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TX legislators want utility customers to have more power over demand response

Texas legislators are looking to give utility customers more power over their energy usage with two new bills introduced in the state legislature. 

South Carolina launches its first Solarize program

South Carolina is beginning to build momentum behind renewable energy, which will help offset utility costs, create jobs and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) is at the forefront of this change, and is a supporter of Solarize South Carolina as a way to provide additional benefits for its customers.

Eversource plans to sell off, not retire, coal plants

After months of negotiations, Eversource Energy (formerly Northeast Utilities) will sell its Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) owned power plants, with the goal of providing customer savings and resolving other related issues currently under review by state regulators.

DirecTV teams with SolarCity to bring solar to the masses

SolarCity has announced a new partnership with DirecTV to bring solar panels to California residents.

Solar eclipse will offer insight into the future of the grid

Power station operators are preparing for the upcoming solar eclipse, but the event is also offering an opportunity for researchers to watch what happens to a power system run by a percentage of solar. 

Ontario launches new RFP process for wind, other renewables

Canada's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has launched a 565 MW renewable energy request for proposals (RFP) -- of which 300 MW will be dedicated to wind energy. This is the first of three RFPs under IESO's Large Renewable Procurement (LRP), a new competitive process that supports Ontario's targeted goal of 10.7 GW of non-hydro renewable energy capacity by 2021 and reflects Ontario's ongoing commitment to build a cleaner and more sustainable electricity system.

New DOE wind report under attack

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a new report looking at the future of wind power and its economic benefits. The report, Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States, contends that with technological advancements driving projected cost reductions, combined with continued siting and transmission development, wind power can be economically deployed to provide renewable power in all 50 states. But not everyone is buying into it.

Reintroduction of the Shaheen-Portman energy savings bill

Shaheen-Portman closely resembles S. 2262 and contains provisions that will increase U.S. energy productivity, enhance energy security, reduce emissions and promote economic growth. It is estimated that by 2030 the bill will create 192,000 jobs, produce energy savings worth $16.2 billion annually and reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by 95 million metric tons.

Top 10 states for solar installation in 2014

Solar capacity installation grew in 2014, and 10 states took the lead on new installation.

Conservation organization requests revised bird death reporting

A conservation organization is asking for assessments on all wind turbine projects before construction ever begins. 

APPA legislative rally produces six policy resolutions

At its recent legislative rally, the American Public Power Association (APPA) approved six new policy resolutions. Among them are resolutions to protect utilities that receive coal by rail; address the use of drones in utility-related operations; and support affordable and reliable solar power deployment.

Renewable energy globally to more than double in 2025

prior to the past decade, less than 50 countries had support policies for renewable energy, but that has increased to more than 130. As a result of political and financial support, investments in renewables have risen dramatically.

Advanced energy market tops size of airline industry

In the United States, advanced energy market was an estimated $199.5 billion market in 2014 with revenue up 14 percent from 2013 -- growing at five times the rate of the U.S. economy overall.

Social media becoming important customer service tool for utilities

Managing the nation's grid is the the main concern of many utilities, but as the world of energy becomes more diversified, many utilities are finding they need to use social media for customer service and crisis management.

Majority of new generation in 2015 will come from wind, natural gas and solar

In 2015, electric generating companies will add approximately 20 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale generating capacity to the power grid at the same time while nearly 16 GW of generating capacity is scheduled to be retired.

UW makes breakthrough in renewable energy research

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered a new approach to combining two important research areas for renewable energy – solar energy conversion and biomass conversion.

Exelon-Pepco merger opposition heats up

New poll results released by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network from a survey conducted by public interest research firm OpinionWorks, as well as recent oppositional filings with the PSC, may affect the PSC's decision.

U.S. way behind in small wind market

As a result of feed-in tariff policies in the United Kingdom, the U.K. market boomed over the past 2 years and is the leading market worldwide, according to Navigant Research, followed by China and Italy who remain important markets.

Ameren Missouri granted 20-year Callaway Energy Center license renewal

The company was originally given a 40-year operating license that was set to expire in 2024, but the new approval will allow the energy center to stay open until at least 2044. 

Renewable energy taxes help local communities

Wind energy developer Iberdrola Renewables and Ohio state legislators presented checks to school districts in Van Wert County and Paulding County for more than $2.7 million.