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The United States Department of Agriculture announced yesterday that it will provide over $349 million in funding for fifteen rural electric cooperatives to upgrade distribution and transmission lines. The funding includes over $17 million for smart grid technology. Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, said that investing in this next-generation technology will make our electric systems "more reliable, efficient and effective."
Here is a link to the USDA's article:
A list of the fifteen projects that will receive funding can be found here:
Posted by Emma Weiss-Burns on July 22, 2015 at 3:35pm
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing featuring rural electric cooperatives (co-ops) which are taking significant action on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Member-owned, not-for-profit electric co-ops are typically smaller than investor-owned utilities, and they are less likely to have significant capital reserves or other resources to implement clean energy programs. But their small size and strong relationships with their member-consumers allow co-ops to be nimble and innovative, particularly with programs directly involving co-op members. As a result, many electric co-ops around the country have become successful clean energy laboratories.
This briefing will feature leaders…Continue
Posted by Emily Stark on July 22, 2015 at 12:04pm
Renewable energy is widely criticized as being impractical due to concerns about its variability. The rising efficiency of energy storage, however, could put an end to those concerns. Energy storage allows renewable energy to be used even when the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't blowing.
Our use of energy storage technology is now limited to mostly pumped hydroelectric power, but the increase in battery storage capacity and cost effectiveness make batteries an ideal solution to the pressing issue of how to integrate intermittent energy sources into the grid.
This article discusses the future of energy storage:
Posted by Emma Weiss-Burns on July 15, 2015 at 4:16pm
Drastic changes in air temperature can make heating and cooling energy-intensive and expensive. Four to six feet underground, however, the temperature is relatively constant. Geothermal HVAC systems utilize this thermal reservoir to decrease the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling. This technology can increase energy efficiency and cut the high costs of heating and cooling our buildings.
This article addresses some of the common myths associated with geothermal HVAC systems:
Posted by Emma Weiss-Burns on June 22, 2015 at 11:30am
Another source of inspiration is the website of the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference. This is now an annual conference, which is largely focused on local planning in action. That is, what kinds of local programs and activities might you aim for, considering which have proven exciting and successful already? See www.beccconferenece.org and don't miss the YouTube videos of conference "lightening presentations". Also, look for a trend among presentations that use social networking, competitions, and other new marketing techniques. CEA has tapped these resources from time to time for our own work.