February 15, 2018

California Sets New Rules for Community Choice Aggregators

California's Public Utilities Commission ruled that future Community Choice Aggregators—cities or counties that take over aspects of their electricity procurement, distribution and sales from investor-owned utilities—must help secure enough energy to meet the grid's needs and manage resources.

In Oklahoma, a War Over Wind Power

In Oklahoma, a war over wind power threatens to undermine financial support for the wind industry. But this week, the wind industry gained a victory when a plan backed by oil and gas interests to impose new taxes on wind energy production failed in the Oklahoma House.

February 14, 2018

Bitcoin Miners Tap into Iceland’s Renewable Energy

This year, more of Iceland's energy is expected to go into mining bitcoin and other virtual currencies than to power the country's homes. Iceland's climate allows natural cooling for computer servers and it has an abundance of renewable energy from geothermal and hydroelectric power plants.

February 13, 2018

Big Batteries Are Taking a Bite Out of the Power Market

The combination of renewable energy and battery storage is starting to compete with peaker power plants that are typically used when electricity demand rises and regular supplies are insufficient. "I could see in 10 to 15 years where you have 30 percent of what is traditionally a peaker market served by storage," said Xcel CEO Ben Fowke.

February 12, 2018

February 8, 2018

NRG Selling Off Renewable Energy Business

Energy giant NRG Energy says it is selling its renewable energy business and South Central generation assets, with most of its stake going to Global Infrastructure Partners. NRG currently manages 2.4 gigawatts of renewable power generation in 17 states and has a pipeline of more than 6 gigawatts of renewable energy opportunities.

February 7, 2018

U.S. Solar Industry Records Its First Year of Job Losses

After the 2016 solar boom, the industry lost 9,800 jobs between 2016 and 2017—the first drop ever recorded in the National Solar Jobs Census since it started collecting data in 2010. The Trump administration's talk of solar tariffs and policy changes contributed to the drop, the report said.

BP Aims to Invest More in Renewables and Clean Energy

BP is looking to acquire more green energy firms and has pledged to set carbon targets, though it sees hydrocarbons remaining the core of its business. "As fast as renewables and clean energy can grow, faster than any fuel in history, the world is going to require oil and gas for some decades to come," CEO Bob Dudley said.

February 6, 2018

Puerto Rico’s Utility Moves Toward Privatization, With Strained Cooperation

As Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority takes steps towards privatization, the governor's office and other officials have found themselves at odds over how to manage it. A resource plan is due in July; the governor has called for at least a third of electricity generation to come from renewables. Meanwhile, more than 400,000 customers are still without power, more than four months after the hurricane.

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