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New York's revolutionary plan to remake its power utilities

By now, many people are aware of the ongoing battles between customers with rooftop solar panels and power utilities around the country. At first …


Power utilities are built for the 20th century. That’s why they’re flailing in the 21st.

For all the recent media attention to power utilities, most coverage has been about symptoms rather than root causes. There's a battle over rooftop …


Reimagining electric utilities for the 21st century

In my last post, I explained the core problem facing US electric utilities: They are still structured as monopolies that bundle together disparate …


Surprising Number of Nations Produce Climate Plans Before UN Deadline

Published on October 5th, 2015 | by Sandy Dechert


October 5th, 2015 by Sandy Dechert

In Bonn on Friday, the numbers came out for the nations making …


EV as grid asset: Unlocking a $3 billion energy market

BMW and California utility PG&E are among the players sorting out the interconnected futures of the energy and automotive industries.

Electric Vehicles

6 California Storage Startups You Should Know About

As California strengthens its policy environment for storage, the range of companies in the state doing business in the sector continues to grow.For …


Daimler Tests Autonomous Truck on Germany's Autobahn

Self-driving trucks are hitting the roads. Daimler last week piloted the first autonomous truck along Germany's Autobahn, between Denkendorf and …


How Solar-plus-Battery Systems Insulate Customers from Rising Retail Electricity Prices

In the face of rising retail prices for grid electricity, investing in solar-plus-battery systems can insulate grid-connected customers from those …


NextEra on Storage: ‘Post 2020, There May Never Be Another Peaker Built in the US’

Energy storage at utility scale just got a $100M vote of confidence from one of the world's largest utilities. NextEra Energy wants to be "the …

Energy Storage

United States and China enter new era of climate action. Where next?

Nearly a year ago, the United States and China laid out their national climate action plans for the coming years. These were the first in what is now …


The What, When And How of Texas Electricity Prices Going Negative

Published on October 1st, 2015 | by William Steel


October 1st, 2015 by William Steel

The 735.5 MW Horse Hollow Wind Farm, Texas. Photo credit: The …


4 Ways Demand Flexibility Can Enable a Low-Carbon Grid

As the electricity industry and its ever-expanding cast of players race to provide customer solutions, keeping in mind that many customers want more …


Aggregated Energy Storage Has Arrived

Earlier this month, energy storage developer Stem and utility PG&E aggregated a fleet of behind-the-meter energy storage systems and successfully bid …


Shell CEO: Solar Energy To Be Backbone Of World’s Energy System

Solar energy will comprise the backbone of the world’s energy system in years to come, according to the CEO of Shell (yes, that Shell), Ben van …

Solar Power

Microgrids With 50 Percent Solar Do Not Need Storage

ABB has raised the upper limit for microgrid renewable-energy penetration without storage. Research by the company suggests up to 50 percent …

Renewable Energy

How to talk about COP 21 when no one cares

Rejoice! A guide to talking climate action with businesses of any size.

Business Technology

The time for climate action is now

Every day is a new opportunity to change business for good. But there are few better platforms to do so than the past week, where thousands of people …

Civil Liberties

Reflecting on Climate Week NYC: Corporations Leading the Way

Yesterday marked the end of the seventh Climate Week NYC. The annual event brings together influential global figures—and new voices—from the worlds


Shell Abandons Offshore Drilling in the Arctic

Associated Press: Shell to Cease Alaska Offshore Arctic Drilling

Royal Dutch Shell will stop drilling for oil and gas in Arctic waters off Alaska's …


Mars, Bloomberg vow with '6 million companies' to act on climate change

At the final "signature" meeting of Climate Week for businesses, the prevailing talk was about taking action now.


House Votes To Keep EPA From Considering Costs Of Climate Change

Climate change costs an incredible amount of money. Whether it is deaths during heat waves, reconstruction after a superstorm, or even lost revenues …

Climate Change

6 banking giants demand strong COP21 deal, pricing carbon

JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citibank, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley call for a strong global climate deal, recognizing cost of …


China says it will start the world's biggest carbon market by 2017

On Friday, Chinese president Xi Jinping will announce that China will start the world's largest carbon trading system by 2017, according to a …


China to adopt cap and trade system to limit carbon emissions

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday will announce a nationwide cap-and-trade program to curtail carbon emissions, adopting a mechanism most widely used in Europe to limit greenhouse gases, Obama administration officials said.

Expanding on a pilot project in seven Chinese cities, the cap-and-trade …

World Economy

U.S., China Announce Climate Steps, $3.1 Billion Contribution

WASHINGTON—The U.S. and China on Friday announced significant steps in their efforts to combat climate change, including a pledge by China to launch a program by 2017 to cap some emissions and put a price on carbon and to contribute $3.1 billion to help poorer countries finance their own transition …


U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change

• In November 2014, President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping stood together in Beijing to make a historic U.S.-China Joint Announcement on …


Today's U.S.-China Announcement is the Most Significant Milestone to Date for Battling Global Climate Change

Today’s joint announcement by President Obama and President Xi represents the second time in two years the leaders have met to make significant …

Climate Change

Equinix and its California data centers go solar

The data center operator embraces solar partly because it’s a request from its Internet customers.

Equinix, which operates more than 105 data centers around the world, has agreed to buy solar energy to power its operations in California.

The move, announced on Wednesday, shows how the world’s largest …


Data center giant Equinix sources clean power to 'top 5' Web brands

Equinix, a $2.5 billion technology powerhouse that operates more than 100 data centers on five continents, is offering a special enticement to …


PV Magazine Mobil: Data center giant Equinix taps SunEdison to solar power its Californian operations

Data center giant Equinix taps SunEdison to solar power its Californian operations

23 September 2015 Global PV markets, Industry & Suppliers, Markets …

Renewable Energy