The grid's electricity storage market booms as regulators race to develop safety standards
Smoke, sirens and flashing lights interrupted the night on Aug. 1, 2012, as a fire took hold at the remote Kahuku wind farm along the north shore of Oahu in Hawaii. The blaze sparked at 3:30 a.m. in a metal warehouse with 12,000 lead acid batteries mounted in racks towering more than 6 feet high.
Europe struggles to meet CO2 targets, deal with Russian pressure and unify its electricity grid
The European Union wants to revamp its energy policy to boost spending on renewables and assorted efficiency measures. Commentators say the long list of policy changes announced by the European Commission on Wednesday is a reaction to the Russian menace in the East, as well as pending E.U. climate commitments due later this year in Paris.