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Here is One Forward-Looking and Very Ambitious Clean Energy Plan for Virginia

July 16, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Virginia Clean Energy Future

The Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition (VAEIC) has made more than 70 recommendations to Gov. Terry McAuliffe. How many he adopts will be closely watched by clean energy stakeholders in Virginia and beyond. After that it will be the General Assembly's turn to act on the state's updated Energy Plan.[read more]

Cap-and-Trade's Moment of Truth

July 16, 2014 by James Bushnell
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Cap, Trade, Truth

With the looming expansion of its cap-and-trade program to transportation fuels like gasoline, California is fast approaching a significant moment of truth for its climate policy. This has some people nervous, and there are growing rumblings of proposals to delay the expansion of the cap to transportation fuels.[read more]

China's Latest Mandate: 30% of Government Cars Need to Be Electric or Use Alternative Fuel

July 16, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

China has mandated that at least 30% of government vehicles purchased in the next two years must be fueled by alternative energy. The plan for "new-energy vehicles" includes electric cars, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen electric fuel cell vehicles, according to an announcement reported on by Bloomberg News.[read more]

Con Ed Goes Big on Efficiency; Crane's Solar-Natgas Dream; WTO Opens Tariff Talks

July 15, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Energy News

Con Edison announced that it would invest in efficiency, distributed generation, and energy storage to avoid building a new substation for Brooklyn and Queens. New York State’s grid has been especially strained during heat waves and storms in the past few years, with demand in the city a particular challenge.[read more]

Only Two US Community Solar Developers Have Finished More Than One Project. Why?

July 15, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Community Solar Projects

Community solar is the idea that people who don’t happen to have rooftops suited for solar panels ought to be able to invest in solar panels someplace else. It’s a tempting concept, because roughly three-quarters of Americans don’t have solar-friendly rooftops.[read more]

Selling Solar in India Through the Lens of Google Glass

July 15, 2014 by Justin Guay

India Energy Poverty and Solar

Solar power is the key to ending energy poverty. No, this isn't some out-of-touch Silicon Valley pipe dream. Innovative companies are pioneering new energy models for rural populations that deliver everything from LED lightbulbs and Skinny Grids to off-grid Wi-Fi to pay-as-you-go solar home systems.[read more]

Study: Costs of Rooftop Solar Were Not Passed Along to Non-Solar Ratepayers in Nevada

July 14, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Rooftop Solar Costs and Energy Prices

Homeowners and businesses in Nevada that install rooftop solar are not significantly shifting costs to those who do not directly invest in distributed solar, according to a new study commissioned by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission.[read more]

In Massachusetts, Compromise Pairs Net Metering With Declining Solar Incentives

July 14, 2014 by Tom Plant

Massachusetts and Solar Market Change

In states around the country, there have been attacks on the net metering policies that support distributed resources, primarily solar power systems. Utilities claim these policies give solar system owners a pass on paying for the infrastructure that connects them to the grid.[read more]

Siva Power's Thin Film Cost Target of 28 Cents per Watt Is Very Ambitious. But Not Impossible

July 13, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Siva Power and Cost Targets

Siva Power, the CIGS thin film company that re-emerged last year with a new team and approach to the market, is out with an ambitious cost roadmap for its modules. Before getting into the details of Siva's plan, it's worth remembering one important number related to CIGS thin film: twenty.[read more]

Bidgely Thinks Algorithms Can Replace Hardware to Capture the Impact of Rooftop Solar

July 12, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Algorithms and Rooftop Solar

In the past few years, a host of various startups and Information Technology giants have launched technology applications aimed at turning simple streams of customer electricity data into kaleidoscopic views of individual energy usage in homes and businesses.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Myths, Busted!

July 11, 2014 by Jon Rabinowitz
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Efficiency Myths

There are companies, both large and small, already taking advantage of new technologies in the realm of energy and operational efficiencies, demand response, sustainability, and energy management. However, many organizations still have yet to embrace innovation.[read more]

Making a Wire-Free Future

July 11, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Wireless Energy Future

More than a century ago, engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla proposed a global system of wireless transmission of electricity — or wireless power. But one key obstacle to realizing this ambitious vision has always been the inefficiency of transferring power over long distances.[read more]

EIA Projections Show Hydro Growth Limited by Economics not Resources

July 11, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Hydro and Economics

A recent study conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for the U.S. Department of Energy, the New Stream-reach Development Resource Assessment, finds that 61 gigawatts (GW) of hydroelectric power potential exists at waterways without existing dams or diversion facilities.[read more]

As the Solar Industry Eyes Storage, Experts at Intersolar Talk About Key Growth Markets

July 11, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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This week’s Intersolar North America conference, the world’s largest solar power confab, has dedicated multiple tracks of its multi-day schedule to energy storage. That’s a lot more attention than the single, hour-long session dedicated to marrying batteries with solar panels at last year’s show.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Storage via Batteries

July 10, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Energy Storage Internalized Costs

 

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of using batteries as a primary energy storage mechanism. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]