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Demand Response Will 'Win Hands Down' if Taken Up by Supreme Court, Says Former FERC Chair

January 26, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, did not mince words when talking about the potential outcome if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to review FERC Order 745, which was vacated last May by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.[read more]

The Path to a Safe Climate Goes Through India

January 26, 2015 by Durwood Zaelke
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India and Climate Change Action

It seems fitting that NASA scientists announced that 2014 was the hottest year on record immediately before Prime Minister Modi and President Obama meet in India. Because they have a unique opportunity to set the world on a path to address more than half of the projected global warming through mid-century.[read more]

America Installed 22 Times More Solar in 2014 Than in 2008

January 25, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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American Solar Industry Growth

Since the 2008 mortgage crisis and Great Recession, two industries have fared better than most others: finance and energy. In terms of new investment activity and job creation, the solar industry has posted some of the best numbers in recent years.[read more]

New Jersey Should Leverage Private Capital to Achieve Resilient Energy Goals

January 25, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

New Jersey Energy Goals and Investment

Since Hurricane Sandy exposed the vulnerability of New Jersey’s antiquated power grid, the state has been investing heavily in enhancing the grid’s resilience and promoting clean energy technologies to upgrade to a smarter, more flexible system that can keep people safe and warm when they need it most.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Modular Nuclear Energy

January 24, 2015 by Maria Robinson
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Modular Nuclear Power

Small modular reactors (SMRs) are small-footprint nuclear power plants that have the ability to be sized between 10 MW and 300 MW. There are numerous SMR plant designs, though SMRs all rely on the same nuclear fission technology of larger plants.[read more]

Google Breaks Ground in Demand Response

January 24, 2015 by Sarah Battaglia

Google has slowly been stepping out onto the energy scene with its acquisition of Nest Labs, its partial ownership of the Ivanpah solar array, and now, its Nest Rush Hour Rewards Program. Some may not realize why Google is branching out in this direction, but I’ll tell you why.[read more]

Here's How the US Solar-Storage Market Reaches $1B in 3 Years

January 24, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Solar Storage Market Growth

GTM Research projects there will be a $1 billion United States market for battery-backed solar PV systems by 2018. But that growth will not come evenly, and which of the 40-plus contenders in the solar storage market will succeed remains an open question.[read more]

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Missing from the State of the Union: A Carbon Price

January 23, 2015 by Jason Brown
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Many in the climate community are applauding President Obama’s discussion of climate change in his recent State of the Union speech. But he did not present a policy for placing a limit on, and then reducing, the amount of greenhouse gases we emit. What he did not advocate for was a price on carbon. Why?[read more]

Keeping PACE in Texas: Revitalizing Industry, Saving Water, Guiding Better Policy

January 23, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Texas and PACE

As the Texas legislative session begins ramping up, I'm reminded of policies from that holistically benefited Texas, had bipartisan support, and brought unlikely allies together. It’s important to remember that no matter the politics, clean energy solutions make sense for Texas – economically and environmentally.[read more]

FERC Files Supreme Court Challenge to Demand Response Decision

January 23, 2015 by Jeff St. John

A legal struggle over the future of demand response took another step forward last week, as the federal government officially filed a Supreme Court challenge to a lower court ruling that it says “seriously misinterpreted” federal law, with results that could be “tremendously damaging to the electricity system.”[read more]

Living on the Edge: Getting Ready for Distributed Energy Resources

January 22, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Ask a grid engineer in HI or GER about his work, and you’re in for an earful. Policymakers would be smart to listen. While discussions of voltage regulation or “transient stability” can sound technical, voltage stability in the distribution network is essential to taking advantage of distributed energy resources.[read more]

Why Deutsche Bank's Solar Projections Don't Fit Australia

January 22, 2015 by Nigel Morris
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Deutsche Bank is projecting a potential reduction in solar costs of around 40% in the next two years. I’m excited to hear this news and don’t want to rain on anyone's parade, however, I think it’s really important to look at them in the context of local market conditions to understand how probable they are.[read more]

First Solar Now Officially in the Silicon PV Production Business

January 21, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

First Solar PV Production

First Solar’s TetraSun silicon solar photovoltaic production line is officially in service. The line, located at their Malaysian manufacturing facility, has capacity for 100 megawatts of annual module production. First Solar is a long-time thin-film solar manufacturer and vertically integrated solar project developer.[read more]

Top 10 Utility Commission Issues to Watch in 2015

January 21, 2015 by Coley Girouard
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Utility Commissions in 2015

To kick off 2015, we look at 10 key issues before state public utility commissions this year, from comprehensive grid modernization to rate design and utility mergers, from utility reform in New York to investments in energy storage in Texas and California.[read more]

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Off-Grid Energy in India: Identifying Early Adopter Markets

January 20, 2015 by Yael Borofsky

Off-Grid Energy Adopton in India

The potential market for off-grid electricity in India is large, with more than 300 million people living without access to electricity. With such an expansive market, how do enterprises decide where and how to focus? We advocate that entrepreneurs use an analytical approach to choosing the area of operation.[read more]