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Report: 'Load Defection' from Customer-Owned Solar and Batteries is Already Here

April 10, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Change is coming. Are utilities ready?

Forget the threat of solar and battery-equipped customers defecting from the grid. The real threat for utilities unwilling to adapt to grid-connected customers installing ever-cheaper solar and energy storage technologies is “load defection” -- and that future will come no matter what.[read more]

India Clean Energy: Telangana Announces 2 GW of Solar

April 10, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

The Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana Limited issued a request for selection and a power purchase agreement for allocating 2 GW of solar PV. This follows the state’s successful allocation of 500 MW late last year and places Telangana right at the top of Indian states with respect to solar.[read more]

Clean Energy Legislation in the Heartland Promises Jobs

April 9, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Clean Energy Legislation and Jobs

Clean energy advocates tend to maintain a bi-coastal focus. No doubt my California and New York colleagues often see their states as the bellwethers when it comes to new policy initiatives. But real innovation is taking place in Illinois, a state that national clean energy advocates tend only to fly over.[read more]

Energy: 24/7 - Solar Jobs May Benefit Economy More than Oil and Gas Jobs [PODCAST]

April 9, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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Solar Jobs vs. Fossil Fuel Jobs

Solar job growth has outperformed the overall economy by a factor of 20 times. And more and more solar jobs were created as prices fell. Significantly more. This is in direct contrast to oil and gas where when prices fall, men and women end up out of work.[read more]

The Revolution will be Solarized

April 7, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Is the Future a Solar One?

There’s a clean energy revolution happening in California, which is not only producing the most solar power in the country – 8.5 gigawatts, enough to power two million homes – it’s producing more solar power than the rest of the country combined.[read more]

Asian Solar, European Offshore Wind Drives 2014 Renewable Growth

April 7, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

2014 Renewables Growth Sources

Investment in renewable energy grew 17 percent in 2014 to $270 billion, just 3 percent below the all-time record of nearly $279 billion in 2011, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Program and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.[read more]

Time-Variant Pricing in New York's Reforming the Energy Vision

April 7, 2015 by Brad Townsend

Energy Pricing in New York's Energy Future

 

In conjunction with the Environmental Defense Fund, OurEnergyPolicy.org (OEP) hosted an expert discussion in support of the March 31st event, “On the REV Agenda: The Role of Time-Variant Pricing.” This post is a snapshot of the perspectives offered by OEP’s diverse group of vetted expert commenters.[read more]

Net Metering vs. Self-Generation for Solar PV

April 7, 2015 by James Greenberger
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The falling cost of solar PV combined with the falling cost of electricity storage means that it is becoming increasingly economic for solar PV owners to self-generate, i.e., to save the electricity they cannot immediately use and use it themselves at another time.[read more]

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#EnergyChat Webinar: The Utility of the Future

April 6, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Planning the Utility of the Future

The electricity sector has been abuzz with talk of “disruptive challenges,” “transformational changes,” and “reforming the energy vision.” In this #EnergyChat Webinar, we chatted with experts about the technologies, new business models, and regulatory reforms transforming the electric utility sector.[read more]

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Has Renewable Energy Finally Ended the Great Clean Energy Stagnation?

April 6, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Putting Renewable Energy Growth into Perspective

Wind, solar, biomass and other renewable electricity sources grew by 103 gigawatts in 2014, and for the first time in decades, fossil energy's share of world electricity production is declining. Has the great Clean Energy Stagnation of the past three decades finally come to an end?[read more]

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Regulatory Reform Needed for Transmission Investment, Renewables Integration

April 6, 2015 by Max Luke

Limited transmission infrastructure is one of the largest obstacles to the deployment of renewables in the U.S. Many of the best wind and solar regions are far from areas of high electricity demand. Bringing electricity from these regions to load centers often requires additional transmission investments.[read more]

In North Carolina, Walmart and Other Corporate Giants Call for Clean Energy Choices

April 5, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Corporate Support for Clean Energy

Leading national companies in North Carolina want more choice and competition when it comes to energy, including where it comes from and who they buy it from. That’s the message recently delivered to the North Carolina legislature in a letter signed by 10 corporate giants in the state.[read more]

Is Community Solar Coming to Maryland?

April 4, 2015 by Sol Systems

State Community Solar Adoption

Although renters or homeowners with shaded roofs may be ineligible to “go solar” themselves, they have to option of subscribing to a share of a community solar energy project so that a portion of their electric bill still comes from clean, solar energy.[read more]

Energy: 24/7 - EVs Plus Solar Equals Disruption [PODCAST]

April 4, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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Prior to Tesla, when we thought of electric vehicles it often conjured up images of Jetson flying cars or funky looking contraptions that were really glorified golf carts. They were anomalies that might have made you smile when someone drove past. That is not the case anymore.[read more]

As California Loses Hydro Resources to Drought, Large-Scale Solar Fills Gaps

April 3, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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In 2013, yearly electricity generation from solar trailed every renewable energy technology in California except small hydro. But over the course of a year, solar generation more than doubled in the state, making it the second-biggest provider of renewable electricity in 2014 behind wind.[read more]