Commentary

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    Jun 13, 2013 | William (Bill) Roush
    Electrify Heartland (EH) is a product of the Greater Kansas City Plug-In Readiness Task Force, which is managed by the Metropolitan Energy Center of Kansas City. EH's goal is to produce a regional plan to prepare public resources and secure the economic and environmental benefits of plug-in vehicles within targeted metro areas with an estimated population of 2.7 million people. The plan will be publicly releasable and replicable for electric vehicle (EV) and charging infrastructure deployment in other regions. This planning effort focuses on the deployment of 1 million U.S. EVs by 2015.
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    Jun 11, 2013 | Kristopher Settle
    While California is still far and away the king of the solar energy hill, publicizing it exceeded 1.5 gigawatts (GW) of rooftop installations state-wide, the Golden State will need to welcome a new member to the gigawatt club. Announced by New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) in March, New Jersey has officially become the third state to break the threshold of one gigawatt (or 1,000 megawatts) of solar capacity, joining Arizona as well.
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    Jun 07, 2013 | Jessica Kennedy
    The natural gas boom in the US due to hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has provided the country with a cleaner burning, inexpensive fuel source that has lowered energy bills for industrial facilities and homeowners alike. The fracking process is still a hot topic of controversy wherever it is used to extract fuel. Environmentalists claim it will ruin watersheds and leave scars on the earth, and other concerns range from flammable tap water to carcinogenic soil. Here are just three things fracking won't do.
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    Jun 06, 2013 | Dennis Roberts
    The five billion euro question should be...where's ROI? The European Court of Auditors was not looking for Elmo recently they were looking for return on investment for the five billion Euros (6.7 billion US dollars) spent through the European Union's Cohesion Policy Fund.
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    Jun 05, 2013 | Devon Bass
    The old top-down utility infrastructure model will increasingly come under pressure as new technologies become a disruptive force in electricity infrastructure. Renewable energy, microgrids, and distributed generation will change the way we manage our electricity forever.
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    Jun 04, 2013 | Kristopher Settle
    Anyone who has looked at a computer screen in the last 10 years or so is well aware of the search engine behemoth that is Google. Controlling over 65% of the search engine sector, even their mission statement acknowledges their impact, stating they desire "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." Based on their performance, it would be difficult to dispute their relevance in our day-to-day lives.
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    Jun 03, 2013 | Mark Bridgers
    The transformation potential of shale oil and gas to the American energy, manufacturing, chemical, and pipeline industries is nothing short of revolutionary. As part of this revolution, the U.S. can form a competitive advantage versus other global economies lasting for the next generation. if government leaders and entrepreneurs demonstrate the courage necessary to tread this path. This article explores seven industry segments, describes how they will be transformed, lists the impacts to the pipeline construction industry, and makes the case for why this "American Revolution" is not hyperbole.
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    May 31, 2013 | Sarah Battaglia
    Demand response has become a popular program among a variety of different buildings and organizations. For years, utility companies have relied on this program to protect the electric grid in times of extreme demand. During peak hours, electricity consumption soars, making it difficult for utilities to supply a sufficient amount of power to all consumers. If it wasn't for demand response, many would be left in complete darkness. To top it off, those who participate will receive financial compensation for temporarily reducing their electricity during these peak hours. So, which organizations are ideal candidates for demand response?
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    May 30, 2013 | Jessica Kennedy
    The connection between energy and water, often referred to as the "energy water nexus" is collecting attention from business leaders, policy makers, and citizens alike. In short, this term refers to the close link between water and energy. Water is used in nearly every aspect of energy production. So, saving energy will save water, and saving water will save energy.
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    May 29, 2013 | Brian Sheets
    Quite often, ideas come to us that were originally stimulated by someone else's words or ideas. In the case of this article, I give credit to David J. O'Brien, Director of Regulatory Strategy and Compliance for Bridge Energy Group for an excellent article he wrote for energybiz.com entitled "Smart Grid Success: Winning over Regulators" (24 Apr 11).