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Will the EPA's Carbon Rule Hurt the Grid?

February 25, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Could the reliability of the electric grid could be compromised if the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations to cut carbon dioxide emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 is implemented as written? This is the conclusion of various independent system operators.[read more]

Think Texas Energy is All About the Oil? Think Again

February 25, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas and Energy Alternatives

In 1999, we pushed to get the first renewable energy mandate passed in the country – in Texas of all places. There were all sorts of concerns at the time that wind could not be integrated into the system, or that it would be too expensive. Time has proven otherwise.[read more]

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A Call for Much Bigger Electricity Markets

February 24, 2015 by Max Luke

Electricity Market Expansion

In 1996 the FERC issued its landmark Orders 888 and 889, creating a framework for competitive wholesale electricity markets. This coincided with the development of independent organizations that would operate utility-owned transmission networks under a single “open access transmission tariff.”[read more]

Let's Talk About Solar Energy and Equity

February 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Solar and Energy Equity

We need to have “the talk” about solar power and equity, because ignoring uncomfortable questions will invite misinformation and bad decisions. We need an informed dialogue about how local solar power can impact low-income communities and communities of color in the U.S.[read more]

Preserve the Massachusetts Solar Renewable Energy Credit II Program

February 24, 2015 by Jesse Grossman

Massachusetts’ Solar Renewable Energy Credits are an unquestioned success, creating green jobs and clean energy while protecting taxpayers. As the program enters its second phase, it’s time for Governor Baker to reaffirm the state’s commitment to a sustainable economic future.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Bioenergy

February 23, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Bioenergy and Discussing Internalized Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of bioenergy. 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]

Environmental, Consumer Groups Unite in Asking Supreme Court to Hear Demand Response Case

February 23, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Demand Response and the Supreme Court

Earlier this week, EDF, along with 11 other environmental and consumer groups, joined forces in asking the Supreme Court to hear an important case involving an energy resource that saves families and businesses money, improves electric grid reliability, and reduces carbon emissions: demand response.[read more]

'One Million Solar Homes,' Tanzanian Style

February 23, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Tanzania and Solar

Tanzania, in an effort led by Off-Grid Electric, along with the support of the international development community, just set a goal of having “One Million Solar Homes” by the end of 2017. The campaign hopes to furnish solar electricity for 10 percent of the nation’s population and generate over 15,000 solar jobs.[read more]

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New Coal Plants in China: A (Carbon) Bubble Waiting to Burst

February 23, 2015 by Lauri Myllyvirta
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A Chinese Carbon Bubble?

While China’s coal consumption growth has slowed down, coal capacity still grows. This has led some to conclude that China’s coal consumption growth will resume. But continued buildup of coal-fired plants represents an investment bubble that will burst as overcapacity becomes too large to ignore.[read more]

The Next Generation of Battery Tech at ARPA-E

February 22, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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ARPA-E Battery Development

The Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program was created to give “blue-sky” research projects the money they need to prove whether or not they’re ready for commercialization. That includes a host of projects seeking to make batteries cheaper, smaller and more durable.[read more]

Are Energy Managers Making Progress? Introducing a Tool to Help

February 22, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Energy Management Tools

Energy management can be complicated, and the projects organizations must tackle run the gamut: from small-scale lighting and HVAC upgrades to whole building retrofits; from baselining energy consumption to data analysis of enterprise-wide energy management systems.[read more]

How Do You Know Your Solar Panels Are Working Correctly? You Probably Don't

February 21, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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As Pecan Street Research Institute were gathering solar PV data from houses in their research, they were surprised by how many systems had gaps in production. The findings made Pecan Street, an Austin-Texas organization that investigates water and energy use behavior, take a deeper dive.[read more]

Queensland Utilities Extend an Olive Branch to Solar Energy Innovators

February 21, 2015 by Nigel Morris

Whilst I often call a spade a spade and generally suffer from immense frustration with utility attitudes to solar, I have to give credit where credit is due. The next time you bump into the CEO’s of Queensland’s Ergon Energy or Energex, shout them a beer and thank them.[read more]

Can the Electric Utility Industry Support Both Solar Energy and Fossil Fuels?

February 20, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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When David Owens, EVP of business operations group and regulatory affairs for the Edison Electric, briefed Wall Street on Wednesday, he was clear in his remarks about rooftop solar. “I’d like to correct the pervasive misperception that our industry is working to stop rooftop solar,” he stated. “Quite the opposite.”[read more]

Energy Efficiency Improvements Have Largely Offset Effect of More, Larger Homes

February 20, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Energy Efficiency and Energy Consumption

Analysis of EIA's Residential Energy Consumption Survey conducted since 1980 shows how improvements in energy efficiency reduced energy intensity enough to offset more than 70% of the growth in both the number of households and the size of dwellings.[read more]