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Time-Variant Pricing 101: All Electricity is Not Priced Equally

January 30, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Electricity Pricing

Utilities and regulators have made great strides in promoting renewable energy, increasing the efficiency of the power grid, and reducing pollution. But customers can be part of the solution by better managing their use of electricity, especially during those times when it is most expensive and dirty to produce.[read more]

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10 Solar Energy Proposals in Virginia to Watch During its Short 2015 General Assembly

January 30, 2015 by Jim Pierobon

Virginia Solar Energy Legislation

It would take a hermit not to recognize the pent-up demand for solar throughout much of Virginia. While states such as North Carolina and Georgia are seeing significant growth, Virginia lags far behind and is all but ignoring the opportunity to diversify its economy with cleaner energy sources.[read more]

Talking About Climate Change

January 30, 2015 by David Hone

Climate Change and Public Discourse

From the rarefied atmosphere of the Swiss Alps to a small London theater, there has been a lot said about climate change over the last couple of weeks. For example, the World Economic Forum in Davos, with climate change high on the agenda, hoping to build momentum for an agreement in Paris.[read more]

New Study: Breaches of 'Planetary Boundaries' Jeopardize Environmental Sustainability

January 30, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Earth Sustainability Limits

Four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’ have now been breached as a result of human activity and not natural variability, says a new research paper published in the journal Science entitled “Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet”.[read more]

Currency Depreciation Against the Dollar Affects Oil Importers and Exporters Differently

January 30, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Markets and Currency Values

The appreciation, or increase in value, of USD against most other currencies since last summer can either mitigate or exacerbate the effects of the recent sharp decline in USD-denominated crude oil prices, depending on whether a particular country is a net importer or a net exporter of crude oil.[read more]

'Unconventional' Accounting From China's Hanergy Solar, Owner of MiaSole, Alta, and Solibro

January 30, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

China, Solar, and Hanergy

Li Hejun, the rags-to-riches billionaire CEO of China's Hanergy, has suggested that his firm will be a global leader in solar technology. But reports on the company in a recent Financial Times article indicate some extremely enthusiastic accounting practices, and some signs of desperation.[read more]

Decoupling and Demand Side Management in Colorado

January 29, 2015 by Zane Selvans

Decoupling and Management

Utility revenue decoupling is often seen as an enabling policy supporting “demand side management” (DSM) programs. DSM is a catch-all term for the things you can do behind the meter that reduce the amount of energy a utility needs to produce or the amount of capacity it needs to have available.[read more]

Want to Avoid Oil's Gloom? Turn to the Sun, Says Outsider Nick Hodge

January 29, 2015 by Jim Patrick

Nick Hodge is founder and president of the Outsider Club, and investment director of Early Advantage. He is the author of Energy Investing for Dummies, appears regularly at investment conferences, including the Cambridge House Vancouver Resource Investment Conference.[read more]

Climate and Renewable Trends for 2015

January 29, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Energy Trends in 2015

Continued global job creation in the renewable energy sector, the increasing political clout of US renewable energy businesses, China's efforts to cut CO2 emissions and the evolution of global energy markets increasingly away from fossil fuels should provide plenty of opportunity for continued progress in 2015.[read more]

Another Step Forward for Demand Response: The Case of FERC Order 745

January 29, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

FERC and the Supreme Court

FERC Order 745 is a vital federal rule on demand response, which relies on people and technology, not power plants, to manage stress on the electric grid during periods of peak energy demand. But this critical energy management tool has also been subject to an amazing amount of scrutiny.[read more]

How to Focus CFOs on Energy Management Investments

January 28, 2015 by Nick Blandford

Business Leadership and Energy Management

Nothing is more satisfying to CFOs than seeing how energy adds value to the bottom line. Most CFOs see energy as a cost, not an investment. Today, a group of energy efficiency champions emerging from within organizations are changing the mindsets of executives.[read more]

Exelon-Pepco Merger Could Hinder DC's Renewable and Efficiency Goals, Study Suggests

January 28, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Mergers and Efficiency Goals

 

Will Exelon allow its regulated utilities to rise to the distributed energy future? If Exelon Corporation is allowed to acquire Pepco Holdings for more than $6 billion, it will threaten Pepco ratepayers and the energy sustainability goals of Washington, D.C., a new analysis argues.[read more]

New Case Studies in Energy Management Show the Path from 'Why' to 'How'

January 28, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Energy Management Possibilities

Business leaders have long agreed on the “why” of the process of environmental management: seeing the value of it in increased profits, reduced waste, and a smaller carbon footprint. However, the “how” has often been the stumbling block to successful achievement of this goal.[read more]

How China's Top Court is Encouraging More Lawsuits Against Polluters

January 28, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China Court System and Polluters

As China's air pollution surges off the charts, affecting every aspect of people's daily lives, China's highest court is taking action. On January 6th, the Supreme People's Court issued an authoritative interpretation that provides clarification and details to China's new public interest environmental litigation system.[read more]

We Read the Comments, So You Don't Have To, Part 5: Industry and Environmental Groups

January 28, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

EPA Regulation Comments from Interest Groups

The EPA received millions of comments on the Clean Power Plan. But don't worry; our Carbon Policy Analysts identified the top comments and plowed through them. This final post analyzes the comments from industry and environmental groups.[read more]