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On the Blogs: The Rising Market in Electricity Storage

WamstedOnEnergy.com: Electric utility executives already fretting about slow/no growth in their service territories have another item to add to their growing list of worries: the prospect that many of their commercial customers could begin installing behind-the-meter storage to lower their demand charges. A recent white paper from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Clean […]

September 22, 2017 Read More →

Governors: U.S. Anti-Solar Tariff Decision Could Eliminate 88,000 American Jobs

Denver Post: U.S. trade panel on Friday found solar panel imports are hurting domestic businesses that operate in the industry, a decision that could lead to tariffs on the clean-energy parts that one group says could cost Colorado 2,000 jobs annually. The International Trade Commission said it has determined that the imports are coming into […]

September 22, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Trump’s ‘Breathtaking Hypocrisy’ Toward Coal Miners

Scientific American: Now we see that his administration has put on hold a study of the connections between mountaintop coal mining and the health of nearby communities—research that was requested by West Virginia health authorities and is being conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. This action demonstrates the president’s disregard for […]

September 22, 2017 Read More →

Hurricane Leaves Puerto Rico With a Chance to Hit Reset

Washington Examiner: Puerto Rico has gone dark after taking a direct hit from Hurricane Maria, but the widespread electricity outages, predicted to last months, could encourage reforms to the island’s bankrupt power utility and fragile electric grid. “This is like wiping the slate clean for Puerto Rico, which is good because all these problems the […]

September 22, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: The German Transition

ChinaDialogue.net: If Angela Merkel is to win another term in Germany’s upcoming election on September 24, then winning the western state of North-Rhine/Westphalia (NRW) will be essential. NRW is the country’s most populous state, making up a fifth of the electorate. It’s also the epicentre of another political tussle: What to do about Germany’s coal […]

September 21, 2017 Read More →

Hurricane Maria: ‘Attracting Capital to Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Is More Critical Than Ever’

Washington Post: Hurricane Maria has dealt a new blow to Puerto Rico’s bankrupt electric company — knocking out power for the entire island and imposing costly repair burdens on a utility that was already struggling with more than $9 billion in debt, poor service and sky-high rates. And that means more hardship for local residents […]

September 21, 2017 Read More →

Global Trends Indicate a Coal Comeback Is Unlikely

Financial Times: President Donald Trump has pledged to “put our miners back to work” in the US, promising to return high-paying jobs to rundown rural areas of states such as Pennsylvania that brought him victory in last year’s election. Trends in coal markets, both in the US and internationally, suggest that will be an uphill battle. In 2013, […]

September 21, 2017 Read More →

More Climate Risk to Oil Majors in 2 New Lawsuits Reminiscent of Tobacco Litigation

Reuters: California cities San Francisco and Oakland filed separate lawsuits against five oil companies on Wednesday seeking billions of dollars to protect against rising sea levels they blamed on climate change, according to public documents. The lawsuits, filed in state courts in San Francisco and Alameda Counties, alleged Chevron Corp, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil Corp, BP […]

September 21, 2017 Read More →

Growing Public Blowback Against More U.S. Pipeline Projects

SNL: Returning to protest the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at its first meeting in months, opponents of natural gas pipelines said protests at the agency and a backlash against President Donald Trump helped set the stage for a recent string of victories at the state level and in federal appeals courts. “We are starting to […]

September 21, 2017 Read More →

For Investors, a ‘Tipping Point’ Toward Renewables as Wind-Turbine Momentum Grows

Bloomberg News: The cost of renewables is plunging faster than forecasters anticipated just a few years ago as as technologies like gigantic wind turbines arrive on the market. That’s the conclusion of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, whose founder Michael Liebreich estimated that clean energy will reap 86 percent of the $10.2 trillion likely to be […]

September 20, 2017 Read More →