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Tea Party Organizer Debbie Dooley Taking Her Advocacy for Solar Energy and Against Utility Monopolies to Florida, Virginia, and Wisconsin

October 30, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Solar Advocacy and Utility Challenges

 

When Debbie Dooley seized the mantle as solar energy’s newest and most vocal champion in Georgia last year, solar advocates in other states began wondering how they could replicate her efforts. Well they may have an answer as Dooley is testing the waters in Florida, Virginia and Wisconsin.[read more]

A World of Wireless Energy

October 30, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Wireless Energy Innovation

If you buy a 2016 Toyota Prius, you won’t need to worry about keeping your hybrid car charged — just get the option for wireless power transfer that lets you drive into your garage and have your battery automatically topped up from a pad on the floor.[read more]

Want Green Power? Try Community Choice Aggregation

October 29, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) or municipal aggregation, is defined as an energy policy that can promote distributed and/or renewables generation through community-based contracts with electricity suppliers. The community acts as an aggregator, and residents within it are automatically part of that CCA.[read more]

Better Yellow Labels

October 29, 2014 by Lucas Davis

Labels and Energy Use

Information provision is a key element of energy-efficiency policy. Just think of the ubiquitous yellow EnergyGuide labels. This information is supposed to help consumers make better decisions. But current labels report only very coarse information based on national average energy prices and usage of the appliance.[read more]

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Energy Storage Start-Up: Lessons Learned and a Focused Future

October 28, 2014 by Matthew Windt
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Globally, energy storage mandates are on the rise. Countries like Japan, China, India, Germany and the US have all issued storage targets and commenced development projects aiming to support the growth of their electric energy needs as well as balance the variability of load on their existing generation assets.[read more]

Is Energy Efficiency a Good Thing Even with Rebound?

October 28, 2014 by Gernot Wagner
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Efficiency and the Rebound Effect

Lighting is highly critical to our livelihoods. Humans have been using lighting technology since long before the advent of industrialization. For many centuries, this lighting was extremely inefficient, with over 95% of the energy consumed wasted as heat.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Offshore Wind

October 28, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Costs of Offshore Wind Energy

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

Millions in New Investment Cap Record Year for Beyond the Grid Solar Markets

October 28, 2014 by Justin Guay

Off Grid Solar Development and Investment

It has been a record year for beyond the grid solar investment. Over $45 million in investments have closed in the past year, including: $1.8 million for plug and play solar provider BBOXX, $11 million for industry pioneer d.light, and $20 million for mobile money pioneer M-KOPA.[read more]

India's Latest Step Towards Becoming Solar Energy Leader

October 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

India is making progress in expanding its solar energy market. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is moving forward with financing another round of solar projects through India’s National Solar Mission (NSM), releasing a new iteration of draft guidelines for project selection last week.[read more]

If You Could Build a Solar-Friendly Grid From Scratch, How Would You Do it?

October 27, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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The 20th-century electrical grid is a truly extraordinary feat of engineering and construction that has been a core driver of economic progress in many developed countries. But it's finally starting to show its limitations as we move into the 21st century.[read more]

In the Wake of Court Ruling, What’s the Future of Demand Response?

October 27, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Demand Response Court Ruling Effects

On September 17th, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals declined en banc review of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order 745, dealing a blow to FERC’s regulation on demand response. So we’re likely about to see an unnecessary rise in electricity prices and increase in new polluting power plants.[read more]

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: The Value of Demand Response

October 27, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Demand Response Value

“Demand response” happens when electricity customers change consumption patterns in response to the needs of the power grid. Electricity customers can provide a substantial amount of demand response to grid operators without a noticeable effect on their electricity service.[read more]

Consumer Energy Expenditures are 5% of Disposable Income, Below Long-Term Average

October 26, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Consumer Energy Costs

Total U.S. household energy consumption expenditures have generally declined relative to disposable income since 1960, although during periods of high energy prices, consumers devote increasing shares of their income to energy. Energy expenditures ranged between 4% and 8% of disposable income since 1960.[read more]

California Customers Will Continue to Save Money and Energy through 2015 and Beyond

October 26, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Savings in California

 

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved an impressive 1 billion dollars for energy-saving programs that will also save residents of the state a great deal of money by continuing to help Californians use energy in a smarter way.[read more]

The Benefits of Wind Energy in Iowa: A Valuable, Reliable Crop for This Agricultural State

October 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Wind Energy in Iowa

Iowa wind continues to blow away critics of the potential for clean energy to lead to economic growth. Governor Branstad announced that MidAmerican Energy plans to add 67 wind turbines in Adams and O’Brien counties by the end of 2015, equaling 162 megawatts of new wind generation capacity.[read more]