Energy

Bill Gates: 'We need energy miracles' yet US invests paltry 2% of R&D budget in energy

The demand for clean energy innovation is rising, but R&D hasn't grown to meet the challenge. Bill Gates recently called for a massive increase in energy research.

US, European Energy Companies Under Attack By Russian Hackers

On Monday, Symantec Corp. reported that a group of Russian hackers – known as “Energetic Bear,” as well as “Dragonfly” – is now attacking energy companies in the United States and Europe. The group is reportedly capable of disrupting power supplies, the cyber-security researchers warned.

The Most Coveted Employers For Engineering Students

While the rallying cry for STEM talent spans employers, data shows that engineers’ employment preferences skew towards more traditional manufacturing and extractive fields, with “engineering and manufacturing” ranked most preferred by nearly 70% of respondents, followed distantly by “energy,” and “aerospace and defense.”

10 Breakthrough Innovations That Will Shape The World In 2025

What world-changing scientific discoveries might we see by 2025? Will we have more energy technologies that move us away from fossil fuels? Will there be cures for cancer and other diseases? How will we get around and communicate?

U.S. slipping in nuclear energy innovation

The U.S. Department of Energy risks missing a deadline for a prototype “advanced reactor” while China, Russia make progress, the Government Accountability Office says.

House passes bill to increase offshore energy projects

The House on Thursday passed a bill to expand energy production on federal lands. Passage of the measure on a 229-185 vote is part of the House GOP's focus this week on boosting domestic energy production as a means of lowering gas prices.

How innovation in oil and gas production is giving the U.S. a competitive edge

The ongoing innovation in the oil and gas sector is happening because the U.S. has more companies working to find and deliver oil and gas than any other country in the world. More than 6,000 independent oil and gas companies are now operating in the U.S.

Solar at Grid Parity in Utah, a Coal State With No Renewable Standard

The Utah solar experiment is officially underway as the state races from near-zero solar to potentially bringing hundreds of megawatts of solar online.

Want more stringent EPA carbon caps? We need innovation policy

It is well known that reducing carbon emissions in the United States by 30 percent by 2030 is not nearly enough to mitigate climate change. We need to do more, and faster. Yet, dialing up the regulations requires removing political economy barriers, and that will only happen when clean energy becomes much cheaper.

Senate Panel Backs Bill to Bypass Obama, Clear Keystone

A U.S. Senate committee approved a bill that would bypass President Barack Obama and permit the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, part of a drive by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to force a vote by the full Senate.

Canada approves pipeline to Pacific Ocean, with conditions

Virtually all of Canada energy exports go to the United States, but after Washington initially balked at TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline, focus shifted to China and other Pacific nations as new customers.

Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Bill

“The bill holds the line on spending, while prioritizing programs with the highest national need. This includes bolstering our national defense by ensuring the safety and readiness of our nuclear weapons, and increasing economic opportunity with critical infrastructure projects such as those through the Army Corps of Engineers,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers said.

Senate panel sets vote on Keystone bill

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will vote on legislation Wednesday that would approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Feds approve first commercial drone flight

A hand-launched UAV called Puma just made history -- it's now known as the first drone to get the Federal Aviation Administration's seal of approval to do commercial flights over land.

Technology to the Planet's Rescue?

Research from NASA released on May 12 suggests that a large section of the West Antarctic ice sheet is now on a path, perhaps irrevocably, to collapse. The result could be billions of tons of ice poured into the Southern Ocean each year.

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