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Interim FERC Chairman: Coal and Nuclear ‘Need to Be Properly Compensated’

One of Neil Chatterjee's top priorities in his new role as interim chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is to ensure coal and nuclear power receive some form of compensation for the "resilience and reliability" benefits they provide to the U.S. electric system. Resilience and reliability "are essential to national security," said Chatterjee, in an interview on FERC's Open Access podcast. "To that end, …

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Study: We’re Still Underestimating Battery Cost Improvements

Batteries have been beating expectations in recent years as costs continue to fall. That's good news for the storage industry, but reveals a shortcoming in the scientific understanding of the trend. That discrepancy prompted Berkeley professor Daniel Kammen to devise a new model, recently published in Nature Energy -- and it ended up predicting future cost declines at a pace faster than previous analyses. Scholars …

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Piauí Installs Largest Solar PV Power Plant In Latin America

For the past few years, Piauí, Brazil, has focused on generating jobs and generating renewable energy hand in hand. Piaui is captivated by the win-win-win-win of wind and solar power projects. (There are four wins since, aside from jobs and energy, renewables cut air pollution and global warming emissions.) Setting a notable milestone in this realm, Piauí has installed the largest photovoltaic energy project in Latin America

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Tesla Smart Navigation Is Brilliant (+ 3 Tips On A Long Trip)

I recently used Tesla's smart navigation system to drive from Wrocław (Poland) to Berlin (Germany) and back, and then I used it again a few days later on a long trip to the Polish boonies. Tesla doesn't call it "smart navigation" — just sticking to the boring basic term "navigation" instead — but this beast is brilliant and performed much better than I expected. However, I learned something from these drives that I think anyone using this …

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Tests Confirm Massive Nuclear Fusion Machine is Effective

The world of technology is ever evolving, and the latest research findings confirm that Germany's Massive Nuclear Fusion Machine is in fact real, with an amazing potential to harness the Sun's power. For the first time in 2015, Germany fired up a new version of massive nuclear fusion reactor, which successfully withstood a burning blob of hot helium plasma. This post was originally published on

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Modeling innovation

Suppose you help run the R&D unit of a major technology company. To encourage innovation, you might have the unit run a kind of internal race, letting a wide variety of projects unfold on their own. That seems like an enlightened approach, given the difficulty of knowing exactly which ones will pan out — and yet you might actually be discouraging the unit's overall productivity, according to MIT Associate Professor Alessandro Bonatti. Bonatti is an economist at the MIT Sloan School of Management whose work models …

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Cities to get more sustainable with smart communities code

“the Code for Smart Communities will set new benchmarks for smart cities and communities across Australia, New Zealand and beyond, by providing important guidance on how to use technology, data and intelligent design to accelerate more efficient, liveable and sustainable development projects"