As part of the fallout from Arizona Public Service's (APS) scandal surrounding lying about funding dark money organizations to attack rooftop solar and in response to Edison Electric Institute's (EEI) series of television and radio ads against rooftop solar in Arizona, the Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) wants EEI to disavow what TASC calls "APS's underhanded behavior" and state whether or not EEI has used dark money. Article
Exelon Corporation has launched the first in a series of Innovation Expos aimed at bringing together employees and outside experts to explore innovative solutions to complex business problems, specifically, ways in which Exelon can create value by tapping into the ever-expanding field of "big data."
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a proposed rule to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new gas- and coal-fired electric generating units (EGU). The proposed CO2 standards would replace a prior EPA proposal from April 2012, which received a record 2.5 million public comments. Feature
With recent news accusing Arizona Public Service of trying to kill rooftop solar, Xcel Energy is also in the crosshairs and accused of attacking rooftop solar because of its desire to manipulate net metering for solar customers. Xcel is asking the Public Utilities Commission for permission to pay rates below market value to rooftop solar customers who feed electricity back into the grid. Xcel's proposal could undermine net metering policies by preventing consumers from receiving fair credit for energy they return back to the grid. Article
June is a busy month for FierceEnergy. We will be bringing you live coverage from the National Association of Energy Service Companies' (NAESCO) Midwest regional meeting in Chicago; Edison Electric Institute's (EEI) annual convention in San Francisco; and SmartEnergy IP's Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium in Nashville.
FierceEnergy is launching a new feature called "Sound-Off," which brings you a birds-eye view of the industry's hottest topics from a range of industry experts all in one place.
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Is the promise of a Monterey Shale boom a myth? The Post Carbon Institute (PCI) and Physicians, Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE) say they have "compelling evidence" that it is. PCI and PSE's research challenges the estimates of technically recoverable resources for the Monterey Shale released by the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) and INTEK in their 2011 report, as well as the economic projections from the University of Southern California (USC) in their 2013 economic study upon which the Monterey shale optimism has been based.
With the economy slowly but steadily improving, the energy industry is experiencing a rebound in confidence and financial stability. This is according to BDO USA LLP's annual survey of 100 U.S. oil and gas chief financial officers.
A growing number of DC power technologies minimize AC/DC conversions and reduce associated losses, and the use of direct current (DC) power in buildings is expanding, driven by the growing reliance on renewable energy sources, as well as increased demand for advanced energy storage devices energy efficiency within commercial buildings. Deployed at the level of a single building or microgrid, DC power distribution can reduce the number of required conversions between alternating current (AC) and DC power, thereby increasing overall building energy efficiency.
Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) is installing the largest rooftop solar system in Virginia -- more than 2,000 solar panels on the roof of Canon Virginia Inc.'s Industrial Resource Technologies facility in Gloucester. The project is part of Dominion's Solar Partnership Program, in which Dominion leases rooftop or ground space at commercial, industrial or public facilities for installation of solar panels.
For the second month in a row, gas-fired generation gained ground on coal compared to the previous year, according to Genscape who offers U.S. power plant fuel consumption overviews for coal, gas, hydro, wind, nuclear and oil.
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The adoption of smart grid is contributing to the growth of the global smart housing market and the availability of self-help smart home applications, according to Infinity Research.
"There's never a good time to raise prices-- but we are obligated to serve our customers with electricity when and where they need it," said Stan Connally, Gulf Power president and CEO.