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Capturing CO2 in Coal Country

Capturing CO2 in Coal Country

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Wyoming is the nation’s top coal-producing state. According to the US Energy Information Administration’s 2016 statistics, it provides 40% of all coal mined in the US. And the state’s Republican governor is on a mission to limit carbon emissions, a plan that makes many in coal country uncomfortable.

Governor Matt Mead  … Read More

Renewables Required

Renewables Required

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Last week, California became the first state to require solar on new homes. After January 1, 2020, the California Energy Commission’s updated standards will require that newly constructed homes include PV systems.

The new policy applies to both single-family and multifamily houses that are three stories or less and includes  … Read More

“Policies Will Be the Game-Changers”

“Policies Will Be the Game-Changers”

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At this year’s HOMER International Microgrid Conference, industry leaders and policy makers will gather to develop goals, financial models, and policy objectives that help drive the industry forward. Distributed Energy magazine is proud to co-present this enriching event. Jon Wellinghoff, CEO and founder of GridPolicy Inc., is one of the  … Read More

Distributed Energy—Reader Favorites

Distributed Energy—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Business Energy magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.

Bookmark this page so you will always have quick access to Forester Media’s top Business Energy  … Read More

Industry Announcements

Industry Announcements

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Read the latest industry news in the field of energy management and controls, efficient lighting and HVAC systems, retrofits and upgrades, onsite power generation (both prime and standby), renewables, and energy storage.  … Read More

Benefits of Community Microgrids

Benefits of Community Microgrids

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However they are defined, everyone agrees community microgrids provide benefits. Centralized utility systems and aboveground distribution lines expose customers to regional and local outages, “and while they are highly reliable, centralized utility grids can’t ensure local resilience,” notes Peter Douglass, project manager for the Microgrid Institute, a collaborative organization supporting global development of microgrids and distributed energy  … Read More

Boiler Operation and Maintenance Basics

Boiler Operation and Maintenance Basics

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Boilers have been at the heart of the industrial revolution since the invention of the steam engine by James Watt back in the 18th century. Essentially like a giant tea kettle, they are vessels in which water is heated, flashed to steam, and then extracted to perform useful work. However,  … Read More

Identifying Metering  Tools to Prevent Energy Loss

Identifying Metering Tools to Prevent Energy Loss

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Researchers at Washington State University had discovered occupants in high-efficiency buildings were so frustrated with unresponsive motion sensors and temperature controls, they had found unconventional solutions to thwart the energy efficiency tools, Smithsonian Magazine reported in late November 2017.  … Read More

Solar Recycling

Solar Recycling

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Dubbed the “sunrush,” the growth in solar energy use over the past 25 years has been exponential. In addition to increasing global capacity from 100 MW to over 300 GW in that time, costs in 2017 were an impressive 86% lower than in 2009.

One emerging concern, however, results from the  … Read More

Pumps Operations in the Building Envelope

Pumps Operations in the Building Envelope

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Water flows downhill. Nothing could be more simple. Getting water to the top floor of an urban skyscraper is a bit more difficult. Mere gravity flow or even accumulated static pressure head aren’t sufficient to accomplish this task. Pumps are obviously needed. But what kinds of pumps are used in  … Read More

How Intelligent Energy Storage Software Optimizes Commercial & Industrial Operations

How Intelligent Energy Storage Software Optimizes Commercial & Industrial Operations

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Despite several years of low fossil fuel prices, the growth of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, seems unstoppable. This clean energy expansion is driven by improved performance, lower costs, and advantages of distributed generation like greater resiliency, energy independence, and reduced carbon footprint. This fundamental shift in  … Read More

Electrifying an Island

Electrifying an Island

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On the morning of April 17, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) announced that less than 3% of its customers were without power—a small victory in the wake of Hurricane Maria. It seemed as if the island had entered the final restoration phase following the largest power failure in  … Read More

A Breakthrough for Batteries

A Breakthrough for Batteries

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Lithium-based batteries have been restricted by the limited availability of cobalt. More than 50% of all cobalt produced globally is used in energy storage devices. A majority of that is mined in the Republic of Congo, oftentimes by children.

Lithium-based energy storage technology relies on cobalt because of the metal’s ability  … Read More

Geothermal Heat Pump Technology

Geothermal Heat Pump Technology

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Although mankind and nature can seem to be at odds with each other, sometimes human intervention is needed to protect and maintain the beauty and utility of the natural world—and human inventions can help keep new development sustainable.  … Read More

Shared Storage

Shared Storage

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It takes a village to power the globe. We’ve discussed a patchwork quilt approach to energy distribution previously in the context of microgrid clusters and community solar projects. However, community energy storage is another emerging concept that shows great promise for helping grid operators integrate renewables into energy systems and  … Read More



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