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How to get the most out of grid modernization, in 5 simple steps

Across the nation, there’s few topics are hotter with state utility regulators than grid modernization.From California and New York to Hawaii and Rhode Island, public service commissions are opening regulatory dockets to investigate how best to...

Posted March 13, 2017    

Report: White House planning deep cuts to DOE efficiency, renewables office

Dive Brief:More details on energy policy continue to trickle out of the White House, with Bloomberg reporting that an upcoming budget for the Department of Energy will cut $700 million or more from an office focused on clean energy technology....

Posted March 9, 2017    

Analysis: Clean Power Plan repeal could cost $600B, result in 120,000 premature deaths

Dive Brief:Repealing the Clean Power Plan would have significant impacts on the United States' economy and the health of its citizens, according to new analysis from Energy Innovation, a clean energy think tank.Rolling back the carbon rule would...

Posted March 1, 2017    

Pushing for scalability, utilities look to new hybrid models for microgrid deployment

Microgrids are a hot topic in the power sector, but for years utilities have struggled to devise business models that allow deployment at a larger scale.Now, new research is targeting how microgrids, typically designed for individual customers, can...

Posted February 27, 2017    

California lawmaker proposes to raise renewables mandate to 100% by 2045

Dive Brief:A bill, SB 584, introduced in the California legislature last week would increase the state’s current 50%-by-2030 renewables mandate to 100% by 2045.The bill, introduced by Sen. Kevin de Leon (D), would also move up the state’s 50%...

Posted February 23, 2017    

Report: Trump executive orders to target Clean Power Plan, coal production, water rules

Dive Brief:Following several media reports that the new Trump administration has been preparing to roll back energy and environmental restrictions put in place by President Obama, The Washington Post now reports the actions will target...

Posted February 22, 2017    

How federal tax reform could complicate prospects for renewable energy

There is a great deal of concern about the prospects of renewable energy under the Trump administration, but the prospects may not be as dire as some have suggested.Financial analysts point to a complicated scenario with many moving parts that is...

Posted February 15, 2017    

How California's utilities are planning the next phase of electric vehicle adoption

The California investor-owned utilities (IOUs) want to spend over a billion dollars to drive electric vehicle charging ahead — and they’re not just talking cars. New plans filed with state regulators aim to put plugs on just about everything with...

Posted February 8, 2017    

Shape, shimmy, shed: Renewables are revamping DR's future value in California

Demand response has traditionally been a fairly simple product, but rapid changes to grid architecture and resources are driving fundamental changes. In the future, curtailing peak load as we now know it simply won't have much value.That's one of...

Posted February 3, 2017    

Hawaii utilities, Nissan pair up for $10,000 EV rebates

Dive Brief:A few Hawaii electric utilities looking to foster electric vehicle adoption have offered rebates as high as $10,000, making a significant dent in the new purchase price, particularly when paired with other incentives.In Hawaii, both ...

Posted January 30, 2017    

Trump White House hits pause on Obama efficiency standards

Dive Brief:The White House has directed federal agencies to cease finalization of new regulations until President Trump's incoming administration has leadership in place to approve the work being done, The Washington Post reports. That means...

Posted January 23, 2017    

As Trump takes office, job growth is pushing GOP governors to embrace renewables

Three Republican governors recently strengthened the renewable portfolio standards in their states in a sign that the link between job growth and renewable energy incentives may be trumping traditional partisan affiliations.That connection could be...

Posted January 18, 2017