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Solar and wind’s competitiveness over coal is accelerating, analysis shows
by Kathiann M. Kowalski, Energy News Network Roughly four-fifths of U.S. coal plants are either scheduled to close by 2025 or now cost more to operate than new nearby solar or wind power would, new research shows. The May 5 analysis comes from Energy Innovation: Policy & Technology, based in San Francisco. The work highlights the accelerating pace of the clean energy transition, even aside from the social costs of coal plant pollution. What trends does the report show? “Out of [...]
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Installing solar panels over California’s canals could yield water, land, air and climate payoffs
By Roger Bales, University of California, Merced and Brandi McKuin, University of California, Santa Cruz Climate change and water scarcity are front and center in the western U.S. The region’s climate is warming, a severe multi-year drought is underway and groundwater supplies are being overpumped in many locations. Western states are pursuing many strategies to adapt to these stresses and prepare for the future. These include measures to promote renewable energy development, conserve wa [...]
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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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Jay Egg wins award for proposing a renewable solution over a gas-fired project planned for NYS Capitol
Renewable Energy World contributor is being awarded a Constellation Prize for Policy Impact in response to a new heating/cooling solution he proposed for the 50-year-old Plaza in Albany, NY. Just after the holidays I heard from an old friend, Jay Egg, who heads up a geothermal consulting firm, EggGeo. Jay has written articles for RenewableEnergyWorld.com over the years and had just found out that he won an award for one of them. Back in October of 2017, Jay wrote an article that Renewable [...]
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India wins trade dispute with US over solar-panel incentives
A series of U.S. renewable energy incentives violated international trade rules, according to the World Trade Organization, threatening to stoke tensions between the two countries as President Donald Trump prepares to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. [...]
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Clearing up some confusion over community solar in New York
Community Solar in New York has a messaging problem. It is confusing, and even some industry professionals have given up in disgust because of aggressive marketing and a lack of clarity. [...]
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EIA Sees Strong Renewable Growth Over Next Two Years
EIA expects non-hydroelectric renewable energy resources such as solar and wind will be the fastest growing source of U.S. electricity generation for at least the next two years. EIA’s January 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) forecasts that electricity generation from utility-scale solar generating units will grow by 10 percent in 2019 and by 17 percent in 2020. According to the January STEO, wind generation will grow by 12 percent and 14 percent during the next two years. EIA forecasts t [...]
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Over 200 Turn Out to Oppose Xcel’s Phase II Rate Case
COSEIA – June 9th 2016 Rally to Protect Solar Solar system owners, installers, public policy advocates and a large contingent of people from the new Denver office of SunRun all turned out June 9th for a hearing at the Public Utilities Commission on what is potentially the most significant PUC filing in Xcel Energy’s “Our Energy Future” initiative. While some speakers appeared to track the points made in Xcel’s wide-ranging PR campaign – that the new rate struc [...]
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Millions of Dollars Spent on One War Over Rooftop Solar
There’s a war brewing over the future of rooftop solar, and Arizona is at ground zero. Pinnacle West Capital Corp., which owns the state’s largest utility, last week said it has formed a third-party group to support candidates for an elected state board that regulates their industry. [...]
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