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Dominion expands solar footprint

Dominion Virginia Power, which currently has 41 MW of solar energy at sites in Georgia, Connecticut and Indiana, will acquire six solar development projects located in California's Fresno, Kern and Kings counties from developer Recurrent Energy. 

Closing supply and demand gap crucial for LAC

Meeting the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region's growth in energy demand is proving challenging and LAC must optimize its energy supply options nationally and across the region in order to support the needs of its growing economies and increasing population, according World Energy Council (WEC) research.

Funds increasingly funneled to exploration, development of existing assets

Oil and gas executives expect a steady stream of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in 2014 as their companies consolidate core businesses and eye access to new technology and geographic growth, according to a survey by KPMG LLP.

"Sleeping dragon" of solar market awakens

In 2014, for the first time, China will install more PV capacity than the whole of Europe, according to IHS Inc., largely due to recent policy changes,

Positive clean energy sentiments on upswing

U.S. consumer favorability for 10 concepts, including solar energy, wind energy, hybrid vehicles, and electric cars, has rebounded, according to a national annual consumer survey. 

AGA leading best practice initiative for emissions reduction

The American Gas Association (AGA) and thirteen of its member companies have been participating with the Environmental Defense Fund in a multi-city study conducted by the Washington State University to measure methane emissions from natural gas distribution systems, resulting in real-world data that was previously unavailable. 

Additional CHP could save the U.S. billions

As electricity prices continue to rise, an increasing number of industries are considering combined heat and power (CHP) as an alternative for power generation, due to the option of using both natural gas and biomass as fuel.

Unique NREL facility nets Lab of the Year

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) $135 million Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado has been named R&D Magazine's 2014 Laboratory of the Year.

New Jersey a solar model for the world?

As China opens a new coal plant almost every week to meet the country's energy needs, New Jersey is consciously choosing to go with new, future-oriented energy policy

Southern, FirstEnergy agreements a wake-up call to utilities?

Southern Company has agreed to produce a comprehensive report on the company's renewable energy projects and its future plans to integrate more renewable energy into its operations.

CPUC crafts net metering proposal

The CPUC has ruled that customers with rooftop solar systems can continue to receive credit on their utility bill for 20 years from the date of installation for the excess power generated and sent to the grid.

SONGS settlement to benefit ratepayers, shareholders

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has reached a joint settlement agreement with Southern California Edison (SCE), The Utility Reform Network (TURN) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA). If approved, the settlement would resolve the CPUC's current inquiry into the June 2013 retirement of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). 

PGE to focus on customer-side resources

Portland General Electric (PGE) has filed a new integrated resource plan (IRP) with the Oregon Public Utility Commission, which calls for no major new power plants in the near term except for those already under construction. Instead, the utility has committed to continuing the development of customer-side resources that can reduce demand through energy efficiency measures, peak demand management, and improvements in overall system flexibility.

Utilities natural gas efficiency investments top $1B

In 2012, U.S. utilities invested more than $1.1 billion in efficiency programs, saving customers $117 on their annual natural gas bills, according to an American Gas Association (AGA) survey of its members and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). The survey looked back at ratepayer-funded natural gas efficiency programs during the 2012 program year.

Policy battles brewing over distributed energy

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is promoting the benefits of energy storage for distributed energy via a new report, and claims that wins in policy battles currently brewing in nearly one in three states could make new energy technologies -- and new uses for old technologies like batteries – part of a new future reality.

Wisconsin utilities celebrating energy efficiency savings

Focus on Energy, Wisconsin utilities' statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects funded by the state's investor-owned utilities and participating municipal and electric cooperatives, has released the 2013 results of their Multifamily Energy Savings Program.

EPE gets GHG permit, but appeal looks likely

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the greenhouse gas (GHG) permit for El Paso Electric's (EPE) Montana Power Station in Far East El Paso. EPA's permit action follows the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's decision in January 2014 to issue a separate permit for emissions other than GHG.

Cheapest energy is what you don't have to produce

"The cheapest energy is the energy you don't have to produce in the first place," said ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel. "When utilities are examining options on how to provide their customers with cheap, clean electricity, energy efficiency is generally the best choice."

VT Legislature passes progressive net metering expansion legislation

The Vermont Legislature has voted to increase the state's solar net metering cap from 4 percent of a utility's peak load to 15 percent. The bill, HB 702, is headed to the governor's desk for signature.

Transformative change driving NYPA vision

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has issued an updated strategic plan through 2019, which focuses on helping New York State's economy grow by providing more value to NYPA's customers and building on its role as a responsible steward of its resource assets.