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Half of Americans Say Solar Is Important, But Only 6% Say They'll Buy PV Today

A new survey shows broad acceptance for clean energy, but low adoption rates persist.Solar and wind power top the list of energy sources that Americans identify as most important to their energy future, according to a new survey from SolarCity and...

Posted April 23, 2015    

Smart Water Meters Gain Traction in Drought-Ridden California

Will more cities follow San Francisco’s lead?When San Francisco’s water meters were coming to the end of their lifespan about six years ago, the city wanted to make sure the next set of devices installed would prove useful for the next 20 years.“It’...

Posted April 20, 2015    

Back to Business: GE Sells Real Estate, Dismantles GE Capital

Sales could return $150 billion to investors as GE focuses on industrial verticals.General Electric is selling off its real estate assets and much of GE Capital to focus on its industrial businesses, including energy, healthcare and aviation. By...

Posted April 19, 2015    

Hydropower Losses From California's Drought Cost Ratepayers $1.4 Billion

“We expect these costs to rise further.”The diminished hydropower capacity of California’s dams cost electricity customers a total of $1.4 billion in the past three years, according to a study from the Pacific Institute. When the 2007 to 2009...

Posted April 15, 2015    

While Coal Loses Nearly 50,000 Jobs, Wind and Solar Add 79,000

Natural gas still outpaces renewable job growth, but the numbers are up for debate.As coal plants are shuttered due to increasing regulation and competition from cheap natural gas and renewables, coal industry jobs are being shed by the thousands,...

Posted April 9, 2015    

Asian Solar, European Offshore Wind Drives 2014 Renewable Growth

Near-record investment produces more bang for the buck.Investment in renewable energy grew 17 percent in 2014 to $270 billion, just 3 percent below the all-time record of nearly $279 billion in 2011, according to a new report from the United Nations...

Posted April 7, 2015    

New York to Build World's Most Powerful Smart Energy Lab

Superior computing power will help drive New York’s REV.The New York Power Authority and SUNY Polytechnic Institute will partner to build the world’s largest research and development facility focused on energy technology innovation.New York State...

Posted April 5, 2015    

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