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Forget Intermittency: NREL Says Wind Energy Can Boost Grid Reliability

We’ve all heard the warnings about how intermittent renewables could “crash” the grid if for instance all of a sudden the wind stops blowing and grid operators are left in the lurch for power when they need it. But what if wind turbines actually...

Posted January 29, 2014    

Seattle Energy Benchmarking Finds $90 Million Potential Annual Utility Bill Savings

Energy benchmarking may not sound like the most important concept in the clean tech dictionary, but it’s helped Seattle identify an energy efficiency path forward to save up to $90 million annually on utility bills.These estimated savings come...

Posted January 19, 2014    

LEED Certification's Impact On America By The Numbers

Green buildings create myriad benefits like reduced emissions and energy demand or happier and healthier employees, but those benefits can be hard to quantify, potentially creating skepticism about their bottom-line return on investment.And that’s...

Posted January 13, 2014    

Can Climate Hawks Beat Chris Christie To Let New Jersey Rejoin RGGI?

New Jersey became an outlier in American carbon markets when Governor Chris Christie unilaterally pulled out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in 2011, but that doesn’t mean climate hawks have given up the fight to circumvent Christie...

Posted January 10, 2014    

California's Grid Takes Two Big Steps To Add More Renewables And EVs

California already leads the United States in most measures of the clean energy economy, but two new initiatives by the state’s grid operator could ensure the Golden State’s electricity system can handle far more renewables, electric vehicles, and...

Posted January 6, 2014    

BOEM Announces Third US Offshore Wind Energy Competitive Lease Auction

Note: This post was originally published on CleanTechnicaAfter successful lease auctions for offshore wind development in New England and Virginia, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is setting sail for a new location in the race to...

Posted December 28, 2013    

Fitch Ratings: Net Metering Can Destabilize Entire Utility Industry

Attention everyone concerned about the potential for net metering to completely upend power utility business models: Buckle up, because net metering is taking off.Customer adoption of net metering policy has grown fast, according to Fitch Ratings’...

Posted December 27, 2013    

New York Green Bank Gets $210 Million In Start-Up Funding

While most Americans wait around to see what’s waiting for them under the Christmas tree, it looks like New York State’s clean energy industry got to open its present a few days early.Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $210 million in initial...

Posted December 25, 2013    

Study Shows Rooftop Solar Adds Thousands To Home Resale Values

Installing rooftop solar panels boosts a home’s resiliency and green credentials while cutting utility bills, but does it also increase a home’s resale value?The answer according to Exploring California PV Home Premiums, a new Lawrence Berkeley...

Posted December 20, 2013    

Which States Win And Which States Lose On The Production Tax Credit?

Members of Congress from Texas, Iowa, North Dakota, and Oklahoma might want to consider any opposition they have for extending the wind industry’s Production Tax Credit (PTC).It may seem ironic, considering Republican-led opposition to the incentive...

Posted December 14, 2013    

US Solar Energy Industry Shines In Record-Setting Third Quarter of 2013

Solar panels were installed on more American residential rooftops in the 3rd Quarter of 2013 than any other quarter in history, pushing US installed solar capacity over the 10-gigawatt (GW) milestone and potentially ahead of Germany for the first...

Posted December 12, 2013    

California Cap And Trade Expanding In 2014 After Successful 2013

California’s cap and trade market will expand in 2014 after a successful first year of operations that quelled fears of a European Union-style carbon allowance glut while powering a clean energy economic boom.The California Air Resources Board (CARB...

Posted December 9, 2013