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Interview: Current Status of Indian Point Nuclear Plant Relicensing

April 27, 2015 by Jared Anderson
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Indian Point Nuclear Plant

One of the more contentious issues in the United States today is relicensing the nuclear power plant fleet for additional 20-year periods. As you can imagine, this issue can be particularly divisive in the local communities in which these plants are located.[read more]

Supreme Court Leaves Room for State Regulation of Natural Gas Sales

April 27, 2015 by James Coleman

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the federal Natural Gas Act does not preempt the field of state antitrust regulation of natural gas prices, which means states can apply their own policies to natural gas sales as long as those policies do not conflict with federal law.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Why Renewables Can't Be Stopped [PODCAST]

April 27, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Renewables and the Future

After a dip in global clean energy spending, the world saw a record $310 billion invested in solar, wind, storage and efficiency. Yearly investment levels are still below what IEA estimates are needed to address climate change, the increase shows that appetite for funding projects and companies is increasing.[read more]

Highlights of the 2015 Annual Energy Outlook

April 27, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Annual Energy Outlook

Recently the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015). The report presents updated projections for United States energy markets through the year 2040 based on six cases.[read more]

We Can Preserve Electric Reliability While Protecting Public Health Under the Clean Power Plan

April 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Public Health and the Clean Power Plan

Last June, the EPA proposed carbon standards for existing power plants. Fossil fuel-fired power plants account for almost 40% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, making them the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the nation and one of the single largest categories of greenhouse gas sources in the world.[read more]

SolarCity Will Add 300MW of Commercial Solar From New $1B Fund

April 26, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

SoarCity Expansion

SolarCity "activated" a $1 billion fund earlier this year, looking to finance roughly 300 megawatts of United States commercial solar energy systems. Investors in the fund include Credit Suisse, the bookrunner for SolarCity’s securitization transactions.[read more]

Advanced Energy Tech of the Week: High Voltage Direct Current Transmission

April 26, 2015 by Maria Robinson

HVDC Transmission

HVDC has been used for decades in underwater and underground transmission projects where AC use is limited, but its use in aboveground transmission is increasing, primarily for moving large amounts of remote wind and hydro power to distant load centers.[read more]

UK's Renewable Energy Targets Drive Increases in U.S. Wood Pellet Exports

April 26, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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UK Renewables Target Effects

In 2014, almost three-quarters of all U.S. wood pellet exports were delivered to the United Kingdom, mainly for the purpose of generating electricity. Overall, U.S. wood pellet exports increased by nearly 40% between 2013 and 2014, from 3.2 million short tons to 4.4 million short tons.[read more]

How Much Water Does A Water Leak Waste?

April 25, 2015 by Wego Wise

Water Waste Prevention

Imagine Manhattan under 300 feet of water, not from a flood or rising sea level, but from the 2.1 trillion gallons of water lost from leaky pipes every year. That is nearly 6 billion gallons a day! The majority of leaks are a result of old infrastructure, pressure changes in the water mains, and small household leaks.[read more]

A Legislative Push to Get Texas Serious About Demand Response

April 25, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas Energy Legislation

With the blooming Texas bluebonnets signalling the end of winter and at least a few weeks before the blazing heat begins, spring might not seem the ideal time for the Texas Legislature to debate laws about keeping the lights on or electric grid reliability.[read more]

Patents Forecast Technological Change

April 24, 2015 by Energy @ MIT
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Predicting Technological Innovation

How fast is online learning evolving? Are wind turbines a promising investment? And how long before a cheap hoverboard makes it to market? Attempting to answer such questions requires knowing something about the rate at which a technology is improving.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Progress: A Tale of Two Regions

April 24, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

New England and the Pacific Northwest have a shared history of energy efficiency leadership that stretches back three decades, and two recent independent assessments show that their efforts to help customers find smarter ways to use electricity are now saving billions of dollars every year on utility bills.[read more]

Is the End Really Nigh for Fossil Fuels? Or is the Future Simply Advanced Energy?

April 24, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Advanced Energy and Fossil Fuels

“Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables,” reads the hyperbolic headline from Tom Randall, writing for Bloomberg Business. This report of the death of fossil fuel-powered electricity generation is exaggerated. But look closely; the triumph of advanced energy seems even more of a sure thing.[read more]

Will Natural Gas Peaker Plants Become Obsolete?

April 24, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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Nat gas peaker plants generate electricity when it’s needed most. Such as on hot summer days when air conditioning becomes not so much a luxury as a necessity. So who would have thought that a home thermostat could actually have the potential to make a natural gas peaker plant obsolete?[read more]

Apple and SunPower to Build 40MW of Solar PV in China

April 24, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Solar Investment in China

Apple is taking its solar ambitions outside the U.S. for the first time, announcing a partnership with SunPower to build 40 megawatts of solar PV projects in China’s western Sichuan province. SunPower said the projects are set to be completed by the end of this year.[read more]