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Talking Points for Thanksgiving Dinner

November 26, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

We all have that one family member, and with the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, perhaps you’ll be sitting next to this loved one for the traditional dinner feast. Here are useful talking points that will help you set the record straight about two hot Smart Grid topics.[read more]

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Five Energy Moments To Be Thankful For In 2014

November 26, 2014 by Stephanie Kays

An Energy Thanksgiving

As we wind down the year 2014, there have been a few moments – some forward thinking and others outright overdue – in the world of energy that we can look back on and be thankful. Overall, countries around the world took a good step forward in the direction of a cleaner planet.[read more]

Why the Phrase 'Energy Leapfrogging' Is Misleading

November 26, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram
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Energy Leapfrogging?

A recent Business Week column on India described, “leapfrogging the nation’s ailing power-distribution infrastructure with solar-powered local networks — the same way mobile-phones have enabled people in poor, remote places to bypass landlines.” But there a difference between cell phones and solar panels.[read more]

US Financial Support of Green Climate Fund is in America's Interest

November 26, 2014 by Jake Schmidt
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Benefits of the Green Climate Fund

The U.S. and other countries have pledged resources to help the Green Climate Fund spur emissions reductions in developing countries and assist the most vulnerable in adapting to the impacts of climate change. The U.S. pledge of $3 billion is a serious commitment to helping achieve a climate agreement next year.[read more]

Comparison of Grid-Connected and Off-the-Grid Houses

November 26, 2014 by Willem Post
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Energy efficiency for buildings wasn't an issue until after the increase of crude oil prices in 1973. Building owners, seeing increases in energy costs, consulted engineers to make energy surveys of buildings, which, after implementing recommendations, usually resulted in decreases of energy consumption.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Distributed Solar PV

November 25, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Solar PV Internal Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of distributed solar PV energy. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

In the Clean Power Plan, the EPA and States can Count on Advanced Energy to Do More

November 25, 2014 by Matt Stanberry
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The Clean Power Plan and Advanced Energy

 

Methodologies utilized by the Environmental Protection Agency in setting state-by-state targets based on expected use of energy efficiency and renewable energy to reduce emission rates significantly underestimate their potential, both today and in the future.[read more]

It Was $40 Billion Cheaper to Install 32GW of Solar Globally in 2013 than in 2012

November 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Solar Install Pricing Drop

Between 2012 and 2013, global investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation dropped $28 billion. When scientists say we need a dramatic surge in zero-carbon energy sources, the drop seems like bad news. It's certainly not good by climate action standards. But it's not as bad as it sounds either.[read more]

Sub-National Climate Change Actions Prevail Over National Politics

November 25, 2014 by Devashree Saha

In the US, national politics has not been friendly to the climate debate and partisan gridlock and dysfunction have routinely affected any serious response to climate change. With national action remaining tepid, it has fallen to sub-national actors to embrace and enact meaningful climate change policies.[read more]

Green Climate Fund on Track to Reach $10 Billion Initial Target

November 24, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Green Climate Fund Reaching Target

The Green Climate Fund seems to be off to a decent start with funding pledges in place from various countries around the globe ahead of the recent first donors’ conference in Berlin, Germany. The UNFCCC approved the governing instrument and the fund itself in 2011.[read more]

Inside SoCal Edison's Groundbreaking 2.2GW Grid Modernization Plan

November 24, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Grid Modernization

SoCal Edison announced it would buy hundreds of megawatts of distributed solar, behind-the-meter batteries, automated demand response and targeted energy efficiency as part of its 2,200-megawatt Local Capacity Requirement procurement for its grid-stressed West Los Angeles Basin region.[read more]

The World's First Rural Feed-In Tariff?

November 24, 2014 by Justin Guay

Rural Feed-In Tariffs

How do we move clean energy access beyond just a light bulb? With millions of dollars in new investment capping a record year for beyond the grid solar markets, that's the question many are now asking. This record investment is building markets.[read more]

Energy from Ice and the World's Largest Battery; Texas Looks to Join the Energy Storage Game

November 23, 2014 by Lexie Briggs
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Recent Energy News Stories

Ever since California’s Public Utilities Commission announced a new energy storage mandate last year, the storage market in California has exploded. Last week, Southern California Edison (SCE) announced that it would acquire 250 MW of energy storage system as part of a larger plan.[read more]

SunEdison, TerraForm Buy First Wind For $2.4B to Become Renewable Project Giant

November 23, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

SunEdison and its YieldCo Teraform acquired wind developer First Wind for $2.4 billion. Now SunEdison is in the wind business and can add wind projects to the solar project pipeline of its YieldCo, TerraForm. The purchase price was comprised of $1.9 billion in an upfront payment and a $510 million earn-out.[read more]

Hawaii to Test Smart Water Heaters as Grid Resources

November 22, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Hawaii and Smart Water Heaters

Hawaiian Electric is trying out all sorts of distributed energy assets to help it manage its solar-impacted island electricity system, including behind-the-meter batteries, and smart-meter-enabled energy disaggregation. But one of the cheaper grid tools at its disposal could be the ubiquitous electric water heater.[read more]