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If Time-Variant Electricity Pricing Offers So Many Benefits, Why Don’t We Have More of It?

March 5, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Time-Variant Electricity Benefits

Most residential electricity customers are charged the same price regardless of when the electricity is being used. Charging customers a uniform price for electric service looks a bit like buying groceries by the cart instead of by the items purchased – simple, to be sure, but so riddled with inefficiencies.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Distributed Generation Needed to Strengthen Power Grid

March 5, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Distributed Generation and the Grid

The electric power grid is based on an outdated hub-and-spoke architecture of centralized power production and distribution through transmission wires. This system is highly vulnerable to attacks at multiple points, and failures at critical nodes could create cascading failures and widespread power outages.[read more]

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New York Lays Foundation for Electricity Regulation Reform

March 4, 2015 by Max Luke

Last Thursday, New York’s Public Service Commission (PSC) issued a landmark order that signaled that the State’s push to revolutionize its electric power sector is gaining steam. The order is part of an ambitious initiative known as “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV), a regulatory proceeding that began in April 2014.[read more]

And the World's Most Sustainable City Is...

March 4, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Urban Sustainability

A city is more that just a place where a concentrated group of people live and work. And as more of the world’s population gravitates toward city living, these urban centers must cater to their population’s myriad needs with sustainable solutions like never before.[read more]

Energy Technology: Deploy What We Have vs. Build Something New

March 4, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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Last week, the American Energy Innovation Council, a group of six prominent business leaders, including Bill Gates, issued a report maintaining that the U.S. government is spending far too little on energy research. Not everyone concerned with combating climate change agrees with the council.[read more]

Why Did Apple Pay So Much for 130 MW of Solar? Is Google Part of the Answer?

March 4, 2015 by Catherine Wolfram
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Apple Solar Investment

Sometimes, we write blog posts that pose rhetorical questions in the title. This time, I have real questions concerning Apple and First Solar announcing that Apple was paying $848 million for 25 years of the output of a 130 MW block of First Solar’s California Flats project in SE Monterey County.[read more]

Nuance or Nuisance: the Challenge of State-Level Incentives in Renewable Energy Development

States and Renewables Policy

A market closes, a market opens – such are the sharp ups and downs currently inherent to renewables development. Incentives in the US are currently decided at the state level. This adds challenge to an already inherently complex business, and more should be done to create parallel structures across state lines.[read more]

What is Prosumer Value to Utilities?

March 3, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

The Age of the Prosumer presents challenges for utilities used to thinking of their customers in terms of kilowatthours consumed. The Smart Grid is responsible for these challenges, borne out of technology, policy, and capital innovations. These innovations trigger many disruptions to the utility business model.[read more]

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Business Leaders Recommendations for Restoring American Energy Innovation Leadership

March 3, 2015 by Jason Burwen

Energy Innovation and Leadership

Critical federal investments in energy innovation have remained unchanged since 2010, as detailed by the AEIC in its third report, which finds that Congress and the Administration have a mixed record on implementing their recommendations to promote energy innovation.[read more]

What Happens When a Solar Eclipse Takes 30GW of Solar Off-Line?

March 3, 2015 by Nigel Morris
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Solar Reliability and Eclipses

The world is about to experience a fascinating experiment, when a solar eclipse hits Europe on March 20th, 2015. It’s not the first time Europe has experienced a major solar eclipse and had to deal with PV capacity being part of the mix, so they have some good lessons to model from the last one in 1999.[read more]

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Can Oregon Go Coal Free By 2025?

March 2, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci
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Oregon Energy Policy and Coal

Is Oregon about to kick its coal habit? Even though the state has an ambitious renewable portfolio standard, ranks second in the US for hydropower generation, and is a signatory to the landmark Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, it still receives a surprising 33% of its overall electricity from coal.[read more]

The IEA's Central Projections for Renewables Continue to Look Way Too Low

March 2, 2015 by Adam Whitmore
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IEA Projections for Renewables

The IEA’s projections for wind energy and solar energy capacity look much too low, continuing a history of vastly underestimating renewables growth. Their projections are not a reliable basis for projecting the world’s future power generation mix.[read more]

The IPCC at a Crossroads

March 2, 2015 by Robert Stavins

Love it or hate it, the IPCC plays a very important role in global climate change policy around the world. This is because the IPCC's reports are accepted as the definitive source on all matters climate change by international negotiators. The IPCC is now at a crossroads.[read more]

Another Week, Another Big Advanced Energy Business Deal, This Time with Google

February 28, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Advanced Energy Business Deals

Following last week’s announcement that Apple partnered with First Solar to build new solar to power its headquarters and a huge portion of its California operations, Google announced that it would be lighting up the Googleplex – its Mountain View, CA, headquarters – entirely with wind power.[read more]

Efficiency is What Texas Can (and Should) Do Best

February 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas and Efficiency

Energy efficiency is Texas’ most cost-effective way to reduce energy use and carbon pollution from power plants. It also creates other benefits to the power grid, like improving reliability and lowering costs for infrastructure maintenance. Plus, saving energy saves water, which is critical in a state like Texas.[read more]