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October 16, 2014

Renewable energy, energy storage will combine to power future distribution systems — experts

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-16 06:59:14

The clean energy revolution can trace its origins to the dramatic expansion of wind power, solar power and other renewable energy resources globally over the last decade. Its future, however, will be determined by ideas that are only now taking shape on the dry-erase boards and engineering test beds of the world’s energy visionaries. Among the next big energy breakthroughs, experts told an audience gathered here Monday, are batteries capable of socking away thousands of megawatts of clean energy for later use; microgrids that allow energy to be produced, delivered and controlled at scales as small as a village or campus; and the application of the “Internet of Things” to power-consuming devices, allowing for unprecedented levels of demand-side energy management. [ read more … ]

Expanded use of natural gas won’t slow global warming — study

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-16 06:59:33

Using more natural gas won’t slow the growth of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and isn’t “necessarily an effective substitute for climate change mitigation policy,” according to a study published online today in the journal Nature. The study says inexpensive natural gas would replace not only higher-emission fossil fuels like coal but also low-carbon, expensive sources like nuclear reactors and renewable energy. [ read more … ]

Commentary: The benefits of wind energy in Colorado

By By Tom Darin, The Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2014-10-16 07:00:01

Clean energy is creating real opportunities and prosperity in Colorado. Earlier this year, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation reported that over 18,000 Coloradans were employed in the state’s red-hot clean tech sector that has now grown to over 1,400 companies in the nine-county metro Denver area. And wind power plays a key role in the growing diversification of Colorado’s economy. The state has 19 supply chain facilities that employ thousands of residents in good paying family-wage jobs. [ read more … ]

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