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U.S. Nuclear Outages are Low During Summer Peak Electricity Demand Season

July 20, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Nuclear Energy and Outages

As the country reaches the summer peak electricity demand season, nearly all United States nuclear generators have returned from refueling outages. Total outages were less than 1.5 gigawatts on July 6, which was the lowest level since late January.[read more]

Around the World, Nuclear Can't Compete With Growing Renewables

July 17, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Nuclear and Competition

Global investment in new nuclear is an order of magnitude less than renewable energy investment. That is just one of the findings of a new independent report on the state of the worldwide nuclear industry that was issued on Thursday. No matter which aspect of the nuclear industry is assessed, the picture isn't pretty.[read more]

19 Graphs That Explain Solar Panels for Home Owners (With Maps!)

July 17, 2015 by Lindsay Wilson
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Solar Adoption Information

Every week or two I get an email asking for information about going solar. Although I’ve had solar panels myself for three years, and have a bit of solar info on my website, I generally refer people off to other resources in the full knowledge they aren’t ideal. Today I’m going to fix that.[read more]

Powering Texas: Big, Clean, Market-Driven Changes are Already Underfoot

July 17, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Texas Energy Markets

Over the past century, the electric grid in the United States has experienced only minor changes. There is evidence, however, the power sector is changing. We are moving away from traditional coal generation and toward alternative, cleaner energy sources.[read more]

Six Questions to Consider About Microgrids

July 16, 2015 by Jeffrey Karp
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Questions on Microgrids

The traditional electricity distribution model can be viewed as a “macrogrid,” using a centrally located power station to provide electricity to an extensive territory. This model was designed during the early days of electrification with the objective of providing power to as many customers as possible.[read more]

Green Banking Goes Local

July 15, 2015 by Devashree Saha
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Green Banking

In June Montgomery County, Maryland became the first local jurisdiction in the nation to create a green bank. Green banks provide financing for renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects that commercial sources will not yet provide on their own.[read more]

Who Killed the Urban Electric Car?

July 15, 2015 by Matt Conway
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EV Infrastructure

Electric vehicles offer one of the most promising options for improving the livability of urban environments. The benefits of switching to electrics in densely populated areas include improved air quality, reduced engine fluid run-off pollution and less risk of ground water contamination from petroleum storage.[read more]

New York Looks to Cement Its Lead as Microgrid Capital of the World

July 15, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

New York and Microgrids

The NY Prize community microgrid competition issued a request for proposals in February to grant $100,000 to as many as 30 communities to study the feasibility of microgrids. This week, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced 83 winners for the first stage of the competition.[read more]

There's a Civil War Brewing Over Solar in Florida

July 14, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Solar Fight in Florida

City officials clash over a petition to expand third-party solar sales in the state.

Florida has a lot of laws banning odd things. Public buildings are not allowed to install doors that open inward; skateboarding anywhere in the state is illegal without a permit. These legacy laws are never enforced. But there's another that is enforced every day: a ban on third-party sales of solar electricity.[read more]

Reliability Is Key Issue For Electric Utilities In Changing Market

July 13, 2015 by Dennis Wamsted
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Energy Marktes and Reliability

In a recent article in Utility Dive, Tucson Electric Power’s Carmine Tilghman made a big deal about the unfavorable economics of Tesla’s current 7 kilowatt-hour Powerwall battery option, which he said would cost consumers $7,000 installed.[read more]

Cyberattack on U.S. Power Plants Could Cause $1T in Economic Damage

July 13, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Cyberattacks and Infrastructure Safety

Let’s imagine an “improbable, but not impossible” cyberassault on the U.S. power grid. A shadowy group of skilled and malicious actors spend years implanting a piece of malware, dubbed the “Erebos” trojan, in the control systems of power plants across the Northeastern United States.[read more]

California Dreamin' of Distributed Energy Resources, as Utilities File Plans

July 13, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

California and State Energy Policy

In many ways, California is a special case. With an economy about the same size of Canada’s ($2.3 trillion in 2014) and a population of more than 38 million (roughly one in eight Americans is a Californian), California’s energy policies affect huge numbers of people and a large portion of the American economy.[read more]

Utilities Risk Losing Commercial Customers Without New Approach

July 10, 2015 by Dennis Wamsted
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Utilities and Customers

In a fascinating study released late last month, Deloitte’s Center for Energy Solutions reported that 79 percent of the businesses it surveyed viewed cutting their electricity expenditures as “essential to creating and maintaining competitive advantage.”[read more]

Top 5 EU Energy: All You Need to Know for the Luxembourg EU Presidency [VIDEO]

July 9, 2015 by David Thual

EU Presidency Implications

In this special briefing for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, leading energy journalist Hughes Belin picks out the top 5 energy issues that will be discussed by the European institutions under the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union.[read more]

Technological Advancements Support Sustainability

July 9, 2015 by Dan Liggett

Sustainability and Tech

As the respected Worldwatch Institute cites in its 2015 global status report, released in June 2015, renewable energy continued to grow during 2014 against the backdrop of increasing global energy consumption, particularly in developing countries, and a dramatic decline on oil prices.[read more]