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100 Days On and Haryana, India's Innovative Solar Rooftop Policy Sees No Light

May 8, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

It has been more than 100 days since the government of Haryana has made it mandatory for all buildings with an area of 500 sq. yards or more to install solar rooftop systems. Unfortunately, there has been very little progress in the implementation of the policy.[read more]

Five Reasons Renewable Microgrids Make Sense for the Mining Industry

May 6, 2015 by Arnaud Henin
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Mining and Microgrids

Renewable energy continues to make inroads in the mining industry. There are now a large number of mining sites using renewable power to provide energy for their operations and many more evaluating potential renewable energy alternatives. This trend has gained momentum in recent years.[read more]

Energy News: Batteries + Renewables = Growth; Kudos and Coverage for Member Companies

May 2, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Energy News Stories

We recently reported that “solar-plus-storage” was the hottest new thing in advanced energy. This week, the New York Times agreed, posting a science feature on the growing (and growth!) partnership between batteries and renewable energy. But why now?[read more]

Debate: Can America Get to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050? [PODCAST]

April 16, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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In 2008, when Al Gore called for America to get 100% from its electricity from renewables, he was widely mocked. Even supporters who understood it was a rhetorical point understood how difficult it would be to achieve. But suppose the timeframe were stretched out to 2050. Would it really be that crazy?[read more]

No Fuel Costs: The Sexy Seduction of Renewables

April 16, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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No fuel costs. That is renewables' powerful, seductive selling point. No need to discuss climate change with all its emotional hot buttons. No need to explain and justify how much carbon is avoided. No need to politicize the discussion. It’s simple. It’s sexy. It’s seductive. And it will drive investment. No fuel costs.[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]

Another Week, Another Big Advanced Energy Business Deal, This Time with Google

February 28, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Advanced Energy Business Deals

Following last week’s announcement that Apple partnered with First Solar to build new solar to power its headquarters and a huge portion of its California operations, Google announced that it would be lighting up the Googleplex – its Mountain View, CA, headquarters – entirely with wind power.[read more]

Comparing the Costs of Renewable and Conventional Energy Sources

February 12, 2015 by Energy Innovation LLC
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Energy Source Comparison

You can’t get far in a discussion about the nation’s electric power sector without running into the question of costs. How do renewable sources, such as solar and wind, stack up against fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas? How much will it cost utilities and ratepayers to build—and operate—a new power plant?[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Utilities Seem to Have Concrete Shoes On'

February 7, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Utilities and Financial Risk

Since 2004, average residential electric prices have risen 39% to 12.5 cents per kilowatt hour, while sales remain lower than they were in 2007. If utilities continue to raise prices, then more consumers will embrace energy saving devices. This dynamic could create a cycle of falling revenues and rising costs for utilities.[read more]

Renewable Energy Beats Natural Gas for New Capacity in 2014

February 5, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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Renewables and New Capacity

It was a close race, but in the end new generating capacity from renewable sources beat out new natural gas capacity by 1.16% in 2014. Of the 49.81% of new capacity from renewable energy, more than one-quarter, or 26.52%, came from wind energy while solar power provided another 20.40% of the total.[read more]

The Renewable Energy Embraced by Traditional Fossil Fuel Industries: Renewable Natural Gas

February 3, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Fossil Fuel Industry and Renewable Natural Gas

The Canadian Gas Association issued a report promoting renewable natural gas in Canada. “Renewable Natural Gas Technology Roadmap for Canada” offers aggressive support for biomethane production as a means to reduce waste and greenhouse gases while developing an underutilized renewable resource.[read more]

Work Globally, Partner Locally: Scaling Renewable Energy in the Philippines and Beyond

February 2, 2015 by Sandeep Sharma

Phillippines Renewables

To successfully break into the developing and emerging renewable and clean energy markets in Asia, local businesses can partner with international developers to spread the various risks and also combine skillfully combine their capabilities.[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]

California Governor Jerry Brown Calls for 50% Renewables by 2030

January 7, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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California Governor Jerry Brown has upped the ante on the state’s green energy goals, calling for a big increase in renewable energy, alternative fuels and building efficiency over the next 15 years, along with the smart grid investments to put them to use.[read more]

These Recent Events Show How the 'Grid Edge' Is Guiding Utility Business Decisions

December 31, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Grid Edge and Business Choices

Back in 2013, we predicted that utilities and governments would need to take on the non-traditional challenges of the Grid Edge sooner rather than later, if they wanted to convert them from existential threat into future opportunity. One year later, and we’ve seen this forecast hold true.[read more]