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These States Are Early Leaders in U.S. Energy Storage Market

March 31, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Energy Storage State Leaders

Energy storage is a small market undergoing fierce growth. The U.S. installed 61.9 megawatts of storage in 2014, and 220 megawatts are predicted to be installed in 2015. But, like the solar industry, storage projects are clustered in states with incentives, or where markets are able to place a value on storage.[read more]

Just Who Are These Investors in Shales?

March 31, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

Issuing additional shares of stock is a very expensive, and less than ideal, way for a company to get money. And yet, shale companies are issuing new shares at the fastest rate in more than a decade. The first three months of 2015 have seen about $8B in new issuance. But the market appears aberrant.[read more]

Who Could Benefit Most from Fair Electricity Pricing? Low-Income Customers

March 30, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Energy Pricing Reform

Urban dwellers, for whom mass transit is a central part of daily life and owning your own rooftop is less common, may view electric cars, rooftop solar, battery storage, and on-site energy generation as appealing, but also abstractions more suitable for upstate homeowners than those living in the city.[read more]

Geopolitics and Oil Prices: Between A Rock and a Hard Place

March 30, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Oil Prices and International Politics

Oil traders currently appear to be hedging themselves against the possibility of a deal between Western countries and Iran on the nuclear question, but doing so misses the increasingly complex forces at play today in oil geopolitics and international relations.[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]

U.S. Electricity Rates Are Jumping - Or Are They?

March 26, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Electricity Rate Analysis

Despite the volatility in wholesale markets, and the billions of dollars in upgrades to the electricity grid, the price most homeowners pay for energy is likely going to stay relatively flat in coming years, according to the EIA, rising only about 1 percent for 2015.[read more]

The Shale Debt Redux

March 26, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

Shale debt, falling prices and slack demand has tight oil producers in trouble. And yet, there is still burgeoning production. Why? Well, we’ve seen this before. It’s the shale debt redux. Operators did it a few years ago in natural gas and prices have yet to recover.[read more]

Carbon-as-a-Service Businesses?

March 25, 2015 by Noah Deich

Cleantech Business Development

The Cleantech Group’s annual San Francisco Forum wrapped up earlier this week. The event’s theme was “Cleantech-as-a-service,” and featured parallel tracks named “Cloud” and “Connect.” Overall, this focus on technology-enabled business model innovation shows how mature the cleantech field has become.[read more]

U.S. Commercial Crude Oil Inventories Now Provide the Most Days of Supply Since 1985

March 25, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Crude Oil Inventories

With lower U.S. refinery runs and increases in domestic crude oil production, U.S. commercial crude oil inventories at the end of February provided the most days of supply since the mid-1980s. Inventories were sufficient to supply 29 days of U.S. refinery demand, based on expected refinery runs in March.[read more]

Areva Struggles to Dig Out of Debt

March 25, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Areva and Debt Problems

Phillippe Knoche stated that while Areva is committed to building two EPRs at Hinkley Point, they may be the last of their kind, and that they're abandoning the firm’s strategy of leading “high profile, new build projects” and instead will concentrate on the supply chain including major components of nuclear reactors.[read more]

Ozone Pollution in the West: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

March 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Ozone in Western States

Long familiar in major urban areas, smog – what we experts call “ground-level ozone” pollution – is quickly becoming a serious problem in the rural mountain west, thanks to rapid expansion in oil and gas development.[read more]

Study: Solar PV in the Built Environment Could Power California Nearly 5 Times Over

March 24, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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In 2007, when the cost of a rooftop solar system hovered around $8 per watt, engineer and solar advocate Bill Powers proposed an ambitious plan: replace a proposed transmission line for Southern California with 2,000 megawatts of PV systems across San Diego.[read more]

New U.S. Fracking Rules Earn Disdain from Both Sides, and a Lawsuit

March 24, 2015 by Christina Nunez

Government Fracking Rules and Reaction

No sooner had the Interior Department released new regulations pertaining to hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on about 756 million acres of federal and Indian land than industry groups announced a lawsuit to halt what they called “a reaction to unsubstantiated concerns.”[read more]

Big Data Increasing Power Generation Reliability and Saving Money, GE Says

March 23, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Big Data and Energy Reliability

Recently GE announced its ‘predictive maintenance’ program driven by operational data from the company’s global fleet of more than 1,500 gas turbines helped decrease power plant downtime and saved customers an estimated $70 million in 2014.[read more]