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

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

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Energy and Real Estate are Colliding

June 9, 2015 by Elias Hinckley
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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
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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]

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Fuel Cells: Opening New Markets for Today's Energy Resources

June 8, 2015 by Morry Markowitz
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Fuel cells began to gain traction over a decade ago when fuel cells showed that they fit well in a range of early applications, competing head to head with incumbent technologies. Fuel cells have demonstrated their versatility as a reliable and clean power generation source in a number of sectors.[read more]

Levelized cost comparisons help explain value of various electric generation technologies

June 5, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Power Generation and Cost

When power plants are built, several factors influence the choice of fuels and technologies that will ultimately generate electricity. Cost is one of the most difficult factors to compare, as technologies can have vastly different capital, fuel, maintenance, and financing costs, as well as different utilization rates.[read more]

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Solar Microgrids: A Solution for Rural India

June 4, 2015 by Charlie Hewitt
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Rural Electrification in India

India’s population grew by over 200 million between 2004 and 2012. Rapid population growth, one of the world’s fastest growing economies, and an expanding appetite for energy; all of these things are placing a huge strain on India’s power generation capabilities.[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]

The Energy Gang Debate: Should Utilities Be Allowed to Own Rooftop Solar? [PODCAST]

June 2, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Utilities and Solar Ownership

Whether the solar energy industry likes it or not, more regulated utilities in America are going to propose the idea and policy of owning residential PV systems themselves. It is a very controversial development in the renewable energy industry.[read more]

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Will Natural Gas Generation Slow Progress on Climate and Renewables?

June 1, 2015 by Andy Stone

Natural Gas and GHG Emissions

In the US natural gas doesn’t just displace coal, it acts as a substitute to cleaner forms of generation to a very significant degree. This effect isn’t universal, and in China natural gas is expected to substitute largely for coal, with a much smaller impact on wind power.[read more]

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EIA Details Utility Sector Impact of Clean Power Plan

May 28, 2015 by Andy Stone

Clean Power Plan and Generation Mix

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) provides a snapshot of the extent to which EPA’s plan will accelerate the decline of domestic coal fired generation, coal production, and provide a tail wind for natural gas and renewables.[read more]

A Look at Wind and Solar, Part 2: Is There An Upper Limit To Variable Renewables?

May 28, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Grid Limits to Renewable Energy Integration

As our journey through the world’s variable renewable energy leaders illustrates, while wind and solar have come a long way, they have only recently reached double-digit penetration at the grid-wide level in a couple of places.[read more]

A Look at Wind and Solar Energy, Part 1: How Far We've Come

May 27, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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After decades of incipient growth, it seems that wind and solar power are finally ready for prime time. These two renewable energy resources are growing rapidly and are beginning to move the needle in global energy supplies.[read more]

China Power Sector Reform Plans Aim To Boost Energy Efficiency and Renewables

May 27, 2015 by Barbara Finamore
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China Energy Policies

China's drive for a cleaner and more efficient energy grid received a boost when the government issued documents on power sector reform, which were published in rapid succession, came from several different ministries and outlined long-awaited upgrades to the functioning of the world's largest utility.[read more]

IRENA: Renewable Energy Employment on the Rise Globally

May 26, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Renewables and Employment

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has just published its 2015 Annual Review on “Renewable Energy and Jobs” and estimates that globally renewable energy jobs (excluding large hydropower) reached approximately 7.7 million in 2014.[read more]