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Is an Energy Storage Tsunami About to Hit California?

Is energy storage the new holy grail of a clean energy future? Energy storage can take the form of large batteries, flywheels, pumped hydro facilities, compressed-air energy storage, and many others. However, the exciting “new kid on the block” is battery storage, largely because of its relatively small size, modularity and rapidly declining costs. California is at the forefront of the storage revolution and policymakers have recognized the potential role of energy storage in a number of new programs. …

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Exelon Will Acquire Pepco and Form Largest Utility in the US

Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) announced on Wednesday that it will acquire Pepco Holdings (NYSE: POM) in a $6.8 billion all-cash transaction to create a mega-utility serving the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. The new company will be the largest utility in the U.S. in terms of customers served. Exelon owns Baltimore Gas & Electric, Commonwealth Edison and PECO, while Pepco Holdings' electric and gas utilities include …

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Ayla Networks Charges up Internet-of-Things Platform with $14.5 Million

The “Internet of Things” means different things to different people, from General Electric's networked jet engines and power turbines and Cisco and IBM's smart streetlights and parking systems, to smartphone-enabled home security, entertainment and medical devices. All of this will need an IT infrastructure to built on, from the chips that turn devices “smart,” to the cloud computing platforms that make them all work together. That's the goal that startup

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Official: Ethanol supporters attack oil industry head on with Oil Rigged

Filed under: Like a tractor harvesting an Iowa cornfield, biofuel advocates aren't using a ton of subtlety in their approach to take down Big Oil. The coalition Fuels America used April 22, i.e. Earth Day, to kick off a campaign for higher renewable fuel mandates. And, while that corn field may be a lovely shade of maize, the advocates are talking green, as in the money oil companies are pulling out of Americans' pocketbooks by insisting on reuced use of …

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A Utility’s Guide to Mitigating Cybersecurity [INFOGRAPHIC]

Cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly important issue for utilities and other energy companies as more business tasks are connected to online environments in various ways. To address these risks, President Obama issued Executive Order 13636, “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.”read more

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Ambri Wins $35 Million in VC Funding For Liquid Metal Battery Grid Storage

Grid-scale battery technology startup Ambri just raised $35 million from new investors KLP Enterprises, the family office of Karen Pritzker and Michael Vlock, and Building Insurance Bern, the Swiss Insurance company, along with existing investors

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Official: 2014 Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive zips in with $41,450 starting price

Filed under: BMW may be getting the lion's share of attention these days when it comes to electric or hybrid cars from Germany, but while the i3 and i8 cut a more distinct profile with their uniquely styling, Mercedes has got challengers of its own. Daimler will …

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Yingli Solar Teaming Up With French Module Manufacturer

Yingli Solar is teaming up with an as-yet-unnamed “leading” French PV module manufacturer in order to help the French partner meet the requirements of the national tender program under which its partner won large-volume tenders. The cobranded products will be produced in France, but will feature high-performance polycrystalline solar cells manufactured by Yingli Solar. The exacts of …

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Yingli Solar Teaming Up With French Module Manufacturer

Yingli Solar is teaming up with an as-yet-unnamed “leading” French PV module manufacturer in order to help the French partner meet the requirements of the national tender program under which its partner won large-volume tenders. The cobranded products will be produced in France, but will feature high-performance polycrystalline solar cells manufactured by Yingli Solar. The exacts of …

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Your Tax Dollars Hard at Work: EIA’s New Data Portals

We empirical economists get very excited about finding or generating new data sets. There are big returns to splicing together different data sources to answer new and interesting questions. Many datasets are hidden deep inside government vaults and some are under lock and key.read more