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Duke Preps for Distributed Solar on Heels of Net Metering Decision

Linda Hardesty

Duke Energy will deliver a distributed solar development plan to the South Carolina public utilities commission in February in response to the net metering agreement reached last week. In December, South Carolina became the 44th state to institute net metering. Net metering allows solar customers to get credit on their utility bills at the retail rate   …Continue Reading

Branson’s Carbon War Room Merges With Alternative Energy Think Tank

Linda Hardesty

Carbon War Room, the global non-profit organization co-founded by Virgin Group Chairman Sir Richard Branson, has merged with alternative energy think tank Rocky Mountain Institute in an effort to combat climate change and accelerate demand and financing for low-carbon solutions that are technically feasible and cost effective today. The merger brings together CWR, a young organization known for   …Continue Reading

Sempra Energy Snags Top Award for Renewable Energy Production

Linda Hardesty

Sempra US Gas & Power has more than 1,500 megawatts of solar and wind generation in operation and another 308 MW under construction, milestones that helped the company earn the Industry Leadership – Electricity Generation award at the 2014 Platts Global Energy Awards in December. Sempra US Gas & Power has natural gas and renewable   …Continue Reading

TransCentra to Save 25K Annually in Utility Bill Redesign

Linda Hardesty

TransCentra, a bill and payment software and services firm based in Georgia, expects to save more than $25,000 annually through a project implemented by Connexus Energy. Connexus Energy redesigned the company’s billing to use less paper. The annual savings is in addition to about $30,000 in cost reductions realized from the Minnesota utility’s implementation of   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency Talent Trends for 2015

Matthew Cohen

What will be the emerging talent and hiring trends in the energy efficiency workplace for 2015? One major trend is that the demand for energy engineers, project developers and managers, sales managers and program directors is on the rise. As an executive recruiter in the Energy Efficiency and Building Technologies space, I see several trends that have   …Continue Reading

California has 431,000 Advanced Energy Workers

Linda Hardesty

According to an industry survey commissioned by the Advanced Energy Economy Institute, California boasts 431,800 advanced energy jobs, which grew 5 percent in the past year – more than double the overall state job growth rate – and is on track to grow 17 percent in the coming year, to more than 500,000 workers, based   …Continue Reading

ExxonMobil’s Outlook for Energy Sees Global Increase in Demand

Karen Henry

Significant growth in the global middle class, expansion of emerging economies and an additional 2 billion people in the world will contribute to a 35 percent increase in energy demand by 2040, according to a new report released by ExxonMobil. The report, 2015 Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040, outlines ExxonMobil’s long-term view of   …Continue Reading

World’s Largest Solar Farm Is Fully Online

Karen Henry

First Solar has completed construction of the world’s largest solar plant. The 550 MW Topaz Solar Farm is now fully operational. Nine million thin-film, ground-mount solar PV panels have been installed across 3,500 acres on the northwest corner of the Carrizo Plain in San Louis Obispo County in California. Topaz is situated on largely non-prime   …Continue Reading

Use Innovative Business Models for Solar, Says RMI

Linda Hardesty

A new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), “Bridges to New Solar Business Models: Opportunities to Increase and Capture the Value of Distributed Solar Photovoltaics,” says solar stakeholders should move forward with profitable business models and not wait for pricing realignment and regulatory model reforms, which may take significant time. Solar PV is growing   …Continue Reading

Edison Report Bullish on Renewables Sector

Linda Hardesty

A new Edison report says that while volatility is likely to be high, overall, it is bullish on the alternative energy and renewables sector. Edison is positive on the overall alternative energy and renewables space based on the following expectations: a) increased demand driven by global population and energy trends; b) increased demand for cleaner   …Continue Reading

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