Ed Carley

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How Tesla’s Energy Storage Play Could Take Flight—or Flop

Now that Tesla is finally lifting the curtain on its energy storage ambitions, let’s take a look at the challenges that the electric-vehicle upstart …

Solar Power
Solar Panels

NRG Energy Exec Questions Why Solar Is the ‘Bad Boy,’ While Efficiency Is Good

Is there a way to integrate increasing amounts of rooftop solar, enabling customer choice and a cleaner grid, while ensuring that utilities are …

Solar Power

Study: Hydropower Losses From California’s Drought Cost Ratepayers $1.4 Billion

The diminished hydropower capacity of California’s dams cost electricity customers a total of $1.4 billion in the past three years, according to a …

Drought

Could the First Major Solar PPA Offering in China Drive Even Faster Market Growth?

China, the fastest-growing solar market in the world, could now see an extra boost from the widespread use of power-purchase agreements.<p>UGE …

Apocalyptic Schadenfreude

What the New York Times — and everybody else — gets wrong about California’s water crisis.<p><b>By Steven Johnson</b><p><b>There’s a certain</b> kind of story, and a …

U.S. Carbon Emissions Falling to Two-Decade Low in Coal Shift

Carbon dioxide emissions will slip to the lowest since 1994 as U.S. utilities shift away from coal in favor of solar, wind and natural gas.<p>The power …

Renewable Energy

Why 2015 could be a record year for the greening of U.S. energy

In general, changes to our energy system come slowly. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.<p><i>In general.</i><p>Nonetheless, 2015 is shaping up to be a pretty special year and a pretty significant 365-day shift in how we get our power, says a 2015 power market outlook released Thursday by Bloomberg New Energy …

Clean Power Plan

The Year the Dam of Denial Breaks – Ready for the Flood?

This is the year the “dam of denial” will break and the momentum for climate action will become an unstoppable flood. It will be messy, confusing and …

SolarCity

There’s an emerging right-wing divide on climate denial. Here’s what it means (and doesn’t)

For as long as climate change has been a public agenda item — let’s date it back to 1988, when James Hansen testified to Congress — there has been a …

Solar Power

PosiGen Brings Solar to the Working Class With a Unique Twist on a Lease

Going solar isn’t something that should be reserved for the wealthy, according to the founders of PosiGen, a four-year-old solar company out of New …

Solar Power

Renewable energy is growing very, very fast. It’s just still not fast enough.

The global shift toward renewable energy is not only continuing apace — it may be picking up speed.<p>Such is the upshot of a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme, finding that worldwide investment in renewables totaled $ 270.2 billion in 2014, which represented an almost 17 …

Renewable Energy

Duke Energy Proposes Tripling Florida’s Solar-Power Capacity

Duke Energy Corp. plans to install as much as 500 megawatts of solar power in Florida by 2024, a proposal that would more than triple the capacity of …

Solar Power

A rural utility bucks against its power supplier

The relationships between rural energy co-operatives and the utilities that provide their power are usually pretty subdued. Like partners in a long …

Power Companies In 19 States Are Ending Pay-As-You-Go Electricity

The new billing plans charge flat rates for electricity in a tier system based on typical usage, giving customers less financial incentive to conserve. Solar panel owners are crying foul over the new schemes.<p>Solar panels are sprouting on rooftops across the country, thanks to plummeting costs. And …

State may change billing

For a century, the utility industry has operated on the verity that if you build it, your customers will pay. That article of faith is now under …

A new utility business model profitably embraces efficiency and solar

A few weeks ago, the city council in Fort Collins, Colo., unanimously voted to accelerate the city’s climate action goals to achieve an 80 percent …

Solar Power

Tong and Wellinghoff: Are fixed charges a curse in disguise for investor-owned utilities?

Editor's Note: The following is a guest post written by Jon Wellinghoff and James Tong. Wellinghoff is the former chairman of the Federal Energy …

Supreme Court wrestles with air-pollution rule

The Supreme Court is reviewing a major Obama administration rule aimed at cleaning up toxic power plant exhausts. The case puts in question both the …

Clean Air Act