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How Energy Disaggregation Can Inspire Efficiency

April 1, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Pulling apart whole-home energy data and turning it into appliance-by-appliance breakdowns can help even the most inspired household energy-savers get more efficient. That’s according to a report released Wednesday that tracked the results of an 850-customer pilot project conducted last year.[read more]

Death of the PPA: Is it Time for a New Business Model for Renewable Microgrids?

April 1, 2015 by Arnaud Henin
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Microgrid Business Models

Supporting the growth of renewable energy through implicit or explicit subsidies has made sense in order to allow the sector to achieve critical mass and for technologies to mature. However, the cost of this support has been paid by power consumers and taxpayers.[read more]

State Bills to Thwart the Clean Power Plan Run into Opposition - from Utilities

April 1, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

State Regulation and Utility Pressure

After the final rule of the Clean Climate Plan is released, states will craft implementation plans tailored to their circumstances. In some states, legislators have introduced bills aiming to slow or block their compliance. This legislation is meeting with resistance from stakeholders—most importantly, utilities.[read more]

These States Are Early Leaders in U.S. Energy Storage Market

March 31, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Energy Storage State Leaders

Energy storage is a small market undergoing fierce growth. The U.S. installed 61.9 megawatts of storage in 2014, and 220 megawatts are predicted to be installed in 2015. But, like the solar industry, storage projects are clustered in states with incentives, or where markets are able to place a value on storage.[read more]

A Roadmap to Energy Efficiency in California

March 31, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

The California Public Utilities Commission released a draft document on energy efficiency that functions as a “10 year roadmap to activate market forces and transform California’s existing residential, commercial, and public building stock into high performing and energy efficient buildings.”[read more]

SMRs: Lots of Talk, but DoE's Budget is 1% of Yearly Wind Tax Credit [VIDEO]

March 31, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Development and Governmental Support

If developing smaller reactors as a tool in the battle against carbon dioxide emissions was as high of a priority for the Administration as one would believe based on the amount of talk given to the topic, it would be logical to have assumed that the DoE would have made additional funds available for research.[read more]

Just Who Are These Investors in Shales?

March 31, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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Issuing additional shares of stock is a very expensive, and less than ideal, way for a company to get money. And yet, shale companies are issuing new shares at the fastest rate in more than a decade. The first three months of 2015 have seen about $8B in new issuance. But the market appears aberrant.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Conservation

March 31, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Examining the Costs of Energy Conservation

 

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of energy conservation. Please chip in with your opinion so that we can gather a statistically significant sample size and get a meaningful indication of the current consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

In Praise of Cleaner-Burning Gasoline

March 31, 2015 by Severin Borenstein

Gasoline and Environmental Risk

California has seen a price spike over the last month that at one point drove pump prices to a dollar above the rest of the country. We’re used to paying a bit more for gas here — due to higher taxes and the cleaner-burning fuel used only in California — but the difference is usually around 30-40 cents.[read more]

Mideast Nuclear Projects: A Mix of Progress and Perils

March 31, 2015 by Dan Yurman

With a nuclear regulatory structure and agency modeled after the US NRC, the United Arab Emirates announced that its Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has submitted an application for an operating license for the first two units at the Barakah nuclear power station.[read more]

Who Could Benefit Most from Fair Electricity Pricing? Low-Income Customers

March 30, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Energy Pricing Reform

Urban dwellers, for whom mass transit is a central part of daily life and owning your own rooftop is less common, may view electric cars, rooftop solar, battery storage, and on-site energy generation as appealing, but also abstractions more suitable for upstate homeowners than those living in the city.[read more]

Crude Oil Inventories Should Peak Soon

March 30, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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Oil Inventory Peaking?

If the crude oil export ban is repealed all bets are off. A flood of crude oil would be sent for export while we continued to import heavier oils from places like Canada and Venezuela. Crude oil inventories in that case would probably come down rapidly, and crude oil prices would move into a higher trading range.[read more]

A Roundup of Energy, Water, and Climate Bills in the 84th Texas Legislative Session

March 29, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Texas Energy Legislation

We’ve almost made it to the midway point of the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature, so it's a good time to check which climate, clean energy, and energy-water nexus bills have been filed this Session. Here’s a look at a few that are likely to rise to the top, and ones we hope will cross the finish line by June 1st.[read more]

UtilityAPI: Automating the Customer-to-Solar Data Connection

March 28, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Solar, Customer Data Connection

UtilityAPI is taking on a major choke point in the often difficult solar customer acquisition process -- the cumbersome and frustrastingly time-consuming process of getting utilities to actually cough up their customers’ energy usage and billing data.[read more]

ComEd Backs a Bill to Impose Demand Charges on Residential Customers

March 27, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

The Illinois General Assembly introduced legislation recently that would allow ComEd to invest more than $400 million in projects like community solar, along with grid-edge assets such as microgrids and public electric-vehicle charging infrastructure.[read more]