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Hawaii May Be Closer to Achieving a 100% Renewable Grid Than You Think

Hawaii is famously reliant on imported fossil fuels, for both electricity and transportation. But that’s changing rapidly as the state invests …


Corporate Wind And Solar PPA's 'The Next Big Thing'

Corporate wind and solar power purchase agreements (PPA’s) are growing in leaps and bounds according to Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), but not as …


The Apple Factor: First Solar Explains Its Landmark PV Deal With the Tech Behemoth

Smartphones with large screens have been popular in China and Japan for several years, but it took Apple’s iPhone 6/6+ release last September for the …

Renewable Energy

Taking Dutch Housing From Energy Hog to Net Zero in Less Than Ten Days

What if you could change your decades-old house into a modern, comfortable, energy-efficient home in less than ten days without having to move out or …


A California Utility Explores Time-Sensitive Electricity Pricing

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), a utility that serves approximately 540,000 customers in and around Sacramento, California, has a …

The Electricity Industry and the Importance of Fitting In

Wanting to fit in is a basic desire of human existence. Who hasn’t gone through middle school or high school trying to find a group in which to …


Shell Steps Into the Clean Energy Access Market With a Promising Investment Tool

Access to finance is the largest near-term barrier to ending energy poverty for hundreds of millions around the world -- and foundation capital may …


Not so fast to call grid defection, analysts say

Former Vice President Al Gore stood before a crowd of renewables investors, analysts and clean energy industry executives and declared the electric …


How to Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value: A Guide For Investors


RMI is working to equip real estate investors with practical guidance to …

What German power bills would look like if Germany were in the US


Last week, German utility lobby group BDEW announced a slight reduction in the average monthly power bill in Germany. Time for a


5 Numbers That Will Shape the Future of US Solar in 2015 and 2016

Closing out last week's Solar Summit Conference in Phoenix, Senior Solar Analyst Cory Honeyman shared GTM Research's outlook on the U.S. solar market …

Renewable Energy

Elon Musk Almost Sold Tesla To Google In 2013

Published on April 20th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan


April 20th, 2015 by Zachary Shahan

I’ve seen more “Google should buy Tesla” and “Apple should buy …


Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables

The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, …


Grid Power Will Survive Clean Energy Challenge, Stem CEO Says

Utilities will continue to play a vital role in delivering power amid calls from clean-energy proponents including Al Gore that consumers turn away …

Electrical Grid

Is Jim Rogers Out of Touch With Utility Transformation?

In his former role as CEO of Duke Energy, Jim Rogers was largely seen as a forward-thinking leader, encouraging his industry to support U.S. climate …

Jim Rogers

Are Electric Vehicles The Best Choice For Teenage Drivers?

Are electric vehicles the best choice for teenage drivers (assuming that upfront costs aren’t an issue)? That’s an interesting question, one where …

EV battery costs declining faster than expected

The cost to make lithium-ion battery packs used for plug-in vehicles dropped by about 14 percent a year between 2007 and 2014, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. That means the average cost per kilowatt hour fell from about $1,000 to $410 during that time …


Why Corporate Power Purchasing is Poised to be the Next Big Thing in Renewable Energy

Utility-scale solar and wind power is the best source of cheap, large-scale renewable energy. If you’re just reading the 2015 headlines it can seem …


The Finance Industry on DERs: Solar and Batteries are Coming

If you want to see where the grid is heading, follow the money. And by that measure, the banks have spoken loudly.

Solar Power

21st century energy: What you need to know about power purchasing

When it comes to renewable energy, one thing is abundantly clear: New generating sources aren’t coming online fast enough to suit the needs of …


Solar power plus battery could supply most electricity needs in 10-15 years

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Homer Energy released a report, “The Economics of Load Defection,” detailing where and when grid-connected solar …


Report: ‘Load Defection’ From Customer-Owned Solar and Batteries Is Already Here

Forget the threat of solar- and battery-equipped customers defecting from the grid. The real threat for utilities unwilling to adapt to …

Renewable Energy

Why utilities could soon face massive load defection, and how they can prevent it

Two roads are diverging for utilities. One leads to huge opportunities if they take the initiative to transform the grid and their business models. …


Is America's electrical grid fading to black?

Are you prepared to live "off the grid," independent of major electric utilities? Many people who live in Washington, D.C., may be ready for a change …


What if companies and their buildings actually enhanced ecosystems?

What if building codes actually required new projects to enhance a certain number of ecosystem services — such as sequestering carbon, building …


Amory Lovins: Freedom From Fossil Fuels Is a Possible Dream

'Our energy future is not fate but choice...And that choice is very flexible,' clean energy visionary says in a Harvard Climate Week speech.By Lisa …


Solar-Plus-Battery Systems Could Significantly Reduce Grid Loads

April 9, 2015 By Karen Henry

Grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems could soon supply the majority of customers’ electricity needs, according to a …

Electrical Grid

Utility Sales Could Drop by Half as Homes Make Their Own Power

Utilities in the U.S. Northeast stand to lose as much as half of residential sales by 2030 as customers install solar and battery-storage systems and …


Report: The way we power our homes may be on the verge of a major change

In recent years, the growth of the rooftop solar market has been astounding. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, the growth rate …