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Sydney to move off-grid

Sydney, Australia wants to end its dependence on centrally generated electricity for public buildings – it has started planning six tri-generation power plants with more to come

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Smart Grid doubts grow

Smart Grid not living up to its name – costly upgrade will likely increase profits of Utilities without saving customers money or energy

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Community Power in the UK

00   The UK government has issued a draft policy document empowering town halls to  bring in decentralised energy schemes. A 12-week consultation exercise on revised planning policy statements (PPSs) covering climate change and the natural environment was launched last week. … Continued

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Beware of 1BOG

00   The company recently raised $5m, a step forward  in its aim to become a major corporate player in the solar panel  market.  But this tiny start up is making some inflated claims. 1BOG sounds to British ears like a … Continued

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Bloom energy box enables off-grid living

00   More details of the Bloom Box have been revealed at a carefully managed press conference in California.  The much-hyped off-grid source of cheap electricity  will not lead us all to disconnect from the grid tomorrow, but it is undoubtedly disruptive technology, … Continued

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Boom time for Bloom Box

00    A new but still unseen fuel cell technology that its creator claims can be an off-grid source of cheap energy, and clean power,  is about to get its formal debut Bloom Energy’s much-hyped fuel cell, known as the … Continued

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Here comes the sun

00   Because we live off the grid, people seem to think we live in a shack without modern conveniences. Totally not true, but we do have to be frugal with our energy usage. On sunny days, we can turn on all … Continued

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Senators back mini-nuke

00   WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 — The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee issued the following news release: Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Mark Udall (D-CO) today introduced legislation to direct the Department of Energy to develop innovative, … Continued