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Trending Topics in Electricity Today: Will the EPA's Clean Power Plan Really Break the Grid?

December 17, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Well-established power groups are drawing different conclusions regarding the feasibility of maintaining grid reliability as states act in order to abide by the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. What’s causing these reliability authorities to reach such different conclusions, and is more analysis needed?[read more]

The One Chart That Shows Why 2014 Was a Breakthrough Year for Utility-Scale Solar in America

December 16, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Solar's Breakthrough Year?

Over the next two years, America will build 13 gigawatts of utility-scale solar PV plants. Those projects will surpass the country's cumulative solar capacity across all sectors reached at the end of 2013. Why such a big surge in utility-scale solar after a brief slowdown in the project pipeline? The answer is price.[read more]

Putting Excitement Back into Nuclear Technology Development [VIDEO]

December 16, 2014 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Tech and Future Development

Josh Freed, Third Way‘s clean energy vice president, has published a thoughtful, graphically enticing Brookings Essay titled 'Back to the Future: Advanced Nuclear Energy and the Battle Against Climate Change.' It focuses on Leslie Dewan and Mark Massie of Transatomic Power.[read more]

Decoupling and Distributed Energy

December 16, 2014 by Zane Selvans
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Distributed Energy and Generation

One of the main reasons that utilities fight against distributed generation like rooftop solar is that it erodes demand for their centrally generated electricity. Reduced demand is annoying for any business, but it’s especially bad for traditional monopoly utilities.[read more]

Big Utilities Begin to Warm to Rooftop Solar Energy

December 16, 2014 by Devashree Saha
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Utilities and Rooftop Solar Support

NRG Energy recently announced a major foray into California’s residential solar market, with a goal to have 35,000 to 40,000 home solar installations by the end of 2015. The development is indicative of the seismic changes underway in the utility industry. Utilities are slowly beginning to warm up to rooftop solar.[read more]

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Valuing Solar Energy: Two Models to Use

December 15, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Solar Energy Valuation

“A strong VOS approach,” ICF’s Steve Fine and colleagues concluded, “in which the real costs and benefits to the system are accurately valued, is not only a useful tool for integrating increasing amounts of SPV onto the grid, but will be critical for stakeholders to make planning and risk management decisions.”[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for December [VIDEO]

December 15, 2014 by Kasper Peters

December EU Energy News

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the latest European Union energy policy developments, including energy security, and the gas deal between Ukraine and Russia.[read more]

Lighting Controls Could Save Boston $27M Annually

December 14, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Cities and Lighting Energy Savings

Earlier this year, the chair of Massachusetts' Department of Public Utilities was frank about her state’s need to come up with new solutions to unlock energy efficiency. New data from Retroficiency shows one domain where huge opportunity lies: commercial lighting.[read more]

Several States are Adding or Increasing Incentives for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

December 14, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

EV Charging Station State Support

During the past few years, several models of plug-in electric vehicles, including battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, have been introduced in the light-duty vehicle market, but are limited in driving range. Charging infrastructure is crucial to the success of these kinds of vehicles.[read more]

Newspapers Nationwide See Benefits of Continuing Investment in Wind Power

December 13, 2014 by Shauna Theel
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Wind Industry Growth

Newspapers across the country came out over the course of this fall in strong support of extending the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC), which is the primary federal policy supporting development of new wind farm development.[read more]

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Utility 2.0: New York Draws Lessons on Utility Regulation from Across the Pond

December 13, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York Energy Planning

When the New York Public Service Commission opened its historic “Reforming the Energy Vision” proceeding, it recognized that the way utility companies have been regulated is out of sync with innovations in technology, business realities, and evolving customer needs, including the need to reduce harmful pollution.[read more]

Upgrading to a Smart Thermostat? Choose One of These

December 13, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia
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Smart Thermostat Choices

With so many smart thermostats on the market today, it can be difficult to determine which one is best for you. You want one that is going to be easy to install, simple to program, pleasing to look at, and probably most important, one that will save you money.[read more]

World Record Solar Module Efficiency of 40.4% From CPV Startup RayGen

December 13, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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RayGen Resources of Australia and the University of New South Wales have built a solar module with a world-record efficiency of 40.4 percent. The results were verified at NREL's test facility and handily beat the previous module record of 36.7 percent.[read more]

Almost All U.S. Nuclear Plants Require Life Extension Past 60 Years to Operate Beyond 2050

December 12, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Nuclear Plant Life Planning

When nuclear plants are built, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has the authority to issue initial operating licenses for a period of 40 years. Beyond that, the reactors need license renewals, and the NRC has granted 20-year license renewals to 74 of the 100 operating reactors in the United States.[read more]

Massachusetts Public Housing Leverages SunEdison Solar PPAs for Big Savings

December 11, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

SunEdison has inked sixteen separate power-purchase agreements with public housing authorities from all across Massachusetts over the last year, all of which involve net metering credits for solar PV arrays installed elsewhere in the utility’s territory.[read more]