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U.S. CO2 emissions increase for second year in a row

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions continue to increase in the United States, according to a new report by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The increase is the second year in a row that the emissions increased, although it was at a lower rate than in 2013.

Apple expands their solar portfolio -- in China

Following an announcement that Apple would be expanding their solar footprint in the California market, the company is now planning two new solar projects in China -- totalling 40 MW.

DVP developing plans to close coal ash ponds

Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) will close all of the coal ash ponds at its Virginia power stations in compliance with standards established by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Coal Combustion Residuals rules.

Healthcare energy management could be big business for utilities

The healthcare sector has a new, more concentrated focus on the ways in which their facilities procure, use, and manage energy. 

What happens to carbon emissions when nuclear diminishes?

Now is the perfect time to take a closer look at what has become a key issue in this country: climate change. Whatever our individual stance is on climate change, most of us probably agree that it is important to take steps that will provide cleaner air for the next generation.  

 

Another state senate votes to eliminate wind tax credit

Oklahoma may be following Texas to remove incentives for renewable energy within the state. Senate Bill (SB) 498 would remove the state tax exemption for wind electricity manufacturers after 2016.

Boulder needs Xcel's help to transition to clean energy

Boulder is moving toward renewable energy, and has asked Xcel Energy to help them on their journey. A request for proposal (RFP) issued by the city of Boulder is looking for a utility provider to sell power to the city's electric utility -- "for a limited time."

Which two utilities are the best places to work?

Forbes has released their list of top employers, and numerous utilities made the list. Dominion Resources came out at No. 1 for utilities -- and No. 37 on the survey, followed by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), who came in as the second utility on the list, at No. 79.

Investors pressing oil and gas companies on carbon asset risk disclosure

Institutional investors representing nearly $2 trillion in assets have called on the Securities and Exchange Commission to push for better disclosure by oil and gas companies of critical climate change-related business risks (carbon asset risks) that will "profoundly affect the economics of the industry."

Nuclear hailed for its economic benefits in Florida

The daily electricity production at Florida Power and Light's (FPL) nuclear plants benefits Florida's economy by more than $1.4 billion annually, according to a new study.

Camp Lejeune solar farm gets regulatory approval

Duke Energy has been given permission to move forward with their solar farm at a marine base in North Carolina. The farm, which will be located on the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Onslow County, NC, was approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC).

EU financing German offshore wind project

Germany is planning the build of 20 offshore wind farms, and the European Union (EU) has found that the project falls within the scope of EU state aid rules.

Wind energy jobs grew exponentially in 2014

Wind energy is growing, and along with it, wind jobs. According to a new report by the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, there were 23,000 jobs added in the wind industry in 2014.

Additional efficiency funding allows PSEG to serve long waiting list

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSEG) will be spending an additional $95 million on an extension of three popular energy-efficiency programs that will allow the utility to serve a roster of hospitals, healthcare facilities and residential multi-family housing units that are currently on program waiting lists.

Efficiency saved Northeast $1.5B in winter energy costs

A new report reveals that energy efficiency may be one of the best ways for keeping energy costs under control during winter months. In fact, the Acadia Center report shows that, due to existing investment in energy efficiency programs, Northeastern customers saved approximately $1.5 billion in the winter of 2014.

California's solar program may not be as beneficial as it sounds

California is known for taking the lead in solar panel rooftop installations on both homes and businesses, and that effort was supported by the state government. The $2.2 billion California Solar Initiative (CSI) provided a rebate for customers who installed the panels. But a study by Vanderbilt University warned against calling the program a success.

EIA: U.S. could be net energy exporter within 5 years

The United States could soon be going through a major energy shift that started in the 1950s. According to the Environmental Information Administration's Annual Energy Outlook 2015, U.S. net energy imports will likely be balanced completely sometime between 2020 and 2030.

Texas Senate votes to eliminate RPS

The Texas state Senate is looking to remove incentives for renewable energy in the state by getting rid of their Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). The original bill requires energy retailers to purchase a certain percent of their power from wind and solar producers.

Climate scientists address urgent need to explain global warming hiatus

The global warming hiatus has been used to dismiss climate science entirely by some deniers of global warming. Thus, explaining the warming hiatus has become an urgent task for climate scientists.

Louisiana solar market showing growth for fifth consecutive year

Louisiana's residential solar market is growing rapidly, as evidenced by the state's ranking in the Top 10 Solar States in 2014 – a solar "year in review" released by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). 2014 was the fifth straight year that Louisiana showed strong growth in solar installations, according to the report.