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August 16 2012


In Fuel Cells, Some Hope for Urban Sanitation

A team of engineers has developed fuel cells that harness a mix of microbes to clean wastewater while producing their own power

May 09 2012


Is That Onions You Smell? Or Battery Juice?

No more crying over electric bills, now that an onion-processing company has a battery to store electricity at off-peak periods.
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May 08 2012


When the Wind Whispers, Whose Name Does it Call?

Unlike coal-fired plants or hydroelectric dams, few wind farms are named after people.

March 26 2012


A Smaller Route to Solar Success

Rather than storing energy for use after the sun goes down, as some megaprojects do, a small solar plant will run on a fuel like methane or natural gas in the evening hours.

February 08 2012


Surplus Renewable Energy: An Update

From interregional sharing to the development of batteries, the energy secretary offers ideas for coping with a sudden oversupply of power to the grid.

February 01 2012


New York's Solar Balance Sheet

Although projections suggest that the costs of installing solar energy may outweigh the benefits in the near term, a report recommends that New York State embrace the technology.

January 10 2012


Biomass and Electricity, Part 2

ClearEdge Power, based in Oregon, has announced a deal with Güssing Renewable Energy of Austria to supply 8.5 megawatts of fuel cells to run on methane made from renewable sources.

January 05 2012


On Our Radar: Chinese Airlines Defy Europe's Emissions Rules

Under regulations that took effect on Jan. 1, airlines that fail to pay emissions allowances in flying into European Union countries can be fined per ton of carbon dioxide. Persistent offenders could be banned.

December 19 2011


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November 15 2011


Carbon Trading Initiative a Success, Study Says

A study estimates that the 10 states in the regional initiative will realize $1.6 billion from a three-year period in which the cap-and-trade market operated.

November 07 2011


Recruiting Energy Customers to Use More

In addition to households, a wholesale electricity supplier in the Northwest has enlisted a paper mill to take more power when excess wind energy flows to the grid.

October 27 2011


Fossil Fuels as the Whale Oil of the Future

A new book predicts that an emphasis on efficiency and real costs will make renewable energy the inevitable replacement for fossil fuels.

October 26 2011


A Reconfigured Energy Sector

A special section explores new technologies and steep challenges benefiting and testing the energy industry.

October 19 2011


Is Wind Worth It?

An analyst at a conservative policy institute suggests that economically, the high costs of wind energy argue against its playing a big role in electricity generation.

July 28 2011


Pedaling Your Way to Environmental Nirvana

Though still in their infancy, cardiovascular exercise machines that enable users to generate electricity are growing in popularity at gyms and sports clubs.

July 20 2011


Electricity Demand Soars in Mid-Atlantic States

Grid operators in the mid-Atlantic region, New York State and New England predict that they can cope with the heat wave.

June 15 2011


Dracula Lurks in Your Set-Top Box

Set-top boxes in the United States consume nearly as much energy when not in use as when they are on, costing a cumulative $2 billion a year.

U.S. Reactors Unprepared for Total Power Loss, Report Suggests

Studies by safety experts have analyzed the risk of losing electricity from the grid or from on-site emergency generators, but not both, officials at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission say.

May 24 2011

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