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  • ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America's leading energy consulting firms, recently released The Energy Industry Update.
  • Help is still needed: where does the federal government fit in?

    Energy storage investments
    May 24, 2012 | Kate Rowland

    In light of news announced in yesterday's Boston Business Journal that Bill Gates, chairman and former CEO of Microsoft, is among the investors in Liquid Metal Battery Corp.'s $15 million Series B round, it seemed appropriate to discuss the May 22 Senate committee hearing on the American Energy Innovation Council's (AEIC's) report, "Catalyzing American Ingenuity: The Role of Government in Energy Innovation." You see, Gates is also a member of the informal AEIC group, and not afraid to put his money where his mouth is.

  •, Energy Central's new online intelligence service for the electric power generation industry, is now live.
  • National security depends on EE & RE, not drilling

    Feb 28, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Navy admiral discusses the connection between energy independence and national security, and the role of energy efficiency and renewable energy in achieving independence and security. This no-nonsense approach is saving lives in the field.

  • Regulators find RE cheaper, positive for economy

    Feb 23, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The Michigan Public Service Commission reports that wind energy is cheaper than new coal-fired generation facilities, a conclusion that will reignite the debate over the direction of and investment in new generation.

  • The company acquires eMeter this week, and it's not stopping there

    Siemens acquires eMeter
    Dec 08, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    News of the week: Siemens acquires venture capital-funded eMeter. What does this mean for both companies? More than the immediate sum of the two, according to both. With 17 mutual customers in three different countries already to their combined credit, the four-year partnership will ramp up further in 2012.

  • ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI), a leading provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, has released its Integrated Energy Outlook for the third quarter of 2011.
  • ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI), a leading provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, has released its Integrated Energy Outlook for the second quarter of 2011.
  • Public-private partnerships touted as model

    Jun 24, 2011 | Ken Silverstein

    The Obama Administration, technology investors and our columnist tout the efficacy of public-private partnerships as cost-effective means to spark innovations that will fuel economic growth. Our columnist argues that a heavy hand in budget cutting could imperil these efforts.

  • Obama focus on EVs cuts off Bush initiative

    Jun 26, 2011 | Ken Silverstein

    Hydrogen fuel cells hold the promise of abundant energy and low pollution, possibly replacing oil in transportation and other applications. The challenge is to extract it, store it and transport it in a cost-effective manner. That work is advancing, but the Obama Administration has emphasized electric vehicles and reversed the hydrogen focus of the Bush Administration.

  • Black & Veatch today released the results of its fifth annual Strategic Directions in the Electric Utility Industry survey in which more than 700 U.S. utility leaders took part.
  • Key renewables questions not yet answered
  • Transmission plans receiving deep scrutiny
  • EPRI report provides insights on pros/cons for utilities

    May 01, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Arguing about the role and feasibility of energy storage? Why not consult a fresh report from the Electric Power Research Institute on the matter? Our columnist provides some context, an opinion or two and highlights from the contents.

  • Iowa storage project approaches decision points

    May 04, 2011 | Phil Carson

    The surfeit of wind energy in some locations has driven a renewed look at the economics of compressed air energy storage, or CAES. One project in Iowa, one of handful around the country, is nearing a series of decisions on the technical and financial viability of this technology. For details on how CAES could provide intermediate power to dozens of municipal utilities and other investors in the Midwest, read this column.

  • Myriad motives and interests drive California debate

    Apr 29, 2011 | Phil Carson

    Dozens of players, representing myriad, diverse interests gathered in Sacramento yesterday to discuss the crucial issues surrounding energy storage. Our columnist summarizes some of the issues, viewpoints and questions to be addressed in the storage debate.

  • NREL effort seeks to convert wind and sun to hydrogen

    Apr 13, 2011 | Phil Carson

    What is the most efficient and flexible way to integrate renewable energy sources with the grid? One way, being explored at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., is to convert solar photovoltaic and wind turbine electricity into hydrogen, which can be stored and transported for myriad uses. Or it can drive generators that send electricity to the grid. Are we "there" yet? Read this column.

  • Bonneville Power provides within-hour balancing services for wind
  • Family vacation offers new learning experience

    Condor training at San Diego Zoo includes power line aversion
    Mar 29, 2011 | Kate Rowland

    A vacation visit to one of California's most celebrated zoos raises the issue of energy efficiency and a whole lot more. For columnist Kate Rowland, it was an interesting day, and spawned further zoo/energy research.