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How New York's Microgrid Prize Is Testing New Energy, Market Relationships

May 16, 2015 by Jeff St. John

New York Microgrid Impacts

Two weeks ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the first five winners of the New York Prize Community Microgrid Competition. The five feasibility study grants of $100,000 apiece are among 30 to be named over the coming months.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Projected Electric Capacity Additions are Below Recent Historical Levels

May 15, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Electrical Capacity and the Future

Capacity additions through 2017, much of which are under construction, average about 17 GW per year and about half are nonhydro renewable plants (mainly wind and solar) prompted by federal tax incentives and renewable portfolio standards.[read more]

Meanwhile, in Australia: Innovative Storage Quietly Being Installed

May 15, 2015 by Nigel Morris
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Tesla very recently captured the world’s attention with its announcement of a new storage solution recently. What was perhaps most telling for Australians is that the company singled out the land down under as a key market for the future of the technology.[read more]

Energy News: With Powerwall, Musk Makes Energy Storage Cool

May 14, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Tesla's Powerwall and Energy News

The Tesla announcement brought two new and important things to the table: enthusiasm and relentless, wall-to-wall coverage of advanced energy technologies. One YouTube video of the announcement has nearly 2 million views in a week.[read more]

Is 15% of the Global Clean Energy Market Good Enough?

May 14, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Energy Market Share

How does 15 percent measure up? If you’re talking about America’s share of a $1.3 trillion global clean energy market, that 15-percent figure, while not too shabby, merits further consideration about how we got here – and where we should be heading.[read more]

How EnerNOC Is Building Tesla's Batteries Into Its Demand Response Plans

May 14, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Tesla and Battery Integration

Tesla’s battery business isn’t just about putting Powerwall units into solar-roofed homes. Commercial and industrial customers pay a lot more attention to their energy costs, and they bear a bigger burden from demand charges that batteries are good at containing.[read more]

UK Election Aftermath: The Energy Industry

May 14, 2015 by Kelby Twyman

UK Election and Energy Impacts

After witnessing a political storm around the general election, it is time to start looking at what the Conservatives will be doing to the United Kingdom country over the next five years. This is the first majority Conservative government since 1992 when John Major lead the party.[read more]

Are Apple and Google Disrupting America's Century-Old Energy Market?

May 13, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Tech Companies and Energy Markets

Apple made news earlier this year when it signed an $848-million “direct access” deal to bypass utilities and buy clean energy directly from a solar provider. The deal set a historical precedent for corporate renewable energy purchases that may, over time, have huge financial implications for traditional utilities.[read more]

Indian Point: Physical Versus Political Realities and Nuclear Plants

May 13, 2015 by Will Davis
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Recently, an output transformer at Indian Point Energy Center in New York failed. It leaked, burned and exploded and required water and then firefighting foam to extinguish. This event would have been fairly unremarkable except for the fact that some of the oil went into the Hudson River.[read more]

The German 'Energiewende' - Finally One Step Too Far?

May 13, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Problems with the German Energy Plan?

In March it was first reported by German TV network ARD that the utility E.ON was considering mothballing one of the most efficient power plants in Europe, a gas-fired high-efficiency combined-cycle gas turbine power plant called ‘Irsching 4 and 5’ in the southern state of Bavaria – which only went online in 2010.[read more]

Subsidizing Renewables for the Damage Not Done

May 13, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie
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Renewables and Financing Models

In this divided age, few topics beyond motherhood, apple pie, and the iPhone 6 enjoy widespread public approval. So it is notable that, in a recent Gallup Poll, two out of three Americans support an increased reliance on solar and wind energy sources.[read more]

Why Multi-Purpose Networks Are a Must for Today's Smart Meter Winners

May 13, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Smart Meter Winners

The days of smart meter networks that only use one communication technology to do only one thing are now behind us. At least, that is one conclusion to draw from several large-scale smart meter contracts that were recently awarded in the past few weeks.[read more]

India to Allocate 10GW of Solar Under Central Government Schemes This Year?

May 13, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier
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Recently in India there was a meeting called by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to discuss their revised plans for 10,000 MW of solar PV projects expected to be tendered in the next few months under National Solar Mission (NSM).[read more]

Creative Utility Accounting: Estimating the True Cost of a Subsidy

May 12, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Subsidies and Actual Costs

$5 billion is a lot of money, yet that’s the difference in cost estimates between an Ohio advocacy group and FirstEnergy for the utility’s proposed bailout plan. FirstEnergy says its plan to raise electricity rates will save customers $2 billion. The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel estimates subsidies will cost Ohioans $3 billion.[read more]

Demand Response Markets in Europe Begin to Blossom

May 12, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Demand Response in Europe

The opportunities for demand response in Europe are growing - and REstore is raising money to grow with them. On Thursday, the Antwerp, Belgium-based startup announced a €7 million ($7.5 million) Series C capital round, to expand operations from its home country and the U.K. to France and Germany.[read more]