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Did Solar Capacity Beat Natural Gas in the First Half of 2014?

Last year, solar photovoltaics and concentrating solar power were the second-largest source of new generating capacity in the U.S. That trend continued through the first half of 2014, with solar coming in behind natural gas in terms of new power...

Posted September 15, 2014    

Opower Enters Rare Partnership With FirstFuel to Expand Into Commercial Building Efficiency

Opower doesn't often enter into strategic partnerships with companies that overlap with its business. The behavioral efficiency company has been very successful landing utility partners so far, and other than starting a relationship with Honeywell...

Posted September 14, 2014    

From VC to M&A, Smart Home Investments Amounted to $800M This Summer

Startups, incumbent companies and investors were very active in the connected home market this summer, when roughly $800 million in transactions closed in the period between June and the end of August. The total investment count was boosted by...

Posted September 7, 2014    

The Meaning of Disruption: How Should Utilities Think About Change?

"Disruption" is one the most overused words to describe how radical technological change can unseat incumbent businesses. It also happens to be one of the most accurate.Today, companies are continually reminded by an army of consultants, analysts,...

Posted September 5, 2014    

Would Solar Roadways Work? A Government Engineer Discusses the Controversial Technology

The reaction was expected given how technically difficult it would be to execute their vision of electrifying roads and highways with reinforced solar panels. Some questioned whether the application for solar is even necessary. But one...

Posted September 2, 2014    

Renewables and Resiliency Help Reverse a 30-Year Decline in US Transmission Investments

America has fallen behind when it comes to investing in new energy infrastructure. According to the latest report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers, energy companies have chronically under-invested in the electrical grid,...

Posted September 1, 2014    

The Argument for Why Utilities Should Give Up Operational Control of the Distribution Grid

Regulators in New York are about to make one of the most important changes to the modern electric grid. But is it enough?As part of the state Public Service Commission's ongoing effort to reform the electricity system, distribution utilities may...

Posted August 21, 2014    

How Badly Is the Wave and Tidal Industry Struggling? Likely Worse Than You Thought

Read this headline from the BBC and try to guess what year the story was written: "Tidal Power Generator Unveiling Hailed as a Landmark."Or this one from Forbes: "Tidal Energy Could Be Next Big Wave."No, they're not from 2006, when dozens...

Posted August 19, 2014    

SolarWorld Fires Shot at SEIA Over China Trade Case, But Leaves Settlement Possibility Open

SolarWorld may have won another trade case, but it's not exactly happy.Late last month, the Commerce Department issued a preliminary ruling in SolarWorld's anti-dumping case against Chinese solar producers. The government will slap large tariffs on...

Posted August 17, 2014    

Could This 'Data Lake' Concept From GE Revolutionize Energy Analytics?

General Electric is involved in nearly every area of the clean energy market: solar engineering, wind manufacturing and development, LED lighting, distributed natural gas, metering and submetering, and grid analytics are just some of its major touch...

Posted August 15, 2014    

Momentum Builds Behind Utility 2.0: Will Minnesota Be the Next State to Reform Utilities?

Aside from hosting a majority of the nation's wind farms, the Midwestern U.S. is not known for aggressively pushing the agenda on clean energy issues. But that may be changing as Minnesota joins other leading states in the effort to remake the...

Posted August 8, 2014    

Morgan Stanley: Fixed Charges on Solar May Cause 'Tipping Point' for Grid Defection

Within the next decade, tens of millions of homeowners could find it economically advantageous to invest in solar combined with energy storage, further distancing themselves from their utility.But will they actually sever ties completely?Barring...

Posted August 7, 2014