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When the Mercury Rises, So Do Electricity Prices. How Demand Flexibility Can Help.

The basic law of supply and demand says that as demand surges and/or as supply lags, prices go up. Nowhere have we seen that effect more acutely than …

Heat Wave

3 Steps to Maximize the Value of Batteries

RMI will be hosting a workshop on this topic in advance of the Energy Storage North America Conference and Expo in San Diego on Monday, October 13.

How a green business group is transforming the way utilities sell renewables

The Corporate Renewables Partnership helps connect the nation's biggest companies with utilities and IPPs that can satisfy their huge demand for …

Energy

Saving Universities Money through Efficiency and Renewables

What if we told you your favorite university could save millions of dollars in energy costs? And we had proof? At this summer’s Appalachian Energy …

North Carolina

In an Age of Cheap Solar Does Efficiency Still Matter?

Solar may be more glamorous, but efficiency, the old workhouse of green buildings, remains a winner, just not in all cases.

Solar Power

Here's Why the Green Energy Movement is Red, White and Blue

The Pope just took a stand on climate change. One of the fastest cars in the world is electric. China is the world’s leading market for solar. So why …

Energy

New York REV’s Distributed System Platform Breaks New Ground

Last week, New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding achieved another key milestone as part of its electricity system evolution. The …

Wind Power Wins Big Under the Clean Power Plan

Many prognostications have been made about the impact of EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the rules to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants, …

Wind Power

Bracing your financial portfolio for climate change

China’s stock market is in free fall, the fed is getting ready to hike interest rates and crude oil’s sharp decline just hit the $40-a-barrel …

Climate

World Must 'Almost Completely' Decarbonize In Next 35 Years To Tackle Climate Change

Published on August 26th, 2015 | by Guest Contributor

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August 26th, 2015 by Guest Contributor

Originally published on RenewEconomy.
By Sophie Vorrath

The …

Climate Change

Report Release: The Economics of Demand Flexibility

In the context of the U.S. electricity system’s evolution, Demand Flexibility represents a huge, cost-effective resource option for customers, …

Economics

The 10 Questions to Ask When You Hear the Word “Microgrid”

Both SDG&E’s demonstration project in Borrego Springs, CA, (recently heralded for keeping the lights on during a transmission line problem) and …

Microgrid

New York City Rooftops Could Hold 4.7 GW Of Solar PV

Published on August 24th, 2015 | by Joshua S Hill

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August 24th, 2015 by Joshua S Hill

Determining the potential energy your roof could generate with …

Renewable Energy

Citigroup: Tackling climate change now could save $1.8 trillion

The financial case for decarbonization is more compelling than ever.

Environment

From Old to New: How Rethinking Regulation Can Deliver a Smarter Electricity System

Utility managers pay attention to Wall Street, and often reveal more about their top priorities in shareholder earnings calls than in regulatory …

Corporate Finance

Could you go off-grid?

In a few months, Bethany Schweitzer and her husband hope to be generating most of their own electricity through solar panels installed on the roof of their house. Driven by a desire to live an eco-friendlier life, they crunched the numbers and sought approval for the panels from their homeowners …

Green Living

Bike City Copenhagen: This Is The Ultimate Bicycle Friendly City

Welcome to Copenhagen, although if you’re a fan of two-wheeled transportation, you’ll probably come to know it as bicycle heaven.

Copenhagen is the …

Bicycle Touring

Here's why the green energy movement is red, white and blue

The energy might be clean, but the work is rooted in all-American dirt, sweat, and hard labor.

The Pope just took a stand on climate change. One of the fastest cars in the world is electric. China is the world’s leading market for solar. So why does it feel like America is stuck in the sixties when …

Energy

Excessive AC is a Hot Topic in the U.S.

A recent New York Times article, “Enduring Summer’s Deep Freeze,” described a scenario we’re unfortunately all to familiar with in the summer: …

Climate Change

Saving Energy and Priceless Documents at the National Archives and Records Administration

Breakthrough energy savings performance contract (ESPC) projects exemplify how an ESPC can unlock deep levels of energy savings. ESPC projects are …

Environment

8 Potential Battery Breakthroughs

Even with plenty of 2015 left, it is a safe bet that the Tesla Powerwall launch in May will be energy storage’s biggest moment this year. The …

Batteries

How climate change and natural capital are changing banking

From investing in forests to new types of resilient infrastructure, businesses are starting to comprehend the expanding definition of capital.

Corporate Finance

How A Self-Driving Car Sees The Road (TED Talk)

Back in 1885 was the first of what would become all too common, an automobile accident. Karl Benz reportedly invented the automobile in 1885. “Later …

TED Talks

The Time Is Now

A Sincere Accounting Of The Costs & Benefits Of Electric Vehicles, Part 3: Purchase & Growing Pains

Published on August 10th, 2015 | by Guest Contributor

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August 10th, 2015 by Guest Contributor

Brian Kent is a Nissan LEAF owner who is about to embark on

Electric Vehicles

The top 7 reasons businesses should fear climate change

A recent report from the Economist lays out the global cost of inaction on climate issues.

Climate Change

Adding Energy Storage To Home Solar: Does It Make Sense?

Published on August 10th, 2015 | by Guest Contributor

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August 10th, 2015 by Guest Contributor

Originally published on Thoughts of a Lapsed Physicist.
By …

Renewable Energy

The other death spiral utilities are beginning to deal with

The central lesson for utilities in the talk of a death spiral is if they don’t give their customers what they want, they go elsewhere.

To date, that …

Energy

Microsoft’s 2-Year Journey to 285 MW of Wind Energy

Over the past two years, Microsoft has contracted for 285 MW of renewable power from two off-site wind energy projects. These two wind farms—capable …

Energy

Colorado Wrestles with Evolving Utility Business Models

The electric industry is evolving. New technologies are available to make the system more reliable, less costly, improve service quality, and lower …

Colorado