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Sacramento Has the Most Net Zero Buildings of Any City in America

California has more than half of the net zero buildings in the U.S., according to a new survey from the Net-Zero Energy Coalition. The survey is the first effort to catalog all of the zero energy buildings in North America.California announced last...

Posted January 13, 2016    

The Overlooked Solar Opportunity in India

The problem of energy access in India is enormous. According to the International Energy Agency, some 237 million Indians (close to a fifth of the population) were living without electricity as of 2015. Many more have only limited...

Posted January 12, 2016    

Gas Prices Could Fall to $1 Per Gallon in Some Areas of the US

USA Today: Gas Prices Could Drop to $1 a GallonIn some gas stations around the country, the price of a gallon of regular has dropped below $1.42. AAA and GasBuddy, two organizations that follow gasoline prices, say that gasoline prices below $2 will...

Posted January 11, 2016    

Survey: Half of Small Solar Installers Don’t Offer Leases or PPAs

EnergySage releases findings from its first installer survey.More than half of small residential solar installers surveyed said that they do not offer any leases or power-purchase agreements, according to a new survey from EnergySage.EnergySage...

Posted December 30, 2015    

U.S. Wind Capacity Tops 70 Gigawatts

Hundreds more gigawatts expected in the coming decadesMore than 70 gigawatts of wind power is installed around the U.S., according to new figures from the American Wind Energy Association.The milestone was hit in November. It took three years to get...

Posted December 29, 2015    

7 Energy Storage Stories You Might Have Missed in 2015

The year in energy storage beyond the PowerwallIt's been a breakout year for energy storage.The U.S. energy storage market grew 185 percent, from $134 million in 2014 to $381 million in 2015. By 2020, it will be a $2 billion market, according to GTM...

Posted December 25, 2015    

Commercial PACE Booms Beyond California

More than $1 billion available in committed fundsAfter being eclipsed by residential property-assessed clean energy financing in 2014, commercial PACE projects lined up considerable funding in 2015, and not just in California.The Connecticut Green...

Posted December 24, 2015    

DoE Finalizes Biggest Efficiency Standard Ever

More efficient furnaces and rooftop AC units could save 15 quads of energy by 2045.The U.S. Department of Energy announced an agreement for new energy efficiency standards for commercial furnaces and rooftop air conditioners.The federal government...

Posted December 22, 2015    

Commercial Solar Rebounds: Large Corporate Installations Up 60% in 2015

Apple, Intel, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Target, GM and AT&T are leading the charge.Two years ago, Greentech Media reported, “U.S. companies are adopting solar power faster than ever before,” based on a survey of commercial solar installations from...

Posted December 2, 2015    

David Crane’s 5 'Easy' Steps to Tackling Climate Change

“I don’t think it’s all that complicated.”The energy industry is running out of time on climate change, says NRG CEO David Crane. And if utilities don't find the customer-centric solutions to the problem, they're in big trouble.“There’s nothing we...

Posted November 18, 2015    

It's Getting Much Easier for Companies and Cities to Go 100 Percent Renewable

A new report looks at the push for 100 percent renewables around the world. But it’s limited to electricity, not all energy.A long-term goal of 100 percent renewable energy is increasingly possible for large corporations and local governments,...

Posted November 16, 2015    

What Will Drive Investment in the Next 60 Million Smart Meters?

Cooperatives are leading smart meter deployments in the U.S.—until big contracts with IOUs make a comeback.The largest investor-owned utilities in the U.S. tend to receive the most media coverage when it comes to deploying advanced metering...

Posted November 9, 2015