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ComEd Backs a Bill to Impose Demand Charges on Residential Customers

The bill would also provide $400 million in funding for community solar, microgrids and EV charging.The Illinois General Assembly introduced legislation recently that would allow ComEd to invest more than $400 million in community solar, along with...

Posted March 27, 2015    

U.S. Electricity Rates Are Jumping - Or Are They?

Residential power prices rose in 2014, but rates remain mostly flat across all sectors.Retail electricity prices rose just over 3 percent in 2014, the largest increase since 2008.The increases were variable across the U.S., according to data from...

Posted March 26, 2015    

The Challenge of Unlocking Solar Capacity in the Pacific Islands

IRENA initiates efforts to mobilize sustainable markets one island at a time.It’s no secret that most islands pay a high price for electricity. From Bermuda to Fiji, the cost of electricity would shock even Europeans.Source: IRENABut for most island...

Posted March 21, 2015    

LED-Based Building Controls Aren't Just for New Construction

Terralux has raised $11 million in growth investment to build its retrofit LED business.In 2014, Terralux sold its portable lighting business to Lightstar Corporation to focus on commercial solid-state lighting. The company has raised $40 million to...

Posted March 15, 2015    

India's Lack of Wholesale Markets and Grid Investment Could Hinder Renewables Commitments

One expert warns that the grid can’t handle even a fraction of what has been promised.At the RE-Invest 2015 summit in India last month, banks, financial institutions and the private sector offered bold commitments to shift the country’s power supply...

Posted March 9, 2015    

SunEdison's Next Market: Solar Minigrids and Micropower Stations for the Energy Poor

The leading renewable energy developer expands deeper into emerging markets.In a conference room in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday, large screens glowed bright orange with the SunEdison logo. But the gathering was not a sales pitch for SunEdison,...

Posted March 7, 2015    

New York Calls for Utilities to Accelerate Distributed Energy With New Platforms and Partners

Three important steps that will help make REV a realitySo far, New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative has been a bold vision for how the state's power system will be transformed, albeit one with a murky timeframe.On Thursday, more details...

Posted March 5, 2015    

Consumers Hungry for Bundled Energy Services, Survey Finds

Smart energy services in the home are already wrapped up with home security settings. Intelligent light bulbs and smart thermostats are standard offerings as part of smart home packages, which are led by security.But people are ready for more, much...

Posted March 1, 2015    

Is Home Efficiency Financing About to Eclipse the Solar Financing Market?

NY Green Bank and Citi put up $100 million to find out.Property-assessed clean energy loans for homes rebounded in a big way last year. PACE looks to continue to gain steam in 2015, but it is being joined by other investment vehicles bringing new...

Posted February 27, 2015    

Will the EPA's Carbon Rule Hurt the Grid?

Analysts disagree about the impact of the EPA climate plan on electric reliability.The reliability of the electric grid could be compromised if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations to cut carbon dioxide emissions to 30...

Posted February 25, 2015    

How Do You Know Your Solar Panels Are Working Correctly? You Probably Don't

A new study finds that real-time data doesn’t always uncover issues with PV systems.As Brewster McCracken and his team at Pecan Street Research Institute were gathering solar photovoltaic data from houses in their ongoing research, they were...

Posted February 21, 2015    

Can the Electric Utility Industry Support Both Solar Energy and Fossil Fuels?

“Rooftop solar customers still rely on the grid and its services around the clock”When David Owens, EVP of business operations group and regulatory affairs for the Edison Electric Institute, briefed Wall Street on Wednesday, he was clear in his...

Posted February 20, 2015