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Key Challenges to Energy Access in the Developing World [VIDEO]

April 1, 2015 by Patricia Levi

Developing World Energy Access

Two videos that were compiled from a discussion panel on the subject of energy for human development illustrate many of the key themes and challenges that are involved in providing better and more reliable energy access to developing countries.[read more]

Analysis Sees Many Promising Pathways for Solar Photovoltaic Power

April 1, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Solar PV Pathways

In a broad new assessment of the status and prospects of solar photovoltaic technology, MIT researchers say that it is “one of the few renewable, low-carbon resources with both the scalability and the technological maturity to meet ever-growing global demand for electricity.”[read more]

How Energy Disaggregation Can Inspire Efficiency

April 1, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Pulling apart whole-home energy data and turning it into appliance-by-appliance breakdowns can help even the most inspired household energy-savers get more efficient. That’s according to a report released Wednesday that tracked the results of an 850-customer pilot project conducted last year.[read more]

Death of the PPA: Is it Time for a New Business Model for Renewable Microgrids?

April 1, 2015 by Arnaud Henin
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Microgrid Business Models

Supporting the growth of renewable energy through implicit or explicit subsidies has made sense in order to allow the sector to achieve critical mass and for technologies to mature. However, the cost of this support has been paid by power consumers and taxpayers.[read more]

A Roadmap to Energy Efficiency in California

March 31, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

The California Public Utilities Commission released a draft document on energy efficiency that functions as a “10 year roadmap to activate market forces and transform California’s existing residential, commercial, and public building stock into high performing and energy efficient buildings.”[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Conservation

March 31, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Examining the Costs of Energy Conservation

 

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of energy conservation. Please chip in with your opinion so that we can gather a statistically significant sample size and get a meaningful indication of the current consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

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Eight Hurdles to a Proposed Constitutional Amendment for Solar Choice in Florida

March 30, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Solar Choice and Ballot Measures in Florida

 

A sea-change is brewing in Florida and is shaping up to be the most closely watched 2016 referendum on any state’s election ballot. Solar advocates are on track to ask voters to permit entities other than monopoly utilities to sell power generated by solar energy systems in the Sunshine State.[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]

The Energy Gang: The Solar Federal Tax Credit - Will Expiration Kill Jobs or Make Installers Stronger? [PODCAST]

March 30, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Federal Solar Subsidies and Industry Risk

The federal investment tax credit has enabled dramatic growth in the United States solar energy industry. But its looming expiration, coming soon in 2017, is causing some within the solar business to ask: will it still be needed to continue that growth?[read more]

A Roundup of Energy, Water, and Climate Bills in the 84th Texas Legislative Session

March 29, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Texas Energy Legislation

We’ve almost made it to the midway point of the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature, so it's a good time to check which climate, clean energy, and energy-water nexus bills have been filed this Session. Here’s a look at a few that are likely to rise to the top, and ones we hope will cross the finish line by June 1st.[read more]

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]

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]

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]

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]