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Oklahoma utility proposes demand charges to cover distributed energy costs

Dive Brief:<p>Oklahoma Gas and Electric is proposing changes in its rate structure, including implementing a mandatory demand charge, the Associated …

Energy Jobs: Danielson Leaving DOE, First Solar CEO Steps Down, Vivint Solar CEO Exits

David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is leaving his post at the U.S. Department of Energy, following a …

Energy

Millennials love clean energy, fear climate change, and don’t vote. This campaign wants to change that.

Democrats and climate hawks share a dilemma, and that dilemma is millennials.<p>Millennials — people born between 1980 and 2000, give or take, depending …

Elections

New York's Clean Energy Commitment Is a Great Economic Strategy

The Environmental Protection Agency's "Clean Power Plan" unleashed a firestorm of criticism -- but New York has been well ahead of the debate by setting out the most ambitious environmental targets in the country. In fact, Governor Andrew Cuomo has staked his reputation on achieving "50 by 30," …

Energy

Community solar: An unlikely utility savior?

It’s no mystery that utility animosity for rooftop solar is as deeply entrenched as the animosity consumers often have toward their utilities.<p>Most …

Evangelism Marketing

Instead of Lobbying, Top 25 Utilities Could Have Doubled US Solar Capacity

<b>Published on</b> May 2nd, 2016 | <i>by John Farrell</i><p>0<p>May 2nd, 2016 by <b>John Farrell</b><p>Originally published at<i>ilsr.org</i><i>.</i><p>The Investor Responsibility Research Center …

Utilities

Business Renewables Center and RE100 Cement Partnership

The Business Renewables Center (BRC) is working together with RE100, led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, to accelerate the procurement …

Energy

Solar Powered Drones, Coming Soon To A Sky Near You

<b>Published on</b> April 29th, 2016 | <i>by Tina Casey</i><p>0<p>April 29th, 2016 by <b>Tina Casey</b><p>The Intertubes have been buzzing with news that the company Alta Devices …

How to Find Compromise on Net Metering

Last week, six New York utilities and three leading solar companies announced a landmark joint proposal on the future of net metering in the …

Clean Energy

A Conversation With David Crane on Getting Fired From NRG and What’s Next for His Energy Plans

David Crane, former CEO of the competitive energy supplier NRG Energy, once owned a bar and pizza shop in Hong Kong.<p>“That was fun,” he said, …

Energy

CEO of Rocky Mountain Institute Discusses Unprecedented Paris Climate Deal

Why SunEdison's bankruptcy won't deflate the solar boom

Just when it seemed as if solar were going gangbusters — with double-digit growth rates, studies showing that states could produce anywhere from 25 …

Renewable Energy

Exploring How Cities Can Switch To A Low-Carbon Energy Grid

A law professor from the University of Kansas has explored innovative approaches for cities to switch to a low-carbon energy grid. Uma Outka, an …

Cities

Live From e-Lab Accelerator—The Path to Energy Resilience

At the 2016 e-Lab Accelerator, which kicked off April 24 at Sundance Mountain Resort, resilience—in its many forms and descriptions—is a core …

Energy

The political hurdles facing a carbon tax — and how to overcome them

A consensus has formed among economists, climate wonks, and progressives that a carbon tax is the best way to address climate change. In some …

Carbon

The living grid: A new frontier in energy demand response

A trio of British businesses — giant retailer Sainsbury’s, water management organization United Utilities and manufacturer Aggregate Industries — are …

Energy

Carbon Pricing Becomes a Cause for the World Bank and I.M.F.

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund are pressing governments to impose a price tag on planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions, using economic leverage and technical assistance that institutions like the United Nations cannot muster.<p>The campaign by two of the largest international lenders …

Economics

Solar gardens grow slowly out West

<i>This story first appeared on High Country News.</i> As soon as her electric cooperative started selling panels in a community solar garden, Doris Shennum …

Energy

Earth Week Guest Post: Corporate Renewables Growth- The Sky is the Limit

By Paolo Natali (Rocky Mountain Institute)<p>Fossil fuels make up two-thirds of the approximately 1,100 gigawatts of capacity in the U.S. bulk power …

Energy

Sustainable buildings need to be smarter buildings

The value of designing and constructing more sustainable buildings is no longer in question. Every sector faces the challenge of reducing net …

Sustainable Business

The US Solar Market Is Now 1 Million Installations Strong

Sometime around the end of February, the millionth solar installation came on-line in the United States -- a milestone that says as much about where …

Energy

7 things we've learned about Earth since the last Earth Day

This year, Google is celebrating Earth Day with five different Google Doodles illustrating the planet's major biomes: tundra, forest, grasslands, …

Earth Science

Tesla Model 3 Might Be The First Autonomous Vehicle. Here’s Why.

<b>Published on</b> April 22nd, 2016 | <i>by Guest Contributor</i><p>0<p>April 22nd, 2016 by <b>Guest Contributor</b><p>Originally published on <i>EV Annex</i>.<br>By Matt Pressman<p>Based on …

Driverless Cars

We Mean Business: The Paris Accord is a $13 trillion opportunity

Implementing the Paris Agreement will unlock at least $13.5 trillion of economic activity globally, according to an analysis by We Mean Business.<p>And …

Energy

Driving the Energy System of the Future

RMI is pleased to announce the invited projects for the third-annual Electricity Innovation Lab (e-Lab) Accelerator, a four-day working meeting that …

Energy

Can low-income housing be energy efficient and affordable?

March 16, 2016 — In Ann Arbor, Michigan, the local housing commission is completing floor-by-floor renovations in the five-story Baker Commons public …

Housing

One Way The Paris Climate Pact Is Already Having A Huge Effect

Corporations certainly got the message. Now, will lawmakers?<p>The Paris climate treaty is slated to be signed at the United Nations in New York on Friday.<p>Big businesses’ message to lawmakers is clear: We’re doing our part to slash carbon emissions, now you do yours.<p>On Wednesday, two days before world …

Climate

Demand Response Is Critical in Enhancing the Use of Aggregated DERs

The $1.4 billion U.S. demand response market is entering a new era driven by innovation and an increasing penetration of distributed resources. …

Demand Response

Can Other Auto Manufacturers Recreate Tesla’s EV Success?

<b>Published on</b> April 19th, 2016 | <i>by James Ayre</i><p>0<p>April 19th, 2016 by <b>James Ayre</b><p>Originally published on <i>EV Obsession</i>.<p>While executives at most of the major …

Tesla

“Community Storage” Is a New Way to Think About Reducing Grid Costs

Energy storage is one of the hottest topics in the electricity industry today. As battery costs decline, many actors are recognizing the huge …

Energy