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India Likely to Experience Continued Growth in Electricity Use for Air Conditioning

October 30, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

India and AC Needs

Energy demand for space cooling is growing rapidly in India and around the world, driven by rising incomes and a natural preference for certain ambient air temperatures. Currently, India has a relatively low penetration of air conditioning, while the United States is a much more saturated market.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for October and November 2015 [VIDEO]

October 28, 2015 by David Thual

EU Energy News

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Energy, we provide an overview of the latest European Union energy policy developments, including State of the Energy Union, €300 million grant agreement on a gas pipeline between Poland and Lithuania, and the new illustrative nuclear programme (PINC).[read more]

Trending Topics: The Future of Demand Response

October 28, 2015 by America's Power Plan

Demand Response and Change

One year ago, an appeals court decided to vacate FERC Order 745, holding that demand response can't be traded in wholesale energy markets. Now that the Supreme Court has held oral arguments in the appeal of the case and a final resolution is imminent, we contemplate how DR will fare and evolve.[read more]

The Future of Energy Storage is BYOB

October 28, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Batteries and Energy Storage

Before the U.S. electric grid became centralized under utilities and independent system operators, it consisted of unorganized and unconnected generators. As distributed energy resources find their way into (and onto) more homes and businesses, it’s clear the grid’s future has a lot in common with its roots.[read more]

Who Will Lead the Clean Energy Future?

October 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Clean Energy and Future Leadership

At the heart of every major transformation are the people carving the new path forward. The same goes for the transition currently occurring in our electricity system, which is moving away from traditional monopoly utilities relying on coal, to a world with distributed energy generation.[read more]

Heating Season is Coming, But It Doesn't Have to Burn a Hole in Your Budget

October 22, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Home Heating Efficiency

There's already a chill in the air in many parts of the country, which means the return of crisp fall evenings, colorful foliage, and pumpkin spice. It also means heating season is fast approaching. But if you take a few simple steps, keeping your home warm and comfortable doesn't have to burn through your budget.[read more]

Talking Transitions: Markets for Wind and Solar

October 21, 2015 by Bentham Paulos

Renewable Energy Markets


What kind of market design do we need to decarbonize the power system? Is putting a price on carbon going to be enough, or are much more fundamental changes needed to reach our decarbonization goals. The debate continues in a new podcast.[read more]


How to Promote Nuclear Power

October 19, 2015 by Robert Hargraves

Promoting Nuclear Energy

Nuclear power is important to the future of the world. It is the only economically practical way to power the economies of the developing world without sickening millions of people with combustion products and emitting CO2. So I’m taken aback by the weakness of short-sighted messages from the US nuclear industry.[read more]

North Anna 3 Would Raise Rates for Dominion Virginia Power Customers by 25%

October 16, 2015 by Ivy Main

Dominion Virginia and Energy Rates

Dominion Virginia Power’s latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) includes construction of a third nuclear reactor at North Anna, just as previous IRPs have done every year since 2008. What’s new this year is that we finally have a price tag.[read more]

Supreme Court Justices Hear Arguments on the Legality of Demand Response

October 15, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Supreme Court and Demand Response

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday about the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) related to the implementation of demand response, where grid edge assets curtail load for the benefit of the grid and are paid in the wholesale market.[read more]

Can Smart Buildings Boost Demand Response in an Era of Capacity Performance?

October 15, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Smart Buildings

Early January 2014, during the heart of the Polar Vortex, grid operator PJM had its finger on the switch ready to start rolling blackouts across 13 states and Washington, D.C. As temperatures plunged to 20- and 30-below zero, PJM was sending out pleas for help for large electricity consumers to cut their use.[read more]

House Energy Bill Turns Partisan but Gives Utility Software-as-Service a Boost

October 14, 2015 by Arvin Ganesan

Congress and Energy Bills

Straight out of August recess, Congress wasted no time to make national headlines. The District was abuzz with votes on the Iran nuclear deal, a visit from Pope Francis, and a potential government shutdown – which the surprise resignation of Speaker John Boehner helped to avert.[read more]

Better Together: Regional Power Pools in Africa are Worth the Challenge

October 13, 2015 by Amy Rose

Africa and Regional Energy

Despite an abundance of energy resources, electric power systems in Africa have been slow to develop, leaving a large portion of the population in sub-Saharan Africa without access to electricity. The growing interest in regional power pools across the continent could dramatically alter that trend.[read more]

Surviving the Debate over Renewable Energy Tax Credits

October 13, 2015 by Dan Liggett

Renewables and Tax Credits

While politicians continue to debate the Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit, renewable energy companies can turn to equipment and technology improvements to keep costs down.[read more]

What's the (Demand) Forecast? More Energy Efficiency on the Radar

October 13, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Accurately forecasting electricity demand is highly critical to ensuring that grid operators are able to plan for adequate generation and transmission but do not over-procure or over-build, which can lead to the overcharging of electricity customers.[read more]