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Ohio Electricity Regulators Reject Bailout for Uneconomic Power Plants

March 3, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Ohio Regulators and Power Plants

Ohio’s clean energy economy celebrated a big win this week. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) denied American Electric Power Company’s (AEP) request for guaranteed profits to operate its aging and uneconomic coal power plants.[read more]

What is Prosumer Value to Utilities?

March 3, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

The Age of the Prosumer presents challenges for utilities used to thinking of their customers in terms of kilowatthours consumed. The Smart Grid is responsible for these challenges, borne out of technology, policy, and capital innovations. These innovations trigger many disruptions to the utility business model.[read more]

Be Careful About Rose-Colored Glasses When Viewing the Future of SMRs

March 3, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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Following another year of turbulence a casual observer of the nuclear industry may be forgiven for concluding that Small Modular Reactor (SMR) development has stalled, but a new report a new sense of clarity and purpose is emerging around the technology’s commercialization.[read more]

What Happens When a Solar Eclipse Takes 30GW of Solar Off-Line?

March 3, 2015 by Nigel Morris
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Solar Reliability and Eclipses

The world is about to experience a fascinating experiment, when a solar eclipse hits Europe on March 20th, 2015. It’s not the first time Europe has experienced a major solar eclipse and had to deal with PV capacity being part of the mix, so they have some good lessons to model from the last one in 1999.[read more]

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Can a Nationwide Conversation Ignite a New Era of Nuclear Energy Innovation?

March 2, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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NuScale Modular Reactor cutout

Experts from across the United States will gather March 3-5th for a unique, nationwide dialogue on the future of nuclear energy. Simultaneous workshops in six cities will craft a new vision for the role of nuclear energy and generate innovative solutions to some of the toughest challenges facing the sector today.[read more]

Wind Generates More than 10% of Texas Electricity in 2014

March 1, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Texas Energy Sources

In 2014, more than 10% of the electricity used in the grid covering most of Texas came from wind generation, according to the grid's operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Wind's share of the ERCOT generation mix grew from 6.2% in 2009 to 10.6% in 2014.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Utilities' Role in the EV Charging Market

March 1, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Utilities and EV Charging

Power utilities are starting to get into the EV charging business. Utilities are motivated to make electric cars viable and in doing so shore up demand for the power they sell. But growth of EVs has been hampered by a lack of charging infrastructure.[read more]

First Solar's Top Production Lines Averaged 15.8% Conversion Efficiency in February

February 28, 2015 by Eric Wesoff
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Production Line Efficiency

First Solar missed the low end of its sales guidance but the company posted a net income of $397 million on sales of $3.4 billion over the past year. Other areas such as production, capacity utilization, and conversion efficiency showed overall positive results.[read more]

Efficiency is What Texas Can (and Should) Do Best

February 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas and Efficiency

Energy efficiency is Texas’ most cost-effective way to reduce energy use and carbon pollution from power plants. It also creates other benefits to the power grid, like improving reliability and lowering costs for infrastructure maintenance. Plus, saving energy saves water, which is critical in a state like Texas.[read more]

Japan's Largest Nuclear Power Station Moves to Center of Reactor Restart Efforts

February 27, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant, composed of seven nuclear reactors, is one of the world’s largest power stations. Getting all of the reactors at the site online again is emerging as a key priority for the government and for TEPCO which owns and operates the plant.[read more]

A New Tactic to Manage Grid-Edge Voltage: Lawsuits

February 26, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Lawsuits and Competition

Over the past month, Dominion Voltage Inc. has announced new customers and expanded software for its technology to fine-tune conservation voltage reduction systems using smart meter data. At the same time, it has quietly sued a competitor, claiming it is violating patents on the same concept.[read more]

Efficiency: Can We Accept Less Stringent Oversight if it Means Better Outcomes?

February 26, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Energy efficiency is a big business; $6.3 billion was budgeted for ratepayer-funded, utility-delivered state-efficiency programs in 2013, alongside $5 billion in private sector investment. However, some question whether this money could be spent more wisely to achieve greater levels of efficiency.[read more]

Will the Battery Gigafactory be Elon Musk’s Waterloo?

February 26, 2015 by Jay Stein
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Tesla Battery Production and Risk

Tesla’s founder and CEO, Elon Musk, faces his greatest challenge ever in selling enough batteries to support his $5 billion battery-manufacturing Gigafactory now currently under construction in Reno, Nevada. Musk will have to prevail where many others have failed.[read more]

U.S. LNG Exports Can Save GHGs Globally, U.S. Accrues Social Cost

February 26, 2015 by Leslie Abrahams
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LNG Exports and Costs

U.S. LNG exports save GHGs when displacing coal and Russian natural gas pipeline exports for electricity and heating abroad. The most important thing the U.S. can do to ensure these GHG savings are realized is to prioritize minimizing its methane leakage from upstream production and pipeline transmission.[read more]

Getting Real About Energy in Cubic Miles of Oil

February 26, 2015 by Ripudaman Malhotra
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Today, with plummeting oil prices and news reports of US oil production poised to exceed that of Saudi Arabia’s, there is a perception on the street that there is no energy crisis. Yet just a few years ago, we were all talking about one. Have things changed so dramatically so fast?[read more]