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Paradise found? Local renewables can boost island experience

Locally generated renewable energy can unlock socio-economic benefits for islands, specifically, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Marshall Islands, according to research from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). 

GELF to Governor: Goal should be 100 percent renewables

Governor Andrew Cuomo's New York State energy plan is coming under more fire for not going far enough when it comes to renewables and climate change. Environmental activists claim that the Governor's call for 50 percent of the state's electricity to be met by renewables by 2030 is a step in the right reduction -- but falls far short of needed action.

Presidential deal means U.S. needs to triple renewable output

A meeting between President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff turned into a big day for energy, as the presidents announced an initiative that numerous organizations have been hoping for for years -- a renewable standard (for non-hydro renewables) of 20 percent by 2030.

Unjust and unreasonable: Ameren latest to file complaints against MISO

Another utility is accusing the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) of unfairly adjusting prices, causing their required auction to go up by 40 times. Ameren Illinois is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) -- who regulates MISO -- to explain to their customers why prices will be surging this year.

Politician to Politician: A cry for help with energy strategy

The United States Senate is working to create a new national energy policy, but is taking a unique tactic of seeking input from the nation's governors to help form that policy.

Keeping it simple: Lancaster solar field developments booming

Solar field development permits can take years to process in other places, while the City of Lancaster expedites the process so it is generally completed in a matter of months.

Another win for utilities: Supreme Court hits EPA hard on systematic failures

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being hit from all sides. First, with the Supreme Court shooting down the federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) and now from the state side as the same court decides Michigan v. EPA, which sought to determine if the EPA must consider how costly it would be for power plants to comply with environmental rules before EPA decides to implement them.

Stanford creates semiconductor-like solar cell -- but will utilities ever see it?

Energy innovation is constantly evolving, and researchers at both universities and utilities are looking for the next big thing. But there is a gap between research and use, causing many innovations to come to the market years after development -- or not at all.

Why is UK expanding nuclear as US tries to get out?

The United Kingdom is working to expand their energy footprint, and is looking to nuclear. Minister of State Andrea Leadsom's spoke to the Nuclear Industry Association conference about how nuclear can help increase the clean energy in the country. Leadsom explained that the country is working to not only maintain reliable energy, but also to keep costs low.

DTE investing in renewable neighborhoods

DTE Energy has been using solar energy to power many things in their service area, and their latest project has them powering trash compactors and recycling units with solar. DTE plans to install seven of the Bigbelly units for the pilot program -- which is a part of the utility's Energize Detroit program, and will be installed and managed by Waste Management of Michigan Inc.

Split Reaction: 2015 NY State Energy Plan

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo finalized the 2015 New York State Energy Plan -- a bold policy framework which establishes clear goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent, generate 50 percent of the state's electricity from renewable sources, and increase energy efficiency by 23 percent by 2030 -- in order to move New York forward by combatting the threat of climate change and establishing itself as a national renewable energy leader.

Supreme Court shoots MATS down

The Justices said the Obama Administration didn't adequately consider the "billions of dollars in costs before issuing a rule designed to cut hazardous emissions from 460 coal-fired power plants."

Crisis proportions: EU energy markets impacting energy poverty

People across the world are experiencing energy poverty, and a new study by the European Commission (EC) has found that as many as 11 percent of European Union's (EU) population may fall in that category. Energy poverty is when a household cannot adequately heat their homes at an affordable cost.

Duke Energy accused of flexing its political muscle in attack on birds

The United States House of Representatives is looking at a bill that includes a provision relating to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) -- which could affect utilities now and in the future. According to the Audubon Society, that bill was a "sneak attack on birds" and would prohibit using funds from the Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecute anyone violating the act, HR 2578.

Perception is reality: SCE trying to improve public opinion of SONGS

Southern California Edison (SCE) has faced numerous issues with the closure of their San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), but now that it is closed, they are looking to create a positive perception of the plant. To do this, the utility has begun offering tours of the shuttered nuclear plant.

Community solar could dominate U.S. energy

For utilities wanting to develop a community solar program, the process just became much easier. Thanks to an online resource devoted to roofless community solar deployment, utilities can gain access to market insights and resources essential to a program's success.

Calling for clarity: CPP uncertainty driving multi-state cooperation

As speculation surrounding the impact of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) on power providers continues to circulate and research evolves, states can benefit from a project to facilitate interstate communication on energy and environmental issues affecting the Eastern Interconnection and the United States

National Grid readying to meet REV goals

National Grid is working toward New York's Reforming Energy Vision (REV) goal, and has announced plans to create a new team -- for New Energy Solutions. The team will be focused on "innovations and technologies that drive cleaner energy, improved efficiency, affordability and choice for the customer."

Could offshore nuclear be the future of energy production?

Offshore wind has been talked about for years, but what about other generation sources? Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) developed a new concept for a floating nuclear plant.

NV Energy driving Nevada's Electric Highway

NV Energy and the Nevada governor's office are teaming up -- along with businesses on U.S. Route 95 -- to power up the state's highways for the "Nevada Electric Highway."