The California Secretary of State has announced that two proposed statewide ballot initiatives that pertain to utilities and energy have been cleared to begin collecting signatures. One measure seeks to put new onerous restrictions on nuclear power plants, effectively shutting down the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. The other measure aims to establish a statewide public… [Read More]
Learn about the competitive challenges and other new developments in the energy and utility industries.
Strategies for meeting federal coal power carbon dioxide emissions standards may hinge on carbon credits and stifling power plant output, according to industry officials. Several electric cooperatives participated in Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s annual meeting in Bismarck Wednesday in an effort to address questions about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which requires North… [Read More]
San Francisco, CA – San Franciscans voted to pass Prop. H this evening, taking a stand for real green energy and family-sustaining jobs, which is what residents expect and deserve from the City’s new power program. “San Francisco made the right choice in passing Prop. H, so that we are able to hold City leaders accountable… [Read More]
Net-zero housing, an electrical grid that adapts to supply and demand, and incentive programs that offer free fuel for electric cars may sound like the stuff of science fiction — but Rocky Mountain Power believes it is time for Utah to stride into the future. The electric company offered the first glimpse of its Sustainable Transportation… [Read More]
California has been focused on how best to incorporate distributed resources, and today aggregators will make bids to the largest investor-owned utilities in an attempt to bring a more diverse set of demand-side resources into wholesale markets.
Pacific Gas & Electric has proposed a three-year phased in approach to building 7,500 electric vehicle charging stations in California, a scaled-back version of its previous plan to built 25,000 stations, Greentech Media reports. The proposal, filed Oct. 12 with state regulators, has two paths for state regulators to evaluate. A compliance option would build 2,510 charging stations… [Read More]
An “earthquake” shook Hawaii last week, but it only rattled the buildings that don’t yet have rooftop solar. The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission closed retail rate net energy metering (NEM) reimbursement programs from the Hawaiian Electric utilities to owners of solar and other distributed generation (DG).
California’s future is tied to clean energy. Our people, our policymakers, and our industries all want it – along with the many benefits green power offers—as quickly as possible. Nothing underscores that more than California’s ambitious new target to deliver half of the state’s power from renewable energy by 2030 and cut greenhouse gas emissions… [Read More]
With the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicting a doubling in utility-scale solar installations by the end of 2016, how cost-competitive is it compared with other forms of solar? During today’s OnPoint, Peter Fox-Penner, a principal at the Brattle Group, discusses a new analysis comparing the costs of utility-scale solar versus residential-scale projects. He also talks… [Read More]
Much of the talk last week at the Energy Storage North America conference centered on when storage could replace fossil fuel peaker plants, with keynoter James Avery of SDG&E declaring that a “future where there will be no gas turbines” could be possible in the coming years.