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It's Always Sunny in Orlando (and Maui); AEE Members Ink Big Deals [ENERGY NEWS]

Solar panels atop the Orlando Science Center. Photo by Jeff Krause.Solar becoming cost competitive in sunny Florida and Hawaii, and AEE members making deals worth millions. Just another week’s work for advanced energy.In Orlando, the municipal...

Posted August 18, 2015    

Clean Power Plan is the Story of the Week, with Reactions Mixed

Photo by Richard Caperton of Opower, who joined AEE's Malcolm Woolf and Arvin Ganesan in the audience for the announcement. The big news came early last week. Last Monday, President Obama announced the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the...

Posted August 10, 2015    

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

Image: Offshore wind turbines in Denmark.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 industry is finally off the...

Posted July 29, 2015    

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

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...

Posted July 13, 2015    

Energy News: With Powerwall, Musk Makes Energy Storage Cool

 “Welcome, everyone, to basically the announcement of Tesla Energy,” began Elon Musk, as the lights went up in front of an enthusiastic auditorium of Tesla fans. Positioned as an unveiling along the lines of Steve Jobs’s iPhone announcement,...

Posted May 14, 2015    

Hawaii's Advanced Energy 'Postcard From the Future'

Ah, Hawaii. The palm trees sway in the tropical breezes, the volcanoes cast long shadows on beautiful white sand beaches, and diesel-fired power plants generate electricity at the highest prices in the country. Big things are afoot for the...

Posted May 10, 2015    

Energy News: Batteries + Renewables = Growth; Kudos and Coverage for Member Companies

Two weeks ago, we reported that “solar-plus-storage” was the hottest new thing in advanced energy. This week, the New York Times agreed, posting a science feature on the growing (and growth!) partnership between batteries and renewable energy.Why...

Posted May 2, 2015    

Is the End Really Nigh for Fossil Fuels? Or is the Future Simply Advanced Energy?

“Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables,” reads the hyperbolic headline from Tom Randall, writing for Bloomberg Business. “This is the beginning of the end,” the subhead piles on. This report of the death of fossil fuel-powered...

Posted April 24, 2015    

Energy News: 'Nodes and Connections' - How Solar-Plus-Storage Could Be a Game Changer

Advanced energy is an industry full of innovative technologies. This week it’s time for energy storage to shine—and we mean that literally. At the top of the news this week is energy storage systems paired with small-scale solar installations,...

Posted April 18, 2015    

Energy News: New Utility Model, Same as the Old Utility Model? In West Virginia, Tesla is Just a Small Town

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” That’s a quote from Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking Cosmos. To build an electrical grid for an imaginary “51st state” from scratch… well, the Solar Electric Power...

Posted April 10, 2015    

Offshore Wind: 'Steel in the Water This Summer'; Solar: 'Order of Magnitude Growth' Over Past Decade

This week, AEE released Advanced Energy Now 2015 Market Report, our annual report on the size and scope of the advanced energy industry, both globally and in the United States. Advanced energy is a nearly $1.3 trillion global industry, and growing...

Posted March 18, 2015    

SolarCity Slashes Installation Costs; Citigroup Pledges $100B for Projects

This week we saw announcements of significant cost savings for SolarCity, a major advanced energy investment from Citigroup, and a move into Mexico for Pattern Energy. So, costs are down, investment is up, and AEE members are taking their influence...

Posted March 7, 2015