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Domestic Market for Distributed Wind Turbines Faces Several Challenges

August 28, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Wind Turbine Market Challenges

Last year's installations of mid-size and small wind turbines were the lowest in a decade. Relatively low electricity prices, competition from other distributed energy sources, and relatively high permitting and other nonmaterial costs have presented challenges to the distributed wind market in the United States.[read more]

215 Million And Rising: Surge In LED Installs Is A Growing Threat To Utility Industry

August 27, 2015 by Dennis Wamsted
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LED Installs and Utilites

The cumulative number of light emitting diodes (LEDs) installed across the United States has soared during the past two years—topping 215 million at the end of 2014. That’s good for the environment and consumers, but not for growth-starved electric utilities.[read more]

Trending Topics: How Utilities Can Deliver Value for Customers and Society

August 26, 2015 by America's Power Plan
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Utilities and Delivering Value

As with any investor-owned company, managers of investor-owned utilities (IOUs) are obligated to maximize shareholder value. So it pays when regulators can find ways to align shareholder value creation with the public interest. Enter performance-based regulation.[read more]

The Decline of Sloppy Electricity Rate Making

August 25, 2015 by Severin Borenstein
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Sloppy Electricity Rates

Back in the “good old days” most customers had no choice about how to buy electricity and a regulator’s life was pretty easy. The utility needed sufficient revenue to cover its costs, but the regulator approving rates was mostly just deciding whose ox to gore.[read more]

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Crowdfunders Threaten the Cozy World of Largescale Renewable Energy Provision

August 21, 2015 by Aedan Kernan
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A bid to crowdfund a 350 MW offshore wind project in Denmark looked likely to provide the ‘usual suspects’ with some stiff competition, that is, until the moment when the Danish government blocked it. Now, the crowdfunders are starting to fight back.[read more]

Managing the Rise of Distributed Energy: Emerging Utility Trends

August 21, 2015 by Van Hilderbrand, Jr.
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Distributed Energy Management

Much has been written regarding the conventional utility’s “death spiral.” America’s power generation utilities have become increasingly fearful that a significant majority of their customers will generate their own electricity through innovative distributed energy technologies like rooftop solar.[read more]

Clean Energy Partnerships Grow between the U.S. Military and Rural Cooperatives

August 20, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Energy Partnerships

Rural electric cooperatives are not-for-profit electric utilities that provide reliable, at-cost electricity to their members. They’re ingrained in the American landscape: more than 900 rural cooperatives serve more than 42 million customers in 47 states, accounting for 12 percent of all U.S. electricity sales.[read more]

It's Always Sunny in Orlando (and Maui); AEE Members Ink Big Deals [ENERGY NEWS]

August 18, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Energy News

Solar becoming cost competitive in sunny Florida and Hawaii, and AEE members making deals worth millions. Just another week’s work for advanced energy. In Orlando, the municipal utility announced a deal to buy solar-generated electricity for less than it could get from coal and natural gas facilities.[read more]

Texas Transmission Line Upgrades Slash Wind Curtailment

August 17, 2015 by Clayton Handleman

Texas and Wind Energy

During the period from 2009 to 2014 Texas wind generation increased by nearly 100%. During the same period, curtailment was slashed from 17% to 0.5%. This was made possible through grid upgrades in the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones.[read more]

Texas Electric Grid Serves Record-High Power Demand

August 17, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Texas Electrical Grid Reliability

During the recent heat wave in Texas, the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the operator of the electric grid covering most of the state, set a new record for electricity use when demand for electricity reached 69.8 gigawatts (GW) between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on August 10.[read more]

Renewable Microgrid Value Creation: A Real Estate Development Example

August 14, 2015 by Arnaud Henin
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Microgrids, Renewables, and Real Estate

An interesting application of renewable microgrids is for enhancing value in real estate developments. There is increasing demand and interest in sustainable buildings, and real estate developers are exploring options on how to meet this demand and create additional value for their clients and themselves.[read more]

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Can Market Fixes Overcome the Declining Value of Wind and Solar at High Market Shares?

August 13, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Electricity Markets and Renewable Energy

Ben Paulos says wind and solar energy "blow up" energy markets when they reach high market shares. But is this really a problem? Let's revisit the declining value of wind and solar at high penetration levels...[read more]

Why Are Taxpayer Dollars Still Being Used to Back Solar Loans?

August 12, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Solar Energy and Solar Loans

Massachusetts just closed a comment period on the forthcoming $30 million Mass Solar Loan program. For at least one player in the solar market, the public comment period was a chance to ask why Massachusetts is spending taxpayer money to back solar loans for qualified individuals.[read more]

Clean Power Plan is the Story of the Week, with Reactions Mixed

August 10, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Clean Power Plan and Public Opinion

The big news came early last week. Last Monday, President Obama announced the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.[read more]

Europe Launches Offshore Wind Power Bonanza

August 10, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Europe and Wind

Nearly 130 gigawatts of installed wind power accounted for more than 8 percent of Europe’s electricity demand in 2014. That figure might not seem particularly large, especially since renewable energy accounted for 78 percent of Germany’s power consumption one afternoon in late July.[read more]


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