October 16, 2019
National Grid and PNNL Collaborate to Capture Full Value of Grid Energy Storage
Source: Nick Hennen, PNNL, October 9, 2019 With the simple cutting of a ribbon this week, residents of Nantucket Island, joined by state and local officials and representatives from National Grid, the U.S Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity (OE), and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), ushered in a new era of energy resiliency and efficiency on […]

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October 14, 2019
Renewable electricity overtakes fossil fuels in UK for first time
Source: The Guadian, October 13, 2019 Renewable energy sources provided more electricity to UK homes and businesses than fossil fuels for the first time over the last quarter, according to new research. The renewables record was set in the third quarter of this year after its share of the electricity mix rose to 40%. It is […]

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October 14, 2019
Portland Company Builds First Of Its Kind Renewable Wave Energy Device
Source: Monica Samayoa, OPB, October 10, 2019 A Portland-based industrial company completed the construction of a first of its kind renewable wave energy device. Vigor announced Thursday it had completed building Ireland-based company Ocean Energy’s wave energy convertor, called OE 35 buoy. The 826-ton buoy measures 125 feet by 59 feet with a draft of 31 feet […]

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October 14, 2019
Scientists Pinpoint Cause of Harmful Dendrites and Whiskers in Lithium Batteries
Source: PNNL, October 14, 2019 Scientists have uncovered a root cause of the growth of needle-like structures—known as dendrites and whiskers—that plague lithium batteries, sometimes causing a short circuit, failure, or even a fire. The team, led by Chongmin Wang at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has shown that the presence of […]

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October 10, 2019
ASHLEY FINAN NAMED DIRECTOR AND NICHOLAS SMITH, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, OF NATIONAL REACTOR INNOVATION CENTER
Source: INL, October 3rd, 2019  Dr. John Wagner, associate laboratory director of Idaho National Laboratory’s Nuclear Science & Technology Directorate, has announced the selection of Dr. Ashley Finan to serve as director, and Nicholas Smith to serve as deputy director of the INL-based National Reactor Innovation Center. As NRIC directors, Finan and Smith will lead […]

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October 4, 2019
Inslee and B.C.Premier Horgan launch joint Clean Grid Initiative
Source: The Governor’s Office, Medium.com, October 3, 2019 As part of ongoing work to expand regional collaboration on clean energy innovation, Gov. Jay Inslee and B.C. Premier John Horgan announced a joint Clean Grid Initiative and Clean Grid Summit to be held in 2020. With the launch of the Clean Grid Initiative, Inslee and Horgan […]

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October 3, 2019
PacifiCorp proposes less coal, more renewables
Source: Pete Danko, Portland Business Journal, October 3 2019 PacifiCorp would close 16 of its 24 coal units, add nearly 7,000 MW of new renewable energy and build 400 miles of transmission line over the next decade to accelerate decarbonizing its system, according to its draft 2019 integrated resource plan. PacifiCorp wants to accelerate retirements in […]

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October 2, 2019
Save Energy, Save Money on Energy Efficiency Day
Source: Washington State Utilities & Transportation Commission, October 2, 2019. In recognition of the fourth annual Energy Efficiency Day, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission joins regional and national partners to promote lowering consumer energy bills, reducing pollution, and finding more efficient methods of meeting energy needs. Energy Efficiency Day is a national promotion of […]

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October 1, 2019
Utilities and Transportation Commission appoints policy director
Source: UTC, October 1, 2019 Amy Andrews, formerly the commission’s chief financial officer, has been appointed to policy director, effective today. In this role, Andrews will lead the commission’s statewide policy strategy and development for regulated industries, including investor-owned utilities and private transportation companies.  “Amy is stepping up at a time of significant change in […]

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