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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...

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...

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...

How Much Does a Rooftop Solar System With Batterie...

Backup power or self-consumption? The cost of a solar-plus-storage system depends on how it’s used, say analysts from RMI and NREL. Back in April 2015, Rocky Mountain Institute and partners including Global X and HOMER Energy published a study, The Economics of Load Defection, that examined how grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems will compete with traditional electric service. The findings showed that declining costs...

Australian Electric Grid Operator Predicts Half It...

Could a combination of PV and storage cut Australian blackouts? The boss of Australia’s fifth-largest electricity distributor has hinted that residential solar-plus-storage could help prevent blackouts like the one that rocked South Australia last September. SA Power Networks CEO Rob Stobbe predicted that 50 percent of his company’s customers would have home battery storage by 2035, and 30 percent would have electric...

Solar Experiment Lets Neighbors Trade Energy Among...

Brooklyn is known the world over for things small-batch and local, like designer clogs, craft bourbon and artisanal sauerkraut. Now, it is trying to add electricity to the list. In a promising experiment in an affluent swath of the borough, dozens of solar-panel arrays spread across rowhouse rooftops are wired into a growing network. Called the Brooklyn Microgrid, the project is signing up residents and businesses to a...

Study: Lack of competition to blame for Ohio elect...

With Ohio’s energy and energy efficiency standards again under attack, a new policy paper from Ohio State University attributes the lion’s share of electricity cost increases since 2008 to utilities and provisions that insulate them from full competition. None of Ohio’s transmission and distribution utilities have moved to the Market Rate Offers envisioned when lawmakers enacted Senate Bill 3 in 1999, noted lead author Noah...

‘Outlier’ study on Ohio renewable standards is fla...

Ed: Trish Demeter, Ohio Environmental Council, debated the author and pointed out that this study is an outlier, noting that most other studies show large benefits from the renewable and energy efficiency standards. Ms. Demeter talked with Strong Voices Rising – Environment on Sunday, March 12. A study calling for repeal of Ohio’s enforceable renewable energy standards – released just days ahead of legislation to...

Not Even He Can Mess This Up

The revolution is already happening. Donald Trump just had the worst week of the most disastrous start to a presidency since William Henry Harrison came down with a fever and expired 30 days, 12 hours, and 30 minutes after taking the oath of office. After a week of revelations, resignations, and investigations, President Trump must be desperate for something positive. So here’s a little bit of good news ― not for the...

Why home solar power should not be stored

For homes with solar power it might seem like a good idea to store the energy collected that isn’t needed for later use. However, a new report finds that storing solar energy for night-time use increases both energy consumption and emissions. Instead of a house fitted with solar panels collecting up the energy from the daytime for use during the night, this stored energy should be passed onto a national gird. This is the...

Replacing the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant wit...

Many people who are concerned about fossil fuels and climate change argue for nuclear power as a viable solution to carbon pollution. I am not one of those people. I am not negative on the technology, but rather on the political, environmental, and management issues it raises. Nuclear power creates significant issues of waste, safety, regulation, and capital intensity—or, as the great ecologist Barry Commoner once wrote,...

Advocates say industrial lobbyists play outsized r...

An industrial site in Cleveland. Advocates say industrial lobbyists play outsized role in blocking Ohio clean energy  Written By  Kathiann M. Kowalski 14 hours ago Midwest Energy News | 2017-03-07T06:00:00+00:00 Ohio lawmakers may be relying upon an industrial energy lobbying group more than they should, a watchdog group suggests after reviewing emails between lobbyists and legislators. Industrial Energy Users-Ohio is an...

Indiana Senate panel OKs bill to reduce solar ince...

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana Senate panel gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill backed by the state’s investor-owned power utilities that critics contend is an effort to muscle out smaller companies from the emerging solar energy market. The measure by Republican state Sen. Brandt Hershman was approved by the Senate Utilities committee on an 8-2 vote. Solar power provides only about 1 percent of the...

Rooftop Solar in Oahu Crashes With Loss of Net Met...

A chart from Marco Mangelsdorf shows what happens when net energy metering (NEM) ends. The state of Hawaii’s solar industry today shows what happens when a net energy metering program is abruptly removed. NEM went into effect in Hawaii in 2001, paying rooftop solar owners the retail rate for power sent back to the grid. NEM was responsible for a stark increase in installed photovoltaic (and solar hot water) systems....

3 More Gigafactories Coming Soon to ‘Change ...

At the grand opening of Tesla’s enormous Gigafactory in July, CEO Elon Musk said he wants to build Gigafactories on several continents. He told BBC he wanted a factory “in Europe, in India, in China … ultimately, wherever there is a huge amount of demand for the end product.” Well, it looks like Musk’s factory-building plans are well underway. The company said in its fourth-quarter investor...