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EIA Details Utility Sector Impact of Clean Power Plan

May 28, 2015 by Andy Stone

Clean Power Plan and Generation Mix

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) provides a snapshot of the extent to which EPA’s plan will accelerate the decline of domestic coal fired generation, coal production, and provide a tail wind for natural gas and renewables.[read more]

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A Look at Wind and Solar, Part 2: Is There An Upper Limit To Intermittent Renewables?

May 28, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Grid Limits to Renewable Energy Integration

As our journey through the world’s variable renewable energy leaders illustrates, while wind and solar have come a long way, they have only recently reached double-digit penetration at the grid-wide level in a couple of places.[read more]

A Look at Wind and Solar Energy, Part 1: How Far We've Come

May 27, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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After decades of incipient growth, it seems that wind and solar power are finally ready for prime time. These two renewable energy resources are growing rapidly and are beginning to move the needle in global energy supplies.[read more]

China Power Sector Reform Plans Aim To Boost Energy Efficiency and Renewables

May 27, 2015 by Barbara Finamore
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China Energy Policies

China's drive for a cleaner and more efficient energy grid received a boost when the government issued documents on power sector reform, which were published in rapid succession, came from several different ministries and outlined long-awaited upgrades to the functioning of the world's largest utility.[read more]

IRENA: Renewable Energy Employment on the Rise Globally

May 26, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Renewables and Employment

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has just published its 2015 Annual Review on “Renewable Energy and Jobs” and estimates that globally renewable energy jobs (excluding large hydropower) reached approximately 7.7 million in 2014.[read more]

An Economic Case To Prevent Solar Power's Sunset In North Carolina

May 22, 2015 by Jesse Grossman
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Solar energy has been a continuing economic boom for the state of North Carolina, but four critical policies to the state's solar market growth are jeopardized by pending legislation - will smart policy decisions keep the sun shining on the Tarheel State?[read more]

UN Sustainable Energy Goals Falling "Substantially Short"

May 22, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Energy Transition and Developing Economies

Although renewable energy is the fastest-growing portion of new electricity generation in many countries, its rate of growth is still not fast enough to meet the UN goals and unseat legacy sources of generation, primarily coal.[read more]

Hanergy Thin Film Power Shares Plunge 47 Percent, Trading Halted

May 21, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

China Solar Market Risk

Hanergy just lost $18 billion in market value as its stock dropped 47% and triggered a shutdown in trading. The Wall Street Journal suggests that the sell-off was prompted by Yingli's recent financial news and weakness in the China solar market. But Hanergy has plenty of reasons to shed shareholder value.[read more]

The Sun Also Rises in the Southeast

May 17, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Solar in the South

Anyone who's ever sat out on a Georgia afternoon or wandered outdoors in the bright Florida sunshine, knows the solar power potential in these two Southeastern states is enormous. Now, after a slow start, so is the headway the clean power technology is making in the Southeast's two most populous states.[read more]

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

May 16, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Tesla and Texas

There 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. Texas is a state of almost nine million households.[read more]

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

May 14, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Energy Market Share

How does 15 percent measure up? If you’re talking about America’s share of a $1.3 trillion global clean energy market, that 15-percent figure, while not too shabby, merits further consideration about how we got here – and where we should be heading.[read more]

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

May 13, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Tech Companies and Energy Markets

Apple made news earlier this year when it signed an $848-million “direct access” deal to bypass utilities and buy clean energy directly from a solar provider. The deal set a historical precedent for corporate renewable energy purchases that may, over time, have huge financial implications for traditional utilities.[read more]

India to Allocate 10GW of Solar Under Central Government Schemes This Year?

May 13, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier
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Recently in India there was a meeting called by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to discuss their revised plans for 10,000 MW of solar PV projects expected to be tendered in the next few months under National Solar Mission (NSM).[read more]

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Maryland's SREC Market: Nothing to be Crabby About

Maryland Energy Market Innovation

Despite consistently ranking in the top 15 state solar markets, Maryland flies under the radar for developers. Due to moderate electricity prices and thin margins, the Maryland market doesn't command the same level of attention as do the frothy markets of California, Massachusetts, or New Jersey.[read more]

Global Solar Manufacturers Look to India for New Manufacturing Capacity

May 12, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

Over the past months, several PV module manufacturers have announced plans to ‘Make in India’. While Trina Solar and Canadian Solar have declared that they are setting up manufacturing capacities in India, First Solar and SunEdison have stated that they are studying the viability of manufacturing capacity in India.[read more]