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Smart Energy Policy Deserves Advanced Meters

By Beia SpillerWith time-variant pricing, people can choose to run their dishwashers at times of day when electricity is less expensive.New York cemented its reputation as a national leader in energy policy last year when it announced plans to...

Posted May 20, 2015    

Coast to Coast and Across the Electric System, Microgrids Provide Benefits to All

By Dick MunsonSource: via Wikimedia CommonsMicrogrids are getting a lot of attention. Yet how they’re developed could dramatically alter today’s electricity system.At the most obvious level, microgrids could disrupt today’s utilities and their...

Posted May 18, 2015    

Kentucky Adopts Innovative PACE Clean Energy Financing Tool

By Jeremy Faust, Strategic Business Development Director, Greater Cincinnati Energy AllianceIn a surprising show of bi-partisanship, lawmakers in one of the nation’s more conservative states came together last month to approve a major victory for...

Posted May 17, 2015    

What Tesla's Powerwall Home Energy Storage Battery Means for Texas

By Marita MirzatunySource: flickr/genphysThere is enough solar energy potential in Texas to power the world twice over. Yet currently we rank 10th in the nation (behind New Jersey) with 330 megawatts (MW), which is enough to power about 57,000 homes...

Posted May 16, 2015    

Is 15% of the Global Clean Energy Market Good Enough?

By Paul StinsonHow does 15 percent measure up?If you’re talking about a baseball batting average, 15 percent puts you on the first fast and joyless train to Mudville. If you’re talking about return on savings with today’s interest rates, ...

Posted May 14, 2015    

Are Apple and Google Disrupting America's Century-Old Energy Market?

By Gavin PurchasApple made news earlier this year when it signed an $848-million “direct access” deal to bypass Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and buy clean energy directly from a third-party solar provider. For Apple, the big win was a...

Posted May 13, 2015    

Creative Utility Accounting: Estimating the True Cost of a Subsidy

By Dick Munson$5 billion is a lot of money, yet that’s the difference in cost estimates between an Ohio-based, consumer advocacy group and FirstEnergy for the utility’s proposed bailout plan.FirstEnergy, the giant Akron-based company that owns power...

Posted May 12, 2015    

Report Card Blues: ALA Report Shows Western Air Needs Improvement

By Jon GoldsteinIt’s report card time for air quality in the U.S. and, unfortunately, several western states are getting grades of “needs improvement.” That’s the take-away from the American Lung Association’s (ALA) annual “State of the Air” report...

Posted May 10, 2015    

Matching Veterans with Solar Jobs: Now That's a Bright Idea

By Stephanie KlineDuring the next five years, 200,000 service members will transition from active duty military to civilian life. They will need jobs. The solar industry is booming and needs skilled workers. The math is simple.The recently announced...

Posted May 9, 2015    

U.S. Supreme Court Breathes New Life into FERC Order 745, Demand Response

By Michael PanfilYou’ve probably heard the saying “life is a journey,” but this could not be more true for EPSA v. FERC, the landmark demand response case clean energy experts have been eyeing for more than a year as it’s made its way through the U....

Posted May 8, 2015    

Fossil Fuels Haven't Lost the Race, Yet. Here's the Full Story

By Jeremy Proville, Senior GIS Specialist & Economic AnalystA recent Bloomberg New Energy Finance article made a splash saying that fossil fuels “just lost the race against renewables.” It included a striking chart, depicting...

Posted May 7, 2015    

Electricity Pricing: The Times, They Might Be A-Changing

By Jamie FineLast week, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a proposed decision on residential rate reform. Residential rate reform – how and what Californians pay for electricity – is a thorny subject, and the Commission’s...

Posted May 6, 2015