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Energy from Ice and the World's Largest Battery; Texas Looks to Join the Energy Storage Game

Ever since California’s Public Utilities Commission announced a new energy storage mandate last year, the storage market in California has exploded. Last week, Southern California Edison (SCE) announced that it would acquire 250 MW of energy storage...

Posted November 23, 2014    

'Terrordome' is Nothing to Fear; Keeping Up with the Joneses on Energy Use, Solar Panels

This week, the falling price of oil (and consequently gasoline) took over energy news in many outlets. But there was also news of a certain other energy price coming down. “Solar electricity is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average...

Posted November 5, 2014    

Price is Right for Storage, or Is It? Utilities' Pot Power Problem

Energy storage was in the news this week, with new market entrants reported and storage’s value touted – but also questioned. AEE Member company Enphase announced this week that it had not only created a solar microinverter that is so...

Posted November 1, 2014    

Get Ready, Get Set, Go: Offshore Wind in the USA

Everybody, hold onto your hats. The moment we have been waiting for may have finally arrived – or, well, it’s not very far off. American offshore wind is on the horizon, figuratively and literally, and approaching fast.American Wind Energy...

Posted October 24, 2014    

Does Energy Have a Place in the Sharing Economy?

The “sharing economy.” It’s the new, new thing (or, depending on your perspective, very, very old). Over the past five years, companies like Uber and Airbnb have attracted millions of dollars of venture capital and built a huge customer base. “Just...

Posted September 17, 2014    

Tesla's Gigafactory Finds a Home in Nevada

In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced that the company’s groundbreaking battery manufacturing facility (called a “Gigafactory”) will be located in Nevada. Shortly after...

Posted September 7, 2014    

Verizon Teams with SunPower; UBS Touts EVs and Storage

Until recently, investors have looked askance at “corporate sustainability” efforts, viewing them as more public relations than investment, and environmental advocates sometimes seeing them as less than sincere (“greenwashing”). But more and more,...

Posted September 5, 2014    

Nearly 100% of New Generating Capacity This Year is Advanced Energy

Advanced energy is on the march. A new report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) shows that, of all the new electric generating capacity installed in the U.S. since January, more than 97 percent was advanced energy: 46 percent...

Posted August 26, 2014    

As Coal Declines, U.S. Poised for Leadership in LNG Exports

Just last year we noted that the U.S. was uniquely poised to become a major exporter of liquid natural gas (LNG). This week we saw another step in that direction as the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it had conditionally authorized Oregon...

Posted August 18, 2014    

PACE Lives! First Solar Breaks Efficiency Record; Jet Fuel from Tobacco

Energy efficiency, an advanced energy technology with great economic benefits, faces a unique challenge. Residential energy efficiency projects require upfront costs and pay back reliably, but over time. It can be tough to convince homeowners to...

Posted August 11, 2014    

Not Your Grandpa's Utility Business Model

Although it’s been a while since the term “utility death spiral” has been trotted out in the media, there’s no doubt that utilities are under pressure to modernize and innovate their business models. This week we saw several significant moves from...

Posted August 4, 2014    

GE Tackles Fuel Cells, Google Issues 'Little Box' Challenge, and Smart Grid Drones Prepare for Takeoff

Some hardcore technology in this week’s advanced energy news. Energy giant and AEE member General Electric is expanding its advanced energy product line to include fuel cells. Google is looking to shrink inverters. And utility San Diego Gas &...

Posted July 27, 2014