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The Rise of the Micro Generator

March 29, 2015 by Kelby Twyman

Micro Generation Growth

Micro Generation is defined as the generation of electricity or heat energy on a small scale, typically for use on a domestic scale and generated by methods that do not contribute to the depletion or damage of natural resources, such as through the use of solar panels.[read more]

China's Power System: The Green and the Black

March 24, 2015 by Armond Cohen
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China Energy Needs and Sources

If you follow energy discussions, you will often hear one of two visions of China’s energy system emphatically described by various pundits and advocates. At first blush, the two visions seem fundamentally in conflict. Only one must be true! How can China be both “green” and “black” at the same time?[read more]

The Energy Gang: Why a Successful Cleantech Venture Capitalist Tripled Down on the Sector [PODCAST]

March 23, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Cleantech Investment and Growth

Nancy Pfund, the founder of DBL Investors, has supported some of the most successful modern clean energy companies, including Tesla, SolarCity, PowerLight and BrightSource. And unlike many other firms, DBL isn’t backing down from some of the riskier, more capital-intensive investments.[read more]

Ohio Pressed Pause on Economic Growth When It Froze Its Clean Energy Standards

March 22, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Ohio Clean Energy Economics

In May of 2014, the Ohio Legislature froze the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards as a result of political pressure from Ohio’s largest power company, FirstEnergy, and other groups. We’re only now learning just how bad the damage is.[read more]

Offshore Wind: 'Steel in the Water This Summer'; Solar: 'Order of Magnitude Growth' Over Past Decade

March 18, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Renewables Economics and Growth

Advanced energy expanded to become a nearly $1.3 trillion global energy industry, and it is still growing very rapidly. In fact, in the United States, the advanced energy industry grew five times as fast as did the national economy overall.[read more]

Led by the U.S., Clean Energy Showing Economic Muscle Worldwide, Especially Wind and Solar

March 16, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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If there was any doubt about the financial viability of environmentalism, a new report published by Advanced Energy Economy shows that energy entrepreneurs not only are making dramatic progress in developing clean fuel alternatives, but they also are making money while doing it.[read more]

SunEdison Buys Solar Grid Storage for Battery-Backed PV and Wind Energy

March 14, 2015 by Jeff St. John

SunEdison Investment

Solar giant SunEdison announced it was acquiring the project development team, four existing projects, and roughly 100 megawatts of project pipeline of Solar Grid Storage. The Philadelphia-based startup specializes in packaging lithium-ion batteries and inverters with commercial solar PV projects.[read more]

California PUC Aims to Replace Shuttered Nuclear and Gas With 'Preferred Resources'

March 13, 2015 by Eric Wesoff
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The California Public Utilities Commission made a proposed decision on Friday that denied approval of a new gas-fired power plant in the coastal Southern California city of Carlsbad. Approval for the plant was denied because the utility did not sufficiently consider "preferred resources."[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Scheduled 2015 Capacity Additions Mostly Wind and Natural Gas; Retirements Mostly Coal

March 13, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Capacity Additions and Subtractions

In 2015, electric generating companies expect to add more than 20 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale generating capacity to the power grid. The additions are dominated by wind (9.8 GW), natural gas (6.3 GW), and solar (2.2 GW), which combine to make up 91% of total additions.[read more]

U.S. Solar Generation Doubled in 2014, Renewable Output Grew 11%

March 12, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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U.S. and Renewables Growth

New federal statistics out this week have shed more light on solar and wind energy’s emerging role in keeping the country’s lights on. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2014 saw non-hydro renewable energy generation increase by 11 percent over the previous year.[read more]

Money and Policy Now Support Renewables

March 12, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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Money and energy policy don’t always walk hand in hand unless, of course, it is in the form of campaign contributions. The year 2015, however, may turn out to be the year energy policy for renewables finally commits to the financial sector. And like all great commitments or marriages, it will have its ups and downs.[read more]

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Colorado Introduces Legislation to Create a New Utility Business Model

March 11, 2015 by Tom Plant
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Colorado HB 1250 follows the lead of PUCs in Hawaii, New York and Massachusetts, instructing the Colorado PUC to look at different ways the state might be able to align the public policy objectives of a cleaner, more efficient and innovative energy system with the utility’s business model.[read more]

Clean Energy Milestone: Financing Complete On First US Offshore Wind Farm

March 7, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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U.S. Offshore Wind

Offshore wind, which provides more than 8,000 megawatts of electricity in Europe alone, will soon be moving off of US drawing boards and into the water here, with Deepwater Wind's announcement that its 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm, to be developed off the coast of Rhode Island.[read more]

How Wind Energy Helps Keep The Lights On Despite Variable Winds

March 6, 2015 by Michael Goggin
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Renewables and Intermittency

 

Wind energy can help reliably meet a large portion of the electricity needs of the United States today. That means that states can turn to renewables like wind energy to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution.[read more]

The New (and Improved) Electric Grid in California

March 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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California Electric Grid

 

During the day, California routinely gets more than 15 percent of its power needs from solar energy, which produces no harmful air pollution. That's enormously helpful for our environment and public health. It also means that the people who operate the grid don't need to find as much electricity elsewhere.[read more]