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Owning a house on a golf course is not as alluring as it used to be as interest in the links wanes
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The days of golf-course communities may be numbered, with developers finding home buyers are more interested in hiking trails and shared gardens than they are in living right next door to a golf course.

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An Antidote to the Utility-Versus-Renewables Conflict

The U.K. is putting battery storage at the center of a distributed electricity system vision unveiled this week.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark announced a GBP £246 million (USD $321 million) funding package for battery research and development alongside a plan to increase smart energy technology penetration in homes and businesses.

Ministers also announced a ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040, along with £255 million ($332 million) in financing to fight air pollution.

One of the key objectives is to make the U.K. a world leader in battery design and manufacturing, the government said.

“Batteries will form a

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A government research facility tries to burn test apartments and finds the timber assemblies resist the spread of flames
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Tests at a federal laboratory suggest that cross-laminated timber (CLT) components used in a multi-story apartment building would perform well in the event of a fire.

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An Antidote to the Utility-Versus-Renewables Conflict

There's a lot on Energy Secretary Rick Perry's mind these days -- such as oversight of America's nuclear stockpiles, ensuring grid reliability in a time of change and pursuing "energy dominance." Amid all of that, the secretary still makes time for public outreach, including, by accident, with Russian pranksters.

Perry thought he spent 22 minutes on the phone last week with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, but it was actually Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov, known as the “Jerky Boys of Russia.” They talked about global energy politics, the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement and a provocative new biofuel.

If that report,

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Microinverter pioneer Enphase has achieved the convergence of solar module and microinverter once again, several years after the company's first attempt. 

This month, LG will begin selling a so-called AC module manufactured with an Enphase microinverter intact. The product ships flat; before commissioning, the inverter easily snaps into place 1.5 centimeters off the back of the panel to allow passive airflow cooling. The same concept is coming in partnership with Jinko late in the third quarter or early in the fourth. More partners are in the works but have not been named.

By combining these elements, Enphase can pitch more pronounced cost savings on installation time,

An Antidote to the Utility-Versus-Renewables Conflict

We’re back in familiar territory on the podcast this week. Once again, we are revisiting Mark Jacobson’s famous -- some might say infamous -- 100% renewable energy scenario.

This week, we’re rounding out our previous conversation with Professor Jacobson by turning to Dr. Christopher Clack, the lead author of a critique of Jacobson’s modeling, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in June.

Dr. Clack is the CEO of Vibrant Clean Energy, a grid modeling firm. His expertise is in mathematics, statistics and optimization. He formerly worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and at the Cooperative

California’s big three utilities have asked regulators to approve more than 200 megawatts of contracts in the final round of a program that could set market rules for distributed energy in the state in the years to come.

The program is the Demand Response Auction Mechanism, or DRAM, which since 2015 has allowed distributed energy resource (DER) aggregators to offer their services to utilities and the state’s grid energy markets. The commodity being traded is measured in kilowatt-months of capacity, or the ability to reduce use or add energy for up to four hours at a time during the state’s late afternoon and evening

An Antidote to the Utility-Versus-Renewables Conflict

Over the past several years, researchers at Google and a nuclear fusion startup called Tri Alpha Energy have been quietly working on an algorithm to advance nuclear fusion research.

On Tuesday morning, the researchers published a report in the journal Scientific Reports describing the “Optometrist Algorithm,” a machine-learning tool that aids in choosing parameters for a nuclear fusion experiment. The algorithm asks researchers to select between pairs of outcomes, allowing them to narrow down a complex set of parameters.

"To increase the speed of learning and optimisation of plasma, we developed the Optometrist Algorithm. Just as in a visit to an optometrist,

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