Energy News: New Utility Model, Same as the Old Utility Model? In West Virginia, Tesla is Just a Small Town | The Energy Collective Daily

Energy News: New Utility Model, Same as the Old Utility Model? In West Virginia, Tesla is Just a Small Town | The Energy Collective Daily

Energy News: New Utility Model, Same as the Old Utility Model? In West Virginia, Tesla is Just a Small Town

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 08:00 AM PDT

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” That’s a quote from Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking Cosmos. To build an electrical grid for an imaginary “51st state” from scratch, well, SEPA recently asked utilities and other stakeholders how they would go about it.

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Report: ‘Load Defection’ from Customer-Owned Solar and Batteries is Already Here

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 07:00 AM PDT

Forget the threat of solar and battery-equipped customers defecting from the grid. The real threat for utilities unwilling to adapt to grid-connected customers installing ever-cheaper solar and energy storage technologies is “load defection” — and that future will come no matter what.

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Energy Quote of the Day: “We’re Standing on Dry Grass, We Should be on Five Feet of Snow”

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 06:00 AM PDT

California Governor Jerry Brown recently announced that there would be mandatory water restrictions for the first time in the state’s history. The dramatic order comes in response to an ever deepening drought crisis thatis now in its fourth year.

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U.S. Climate Target Encourages Others to Put Best Foot Forward

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 05:00 AM PDT

The U.S. pushed strongly for getting climate targets on the table well ahead of this year’s paris negotiation, arguing that exposing countries’ offerings to a bit of scrutiny would encourage them to “put their best foot forward.” With the formal submission of its intended target, the U.S. has arguably done just that.

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U.S. Remained World’s Largest Producer of Petroleum and Natural Gas Hydrocarbons in 2014

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 04:00 AM PDT

The United States remained the world’s top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2014, according to U.S. eia estimates. U.S. hydrocarbon production continues to exceed that of both russia and Saudi Arabia, the second- and third-largest producers, respectively.

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India Clean Energy: Telangana Announces 2 GW of Solar

Posted: 10 Apr 2015 01:00 AM PDT

The Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana Limited issued a request for selection and a power purchase agreement for allocating 2 gw of solar pv. This follows the state’s successful allocation of 500 mw late last year and places Telangana right at the top of Indian states with respect to solar.

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Clean Energy Legislation in the Heartland Promises Jobs

Posted: 09 Apr 2015 10:00 AM PDT

Clean energy advocates tend to maintain a bi-coastal focus. No doubt my California and New York colleagues often see their states as the bellwethers when it comes to new policy initiatives. But real innovation is taking place in Illinois, a state that national clean energy advocates tend only to fly over.

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