Residential Solar 0
A debate over antitrust law and state immunity will come to a head in oral arguments next month.

Battle Lines Drawn as SolarCity’s Antitrust Case Faces Supreme Court Review

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next month to determine if SolarCity’s legal battle against Salt River Project’s demand charges can advance.

by Jeff St. John
Electric Vehicles 2
WEF argues that charging infrastructure needs to be deployed along with other grid edge technologies.

EV Charging Practices Could Create Grid Constraints

The World Economic Forum argues that electric vehicles can cut costs and emissions, but only if done right.

by Jason Deign
Electric Vehicles 2
Trends are accelerating toward a lower-carbon future.

BP Forecast: Shared, Autonomous EVs Will Help Drive to Peak Oil Before 2040

BP’s latest Energy Outlook forecasts a peak in oil demand for the first time—while renewables will grow even faster than previously expected.

by Julia Pyper
Grid Optimization 39
Is California's grid better off alone?
Industry Perspective

Local Balancing Is the Key to California’s Clean Energy Future. Regionalization Isn’t

Clean Coalition’s Doug Karpa argues it’s possible to meet California’s renewable energy challenges without losing control to a regional transmission operator.

by Doug Karpa
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Batteries, Storage & Fuel Cells 4
SolarEdge ramps up its storage business by partnering with PetersenDean.

Solar-Storage for Homes: PetersenDean Partners With SolarEdge and LG

The latest in integrated home solar-storage, for backup power and grid support. Will the markets support the technology?

by Jeff St. John
Utilities 2
South Korea seeks to achieve a 20 percent renewables mix by 2030.

South Korea Strengthens Grid to Take On More Renewables

Kepco has selected GE to build a high-voltage DC energy highway.

by Jason Deign
Off Grid/Energy Access 5
In Nigeria, a Template for Solar-Powered Minigrids Emerges

In Nigeria, a Template for Solar-Powered Minigrids Emerges

How a unique partnership, innovative financing and stubborn persistence created a model for localized solar and batteries.

by Chris Warren
Markets & Policy 0
Mexico has the unique challenge of simultaneously building a solar industry from scratch and delivering the world's cheapest solar power.

Mexico’s Solar Market Is Booming, but Still Has Key Hurdles to Clear

Topline takeaways from GTM’s Solar Summit Mexico.

by Julian Spector
Residential Solar 3
Solar permits on Oahu are down 34 percent year-over-year.

Hawaii Solar Permits See Sharp Decline in 2017

But new rate structures and energy storage could help the state’s home solar market see a rebound.

by Julia Pyper
Electric Vehicles 7
Oil majors and local energy providers alike are preparing for EV sales to accelerate.
Industry Perspective

6 Trends Driving Vehicle Electrification in 2018

The rush is on to build electrical grid infrastructure, adjust business models, and roll out enough charging stations to meet growing EV demand.

by Preston Roper
Kevin de León: Trump Is Serving Global Leadership to China ‘on a Silver Platter’

Kevin de León: Trump Is Serving Global Leadership to China ‘on a Silver Platter’

The California state senator and U.S. Senate candidate keeps the pressure on passing 100 percent renewables legislation.

by Julia Pyper |
Energy Storage 9
The new energy storage unit will operate like an incubator within the larger company.

GE Revamps Its Energy Storage Business

After initial attempts didn’t pan out, the company is focusing its resources on global storage integration.

by Julian Spector
Solar-Plus-Storage 15
More Puerto Ricans are looking for a life beyond the grid.

Grid Defection Is On the Rise in Puerto Rico

On the value of energy storage: “You don’t have to explain that to anyone in Puerto Rico.”

by Emma Foehringer Merchant
Markets & Policy 2
Denver has been working for several years to make solar available to low-income neighborhoods.
Industry Perspective

Expanding Solar in Low-Income Communities: Lessons From Denver

SEIA’s Mike Mendelsohn explains how solar developers can expand the market to serve more customers.

by Mike Mendelsohn
Fossil Fuels 290
EU coal consumption accounts for only around 6 percent of global coal demand.

Germany Looks to Phase Out Coal. But Does It Matter?

Germany’s proposed ban on coal was big international news, but it will have a relatively small impact on the global stage.

by Jason Deign
Energy Storage 3
Federal regulators unanimously approved a final version of the energy storage rule.

FERC Allows Energy Storage to Play in Nationwide Wholesale Markets

The decision will push grid operators to remove barriers for batteries and other electric storage systems. But FERC said distributed energy still needs more work.

by Jeff St. John
Energy Storage 2
Recent job changes point to growth in the energy storage market.

Energy Jobs: Moniz Joins Southern Company Board; Moves at ESA, ViZn, Sunverge, Sungrow USA and More

Executive and boardroom moves in cleantech, utilities, energy and venture capital.

by Katherine Tweed
Regulation & Policy 5
The new office will address both manmade and natural threats.

DOE Forms a New Office Dedicated to ‘Energy Infrastructure Security’

The Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response will support the “expanded national security responsibilities” assigned to the DOE.

by Julia Pyper
Regulation & Policy 7
A new RMI report shows how smart distributed energy resources can benefit the grid.

How ‘Demand Flexibility’ Could Boost Renewables and Save Texas Billions

Rocky Mountain Institute models how a stack of distributed energy resources can solve the duck curve and curtailment challenges—without using natural gas.

by Jeff St. John
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Regulation & Policy 14
Changes have been a long time coming, but they still haven't been easy.

California Sets New Rules for Community Choice Aggregators

Regulators impose resource capacity requirements for cities and counties that want to become their own energy buyers.

by Jeff St. John
Solar-Plus-Storage 40
First Solar will build a massive solar-powered battery to deliver power to APS from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

First Solar Made Good on Its Promise to Beat Out Gas Peakers With Solar and Batteries

A 50-megawatt battery will give Arizona peak power from the sun.

by Julian Spector
Policy 7
Energy and electricity are mostly absent from Trump's big infrastructure plan.

The Trump Infrastructure Plan Is ‘a Big Nothing Burger’ for Clean Energy

The plan does very little to address renewables or energy infrastructure. And it avoids climate risks entirely.

by Emma Foehringer Merchant
Blockchain 3
Another blockchain-based energy marketplace is in the works.

Blockchain Consortium Aims to Create an ‘Energy eBay’

Electron is working on the project with heavyweights including EDF and Shell.

by Jason Deign
Policy 28
Congress has the final say on what the budget looks like.

Trump’s Proposed Budget Slashes Funding for Clean Energy Programs

While cutting funds for cleantech and environmental programs, the White House’s $4.4 trillion budget would increase the deficit by more than $7 trillion over time.

by Emma Foehringer Merchant, Julia Pyper
Grid Optimization 3
Reframing the conversation around markets for a clean, affordable and reliable electricity future.
Industry Perspective

It’s Time to Refine How We Talk About Wholesale Markets

How market design and underlying terminology favors conventional fuel-based generation—often at the expense of cheaper, cleaner technologies.

by Robbie Orvis and Mike O’Boyle
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