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California Utilities Likely to Be Back in the EV Charging Business

November 20, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Three years ago, the state of California banned utilities from becoming investors in public EV charging, saying they represented an unfair competitive threat to independent parties in a still-nascent market. But now the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has proposed lifting that ban.[read more]

Renewable Business Acquisitions Continue in Australia

November 20, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Over my years in renewables, I’ve lived with and installed a range of technologies including the odd small wind turbine. I’ve visited properties where committed owners have installed these devices appropriately and have enjoyed low cost reliable energy without a power line in sight, for decades.[read more]

What Does New York's 'Energy Vision' Mean for Utility Jurisdiction and Regulators? [VIDEO]

November 19, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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New York's Energy Vision

Before the New York Public Service Commission’s vision of a grid operated by Distributed System Platform Providers (DSPPs) can become a reality, there are just a few points to hammer out -- to say the least. The issues are complex and wide open for debate.[read more]

Three Global Utility Metatrends

November 19, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

European Utility Week serves as an excellent venue to obtain more global industry perspectives than what is typically found in most industry events. In the case of the 2014 event, it served to reinforce the conclusion that there are really three global metatrends in play for electric utilities.[read more]

European Residential Electricity Prices Increasing Faster than Prices in United States

November 19, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Residential Energy Price Changes

European residential electricity prices have historically exceeded U.S. prices, and the gap has widened in recent years. In 2013, average residential electricity rates in European Union (EU) countries were more than double rates in the United States.[read more]

The World's Biggest Battery Is Being Built in Southern California

November 18, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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Battery Development in California

The world's biggest battery is coming to California. Last week, Southern California Edison (SCE) revealed the winners of a massive 250-megawatt energy storage procurement round, one that could set new standards for incorporating distributed and customer-owned energy assets into grid operations.[read more]

RGGI States' Clean Power Plan Comments Prove We Can Cut More Carbon Pollution Fast

November 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Last week, the nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) submitted their comments about the Clean Power Plan. Based on their considerable experience cutting carbon pollution, it’s no surprise the RGGI states expressed strong support for it.[read more]

Getting Cleantech Through its Awkward Teen Years

November 18, 2014 by Matt Stewart

Cleantech and the Mainstream

Not so long ago, cleantech was mired in a troubled childhood. Efficiency bored people into a coma, solar was expensive. Some companies accepted government support, some failed, providing fodder for political attack. Cleantech was a dirty word. Just think Solyndra. Now the pendulum has swung back.[read more]

CCS Breakthrough: sCO2 Power Cycles Offer Improved Efficiency and Integrated Carbon Capture

November 18, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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Carbon Capture and Storage

NET Power, a young company from Durham, North Caroline recently announced they will construct the first of a kind natural gas fueled power generation system with zero air emissions and complete carbon capture, which combines oxy-fuel combustion with a supercritical CO2 turbine to create power.[read more]

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: New Opportunities for Utilities

November 18, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Electricity News Today

The experts of America’s Power Plan discuss new opportunities for electric utilities to drive development of distributed energy resources. By leveraging their social mandate and aggregator status, utilities can become essential enablers for customers to take advantage of new investment opportunities.[read more]

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Why Wind Farms Can Be Relied On For Almost Zero Power

November 17, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Wind Farms and Back Up

A common claim about wind farms is that every unit of installed wind capacity needs to be backed up by one unit of fossil fuel capacity. Some claim that wind farms do not reduce carbon emissions; while others tell us that wind farms do not need much back up in the first place. Both assertions are demonstrably false.[read more]

Homeland Security: Russian Hackers Infiltrated US Energy Infrastructure

November 16, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Energy Infrastructure Risks

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued an updated alert last week stating that a variant of the BlackEnergy malware had infiltrated the SCADA systems that control critical infrastructure, including oil and gas pipelines, water distribution systems and the power grid.[read more]

How to Clean All Those Solar Panels? Get Robots to Do It

November 15, 2014 by Christina Nunez

Solar Panel Maintenance

With abundant sunlight and plenty of open space, deserts are an obvious place to put large solar arrays, but there’s a downside: lots of dust, and not enough rainfall to wash it off. A buildup on solar panels can reduce efficiency by anywhere from 7 to 40 percent, according to various research efforts.[read more]

Are Housing Regulators Quietly Dropping Their Opposition to PACE?

November 15, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, the government entity responsible for regulating America's multi-trillion-dollar secondary mortgage market, is reportedly easing its opposition to local programs that allow homeowners to pay for renewable energy and efficiency retrofits through their property taxes.[read more]

Utilizing GIS for Renewable Energy Projects

November 15, 2014 by Dan Liggett

GIS and Renewables

Your renewable energy infrastructure projects are far too expensive to make random decisions on siting. For many reasons – not the least of which are cost, efficiency and productivity – siting should be as exact as the science behind renewable energy itself.[read more]