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  • Shining a Light on Women Leaders in the Power Industry
    In early 2013, a group of women, dubbed the Women in Power committee, assembled in Orlando, Florida to figure out how to honor women who have dedicated their careers to the power industry. The industry is male-dominated with men making up more than 75 percent of the workforce, according to estimates.
  • DOE Loan Guarantee Program Vilified by Republicans Turns a Profit
    The U.S. expects to earn $5 billion to $6 billion from a federal loan program, bolstering President Barack Obama?s decision to back low-carbon technologies.
  • Carbon Breakthrough: US, China Make Milestone Agreement to Fight Climate Change
    President Barack Obama pledged deeper U.S. cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions and China will for the first time set a target for capping carbon emissions under an agreement between the world?s two biggest economies.
  • Moving Beyond Utility 2.0, To Energy Democracy
    The transformation taking place in the electricity system is enormous, and the prescribed solution ? a version 2.0 electric utility ? offers a way for utilities to  remain financially solvent, even profitable, in a massively decentralized and renewable energy system. The prescription is powerful: radically change the desired outcomes of the electri
  • PennWell Corporation Announces the POWER-GEN 2014 Woman of the Year Finalists
    The Power-Gen 2014 Women in Power committee is pleased to announce the finalists for the Power-Gen 2014 Woman of the Year Award.
  • US Midyear Elections Offer Opportunities and Challenges for Renewable Energy
    Every time the U.S. holds midyear elections, the country almost always goes against the incumbent President?s party, which is always sobering to whomever holds The White House. And this week?s elections were no exception.
  • UN Sees Irreversible Damage to Climate Caused by Fossil Fuels
    Humans are causing irreversible damage to the planet from burning fossil fuels, the biggest ever study of the available science concluded in a report designed to spur the fight against climate change.
  • Are Environmental Regulations Causing US Utility Bills to Surge?
    U.S. electricity markets face years of higher prices as clean-air regulations shut more coal-fired power plants than earlier forecast, cutting supply and forcing producers to rely more on natural gas.
  • EU Leaders Agree To Tough Carbon Regulations to Spur Renewable Energy Develop...
    European Union leaders backed the most-ambitious carbon emissions goals of any major economy, in a bid to crank up pressure on the U.S. and China ahead of climate talks in December.
  • The Next Revolution: Discarding Dangerous Fossil Fuel Accounting Practices
    The green revolution and, in particular, renewable energy products such as solar power, wind turbines, geothermal and algae-based fuels are not waiting for viable technology ? it already exists in many forms. What they are waiting for is a massive sea change in our antiquated financial accounting systems.
  • The 51st State: What?s Your Ideal Energy Market?
    Imagine a place where there is no electricity market. No rules, no policies, no market. A clean slate. This is what the Solar Energy Power Association (SEPA) calls the 51st State, a new initiative to get people to think outside the box when it comes to utility design and infrastructure.
  • 7 Renewable Energy Lessons from Germany
    On the occasion of Germany?s re-unification day, I thought it would be fitting to review some of the lessons I learned from Germany about renewable energy on a recent trip to the country.  It would be hard to argue that Germany is NOT the renewable energy capital of the world in terms of developing a thriving industry that contributed more than 27
  • Microgrid Economics: It Takes a Village, a University, and a Ship
    As a businessman exploring investments, I need simple answers, however complicated the problem. I wish to know: Are microgrids economical? How much investment is needed and for what? What are the factors that principally affect profitability, within the system and in the environment? If microgrids are not profitable at the present, when will they be? I recognize that understanding microgrids as a system requires complicated mathematics and modeling. I?m sympathetic to and respect those who do that.

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