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First Solar Jumps Into Financing Residential PV With Investment in CEC's Community Solar

December 18, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

First Solar Residential PV Investment

First Solar just entered the U.S. residential solar market by becoming the largest single investor in Clean Energy Collective's community solar business. Clean Energy Collective (CEC) builds and sells community solar projects to residential and small business customers on behalf of utilities.[read more]

New Development in Demand Response Ruling Signals Possible Supreme Court Review

December 18, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Demand Response and Court Rulings

Demand response pays customers to conserve energy when the electric grid is stressed. With demand response, people and technology help meet energy demand. This is good news for the customers who pay less, the environment via reductions in emissions, and the electric grid by making it more efficient.[read more]

Problems with $17 Trillion, Save-the-Planet Headlines

December 18, 2014 by Noah Deich
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Climate Change Mitigation and Costs

Bloomberg news recently ran an article on conventional Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology titled “We Now Know How to Save the Planet. For $17.6 Trillion.” While “saving the planet” sounds great and “$17.6 trillion” sounds absurdly large, both claims are probably incorrect.[read more]

Increasing Private Sector Involvement in the International Climate Negotiations

December 18, 2014 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

International Negotiations and Private Energy Investment

Simultaneous support and action from both business and government is difficult, especially with climate change and clean energy. The reality is often a chicken or the egg question of whether policy should come first and give business the confidence to invest, or whether business interests shape the policy.[read more]

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3 Climate Lessons From Lima

December 18, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke

Lessons from Lima

Climate change cannot be solved without leadership from heads of government, without immediate mitigation of near-term warming, and without cutting short-lived climate pollutants to complement the United Nations climate agreement.[read more]

Grid Governance: Are Solar Microgrids a Step on the Ladder Towards Grid Access?

December 18, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Microgrids and Electricity Access

In July, Greenpeace installed a solar/battery microgrid in the village of Dharnai in eastern India. The 100-kilowatt system was designed to provide power for the village’s residents, businesses, and schools. A few months later, the government utility extended the national grid and made the solar microgrid obsolete.[read more]

Four Actions that Latin America's Cities Can Explore to Combat Climate Change

December 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Between now and 2050 global urban populations are projected to grow from 3.4 to 6.4 billion people. This type of rapid growth creates new and higher demand for resources, especially in the transport sector, a large source of greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, as well as an inescapable energy cost.[read more]

Trending Topics in Electricity Today: Will the EPA's Clean Power Plan Really Break the Grid?

December 17, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Well-established power groups are drawing different conclusions regarding the feasibility of maintaining grid reliability as states act in order to abide by the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. What’s causing these reliability authorities to reach such different conclusions, and is more analysis needed?[read more]

Natural Gas Overwhelmingly Replaces Coal

December 17, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Coal Replacement by Natural Gas

The growth of natural gas generation in the US has displaced coal generation. There is little evidence in the aggregate regional power generation data that cheap gas has displaced other low-carbon sources of electricity. Nor is there evidence that increased gas generation has induced new demand.[read more]

Lima Call For Climate Action: The Long Road to Paris Begins

December 17, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

COP 20 and Looking Forward to Paris

Negotiations spilled into a marathon session at the COP 20 talks, finally ending Sunday morning, 31 hours after the scheduled end of the two-week conference, with what many call a “watered down” agreement. Sound familiar? It should. It has been the modus operandi for international climate negotiations for years.[read more]

Evaluating Fifteen Years of IEA Energy Forecasts

December 16, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Analyzing IEA Forecasts

This article takes a look at the accuracy and consistency of International Energy Agency forecasts by comparing a range of historical forecasts with actual data. The largest deviations are observed when looking at oil, coal and renewables other than hydro.[read more]

Decoupling and Distributed Energy

December 16, 2014 by Zane Selvans
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Distributed Energy and Generation

One of the main reasons that utilities fight against distributed generation like rooftop solar is that it erodes demand for their centrally generated electricity. Reduced demand is annoying for any business, but it’s especially bad for traditional monopoly utilities.[read more]

Big Utilities Begin to Warm to Rooftop Solar Energy

December 16, 2014 by Devashree Saha
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Utilities and Rooftop Solar Support

NRG Energy recently announced a major foray into California’s residential solar market, with a goal to have 35,000 to 40,000 home solar installations by the end of 2015. The development is indicative of the seismic changes underway in the utility industry. Utilities are slowly beginning to warm up to rooftop solar.[read more]

Finding the Way to Paris from Lima

December 16, 2014 by David Hone

With the choice of a high road and a low road from Lima to Paris, the Parties seem to have selected the dirt track off to the side, replete with rocks, obstacles, difficult terrain and an uncertain destination. However, the map they have crafted in Lima does at least have clear pointers to the outcome actually needed.[read more]

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Thoughts on Climate Change After Crossing Asia

December 16, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Climate Change Views in Asia

Six months after leaving Istanbul, and cycling 5,500 miles, we reached the coast of China, thus officially crossing Asia with our bicycles. In addition to enjoying the open road and making friends with farmers, yak herders, and businessmen, we've talked to people we've met along the way about climate change.[read more]