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A Roundup of Energy, Water, and Climate Bills in the 84th Texas Legislative Session

March 29, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Texas Energy Legislation

We’ve almost made it to the midway point of the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature, so it's a good time to check which climate, clean energy, and energy-water nexus bills have been filed this Session. Here’s a look at a few that are likely to rise to the top, and ones we hope will cross the finish line by June 1st.[read more]

Power Plant Owners can Reduce Emissions with Energy Efficiency: Here's How

March 29, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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When the Environmental Protection Agency proposed carbon pollution targets for fossil fuel-fired power plants under the Clean Power Plan last summer, the agency recognized that energy efficiency is a powerful tool for reducing emissions in the electricity sector.[read more]

Virginia's General Assembly likes Solar Energy. Will That Be Enough?

March 29, 2015 by Ivy Main
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Virginia’s General Assembly broke new ground in February when it passed legislation declaring up to 500 megawatts of utility solar power “in the public interest.” The language will help projects gain regulatory approval from the State Corporation Commission, which has been hostile to renewable energy.[read more]

The Rise of the Micro Generator

March 29, 2015 by Kelby Twyman

Micro Generation Growth

Micro Generation is defined as the generation of electricity or heat energy on a small scale, typically for use on a domestic scale and generated by methods that do not contribute to the depletion or damage of natural resources, such as through the use of solar panels.[read more]

Plant Closure Opportunity: Hitting Those Clean Energy Notes

March 28, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Plant Closure and Green Policies

It may seem logical that once a power plant closes, another one needs to be built to replace it – after all, we need to make up for its potential energy generation with more natural gas or nuclear-powered energy, right? Maybe, but plant closures are also an opportunity for clean energy.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "What is the Environmental Platform of the Republican Party? I Don’t Know Either."

March 28, 2015 by Jared Anderson
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The GOP and Environmental Policy

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is among the few members of the Republican Party in Congress who are willing to admit that climate change is real and must be addressed. He is encouraging his fellow Republicans to have an open debate on the issue.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Distribution Automation and Network Efficiency

March 28, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Networking and Automation

 

In recent years, many transmission networks have been upgraded with new sensors and automated control equipment, which allow for more efficient centralized control. Distribution networks, however, are further behind in deploying these systems, which could improve system operations.[read more]

New Kind of "Tandem" Solar Cell Developed

March 28, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Solar Cell Invention

Researchers have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material in order to harvest a broader range of the sun’s energy. The development could lead to photovoltaic cells that are more efficient than those currently used in solar-power installations.[read more]

UtilityAPI: Automating the Customer-to-Solar Data Connection

March 28, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Solar, Customer Data Connection

UtilityAPI is taking on a major choke point in the often difficult solar customer acquisition process -- the cumbersome and frustrastingly time-consuming process of getting utilities to actually cough up their customers’ energy usage and billing data.[read more]

Warmest Winter on Record

March 28, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Seasonal Temperature Records

According to the latest report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the average global land and sea surface temperature for the period of December 2014 through February 2015 was 1.42 degrees Fahrenheit (0.79 Celsius) above the 20th century average.[read more]

Reducing Stress on India's Grid With Efficient, Climate-Friendly Air Conditioning Refrigerants

March 27, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India Energy Consumption Efficiency

India leapfrogging over antiquated, soon-to-be obsolete, and inefficient refrigerants will benefit the power sector while saving consumers money. It will also advance the Indian economy, ensure Indian industries can compete in the international market, and help mitigate climate change.[read more]

ComEd Backs a Bill to Impose Demand Charges on Residential Customers

March 27, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

The Illinois General Assembly introduced legislation recently that would allow ComEd to invest more than $400 million in projects like community solar, along with grid-edge assets such as microgrids and public electric-vehicle charging infrastructure.[read more]

Emerging Technologies Can Pave the Way for Time-Variant Electricity Pricing

March 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Variable Electricity Pricing and Tech

The amount of energy we use at any given time is constantly changing. Lights are switched on and off by time of day, appliances operate based on the season. In order to meet our dynamic energy demands, our system has to have the infrastructure and resources in place to respond when needed.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Before You Get Mugged by Reality, Take Out an Insurance Policy'

March 27, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Climate Change and Future Risk

Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz is urging climate change doubters to at least take out an insurance policy when it comes to carbon emissions and climate change. Shultz argues for sustained support for energy research and development along with a carbon tax.[read more]

The High Cost of Solar Financing

March 27, 2015 by Anna Bacheller
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The solar industry recently attracted attention from two Silicon Valley tech giants: Apple and Google. Their investments in solar technology simultaneously underscore the growing interest in solar from the business world, and highlight one of the industry’s key challenges: long-term financing.[read more]