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SunEdison Makes a ($2.2 Billion) Deal, Offshore Wind Breaks Water

July 29, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Energy News

 

This week, one AEE Member company dominated the news cycle with a major acquisition, HP joined the trend toward advanced energy-run data centers, and the American offshore wind energy industry is finally off the ground (and in the water).[read more]

Trending Topics: Electricity Grid Integration in the West

July 28, 2015 by America's Power Plan
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Grid Integration in the West

The key barrier to the integration of renewables in the West is insufficient regional coordination. In order to develop a bulk electric grid that will be resilient, how the system is planned and operated and the means by which entities are compensated for the services they provide will need to evolve.[read more]

Stage Set in Cuba for Boom in Renewable Investment; Can U.S. Companies Take Advantage?

July 28, 2015 by Van Hilderbrand, Jr.

A Boom in Cuba?

With the recent announcement that Cuba has been removed from the U.S. list of countries sponsoring terrorism, the door for trade has been cracked open for the first time in many years. The question now is how and when U.S. investment dollars can begin flowing to relieve the island nation’s economic isolation.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Externalized Costs of Energy: Methodology

July 27, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Seeking Consensus on External Costs

The next chapter of the Seeking Consensus project will evaluate externalized costs of a variety different energy options. This article details and explains the methodology that will be used in estimating these costs.[read more]

Renewable Energy Delivers 70% of New Generating Capacity in First Half of 2015

July 27, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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New Generating Capacity

According to the recently released Energy Infrastructure Update from the Office of Energy Projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), renewable energy sources accounted for 69.75 percent of new electrical generation placed into service in the first six months of 2015.[read more]

Feeding the Beast: SunEdison Plans to Buy Vivint Solar for $2.2 Billion

July 24, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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SunEdison and Vivint Solar

With yet another multi-billion-dollar acquisition now in the works, SunEdison isn't just strengthening its position as one of the world's top renewable energy developers -- it is on a mission to become one of the largest energy companies in any sector.[read more]

The Reality of Energy Storage Policy Is Different From What Solar-Storage Vendors Expect

July 23, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Energy Storage and Reality

California may in fact be one of the country’s great key emerging markets for battery-backed distributed solar energy. But that promise of energy resource transformation is made up of a complex set of equal parts opportunity and uncertainty.[read more]

Are Clean Energy Tax Credits Equitable?

July 22, 2015 by Lucas Davis
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Tax Credit Fairness and Clean Energy

Over the last decade, U.S. households have received more than $18 billion in federal income tax credits for clean energy investments. In a new paper, Severin Borenstein and I use tax return data from the IRS to examine the socioeconomic characteristics of filers who receive these credits.[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]

Hawai'i: The Next Frontier

July 15, 2015 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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Hawai'i Utilities

Aloha, dear readers. I just got to spend some time with a number of the world’s smartest economists on Oahu and some vacation time on Maui. Hawai’i is an awesome place. Not only because of its pristine beaches, balmy waters and glorious sunsets, but because of the energy challenges and opportunities it faces.[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]