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Utility Industry: We Need to Promote Electric Vehicles in Order to 'Remain Viable'

The Edison Electric Institute, the power industry's main trade group, is calling on utilities to better promote electric cars in order to stimulate demand for electricity and help reverse trends that threaten the long-term viability of some in the...

Posted August 1, 2014    

Why Residential PACE Is Growing in Spite of Opposition From Federal Housing Lenders

Last fall, California's governor and treasury secretary came up with a plan to solve a longstanding conflict with federal housing authorities over residential property-assessed clean energy (PACE) programs.The plan didn't work. But does it even...

Posted July 29, 2014    

Here's What Utilities Really Think About Microgrids

Despite a surge of interest, microgrid development in the U.S. has been one giant R&D experiment. There is just over a gigawatt worth of microgrids scattered throughout the country. While many of those projects have proved their value...

Posted July 25, 2014    

Third-Party Financing Was Solar's Catalyst. Can Energy Efficiency Find the Same Model?

Energy efficiency professionals are increasingly looking to the success of third-party financing in the solar industry as a model for attracting large investors and growing deal flow quickly. Is it working?If a new survey of hundreds of project...

Posted July 22, 2014    

Looking for a Place to Locate Your Clean Energy Startup? These Are the Best States

Every cleantech startup company wants the same things: access to capital, a local pool of young talent, a strong incubation network and vision from policymakers.Many states offer one or a couple of these, but only a handful have the full package. So...

Posted July 17, 2014    

Siva Power's Thin Film Cost Target of 28 Cents per Watt Is Very Ambitious. But Not Impossible

Siva Power, the CIGS thin film company that re-emerged last year with a new team and approach to the market, is out with an ambitious cost roadmap for its modules.Before getting into the details of Siva's plan, it's worth remembering one important...

Posted July 13, 2014    

Heres a Way to Get Utilities to Embrace Solar and Batteries: Let Them Own the Inverter

Utilities own a wide range of devices on the transmission and distribution grid to manage power quality. The technologies are likely unfamiliar to the average homeowner: capacitor banks, load tap changers, shunt reactors and synchrophasers are just...

Posted July 8, 2014    

Here's Where Solar, Storage, and Microgrids Are Starting to Take Hold in the US

The grid edge is all around us.Historically, distributed generation has largely been limited to a handful of progressive states. But as new maps from GTM Research show, solar, storage and microgrid applications are expanding beyond those traditional...

Posted July 2, 2014    

Beyond the Bank: A New Peer-to-Peer Financing Model Connects Investors to Projects

Financing activity in solar is showing no sign of slowing down.It seems every week new YieldCos are being formed, more banks are establishing funds for loan products and entirely new investment platforms are created.Open Energy Group, a startup peer...

Posted June 29, 2014    

Rise of the Prosumer: Will Homeowners Ever Be More Important Than Power Plants?

A lot of people in the energy business are making predictions about what the future of electricity service will look like. Although scenarios vary considerably, most agree that consumer choice will be one of the biggest factors changing the way...

Posted June 28, 2014    

Is the White House's Open Data Strategy Working for Energy?

In 2007, when Barack Obama was running for president, it cost roughly 44 cents to store a gigabyte of data. This year, as President Obama approaches the second half of his second term, the cost to store a gigabyte of data is dipping below 5 cents....

Posted June 8, 2014    

The Federal Government Announced the Biggest Clean Energy Boost Since the Stimulus

The biggest policy boost for clean energy during President Obama's second term isn't coming from the Department of Energy or from Congress -- it's coming from the Environmental Protection Agency.The EPA finally announced plans to slash carbon...

Posted June 5, 2014