Tag Archives: Solar

Who Owns the Sun?

Utility companies promote laws that seek to prevent rooftop solar systems. FOR SOMETHING as simple as sunlight, the solar energy industry can be a bit complicated. But that never stopped pastor Brian Flory from trying to see the light. “Putting …

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Solar Shines as Sellers Sometimes Pay Buyers to Use Power

Move over, shale. The sun is now the fastest-growing source of U.S. electricity. Solar power capacity in the U.S. has jumped 20-fold since 2008 as companies including Apple Inc. use it to reduce their carbon footprints. Rooftop panels are sprouting …

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Solar power will soon be as cheap as coal

Inside a sprawling single-story office building in Bedford, Mass., in a secret room known as the Growth Hall, the future of solar power is cooking at more than 2,500 °F. Behind closed doors and downturned blinds, custom-built ovens with ambitious …

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Politics of Energy

Buried in 31 pages of technical comments filed in response to U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, Indiana officials declared that the state lacks legal authority to require energy efficiency programs that could help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from coal-fired …

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Groups sue House GOP over solar bill secrecy

Three nonprofit groups are suing Indiana House Republicans, saying they improperly hid correspondence with utility companies over a controversial solar energy bill. The Citizen Action Coalition, Common Cause of Indiana and the Energy and Policy Institute filed a lawsuit Wednesday …

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Montana will delay action on net metering until a study of its impacts is complete

Dive Brief: – Supported by NorthWestern Energy, Montana’s dominant electricity provider, state lawmakers are moving ahead on a resolution requiring a comprehensive study of rooftop solar’s costs and benefits before any law on net energy metering (NEM) is debated. – …

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Net metering bills dead in Montana Senate

HELENA (AP) – A Senate committee has rejected two bills that would have expanded net metering in Montana. Net metering allows people generating their own energy through solar or other alternative means to sell back their unused energy to the …

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Innovating utilities into a 3D era of energy takes the brightest minds

As consumers and commercial customers continue to take charge of how much electricity they use and how it’s produced, utilities, smart grid, and renewable energy companies are finding themselves innovating and collaborating on new business models. As Flutura Decision Science …

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TUSK: North Carolina Utilities Hijack Well-Intentioned Solar Legislation

RALEIGH, N.C., March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — North Carolina utilities including Duke Energy Carolinas and Dominion North Carolina Power have laced a well-intentioned North Carolina solar bill with a poison pill that would unravel the fundamental solar policy net metering.  Publicly, the utilities are opposing …

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Colorado legislature contemplates “utility of the future” model

Colorado lawmakers, following the lead of states like New York and California, have introduce legislation that would require state regulators to formally explore “alternative revenue models” that would better assess the impact of distributed generation and customer choice and report …

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