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Who’s Stranded Now?

It’s been 20 years since electricity deregulation raised the specter of stranded utility costs – past investments that have turned out to deliver less value than was originally expected — and the question of who should pay those costs: Electricity ratepayers? Customers switching to buy from a competing electricity supplier? Utility shareholders?

The EU’s Climate Plan is Not Enough – And Everyone Knows It

On Wednesday the European Commission will release its plans to share out the EU’s 40% by 2030 greenhouse gas target among the 28 member states. The Commission will claim its proposal is ambitious, but everyone in Brussels knows this is not true, writes Brook Riley of Friends of the Earth Europe.

U.S. Oil Companies Closer to Balancing Capital Investment with Operating Cash Flow

Although the crude oil price decline since 2014 has led to significant reductions in operating cash flow for U.S. oil companies, their immediate financial situations are improving. As oil companies' spending falls and crude oil prices increase, the need for oil companies to find external sources of funding may decline, which could reduce financial strain in the coming quarters.

Ford, Jose Cuervo Make Car Parts from Agave Waste

Ford Motor Company says it has teamed up with Jose Cuervo to explore the use of the tequila producer’s agave plant byproduct to develop more sustainable bioplastics to use in Ford vehicles. If the companies are successful in developing a composite, it could help reduce vehicle weight and lower energy consumption, while reducing the use […]

EPA Updates Standards to Reduce Methane Pollution from Landfills

Recently the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized long-overdue revisions to national emission standards and emission guidelines for new and existing municipal solid waste landfills. These standards will reduce harmful airShow More Summary

With GE’s Big Turbines on the Way to R.I., N.Y. Jumps into the Offshore Wind Game; Plus, Utilities Feel the Winds of Change

This week's news includes some big news for the nascent American offshore wind industry and more calls for updates to the utility business model. Come along with us to the shores of Rhode Island for this week’s news round up. This is...Show More Summary

Is PACE Moving to Prime Time?

One of the distinctions we often make between energy and energy efficiency is that energy acts more like a cost, and energy efficiency acts more like an investment. Like most investments, energy efficiency works by using an up front expense to generate a stream of economic benefits.

The Internet of Things Is a Game-Changer for the Energy Industry

The Internet of Things is real, Al Gore didn’t have anything to do with it and it means much bigger wins than activity tracking for your dog. You see, if 2015 was the year of the IoT, 2016 is the year of the IoT’s hard-working significant other, the Industrial Internet of Things. Show More Summary

Introduction to PEER: Reliability and Resiliency in the Electrical Grid

In 2003, a major blackout left over 50 million people without power across the Midwestern and Northeastern United States and Canada within a matter of minutes. More recently, Hurricane Sandy and a rash of powerful storms brought attention to the need for improved grid resiliency, including more local operating capabilities at critical facilities.

Natural Gas is the New King of the Hill

Natural gas is the new king of the hill -- the leading fuel used to generate electricity. That's the findings of the US Energy Information Administration, which also says that coal will dip to 30 percent while renewables will be 15 percent.

Feds Praise Automakers’ GHG Emissions, Fuel Efficiency Progress

Yesterday federal agencies launched a mid-term review of the Obama administration’s emissions and fuel efficiency standards for passenger cars and light trucks — standards that aim to double these vehicles’ fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon and cut GHG emissions in half by 2025. The Obama administration says this will reduce emissions by 6 […]

Oil Giants Reach $425 Million Air Pollution Settlement

Subsidiaries of oil refiners Tesoro and Par Hawaii Refining have agreed to pay $425 million to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations and reduce air pollution at six refineries. Under the settlement with the EPA and the US Department of Justice, the two companies will spend about $403 million to install and operate pollution control […]

Home Automation in Canada Set to Take Off – If Consumer Mindset Shifts

Mass adoption of connected home devices may not be too far off. Ipsos focused in on the popular topic of home automation in its latest installment of the Canadian Interactive Trends Report, a quarterly syndicated study. Looking at interest, attitudes, and behaviours toward home automation among Canadian households, the study found that significant opportunities are […]

Russia arms its energy weapon, targets Belarus over gas prices

Russia finds itself once again in a row with one of its neighbors over gas prices — a constant theme since the early 2000s — triggering renewed fears that Moscow is again using energy as a weapon to put pressure on its customers. Back...Show More Summary

TODAY’S STUDY: Why Hawaii’s Regulators Said No to NextEra

Summary of Decision and Order No. 33795, Docket No. 2015-0022 July 15, 2016 (Hawaii Public Utilities Commission) In assessing whether or not the Application should be approved, the Commission applied two legal standards: (1) is the Application...Show More Summary

QUICK NEWS, 7-18: Cleveland Convention Reveals Republican Climate Cleavage; LA To Build World’s Biggest Battery Storage In Place Of NatGas Plant; Texas Meets Community Solar

Cleveland Convention Reveals Republican Climate Cleavage Gone Fishin' – Most Republicans who care about climate change are skipping the convention Ben Adler, July 18, 2016 (Grist) “Most congressional Republicans with even a hint of moderation...Show More Summary

DOE approves $15M for grid security measures

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will provide up to $15 million in funding to help strengthen and protect the nation’s electric grid from cyber and physical attacks, pending congressional approval. Source: DOE approves $15M for grid security measures

Duke Energy Pumps $1.5M into EV Charging Stations

Duke Energy said it will provide $1 million to develop public electric vehicle charging stations in North Carolina and an additional $500,000 for the construction of electric bus charging stations. The company’s EV Charging Infrastructure Support Project is part of a settlement with the EPA and environmental groups over Duke’s alleged violations of the federal […]

Back to the Future: What Role Will Electric Utilities Play in 2030?

Imagine a possible future in which distributed energy resources have become competitive with grid power in price and performance. In this future, solar panels, batteries, smart appliances and a host of other technologies are all selling...Show More Summary

Addressing the Plight of Existing Nuclear, Part 1

In the last two months, six nuclear reactors have announced that they plan to retire within the next nine years. They join five reactors that have already retired in the last four years as well as three reactors that plan to retire in the next four years. Show More Summary

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