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Renewables Rising: Wind, Solar, Geothermal, and Biomass Will Top Hydropower in 2014

Wind, solar, geothermal and biomass are surpassing hydropower as the dominant form of renewable electricity. And according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the crossover is expected to last the rest of 2014 and beyond.April...

Posted August 4, 2014    

The Reformation Begins: New York Utility Proposes Community Solar, Microgrids-as-a-Service

As the New York Public Service Commission debates a proposal to reform the state's distribution utilities, Central Hudson Gas & Electric is getting out in front of the coming changes.The utility filed a $46 million rate case with...

Posted July 31, 2014    

EDF and Google Street View Join Forces to Find and Map Natural Gas Leaks

Under the streets of most American cities, water and natural gas are leaking from aging pipes. Large natural gas leaks are an immediate safety risk, but even small leaks are not completely benign, and they may be more common than previously thought...

Posted July 27, 2014    

Con Ed Looks to Batteries, Microgrids, and Efficiency to Delay $1B Substation Build

Consolidated Edison is taking a new approach to delivering reliable power that is as radical as the gentrification sweeping New York’s outer boroughs.Con Ed filed a proposal with the New York Public Utilities Commission for a Brooklyn/Queens Demand...

Posted July 26, 2014    

Global Ranking for Energy Efficiency: US Near Bottom, Germany Near Top

Many industry observers will not be surprised to find out that Germany outranks the U.S. in terms of energy efficiency, according to the second International Energy Efficiency Scorecard put out by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy...

Posted July 21, 2014    

Will Nissan's Free EV Charging Rival Tesla's Supercharger Network?

If you drive a Nissan Leaf, you already don’t have to worry about paying for gas, which is hovering near $4 per gallon in much of the U.S.Now, you don’t have to worry about paying for the electrons that fuel your car when you’re out on the road...

Posted July 18, 2014    

China's Latest Mandate: 30% of Government Cars Need to Be Electric or Use Alternative Fuel

China has mandated that at least 30 percent of government vehicles purchased in the next two years will have to be fueled by alternative energy sources.The plan for "new-energy vehicles," China’s term for alternative fuel vehicles, includes electric...

Posted July 16, 2014    

Study: Costs of Rooftop Solar Were Not Passed Along to Non-Solar Ratepayers in Nevada

Homeowners and businesses in Nevada that install rooftop solar are not significantly shifting costs to those who do not directly invest in distributed solar, according to a new study commissioned by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission.As of...

Posted July 14, 2014    

Network-Connected Electronics Wasted the Equivalent of 133 Coal Plants Last Year

Last year, there was a missed opportunity to save the amount of energy produced by 133 mid-size coal-fired power plants. And it did not involve adjusting thermostats or turning off lights. Instead, the 400 terawatt-hours of wasted energy...

Posted July 10, 2014    

Are We Close to Peak Coal in China?

Last year, renewable energy made up nearly 70 percent of new electric generation capacity additions in China. That figure would be more impressive if coal wasn’t the reigning supreme leader of China's energy landscape. It currently accounts for...

Posted July 7, 2014    

GE Opens a Pricing War Over the Connected LED Light Bulb

Just over a year ago, the emergence of a sub-$10 light-emitting diode (LED) bulb was big news for the lighting industry. The same pricing trends are headed for smart bulbs too. Now, for just a few dollars more, consumers can buy a GE LED light...

Posted July 4, 2014    

3 Signs Cleantech Is Booming in 2014

At the 11th annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum Wall Street that took place in New York last month, Michael Liebreich, chairman of the advisory board for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, reflected on how much has changed in the cleantech industry...

Posted July 3, 2014