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Power Plant Owners can Reduce Emissions with Energy Efficiency: Here's How

March 29, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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When the Environmental Protection Agency proposed carbon pollution targets for fossil fuel-fired power plants under the Clean Power Plan last summer, the agency recognized that energy efficiency is a powerful tool for reducing emissions in the electricity sector.[read more]

Virginia's General Assembly likes Solar Energy. Will That Be Enough?

March 29, 2015 by Ivy Main
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Virginia’s General Assembly broke new ground in February when it passed legislation declaring up to 500 megawatts of utility solar power “in the public interest.” The language will help projects gain regulatory approval from the State Corporation Commission, which has been hostile to renewable energy.[read more]

The Rise of the Micro Generator

March 29, 2015 by Kelby Twyman
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Micro Generation Growth

Micro Generation is defined as the generation of electricity or heat energy on a small scale, typically for use on a domestic scale and generated by methods that do not contribute to the depletion or damage of natural resources, such as through the use of solar panels.[read more]

Plant Closure Opportunity: Hitting Those Clean Energy Notes

March 28, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Plant Closure and Green Policies

It may seem logical that once a power plant closes, another one needs to be built to replace it – after all, we need to make up for its potential energy generation with more natural gas or nuclear-powered energy, right? Maybe, but plant closures are also an opportunity for clean energy.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Distribution Automation and Network Efficiency

March 28, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Networking and Automation

 

In recent years, many transmission networks have been upgraded with new sensors and automated control equipment, which allow for more efficient centralized control. Distribution networks, however, are further behind in deploying these systems, which could improve system operations.[read more]

New Kind of "Tandem" Solar Cell Developed

March 28, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Solar Cell Invention

Researchers have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material in order to harvest a broader range of the sun’s energy. The development could lead to photovoltaic cells that are more efficient than those currently used in solar-power installations.[read more]

UtilityAPI: Automating the Customer-to-Solar Data Connection

March 28, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Solar, Customer Data Connection

UtilityAPI is taking on a major choke point in the often difficult solar customer acquisition process -- the cumbersome and frustrastingly time-consuming process of getting utilities to actually cough up their customers’ energy usage and billing data.[read more]

Reducing Stress on India's Grid With Efficient, Climate-Friendly Air Conditioning Refrigerants

March 27, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India Energy Consumption Efficiency

India leapfrogging over antiquated, soon-to-be obsolete, and inefficient refrigerants will benefit the power sector while saving consumers money. It will also advance the Indian economy, ensure Indian industries can compete in the international market, and help mitigate climate change.[read more]

ComEd Backs a Bill to Impose Demand Charges on Residential Customers

March 27, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

The Illinois General Assembly introduced legislation recently that would allow ComEd to invest more than $400 million in projects like community solar, along with grid-edge assets such as microgrids and public electric-vehicle charging infrastructure.[read more]

Emerging Technologies Can Pave the Way for Time-Variant Electricity Pricing

March 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Variable Electricity Pricing and Tech

The amount of energy we use at any given time is constantly changing. Lights are switched on and off by time of day, appliances operate based on the season. In order to meet our dynamic energy demands, our system has to have the infrastructure and resources in place to respond when needed.[read more]

The High Cost of Solar Financing

March 27, 2015 by Anna Bacheller
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The solar industry recently attracted attention from two Silicon Valley tech giants: Apple and Google. Their investments in solar technology simultaneously underscore the growing interest in solar from the business world, and highlight one of the industry’s key challenges: long-term financing.[read more]

U.S. Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Imports Decline 36% in 2014

March 27, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S. Fuel Imports

After reaching record levels in 2013, U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel fuel (both biodiesel and renewable diesel) fell 36%, to 333 million gallons in 2014. Uncertainty surrounding Renewable Fuel Standard targets and the absence of a late-year influx of volumes from Argentina were two main factors in this decline.[read more]

The Secret to Cost Effective Energy Storage

March 27, 2015 by Nigel Morris

I am as optimistic as anyone about energy storage and try as I may I can’t (in my own head) separate the growth in electric vehicle sales and the inevitable flood of lower cost energy storage for stationary applications. There are deep and close connections that will flow both ways.[read more]

The Climate Case for Hydrogen

March 26, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Climate Change and Hydrogen

When hydrogen is produced with heat pipe OTEC and supergreen electrolysis it can be a silver bullet and fuel-cell advocates would do themselves a very great service by helping in the promotion and facilitation of these two synergistic technologies.[read more]

Steroids for Efficiency: Digital Solutions for Juicing Building Energy Codes

March 26, 2015 by Matt Conway

Boosting Green Buildings

Massachusetts recently adopted a new energy code to improve building efficiency. The merits of the legislation are on display in Boston’s current building boom. At construction sites across the city, the latest energy saving building insulation, ultra-efficient windows and weather sealing technologies can be seen.[read more]