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Solar PV Prices to Drop through 2016

Karen Henry

The Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative seeks to reduce solar PV prices in the United States by 75 percent between 2010 and 2020. Based on a new report from the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), the nation appears to be on track to meet that goal. Distributed solar   …Continue Reading


Crops Consume More Energy than Livestock

Karen Henry

The US agriculture industry used nearly 800 trillion Btu of energy in 2012. According to an analysis from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), crop operations consume much more energy than livestock operations, and energy expenditures for crops account for a higher percentage of farm operating costs. Agricultural energy consumption includes direct and indirect energy consumption. Direct   …Continue Reading


Smart Cities Drive Changes across Energy Sector

Karen Henry

The urban population is estimated to expand by 2.4 billion people over the next 35 years, and there is increasing demand to move to cleaner and more efficient energy resources to meet the needs of this quickly changing population. The smart city concept has developed in response to the rapid changes happening in cities around   …Continue Reading


Labor is Most Variable Cost for Solar, Wind Projects

Linda Hardesty

A new report researched by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and commissioned by CohnReznick  ranks the major engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) companies for solar and wind projects as follows: Solar Companies: SunPower, First Solar, Mortenson, and E Light Wind and Solar. Wind Companies: Mortenson, IEA, RES Americas, and Blattner. The report Evolving Landscape for   …Continue Reading


Understanding the Building Blocks to Emission Reduction

Karen Henry

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified four building blocks to help states achieve the “best system of emissions reduction” (BSER) to help them comply with the Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The following “building blocks” of BSER incorporate reduction measures both inside and outside the footprint of the affected generators, including energy efficiency: Heat   …Continue Reading


Knowing Demand Response Capability Improves Procurement Strategy

Linda Hardesty

During last winter’s polar vortex in the northeast, the price spike in the real time electricity market had an interesting impact on peoples’ decisions whether to buy energy in the day ahead or the real time market, said Steve Wemple, VP of Regulatory Affairs with Con Edison Solutions on a recent Energy Manager Today webinar,   …Continue Reading


Domestic Energy Propels Another Record

Linda Hardesty

Total US net imports of energy as a share of energy consumption fell to their lowest level in 29 years for the first six months of 2014, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Total energy consumption in the first six months of 2014 was 3 percent above consumption during the first six months of   …Continue Reading


Energy Sectors Poised to Capture Economic Benefit, Combat Climate Change

Karen Henry

Emerging technologies in several energy sectors could help the United States achieve deeper reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while also saving the country billions of dollars, according to Seeing Is Believing: Creating a New Climate Economy in the United States, a study by World Resources Institute (WRI). Seeing is Believing focuses on a number of energy-specific   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Confirmed as ‘First Fuel’

Linda Hardesty

A report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) says investments in energy efficiency markets worldwide in 2012 were above $310 billion, larger than supply-side investments in renewable electricity or in electricity generated from coal, oil and gas. The Energy Efficiency Market Report 2014 confirms energy efficiency’s place as the “first fuel.” Avoided energy use was   …Continue Reading


EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook Looks Positive for Winter Electricity, Natural Gas

Linda Hardesty

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued its October 2014 Short-Term Energy Outlook, forecasting that temperatures this winter will be warmer than last winter, which will result in less demand for heat. Although electricity prices are expected to be higher this winter, the warmer temperatures and lessened demand will keep costs in check. EIA also   …Continue Reading


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