The natural gas pipeline continues to affect natural gas supply, electricity generation, and petroleum refining in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

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New York Gov. said that the state is launching an initiative to deploy 1,500 MW of energy storage. The NY Green Bank is commiting to at least $200 million for storage-related investments.

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AMHERST, Massachusetts - Materials chemists have been trying for years to make a new type of battery that can store solar or other light-sourced energy in chemical bonds rather than electrons, one that will release the energy on demand as heat instead of electricity-addressing the need for long-term, stable, efficient storage of solar power.

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will plant vegetation this year at three Minnesota solar installations owned by Enel Green Power. The sites are among 15 around the country that will be part of the research project.

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As the wind sector matures, it does so in the context of a rapidly evolving energy ecosystem. With this change comes opportunities. Last year, for instance, saw the arrival of several battery storage systems co-located with both onshore and offshore wind farms.

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The obvious place to start is with electric utilities. Those burning coal would get the heaviest penalty. Those burning natural gas – the fuel favored by its low price and abundance in the nation -- some penalty, but not as heavy.

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Wind and solar resources are unique among sources of electricity. Unlike most other generating technologies, grid operators generally do not dispatch wind and solar generation because these generators produce electricity only when the associated resources are available.

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Natural gas prices have spiked over the last few weeks as U.S. inventories run low ahead of the peak winter heating season. Natural gas prices have jumped nearly 15 percent over the past month, rising to roughly $3.30 per million Btu (MMBtu). 

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Solar cell technologies need to fulfill three conditions to be worth commercializing: their conversion rate of sunlight into electricity must be high, they must be inexpensive to produce, and they must have a long lifespan.

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