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News and Policies, State

Critics Demand Clean Energy Guarantees for Diablo Canyon Closure

November 30, 2017

Via: Greentech Media

Diablo Canyon, California’s last operating nuclear power plant, will close by 2025. Everyone agrees on that. But how to replace the plant’s 2.3 gigawatts of energy without adding carbon emissions — and how to keep its workers and surrounding communities […]


News and Policies, U.S.

The Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan Shortchanges the Benefits of Energy Efficiency

October 16, 2017

Via: Energy Collective

The Environmental Protection Agency, in its proposal this week to repeal the Clean Power Plan, ignores the full benefits of energy efficiency — a key strategy for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Much of the repeal language focuses on a legal […]


Energy Economics

It’s Cheaper to Save Energy Than to Buy It, Despite Misleading Claims

September 27, 2017

Via: Energy Collective

“Energy efficiency is too expensive, will increase costs to consumers and push people into energy poverty”—this is a claim made by some commentators in Brussels recently. As the Energy Efficiency Directive is being negotiated in the Parliament, Jan Rosenow reveals […]


Energy Economics

End of a golden era for refiners?

September 22, 2017

Via: Petroleum Economist

Like upstream, the refining sector has been undergoing consolidation over the past decade. Bigger players are holding on to plum assets and smaller independents have adopted agile business models to eke out profits from what’s left. Those who stuck with […]


Emerging Technologies, Renewable Energy

Automobile giant General Motors is going big on wind power in Ohio and Indiana

September 20, 2017

Via: CNBC energy

General Motors (GM) has announced that all its manufacturing facilities in Ohio and Indiana will have their electricity needs met by 100 percent renewable energy. In a statement on Tuesday, GM said it would purchase 200 megawatts (MW) of wind […]


Commercialization, Renewable Energy

NEXTracker hits 10GW of global solar tracker sales

September 11, 2017

Via: PV Resources

NEXTracker, a Flex company, has become the first company to reach 10GW of solar tracker sales globally. This is a remarkable feat given that the firm only hit 3GW of single-axis tracker shipments in April 2016. The firm has sold […]


News and Policies, World

World Energy Demand to Plateau from 2030, Says Report

September 6, 2017

Via: Renewable Energy News

Energy efficiency will improve faster than global economic growth due to the rapid electrification of the world’s energy system, leading to a plateau in energy demand from 2030. That’s one of the key findings of the inaugural Energy Transition Outlook […]


News and Policies, State

SolarWorld Americas supplies 14.2MW in PV panels for solar project in Nevada

September 1, 2017

Via: PV Resources

Crystalline-silicon solar manufacturer SolarWorld Americas announced Thursday that it has supplied 14.2MW of its solar panels for a project in Nevada that combines both complementary solar and geothermal power generation. The project at Patua, located about 40 miles east of […]


News and Policies, State

Duke Energy Renewables Purchases First New York Solar Project

August 15, 2017

Via: Power Engineering

Duke Energy Renewables has purchased its first renewable energy project in New York. The 24.9-MW Shoreham Solar Commons project on Long Island, currently under construction in Brookhaven by Invenergy, is one of the largest solar projects in the state. When Shoreham […]


Domestic, Energy Consumption

Ultra-Low Energy Retrofits Show Promising Growth Across the U.S.

August 8, 2017

Via: Energy Collective

The United States is seeing a promising upward trend in ultra-low energy (ULE) buildings. While much of this progress has occurred with new construction, it is beginning to spread to existing buildings. Over the past decade, a small but growing […]


News and Policies, U.S.

US House Would Take Hacksaw to Energy Efficiency Budget

August 1, 2017

Via: Energy Manager Today

If the US House of Representatives gets its way, 2018 funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency will get cut by 45% while it would preserve the allocations given to fossil fuel energy research. It would be a $9 billion […]


Domestic, Energy Consumption

How Many Billions Do U.S. Businesses and Individuals Invest in Energy Efficiency Each Year?

July 20, 2017

Via: Energy Collective

Energy efficiency investments occur in virtually every sector of the economy. When combined, their total number is substantial — estimates range from about $60 to $115 billion a year in the United States. In this post, we look at some […]


News and Policies, U.S.

Energy Department Tackling Efficiency Improvements

July 6, 2017

Via: Energy Manager Today

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) is working to increase energy savings and lower operating costs for federal real property. The DOE awarded 21 contracts to energy service companies to meet set energy efficiency goals. Types […]


Energy Economics

The Case for Utilities to Bundle Their Energy Businesses—Before They’re Cannibalized

June 30, 2017

Via: Greentech Media

The utility industry has already been undergoing significant change over the past 25 years, with the rise of independent grid operators, competitive energy markets and the split of vertically-integrated business models. But the rise of distributed energy is creating more […]


Commercialization, Renewable Energy

Apple Issues a Second Green Bond to Finance Clean Energy

June 20, 2017

Via: Renewable Energy News

Apple Inc., which issued the biggest green bond ever sold by a U.S. corporation last year to finance projects fighting global warming, is doing it again. On Tuesday, the iPhone maker issued a $1 billion green bond to fund renewable […]