In partnership with MD5, the MERC Innovation Challenge seeks creative solutions that can be implemented now to minimize the damage and disruption of a future disaster and bring together a community of stakeholders with diverse interests in continuity of operations.Read More
Over the last two years, President Trump has made every effort to rescue America’s ailing coal industry, opening public lands to mining, weakening limits on pollution, and potentially eliminating protections for miners. It hasn’t worked. Utilities continue to shutter coal-fired power plants, and mining firms continue to shed workers.Read More
Missed Solar Power International and Energy Storage International in Anaheim this year? Experts Only hosted our podcast in front of a live audience to discuss the Economics of Microgrids with Miranda Ballentine (Constant Power), Sachu Constantine (Vote Solar), David Rubin (PG&E) and Mike Wu (Converge Strategies).Read More
Recent reports from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have alerted Americans to efforts by the Russian government to target critical American infrastructure networks, particularly within the energy sector. DHS and FBI reports detail the activities of several persistent and advanced Russian hacking units, which burrowed into utility company networks and, in at least one instance, gained access to a power plant’s critical controls.
The US military and its supporters understand the importance of resilient energy. With or without zombies.
Just last month, the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee encouraged the Department of Defense (DoD) to “prioritize funding for energy-related projects, including renewable energy projects, to mitigate risk to mission-critical assets and promote energy security and efficiency at military installations” in the report accompanying the 2019 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill. The committee highlighted how renewable energy and smart technology investments can “shield mission-critical operations from disruptions to the power grid.”Read More
Last month, Defense Secretary James Mattis called climate change a threat to America’s military capability when he submitted Senate testimony that unequivocally states climate change is a threat to America’s national security. In his testimony, Science Magazine reported, Mattis stressed that it was incumbent on the U.S. military to consider how changes like open-water routes in the thawing Arctic and drought in global trouble spots can pose challenges for troops and defense planners.Read More