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Five Reasons Renewable Microgrids Make Sense for the Mining Industry

May 6, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

Mining and Microgrids

Renewable energy continues to make inroads in the mining industry. There are now a large number of mining sites using renewable power to provide energy for their operations and many more evaluating potential renewable energy alternatives. This trend has gained momentum in recent years.[read more]

Electricity Pricing: The Times, They Might Be A-Changing

May 6, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Electricity and Pricing

Last week, the California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision on residential rate reform. Residential rate reform – how and what Californians pay for electricity – is a thorny subject, and the Commission’s proposed decision is being met with a range of reactions.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Can the US Wind Industry Get Beyond Its Boom-Bust Cycle? [PODCAST]

May 6, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Wind Energy and Economic Risks

Wind has become a favorite target for politicians and conservative action groups looking to end energy subsidies. But industry leaders are hitting back, saying they’ll only consider dropping the production tax credit when oil and gas lose their tax benefits.[read more]

Is the Future of Electricity Generation Really Distributed?

May 6, 2015 by Severin Borenstein
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The Future of Energy

Renewables have made outstanding progress in the last decade. And yet, just as these exciting changes are taking place, the renewables movement seems to be shifting its focus to something that has little or no connection to the fundamental environmental goals: distributed generation, particularly at the residential level.[read more]

Is United States Energy Independence in Sight?

May 6, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

U.S. Energy Independence Possible?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration's latest Annual Energy Outlook features the key finding that the US is on track to reduce its net energy imports to essentially zero by 2030, if not sooner. That might seem surprising, in light of the recent collapse of oil prices and the resulting significant slowdown in drilling.[read more]

Tesla Power Wall: Close But No Cigar?

May 6, 2015 by Nigel Morris

Gotta hand it to him; Elon Musk's slightly klutzy, unpolished and yet disarmingly honest style is part of the magic of Tesla. He makes us all feel like we could be that successful too because clearly, he’s only human. The Tesla home energy solution is called the PowerWall.[read more]

Navigating An Equity Investment Round In America's Booming Solar Market

May 5, 2015 by Jesse Grossman

Solar energy is a booming business across North America - installations grew 30 percent across the United States in 2014 for the industry’s biggest year yet, but industry expansion also brings consolidation. So how should a solar CEO approach the process of securing new investment? Here are four tips.[read more]

Canadian Hydropower can Help States Achieve Carbon-Cutting Goals

May 5, 2015 by Kyle Aarons
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Canadian Hydro and State Carbon Policies

About 10 percent of Canadian electricity, much of it generated from hydropower, is exported to the United States. With Canada expected to expand its hydropower capacity in coming years, could some states take advantage of this non-emitting resource to meet goals to reduce carbon emissions?[read more]

It's Not All About Oil and Gas in the Arctic

May 4, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Arctic Energy and Risk

Recently, the US assumed the two-year rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum, at the conclusion of the 2015 ministerial meeting in Iqaluit in Canada. The US has outlined a policy agenda with a focus on addressing the effects of climate change.[read more]

How Tesla's Energy Storage Play Could Take Flight - or Flop

May 4, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Tesla's Power

Now that Tesla is finally lifting the curtain on its energy storage ambitions and future energy storage plans, let’s take a look at the challenges that the electric-vehicle upstart will face as it seeks to make itself into a behind-the-meter and grid battery kingpin.[read more]

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An Economic Case For Governments To Make Sustainable Capital Investments

May 4, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci

Government and Real Investment

It’s hard to miss headlines about the perils of investing without considering climate change. From HSBC to the G20, institutional investors are concerned about inherent risks from failing to consider what happens when climate reality meets economic reality – but what about governments?[read more]

Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: Solar Will Be the Most Competitive Energy Choice

May 4, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Global Trends and India

In India, solar and storage will likely play a different and a much larger role than in the IEA’s global analysis. Due to the weakness of the grid and the limited alternative energy sources, distributed solar plus storage will be an attractive solution for end-users.[read more]

Renewable Electricity is in Bloom in California

May 3, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Renewables in CA

While California never quite got a winter, we can still acknowledge that spring is here. From where I sit in Sacramento, spring means getting out and enjoying the blue skies, a last bit of cool air before a brutal summer, and oh yes, the legislature heating up on important questions of California’s energy future.[read more]

Renewable Sources Provide 75 Percent of New Generating Capacity in 1st Quarter

May 3, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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New Generating Capacity

The latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Energy Projects confirms the continuing trend for the dominance of renewable energy sources in new electrical generating capacity.[read more]

Important Electric Grid Recommendations from the U.S. Department of Energy's New Report

May 3, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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The Department of Energy recently released its first installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review - a comprehensive report examining how the United States can modernize energy infrastructure to promote economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental responsibility.[read more]