Tag Archives: Energy

Jack Eisenhauer

Last week, utilities from across the nation gathered in Charlotte, NC, to answer a fundamental question: Did the 5-year, $9 billion cost-shared investment in 132 smart grid projects make a discernible difference in modernizing the electric grid and improving reliability? That was the scale of smart grid technology deployments made

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Chris Averill
(What Makes) Blue Light Special
Chris AverillOctober 9, 2014

The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded on Tuesday to scientists who developed blue light emitting diodes (LEDs). These blue lights faced several challenges in their development but helped advance LEDs toward a significant accomplishment: creating white light. LED lights are renowned for their longevity, efficiency, and ability to conserve

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Chris Averill

Greenhouse gases, the major cause of global warming, are at all-time highs according to the World Meteorological Organization. Increased CO2 concentrations are triggering these record-breaking levels, and are mainly caused by the burning of fossil fuels for electricity and transportation. One of the most promising alternatives to fossil fuels for

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Sarah Lichtner
Go for the Gold, LEED-certified Gold
Sarah LichtnerSeptember 9, 2014

We just received LEED Gold certification! Well, the complex where our office is located, a 17-floor building with nearly 700,000 square feet operated by Brookfield Office Properties. LEED certification, which stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a designation from the U.S. Green Building Council awarded to energy-efficient

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Jack Eisenhauer

For the past nine months, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) has conducted a series of senior-level roundtables throughout the country to address one of our nation’s most pressing and vexing infrastructure problems: how to secure the electrical grid from physical and cyber risks. I

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Brad Sinkaus

Energy production requires significant amounts of water; and pumping, treating, and transporting water is energy intensive. This interdependency affects almost every facet of our lives, and yet initiatives to protect its future are primarily being pursued through isolated silos of activities. Recognizing the need for integration, the Department of Energy’s

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Jared Kosters

In a previous blog post, I wrote about the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, which funded projects in an effort to reduce the total installed cost of solar energy systems to $.06 per kWh by 2020—a 75% decrease from the cost in 2010. Thanks to the work of these

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Jack Eisenhauer

Each day we see growing evidence that a secure, reliable, and resilient electrical grid is critical to the safety and economic well-being of America’s communities and businesses. Our reliance on electricity to power our communication networks, transportation systems, and other essential services is increasing, resulting in bigger consequences from any

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Lindsay Kishter

On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued proposed rules to curb carbon emissions from the nation’s biggest CO2 emitters: existing coal-fired power plants that emit nearly a third of U.S. greenhouse gases today. It’s a big deal for energy—aside from placing the first carbon limits on existing power

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Beth Slaninka

The White House recently released the Third National Climate Assessment stating three key facts: Climate change is happening; our burning of fossil fuels is a major cause; and we are already feeling the impacts. Wait. Haven’t we heard this before? Yes, we have. Climate scientists have been saying this for

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