The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) recently named several investor-owned utility (IOU) winners of its 2014 Advocacy Excellence Award, as well as its Emergency Recovery Award and Emergency Assistance Award.
One of the most prominent and widely discussed topics in renewable energy finance is how to lower funding costs to make more projects viable. In general, renewable energy technologies are not yet at economic parity with conventional power generation technologies.
WikiEnergy could be the largest, most detailed database of consumer energy and water use bringing together the brightest minds from universities and NGOs around the world.
In 2013, the Sacramento region's clean tech industry added jobs and increased revenue at an impressive rate, according to a new report from the Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA), hitting a new record of more than $2.2 billion in total revenue -- a five percent increase from 2012.
Companies participating in the California Public Utilities Commission's (CPUC) Supplier Diversity Program have procured $8.5 billion in goods and services from women, minority, and disabled veteran-owned business enterprises -- a new milestone, according to the CPUC.
The Austin City Council has voted unanimously to create the Austin Energy Resource Generation Task Force as part of the 2014 update process to the city's existing energy plan.
A new report issued by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is "good news, bad news" for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The fourth annual report indicates that the NRC's performance and oversight of nuclear power plant safety has improved, as it demonstrated in 2013 that it can be an effective watchdog. However, UCS also points out inconsistent enforcement and a number of significant safety lapses.
The upstream and midstream sectors of the oil and gas market are promising paradigm value chain changes over the next 10 years, driving change and creating challenges, according to Frost & Sullivan.
An updated California Independent System Operator (CA ISO) roadmap will help electric vehicle (EV) integration into the power grid, as well as support California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s 2012 executive order to get 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) on California roads by 2025.
LNG exports provide net economic benefits in all the scenarios investigated, and the greater the level of exports, the greater the benefits.
The home energy management (HEM) market continues to attract attention, especially with the increasing presence broadband service providers like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast and security companies like ADT and Vivint. Thus far, the HEM market has been fairly sluggish, with only a few cases of utility-led deployments, despite the utility benefits of lower overall energy consumption and not having to invest so quickly in new power plants, based on the expectation that a smarter grid would enable wider use of new tools and incentives for consumers to use energy more efficiently, such as demand response (DR) or dynamic pricing, according to Navigant Research.
Upon the retirement of Frank M. Clark, chairman and CEO since 2005 and a 46-year veteran of the utility, Pramaggiore was appointed to the role on September 9, 2011, becoming the first female CEO in the utility's history.
The construction-ready Pumpjack and Wildwood Solar Power Projects, located in Kern County are Duke Energy Renewables' third and fourth utility-scale solar power projects in the state.
Asset management for most utilities is handled with what is commonly called a run-to-fail strategy. Many utilities have not incorporated sensing or monitoring technology into their networks, particularly in the distribution network, where asset value is generally low. However, with the deployment of communications networks that enable advanced metering infrastructure and distribution automation programs the inclusion of sensing or monitoring is starting to make more economic sense, according to Navigant Research.
The coal industry today has reason to feel more positive about the future of coal fuel power, as the U.S. House of Representatives has passed HR 3826 "The Electricity Security and Affordability Act," which requires greater transparency for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rulemaking process and safeguards against the agency's standards for both new and existing power plants.
Although they are behind in some respects, Asia-Pacific has actually made some significant strides when it comes to building energy efficiency, according to Navigant Research.
The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, HR 2126, by a staggering vote of 375 to 36. In addition to HR 2126, the legislation packages several important pieces to increase energy efficiency in commercial buildings, the federal government, and certain appliances. This includes a modified version of HR 540, the Energy Efficiency Government Technology Act; HR 4066, to modify efficiency standards for grid-enabled water heaters; and HR 3820, to encourage benchmarking in commercial buildings.
Concerns relating to a potential municipal bond interest surtax and possible change to the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) business model are arising after President Barack Obama's recently released Fiscal Year 2015 Budget as a way of spurring infrastructure investments.
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has exceeded the California Public Utilities Commission's diverse spending goal. SDG&E has achieved this goal for the last eight years, with this year being the highest level of spending with diverse business enterprises (DBE) in the utility's history.
In 2013, solar jobs were up 57 percent, wind jobs were up 20 percent and renewable energy jobs were up 9.3 percent from 2012.