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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    

Greens, FirstEnergy nail down settlement on efficiency program

Dive Brief:Environmental groups in Ohio have agreed to a settlement that will move ahead FirstEnergy's new slate of efficiency programs after the utility made several revisions including striking a provision allowing it to profit from...

Posted January 12, 2017    

NRG completes Texas carbon capture plant retrofit

Dive Brief:NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration have completed development of Petra Nova, a retrofit of an existing coal power plant that is now the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture system, the Houston Business...

Posted January 11, 2017    

House Republicans target energy production rules in opening days

Dive Brief:House Republicans plan to target Obama administration rules on methane emissions from oil and gas facilities and stream pollution from coal mining in some of their first acts of this Congress, The Hill reports.The House on Wednesday...

Posted January 6, 2017    

Colorado partners with Utah, Nevada to develop electric vehicle charge network

Dive Brief:Governors from Colorado, Utah, and Nevada this week unveiled plans to link their states via an electric vehicle charging network that will span 2,000 miles across eight highways, the Denver Business Journal reports. The hope is...

Posted December 23, 2016