Utilities grapple with the rooftop solar revolution

September 21, 2017 by  
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The complex truth behind painting utilities as the “bad guys” stopping the transition to clean energy.

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100 percent clean energy is a team sport

August 8, 2017 by  
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Hawaii is leading the U.S. in becoming the first state to legally mandate using 100 percent renewable energy in the electric sector by 2045. Like any great goal, it will take team thinking and consideration of customer’s changing needs. 

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The rise and fall of an American utility

August 5, 2017 by  
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A utility CEO faces the crisis of his life: transform a 33-year-old electric utility and succeed in the fast-changing U.S. energy landscape.

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Utility coalition invests in EV charging firm Greenlots

July 25, 2017 by  
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It’s another indicator of how critical electric vehicles could become to grid demand management.

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A microgrid grows in Brooklyn — is this the future of energy?

July 11, 2017 by  
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A closely watched prototype from startup L03 Energy has transformed a local neighborhood into a test hub for trading power locally.

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Who needs ‘baseload’ power? (Or, let the markets do their job)

June 26, 2017 by  
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We should seize the opportunity presented by the Department of Energy’s grid study to ensure tomorrow’s electricity markets work in service of, not contrary to, our society’s goals.

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Hawaii aims for a 21st century way to electrify rural areas

June 23, 2017 by  
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The state of Hawaii’s aspirational energy goals include transitioning to 100 percent renewable power by 2045 and doing so in a way that is equitable for its many rural inhabitants.

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3 ways to embed sustainability in public-private partnerships

April 13, 2017 by  
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Sustainability considerations should be prominent in the design, development and operational phases of the PPP process.

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Old, dirty, creaky U.S. electric grid could cost $5 trillion to replace

April 12, 2017 by  
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Where should our infrastructure spending go?

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European electricity sector pledges no new coal plants after 2020

April 6, 2017 by  
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In another sign that the world is rapidly moving away from coal , the European electricity sector just announced a commitment to not invest in new coal-fired power plants after 2020. Every European Union country signed onto the initiative except for Poland and Greece. The Union of the Electricity Industry, otherwise known as Eurelectric , which represents 3,500 utilities with a combined value of over €200 billion, reiterated its commitment to decarbonize the EU economy in line with targets set in the Paris climate agreement . Europe’s power sector is aiming to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. “The power sector is determined to lead the energy transition and back our commitment to the low carbon economy with concrete action,” said Eurelectric President and CEO of the Portuguese energy group EDP, António Mexia. “With power supply becoming increasingly clean, electric technologies are an obvious choice for replacing fossil fuel based systems for instance in the transport sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” Related: China calls America selfish amid Trump attempt to revive coal Coal is already in decline as Europe continues making massive investments in renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Last year, European coal emissions fell by an impressive 11 percent , according to an analysis published by the European Commission. The decrease of coal emissions is part of a long-term trend — since 2010, European coal’s generation emissions fell by 16 percent and overall power sector emissions fell by 19 percent. Across the Atlantic, US President Donald Trump has pledged to revive coal. However, US utilities, similar to their European counterparts, are moving away from coal in favor of natural gas and renewables. News agency Reuters contacted 32 utilities and the vast majority said that Trump’s actions would not impact their investments away from coal. “I’m not going to build new coal plants in today’s environment,” Ben Fowke, CEO of Xcel Energy, told Reuters. “And if I’m not going to build new ones, eventually there won’t be any.” Via The Guardian Images via Flickr 1 , 2

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