More than 2,500 homeowners have inquired about joining a coop leading to 1,511 on-site rooftop evaluations. At least 283 systems have been installed, or contracts signed, representing 1.42 megawatts worth of new solar power capacity. The local economic impact: more than $4.6 million in sales
This graphic projects coal plant closures in all 50 U.S. states. Guess which stand to lose 10 or more plants? Go to CountOnCoal.org for details.A few examples: Iowa, Indiana, Ohio: 15 each Kentucky, Pennsylvania: 13 each Illinois, Minnesota, Virginia: 12 each Colorado, Missouri: 11 each North Carolina: 10
Virginia has steered clear of clean energy policies that are creating jobs and businesses in dozens of states. Perhaps the biggest reason is that the state’s energy policy – and the only market for electricity – is run by investor-owned Dominion Virginia Power which serves 70% of the state’s electricity load.
For clean energy advocates and members of the public who aspire to see markets for solar energy, energy efficiency and cleaner transportation enabled in Virginia, it remains to be see how thorough this effort by the McAuliffe Administration will be.
For all of the fiscal and environmental logic that supports the case for a carbon tax in the U.S., the politics keep getting in the way. Besides the opposition from most elected conservatives, two developments looming in the future could change all this. One is the currently low interest rates on U.S. Treasury securities making…
The tally of utilities and governments around the world imposing or boosting fixed charges for grid-supplied electricity is rising to make up for the decline in traditional, rate-based revenue. In the U.S. this has been due primarily to ever-improving energy efficiency and the end of year-to-year increases in electricity usage. Now, the demand curve looks…
Jim Pierobon is Founder and principal writer of The Energy Fix. He is a policy, marketing and social media strategist who has reported on, testified and consulted about smarter grids, cyber-security as it affects the power grid, fossil fuel shortages, price spikes, energy efficiency and the rise and fall -- and the rise again of nuclear and renewable energy sources.