What Can Be Learned from the Northeast’s Use of Microgrids Click here to download the full study as PDF. Executive Summary As energy decisionmakers pursue strategies to bolster the resilience of the electric grid and to integrate renewable energy sources, an increasing number are turning to microgrids.  Microgrids are small-scale [Read More...]
The Biggest Underreported Energy Story Of 2015 There have been a lot of big energy stories over the past several months: the continuing price decline in oil, new rules for fracking on federal lands and the latest U.N. climate change summit. But the biggest and most underreported [Read More...]
Intensifying Cyber Attacks Just The Beginning Cyber attacks on Western targets are coming faster and having more serious effects. We have gone in a period of months from massive data thefts at Home Depot and Target to the assault on Sony pictures to, most recently, the [Read More...]
Managing Low Oil Prices To Enhance U.S. National Security While we are all reveling in prices at the pump approaching $2.50 a gallon and its salutary impact on the U.S. economy, we ought to consider the broader economic and national security implications of the ongoing decline in energy prices. [Read More...]
West Should Help Liberate Eastern Europe From Miasma Of Russian Gas Russia’s political bag of tricks has four tools in it that the Kremlin is employing very successfully in its attempts to destabilize former Soviet Republics, defy NATO and the European Union and otherwise act like a great power. These are: [Read More...]
Lockheed Martin’s Fusion Breakthrough Is Just One Piece Of Its Fast-Growing Energy Portfolio (From Forbes) Lockheed Martin made quite a splash this week when it disclosed work on a compact fusion reactor that could be ten times more efficient than existing fusion designs.  The company says a 100 megawatt version of the reactor capable of [Read More...]
New York’s Microgrid Plans Depend on Sound Policies New York is pioneering new energy models called microgrids that aim to make the electricity grid more reliable and provide power to certain assets during blackouts. These self-contained electricity distribution systems offer numerous advantages, such as vastly improved resiliency at [Read More...]
Keeping The Lights On: How Electricity Policy Must Keep Pace With Technology Click here to download the full study as PDF. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The basic functions of American society and economy are reliant upon uninterrupted access to electricity to an unprecedented degree. Meanwhile, requirements for systems that safeguard power reliability and quality [Read More...]
U.S. Electric Grid Needs Improved Cybersecurity The ability to generate and move electric power is the centerpiece of any civilization. Without power there would be virtually no communications, water supplies, food harvesting, processing or storage, or industrial production. This is why the security of the power [Read More...]
Is Renewable Energy Investment Set to Recover its Momentum? Global investment in renewable energy has declined in recent years, down 23 percent since 2011 to total $214 billion last year (excluding large hydro-electric projects). Only $5 billion of that investment came from direct government R&D spending, according to Bloomberg [Read More...]
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