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DoE Announces $12.5B in Loans for Advanced Nuclear

The U.S. Department of Energy issued a loan guarantee solicitation for $12.5 billion on Wednesday for innovative nuclear energy projects.The solicitation comes on top of $8 billion for advanced fossil energy projects last December, $4 billion for...

Posted December 17, 2014    

Lighting Controls Could Save Boston $27M Annually

Earlier this year, the chair of Massachusetts' Department of Public Utilities was frank about her state’s need to come up with new solutions to unlock energy efficiency.“We haven’t really tapped the opportunity” to bring efficiency to the demand...

Posted December 14, 2014    

Massachusetts Public Housing Leverages SunEdison Solar PPAs for Big Savings

For public housing authorities across Massachusetts, the sun does not have to shine on their rooftops to grant them the benefit of solar power.SunEdison has inked sixteen separate power-purchase agreements with public housing authorities across...

Posted December 11, 2014    

Texas to Overhaul Its Grid-Balancing Services With Energy Storage

Before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its Clean Power Plan earlier this year, with goals for each state to slash carbon dioxide emissions, Texas was already preparing for a changing energy mix.The Lone Star State’s grid operator,...

Posted December 4, 2014    

Can China Get 40% of Its Electricity From Renewables by 2040?

China could quadruple its share of modern renewable energy by 2030 with the right policies in place, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the China National Renewable Energy Centre.Under a business-as-...

Posted December 1, 2014    

Next Step in Sustainability: Requiring Homes to Recycle Water

Lancaster, California was one of the first municipalities to push the envelope on sustainability by requiring homes to be solar-ready, as part of Mayor Rex Parris’ goal of becoming a net-zero city.Parris has now taken his sustainability goals...

Posted November 30, 2014    

Does Texas Need a Carbon Tax to Meet EPA Climate Rules?

The Texas grid has (mostly) kept the lights on despite having minimal reserve margins for years. But if ERCOT, which operates the state’s grid, implements the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan to cut carbon dioxide...

Posted November 27, 2014    

What Does New York's 'Energy Vision' Mean for Utility Jurisdiction and Regulators? [VIDEO]

Before the New York Public Service Commission’s vision of a grid operated by Distributed System Platform Providers (DSPPs) can become a reality, there are just a few points to hammer out -- to say the least.The Public Service Commission envisions...

Posted November 19, 2014    

IEA: 'The Cost of Fossil Fuels to an Economy Is Not Reduced by Subsidies; It Is Just Redistributed'

Countries around the globe have committed to reducing subsidies for fossil fuels, primarily oil and gas. But that commitment is not being put into practice quickly enough for cleaner energy solutions to gain a competitive edge in some regions,...

Posted November 17, 2014    

Homeland Security: Russian Hackers Infiltrated US Energy Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued an updated alert last week stating that a variant of the BlackEnergy malware had infiltrated the SCADA systems that control critical infrastructure, including oil and gas pipelines, water distribution...

Posted November 16, 2014    

What Is a Smart Home? Most People Don't Know

Two-thirds of U.S. consumers with broadband are not very familiar with smart home services or products or where to buy them, according to a new survey.That will likely change quickly in coming years, according to the white paper from Consumer...

Posted November 12, 2014    

India Must Spend $250B by 2019 to Meet Its Power Needs

If India is going to provide power to its more than 1 billion people over the next five years, it will need to invest about $250 billion during that time, according to Reuters. The country’s power minister, Piyush Goyal, speaking at the World...

Posted November 11, 2014