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The Coolest, Interactive Net-Zero Home Guide Makes Green Fun

March 22, 2015 by Andre Bourque

Net-Zero Homes

A zero-energy building, also known as a zero net energy building, or net zero building, is a building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site.[read more]

Growth in Residential Electricity Prices Highest in 6 Years, but Expected to Slow in 2015

March 22, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Residential Electricity Pricing Trends

Residential electricity customers in most areas of the country experienced large increases in retail electricity prices during 2014, with the average U.S. residential price increasing 3.1% over the previous year. The increase represents the highest annual growth rate since 2008.[read more]

Ohio Pressed Pause on Economic Growth When It Froze Its Clean Energy Standards

March 22, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Ohio Clean Energy Economics

In May of 2014, the Ohio Legislature froze the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards as a result of political pressure from Ohio’s largest power company, FirstEnergy, and other groups. We’re only now learning just how bad the damage is.[read more]

New York's 'Reforming the Energy Vision' Just Got a Little Bit Clearer

March 21, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York Energy Planning

Nearly a year ago, the New York Public Service Commission initiated a groundbreaking effort to overhaul the longstanding electric utility business model. In the months since starting, the Commission has sought advice, quietly refining its vision while largely refraining from big pronouncements about the proceeding.[read more]

The Challenge of Unlocking Solar Capacity in the Pacific Islands

March 21, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Pacific Island and Solar

It’s no secret that most islands pay a high price for electricity. From Bermuda to Fiji, the cost of electricity would shock even Europeans. But for most island economies, it’s not as simple as just swapping imported fossil fuels for renewable generation, even if the high-level economics seem promising.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Advanced Metering Infrastructure

March 20, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Advanced Energy and Metering Technology

Smart meters, a device that records consumption of electricity and communicates this information, are the central component of Advanced Metering Infrastructure, the broader infrastructure that allows the utility to communicate, enabling new products and services as part of the “smart grid.”[read more]

Rethink the Grid: Personal Power Stations

March 20, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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“Get big or get out!” Those were the famous, and controversial, words of Earl Butz, Secretary of Agriculture in the seventies. Considering the combination of renewable technology and battery storage, a new popular mantra may emerge: get small and be free.[read more]

Power Can Be Both Clean and Reliable

March 19, 2015 by Doug Vine
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A number of analysts have raised concerns that the proposed Clean Power Plan, aimed at reducing power plant carbon emissions, could threaten the reliability of electric power. But a closer look at the U.S. power system and the safeguards in place suggests that these reliability issues are manageable.[read more]

The Greening of China's Black Electric Energy System? Insights from 2014 Data

March 19, 2015 by Hao Tan
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China Energy and Fuel Sources

While China’s energy system is still a “black” system depending on fossil fuel, the electric power system is greening at the margins. We demonstrate, using 2014 data on additions to China’s electric power system, that the system is greening– with powerful implications for the future of the country’s energy profile.[read more]

Electricity Saving Campaign in Brazil Obscures Energy Challenges

March 19, 2015 by Anthony Venezia

Brazil and Energy Challenges

The once electric buzz surrounding the prospect of Brazil as an emerging market powerhouse is no more. International investors are losing their taste for the country and it’s weakening economy, remarkable considering just a few short years ago Brazil was heralded as a harbinger of a new global economic order.[read more]

The Real Prize: India Energy Planning

March 19, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

India's solar efforts have not been terribly impressive, partially because of the expectations the government has put on itself with a 100 GW target. In fact, growth in the sector is picking up significantly. But that growth isn't driven by sustainable policies, but by one-off measures, and that it is not enough.[read more]

Would Standardized Nuclear Plant Designs Prevent Construction Overruns and Delays? Lessons From the 1970s

March 18, 2015 by Will Davis
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Nuclear Plants and Design Efficiency

 

Delays and cost overruns are running rampant in new nuclear plants under construction today in 2015. This is more or less the morass in which nuclear plant construction became mired in the 70's, when an innovative management approach was developed to ease the process: SNUPPS.[read more]

Offshore Wind: 'Steel in the Water This Summer'; Solar: 'Order of Magnitude Growth' Over Past Decade

March 18, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Renewables Economics and Growth

Advanced energy expanded to become a nearly $1.3 trillion global energy industry, and it is still growing very rapidly. In fact, in the United States, the advanced energy industry grew five times as fast as did the national economy overall.[read more]

Distributed Home Energy Systems: Fast Approaching Break-Even

March 18, 2015 by Arnaud Henin
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Home Energy Systems

Interest in distributed renewable generation and home energy systems continues to intensify. Although there are many configurations for home energy systems, we have looked at a system including photovoltaic power generation, battery energy storage, electric vehicles and a control system with load control.[read more]

Wrightspeed Hybrid-Electric Trucks are the Cutting Edge of Truck Design

March 18, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Hybrid Trucks and Transportation

Wrightspeed Powertrains of San Jose, California is a pioneer in developing hybrid-electric powertrains for heavy duty trucks. This next-generation design provides superior power, performance, and low emissions for heavy duty trucks that operate in some of the most challenging and fuel-guzzling applications.[read more]