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Death of the PPA: Is it Time for a New Business Model for Renewable Microgrids?

April 1, 2015 by Arnaud Henin
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Microgrid Business Models

Supporting the growth of renewable energy through implicit or explicit subsidies has made sense in order to allow the sector to achieve critical mass and for technologies to mature. However, the cost of this support has been paid by power consumers and taxpayers.[read more]

Australian Solar Mergers and Acquisitions Break Records

April 2, 2015 by Nigel Morris

The recent announcement that international solar energy company Solar Power, Inc. will acquire an 80 percent stake in Australian solar wholesaler SolarJuice, sets a fascinating new milestone for the possibilities of mergers and acquisitions in the solar space.[read more]

Analysis Sees Many Promising Pathways for Solar Photovoltaic Power

April 1, 2015 by Energy @ MIT
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Solar PV Pathways

In a broad new assessment of the status and prospects of solar photovoltaic technology, MIT researchers say that it is “one of the few renewable, low-carbon resources with both the scalability and the technological maturity to meet ever-growing global demand for electricity.”[read more]

How Energy Disaggregation Can Inspire Efficiency

April 1, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Pulling apart whole-home energy data and turning it into appliance-by-appliance breakdowns can help even the most inspired household energy-savers get more efficient. That’s according to a report released Wednesday that tracked the results of an 850-customer pilot project conducted last year.[read more]

State Bills to Thwart the Clean Power Plan Run into Opposition - from Utilities

April 1, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

State Regulation and Utility Pressure

After the final rule of the Clean Climate Plan is released, states will craft implementation plans tailored to their circumstances. In some states, legislators have introduced bills aiming to slow or block their compliance. This legislation is meeting with resistance from stakeholders—most importantly, utilities.[read more]

China's War on Pollution Is Gaining Traction

April 1, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China Energy Transition

Beijing announced the closure of the last of its four major coal-fired power plants in 2016, avoiding an estimated 30 million tons of carbon. Carried out as part of China's national Air Pollution Action Plan, this is the latest evidence that China is putting teeth into its pledges to tackle air pollution and cap its emissions.[read more]

These States Are Early Leaders in U.S. Energy Storage Market

March 31, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Energy Storage State Leaders

Energy storage is a small market undergoing fierce growth. The U.S. installed 61.9 megawatts of storage in 2014, and 220 megawatts are predicted to be installed in 2015. But, like the solar industry, storage projects are clustered in states with incentives, or where markets are able to place a value on storage.[read more]

A Roadmap to Energy Efficiency in California

March 31, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

The California Public Utilities Commission released a draft document on energy efficiency that functions as a “10 year roadmap to activate market forces and transform California’s existing residential, commercial, and public building stock into high performing and energy efficient buildings.”[read more]

SMRs: Lots of Talk, but DoE's Budget is 1% of Yearly Wind Tax Credit [VIDEO]

March 31, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Development and Governmental Support

If developing smaller reactors as a tool in the battle against carbon dioxide emissions was as high of a priority for the Administration as one would believe based on the amount of talk given to the topic, it would be logical to have assumed that the DoE would have made additional funds available for research.[read more]

Just Who Are These Investors in Shales?

March 31, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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Issuing additional shares of stock is a very expensive, and less than ideal, way for a company to get money. And yet, shale companies are issuing new shares at the fastest rate in more than a decade. The first three months of 2015 have seen about $8B in new issuance. But the market appears aberrant.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Conservation

March 31, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Examining the Costs of Energy Conservation

 

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of energy conservation. Please chip in with your opinion so that we can gather a statistically significant sample size and get a meaningful indication of the current consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

In Praise of Cleaner-Burning Gasoline

March 31, 2015 by Severin Borenstein

Gasoline and Environmental Risk

California has seen a price spike over the last month that at one point drove pump prices to a dollar above the rest of the country. We’re used to paying a bit more for gas here — due to higher taxes and the cleaner-burning fuel used only in California — but the difference is usually around 30-40 cents.[read more]

Mideast Nuclear Projects: A Mix of Progress and Perils

March 31, 2015 by Dan Yurman

With a nuclear regulatory structure and agency modeled after the US NRC, the United Arab Emirates announced that its Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has submitted an application for an operating license for the first two units at the Barakah nuclear power station.[read more]

500 GW for Global Solar Energy in 5 Years, With 30 GW in India

March 31, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Solar in India

According to the researchers at IHS, global solar might hit 500 GW in total installed capacity by 2019. This year, 2015, global solar demand is projected to increase to 75 GW alone, a 66% growth rate against 2014. In 2014, the largest markets were China and Japan.[read more]

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Eight Hurdles to a Proposed Constitutional Amendment for Solar Choice in Florida

March 30, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Solar Choice and Ballot Measures in Florida

 

A sea-change is brewing in Florida and is shaping up to be the most closely watched 2016 referendum on any state’s election ballot. Solar advocates are on track to ask voters to permit entities other than monopoly utilities to sell power generated by solar energy systems in the Sunshine State.[read more]