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Utilities: Solar Trade Protections Do More Harm Than Good

Over the past several years, utilities and public power producers have increasingly diversified their portfolios for a variety of strategic reasons in a dynamic that echoes the U.S. government’s own “All of the Above” energy strategy. Show More Summary

Gogoro Raises $300M to Build Electric Scooters and Battery Swapping Networks

A bold idea to make low-carbon transport more accessible just hit a major milestone. On Tuesday afternoon, startup Gogoro­ -- which makes electric scooters and builds battery-swapping networks to charge them­ -- announced that it has raised $300 million from a group of investors including Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management. Show More Summary

Why Solar Advocates Are Crying Foul Over New York’s Latest REV Order

New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative just took a wrong turn, according to solar groups. Last week, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) approved an order for setting the Value of Distributed Energy Resources,...Show More Summary

Blockchain: Coming to a Smart Building Near You?

One of the hottest emerging technologies is blockchain. It’s the underlying technology that makes Bitcoin work, but the potential applications are far larger than cryptocurrency. Blockchain is a distributed ledger. Instead of a single...Show More Summary

Proterra’s Electric Bus Breaks a World Record for Range—1,100 Miles on a Single Charge

If you think Tesla’s 300-plus-mile battery range for its electric cars is a big deal, here’s a new world record that triples that figure. On Tuesday, electric-bus startup Proterra announced a world record by test driving an electric bus for a whopping 1,100 miles on a single charge. Show More Summary

How Deregulation Could Improve Reliability for Cash-Strapped African Utilities

Sub-Saharan African utilities are caught in a complicated interplay between centralized grid-extension costs and the decentralized off-grid generation boom. Liberalizing their electricity markets may be a partial solution. While high...Show More Summary

Nissan Signals It’s Not Backing Down on Electric Vehicles

As car manufacturers scramble for dominance in the competitive electric vehicle market, as more and more governments commit to fuel economy targets and fossil fuel car bans, Nissan and its partner Renault indicate they won’t willingly...Show More Summary

Itron to Acquire Silver Spring Networks in Smart Grid/Smart City Mega-Merger

The long rivalry between Itron and Silver Spring Networks, the country’s two major smart meter and grid networking players, is ending in marriage. On Monday, Itron announced plans to acquire all outstanding shares of Silver Spring for...Show More Summary

A Top CEO Brings Us Inside India’s Fast-Changing Renewables Market

India has blossomed into one of the most important renewable energy markets in the world. It currently has the fourth-most cumulative wind capacity installed, and will become the third-biggest solar market globally by 2022. The country...Show More Summary

What’s Holding Back Community Solar Investment Decisions Among Consumers?

Potential solar customers are certainly window shopping. But in today’s market, interest doesn’t always equate to sales. The latest Solar Marketplace Intel report from EnergySage shows increasing interest in solar from consumers. But...Show More Summary

Alphabet Remains Committed to Makani Wind, Says Startup

Makani, the airborne wind energy developer owned by Google’s parent, Alphabet, will start testing its fly-gen turbine-bearing plane concept in Hawaii next year. The tests will give Makani its first experience of operating the M600 airborne...Show More Summary

PURPA: A Quiet Death or Longer Life After 40 Years of Wholesale Electricity Competition?

In the first week of September, a U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee held hearings questioning a 40-year-old law that forms the bedrock of competition in the electricity market. Before the law took effect, electric utilities had a complete monopoly over electricity generation. Show More Summary

Come Watch Top Cleantech Startups in New York Pitch Investors

On September 27, as a follow-on event to Greentech Media’s REV Future conference, the Urban Future Lab will host its third and final venture showcase for the year. Leading startups will pitch to early stage investors in energy and cleantech...Show More Summary

California’s Plan for 100% Renewables Falls Flat in the 11th Hour

California’s pitch for 100 percent renewable energy is dead -- for now. In the last week of its legislative session, California bills that laid out plans for a 100 percent renewable grid by 2045 and a remake of the state’s grid intoShow More Summary

California Shelves Legislation to Explore a Regional Energy Market

California will not be moving ahead with legislation to explore linking the state’s power grid with utilities and states across the Western U.S. -- at least not this year. This week, amidst the flurry of last-minute additions and deletions...Show More Summary

Meet the Solar Roof Designed By America’s Largest Roofing Manufacturer

When Elon Musk kicked off Tesla's solar roof product in October, he left several open questions about how Tesla planned to enter the roofing market itself. Building a roof requires different expertise than putting solar modules on top of it. Show More Summary

These DIY Powerwall Hobbyists Are Building Their Own Home Battery Systems

A growing cadre of do-it-yourself enthusiasts is turning its attention to residential energy storage. For these afficionados, Tesla's $3,000 Powerwall fails to impress. Instead they're building their own DIY versions -- for a fraction...Show More Summary

Microgrids, Hurricanes and Resiliency: Lessons From Sandy We Can Apply to Harvey and Irma?

We're having a bit of a moment for "resiliency" in the U.S. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have forced a conversation about climate resiliency for coastal communities. Meanwhile, the Energy Department has made grid reliability and resiliency...Show More Summary

What Smart Meters Tell Us About Rural Microgrid Use in Emerging Markets

Data from up to around 22,500 smart meters provides one of the most advanced analyses of rural microgrid use to date. The data revealed by smart meter developer SparkMeter, which specializes in microgrids for emerging markets such as...Show More Summary

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