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Price of Carbon Credits Rises In Europe, Which is a Good Thing

Ken Silverstein

Whatever your thoughts are on trading carbon credits to reduce the levels of heat-trapping emissions, European leaders think they are making progress. Long criticized as being ineffective because the price of credits was too cheap and the cost of exceeding compliance rates was too low, the program is now evolving. Carbon prices have risen nearly   …Continue Reading


Will Co-Firing Natural Gas and Coal Meet Clean Power Plan Standards?

Ken Silverstein

When it comes to complying with the Clean Power Plan, FirstEnergy Corp. has some interesting thoughts: co-firing natural gas with coal. “Co-firing has several benefits,” says Todd Meyers, FirstEnergy spokesperson. “It provides fuel diversity and ensures our Mon Power coal units can continue to produce low-cost electricity while supporting both the abundant low-cost natural gas   …Continue Reading


Air Quality is Iffy and Could Get Iffier, says American Lung Association

Ken Silverstein

The quality of air that most Americans breathe is better than it used but that it still iffy. That’s according to the American Lung Association, which says that 166 million of us live in places where ozone levels or particle pollution is not good. The Guardian reports that soot and smoke from wildfires out west   …Continue Reading


New Energy Management System Reveals Issues & Opportunities

Jennifer Hermes

This article is sponsored by EnergyCAP. One month before Jason Laros stepped into the post of city energy manager for Tucson, AZ, the city began an energy management software acquisition process. At the time, the city’s energy office was employing interns to help crunch the numbers on the top 20–30 buildings in spreadsheets. Historical utility   …Continue Reading


Solar Expanding in Middle and Low Income Communities

Carl Weinschenk

The use of solar energy is growing in low and middle income communities. Creative financing has a lot to deal with causing — and extending — this trend. In low income communities, solar is given an extra push because it creates local jobs. GreenBiz cites research from Kevala Analytics on the broadening of solar. The firm found that last   …Continue Reading


Oil Production Redefines US’s Role in Global Crude Market

Jennifer Hermes

This article is sponsored by Schneider Electric. Oil production in the US – after playing a central role in the steep decline of oil prices over the last year – will redefine its role in the global crude market, with the US expected to replace OPEC as the world’s swing producer guiding global prices, predicts   …Continue Reading


AGL Adds Solar to Smartphone App

Carl Weinschenk

AGL Energy is updating its smartphone app to better accommodate solar energy and the energy cloud. The updated version of the company’s app, according to  One Step Off the Grid, will enable users to monitor rooftop solar grids and choose when to sell excess energy to the grid. The story says that the app adds   …Continue Reading


Internet Giants and Software Makers Want to Spread the Green

Ken Silverstein

In a world that is generating evermore data, businesses are becoming increasingly energy intensive. Companies are thus seeking cleaner and cheaper ways to burn the fuels that are needed to thrive. What to do? Internet and software giants are leading the way, setting out on a course to become greener and more efficient. Apple, Facebook,   …Continue Reading


Quality Power, Not Just Power, Should be the Goal

Carl Weinschenk

A priority for energy managers, of course, is to make sure that electricity keeps flowing. The next level of concern is to find the desired mix of low cost and renewable resources. A very important factor that may ride a bit under the radar is the need for quality. Having a power supply is one   …Continue Reading


EPA Undeterred by Supreme Court’s Delay of Clean Power Plan

Ken Silverstein

When the coal states lined up for a final drive to temporarily block the Clean Power Plan at the US Supreme Court, most onlookers thought it an act of desperation. Now that the Supremes have granted their request, the bigger question is what will ultimately happen to the carbon reduction plan. On Tuesday, the High   …Continue Reading


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