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Is the U.S. Investing Enough in Electricity Grid Reliability?

June 16, 2015 by Catherine Wolfram

The Grid and the Risk of Squirrels

We had a 2-hour power outage at our house last week, together with 45,000 other customers in the East Bay. The lights flickered off just after 8PM and didn’t come back on until after 10PM. Nothing like going without something that you take for granted to make you realize just how valuable it is.[read more]

What's a Bigger Business in Florida: Clean Energy or Ag Exports?

June 15, 2015 by Jim Pierobon

Florida Energy and State Economics

If one were to ask what industry in Florida harbors the strongest growth prospects, it might be difficult to look beyond the state's bountiful agricultural products. But energy users and policymakers in the Sunshine State, led by Governor Rick Scott, should wake up to how fast clean energy is growing there.[read more]

Efficiency Moderates Effects of Higher Electricity Prices Under Proposed Clean Power Plan

June 12, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Efficiency and Price Moderation

EIA's recently released analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan rule finds that electricity prices are expected to rise. However, efficiency and price-induced conservation moderate the projected increase in consumer electricity bills.[read more]

U.S. Commercial Solar Sector has Lagged, but Now Looks Cleared for Takeoff

June 10, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Commercial Solar in the U.S.

The commercial and industrial solar power sector has not yet taken flight in the same way that residential and utility-scale solar has in recent years. But the C&I solar market is a strange animal for several reasons, but changing economics, regulations and technology appear to be creating new growth opportunities.[read more]

Proposed Clean Power Plan Would Accelerate Renewable Additions and Coal Plant Retirements

June 10, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Effects of the Clean Power Plan

The EPA's Clean Power Plan shows that renewables play a critical role under a range of different market and policy assumptions. The key difference across the various scenarios analyzed involves when and how wind and solar generating capacity additions occur, as well as retirements of coal generation capacity.[read more]

Solar Power in Developing Countries: Big Opportunities for Unique Markets

June 9, 2015 by Amy Rose

Developing Economies and Solar Integration

With a significant solar resource, expensive alternative technologies and ready storage in the form of flexible hydro resources, developing countries have a unique opportunity for wide-scale deployment of solar energy not seen in other markets. Solar power can offer a greener, cheaper path to development.[read more]


Energy and Real Estate are Colliding

June 9, 2015 by Elias Hinckley

A wave of green technology and clean energy innovation is fundamentally changing the way that building owners and other real estate investors are thinking about the role of electricity in the development and economics of real estate investments.[read more]

A Deeper Look into the Fragmented Residential Solar Market

June 9, 2015 by Lucas Davis

Solar Market Fragmentation

Who sells residential solar PV in California? How many companies operate in this market? What fraction of the market is controlled by the largest companies? How is this changing over time? In this post we look at data from the California Solar Initiative to better understand the structure of this market.[read more]

Our Clean Energy Future: Batteries (Maybe) Included

June 9, 2015 by Curtis Seymour

America’s electricity system is transforming, driven by new, clean technologies—batteries not included. Depending on how the portfolio of clean energy is deployed, it may be a long time before we actually need batteries to achieve a low-carbon electricity system. The jury is still out on the topic.[read more]

Can We Really Decouple Living Standards from Energy Consumption?

June 8, 2015 by Schalk Cloete

Consumption and Decoupling

This article takes a critical look at the assumption that we will be able to decouple further increases in living standards from increases in energy consumption. Data from the the main developed regions suggests that achieving this goal will be more difficult than most people assume.[read more]

Are We Measuring Energy Use All Wrong?

June 8, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

We measure energy use with a commodity-based approach -- monitoring electrons, therms and gallons. But is there a better way to gauge the efficiency of the economy? Economist Skip Laitner explores a method based on measuring "exergy," which shows that America's economy is only 14% efficient.[read more]


What’s Good for the EV Is Good for the Utility

June 4, 2015 by Andy Stone

Utilities and Electric Vehicles

The role of utilities in the EV charging market has been a subject of debate in state capitols, where concern has been voiced that power companies have a natural operating advantage that could quash competition.[read more]

Opportunity and Crisis in South Africa's Electricity

June 4, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group

South Africa is in an electricity crisis. It has resulted in regular load-shedding across the country since late last year as the country’s cash strapped utility Eskom faces a $17 billion funding gap to 2018. Electricity consumers face a 250 per cent cumulative increase in electricity prices since 2008.[read more]

How Might Clean Power Plan Impact Your Electricity Bill? German Situation May Offer Valuable Clues

June 3, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Electricity Costs and EPA Regulation

The US Energy Information Administration’s newly released analysis of the impacts of the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan finds a mixture of technology, market forces and policy could result in a significant carbon emissions reductions if the rule is ultimately passed.[read more]

DoE Finds Wind Energy Will Have Largest Role in Cost-Effectively Meeting Clean Power Plan

June 3, 2015 by Michael Goggin

Clean Power Plan Compliance

Low-cost, zero-emission wind energy will become even more valuable as states and utilities develop plans to cost-effectively reduce carbon pollution to comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan, according to new economic analysis from the Energy Information Administration.[read more]