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Learn to Explain the Basics of the Power Grid

August 1, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

Basics of the Grid

If someone asked you to explain how electricity gets from the power plant to your home, would you be able to answer? Don’t worry. Very few people actually understand the logistics of this modern-day luxury, but with a quick scan of the basics, you’ll be able to impress![read more]

FERC Commissioners: Clean Power Plan Doesn't Spell Doom for Grid Reliability

July 31, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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All five members of FERC agreed yesterday that acting on climate change is critical and none of them offered any indication that the U.S. EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants would hamper the reliability of America’s electric transmission grid.[read more]

The Reformation Begins: New York Utility Proposes Community Solar, Microgrids-as-a-Service

July 31, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

As the New York Public Service Commission debates a proposal to reform the state's distribution utilities, Central Hudson Gas & Electric is getting out in front of the coming changes. The utility filed a $46 million rate case with the PSC last week, packaged under the title "Value for our Valley."[read more]

Hurricane Sandy Is Ushering in a Smarter Power System

July 31, 2014 by Daniel Kammen
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Hurricane Sandy brought devastation and loss to the Eastern seaboard. The storm exposed the severe vulnerability of our electricity infrastructure and made global headlines as a harbinger of nature’s impacts in a climate changed world. Beyond the shock, New Yorkers found a silver lining in the destruction.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Behavioral Efficiency

July 30, 2014 by Matt Stanberry

Behavioral Efficiency

Extensive research has found that the average utility customer spends nine minutes per year thinking about their energy use. When they do, they have two basic questions: How am I using energy and what can I do to save energy and money?[read more]

California and Mexico to Forge Shared Solutions on Climate Change and the Economy

July 30, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Although California and Mexico each have their own challenges, it’s clear that environmental problems like carbon pollution, fossil fuel development, aging infrastructure, pressures on our oceans from overfishing, and threats to valuable natural resource areas pay no heed to governmental borders.[read more]

Reimagining Infrastructure

July 30, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” That’s the challenge for this generation when it comes creating Smart Grids out of today’s infrastructure for energy and water. We’re much further along in terms of envisioning a modernized electricity grid than we are when the aging infrastructure under consideration is water.[read more]

Regulations Only a First Step in Cutting Emissions

July 30, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Steps to Cutting Emissions

Intensifying calls for action on climate change have led to a variety of proposed regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions from specific sources of the economy, including, most recently, the environmental protection agency's rule on coal power plants.[read more]

SolarCity Quietly Moving to Loans and Customer-Owned Solar

July 30, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Solar Business Change

Officially, SolarCity, Sunrun and Vivint do not offer loans for the residential photovoltaic systems that they help finance and install. Unofficially, it's another story. These market-leading firms make their money with residential solar leases and power-purchase agreements. And business is pretty good.[read more]

Solar Scams Alive and Kicking in Australia

July 30, 2014 by Nigel Morris

I don’t want you to think I think it’s all doom and gloom because it’s not; but with the current climate, one can be sure we are facing a deep dip in the solar coaster ride. We’ll get through it like we have before but only if we pay close attention to details and do solar intelligently.[read more]

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Improving Energy Efficiency in Virginia: A Better Way Forward from the Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition

July 29, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

Virginia Energy Efficiency Development

There’s been a gaping void of credible policy recommendations designed to create and develop markets for services that can help all Virginia residents, businesses and government agencies conserve the electricity and natural gas they use . . . until now.[read more]

Plug and Play Solar: A Framework to Dramatically Decrease Solar Soft Costs

July 29, 2014 by Brian Vieweger

Plug and Play Solar and Soft Cost Reduction

At Intersolar North America this year, one of the unexpectedly interesting talks I attended was entitled Plug and Play Systems for Residential Rooftops. This probably sounds to most people like a gimmick. Plug and play solar panels have been around for a long time but have never been widely used.[read more]

Why Residential PACE Is Growing in Spite of Opposition From Federal Housing Lenders

July 29, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Last fall, California's governor and treasury secretary came up with a plan to solve a longstanding conflict with federal housing authorities over residential property-assessed clean energy (PACE) programs. The plan didn't work. But does it even matter?[read more]

Demand Response Will Double By 2020: Here's Why

July 29, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy

Future Demand Response

 

Keep an eye on the demand response industry over the next few decades. It's in a position to grow as fast as renewable energy, if not faster, and it will be a vital tool in the quest for reliable energy in developed and developing areas of the world alike.[read more]

Why Do We Need More Women in Solar?

July 28, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Women in Solar

As the solar industry grows, women still make up just a little below nineteen percent of the workforce. How do we change that, and why is it important that we do? A panel at Intersolar and a number of recent articles shed light on these questions.[read more]