Market Research and Insight

We’ve heard it before, but this time the message comes in the form of a joint statement from 11 of the world’s biggest engineering organizations: we already have all the technology we need to slash global greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent by 2050. Released a month ahead of... Read more
GE and a power utility in Montana are teaming up with volunteer households to try and find the most effective and user-friendly ways to help people cut their energy costs. Under the two-year “FEC Peak Time” pilot program being run by GE Appliances & Lighting and the Flathead Electric... Read more
The streetlights in Norway’s capital city are on track to become a whole lot smarter, with networked controls that will enable targeted dimming to conserve energy, automatic switching and easier identification of problems and failures. The improvements were set in motion when Oslo officials approved a contract with the... Read more
The US Department of Energy (DOE) appears to be trying to raise its voice over a chorus declaring green jobs as a bust and clean energy as a scam. According to the department, Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman on Thursday plans to publicly highlight the clean-energy jobs created... Read more
Rumors of solar energy’s demise are, like Mark Twain’s premature obituaries, an exaggeration. According to the latest figures from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), for example, the US installed 314 megawatts of new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the second quarter of 2011 — an increase of 69... Read more
Austin Energy expects to get 30 percent of the Texas city’s energy supplies from renewable sources by the end of  2012 — nearly 1000 megawatts (MW) in all. That puts the city well on track to meet its 35 percent renewable energy portfolio goal by 2020, officials say. The... Read more
Massachusetts’ Boston-Power — a maker of lithium-ion battery cells, modules and systems — has won $125 million in new funding led by GSR Ventures, a Beijing- and Silicon Valley-based VC firm that invests in tech companies operating in China. The company plans to use the funds to scale up... Read more
In the wake of rising energy prices and another winter — with its costly household heating demands — on the way, the UK’s energy secretary is proposing toothier regulations for energy companies and more protections for consumers. Among the changes Energy Secretary Chris Huhne is looking for: a speedier... Read more
If there’s any doubt that energy — clean or otherwise — is big business and big money, GE Energy’s announcement that it’s recently inked $3 billion in new deals should lay that to rest. The global organization’s new customer agreements indicate that, contrary to the currently popular mainstream media... Read more
Which fuel-efficient car is most fuel efficient? In the latest “Fuel-Sipper Smackdown” from automotive information site Edmunds.com, the top fuel sipper of the year is the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. The Fuel-Sipper Smackdown 4, which pitted efficient vehicles of all sizes and technologies against each other in three real-world driving... Read more