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How Do Electric Utilities Make Money?

April 28, 2015 by Coley Girouard

Utility Business Models

In an industry that has been slow to change historically, there is a lot currently at stake for utilities, advanced energy companies, and consumers. In order to understand what transformations are needed, it’s first necessary to understand how electric utilities make money today.[read more]

Can a New Generation of Startups Revolutionize the Nuclear Industry?

April 8, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Future Nuclear Technology and Industry Risk

Small modular nuclear reactors are often hailed as the savior of the struggling nuclear industry. They’re cheaper, safer and more flexible than traditional reactors. But many small modular reactor designs are also not fully proven on a commercial scale – and they’ll likely not achieve scale for another decade.[read more]

Energy 24/7: The Shale Revolution - A Bust for Investors [PODCAST]

March 27, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

We have all heard of the “shale revolution." It has been touted as the energy panacea of our time. Given the extreme hype, one would expect that such enthusiasm would translate into above average share performance for shale operators. This has not been the case.[read more]

Springing Eternal: Seven Reasons for Hope on Climate Change

March 26, 2015 by Peter Dykstra

Hope on Climate Change

Let’s look at what’s been happening in climate change action lately, because after years of bitter disappointment, things look different now. Because after years and years of cynicism, I see elements of a sea change in urgency and attitude on climate.[read more]

Google Breaks Ground in Demand Response

January 24, 2015 by Sarah Battaglia

Google has slowly been stepping out onto the energy scene with its acquisition of Nest Labs, its partial ownership of the Ivanpah solar array, and now, its Nest Rush Hour Rewards Program. Some may not realize why Google is branching out in this direction, but I’ll tell you why.[read more]

Here's How the US Solar-Storage Market Reaches $1B in 3 Years

January 24, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Solar Storage Market Growth

GTM Research projects there will be a $1 billion United States market for battery-backed solar PV systems by 2018. But that growth will not come evenly, and which of the 40-plus contenders in the solar storage market will succeed remains an open question.[read more]

What Might the Future Look Like if We Took Climate Change Seriously?

December 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Change and Deep Decarbonization

A new analysis lays out several detailed “pathways” to a low-carbon future for the United States, and offers practical guidance for policy makers. The bottom line finding is that there are multiple ways we can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions with known technologies.[read more]

Energy Efficiency and Renewables Are Lowest Risk, Cost Investments for Utilities

December 3, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

A new report by utility and finance experts contains positive news for the environment: the economics of electric power resources have made zero-emissions energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies the most financially attractive options to meet the nation’s future energy demands.[read more]

India Must Spend $250B by 2019 to Meet Its Power Needs

November 11, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

India Future Energy Needs

If India is going to provide power to its more than 1 billion people over the next five years, it will need to invest about $250 billion during that time. The country’s power minister, Piyush Goyal, noted that most of the money would need to come from the private sector.[read more]

Energy Storage: Bright Future, But Challenges Ahead

October 7, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

The Energy Storage North America (ESNA) conference in San Jose last week can be summed up in one word – optimism. The sanguine outlooks on market opportunities and trends were unanimous. Several vendors can’t manufacture their equipment fast enough to meet demand.[read more]

Calibrating Solar Energy's Growth Potential

October 6, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

In the wake of last month's Climate Summit, Monday's report from the International IEA on "How solar energy could be the largest source of electricity by mid-century" ought to be welcome news. At the same time, it conflicts with perceptions that some countries are already farther along than that.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'The Oil and Gas Industry is Terrible at Predicting Anything'

October 3, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Oil and Gas and the Future

It’s been said that one certainty regarding oil price forecasts is they will always be wrong. While there are certainly exceptions, the oil and gas industry’s history is littered with business cycle shifts that caught even the most seasoned analysts and executives flatfooted.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "What’s the Next Shale Gas?"

September 20, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Next Energy Boom

Bank of America Chairman Charles Holliday asked the audience at the recent’s American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit in Washington DC how many people anticipated the US shale gas production revolution 10 years ago. No one in the 500-plus crowd raised their hand.[read more]

What is the Potential of Distributed Generation?

September 16, 2014 by Schalk Cloete

The Future of Distributed Generation

Solar PV has become the flagship technology of the distributed energy philosophy. This article therefore takes a fundamental look at the potential of distributed solar relative to utility scale solar in order to assess the overall potential of distributed generation.[read more]

On Distributed Generation, the Answer is Location, Location, Location

September 10, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

What is the basis for the value of distributed energy resources? This is one of the most important questions that must be answered as more distributed energy resources (DER) are deployed and the electricity grid continues to change and develop.[read more]