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The Most Carbon-Efficient Year Ever for America's Power Industry?

April 21, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Industry Decarbonization?

It’s been 60 years in the making and it’s finally here: America’s power generation fleet has changed so much since the 1950s, and especially over the last decade, that the amount of carbon we emit per megawatt-hour of electricity produced has dropped to its lowest point in recorded history.[read more]

Report: 'Load Defection' from Customer-Owned Solar and Batteries is Already Here

April 10, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Change is coming. Are utilities ready?

Forget the threat of solar and battery-equipped customers defecting from the grid. The real threat for utilities unwilling to adapt to grid-connected customers installing ever-cheaper solar and energy storage technologies is “load defection” -- and that future will come no matter what.[read more]

Pemex's Makeover: What You Need to Know About Pemex's Changing Corporate Structure

February 16, 2015 by Mariano Ornelas Lopez
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Mexico’s energy sector reformation has come waves, ultimately resulting in a sea change in Mexico’s energy industry. The landmark reforms to Mexico’s Constitution were followed by the publication of Mexico’s state-owned petroleum company Petróleos Mexicanos's (“Pemex”) new governing laws.[read more]

US Trade Policy in Action: SolarWorld Now Growing Jobs and Solar Module Capacity

November 5, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

SolarWorld just announced an expansion of its solar module factory capacity during a bit of celebration in Oregon recently. And in June, SolarWorld Americas won its trade case when the Department of Commerce found in favor of the company's claim against Chinese solar module makers.[read more]

Is Global Clean Energy Investment at a Tipping Point?

October 2, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Global Clean Energy Investment

Last week, amidst the United Nations Climate Summit and historic climate march, many governments, investors, and financial institutions took the opportunity to make big announcements about their investment in the future of clean energy.[read more]

Energy Experts Unplugged... Volume 9

August 1, 2014 by America's Power Plan
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This is the most recent edition of the ongoing monthly series of short answers to some of the questions we’ve been hearing about the energy industry from public utilities commissions, market operators, utilities, legislators, and other energy decision-makers.[read more]

Sure the Utility Business Model is Changing, but Not So Fast

July 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Changing Utility Business Models

The changing utility business model has been a major theme in the news and industry circles this year, with many bemoaning that fact that as distributed generation and energy efficiency proliferate, utilities sell less of their product. The trend has even been dramatically called the “utility death spiral.” Scary.[read more]

3 Signs Cleantech Is Booming in 2014

July 3, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Cleantech Boom

At the 11th annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum Wall Street that took place in New York last month, Michael Liebreich, chairman of the advisory board for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, reflected on how much has changed in the cleantech industry since the conference began more than a decade ago.[read more]

What's the Existential Threat to Utilities? Here's a Hint: It’s Not the EPA's Clean Power Plan

June 10, 2014 by Christine Hertzog
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What are the impacts to utilities of the proposed EPA rules? Coal fired power plants, once responsible for 39% of electricity generation in the US, will drop to 30% by 2030, according to the EPA’s projections. However, coal plants have become a riskier investment for utilities for a number of other reasons.[read more]

Understanding Environmental Policy

May 28, 2014 by Steven Cohen

If we are going to learn how to develop a renewable and sustainable economy, we will also need to learn how to deal with the mistakes we've made while moving from an economy that tolerates environmental damage to one that does not tolerate it.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Industry Workforce Requires 'All of the Above' Strategy Too

May 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Jobs Strategy

Energy companies including those operating in various stages of oil and gas development, utilities and other energy-related businesses face an imminent wave of retirements that have many working hard to smooth the transition into a new generation of employees.[read more]

Australian Energy Utilities at the Brink?

May 24, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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In case you hadn’t noticed, there is a lot going on in the Australian solar energy industry right now. In fact, I’ll rephrase that – there’s a lot going on in the Australian energy industry right now and in case you hadn’t noticed, solar is a major player.[read more]

US Energy Renaissance Brings Important Foreign Policy Choices

May 2, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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US Energy and Foreign Policy

Two timely research studies from think tanks inside the Beltway address energy security with particular focus on America’s new role in rearranging the established global energy order. This order is in flux because of the renaissance in the US energy sector ignited by its shale oil and gas boom.[read more]

Carbon Dioxide Is Not Good for Us: And Other Carbon Truths

April 29, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy
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Carbon Dioxide Truths

It is unfortunate that there is an audience for claims that environmental degradation and climate change are alarmist farces. I can understand why, however. It is easier to pretend a problem does not exist than to muster the strength to solve it.[read more]

Renewable Energy Gains in 2013 but Coal and Gas Still Dominate

April 23, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Renewables Growth

In January, renewable energy made up nearly 100 percent of new installed electricity capacity in the U.S., mostly driven by utility-scale solar. Last October, a study conducted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission found the same level of domination by renewables.[read more]