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What will happen to the old, expensive batteries from our electric cars when their useful life ends? A team of researchers from GM, Duke Energy, and grid hardware giant ABB are studying useful ways these batteries can be incorporated into the grid.
Date: 11/15/2012
Type: Article
A recent survey showed that many Americans do not know what drives their home energy bills or what it takes to cut it. Even with more efficient appliances American homes are consuming more energy every year.
Date: 11/14/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
LG says its "Energy Star Most Efficient" sales have increased by 75%. According to the EPA, these purchases will save consumers more than $150 million in utility costs and reduce GHG by about 930 million pounds over the lifetime of these products.
Date: 11/09/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
US building owners are scaling back the pace of energy efficiency upgrades, according to Jones Lang LaSalle. Building owners not only need financing, but convincing that the improvements will increase the bottom line.
Date: 11/08/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
After Hurricane Sandy, Washington DC electricity company, Pepco, was able to restore power to most of the area's residents the same day they lost it. The utility was able to do this by "pinging" meters to verify service.
Date: 11/06/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
Hybrids and electric vehicles sales throughout the United States have increased. Car buyers in California, Florida and Washington state are the top consumers of hybrid and electric vehicles.
Date: 11/05/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
1.5 billion people live in the dark. Solar-powered microgrids could help bring power to millions of the world's poorest.
Date: 11/02/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Adopting environment- and community-friendly rules is essential if drilling operators don’t want to be shut down by regulation, says the International Energy Agency.
Date: 11/01/2012
Type: Article
A group of companies, including Eaton Corporation and Triton, are working together to put the first 1-megawatt turbine on the ocean floor. This system can harvest steady, reliable energy from deep ocean currents.
Date: 10/30/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
Wind and solar accounted for all 433 megawatts of new electrical generating capacity installed in the U.S. in September.
Date: 10/29/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities

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