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New Hydropower in Developing Markets, Upgrades in the United States

May 1, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Hydropower Development and Progress

Hydropower is a mature technology that has tapped most of the resources available in developed countries, with the exception of Canada, which continues to eye large hydro projects. Despite this, there are still hydro opportunities available in the United States.[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]

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]

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]

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]

SolarCity Will Add 300MW of Commercial Solar From New $1B Fund

April 26, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

SoarCity Expansion

SolarCity "activated" a $1 billion fund earlier this year, looking to finance roughly 300 megawatts of United States commercial solar energy systems. Investors in the fund include Credit Suisse, the bookrunner for SolarCity’s securitization transactions.[read more]

The U.S. Can and Must Rise to the Global Challenge of Climate Change

April 25, 2015 by Jake Schmidt
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U.S. Climate Action

 

We have a responsibility to protect future generations from the effects of climate change by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollutants. This can be done in a manner that protects public health, spurs job creation, and helps address the significant damages from climate change.[read more]

Apple and SunPower to Build 40MW of Solar PV in China

April 24, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Solar Investment in China

Apple is taking its solar ambitions outside the U.S. for the first time, announcing a partnership with SunPower to build 40 megawatts of solar PV projects in China’s western Sichuan province. SunPower said the projects are set to be completed by the end of this year.[read more]

Building Codes That Work

April 23, 2015 by Maximilian Auffhammer

Green Buildings and Regulation

New building codes are a significant part of projected emissions reduction goals in the United States, all over Europe, in Japan, and elsewhere as well. The question of course is, whether building codes actually cause such decreases in energy consumption.[read more]

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

April 23, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Solar and Adoption Roadblocks

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 research firm Clean Edge. Solar took the top spot among all major demographics and across all geographies, with wind a close second at 42%.[read more]

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Data and Transparency are Key to Atlanta's Push for National Leadership in Building Efficiency Gains

April 22, 2015 by Jim Pierobon

Keys to Green Buildings in Atlanta

Amid the wave of hype about who’s saving this and who’s cutting that on this, the 45th Earth Day, is a move by the city of Atlanta to benchmark the energy performance of municipal and commercial buildings as part of a “comprehensive energy policy."[read more]

Understanding Obama's Budget Proposal for Clean Energy and Climate Investments

April 21, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

President Obama has released a $4 trillion budget proposal for 2016. It contains a range of programs designed to encourage deployment of the next generation clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. Here are the top five things to know about the budget for clean energy and environmental investments.[read more]

Energy News: 'Nodes and Connections' - How Solar-Plus-Storage Could Be a Game Changer

April 18, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Energy News

Advanced energy is an industry full of innovative technologies. This week it’s time for energy storage to shine—and we mean that literally. At the top of the news this week is energy storage systems paired with small-scale solar installations, creating mini-microgrids.[read more]

Modest Wave of VC Funding Rolls In for Cleantech

April 18, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

It's too early to call it a rebound in cleantech venture capital. That might take an entire generation to fix itself. But, in the meantime, there's been a small surge of venture capital funding of cleantech companies in the last few weeks. Here's a quick roundup.[read more]

Stakeholders Gather to Discuss How Time-Variant Electricity Pricing Can Work in New York

April 18, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York Electricity Pricing

Last week, Environmental Defense Fund co-hosted a successful forum on residential time-variant electricity pricing – which allows customers to pay different prices for electricity depending on when it is used – within the context of New York’s ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’ proceeding.[read more]