Efficiency

Duke vs. Duke: Electric and gas utilities at odds over efficiency rebates in N.C.
by Elizabeth Outzs, Energy News Network Duke Energy’s effort to expand a popular energy-efficiency program to its entire North Carolina service area is drawing stiff opposition from a surprising quarter: Duke Energy.  For nearly four years, Piedmont Natural Gas — one of Duke’s wholly owned subsidiaries — and the state’s other major gas distribution company have stymied incentives for new high-efficiency homes, claiming with scant evidence that the rebate scheme will lose them cu [...]
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Mosaic surpasses $4B in residential PV and energy efficiency funding
U.S. residential solar and energy-efficient home improvement financing agency Mosaic this week announced it has surpassed $4 billion in loans funded through the company’s platform. The company has also added new features to its financing program including no payments for 18-months and a 25-year term loan, which it says will make it even easier for homeowners to go solar. “Last year was an unusual time, but solar loans have proven to be a strong asset through this cred [...]
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Clean Energy Group Says Georgia Power’s New IRP Falls Short on Solar, Energy Efficiency
On January 31, 2019, Georgia Power, the largest utility in the state submitted its newest integrated resource plan (IRP) to the state utility commission for approval. [...]
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GE Combines Renewable Generation and Grid Businesses to Increase Efficiency
GE announced today that it sees a future in housing its renewable generation businesses (onshore and offshore wind, hydropower) alongside its grid businesses which include substations and transformers plus solar, storage and distributed energy resource (DER) control software. GE Renewable Energy CEO Jerome Pecresse said in a press conference that the move will simplify the lives of GE’s customers by giving them one point of contact for all of their renewable energy power needs. [...]
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ASU Researchers Break Solar-cell Efficiency Record at 25.4 Percent
Arizona State University researchers have set a new record for solar efficiency, 25.4 percent. Working with tandem photovoltaics, or stacking different materials in a solar cell, the ASU team has continued to improve solar efficiency and lower costs. [...]
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Analyst: We've Misunderstood Energy Efficiency
According to energy expert, Amory Lovins, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute, the energy industry has vastly misunderstood the scope of the energy efficiency resource. Lovins claims that it’s design, not technology that can achieve incredibly energy efficiency gains. Using his own home in the Colorado Rocky Mountains as an example, Lovins shows how simple changes in design have allowed him to grow banana crops using only natural sunlight and reduce the amount of energy he uses significantly. [...]
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Clean Energy Laws Signed in New Jersey: Offshore Wind, Efficiency, Solar, Storage and Nuclear Benefit
Clean energy advocates rejoiced as legislation was passed today in New Jersey that will support the development of a massive amount of renewable energy, specifically community solar, energy storage, offshore wind and energy efficiency. The bill also props up nuclear power in the state with the establishment of zero-emission certificates. [...]
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