The need for more energy coupled with and a projected rise in the cost of solid waste management is driving the future of waste-to-energy plants in Europe.
Legislation is on the table in Pennsylvania that could nearly double renewable energy generation requirements for state utilities.
Since 2008, Texas has seen significant changes in the electricity market, to the point where wind power and natural gas prices have made large, capital-intensive coal plants uneconomic.
Dramatic increases in the amount of wind and solar power require grid operators to hold more flexible generation in reserve as a backup to intermittent renewable resources. Increased coordination of energy systems between the two largest grid operators the in the Western United States will help ensure reliability, keep costs down for customers and integrate renewable resources.
According to Lux Research, China and India are the most promising high-growth markets for solar, while Japan, U.K., France and South Korea are also becoming attractive markets.
The City of Boise, Idaho this week filed a petition to intervene in a state proposal that would adjust net metering tariffs and generation caps for Idaho Power Company customers.
In the wake of the presidential election, the energy industry is beginning to piece together the potential implications of a second Obama term on energy policy and standards, which could have big impacts on the future of electricity generation and grid operation in the United States.
The perennial balancing act for utilities is one of reconciling the wants and needs of their consumers with myriad energy regulatory policies, all while running a business. It's not often easy, and it's almost always expensive for both utilities and ratepayers.
As of Friday, the solar subsidy for residential and commercial customers of San Diego Gas & Electric and Pacific Gas & Electric fell to $0.20 per installed watt, according to data from the California Solar Initiative (CSI).
Minnesota Power recently performed a generation study and has since filed additional comments with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC).