The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has released a snapshot that shows the state's investor-owned utilities (IOU) are aggressively pursuing renewable energy in order to meet the goals of one of the most ambitious Renewables Portfolio Standards (RPS) in the country. The RPS requires IOUs, electric service providers, and community choice aggregators regulated by the CPUC to procure 33 percent of retail sales per year from eligible renewable sources by 2020.
China became the world's biggest solar power market in 2013, with the country's newly installed photovoltaic generating capacity jumping 232 percent year-on-year to 12 GW.
Germany's experience likely provides an opportunity for the U.S. to "look ahead" and see how electricity systems, and the rules governing them, will have to adapt when penetration rates of various renewable energy sources reach levels similar to those in Germany.
Dominion says it has made continued progress in executing its business plan, minimizing the environmental impact of its operations. In fact, in 2013, Dominion produced 50 percent of its electricity it produced from carbon-free nuclear and renewable energy, according to its Citizenship & Sustainability Report (CSR).
As a result of the unintended consequences of prior regulation, German policymakers are redesigning the country's energy policies in an effort to achieve long-term, sustainable deployment of renewable energy sources and prevent further market distortions.
Utilities take note: 12 major U.S. corporations are sending you a message. They want more options for purchasing renewable energy.
The resource plan is consistent with PNM's five-year capital investment plan. To create the plan, PNM analyzed thousands of potential energy resource combinations to identify the best mix of generation sources. They considered future changes in the cost and reliability of each resource mix over time.
Waste, commonly known as trash, while distasteful to many, can actually be a strategic resource. The volume of waste generated by the world's cities is growing in tandem with the world's population and the pace of economic progress in developing countries. Emerging smart waste technologies offer the opportunity to generate renewable energy, enhance municipal solid waste (MSW) collection, and optimize the environmental performance of landfills.
"The utility sector is well aware of the disruptive nature of distributed renewable energy. ACORE is focused on making this disruption an opportunity for utilities, not a threat," said James Hewett, ACORE's Power Generation & Infrastructure lead, "[which is] essential to the success of all."
The Sierra Club has an interesting way of going about urging Congress to reauthorize the federal Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC), which provides incentives for domestic wind energy investments-- by putting politicians on the hotseat and the spotlight.