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California Energy Commissioner says renewables are safe and reliable for the grid

The following op-ed from the San Francisco Chronicle was written by California Energy Commissioner David Hochschild and David Olsen, a member of the California Independent System Operator Board of Governors: In 1986, President Ronald Reagan famously removed solar panels from the White House roof, capping a misguided energy policy that severely slashed investment in renewable […]

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California and Canada are teaming up to fight climate change — again

by Sammy Roth, Desert Sun As President Donald Trump dithers on the fate of the Paris climate deal, California and other western states are banding together to reduce carbon emissions and save hundreds of millions of dollars — and now a Canadian province will join them. British Columbia’s main electric utility said Tuesday it will join the Energy Imbalance […]

How New York is building the renewable energy grid of the future

by Leslie Kaufman, Inside Climate News This is a story of ripping up old incentives that encouraged selling as much electricity as possible, then unleashing the entrepreneurs. New York State is making a $5 billion bet that by making its power cleaner, it can become a magnet for the clean energy jobs of the future. Its efforts […]

U.S. Department of Energy touts producing renewables yourself

The below information is posted on the U.S. Department of Energy’s website. This message might hold appeal for conservatives who value energy independence and choice. Consumer vs. Prosumer: What’s the Difference? by Daron Christopher, US Department of Energy Learn more about the Grid Modernization Initiative Most of us have been consuming electricity from the grid the […]

In Brooklyn, you can sell solar power to your neighbors

By Jeremy Deaton, Nexus Media A cutting-edge technology offers a new way to trade electricity In Brooklyn, you can buy honey collected from an urban beehive. You can buy lettuce grown atop an old bowling alley. And now, you can purchase free range, gluten free, fresh, organic solar power right off your neighbor’s roof. Brooklyn startup LO3 Energy is revolutionizing the […]

India’s electricity sector transformation is happening now

by Tim Buckley, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis The Indian energy market transformation is accelerating under Energy Minister Piyush Goyal’s leadership. The most recent and most persuasive evidence is the collapsing cost of solar electricity—a collapse that has gone beyond anyone’s expectations, and the results are in: solar has won. The global energy […]

California Public Utility Commission says non-utility suppliers could serve 85% of load by mid-2020s

by Robert Walton, Utility Dive Dive Brief: A new report from the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission predicts the “unprecedented change” taking place on the state’s electric grid could leave traditional utilities supplying retail electric service to a scant few customers by middle of the next decade. Rooftop solar, community choice […]

Pike County solar farm site (Photo: Berkeley Energy Group)

Coal company plans huge solar farm on strip mine

by James Bruggers , Courier Journal Former state auditor Adam Edelen says project taps into power narrative of a coal company bringing solar jobs to out-of-work miners on a reclaimed mountaintop removal site. An Eastern Kentucky coal mining company on Tuesday announced its plans to build what could become the state’s largest solar farm on a […]

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Sonoma County solar industry ranks 13th in nation for job numbers

by Robert Digitale, Press Democrat Sonoma County shared in the U.S. solar industry’s boom times last year, with strong job growth reported here, a jump partly attributed to increased customer demand and a rush to take advantage of federal tax credits. The county ranked 13th for 2016 among the nation’s metropolitan areas based on the […]

20,000 schools to be converted to solar power in Pakistan

by Staff Reporter, Pakistan Observer Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif presiding over a meeting here on Wednesday to review progress on Khadam-e-Punjab Ujala Programme expressed an aim at converting schools on solar power. Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said mega programme had been made to convert 20,000 schools of the province on solar […]