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Energy Storage Gets a Boost from Federal and Private Sector Actions

On June 16, 2016, the White House hosted a Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets. As a backdrop to the Summit, the Obama Administration announced new executive actions and 33 public and private...more

Maine biomass resource RFP issued

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued an order approving a Request for Proposals for biomass energy resources. At stake are two-year contracts through which biomass resources may sell energy and related products...more

EIB Energy Highlights: Nat Gas Outpowers Coal, NC Renewables, CPP En Banc, Fed Energy Bill Awaits Conference & More

Natural Gas-Fired Electricity Generation to Exceed Coal-Fired Generation in 2016: The EIA recently projected that for the first time, on an annual basis, natural gas will exceed coal as a fuel for electric power generation in...more

Corporations Directly Buying Renewable Power on the Rise

Recent trends demonstrate a rapid growth in corporations directly buying renewable energy from wind, solar and other renewable energy generators. Renewable energy capacity under corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs)...more

Maine opens net metering inquiry

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued a Notice of Inquiry to obtain feedback on whether its net energy billing rules should be modified, or other action taken to affect Maine's net metering policy. Under...more

Germany’s Reform of the EEG Provides New Opportunities for Investors in Renewables

The reformed Renewable Energy Sources Act will create expanded market opportunities across the renewable energy sector and new investment opportunities in generation projects and smart grid operational technologies....more

New Solar Cell Device Surpasses Theoretically Predicted Efficiency Limit

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) published a paper last week in the journal Nature Energy that described how they built a working solar thermophotovoltaic device (STPV) that enables...more

FERC Summer 2016 energy market and reliability report

Federal energy regulatory staff have presented their 2016 Summer Seasonal Assessment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The "Summer 2016 Energy Market and Reliability Assessment" presents an summer outlook by...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Forecast sees largest growth for renewable energy sources - The Hill - May 11 - Federal energy analysts are forecasting that renewable energy will see the largest growth in...more

Maine enacts biomass energy support

Maine has adopted a new law to support the state's biomass energy industry. Governor Paul LePage has signed LD 1676, An Act To Establish a Process for the Procurement of Biomass Resources, as emergency legislation. As a...more

FERC grid modernization session

U.S. federal energy regulators will convene on April 21, 2016 to discuss modernization of the nation’s electric power grid. Recent years have brought significant changes in technology and the ways we use energy. From...more

US Quadrennial Energy Review second round

The U.S. Department of Energy is holding a series of public meetings centered on the topic of the second installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review, an integrated study of the U.S. electricity system from generation through...more

European Commission’s First State Aid Sector Inquiry Identifies Preliminary Concerns with Capacity Mechanisms

The European Commission's Interim Report is critical of price-based mechanisms and calls for harmonized methods to determine generation adequacy levels and reliability standards. The European Commission (Commission)...more

Maine Green Power offer provider selected

Maine energy regulators have chosen a manager for the Maine Green Power program. In an April 4, 2016 order, the Maine Public Utilities Commission selected 3Degrees Group, Inc. to manage the program. ...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2016

Renewable Energy Focus - NRG says Ivanpah solar plant now on pace to meet goal - Santa Cruz Sentinel - Mar 29 The operator of a massive U.S. government-backed solar project in California that fell short of...more

Maine renewable energy report released

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued its latest annual report on Maine's use of renewable electricity, covering the 2014 calendar year. The report shows the impact of Maine's renewable portfolio standard, a state...more

The Electricity System is Shifting to Renewable Energy

On February 29, 2016, Clean Energy Canada, an initiative of the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, released A Year for the Record Books (“Report”) in which it stated that in 2015 a...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2016 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Davis and Yolo County take charge of electricity purchases - Sacramento Bee - Mar 21 - Yolo County and the City of Davis are joining a growing number of communities in California in...more

New York Public Service Commission Issues New Consumer Protection Guidelines for Energy Service Companies

On February 23, 2016, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an order setting new consumer protection guidelines for energy service companies, or “ESCOs.” An ESCO is a business supplying electricity and/or...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2016 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - United Airlines takes off with biofuel - Los Angeles Times - Mar 13 - A Boeing 737 jet that took off from Los Angeles International Airport last week looked like most other planes...more

CPUC’s NEM 2.0 Decision: A Win for Distributed Solar?

The decision may be a temporary victory for the Distributed Solar Industry as legal challenges and further CPUC proceedings loom. In one of the most anticipated decisions in recent memory, the California Public Utilities...more

Oregon Legislature Passes Sweeping Energy Bill

The Oregon Legislature on Wednesday passed a sweeping and contentious bill that signals significant changes for the state’s energy industry. Senate Bill 1547, the final home for the “Oregon Clean Electricity and Coal...more

Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me: The Controversy Over Net Metering

In case you missed it, the fight for solar power’s future has begun. Solar has experienced a remarkable transformation, moving from a niche technology to one that has transformative power for the electrical grid. But...more

ISO New England Regional Electricity Outlook 2016

The New England regional power system is in a state of major transformation, according to regional grid operator ISO New England, Inc.'s 2016 Regional Electric Outlook. ISO New England is the private, non-profit entity...more

Nigerian Power Sector: Opportunities and Challenges for Investment in 2016

A summary of the existing power sector in Nigeria, current key initiatives, and opportunities and challenges for developers, investors and lenders. Introduction - During the launch of Power Africa in 2013, President...more

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