Even China sees a drop in energy use

July 30th, 2015

China is reducing coal use for power generation faster than expected as the use of cleaner-burning fuels and slowing economic growth drags thermal utilisation rates to a potential record low, implying imports and prices will fall further. Beijing said this month it will go all out to curb its addiction to coal to reduce pollution, […]


Changing way of life will affect the development of future energy

July 30th, 2015

Dr Yolande Strengers, senior research fellow, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University. Melbourne Australia argues that while smart grid scenarios focuss on the more technical issues, it nonetheless masks a bigger and absolutely crucial question: how might we live in 35 years time? In taking everyday life largely out of the equation, we are unintentionally […]


eBook Microgrid Start Up:

July 30th, 2015

A Guide to Navigating the Financial, Regulatory, and Technical Challenges of Microgrid Implementation The development of a microgrid comes with a wide array of issues — regulatory, technical and financial. This eBook takes a look at all of these topics: regulatory issues to consider prior to pursuing a microgrid project, critical technical issues involved in […]


Efficiency moderates effects of higher electricity prices under proposed clean power plan

July 30th, 2015

The US Energy Information Administration’s recently released analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule has found that electricity prices are expected to rise, but efficiency and price-induced conservation moderate the projected increase in consumer electricity charges. Implementation of the proposed CPP causes prices to rise compared with prices projected in […]


Canada: National grid on the horizon

July 27th, 2015

Provincial ministers in Canada are exploring opportunities for importing clean and reliable electricity from Newfoundland and Labrador into Ontario. The agreement will facilitate transmission lines to bring Labrador and Newfoundland’s vast resources to the rest of the country. Last year, Ontario also signed an agreement to exchange energy with the province of Quebec. The latest […]