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Europe Is Smart Meter Market to Watch, Navigant Says

Karen Henry

The smart electric meter market has shifted emphasis to projects in Europe and Asia Pacific while the once hot US market has leveled off, as federal funding for projects has been nearly exhausted, according to a new report from Navigant Research titled, Smart Meters: Smart Electric Meters, Advanced Metering Infrastructure, 
and Meter Communications: Global Market   …Continue Reading


Solar Market to Exceed 65 GW in 2019

Karen Henry

The solar industry will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.3 percent—from 37.5 GW in 2013 to 65.6 GW in 2019, according to a report from Lux Research titled “Solar Market Size Update 2014: Reform for the Long Haul.” While China will lead the solar market, emerging trade and global policies cast a   …Continue Reading


Modernize Retail Electricity Pricing, Says RMI

Linda Hardesty

The Rocky Mountain Institute’s Electricity Innovation Lab (e-Lab) released a report, “Rate Design for the Distribution Edge: Electricity Pricing for a Distributed Resource Future,” pointing to the need for modernization of retail electricity prices to reflect a changing grid. The report finds that traditional electricity pricing schemes are antiquated in light of the distributed energy   …Continue Reading


Hydro, Natural Gas Continue to Replace Coal, Oil in New England

Linda Hardesty

New England is relying more on natural gas along with hydroelectric imports from Canada, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Natural gas and hydroelectric generation from Quebec are displacing the use of coal and oil as generation fuels for electricity in New England. Recent and planned closures of large power plants may cause the   …Continue Reading


Smart Grid Technology Revenue Will be $70B by 2023

Karen Henry

Global smart grid technology revenue will grow from $44.1 billion in 2014 to $70.2 billion in 2023, according to a new report from Navigant Research. The report “Smart Grid Technologies” finds government mandates for energy efficiency and grid reliability are still critical drivers for power system upgrades worldwide, but today, the changing nature of electricity generation and   …Continue Reading


Cost of Green Roofs and Walls Expected to Be 28% Less in 2017

Karen Henry

Building-integrated vegetation (BIV)—the use of green roofs and green walls to improve air quality, manage storm-water and generate energy savings—is experiencing a burst of innovation to lower costs and hasten payback on investment, according to a report from Lux Research titled “Crossing the Chasm: Demonstrating Economic Value Is the Next Test for Building-integrated Vegetation.”  In the   …Continue Reading


Hawaii, US Territories Aim to Increase Fuel Diversity

Karen Henry

America’s islands—the state of Hawaii and the territories of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa in the Pacific, and Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean—have depended primarily on imported petroleum products to meet their energy needs, largely due to lack of fossil fuel resources and because petroleum products are easier   …Continue Reading


DOE Reports Highlight Strength of US Wind Energy Industry

Karen Henry

The United States ranks second in installed wind energy capacity in the world, according to two reports released by the US Department of Energy (DOE): the “Wind Technologies Market Report” and the “Distributed Wind Market Report.” With increasing wind energy generation and decreasing prices of wind energy technologies, the US wind energy market is helping to   …Continue Reading


EIA Raises Forecast for Natural Gas Production

Karen Henry

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) is raising its forecast for onshore marketed natural gas production this year and in 2015, and lowering its natural gas price outlook, according to its August 2014 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO). Natural gas production growth this year and mild weather have contributed to stronger gas injections into storage and   …Continue Reading


Michigan Net Metering Program Shows Steady Increase

Karen Henry

Michigan’s net metering and solar pilot program has increased 18 percent since 2012, according the recently released Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) Net Metering & Solar Pilot Program Report for Calendar Year 2013. At the end of 2013, the capacity of net metering installations was about 11,339 kW, an increase of 1,756 kW from the previous   …Continue Reading


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