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Smart Thermostat Programs Roll on in Texas, Arizona, and Maryland

December 28, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

TXU Energy was one of the first energy retailers to offer a smart thermostat program, way back in 2009. The Texas retailer has now chosen EnergyHub to manage those thermostats, which number in the tens of thousands, according to EnergyHub.[read more]

Utility 2.0: What are Utilities Doing to Meet New York's Vision for a 21st Century Energy System?

December 28, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York's Energy Vision

Since the New York Public Service Commission opened its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding in the spring to modernize the state’s electricity system, a lot has happened. Namely, New York utilities are already working to align themselves with the broad objectives outlined in the REV proceeding.[read more]

Can Distributed Resources Replace $1B in Substation Upgrades? New York Will Soon Find Out

December 27, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Distributed Resources in New York

New York recently took a first step toward its vision of turning utilities into operators of distributed, customer-centric power grid assets. Now it’s up to Consolidated Edison to prove it can harness the power of these new assets on time, and at the right price.[read more]

Turbulent Times Call for Insulated Investments: Interview with Steven Salz

December 27, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Investment and Volatility

Steven Salz is an event-driven and special situations analyst at M Partners. Before joining M Partners he worked in a generalist equity research role at a major Canadian bank, in its internal retail asset management group. Prior to that Salz worked as a private Canadian defense contractor.[read more]

A Snapshot of Germany's Electricity Mix: Solar Capacity Reigns, but Coal Generation Sustains

December 26, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Germany Energy Sources

Germany was one of the few countries in the world to take a no-excuses approach to developing renewable energy by creating a highly ambitious set of policies to promote localized, distributed generation. In many ways, the policies were a resounding success. But Germany is also facing some hard realities.[read more]

Power Sector Employment Declines, Except for Renewable Electricity Generators

December 26, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Changes in Energy Sector Employment

The electric power generation sector lost more than 5,800 jobs from January 2011 through June 2014 despite a gain of nearly 1,800 non-hydro renewable electricity generation jobs, according to the latest data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.[read more]

National Program Aims to Expand Minority Participation in Energy Sector

December 26, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Energy Industry and Minority Employment

 

It's no secret that minorities are underrepresented in the energy field. In the United States, Hispanics, African Americans, and American Indians make up 24 percent of the overall workforce, yet only account for nine percent of the country’s science and engineering workforce.[read more]

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Solar Panel Maintenance Poses Unforeseen Challenge in Developing World Electrification

December 24, 2014 by Adam Hashian
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Solar Panel Maintenance in the Developing World

It would be an affordable and practical solution for new electrical generation installations in developing nations to be fueled by low-carbon sources. But there are many challenges with solar electrification, including installation and maintenance, infrastructure, and financing.[read more]

Lima COP Negotiations Recap: Interesting Implications for the CDR Field

December 24, 2014 by Noah Deich

COP and CDR

On the bright side of the COP 20 outcome, some commentators are still more optimistic than ever that a meaningful deal will be reached in the next COP negotiations in Paris in 2015. This optimism springs from a proposed plan to have individual nations to develop their own emission-reduction commitments.[read more]

Coal Ash and Fracking Fluid: Two More Victories for Environmental Protection

December 24, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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While America recently elected a new and possibly anti-environmental Congress, we are still ending 2014 on a high note with two environmental victories. Both originated in the executive branch of government--one in our national government and the other in the New York state government.[read more]

What We Learned About Climate Change In 2014, In 6 Charts

December 21, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change in Charts

This year saw a lot of big climate reports, including three by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). And, as always, we had many important publications from the work of individual scientists. And that means great charts![read more]

The Top Cleantech Buzzwords and Phrases From 2014

December 21, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

If there's any word with the potential to make the Cleantech buzzword dictionary in 2015, we'll vote for "YieldCo." But there are plenty of others with equal weight. Below are ten words, acronyms or phrases that were used a lot within the clean energy industry this year.[read more]

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Christmas and Carbon: What's The Connection?

December 20, 2014 by Anand Srinivasan
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The evolution of the shopping trends from offline to online is a unique case study as far as climate change discussions go. While retailers have been saving energy on commuting, lighting and inventory holding costs, they are also consuming more paper and cardboard due to individual shipping.[read more]

Cleantech IPOs: Predictions Revisited, 2014 Winners, 2015 Picks

December 20, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

An IPO or acquisition is the promised land for VC-funded startups -- but there have been relatively few cleantech IPOs over the past few years. The fact is that most cleantech companies require a longer time frame, a bigger budget, and a different set of investor skills than do IT software startups.[read more]

Finding the 'Secret Sauce' to Define and Motivate Your Target Audience

December 20, 2014 by Katie Mandes

Most people can agree that being efficient consumers of energy is a good thing. And yet encouraging energy efficiency can be challenging, in part because the potential audience can be huge and diverse, and in part because making a change, even if it saves you money, typically requires effort.[read more]