Tag: California

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…

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The absence of a viable means to store a significant amount of electricity generated from renewable resources is one of the tallest hurdles limiting their growth.  After a series of financial setbacks and exhaustive regulatory deliberations, energy storage fed by renewables  is set to earn a scalable role due largely to a new mandate in…

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Think the U.S. could use tens of billions of dollars of brand new revenue to address its budget and debt challenges? And do you think newly re-elected President Obama might take a run at a bonafide climate strategy as part of his legacy by 2016? The answer to the first question is easy. But answering…

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The closures of two U.S. solar energy pioneers during the past month speak volumes about the high stakes when governments place bets on clean energy start-ups. Evergreen Solar and Solyndra are the latest examples. More are likely to come as the industry endures a shakeout and struggles to find a sustainable path vis a vis…

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The White House has briefed the Washington press corps and word is spreading that a deal has been struck between the Obama administration, the auto industry and state of California on new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for cars and light trucks. By 2025, the fleet average reportedly will be required to reach 54.5…

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Homeowners choosing to generate some of their own electricity with renewable energy systems are benefiting from how the Multiple Regional Information Service (MRIS) spotlights these features in homes it lists for sale in the Mid-Atlantic U.S. region. While home searchers have been kept in the dark about such features by the initial form online that…

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With a bit of interpretation from yours truly, here’s a quick read on this year’s Clean Edge report on ‘Clean Tech’ job trends: 1. Clean-tech jobs are spouting in Mexico, not just China. It’s proximity to North American markets begs for more investment there. 2. Feed-in-fariffs are boosting renewable energy apptetites, but payment formulas can make progress unsustainable. Check out…

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Courtesy of Maplight.org, which tracks spending on California’s ballot initiatives, here’s their latest update on who is spending what to pass or defeat Proposition 23. “Prop 23” would strike down California’s climate change law AB 32 until statewide unemployment — which was 12.4% in September — falls to 5.5% and stays there or below that…

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As the solar industry gathers this week at Solar Power International under the sunny skies of LA, clouds gathering on the horizon suggest some stormy ‘weather’ ahead. First, the mid-term elections could change legislative outlooks not only on Capitol Hill but in many states that require utilities to generate a certain percentage of electricity using…

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Perhaps THE outcome with the most impact on Election Day Nov. 2 for renewable energy advocates and critics alike will be whether California voters elect to pull back on their Global Warming Act of 2006, aka AB 32.  Proposition 23 would suspend the law just as California is about to make measurable progress reducing its…

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