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Strong Funding for Solar Finance, Technology, and Startups Despite Stock Market Carnage

November 23, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Solar Financing and Stock Market

Despite solar stocks plummeting in a "bizarre confluence of contradictory events," low-cost capital, Department of Energy funding and venture capital are pouring into the market. So here is a roundup of some recent solar funding events.[read more]

Solar Photovoltaic Panels: The Other Side of the Story

November 23, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Solar PV and Rural Energy

Rural electrification through PV technology is proving to be a success in developing countries. As part of its work in support of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) promotes energy access for productive uses.[read more]

David Crane’s 5 'Easy' Steps to Tackling Climate Change

November 18, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

David Crane Solves Climate Change

The energy industry is currently running out of time on addressing climate change and the many issues related to it, says NRG CEO David Crane. And if utilities don't find the customer-centric solutions to the problem, they're in big trouble.[read more]

Enphase Microinverter Course Correction Includes Layoffs of 7% of Staff

November 13, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Enphase and Company Layoffs

The contrasts are stark for Enphase and SolarEdge, the two leaders in the growing module-level power electronics segment. While SolarEdge just posted a record-revenue quarter with an outlook for continued growth, Enphase just revealed a disappointing revenue and margin outlook for the next quarter.[read more]

Changing Winds on Ways and Means: PTC Future Uncertain

November 12, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Whoever ends up chairing the Ways and Means committee will have an opportunity to take action on these important credits that bring huge benefits per dollar spent - let's hope they embrace that opportunity to support America's clean energy future.[read more]


Energy Access in Post-Conflict Regions: An Interview with Qorax Energy

November 10, 2015 by Patricia Levi

Energy Access After War

Last month the Energy for Development editorial team chatted with the managing partners of Qorax (pronounced “ko-rah”), a solar asset financing and distribution company that enables access to electricity services in Somaliland, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).[read more]

Texas Expected to Keep Breaking Wind Generation Records as Wind Capacity Grows

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

Texas Wind Capacity

Wind generation on the Texas electric system recently hit several all-time highs. The latest all-time instantaneous peak of 12,238 megawatts (MW) reached on October 22 replaced the short-lived records of 11,467 MW on September 13 and 11,950 MW on October 21.[read more]


Sharing the Road to Zero Emissions, Part 1: More ZEVs Provide Customer Choice

November 6, 2015 by Morry Markowitz

With carmakers bringing new technologies to the marketplace, it’s time to end the confusion about electric vehicles. Debates have raged about the merits of battery electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles, with strong arguments for one option over the other, as if the market was a zero-sum game.[read more]

New York Prepares for Millions of Smart Meters Under REV

November 4, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Smart Meters and Energy Reform

Regulators in New York recently released guidance for the state’s electric utilities’ distributed system implementation plans, which are due next June. One of the items that utilities will have to address is the need for advanced metering infrastructure to meet the goals of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision.[read more]

MIT Announces Five-Year Plan for Action on Climate Change

November 3, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

MIT and Climate Change Plans

Citing “overwhelming” scientific evidence, MIT's “A Plan for Action on Climate Change” underscores the “risk of catastrophic outcomes” due to climate change and emphasizes that “the world needs an aggressive but pragmatic transition plan to achieve a zero-carbon global energy system.”[read more]

There's Growing Business Momentum for Climate Action

November 3, 2015 by Bob Perciasepe

Can you feel the momentum? With negotiators meeting in Bonn recently completed and only a few weeks to go until Paris, the business community is not only stepping up to the plate, but is swinging for the fences on its support climate action (Yes, it’s playoff season, so baseball is also on my mind).[read more]

The Customer is Always Right: Picking Advanced Energy Up and Down Supply Chain

October 27, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Advanced Energy and Supply Chains

Here at Advanced Energy Perspectives, the trend has been unmistakable. Large, multi-million and multi-billion dollar businesses are choosing advanced energy over alternatives. From manufacturing giants like AEE member Siemens to consumer-facing brands like Apple, Nike, Starbucks, and Proctor & Gamble.[read more]

Dyson-Sakti3 Deal Provides a Window on the Emerging Battery Technology World

October 26, 2015 by James Greenberger

In another decade or two we may know more certainly whether the Western or Asian approach to developing new advanced battery technologies has been the most successful. With respect to this question, the new investments by Dyson, Bosch and Volkswagen should bear close scrutiny.[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]

Using Microbes to Clean Up Oil Spills

October 22, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Microbes and the Environment

Catherine Drennan, a professor of chemistry and biology, likes to wax poetic about the complex chemistry of microbes. "I think they’re elegant and beautiful," she says. Of course, she also sees that they have plenty of useful practical applications.[read more]