Co-ops are making significant investments in renewable resource generation, using loans from the Rural Utilities Service and other sources. With solar becoming more cost-competitive, electric co-ops are poised to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in new projects.
By 2025, Frost & Sullivan predicts that 58 percent of the population globally, 4.6 billion people, will be living in urban areas as urbanization drives the transformation of major cities like Barcelona, New York and Amsterdam into smart cities.
As part of its commitment to low-cost and cleaner energy, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will offer a total of 130 MW of renewable energy capacity in 2015 through a variety of power-purchasing programs for home, business, industrial and wholesale installations. The additional 130 MW will bring the total amount of renewable energy TVA has offered or interconnected since 2011 to more than 500 MW.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) draft rule for reduction of carbon emissions under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act has divided the industry down the middle -- with many (like the American Council for Clean Coal Electricity, or ACCCE) staunchly opposing the Clean Energy Plan and others like the Sierra Club supporting it. Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) has a horse in both sides of the race, supporting the Clean Power Plan as a vital step toward modernizing the U.S. electric power system for greater efficiency, reliability, and economic opportunity while urging EPA to make changes that realize the benefits of advanced energy technologies.
"The grid of the future will be more than a one-way delivery system for electricity. It will be a platform for information and services that we've barely begun to imagine," said Doyle Beneby, CEO of CPS Energy. "[This] conversation with industry leaders helps us develop ways to put new grid technologies and services to work for our customers."
After a lengthy approval process, Linc Energy has been approved for a research and development license to conduct an underground coal gasification demonstration project. Issued by the EPA and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, it is the first such license issued in 20 years for a procedure largely abandoned by the energy industry.
Scientists and regulators are working together to come up with ways to stop pollution emanating from the equipment used in oil and gas production. In a nutshell, some of that equipment leaks and has caused ozone pollution.
SMUD has a successful history with biomass, having used local resources to develop four dairy digester projects with a fifth under construction.
Construction has begun on an approximately 360 MW natural gas-fired peaking plant near Bacliff, Texas, southeast of Houston that, when completed, will produce enough electricity to power an additional 72,000 Texas homes when needed most during times of peak demand.
An onslaught of surplus natural gas supply is bearing down on the Henry Hub in South Louisiana with more than 60 natural gas pipeline projects being developed to move gas out of the Northeast and onto the Gulf Coast; those supplies will collide with high-BTU and associated gas from plays in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and North Dakota with negative implications for Henry Hub pricing.
New England residents aren't going to like opening their power bills this winter. Why? Electric utilities there are predicting rate increases of from 30 to 50 percent because the natural gas supply system isn't adequate to deliver enough to meet demand.
More affordable energy technologies, shifting regulatory thinking, and market forces are reshaping the traditional relationship between electric utilities and their residential consumers. The old model is not dead, and most consumers are likely to use and pay for electricity in more or less the same way they have for decades -- for the near-term at least. But the disruption is accelerating, largely driven by what is broadly called distributed energy resources (DER). These dispersed resources present challenges and opportunities for an industry that, until recently, has felt little affect.
France may have been a late bloomer in adopting solar power, but the country has more than made up for it with aggressive renewable energy initiatives. Paris-based renewable energy developer and project manager Neoen broke ground this week for what will be Europe's largest solar plant.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) is poised to move ahead on its promise to adopt energy-efficiency standards for plug-in digital devices, including desktop computers, monitors, displays and other devices later this month. The recent publication of a research report by the University of California, Irvine for the CEC showing the large amounts of electricity wasted by computers in California demonstrates the economic burden, the undue waste and costs these devices place on consumers. New standards for these devices are long overdue.
Although the legislation won't increase the state's water supply, water utilities couldn't be more excited by its prospects, specifically for investment in infrastructure projects surrounding drinking water protection, groundwater storage, water recycling, advanced water treatment, and water supply management.
Southern California Edison (SCE) is one busy utility, having signed multiple contracts in recent days to continue to meet its customers' power and reliability needs, including contracts for 2,221 MW of power from diverse new "preferred" resources. In addition, the utility has taken steps to modernize its power system using battery-based energy storage as an alternative to a peaking power plant.
The development of new, unconventional energy sources, such as shale gas, tight oils, coal seam gas and oil sands, are driving a shift in the global energy industry that will require rethinking traditional energy supply chain models, according to a white paper by logistics company DHL.
China, the world's largest energy consumer and producer, is undergoing changes. According to several reports, the country's growth in energy use is expected to drop by roughly half in 2014.
Developers of renewable energy and demand management projects in Australia will have a new tool to help them better understand the country's electricity market and identify both opportunities and constraints.
Dominion has submitted a request on behalf of its joint venture partners in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to begin the pre-filing process with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), asking the commission to begin its environmental review of the proposed $4.5 billion to $5 billion, 550-mile natural gas pipeline. In addition, Dominion has submitted a pre-filing request to FERC asking the commission to begin its environmental review of a proposed $500 million Supply Header Project.