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Grid consulting, DR rate design, DER Locational Value
Mar 12, 2019
Jim Giordano, MBA, CEM, CDSM
I’d like to pose this question to you: “Is the value of a kW reduced (or a kWh saved) on Distribution feeder A, the same as its value on Distribution feeder B, or Distribution feeder C?” In many of...
alternative fuels for cars
Mar 10, 2019
Maureen Haynes
Methanol is a high octane alcohol that should have been a contender as an automotive fuel. Methanol burns more cleanly and efficiently than gasoline without producing as much carbon monoxide and NOx...
Butadiene supply
Mar 4, 2019
Lorraine Moneypenny
The US needed lots of rubber during World War II. Some battleships contained 20,000 rubber parts. Every inch of military wiring needed to be wrapped in rubber. With its enemy occupying the rubber...
Plastic Waste Solution
Mar 4, 2019
Robert Hogan
Fungus, the organism that causes worrying black patches in bathrooms, the petri-dish mould Alexander Fleming famously extracted penicillin from, the magic ingredient that makes blue cheese, truffle...
Polymers and automobiles changing in the EV landscape
Feb 27, 2019
Priyanka Khemka
The automotive industry is the third most important consuming sector of polymers after packaging and building & construction . Therefore, changes in the material usage can have major implications...
Mega-trends in the energy and chemicals industry
Feb 20, 2019
Stephen B Harrison
On August 29, 2018, the US high-tech stock index, the NASDAQ Composite, reached a new all-time high at just above 8109. Clearly there have been some market gyrations since then, but it demonstrates...
specialty fertilizers and market insights
Feb 19, 2019
Stephen B Harrison
Crop science and agro-tech are hot discussion points in the German and global chemicals press today. We often read about the transformations inside Bayer, as it shifts its focus towards these product...
Feb 12, 2019
Katy McSurdy
Lynn Belken
Happy Valentine's Day Last year we asked our staff why they love what they do, but this year, we're asking you---what do you love about the energy industry? And what fun puns can you make on an #...
Electric Vehicle disruptions
Feb 11, 2019
Richard Platt
Electric Vehicles (EVs) have gained significant momentum in recent years, supported by regulatory incentives, changing consumer perception, and the willingness of much of the auto manufacturing...
changes in heat pumps
Feb 7, 2019
Katy McSurdy
Why We Need Heat Pumps The NJ Global Warming Response Act (GWRA) , which was passed in 2007, has a target requiring New Jersey to reduce GHG emissions by 80 percent from 2006 levels by 2050 . This...