Conservative MP calls for fracking moratorium as Labour says fracking should not be allowed unless regulatory loopholes are closedThe former Tory environment secretary, Caroline Spelman, has called for a ban on fracking in the UK ahead of a report by an influential committee of MPs that is expected to conclude fracking could derail efforts to tackle climate change.The intervention by Spelman, a member of the Environmental Audit Committee, comes as the government’s drive for fracking came under heavy political attack...

ForbesOil Billionaires Hit The Bargaining Table As Kinder Morgan Pays $3B For Harold ...ForbesPlummeting commodity prices have started to take a bite out of the U.S. oil patch, but even with no imminent end to the pain in sight, the value hunters are emerging. Companies like Schlumberger Schlumberger, Halliburton Halliburton and Baker Hughes ...Oil tycoon Harold Hamm sells company for $3 billionKinder Morgan to Buy Oil Pipeline Company From Harold Hamm for $3 BillionOil Tycoon Harold Hamm Is Selling $3...

ReutersUS jobless claims off seven-month high; oil layoffs watchedReutersEconomists had dismissed the prior week's increase as "noise" given that claims data is difficult to adjust for seasonal variations around the holidays. Some, however, wondered if some of the elevation in claims reflected layoffs in the oil industry in ...

MarketWatchOPEC's El-Badri: Oil will rebound, and it's not going to $20-a-barrelMarketWatchSince then, it's been an endless string of comments from cartel members and non-members, as the market seems to slowly adjust to $50 oil-prices and investment banks ratchet down forecasts. Iran's oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said recently that ...OPEC, oil companies clash at Davos over price collapseOPEC's El-Badri Says Oil Will Rebound Instead of Fall to $20BP boss Bob Dudley: Oil prices 'low for up to 3 years' - ...

Enecsys CEO Mike Fister left the microinverter firm last month. He has been replaced by COO Kevin Bushby. Enecsys went public on London's AIM last year. EnerNOC, a provider of "energy intelligence" software, hired Eric Erston as VP of global enterprise sales. Previously, Erston served in sales leadership roles at RSA, the security division of EMC, a provider of cloud-based data backup and recovery services.   Stephanie Smith, COO of Sol Systems, a solar energy investment firm with more than 171...

Car giant Ford held the grand opening for its new Silicon Valley research center on Thursday. There, the company will work on the future of digital technologies for its cars, from…

Saudi Arabia strategy hits shale where it hurts but the industry can be expected to take the pain

Inventories rose 10.1 million barrels in the week ended Jan. 16, the biggest gain since March 2001, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Wall Street JournalFalling Oil Prices Worry Regional-Bank InvestorsWall Street JournalIn a report Tuesday, analysts at Standard & Poor's said they are reviewing banks “with large concentrations in energy-related loans” and said that falling oil prices could result in “negative rating actions” for those banks. At least two banks say they ...

CNBCOil turns negative after Draghi announces QECNBCBenchmark oil contracts turned negative on Thursday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi announced the bank would begin buying $60 billion in securities a month in March as part of a quantitative easing program. Earlier, Brent crude oil ...Oil Falls as ECB Announces Asset PurchasesOil futures slump ahead of ECB decision, U.S. supply dataOil Prices Gain Ahead of Inventory Data, ECB Meeting - -

Fueled by record-setting growth in home solar installations, leading residential solar finance-and-installation companies such as SolarCity and SunPower and investment banks have been able to move briskly along and bring investors up the learning curve by introducing new financial products that lower the cost of capital to issuers while still offering attractive returns to investors.

Microgrids as Fact and Metaphor

Published - Jan 22, 2015

In visualizing microgrids as smaller versions of the existing grid, we ignore a whole new dimension of the impending electricity revolution that I wish to call “microgrid as metaphor,” and distinguish it from “microgrid as fact.” Let me elaborate.