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As 2013 has come and gone, it’s easy to forget what a turbulent year it’s been for the energy industry. From innovations in green energy technology to demand response events spanning the entire east coast — it’s hard to choose which stories were worthy of a spot on our top ten list. After careful consideration and an extensive look at the whopping 260 articles we’ve published this year, we’re happy to present our list of our ten favorite energy stories from this year.

1. The Energy Chronicles

This three-part series is designed to be a crash course in energy generation and its use. Whether you need to learn the basics — or just brush up on your terminology — this is your ultimate industry guide.

2.‘Ice Wall’ latest attempt to minimize Fukushima’s hazardous waste

The tragedy at a Fukushima nuclear plant nearly three years ago paved the way for this year’s development of one of the most innovative disaster response strategies to date.

2.‘Ice Wall’ latest attempt to minimize Fukushima’s hazardous waste

The tragedy at a Fukushima nuclear plant nearly two years ago paved the way for this year’s development of one of the most innovative disaster response strategies to date.

3. Demand response finally a base credit for LEED certification

An exciting announcement from the U.S. Green Building Council this year means demand response will now be required for a building’s consideration as a LEEDv4 candidate.

4. Fiery competition at wood stove decathlon

The future is now: wood-burning stoves were brought into the 21 century earlier this November when they were pitted against one another to test their energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal.

5. GM to incorporate waste-to-energy power at Detroit facility

One of America’s largest auto manufacturers took a step in the right direction this year when they made the switch to a green-friendly energy procurement strategy.

6. How much is the rest of the world paying for electricity?

The post that sparked a healthy debate on Denmark’s electricity prices, this report gave a snapshot of what utility bills look like around the world.

7. Smart grid resource center unveiled in Philadelphia

A new hub for energy education and green technology, the GridSTAR Smart Grid Experience Center opened its doors in the Philadelphia Navy Yard this November.

8. Colorado: Emission impossible

The first state to set methane emission standards, CO stepped into the spotlight as an especially green-friendly state this year.

9. Buffalo wins big with two new clean-energy anchor hubs

The Queen City scored a major business (and environmental sustainability) investment with the announcement of two solar energy firms setting-up shop downtown.

10. Top 50 Pioneers to include ECS Company President

Okay, so we might be a little partial to this story. But the announcement made by Smart Grid Today of the Top 50 Smart Grid Pioneers of 2013 gave us a reason to celebrate when our own company president made the cut.

So there you have it — our top picks for energy news, stories and events from 2013. To keep up with the latest in the energy industry be sure to follow our company blog at ECSgrid.com (and of course right here at YourEnergyBlog.com) Have a safe and happy New Year, everyone!

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