere landfills […]

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Record In Store?

PG&E proposal would ink over triple the amount of Tesla’s Australian array Pacific Gas & Electric, California’s main utility and one of the largest suppliers of power in the country, is eyeing a record in the energy storage world with a bold proposal. The company wants to convert three natural gas plants into battery storage […]

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Solar Doghouses

IBEW & NECA bring a creative side to training in the trades An alliance of two prestigious associations, formed to try to lure trade workers into the solar panel installation field…and its bark is just as good as its bite. Sponsored by billboard companies like Milwaukee Tool and 3M, IBEW and NECA are spearheading a program designed […]

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GE Whiz

Ongoing changes at General Electric may make one’s head spin Like a jet engine emblazoned with the company’s logo being installed on a 747 aircraft, the ideology, approach, and structure of General Electric Co. remain in a constant spinning motion. Don’t be alarmed if it’s making your head do the same. GE has been in […]

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AT&T Winds Up

Communications giant indicates growth of renewable industry AT&T confirmed last week it will cushion its wind power program with the purchase of 300 MW from two new wind farms in Wilbarger and Hardeman counties in Texas. The agreement builds on the company’s agreement with subsidiaries of renewable energy developer NextEra Energy Resources to purchase power […]

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GSR 2018 Renewables Report

178 GW of renewable power added in 2017; electricity leads way Renewable power accounted for 70% of net additions to global power generating capacity in 2017, the largest increase in renewable power capacity in modern history, according to REN21’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report (GSR). But the heating, cooling and transport sectors–which together account for […]

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