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  • 09.02.15 MISO transmission plan includes more than 350 projects totaling $2.4B 
  • 09.02.15 IRS ruling indicates US community solar could qualify for ITC support
  • 09.02.15 SolarCity surpasses US$9 billion in funding with new US$400 million deal
  • 09.01.15 SunZia transmission line project back on track after review 
  • 09.01.15 Will California redouble its push for clean energy? It all rides on this upcoming vote. 
  • August, 2015 
  • 08.31.15 Obama in Alaska: Climate-change deniers 'are on their own shrinking island' 
  • 08.31.15 When doped with lithium, graphene becomes a high-temperature superconductor  
  • 08.31.15 CPUC turns down SDG&E proposal for new peak pricing periods 
  • 08.31.15 As regulators act, Nevada net metering debate takes center stage at Las Vegas conference
  • 08.31.15 Michigan Tea Party Lawmaker: ‘We Should Be Incentivizing Solar as Much as Possible’ 
  • 08.28.15 America’s Utility-Scale Solar Generation Is 31 Times Higher Today Than a Decade Ago 
  • 08.28.15 CPUC launches PG&E investigation, but has yet to comply with search warrant itself
  • 08.28.15 Move over solar: Big batteries 'sexiest' now 
  • 08.27.15 Favorable weather helps SDG&E and CAISO both set renewable generation records
  • 08.27.15 Distributed Energy at Center of DOE’s New $1B Loan Guarantee Fund 
  • 08.27.15 Nevada regulators vote to keep retail rate net metering through end of year
  • 08.27.15 SolarCity wants to help utilities plan better for distributed resources 
  • 08.26.15 HVDC Can Connect Low-Cost Wind to Demand Centers for 2 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour
  • 08.26.15 How LG Chem Can Dethrone Panasonic as the World’s Leading EV Battery Supplier
  • 08.26.15 How demand flexibility is about to transform electricity delivery 
  • 08.24.15 Stellar Solar Voted Best Solar Panel Company in San Diego - Again 
  • 08.24.15 From Old to New: How Rethinking Regulation Can Deliver a Smarter Electricity System 
  • 08.24.15 Obama Flies to the Nevada Desert to Promote Solar Energy
  • 08.24.15 Utility stocks take big hit as markets plunge
  • 08.24.15 White House Announcement Means ‘Today Is a Very Big Day for PACE’
  • 08.24.15 NV Energy hits net metering cap ahead of schedule, adding fuel to solar debate 
  • 08.20.15 First U.S.-Mexico cross border wind farm completed
  • 08.20.15 Upgrades To Texas Transmission Lines Slash Wind Curtailment
  • 08.20.15 Navy, San Diego Energy Execs Celebrate Solar Deal
  • 08.20.15 Vivint Pulls Out of Nevada After Only 2 Weeks in the State
     
  • 08.19.15 SolarCity takes on California utilities with net metering under attack
  • 08.19.15 Beyond Backup Power: Microgrid growth in NY 
  • 08.19.15 What’s Included in the Price of Your Home Battery System?
  • 08.18.15 Grain Belt Express transmission line hits dead end with Missouri Public Service Commission 
  • 08.18.15 California regulators plan 'deeper' investigation into PG&E's practices and culture 
  • 08.18.15 SEIA Chooses EnergySage for Online Solar Marketplace 
  • 08.18.15 Google launches Project Sunroof, a 'treasure map' for rooftop solar
  • 08.18.15 SolarCity Has a New Plan to Make Distributed Energy an Integral Part of the Grid
  • 08.17.15 Why solar financing is moving from leases to loans 
  • 08.17.15 Show-Me Clean Energy: Missouri’s newest PACE lender makes first loan
  • 08.17.15 SunEdison, Goldman Agree to Form $1 Billion Clean-Power Fund
  • 08.15.15 Chinese giant State Grid Corp. wants to build 'global energy internet'
  • 08.15.15 Conservative solar leader plans to fight Florida utilities' 'early cost recovery' privilege
  • 08.14.15 How A Century-Old Technology Could Save The World 
  • 08.13.15 Distributed solar prices in U.S. continue to fall for fifth straight year
  • 08.13.15 Power to the People: Why the rise of green energy makes utility companies nervous. 
  • 08.12.15 Why the utility transformation will require vision, planning, and new revenue models 
  • 08.11.15 China Advised to Double Solar Goal to Fill Nuclear, Hydro Gap
  • 08.11.15 How Wind and Solar Will Blow Up Power Markets
  • 08.11.15 A Revolutionary Roadmap for California’s Distributed Energy Future
  • 08.10.15 ABB installs world's most powerful offshore HVDC converter platform in the North Sea
  • 08.10.15 Norway Could Provide 20,000MW of Energy Storage to Europe
  • 08.10.15 Quantum Energy Storage Redesigns the Flywheel for Microgrids  

     
  • 08.06.15 The other death spiral utilities are beginning to deal with 
  • 08.05.15 Vehicle to Grid Energy Storage Experiment Underway in California
  • 08.05.15 Update: California Legislature Pens Angry Letter Urging CPUC to Follow SGIP Carbon Rules 
  • 08.04.15 California Utilities Release New Plans to Replace Net Metering: Conflict to Come? 
  • 08.04.15 The Value of Interval Meter Data in Solar PV Project Analysis
  • 08.04.15 Report: Storage boom to rival solar as battery prices drop 40-60% by 2020 
  • 08.03.15 Opening salvos in California's rooftop solar struggle

  • 08.03.15 'Tipping point' for FL solar? Orlando utility buys at under fossil generation prices 
  • 08.03.15 Innovus Power: A Generator That Plays Well With Renewable Energy 
  • 08.02.15 Obama to Unveil Tougher Climate Plan With His Legacy in Mind
  • 08.02.15 Things to know about Canadian hydroelectric power's role in US Northeast's energy markets 
  •  July 2015
  • 07.30.15 America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Officially Has ‘Steel in the Water’
  • 07.30.15 Robust Western Energy Imbalance Market Benefits Reach $10.2m 
  • 07.30.15 Tres Amigas Loses Key Partner for Project That Would Connect Regional US Grids 
  • 07.30.15 A Culture Shift Gains Momentum in the Century-Old Utility Industry
  • 07.30.15 ConEd will enter NY rooftop solar market through unregulated subsidiary
  • 07.29.15 Why the future of microgrids won't look like the past 
  • 07.29.15 As Berkshire signs Obama climate pledge, subsidiary MidAmerican targets 57% wind in Iowa
  • 07.29.15 Edison Int'l seeks $7.57B in damagers from Mitsubishi for San Onofre closure
  • 07.29.15 72% of US Residential Solar Installed in 2014 Was Third-Party Owned
  • 07.28.15 Let’s Build a Global Power Grid and Swap Power Across Continents
  • 07.28.15 Can SolarCity Crack the Code on Small Commercial Solar?  
  • 07.28.15 Beyond Energy: Making the Distributed Grid ‘Capacity-Efficient’
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  • 07.27.15 Major US Corporations Pledge To Increase Renewable Energy Usage, Decrease Carbon Footprint 
  • 07.27.15 Chairman still wants emails on San Onofre nuclear plant closing
     
  • 07.27.15 Utility Ownership of Large-Scale Renewables Would Reverse a Decade’s Worth of Ratepayer Savings 
  • 07.27.15 TimberRock Energy Plans a Fleet of Microgrids in Maryland
  • 07.27.15 Tesla to build batteries for Escondido schools

  • 07.27.15 NRG Energy Launches a Community Solar Business With 100MW in the Pipeline 
  • 07.26.15 Clinton sets goals for solar panels, clean energy 
  • 07.26.15 Norway pumps up ‘green battery’ plan for Europe
  • 07.26.15 General Electric aims big in energy storage after battery step back
  • 07.24.15 Rooftop Solar Companies Are Letting Leads Slip Through the Cracks
  • 07.24.15 Senate leaders introduce first broad, bipartisan energy bill since 2007
  • 07.23.15 The Western US Needs Better Regional Planning to Modernize the Grid
  • 07.23.15 PG&E’s New Tariff Could ‘Gut the PV Opportunity’ for the Commercial Solar Sector
  • 07.23.15 Key senate committee approves wind tax credit extension 
  • 07.23.15 Assessing the costs and benefits of distributed energy to the grid of the future
  • 07.22.15 Mind The GaP! New “Solar Fuel Cell” Is More Efficient By A Factor Of 10
  • 07.20.15 The Wind and Sun Are Bringing the Shine Back to Buffalo 
  • 07.20.15 Utility solar costs less, but it’s also worth less
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  • 07.16.15 How new software is helping utilities boost their community solar programs
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  • 07.16.15 30% Jump In Solar Energy Forecasting Accuracy Gained By “Machine Learning”
  • 07.16.15 Alabama Power seeks up to 500 MW of solar power 
  • 07.15.15 Storage, the ITC, and Solar’s Amazing Growth Featured at Intersolar North America
  • 07.15.15 Rate design can save utilities from solar death spiral - but at what cost?
  • 07.15.15 Federal appeals court upholds Colorado renewable energy standard
  • 07.15.15 FirstEnergy will spin off remaining transmission assets, form new subsidiary
  • 07.14.15 Microgrid efforts get a boost in NY
     
  • 07.14.15 SDG&E Proposes a ‘Bring Your Own Battery’ Tariff
  • 07.14.15 Tesla CTO: Bulk Energy Storage Will Grow Much Faster Than People Expect
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  • 07.13.15 Inside California's rate restructuring plan and the battle for fixed charges looming over it
  • 07.13.15 Utilities, greens get last minute shots at lobbying White House on Clean Power Plan 
  • 07.13.15 "Roofless" Community Solar Comes to San Antonio, Texas 
  • 07.13.15 More 'Green Bonds' Needed to Fund the Clean Energy Revolution
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  • 07.13.15 Thailand ignites solar power investment in Southeast Asia
  • 07.10.15 The Clean Energy Case for Transmission Has Never Been Stronger
  • 07.10.15 Power trade rises between US & Canada, boosting reliability
  • 07.10.15 Tucson Electric Power Seeks to Expand Its Residential Solar Programs
  • 07.10.15 Norway could be Europe's green battery
  • 07.10.15 Video Breakdown: How Electric Vehicles Could Make or Break the Power Grid
  • 07.10.15 There’s a Civil War Brewing Over Solar in Florida
  • 07.10.15 CA utilities want distributed generation to count towards renewables mandate
  • 07.09.15 InMotive Pivots to Transmissions for Electric Vehicles  

     
  • 07.08.15 How the global fuel mix will transform itself over the next 25 years
  • 07.07.15 President Obama announces plans to make solar more accessible to middle, low-income customers
  • 07.07.15 Solar Bill Passed in Maine Sets the Stage for an Innovative Alternative to Net Metering 
  • 07.06.15 SolarCity adds Tesla battery to its new solar-plus-storage home product
  • 07.06.15 Inside the nation's first renewables-plus-storage microgrid   
  • 07.03.15 California regulators approve higher electricity rates for most residents 
  • 07.03.15 California Reaches Compromise on Utility Residential Rate Reform
  • 07.03.15 Kenya is building Africa’s biggest wind energy farm to generate a fifth of its power
  • 07.02.15 Missouri regulators reject Grain Belt Express transmission project 
  • 07.02.15 HECO files with regulators to cut solar net metering rates in half
  • 07.02.15 China plans to double global capacity of wind, solar 
  • 07.02.15 Austin Energy gets record low solar bids at under 4 cents/kWh
  • 07.02.15 New York Utilities Announce Projects Aiming to Commercialize the Grid Edge
  • 07.01.15 Inside SoCal Edison’s Plan to Open Its Grid to Distributed Energy   
  • 07.01.15 Researchers develop new storage cell for solar energy storage, nighttime conversion
  • 07.01.15 How Germany’s Second-Biggest Utility Is Adapting to a Distributed Energy World
  • 07.01.15 Georgia Power Is Launching Its Own Rooftop Solar Business   
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