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New Wisconsin subdivision to require solar on ever...

As some homeowners associations debate whether solar panels should be allowed, at a new Milwaukee-area subdivision, they will be mandatory. Ground was broken in late May on Red Fox Crossing, a 34-home development where deed restrictions require solar installations, with the cost paid back through the mortgage. The developers and other local experts said they don’t know of any similar development in the Midwest. But the...

U.S. Utility Industry Execs Say Renewables Trend U...

Bloomberg View: Why is it that all of the people I’ve talked to and heard speak on panels this week in Boston at the annual convention of the Edison Electric Institute, a utilities trade group, seem to think the shift toward renewables and away from coal is just going to keep going? Mainly because they think Trump is too late (and my Bloomberg View colleague Noah Smith agrees). “We’re over the tipping point now,” said Jan...

On the Blogs: Ohio’s Fight Against Wind Turbines I...

American Wind Energy Association: For years, Ohio has largely missed out on economic development opportunities from the U.S. wind industry. Currently, Ohio contains just three utility-scale wind projects, significantly less than neighboring states. As a result, Ohio wind projects represent just $1.1 billion of capital investments, significantly lagging neighboring states. In comparison, the U.S. wind industry has invested...

Pile On The Payoff = When Battery Energy Storage S...

Utility executives may be calling battery energy storage (BES) systems the holy grail of renewables integration and other industry challenges, but here’s an ironic reality: Most organizations keep that holy grail half full or even close to empty. That’s because most organizations target few value streams from battery systems, damaging the profitability of the investment. Learn how storage investments can provide value along...

The Solar Industry Is Creating Jobs Nearly 17 Time...

In 2016, jobs in the United States solar industry increased nearly 17 times faster than the rate of the overall economy. This was part of a global trend of jobs growing in renewable energy. The data shows it: We don’t have to choose between good jobs and the future of our planet. A new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reveals that solar jobs in the US (and around the world) are expanding...

Intro to IoT – 9 Major Keys to the Internet of Thi...

“The Internet of Things – a monstrous phenomenon to fathom. Be prepared to have your life disrupted, for the better or the worse…”  This radical disruption will impact you and the ones closest to you. Your safety, security, health, and convenience are all at stake. This post will give you an intro to IoT and help you take the rights steps to get a grip on the Internet of Things. Here are the 9 major KEYs to IoT and a more...

Survey: What Electricity Customers Really Want

SGCC’s latest consumer-pulse study finds high levels of interest in grid edge tech, but also hesitancy. Electricity customers have more choice in how they consume and manage their energy today than at any time before, and the number of options available continues to multiply. But what is it customers want? What types of products and services are they being drawn to? And are they following through with a purchase? That’s what...

In Trump Country, Renewable Energy Is Thriving

Two years ago, Kansas repealed a law requiring that 20 percent of the state’s electric power come from renewable sources by 2020, seemingly a step backward on energy in a deeply conservative state. Yet by the time the law was scrapped, it had become largely irrelevant. Kansas blew past that 20 percent target in 2014, and last year generated more than 30 percent of its power from wind. The state may be the first in the...

Americans Don’t Need Washington to Meet our Paris ...

 Statement by Michael R. Bloomberg following his meeting with Emmanuel Macron, President of France, and Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris to discuss the United States’ commitment to the Paris Agreement. It’s always great to be in Paris, and I want to thank President Macron and Mayor Hidalgo for welcoming me here today. I had the opportunity to sit down with candidate Macron this spring, and this evening, I was able to...

Perry on Clean Energy Leadership: ‘I Hope China Wi...

Meanwhile, China and California sign an agreement to deepen cooperation on cleantech development. Energy Secretary Rick Perry invited China to compete with the U.S. on clean energy technology this week, in the wake of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. “I hope China will step in and attempt to take the mantle away” from America, Perry told reporters in Tokyo on Monday, Bloomberg...

What an ‘America First’ Energy Policy Should Reall...

President Trump could be closing much better energy deals for Americans. In an alternate universe, President Trump would have seen the Paris Agreement as a deal-maker’s dream. Instead of exiting the agreement with an empty promise of re-negotiation — a prospect already made implausible by statements from France, Germany and Italy — Trump could have used Paris, and the global effort to combat climate change, as...

Pulling Out of the Global Climate-Risk Accord Is T...

Pursuing Politics Over Economics Is a Dead End Whatever one thinks of the politics around the Trump administration walking away from the Paris climate accord, it’s a bad business move. By going back on the agreement, the administration is damaging the U.S. economy on several fronts. First, it means the U.S. will be stepping back from a new global era in energy production and consumption, declining to take part in tremendous...

American Electric Power CEO Gives Trump Advice on ...

The CEO of one of America’s largest electric utilities companies has some advice for President Trump ahead of his decision on whether to pull out of the landmark Paris climate treaty. “Work with the world community. Focus on the solutions that are in front of us,” says Nick Akins, the head of American Electric Power (aep, +0.64%). “It is imperative for us to continue to stay focused on what the prize is. And that’s that...

Iowa solar installers rush to get ahead of possibl...

While it remains unclear how an Iowa utility will change the way solar customers are compensated, installers in the state aren’t taking chances. Alliant Energy is expected to introduce a new tariff for customer generation today as part of an ongoing process initiated by state regulators. Some people in the state’s solar industry, as well as some clean-energy advocates , suspect that Alliant’s proposed new tariff will...

How Americans Think About Climate Change, in Six M...

 Americans overwhelmingly believe that global warming is happening, and that carbon emissions should be scaled back. But fewer are sure that the changes will harm them personally. New data released by the Yale Program on Climate Communication gives the most detailed view yet of public opinion on global warming. Americans want to restrict carbon emissions from coal power plants. The White House and Congress may do the...