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Utilities leaving green power market untapped

Just nine percent of those surveyed in a national poll by EnviroMedia report that they currently participate in a renewable energy or green power program with their electricity provider, but a whopping 69 percent are interested in these types of programs.

Unconventional oil and gas operators can reduce costs by 40 percent

Through better planning and management of logistics, contractors and materials, oil and gas operators can reduce by up to 40 percent, the costs of constructing, drilling and completing unconventional wells, and the overall time it takes to complete them, according to Accenture research. 

NERA predicts severe economic impacts from EPA Clean Power Plan

Most concerning to organizations like the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), who was one of several groups to commission the report, NERA says the proposal could force the closure of over 45,000 MW of coal-based electricity, which is more than New England's entire electricity supply.

Smart cities changing the energy industry

Today, cities are increasingly demanding to move to cleaner and more efficient energy resources to meet the needs of an urban population that will expand by 2.4 billion people during the next 35 years, and the spread of smart city technologies and policies, developed in response to the rapid growth and change happening in cities around the world, is helping to drive sweeping and fundamental changes in the energy landscape, according to Navigant Research.

First national carbon emission cap-and-trade program vulnerable to market meltdowns

No other state or country in the world has attempted to regulate the sale of gasoline and diesel under a cap-and-trade program, but on January 1, 2015, California will, for the first time, include transportation fuels-- gasoline, diesel and propane-- in the nation's first carbon emission cap-and-trading scheme. As California readies to launch this major expansion of its three-year-old cap-and-trade program administered by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) is calling the program flawed. 

Utilities, EVs communicate in the cloud

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), utilities, regional transmission organizations, and auto manufacturers are demonstrating an advanced software platform for integrating plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) with smart grid technologies for two-way communication that would allow PEVs with varying technologies to work with power grids. The system will enable the utilities to send a message directly to the vehicle, asking it to stop charging temporarily as a way of helping a grid that is becoming overloaded.

Complaints from TX electric consumers up in 2014

"The uptick in complaints this year is worth monitoring, as they appear to reflect continued frustrations in the market," said Jay Doegey, TCAP board president. "However, complaints reached historic post-deregulation lows during the previous fiscal year, and the 2014 numbers also remain well below the post-deregulation average. So that's the good news."

Potential of VPPs unreachable without the right rules

Virtual power plants (VPP)--which combine independent resources into a network via sophisticated planning, scheduling, and bidding of DER-based services, bringing distributed generation (DG) and demand response (DR) together to provide a synergistic sharing of grid resources-- are expected to play an increasingly important role in the future of the power sector, according to Navigant Research.

APPA research supports plea to FERC to dump mandatory capacity markets

Just 2.4 percent, at the most, of generation capacity constructed in 2013 was developed solely for sale into organized electricity markets, according to a report released by the American Public Power Association (APPA).  In 2013, almost all new generation capacity was supported by long-term power purchase agreements or ownership, and only 6 percent of all capacity constructed that year was built within the footprints of one of the regional transmission organizations (RTO) with mandatory capacity markets, the report, "Power Plants Are Not Built on Spec: 2014 Update," says.  

China becoming major player in gas generation

China's gas power generation capacity is expected to rise from 43.8 GW in 2013 to 85.5 GW by 2020, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. Driven by China's need to adopt cleaner fuels for power generation and reduce its reliance on coal-- which accounts for 62 percent of the country's total installed capacity-- GlobalData predicts the country will see a boost in gas turbine installations.