Pay-TV industry driving hundreds of millions in energy efficiency

The voluntary set-top box energy conservation agreement between the pay-TV industry, consumer electronics manufacturers and energy-efficiency advocates has saved American consumers approximately $168 million in energy bills, according to the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes 2013 Annual Report conducted by D&R International.

Solar project showcases innovation between Minnesota Power, military

Minnesota Power is joining forces with the Minnesota National Guard to build a major solar energy project at the state's largest military base, Camp Ripley. If approved, the project will be the largest solar energy installation on military property in the state.

NRC finalizes spent nuclear storage rule

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved a final rule on the environmental effects of continued storage of spent nuclear fuel and will lift its suspension of final licensing actions on nuclear power plant licenses and renewals once the rule becomes effective -- marking the end of a two-year effort to satisfy a remand by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

CA clean energy bill unanimously passes Senate, Assembly

The California Assembly and Senate have voted unanimously in favor of Senate Bill 1414, which will accelerate the use of demand response that will allow people and technology, rather than power plants, to meet California's rising electricity needs.

Generating energy from coffee waste

Four years in, the Energy from Coffee Wastewater project led by UTZ Certified, the Netherlands-based sustainability program, has proven that it is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills.

NY energy-efficiency efforts cut demand by 244 MW

As a result of energy-efficiency projects completed by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) at 100 state and municipal facilities in the first half of 2014, New York State taxpayers will save $4 million annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 14,650 tons a year -- the equivalent of removing more than 3,000 vehicles from the road.

NJ utility stimulating state's economy

From 2011 to 2021, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) investments in New Jersey's electric transmission network will be a powerful stimulant of the state's economy, according to an analysis by Rutgers University.

Increasing the value of distributed energy

A new report from Rocky Mountain Institute's (RMI) Electricity Innovation Lab (e-Lab), Rate Design for the Distribution Edge: Electricity Pricing for a Distributed Resource Future, points to the need for modernization of retail electricity prices to reflect a rapidly evolving grid that will continue to see growing investment in distributed energy resources (DER). 

Consumers Energy cleaning up Karn plant

Consumers Energy is wrapping up a $250 million technology upgrade at its largest power plant -- the Karn/Weadock complex -- as part of its commitment to cleaning up Michigan's air.

China leading global solar demand, but the Americas growing fast

In 2013, China became the largest solar market in the world with 11.8 GW installed -- key, Lux says, to faster-than-expected global recovery.

UK headed for steep decline in renewable energy investments

The United Kingdom's distributed power generation market, which comprises wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and combined heat and power installed capacity, will experience a significant decline by 2019 -- from almost $2.5 billion in 2013 to $939 million, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

EPE adding 25 MW to solar portfolio

In the last year alone, EPE has doubled its utility-scale solar portfolio. EPE currently has 97 MW of solar power and will have added another 10 MW by the end of 2014.

West Penn penalized for missing usage reduction goals

The Commission voted 5-0 to approve a settlement, which West Penn must pay to the state's General Fund within 30 days. West Penn may not seek to recover any portion of the settlement payment from ratepayers or in rates.

Transforming NY solar into a self-sustaining industry

New York's multiple solar programs are transitioning to the new single, statewide NY-Sun Incentive Program in an effort designed to support the State's solar economy through the $1 billion NY-Sun Initiative, which will significantly expand deployment of solar across the state, add more than 3,000 MW to the state's solar capacity and, ultimately, transform New York's solar market into a self-sustaining industry.

Utilities, state teaming up to further clean energy on Long Island

As part of the PowerUp Long Island initiative, coordinated by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and New York Power Authority (NYPA), the state and their utility partners are already coordinating and actively working on a number of projects and proposals across Long Island to create an efficient clean energy system, deploy distributed resources and manage demand across Long Island.

Deadline Extended for Fierce Innovation Awards 2014 - Now August 29!

In response to the large number of requests for more time, we are pleased to announce that we have extended the entry period for the Fierce Innovation Awards: Energy Edition by one week.  Applications will now be accepted through midnight, ET this Friday, August 29

What's missing from REV recommendations?

The new recommendations call for immediate action by utilities to defer or eliminate costly and inefficient investment in conventional generation or transmission upgrades. Instead, they must invest in renewable energy and energy-efficiency resources as a way to drive New York's energy infrastructure into the 21st century.

SC utility to build two solar farms on its property

Solar is an integral component of our balanced generation portfolio as SCG&E strives to reach a diversified mix of 30 percent natural gas, 30 percent nuclear, 30 percent scrubbed coal, and 10 percent hydro and other renewables over the next five years.

Verizon becoming solar leader

Verizon's will invest nearly $40 million to expand the on-site green energy program it launched in 2013, nearly doubling the amount of renewable power generated by solar energy systems installed at six Verizon facilities last year.

CA utility's natural gas proposal under fire

In determining the best way to replace the nuclear power from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), which was shuttered last year, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) has proposed construction of a 600 MW natural gas plant in Carlsbad, California -- and sparked public outcry.