CPUC has set terms mandating California utilities PG&E, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric collectively to buy more than 1.3 gigawatts of energy storage by 2020 (see chart below). Additionally, the utilities cannot own more than 50% of the total amount of energy storage across the grid domains of transmission, distribution, and customer-located storage. California’s three major utilities have specific megawatt targets to reach for every two years beginning in 2014. Further, the utilities cannot use pumped hydro storage projects of 50 megawatts or more to reach their targets, which forces them to make use of a variety of technologies. … [Read more...] about New Energy Storage Mandate for California Utilities – Big Promise for Cleantech
Potential energy and kinetic energy
Privacy ReviewThe AIRR Act charges the FAA with coordinating with federal, state and local officials, and subject matter experts to identify “any potential reduction of privacy specifically caused by integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system.” Up to this point, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce has taken the federal lead on UAS and privacy in response to the White House memo “Promoting Economic Competitiveness While Safeguarding Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties in Domestic Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems’’, dated February 15, 2015. While States are largely preempted from legislating in the area of UAS operations, several have enacted legislation related to law enforcement and privacy. At this point, more than 25 states have passed some form of UAS-related legislation. … [Read more...] about Unmanned Aircraft System / Drone Update – House Transportation Committee Announces FAA Reauthorization Act
Going to work on the Hill for Kennedy “was the greatest move I ever made in my life,” Feinberg says. His matchup with the Massachusetts senator was a natural. Feinberg is a liberal Democrat. And he’s from Brockton, Mass., about 20 miles south of Boston. Fein berg’s accent is museum-quality more than four decades after leaving home. Even 35 years in Washing ton, D.C.’s Southern proximity hasn’t shortened the broad A’s, or managed to wedge R’s into their rightful place in certain words, such that it’s not “hod” to know whence he came. … [Read more...] about Master of Disasters: Is Ken Feinberg Changing the Course of Mass Tort Resolution?
Energy harvesting. Through piezoelectric technology, London-based Pavegen has figured out a way to harvest energy from one of the key characteristics of cities: foot traffic. The technology works by harvesting the kinetic energy generated by footfall and converting it into electricity that can be deployed or stored. It already has been used to generate energy from dance clubs, marathons, music festivals, public transportation stations, schools, shopping centers, and other areas where crowds gather. At the end of last year, Pavegen launched its largest installation in Africa: a people-powered football pitch in Lagos. The solar and kinetic energy generated by the pitch can power streetlights in the neighborhood for up to 24 hours. … [Read more...] about Commercializing Africa’s Rapid Urbanization
Not willing to concede the match, the USF dribbled the case upfield to the Seventh Circuit, where in September the appeals court overturned the arbitrator's decision and ruled in favor of the USF. In doing so, the Seventh Circuit found that the CBA was clear and unambiguous on the issue of approval for Group Advertisements (United States Soccer Federation, Inc. v. United States National Soccer Team Players Association, 2016 WL 5239838 (7th Cir. Sept. 22, 2016)). Though it noted that its power to review arbitration awards was indeed "limited," the appeals court found the arbitrator erred and exceeded the powers delegated to him by the USF and the Players Association in the CBA. According to the court, the contract was not silent at all on the issue, but instead explicitly stated that for Group Advertisements, the USF need only request, but not require, a sponsor to make a discretionary monetary contribution to a particular player pool. … [Read more...] about Sweet Spot Patent Owner, Evans v. Fitness & Sports Clubs: Three Point Shot November 2016