Solar Power

Electricity Usage In Texas Grew In 2015 Led By Renewables

February 12, 2016 by Devon Bass

Renewables in Texas

ERCOT, the Texas electricity authority, reported an increase in total system-wide electricity usage for 2015. This is due in large part to record breaking summer demand for power which saw a peak demand record of almost 70,000 megawatts.[read more]

Good Policy Gone Bad: How Nevada Killed Jobs and Clean Energy Competition

February 12, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

Nevada Clean Energy Policy

If you want a good example how bad government can kill good jobs and clean energy innovation, take a look at what’s happening in Nevada, where a decision by Governor Brian Sandoval’s appointees, pushed by NV Energy Inc., essentially killed the thriving local solar energy industry.[read more]

2015: A Turning Point for Energy?

February 9, 2016 by Geoffrey Styles
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Was the Past Year an Energy Turning Point?

When I sifted through the major energy developments of 2015, I was surprised by the number of references I found to last year as a turning point, whether for the oil industry, the response to climate change, coal-fired electricity generation, or renewable energy.[read more]

Nearly Two-Thirds of New Generating Capacity in 2015 from Renewable Sources

February 9, 2016 by Tom Schueneman

New Generating Capacity and Renewables

It was quite a year for renewable energy. 2015 set the record for new electrical generation placed in service from solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and biomass according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Energy Projects.[read more]

California has Nearly Half of the Nation's Solar Electricity Generating Capacity

February 9, 2016 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

California and National Solar Capacity

The United States has slightly more than 20,000 megawatts (MW) of solar generating capacity, which includes utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal installations, as well as distributed generation solar PV systems, also known as rooftop solar.[read more]

Sharing Clean Energy With Our Neighbors Is Saving Us Millions

February 9, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

Sharing Clean Energy

One challenge for the grid operator these days is upgrading the electric system so that we don't have to throw away as much clean energy. Sometimes we have to shut down production of clean renewable energy just because our electric grid needs enhancements in order to absorb all the clean energy we are producing.[read more]

Realizing our True (Solar) Potential

February 8, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

Widespread Solar Deployment

Nations worldwide are increasingly embracing solar power as an alternative electricity source for homes, buildings, and even the grid. Since 2008, installed solar capacity in the United States alone has grown 17-fold, from 1.2 to 20 gigawatts (GW), according to the U.S. Department of Energy.[read more]

Electricity Generation from Renewable Sources Expected to Grow 9% This Year

February 8, 2016 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Renewables and Electricity Generation

Electricity generated from utility-scale renewable plants is expected to grow by 9% in 2016, based on projections in the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook. Much of the growth comes from new installations of wind and solar plants and increases in hydroelectric generation after a relatively dry 2015.[read more]

Trending Topics: Four Reasons Why 2016 is the Year of the Wholesale Power Market

February 3, 2016 by America's Power Plan

Whole Power Markets in 2016

Electricity from competitive wholesale power markets keeps the lights on for two-thirds of all Americans, but things may be about to change. 2016 will be a turning point for policymakers, clean energy providers, and wholesale market operators to modernize America’s regulated wholesale power markets.[read more]

Solar Customers Launch a Class Action Lawsuit Against NV Energy

January 19, 2016 by Martin LaMonica
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Solar customers in Nevada are taking legal action against NV Energy in response to controversial changes to the state's net metering program.[read more]

Hillary Clinton Weighs In on Nevada’s Bitter Solar Fight

January 12, 2016 by Jeff St. John
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When Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sat down with the Las Vegas Sun last week to chat with the newspaper’s editors, the first question wasn’t about jobs, gun control or Benghazi. The first question was about solar.[read more]

The Overlooked Solar Opportunity in India

January 12, 2016 by Katherine Tweed
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The problem of energy access in India is enormous. According to the International Energy Agency, some 237 million Indians (close to a fifth of the population) were living without electricity as of 2015.[read more]

Trending Topics: After Paris, The State of America's Electricity Sector Emissions

January 6, 2016 by America's Power Plan
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Electricity Sector Emissions

With the Paris talks just ending and policymakers thinking about how to meet national commitments, it is a useful time to review the current status of the United States power sector emissions and energy trends that will be shaping the next decade.[read more]

How the National Solar Lobby Successfully Passed the Investment Tax Credit

January 5, 2016 by Stephen Lacey

Lobbying and Subsidies

The 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC), passed as part of the stimulus bill in 2009, wasn't set to expire for another three years. But even with the price of solar systems down 50% since 2010 and installations hitting record numbers, companies worried about a collapse of demand and a wave of job losses in 2017.[read more]

Preparing for Large-Scale Solar Deployment

December 31, 2015 by Energy @ MIT
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Solar Development on a Large Scale

Deploying solar power at the scale needed to alleviate climate change will pose serious challenges for today’s electric power system, finds a study performed by researchers at MIT and the Institute for Research and Technology (ITT) at Comillas University in Spain.[read more]