Solar electricity will reach cost parity in 10 major regions, accelerating adoption without subsidies, and will even benefit from abundant natural gas. That is according to Lux Research. Unsubsidized utility-scale solar electricity will become cost-competitive with gas by 2025, the research says, and increased gas penetration will actually benefit solar by enabling hybrid gas/solar technologies that can accelerate adoption and increase intermittent renewable penetration without expensive infrastructure improvements.
Solar financing and other non-hardware costs (soft costs) now comprise up to 64 percent of the total price of residential solar energy systems, reflecting how soft costs are becoming an increasingly larger fraction of the cost of installing solar, according to research from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Nearly four in five Colorado voters (78 percent) support solar net metering, a renewable energy policy that gives rooftop solar customers full retail credit for the excess energy they put back on the grid for the utility to sell, according to a new poll from the bipartisan research team of Public Opinion Strategies and Keating Research. The majority of the poll's respondents are against Xcel's proposal to change this policy.
Today, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce will look into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) role in identifying and mitigating potential impacts to electricity rates and electric reliability under U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new and proposed regulations on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). As the overseer of America's electric grid, FERC must play a robust role in ensuring grid reliability before communities across the country are faced with the consequences of an unreliable electric grid as a result of EPA's rulemaking efforts. Both the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the EPA are receiving feedback every which way when it comes to the guidelines for states programs to reduce carbon dioxide (CO 2) emissions from power plants under Clean Air Act section 111(d).
PPL Corporation subsidiary PPL Holtwood has completed a new, 125 MW powerhouse at its Holtwood hydroelectric facility along the Susquehanna River in south-central Pennsylvania as part of a $440 million expansion project to boost the plant's generating capacity and improve fish passage over the century-old dam.
The Green Village Electricity Project (GVEP) has been recognized as a winner of the Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge-- an initiative sponsored by IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) through its Community Solutions Initiative (CSI) and launched by General Electric (GE) and the United States Africa Development Agency (USADF) and-- for its efforts to introduce solar-based power to rural parts of Nigeria.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has passed Order 792, Small Generator Interconnection Agreements and Procedures, amending Order 2006, which established terms and conditions for public utilities to provide just and reasonable interconnection service for small generators.
Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has entered into a contract with Washington Gas Energy Systems to build, own and operate a 1 MW solar array that will provide renewable energy to the utility under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
Emerging markets are becoming increasingly attractive to renewable energy investors looking for stable policy environments, according to Ernst & Young (EY).
Over the next year, the Thunder Bay Generating Station (TBGS) will stop burning coal and be converted advanced biomass for electricity generation, bringing Ontario closer to achieving its goal of eliminating coal-fired generation by the end of 2014.