Energy Alert for August 12, 2015

President Barack Obama’s long-awaited and just-released rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants have set off a political firestorm, with some states and businesses already rushing to sue Uncle Sam to halt what they see as a costly and unjustified regulation. Meanwhile, the practical effects of the rules and how they might, or might not, play out are getting overlooked.

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Energy Alert for July 29, 2015

It may not get a lot of headlines, but the nuclear power industry is facing some stiff headwinds these days. Big changes in the utility industry mean some plants might close for financial reasons. In time, that could make the U.S. more dependent on other power sources, increasing the risk of rising rates.

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Tech Alert for July 8, 2015

Fighting off cyberthieves. Growing costs of cybersecurity. Advice from the Federal Communications Commission on new Web services. Lessons learned from the SpaceX rocket fail. The impact of the strong dollar on global information tech sales. Surprising buyers of smart-home technology. Slow-loading websites lose sales.

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Energy Alert for June 17, 2016

In a recent issue, we noted that the battery industry is poised for growth as both utilities and their customers look for ways to store energy for use when demand is high or the electric grid fails. Battery tech is advancing and costs are falling, but batteries are far from the only viable way to store energy or provide backup power in emergencies. Two other approaches — one novel and one traditional — are also making strides.

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