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Renewable Sources Provide 75 Percent of New Generating Capacity in 1st Quarter

May 3, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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New Generating Capacity

The latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Energy Projects confirms the continuing trend for the dominance of renewable energy sources in new electrical generating capacity.[read more]

Important Electric Grid Recommendations from the U.S. Department of Energy's New Report

May 3, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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The Department of Energy recently released its first installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review - a comprehensive report examining how the United States can modernize energy infrastructure to promote economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental responsibility.[read more]

Energy News: Batteries + Renewables = Growth; Kudos and Coverage for Member Companies

May 2, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Energy News Stories

We recently reported that “solar-plus-storage” was the hottest new thing in advanced energy. This week, the New York Times agreed, posting a science feature on the growing (and growth!) partnership between batteries and renewable energy. But why now?[read more]

Georgia Power Leverages Smart Meters for Prepaid Electricity

May 1, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Georgia Power and Smart Meters

Michael Garrett enjoys the convenience of paying for electricity when he wants to and keeping tabs on his daily usage. He’s not prepaying for electricity because he moves around a lot or has financial troubles. In fact, he’s had a steady job for years with the utility that offers the program, Georgia Power.[read more]

California's Major Residential Rate Reform: A Mixed Bag for Solar Economics

April 30, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Reform and Solar Impacts

California utility regulators issued a proposal to reform the complex, multi-tiered rate structures for residential customers of the state’s big three investor-owned utilities. And as solar advocates expected, it contains some good news and some bad news for the economics of customer-owned net-metered solar PV systems.[read more]

Encouraging Energy Companies to Inform Their Investors About Risks They Face From Climate Regulation

April 30, 2015 by James Coleman
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Energy Company Regulation Risk Assessment

My recent study compared what oil companies told regulators and investorsthe effect of new regulations. They told the two audiences two very different stories. But what if energy company comments to the EPA are accurate? That companies really are terrified, but they’re just not telling their investors?[read more]

U.S. Nuclear Power Safety: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

April 30, 2015 by Jared Anderson
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The Sate of Nuclear Safety

Well, it depends on who you ask, of course. But some suggest the existing U.S. nuclear regulatory framework contains flaws that in some cases allow cost to trump safety. But there has always been tension between the nuclear industry and the regulators that oversee it.[read more]

Do Pay-For-Performance Capacity Markets Deliver the Outcomes We Need?

April 30, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Capacity Markets and Outcomes

Capacity markets intend to bridge the gap between revenues available from energy markets and the all-in cost of desired capacity. They offer commitments, still short-term relative to most investment timescales, to make fixed payments for the right to call on an energy resource when needed.[read more]

A New Tariff Policy to Accelerate India's Renewables Growth

April 30, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

The Ministry of Power has proposed amendments to the country’s existing tariff policy of 2005. Promotion of renewable generation sources has now been added as the fifth objective of the policy, and there are three salient features for the solar sector in this proposed amendment.[read more]

The Story of Demand Response

April 29, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Demand Response History

It’s a cost-effective energy resource that pays customers to use less energy. Few people even know exists, but it invisibly impacts the life of so many Americans. It’s a clean energy resource that embodies precisely what electricity can and should be: cleaner, cheaper, and more efficient than traditional fuel sources.[read more]

NSA Spying Scandal Sparks a New European Smart Home Platform to Protect Privacy

April 29, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Data and Privacy and Smart Homes

In Germany, a country considering broad new regulations to prevent citizens’ data from being passed through U.S.-based servers, a new consortium is promising a home automation platform that will keep its customers’ data within European borders.[read more]

Air Conditioning and Global Energy Demand

April 29, 2015 by Lucas Davis
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AC and Growing Energy Demand

Sales of air conditioners have exploded worldwide over the last few years, driven by middle-income countries where households and businesses are buying air conditioners at startling rates. Int China, for example, sales of air conditioners have nearly doubled over the last 5 years.[read more]

North Carolina Opts for Delayed Sunset of the State Tax Credit

State Tax Credits and Legislative Inaction

Last week, the North Carolina legislature passed a bill offering a soft landing to the official end date for the state’s 35% state tax credit. While the tax credit cliff is scheduled for December 31, 2015, new legislation will extend eligibility for projects that are “significantly complete” but not operational by the end of 2015.[read more]

Where Are My Efficiency Savings?

April 28, 2015 by Matt Conway

Energy Efficiency Savings

Achieving efficiency gains associated with residential heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades is frustratingly variable. Too often, equipment with published efficiency ratings in excess of 95% struggle to achieve actual performance numbers in the mid 80% range.[read more]

PV, Batteries, and the Smart Home: Is the Solar Industry Getting Ahead of Itself?

April 28, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Solar Energy in the Smart Home

The vision for the solar-powered smart home is compelling. By combining rooftop PV with learning thermostats, web-connected appliances, energy monitoring software and battery storage, homeowners will soon have unprecedented control over their energy use. But is the market ready for it?[read more]