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Gene research for better biofuels

If switchgrass could better endure northern United States' winters, the plant could be an even better clean energy source. To that end, Michigan State University (MSU) will use $1 million from a joint U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to develop hardier switchgrass.

Germany's solar story

Germany's experience likely provides an opportunity  for the U.S.  to "look ahead" and see how electricity systems, and the rules governing them, will have to adapt when penetration rates of various renewable energy sources reach levels similar to those in Germany.

APAC CHP investment second only to Europe

As the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region invests $56 billion on bolstering its distributed Combined Heat and Power (CHP), installed capacity will grow from around 37.7 GW in 2013 to approximately 64 GW by 2019-- a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9 percent, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

Large-scale renewables driving flexible AC transmission systems

Flexible alternating current transmission systems (FACTS), which mitigate voltage drops on the power grid, have evolved significantly during the past 40 years. With the rapid growth of large-scale renewable energy projects, which often supply intermittent power, demand is driving the need for FACTS, according to Navigant Research. 

Why smart grid investments fail

 in its review of coop and public utility investment outcomes SGRC found that at a growing number of utilities these and other conditions are often not met, requiring unanticipated rate increases to make up for shortfalls in realized savings.

A global view of large-scale EV deployment

The Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF)-- comprised of national smart grid organizations from 15 countries and the European Union-- makes several observations and recommendations concerning the large-scale rollout of electric vehicles (EV) and their impact on the grid in its recently released report on international developments in electric vehicles.

IHS makes very specific prediction about smart cities

The number of smart cities worldwide will quadruple within a 12-year period-- with at least 88 by 2025-- proliferating as local governments work with the private sector to cope with a multitude of challenges confronting urban centers, according to IHS Technology. 

Solar reaching mainstream for utilities

New figures released by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) reflect the central role utilities will continue to play in the growth and change of the U.S. solar industry in emerging trends that have been identified as current and future market drivers, according to the organization.

Keeping nuclear as part of a diverse energy mix

Existing nuclear energy plants provide one-fifth of the country's electricity, are part of our diverse energy mix and help lower the cost of generating electricity for consumers by more than $93 billion a year, according to an IHS Energy report. 

LASER pinpoints LA solar shortfalls

New research has revealed some startling information regarding California's solar capacity. Specifically, approximately 98 percent of Los Angeles County's solar capacity remains currently untapped, according to the research by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), despite the fact that California is at the forefront of deploying clean energy to fight climate change among reaching other goals.