Yesterday, the utility trade association EEI and NRDC released a Joint Statement to State Utility Regulators that has created some attention for being a purported “kumbaya” moment in the debate around rates and net metering in our increasingly solar powered electricity landscape. While we appreciate efforts to move the debate forward, it’s (more…)
2013 was an excellent year for wind energy in Spain as this renewable energy source became the first electricity source, just in front of nuclear. Wind power indeed accounted for more than 21 percent of the total electricity consumed in the country.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is the federal agency responsible for conducting trade negotiations and developing and coordinating U.S. trade policy.
As it did last year, the USTR will again make intellectual property rights (IPR) a top priority in (more…)
California is moving closer and closer to a clean energy program that will give renters and others a chance to go solar for the first time. Last year, state lawmakers passed SB 43, which requires California’s three big investor-owned utilities – PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E – to develop new shared renewables programs totaling up to 600 megawatts (MW). These (more…)
Picture this. You’re living in a rural area of a developing country. The nearest major town or city is a couple hours away. The community that you are living in does not have electricity. Proper sanitation might also be lacking. Once the sun goes down, that’s it. No more lights. For billions of people around the world, this is a reality. Makes you think. (more…)
Apparently, the Japanese province of Fukushima has done exactly that, prompted, I presume, by the (more…)
Earlier this week, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) invited the public to comment on Xcel’s proposal to rollback net metering. And boy did the public respond! Almost 100 solar supporters showed up, filling both PUC hearing rooms and over-flowing into the halls. The crowd was a diverse mix – ranchers, teachers, moms – but the (more…)
With its innovation economy and leading energy policies, Massachusetts has been a bright spot of solar growth. In fact, solar has proven so popular in Massachusetts that the state met its 250 MW goal four years early! Not one to rest on his laurels, Governor Patrick went ahead and upped the ante with a higher 1,600 MW by 2020 target. (more…)
Is there money to be made on your roof? With the never-ending availability of sunshine and the evolution of solar technology many are recognizing the benefits of solar. The decision making process though is not for the faint of heart. Recognizing the difficulty in breaking through the process a company called Generaytor out of Tel Aviv has (more…)