CO2 emissions down in 18 countries with strong policy, study finds

by Nicole Mortillaro, CBC New In a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers suggest that countries that are turning to renewable energy sources and moving away from fossil fuels are making progress in reducing CO2 emissions. The study looked at emissions from between 2005 and 2015. Globally, CO2 was on the […]

World’s biggest battery to boost solar in Texas oil country

by Chris Martin, Bloomberg The world’s largest battery could soon be storing solar energy deep in the heart of Texas oil country. The 495-megawatt storage system would be built in tandem with a solar farm of the same size in Borden County, Texas. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc., which operates most of the […]

Moving beyond business as usual to a resilient power system for California

by John Sarter, Utility Dive Before California’s largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), announced it would file for bankruptcy, a bill was proposed in the state legislature that would exempt the utility from any liability for last year’s tragic fires. Apparently, the bailout the utility received for the 2017 firestorms did not apply to […]

Lack of competition or scrutiny means utilities are overspending on infrastructure by billions, reports find

by Janet Wilson, Palm Springs Desert Sun It’s not just Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Utilities across the United States are overspending by billions as they’ve ramped up capital spending on aging transmission lines and other equipment, recent reviews show, with no competition and no upfront scrutiny in many cases. An estimated $8 billion in […]

The world’s largest roofing company just launched a new solar startup

by Adele Peters, Fast Company If you own a house and replace your roof, there’s a good chance that your contractor may now ask if you want to include solar power–whether you live in Arizona or, say, North Dakota, where solar has been slower to grow. Standard Industries, the largest roofing company in the world […]

Spain’s renewables industry applauds new payment scheme

by Jason Deigh, Greentech Media Spain’s renewables industry is celebrating proposed legislation that could provide plant owners with guaranteed income for up to 12 years. The regulatory framework would give renewable energy plant owners the option to stick with their current level of remuneration until the end of 2031, or switch to a formula based […]

Norway’s energy-positive building spree is here

by Tracey Lindeman, City Lab The European Union has a target of making all new buildings zero-energy by 2020, but in Norway, carbon neutrality isn’t enough. A consortium in Oslo made up of architects, engineers, environmentalists, and designers is creating energy-positive buildings in a country with some of the coldest and darkest winters on Earth. […]

Record-breaking $405 million auction proves offshore wind is the rare bipartisan success story

by Silvio Marcacci, Forbes Last week’s record-breaking auction for development rights to three offshore wind lease areas off Massachusetts’ coast netted nearly a half-billion dollars, heralding the technology’s arrival as an extremely attractive corporate investment, and cementing its status: Offshore wind is America’s biggest bipartisan energy success story . The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management […]

Decade of climate evidence strengthens case for EPA’s endangerment finding

by Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimate News Scientific understanding of the risks greenhouse gases pose to public health and welfare has strengthened and broadened in the decade since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made its landmark “endangerment finding,” according to a new review of the latest science published Thursday. From the worsening of chronic disease to the […]

Southern California Edison wants departing customers to hand over $125 million

by Sammy Roth, LA Times Southern California Edison is short nearly $1 billion in its power budget — and it’s hoping to charge a big chunk of that money to customers leaving for another energy provider. Edison estimates it will spend $972 million more than expected on electricity this year, partly because it didn’t have […]