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CAISO Expects It May Need to Curtail Up to 8,000 MW This Spring and Up to 13,000 MW By 2024, Which Could Test Curtailment Risk Allocation Provisions in Renewable PPAs

At the most recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) held on February 16, 2017, the President…

4 Charts Explaining Latin America’s Impending Solar Boom

Latin America is making its mark on the global solar map.In 2010, the region barely had a solar market to speak of. In 2021, the region is expected …

Tesla launches Powerwall 2, says all solar homes will have storage

Tesla's launches 14kWh Powerwall 2, confirming pricing and predicting 100% of solar homes will have battery storage within 10 years.

Arizona Public Service, solar industry reach critical rate case settlement

Dive Brief:<p>Arizona Public Service Co. and a group of solar interests filed a settlement on rate design and rooftop solar compensation with the …

Solar Power

NRG CEO: Independent power producer model 'obsolete'

Dive Brief:<p>NRG Energy lost almost $900 million last year, the result of lower power and gas prices along with a hefty "goodwill impairment …

Saudis kick off $50 billion renewable energy plan to cut oil use | Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Saudi Arabia is kicking off its $50 billion renewable-energy push as the world’s top crude exporter turns to solar and wind power to temper domestic …

Research spotlight: Solar cost shift negligible, DER valuation efforts advancing slowly

Recent research into the cost and value of distributed resources gives a snapshot of how the policy debate over them is developing in the United …

The West’s Largest Coal-Fired Power Plant Is Closing. What About Colorado’s Coal Power Stations?

The largest coal-fired power plant in the West, the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona, will likely close at the end of 2019. The Arizona Republic …

Natural Gas

Utilities vote to close Navajo coal plant at end of 2019

The utilities that own the Navajo Generating Station coal-fired power plant near Page are tired of overpaying for power and decided Monday to close …

Monopoly Un-Managed? Utility Tries to Dodge Oversight of Spendy Proposed Gas Plant

Circumventing a decades-old pact providing a market monopoly in exchange for public oversight, an investor-owned utility has proposed legislation to …

FERC Eliminates Barrier to a Cleaner, More Efficient Market

In a huge win for clean energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued an order eliminating a barrier to customer savings and …

In Wyoming wind, a conservative billionaire sees California's future

Photos by Jay Calderon | Graphics by Robert Hopwood | Published Feb. 1, 2017<p>You wouldn't expect Philip Anschutz to build America's biggest wind …

Californians are paying billions for power they don’t need - Los Angeles Times

We're using less electricity. Some power plants have even shut down. So why do state officials keep approving new ones?<p>The bucolic orchards of Sutter County north of Sacramento had never seen anything like it: a visiting governor and a media swarm — all to christen the first major natural gas power …

Who will profit from the grid of the future?

Photos by Jay Calderon | Graphics by Robert Hopwood | Published Feb. 1, 2017<p>Warren Buffett has amassed a $70-billion fortune by taking the long …

A Climate Change Economist Sounds the Alarm

A leading supporter of the go-slow approach appears to have changed his mind.<p>Some people who study climate change believe that addressing it later -- when economic growth has made humanity wealthier -- would be better than taking drastic measures immediately. Now, though, one of this group's most …

Harnessing The Power Of The People Through "Value Of Solar"... And Beyond

Fights over rooftop solar are cropping up around the country, with 47 states plus Washington D.C. considering action in 2016 to change solar policies. Net energy metering, a policy in 41 states under which energy generated by customers is credited against the cost of energy consumed from the grid, …

Expect the Unexpected: The Disruptive Power of Low-carbon Technology

<b>Nick Butler, Financial Times blog:</b> “This is not an advocacy document or wishful thinking but a well-sourced projection based on what is already …

We’re probably underestimating how quickly electric vehicles will disrupt the oil market

Unpredictably rapid growth happens pretty predictably.<p>Just about every analyst agrees that the electric vehicle market is poised for rapid growth. But how rapid?<p>It’s not an idle question. The rate of EV growth will have huge implications for oil markets, auto markets, and electric utilities. Yet it …

Fossil Fuels

Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass

Tesla Motors Inc. is making a huge bet that millions of small batteries can be strung together to help kick fossil fuels off the grid. The idea is a …

Gulf Power Demand Charge Proposal Eliminates Choice for Floridians

WASHINGTON, D.C. - <i>Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA),</i> …

Arizona utility regulatory staff recommends against APS' $166M rate increase

Dive Brief:<p>There is significant opposition to a rate increase proposed by Arizona Public Service, with both staff of the regulatory commission and …

Solar Power

AEMO hires New York energy reformer as new CEO

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has hired Audrey Zibelman, one of the leading players in New York’s ground-breaking “Reforming the …

New York State

Putting the Potential Rate Impacts of Distributed Solar into Context | Electricity Markets and Policy Group

Concerns about the potential impacts of net-metered PV on retail electricity prices have led to an array of proposals to reform rate structures and …

Bill backed by Missouri co-ops would allow new limitations on net metering

Missouri’s electric cooperative association is promoting legislation that would make a raft of changes that could render net metering less available …

Business, consumer groups bash Minnesota utility’s push for new natural gas plant

A group of large industrial users joined consumer advocates in decrying a bill that would permit Xcel Energy to build a 786 megawatt combined cycle …

10 renewable energy predictions for 2017

By Michael Liebreich, Chairman of the Advisory Board (@MLiebreich)<br>and Angus McCrone, Chief Editor<br>Bloomberg New Energy Finance<p>When Christopher …

Report: Benefits of state renewable energy policies far outweigh costs

©2017 E&E Publishing, LLC<br>Republished with permission<i>By David Ferris</i>A new report from the national laboratories examined states’ renewable energy …