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Xcel Energy wants to rewrite your electricity bill

Xcel Energy wants to rewrite your electricity bill and change the way you pay for energy. The first step in that effort is now before the Colorado …

New York lawmakers introduce bill to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Dive Brief:<p>A dozen New York lawmakers have introduced a bill aimed at codifying Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) climate change goals, including a 100% …

Big Corporations Are Starting to Ditch Their Power Providers. A Sign of the Utility Death Spiral?

<b>Utilities</b><p>The Energy Gang discusses MGM Grand’s decision to stop buying electricity from Nevada Power. The beginning of a scary trend for power …

G7 Leaders Meeting In Japan Must Commit To Decarbonization, Says Greenpeace

<b>Published on</b> May 27th, 2016 | <i>by Joshua S Hill</i><p>0<p>May 27th, 2016 by <b>Joshua S Hill</b><p>Leaders of the G7 nations meeting in Japan must use this opportunity to …

Strange bedfellows: How solar and utilities struck a net metering compromise in New York

The power sector experienced a "Kumbaya" moment last month.<p>Electric utilities and rooftop solar companies are typically at each other's throats, …

Renewable Energy

Hawaii conference to build 100% renewable microgrid

VERGE Hawaii: Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit, June 21-23 in Honolulu, will use a 100-percent renewable energy microgrid — modeling resilience, …

Sustainability

5 make-or-break questions for sustainable transportation

The way Lauren Isaac sees it, the world is looking at two possible transportation futures.<p>In the "driverless nightmare" scenario, personal …

Sustainability

A New Chapter for Renewable Energy Buyers

More than 250 executives attended the 2016 Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) Summit at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, last …

Energy

How Renewables Are Competing in the Wholesale Market Without Mandates

State renewable portfolio standards have long been the top driver of U.S. utility-scale solar and wind energy growth -- until now.<p>This year, for the …

Clean Energy

Viva La Revolución: Giving Power to the People with Distributed Generation

There is a revolution underway. The energy industry is undergoing a radical transfer of power from the generator to the consumer. But as another …

Energy

Google’s Project Sunroof Expands to 42 States and Millions More Rooftops

With the recent expansion of Project Sunroof, tens of millions of potential solar customers from across the U.S. can now Google their own rooftops to …

Clean Energy

Five Climate Successes Since An Inconvenient Truth

<b>Published on</b> May 24th, 2016 | <i>by Guest Contributor</i><p>0<p>May 24th, 2016 by <b>Guest Contributor</b><p>Originally published on <i>The Climate Reality Project</i>.<p><b>Here’s</b> …

Climate

Middle schoolers asked me how to stop using fossil fuels. Here's my response.

A few days ago, a couple of middle schoolers in Colorado wrote me about their class project. "We are trying to learn more about ways to stop the …

Fossil Fuels

The Next Steps For New York’s REV-olution

<b>Published on</b> May 23rd, 2016 | <i>by Rocky Mountain Institute</i><p>0<p>May 23rd, 2016 by <b>Rocky Mountain Institute</b><p>Originally published on <i>RMI Outlet</i>.<br>By Virginia Lacy …

Gasoline

New York’s Next Steps in the REV-olution

It has been more than three years since Superstorm Sandy came ashore, creating massive storm flooding, gasoline shortages, and more than a week of …

Energy

Electricity providers of the future: Not your grandmother's utility

The future of the electricity industry has never been so uncertain.<p>Similar to the inflection point telecommunications faced several years ago, power …

The Future

DOE Recaps Solar Success Story, CSP Makes The Cut

<b>Published on</b> May 20th, 2016 | <i>by Tina Casey</i><p>0<p>May 20th, 2016 by <b>Tina Casey</b><p>The US Department of Energy has just cast a super-critical eye over its SunShot …

Energy

Can Batteries Make Solar Work for Local Government?

Going solar is hard. It took 40 years to reach 1 million solar array installations in the U.S., and the technology still makes up less than 1 percent …

Batteries

"No Denying" Renewable Energy is the Future of Vessel Propulsion: Norsepower CEO

<b>Tuomas Riski</b>, CEO at <b>Norsepower Oy</b> (Norsepower), says there is "no denying" that propulsion powered by renewable energy sources is the future of the …

Energy

The Challenges Of Moving To Better Electricity Rate Design

<b>Published on</b> May 18th, 2016 | <i>by Rocky Mountain Institute</i><p>0<p>May 18th, 2016 by <b>Rocky Mountain Institute</b><p>Originally published on <i>RMI Outlet</i>.<br>By Dan Cross-Call …

Electricity

The Business Value of Demand Flexibility

In this digital age, electricity is the lifeblood of our society. After any major disruptive event, the top priority is to restore electric power …

Energy

Moving to Better Rate Design

Electricity stakeholders have long debated what makes for good rate design. There is a persistent drumbeat from many corners for wider adoption of …

Design

Energy Storage 4.0: The Plug-and-Play Grid Is Not That Far Off

Energy storage is hitting its stride.<p>Data from the latest GTM Energy Storage Monitor reveals that the U.S. storage market grew 245 percent in 2015 …

Electrical Grid

A 2020 roadmap for corporate sustainability

Plotting a company’s future is never a static process. Circumstances shift. Technologies change. Trends accelerate.<p>This is surely the case as global …

Environment

How 106-year-old Hitachi aims to lead on sustainability solutions

Only a relative handful of companies live to be centenarians, let alone get a chance to reinvent themselves for the digital age.

Hitachi

Ford Adds Carbon Capture To EV Experience

Ford is adding carbon capture to the EV experience, with a five-year plan to source foam and plastic parts from waste carbon dioxideFord Adds Carbon …

Carbon Dioxide

The Great Electric Bus Takeover Has Begun

<b>Published on</b> May 17th, 2016 | <i>by Tina Casey</i><p>0<p>May 17th, 2016 by <b>Tina Casey</b><p>The US electric bus company Proterra has been making a series of rapid-fire …

Batteries

SEPA Blog Site : A small town in Ohio creates industry buzz with solar plus storage

Thursday May 12, 2016<p><b>By K Kaufmann</b><p>Ask any of the residents of the Village of Minster, Ohio what they like best about life in the town of 2,850 …

United States

What SolarCity's new portfolio of grid services can do for utilities

The dominant U.S. residential solar installer is moving beyond the rooftop and fixing its ambitions on transforming the entire bulk power …

Renewable Energy

Corporations School US Universities on Buying and Using Clean Energy

The renewables industry can use lessons learned from serving big business to get universities off old-school fossil fuel energy.<p>In 2015, corporations …

Energy