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DOE will establish a research hub for batteries and energy storage at Argonne National Laboratory. This is the fourth "innovation hub" proposed by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. The battery hub is intended to produce revolutionary advances in batteries for electric cars and for use on the grid.
Date: 12/04/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 39. Roughly $550 million a year will be spent on improving the energy efficiency for public schools and government buildings.
Date: 12/03/2012
Type: Article
The latest news from the United Nations’ climate talks in Doha, Qatar, where representatives from nearly 200 countries are working on a second round of pledges to reduce emissions ahead of the Kyoto Protocol’s expiration.
Date: 11/29/2012
Type: Article
A new paper from the World Resources Institute finds that 1199 coal plants are currently proposed in 59 countries. What would our world with 1200 new coal-fired power plants look like?
Date: 11/27/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Climate Change
Ford and General Electric are joining forces to push electric vehicle adoption. Their collaboration supports electric vehicles and charging stations and funds research projects to better understand driving habits of EV drivers.
Date: 11/21/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
California had its first sale of greenhouse gas permits under the state’s new cap-and-trade system. Supporters of the cap-and-trade system believe it will reduce emissions and serve as a blueprint for other states.
Date: 11/20/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Economic Impact
Big solar installers report almost no damage to their solar panels, even in hardest hit areas.
Date: 11/19/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers at Stanford have built the first all-carbon solar cell. These flexible photovoltaics promise low cost and durability, if their performance can be improved.
Date: 11/16/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
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

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