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NextEra merger dead, Hawaii turns to realizing a 100% renewables future

On July 15, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission rejected the application from Florida-based NextEra Energy to acquire Hawaiian Electric Industries …

Energy

What’s Missing From Elon Musk’s New Master Plan for Tesla

Elon Musk’s 2006 “secret master plan” was basically to build a fancy, expensive electric car, then build a less expensive, upscale electric car, and …

Tesla

Vienna HFC Talks: Progress, High Expectations, & Work Ahead

The HFC talks in Vienna wound up early Sunday morning with strong progress towards a Montreal Protocol amendment to phase down these super potent climate pollutants, and high expectations that the deal will be sealed in Kigali, Rwanda, this October.<p>Phasing down HFCs is the biggest climate …

Vienna

EV-Box Installs 40,000th EV Charging Point, Most In World

<b>Published on</b> July 25th, 2016 | <i>by James Ayre</i><p>0<p>July 25th, 2016 by <b>James Ayre</b><p>The electric vehicle charging solutions firm EV-Box recently installed its …

Electric Vehicles

The Public Health Case for Energy Storage

We’ve heard about the value of energy storage for integrating renewables, shaving peak demand and regulating frequency, but there’s another service …

Energy

The First 100 Days of Energy Policy in the Trump Administration

In late May, Donald Trump (with policy input from fracking billionaire Harold Hamm) laid out his 100-day energy action plan:<p>"Rescind all the …

Energy

Demand-Side Resources are Key to System Flexibility

The National Renewable Energy Lab has a great paper titled Flexibility in 21st Century Power Systems. The paper addresses three grid requirements to …

Energy

Data Centers and the Cloud Are Going Green

In a water- and electricity-intensive business, data center owners are actively implementing energy-efficient features and practices to resource …

Environmentalism

Wind Stocks: How Investors Can Get In on America’s Emerging Offshore Wind Market

Offshore wind is finally moving forward in the United States.<p>The country's first offshore wind farm, the 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm, is now …

Energy

Renewable energy's new dance partners: Banks, pension funds

A funny thing happened on the way to the bank for the solar and wind industries. The erstwhile "alternative" energy that turned off traditional …

Energy

Decarbonising aviation fuel

Solar Impulse Team Predicts Solar Electric Passenger Planes Within 10 Years

<b>Published on</b> July 18th, 2016 | <i>by Giles Parkinson</i><p>0<p>July 18th, 2016 by <b>Giles Parkinson</b><p>Originally published on <i>RenewEconomy</i>.<p>The co-pilots and founders of …

Airplanes

For utility customer satisfaction, J.D. Power says communication, control are key

You hope you never use it, but odds are good you're pretty satisfied with your car insurance. Same for your bank account — technology has made paying …

Customer Service

California Considers Connecting Electric Vehicles, Home Batteries Up to the Grid

A major player in California’s electricity system has opened its arms to the concept of using batteries — whether mounted on a garage wall or inside …

Electricity

Utilities Ignore Millennials at Their Peril

As the largest generational cohort in the history of the U.S. inches closer to paying their own electric bills, utilities have a novel chance to …

Utilities

Clean energy continues to grow as emissions decline

Americans are using less electricity as buildings become more energy-efficient and industrial power demand weakens, and a new report says that is …

Energy

66,000 Pennsylvanians Employed In Clean Energy Jobs (Report)

<b>Published on</b> July 18th, 2016 | <i>by Jake Richardson</i><p>0<p>July 18th, 2016 by <b>Jake Richardson</b><p>A report released by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and the …

Energy

Evolution of REV: New York PSC Chair Audrey Zibelman says 2016 is the year of execution

Audrey Zibelman is no stranger to shaking up the utility sector.<p>Before she took on the role as New York’s chief utility regulator, she helped create …

Energy

California ISO solar production soars to new record - 8,030 megawatts

<b>Clean energy now consistently serves large percentage of consumer demand</b><p>Solar power production hit a new record of 8,030 megawatts at<p>1:06 p.m. …

Energy

The Sun as Filling Station: Turning Solar Energy into Electricity

Morocco is a country undergoing profound changes. The population is growing, and prosperity is rising. Companies are adding locations here. Rural …

Energy

You Drive An Electric Car? Tell Us More….

<b>Published on</b> July 10th, 2016 | <i>by Zachary Shahan</i><p>0<p>July 10th, 2016 by <b>Zachary Shahan</b><p>I was going to run a very short survey on electric car matters, but …

Electric Vehicles

How the Grid Was Won: Three Scenarios for the Distributed Grid in 2030

You probably don’t remember this, but 15 years ago people still debated whether the growth of distributed energy would fundamentally transform the …

Energy

Senate votes to convene first energy bill conference committee since 2007

Dive Brief:<p>The U.S. Senate has voted to take work on broad energy legislation into a conference committee with House lawmakers for the first time …

Utilities

The smart city C-Suite? 5 jobs that could save cities

So far, the 21st century has been an interesting time to work for a city.<p>On one hand, urbanism is having a moment in the sun as young residents flock …

Urban Planning

It's rush hour for urban electric buses

Amid recent attention to the transportation emissions of the urban core — with the US and China announcing a "race to zero emissions" in electric bus …

Sustainability

Subsidies Done Right — California Solar Inititiative’s Success

<b>Published on</b> July 12th, 2016 | <i>by Zachary Shahan</i><p>0<p>July 12th, 2016 by <b>Zachary Shahan</b><p>Theoretically, subsidies shouldn’t last forever – they should …

Success

Dozens of countries still haven’t ratified the Paris climate deal. What’s the holdup?

(Grist/Shutterstock)<i>Originally published on</i> <i>Grist</i><i>.</i>In the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, environmentalists have been in a bit of a …

Climate

Looking for a Breakthrough in Cement and Concrete

The toughest climate challenges involve large global industries, with no good substitutes. One of these literally produces the material under our …

Concrete

Google, Amazon and Apple Are Forging the Future of Corporate Energy Management

Apple recently made headlines when it established a subsidiary called Apple Energy and filed for authorization to sell capacity, energy and ancillary …

Amazon

Brexit: Insights from Renewable Energy Businesses

Brexit; It’s been the buzz word dominating the media recently and it’s likely to continue for some time. The UK’s decision to leave the EU has left …

Renewable Energy