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New generation in 2014 mostly gas, solar, wind

Most new power plants placed in service in the first half of 2014 are powered by natural gas, with new solar and wind capacity coming in second and third, respectively, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration....more

Let the Market Decide: The Third Wave of Energy Investment in Latin America and Caribbean

I recently moderated an ABA/ACORE webinar focused on cross-border renewable energy development in Latin America and the Caribbean. To introduce the topic, I recounted a recent experience at an on-the-record dinner hosted by...more

Energy & Environment Update

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Environmental Protection Agency - Government Accountability Office -...more

Renewable Energy Update

Renewable Energy Focus - California’s plan to replace San Onofre nuclear energy: green success or natural gas giveaway?: Green Tech Solar News - Mar 14 -- The California Public Utilities Commission’s long-range plan to...more

Is Renewable Energy At Parity With Fossil Fuels? Not Quite, But Certainly Closer

According to ClimateWire on Tuesday, a Minnesota state administrative law Judge’s recommendation to the state Public Utility Commission may be the first time that a solar project has been declared cost-competitive against...more

Minnesota Judge Rings in the New Year with Sunshine

On December 31, 2013, Minnesota Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipman determined in a competitive bidding process that solar provided greater value to ratepayers than natural gas. In a first-ever competitive bidding process...more

Renewable Energy Update -- August 30, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff: solar 'is going to overtake everything' -- Green Tech Solar News - Aug 22: If anybody doubts that federal energy regulators are aware of the rapidly changing...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - July 2013

In This Issue: - Gas Generating Plant Certificate of Necessity Sought - Natural Gas Generation to Cut Need for Coal - S.S. Badger Saves Diesel Fuel by Carrying Wind Towers - Albion Solar Company Growing -...more

Energy And Environment Update -- June 10, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department Of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department Of Energy; Department Of Interior; Department Of Treasury;...more

Technically, We Could Green The Grid and Keep The Lights On; Do We Have The Policies to Get Us There?

One concern with adding large amounts of renewable generation to the electric grid is that the variability of renewable resources such as solar and wind might render the electric grid unreliable. According to a recent report...more

Energy And Environment Update -- June 3, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Energy; Department of the Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;...more

Renewable Energy Update -- March 29, 2013

In This Issue: Renewable Energy Focus - California ISO Gives Green Light To Renewable Energy Transmission Projects; Senators Introduce Bipartisan Offshore Energy Revenue-Sharing Legislation; Wind Energy Constituted...more

Energy And Environment Update -- February 17, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Government Accountability...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - January 2013

In This Issue: - Another Baseload Natural Gas Plant for Consumers Energy - Favorable Tax Decision on Solar Array - Quackenbush/Bakkal to Prepare Energy Report - Plastic Solar Cells on the Horizon? - Law Suit...more

Oh Canada! Significant Developments in Canadian Energy - November 2012

In This Issue: - Oil Sands News - East Coast News - West Coast News - Canadian Arctic News - Alternative Energy News - On the Horizon - Abbreviations - Contact Us - Excerpt from Oil Sands News:...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - December 2012

In This Issue: - Governor’s Message on Energy and the Environment - Solar Shingles Come (Back) to Michigan - City of Holland Selects Natural Gas Option for Generation - DOE Grant for Superconducting Wires - New...more

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