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Study: Costs of Rooftop Solar Were Not Passed Along to Non-Solar Ratepayers in Nevada

July 14, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Rooftop Solar Costs and Energy Prices

Homeowners and businesses in Nevada that install rooftop solar are not significantly shifting costs to those who do not directly invest in distributed solar, according to a new study commissioned by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission.[read more]

Net Metering Update: What Do Recent Decisions Tell Us?

April 11, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Each week brings new developments in net metering, as utilities, state legislators and regulators continue debating how to price solar on the grid. Recent decisions follow proceedings in Arizona, Colorado and a host of other states, where utilities have argued for fixed charges to net metered customers.[read more]

Cheapest Solar Ever? Austin Energy Buys PV From SunEdison at 5 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour

March 12, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Austin and Cheap Solar

City-owned Austin Energy is about to sign a 25-year PPA with Sun Edison for 150 megawatts of solar power at "just below" 5 cents per kilowatt-hour. The power will come from two West Texas solar facilities, according to reports in the Austin American-Statesman.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: 2030 Climate & Energy Framework, Energy Efficiency & Energy Prices [VIDEO]

February 6, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU and Frameworks for the Future

In this Brussels Briefing on Energy, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the European Union’s most pressing energy issues, including the 2030 Climate & Energy Framework (emission reduction and renewables target) and postponed measures on energy efficiency.[read more]

"If Europe Had One Voice, Energy Prices Could be Reduced," Claims IEA's Fatih Birol [VIDEO]

January 22, 2014 by Kasper Peters

European Energy Prices

Hughes Belin, leading energy journalist at, is joined by Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency, to discuss the World Energy Outlook 2013. In this interview, Birol looks at global energy prices and analyses the big price difference between the US and Europe.[read more]

67 Percent of Consumers Would Pay More for Clean Energy

November 14, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Clean Energy and Consumers

When the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative first conducted a survey in 2011 asking participants whether they had heard the terms "smart grid" or "smart meter," only about half said yes. Two years later, not much has changed, but there is good news.[read more]

Expensive Natural Gas?: US, UK, France, Germany and Japan's Prices Compared

November 11, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

Natural Gas Pricing by Country

In the last month the “Big 6″ utilities in the UK have raised natural gas prices and electricity prices by 8-11%. These prices had already doubled in the last decade. People are not happy. For poorer families the price hikes are grim news. But how expensive is natural gas compared by country?[read more]

Will a New Guide for Regulators Settle the Debate About the Value of Rooftop Solar?

October 9, 2013 by Herman Trabish

Rooftop Solar Regulation

A new, more rigorous method for calculating the value of solar energy could give regulators the tools they need to resolve the growing tension between utilities and rooftop solar builders. The method takes lessons learned from sixteen distributed solar generation valuations.[read more]

Cost Of PV Cells Has Dropped 99% Since 1977, Bringing Solar Energy To Grid Parity

October 8, 2013 by Joseph Romm

PV Price Drop

The price of solar photovoltaic cells, thanks to technological innovation, has dropped an amazing 99% in the past quarter century. So, in an increasing number of markets around the country, solar energy is at or is getting very close to grid parity.[read more]

How Painful Will the Coming Spike in Natural Gas Prices Be?

October 3, 2013 by Rod Adams

Natural Gas Pricing

There is a good reason for American nuclear energy professionals to learn more about the dynamics of the natural gas market. We have been told numerous times that cheap natural gas is making our technology less and less viable in the competitive market place.[read more]

A Step in the Right Direction for Indonesia on Energy Pricing

July 2, 2013 by Lucas Davis

Indonesia Energy Pricing

Indonesia has been in the news this week for taking an important step in the right direction with energy pricing. Prior to last week, Indonesia had some of the lowest gasoline and diesel prices in the world.[read more]

Energy Facts: Solar Energy's Massive Price Drop

May 26, 2013 by Zachary Shahan

this says it all

This week we're including this post from Zachary Shahan of CleanTechnica as part of our ongoing Energy Facts series.[read more]

Wind Energy and the Myth of Widespread Negative Pricing

May 21, 2013 by Herman Trabish

wind energy and the grid

Wind only sets the market price if it is the most expensive resource on the system, and that almost never happens because wind has a zero fuel cost. If wind is setting the price, everything else in the area has been turned off.[read more]

Energy Demand: Devaluing Oil

May 11, 2013 by Gal Sitty

value of oil

Why should we give so much value to oil when we have the proven technology to use other fuels? By giving value to other fuels we would reduce the value of oil, lower prices and even out the playing field in a true open market.[read more]

Game-changing Natural Gas and Energy Storage

March 31, 2013 by James Greenberger

What natural gas prices will be five, ten or fifteen years from now is unknowable. Going “long” on natural gas is a risky bet for the country. Going “long” on energy storage is not.[read more]