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Will Elon Musk Really Get us Off the Grid?

Julian Popov | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Julian Popov

Elon Musk, founder of PayPal and the electric car company Tesla, among other entrepreneurial ventures, has promised to change the way our homes and energy work around the world. At least that part of the world that could pay for the Powerwall.

Cyberwar or Cybervandalism?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Does hacking into a private entertainment corporation's computer files constitute an act of war? Against whom, exactly?

Solving the Threat to our Energy Grid

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 01.21.2015 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Founder & CTO Ziklag Systems Admiral Michael Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency and head of the US ...

Evolving the Electric Utility

Craig Lewis | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Craig Lewis

The success of a business should depend on the quality of service provided. And while this logic guides most private enterprise in our country, electricity markets march to a different tune. The existing market structure has two other significant drawbacks.

Solar Storms: What You Need to Ask Your Power Company

Dennis Santiago | Posted 11.13.2014 | Science
Dennis Santiago

According to some calculations, there's a 16 percent chance that a significant CME will hit the earth dead center in the next decade. You might want to tell your power company to think about hurrying up with that surge protector and shunt.

Nuke Plant Facing Shutdown to Protect Fish

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 09.21.2014 | New York
Roger Witherspoon

New York State is prepared to close 40 years of intermittent and costly legal wrangling over the annual destruction of billions of fish by the twin Indian Point nuclear power plants in the productive Hudson River estuary if the plant agrees to shut down during peak spawning and hatching seasons for the river's major fish populations.

Why Tiny Barbados Is Beating Us on the Road to Green Energy

Richard Schiffman | Posted 09.01.2014 | Green
Richard Schiffman

Are we to believe that a country which sent a man to the moon and created the Internet can't figure out how to integrate alternative power sources into the power grid?

For Energy Security, Bring a Gun to the Knife Fight

Anne Butterfield | Posted 06.13.2014 | Green
Anne Butterfield

Communities should think about threats to our giant, centralized grid and tell utilities, "Don't just protect the grid - help us fortify our essential services with distributed generation."

HECO, Will You Be My Valentine?

Anne Smart | Posted 02.14.2014 | Hawaii
Anne Smart

Dear HECO, The sun is golden The sky is blue I want my system To interconnect with you Love, Hawaii Solar Customers Hundreds of HECO customers will...

This Sniper Attack Showed Just How Vulnerable The U.S. Power Grid Is

The Wall Street Journal | Rebecca Smith | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

The Wall Street Journal reported that at attack last spring on the Metcalf Transmission Substation outside San Jose, Calif., is raising concerns that ...

NY State Working Hard to Catch up With CA's Energy Storage Requirements

Bill Radvak | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
Bill Radvak

This report clearly signals to me that the U.S. government clearly wants to create a substantial energy storage marketplace and is laying the groundwork to make this a reality.

Flexible Grid, Renewable Energy Offer Hope for Future

Rhone Resch | Posted 10.15.2013 | Green
Rhone Resch

What have we learned 10 years after the largest blackout in U.S. history? Well, for one thing, solar power and other renewables are more important than ever when it comes to our nation's energy security and grid reliability.

A Feasible Step Toward Resilience

Nancy Biberman | Posted 05.01.2013 | New York
Nancy Biberman

Decentralized power generation is a pragmatic solution to a variety of problems that plague property owners and residents throughout New York, and other cities.

WATCH: The Power Grid Explained

Posted 02.08.2013 | Green

A recent DNews video asks, "Do you know how your power gets to you?" In the wake of this year's Super Bowl blackout, host Trace Dominguez explains the...

Gerry Smith

John Kerry: Foreign Hackers Are '21st Century Nuclear Weapons' | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.24.2013 | Technology

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on Thursday likened the threat posed by foreign hackers to “modern-day, 21st century nuclear weapons" and pledged to use d...

China's Strategic Next Step: Buying Critical US Taxpayer Funded Technology

Mark Pfeifle | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Mark Pfeifle

Unless the Obama administration intervenes, the U.S. may soon have to depend on one of China's wealthiest and most politically-connected Communist party leaders for access to taxpayer-funded technology that will power the next generation of satellites and military vehicles.

Sandy: An Eye-Opener for the Power Grid

Daniel McGahn | Posted 01.26.2013 | Technology
Daniel McGahn

The absolute paralysis that our economy and our country experiences during these prolonged and widespread outages exposes an extreme vulnerability.

Lowering Taxes For The Wealthy: A Failed Experiment

New York Times | Posted 11.22.2012 | Politics

In upper-middle-class suburbs on the East Coast, the newest must-have isn’t a $7,500 Sub-Zero refrigerator. It’s a standby generator that automati...

Matt Sledge

Hurricane Sandy Deals Infrastructure A Blow, Highlights Need For Investment | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.31.2012 | Business

NEW YORK -- A day after Hurricane Sandy swept across the nation's most densely populated communities along the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, utilities, ...

Gerry Smith

Congress' Cyber Security #FAIL | Gerry Smith | Posted 10.02.2012 | Technology

Despite warnings that hackers could shut down critical infrastructure with the click of a mouse, the Senate voted down landmark legislation on Thursda...

Campaign Energy Debate Missing the Biggest Opportunity

John Farrell | Posted 06.04.2012 | Green
John Farrell

Within the next decade, 100 million Americans in the nation's largest cities will be able to get cheaper electricity from their own rooftop -- without subsidies -- than from their electric utility, according to a new report.

WATCH: Huge Solar Storm Could Affect Astronauts, Satellites

AP/The Huffington Post | By SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 03.24.2012 | Science

WASHINGTON -- The sun is bombarding Earth with radiation from the biggest solar storm in more than six years with more to come from the fast-moving er...

Microgrids Grow Energy Independence

Robert Schwab | Posted 02.28.2012 | Denver
Robert Schwab

Being energy independent by becoming your own distributor of electricity is an idea spreading among college campus administrators and the military.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Jeremy Rifkin Predicts An Energy Revolution | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 11.28.2011 | Green

On Monday, we posed a few questions to Jeremy Rifkin, the American economist and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, whose new book, "The ...

Conversations You Won't Overhear

Terry Tamminen | Posted 11.14.2011 | Green
Terry Tamminen

As summer gives way to our back-to-work lives, busy execs will likely compare notes at Chamber of Commerce luncheons about the economy and job creation. We can all imagine those conversations, but here are a few you won't be likely to overhear.