With a major solar plant on the way and the possibility of another, Buffalo, New York is emerging as a solar manufacturing powerhouse.
There are a number of differences between the two industries that, if not reconciled, could have unintended consequences for consumers, according to the report, including a lack of firm delivery contracts between local distribution companies and gas pipelines, differences in resource adequacy planning in the gas and electricity sectors, discrepancies in financial trading instruments, and concerns over cybersecurity and potential network vulnerabilities that may result from integrating natural gas and electric systems.
It does not take long to find a news story about the growth spurt solar power is enjoying, driven as it is by the increasing popularity of rooftop solar and other installations as well as overall expectations among consumers and regulators for more renewable, sustainable energy. A jobs census report from The Solar Foundation (TSF) confirms that the industry employed 173,807 Americans in 2014, an increase in excess of more than 31,000 jobs over last year.
North Dakota seems to have defied the odds, for the time being anyway, by breaking previous records for oil production at a time when crude prices have fallen and fewer rigs are in the state's oil fields than there were earlier.
Eskom, the generator of approximately 95 percent of the electricity used in South Africa has signed a number of deals-- 26 at last count-- with various private power suppliers or independent power producers (IPP), as well as purchasing power from Namibia and Mozambique, in an effort to keep the country's lights on.
In an effort to stem further strains on its already uncertain finances, the Brazilian government is expected to quit providing subsidies to keep them afloat. It had been paying out huge sums of money to the country's utilities to help them weather higher costs of generating power and government rate cuts for citizens.
In November, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a joint commitment to carbon cuts. Two months later, Xiang Yang Institute (XYI) in Hubei, China and Focused Sun of Las Cruces, New Mexico are partnering to develop small power plants for solar microgrids-- small local electric grids that supply energy to gated communities, shopping malls, eco-resorts and agricultural projects, among others.
Recent growth in the 30-year-old small and medium wind turbine (SMWT) market is being attributed to state and federal incentives in the United Kingdom, Italy and the United States. That is according to Navigant Research who says that the industry is maturing due, in part to feed-in tariff policies in the United Kingdom and growing global demand for distributed generation.
Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is not walking away from coal but the utility is steadily increasing the amount of wind power in its energy mix. Completion of the Headwaters Wind Farm in Randolph County means the utility will be able to reduce its coal use from 59.6 percent to 49.7 percent, a healthy amount, when it opens this year.
Responding to concerns about delays of coal deliveries to utilities during last year's unusually cold winter, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) has ordered BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) to provide a contingency plan for how it would handle any delivery delays in the future.