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By Andy May “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future” (old Danish proverb, sometimes attributed to Niels Bohr) In November, 2016 the USGS (United States Geological Survey) reported their assessment of the recent discovery of 20 billion barrels of oil equivalent (technically recoverable) in the Midland Basin of West Texas. About the same time IHS researcher Peter Blomquist published ... Read More »

Bill Gates’ superpower: More (and cheaper) energy

USA Today February 23, 2016 SAN FRANCISCO — Bill Gates, the tech entrepreneur turned global philanthropist, says it’s not enough to use “lots of crazy-seeming ideas” to solve climate change. The cost of such clean energy must be lower than today’s options. Bill and Melinda Gates want young people to get involved in not only finding innovative solutions to problems ... Read More »

Smart meters: Aclara wins US contract for 3.9m units 15 FEBRUARY 2016 Global smart infrastructure tech provider Aclara last week secured a contract for provision of smart electric meters to two US power utilities. In a press statement, Aclara said it will provide the smart meters to Consolidated Edison, and Orange and Rockland (O&R). Supply of the 3.9m smart meters will start once Aclara receives regulatory approval from ... Read More »

Landis+Gyr upgrades GridStream AMI solution February 11, 2016 Global energy management company Landis+Gyr this week announced the launch of a communications platform capable of connecting multiple grid deployed AMI solutions. In a statement, Landis+Gyr said the launch of its grid router is a major advancement in adaptability and processing power for the network connecting the Gridstream suite of AMI, Distribution Intelligence and Customer Intelligence ... Read More »

Obama builds ‘climate-smart economy’ into fiscal plan 10 FEBRUARY 2016 US President Obama has plans to build a ‘climate-smart economy’, allocating several billion US dollars toward clean energy, resilience and climate aid. The president’s strategy is part of his US$4.1 trillion spending plan for the 2017 fiscal year. He faces a challenge however, “making it through the Republican-controlled chamber that holds the purse string,” reports Climate ... Read More »

Honeywell chosen by US utility for 1m smart meter rollout 10 FEBRUARY 2016 Smart Meters US technology company Honeywell has been contracted by Memphis Light, Gas and Water to deploy one million electric, gas and water meters over a period of five years. Under the US$200 million contract, Honeywell’s Elster EnergyAxis smart meter technology will be deployed throughout MLGW’s (Memphis Light, Gas and Water) service territory. According to a ... Read More »

US smart meters: ComEd sets aside US$1bn for meter rollout 1 FEBRUARY 2016 US power utility ComEd last week announced it has set aside US$1bn for replacement of traditional electric meters with smart meters in the Lake County region. ComEd will direct the US$1bn investment towards installation of smart meters in Libertyville, Zion, Winthrop Harbor, Lincolnshire, Lindenhurst, Long Grove, Wildwood and Wauconda, according to local media. In Libertyville, ComEd ... Read More »

Germany Tests Fusion Reactor, But Will Abandon Nuclear By 2022

Daily Caller ANDREW FOLLETT 12/17/2015 Steam rises from the cooling towers of the Electricite de France (EDF) nuclear power station at Nogent-Sur-Seine, France, November 13, 2015. The nuclear industry argues world leaders at the COP21 conference in Paris next week should not have to choose between nuclear and renewables but between low-carbon energy, including nuclear, and fossil fuels. Paris will ... Read More »

Californian Government Intensifies Attack on Renewables Eric Worrall December 19, 2015 Costs are rising for Californian Renewable Energy Consumers WUWT recently reported how California had abandoned rooftop solar, by excluding them from generous renewable credit schemes. California has now intensified its attack on renewable energy consumers, by increasing fees for customers who switch to renewable energy schemes. Customers of clean energy programs hit with fee ... Read More »

Landis+Gyr secures UL green light for smart meters 14 DECEMBER 2015 Energy management company Landis+Gyr has last week announced its residential smart meters E330 FOCUS AX and E350 FOCUS AX-SD meters have passed UL 2735 tests. In a company statement, Landis+Gyr said Underwriter Laboratories certification – UL2735 – confirms the design and testing for safe operation of the company’s advanced residential meters and communication components. The certified ... Read More »

Zuckerberg, Gates and Bezos Launch Massive Clean Energy Fund

gizmodo Jamie Condliffe 11/30/15 Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have announced that they’re joining forces with other big names in the world of technology to create a new fund that will encourage private investment in clean energy. The Breakthrough Energy Coalition, announced by Zuckerberg in a Facebook post, will “invest in ideas that have the potential to transform the way ... Read More »

Taking on the US utility market – Aclara buys GE Meters Nov. 11, 2015 In US smart meter news, Aclara Technologies, a supplier of smart infrastructure technology to utilities, announced yesterday that its affiliate has committed to buying the electricity meters division of GE Energy Management’s Grid Solutions subdivision. The acquisition of GE Meters is expected to close by the end of Q4 2015. Aclara will take over more than ... Read More »

Fossil fuels could be obsolete by 2050, says top futurist

Tech Insider Danielle Muoio Nov. 5, 2015 A solar farm. By 2050, either fusion or solar energy will begin to entirely replace fossil fuels, Ian Pearson, a futurologist, tells Tech Insider. “On the other side of 2050 I don’t see why you would need them (fossil fuels),” Pearson, who is also a fellow at the World Academy for Arts and ... Read More »

Smart home services market to reach US$100bn by 2020

Metering & Smart Energy Amy RyanNovember 4, 2015 The Juniper Research predicts that the main interface between consumers and their smart appliances will be through voice control and other ‘hands-free’ mechanisms The report predicts that the use of wearable devices to passively supply data to control smart home devices will emerge as a key use case towards 2020. The study ... Read More »

An Interview with Bill Gates

Atlantic Nov. 2015 We Need an Energy Miracle In his offices overlooking Lake Washington, just east of Seattle, Bill Gates grabbed a legal pad recently and began covering it in his left-handed scrawl. He scribbled arrows by each margin of the pad, both pointing inward. The arrow near the left margin, he said, represented how governments worldwide could stimulate ingenuity ... Read More »

Scientists push boundaries to find alternative energy

Eco Business 9 October 2015 From algae to alloys, ingenuity in the world’s laboratories is fuelling experiments to find new ways of providing viable sources of clean energy. Scientists have found a way how to cultivate green algae for biofuel in huge quantities at US$50 a barrel, which is about the cost of crude oil. Image: Shutterstock Wind and solar ... Read More »

Internet Of Things: Chai Energy’s Connected-Home Technology A Win For Consumers

Verde Exchange October 13, 2015 You are CEO of Chai Energy, Inc., which is involved in next-generation home energy and automation. What’s the essential promise of Chai’s technology? Cole Hershkowitz: A lot of people classify our industry as “energy monitoring” or “behavior change.” At Chai, we try to view energy data more humanistically. A lot of people collect energy data ... Read More »

The Big Sunshiny Lie

American Spectator By Larry Thornberry – 9.7.15 As Florida enviros push for their solar amendment, solar’s undesirability goes unmentioned. The important thing to know about solar and wind power, and other so-called “renewable” sources of energy, is that they aren’t necessary. Au the contraire, their dominance of the energy mix would be a disaster for the republic. Solar and wind ... Read More »

Reactors Unplugged

Can the Decline of America’s Nuclear Sector Be Stopped? Manhattan Institute No. 18 September 2015 Robert Bryce, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute Executive Summary Today, the United States has 99 nuclear reactors that provide about 20 percent of the country’s electricity. Globally, nuclear reactors provide about 11 percent of the world’s electricity. That global fleet of reactors is also helping avoid ... Read More »

Smart grid Mexico: 30.2 million smart meters by 2025 28 SEPTEMBER 2015 In Latin America, Mexico has kickstarted investment in smart grid technology by issuing a number of tenders for more than two million smart meters, finds a new study released today by Northeast Group. The research report indicates that Mexico has began the process of selecting vendors for a total 30.2 million smart meter deployment between 2015-2025. ... Read More »

2.5m European households to have smart home controller

Metering and Smart Technology Amy Ryan September 28, 2015 In Europe, a US based IoT market research and consulting firm Parks Associates has forecast that 2.5 million western European households will have a smart home controller by 2019. US based IoT market research and consulting firm has forecast that 2.5 million western European households will have a smart home controller ... Read More »

150 Million Smart Meter Semiconductors to be Shipped by 2019

IHS Electronics 360 19 August 2015 The global market for semiconductors used in smart meters is expected to rise in the next few years as demand for precise energy measurement and communications increases from utility vendors, according to a new report from IHS. Shipments of communicating meters used for two-way communications between smart meters and utilities are forecast to rise ... Read More »

ComEd recruits customers to energy management tools

Metering and Smart Energy Rose Bundock September 7, 2015 ComEd is seeking to recruit customers onto its energy management programmes ahead of completing a smart meter rollout by 2018 In the US, northern Illinois utility Commonwealth Edison is promoting energy management tools to its user base of 1.4 million smart meters. ComEd has a suite of five online energy management ... Read More »

GreenPeak reaches 100m milestone in ZigBee shipments

Metering and Smart Energy Amy Ryan | September 2, 2015 According to GreenPeak, ZigBee chips can operate for over a decade without recharging or battery replacement Netherlands-based fabless semiconductor company GreenPeak Technologies has announced that it has delivered 100m ZigBee chips to the smart home market to date. GreenPeak’s IEEE 802.15.4 certified ZigBee chips are integrated into numerous smart home ... Read More »

FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Actions to Bring Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency to Households across the Country

White House Press Release August 24, 2015 Advancing Clean Energy Technology Innovation, Cutting Energy Bills, and Creating Jobs President Obama is committed to taking responsible steps to address climate change, promote clean energy and energy efficiency, drive innovation, and ensure a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations. That is why at Senator Reid’s National Clean Energy Summit later today, ... Read More »

IHDs and smart thermostats ‘don’t deliver on revenue’ – IHS report

Metering and Smart Energy Amy Ryan August 20, 2015 Revenue generated from smart appliances eg. intelligent washing machines and refrigerators (US$3bn) will surpass revenue generated from demand-response enabled smart home energy management devices (US$57m) by 2025 A new report by US market research company IHS states that revenue generated from smart appliances (US$3 billion) will surpass demand-response enabled smart home ... Read More »

Iran to continue its nuclear fusion research, development: Top nuclear official

Iran Press TV Thu Aug 13, 2015 Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi (Photo by Tasnim news agency) Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi says the Islamic Republic will continue research and development (R&D) activities in the field of nuclear energy. “We would be working on different advanced ... Read More »

World Falls In Love With Coal That Obama Is Waging War On At the very moment President Obama has decided to shutter America’s coal industry in favor of much more expensive and less efficient “renewable energy,” coal use is surging across the globe. A new study by the prestigious National Academy of Sciences detects an unmistakable “coal renaissance” under way that shows this mineral of fossilized carbon has again become “the ... Read More »

Deal of the week: Honeywell buys Elster for US$5.1bn

Metering and Smart Energy Amy Ryan | July 29, 2015 In the US, multinational conglomerate Honeywell International, has agreed to purchase manufacturer and supplier of integrated metering and utilization solutions, Elster, in an all-cash deal for £3.3 billion (US$5.1bn). Honeywell said that it would spend US$10bn on deals through 2018 as part of its five-year financial plan The acquisition will ... Read More »

Tesla got $295M in subsidies for technology it didn’t offer By Tori Richards / July 23, 2015 Tesla Motors has earned more than $295 million in green subsidy emission credits during the past three years for a battery-swapping technology customers weren’t getting, a Watchdog investigation reveals. In fact, the electric car company, owned in part by billionaire Elon Musk, may have earned credits up to nearly half a billion ... Read More »

Worst Bill EVER? SB 350 Allows Environmentalist to Tell Utilities How to Operate

California Political Review July 21, 2015 By Stephen Frank If the Democrat bill, SB 350 passes, energy utilities will no longer be allowed to make management decisions. This is from the bill, “This bill would revise the definition of “interests” of the ratepayers. The bill would require the PUC, in consultation with specified entities, to direct electric corporations to propose ... Read More »

Tamar Natural Gas Field, Israel The Tamar field is a natural gas discovery made by Noble Energy in January 2009 and is the company’s largest find to date. Noble Energy owns 36% in Tamar and is the operator of the field. Isramco Negev 2 owns 28.75%, while two of Delek Group’s subsidiaries – Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration – own 15.625% each. The ... Read More »

Gates: Renewable energy can’t do the job. Gov should switch green subsidies into R&D

UK Register 26 Jun 2015, Lewis Page Retired software kingpin and richest man in the world Bill Gates has given his opinion that today’s renewable-energy technologies aren’t a viable solution for reducing CO2 levels, and governments should divert their green subsidies into R&D aimed at better answers. Gates expressed his views in an interview given to the Financial Times yesterday, ... Read More »

Electric Cars: Not So Environmentally Friendly After All? Is that electric car in the driveway — yes, that one with the long cord tethering it to the inside of the garage — a sign of deep environmental concern and human goodness? Or is it an indication that someone has been duped? A growing body of evidence shows that electric cars are more harmful to the environment than ... Read More »

What do you really get for a $7,000 Tesla Powerwall home battery?

Autoblog May 21st 2015 Tesla Unveils New Battery SystemLOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 30: Guests pose with the Powerwall unit after Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla unveiled suit of batteries for homes, businesses, and utilities at Tesla Design Studio April 30, 2015 in Hawthorne, California. Musk unveiled the home battery named Powerwall with a selling price of $3500 for 10kWh ... Read More »

EPA’s Clean Power Plan Ignores New Nuclear as a Compliance Option

Institute for Energy Research JUNE 15, 2015 The Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its analysis of EPA’s Clean Power Plan had to consider new nuclear capacity as a separate case analysis because construction of new nuclear capacity other than what is currently under construction or at risk for retirement is not a major compliance option based on EPA’s proposed rule ... Read More »

High-Tech Solar Projects Fail to Deliver

Wall Street Journal CASSANDRA SWEET June 12, 2015 $2.2 billion California project generates 40% of expected electricity The Ivanpah solar-thermal plant in California uses thousands of mirrors to reflect sunlight and generate steam. PHOTO: CHRIS CARLSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS Some costly high-tech solar power projects aren’t living up to promises their backers made about how much electricity they could generate. Solar-thermal technology, ... Read More »

PUC’S Computer Tool Exposes Renewable Energy Bloated Costs

Breitbart by CHRISS W. STREET, 31 May 2015 The Sierra Club is upset because the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) built a sophisticated and unbiased computer model to analyze the cost-effectiveness of new solar policy proposals. But despite all the Sierra Club’s political clout, the computer model determined is that none of the solar policy proposals are cost effective. After ... Read More »

China and US partner on new lab for smart energy development

Metering & Smart Energy June 1, 2015 In the US, semiconductor chip maker Intel has this week announced the completion of a smart energy laboratory built in conjunction with China’s Smart Energy Industry Technology Innovation Strategy Union in a bid to promote ‘internet-connected energy’ in China and evaluate solutions in critical energy sectors. IT investment in China’s energy sector is ... Read More »

Elon Musk’s growing empire is fueled by $4.9 billion in government subsidies

LA Times By JERRY HIRSCH May 30, 2015 During an event at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, Elon Musk introduces a line of batteries for homes and businesses. (Jerome Adamstein, Los Angeles Times) Los Angeles entrepreneur Elon Musk has built a multibillion-dollar fortune running companies that make electric cars, sell solar panels and launch rockets into space. And he’s built ... Read More »

How Dark Matter and Nanotechnology can Help Transform the Global Energy System By JARED ANDERSON on May 28, 2015 Fundamental scientific research lies at the heart of many energy-related breakthroughs that ultimately disrupt established social and economic systems. It can be overwhelming to look at the world’s looming energy and climate challenges, but Dr. Franklin (Lynn) Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the US Department of Energy remains optimistic ... Read More »