Energy

AEEE: Efficiency as a Resource is a Winner

Carl Weinschenk

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released a report that looks at energy efficiency as a resource. A blog at the organization’s site says that energy efficiency is the third largest resource in the country. It has made the construction of 313 power plants unnecessary since 1990 and is a greater contributor   …Continue Reading


Tesla’s Success Would Mean Success for Many in the Battery Storage Business

Ken Silverstein

Everyone already knows the big news this week was that Tesla Motors will buy SolarCity Corp. for $2.6 billion — a move that helps Tesla improve its economies of scale when it comes to manufacturing battery storage for both cars and energy. It’s a move that, generally, has positive implications for the development of battery storage across the board.


Tesla Motors and SolarCity Make it Official with the Announcement of a $2.6 Billion Bid

Ken Silverstein

Tesla Motors Inc. said today that it is buying SolarCity Corp. for $2.6 billion. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk, who said publicly in June that the two would try to pair, has said that the goal here is to wed the battery storage business with the rooftop solar panel business.


Electric Vehicles are an Opportunity for Both Utilities and Companies

Ken Silverstein

The Natural Resources Defense Council says that utilities can help facilitate the rollout of all-electric vehicles by deploying rapid charging stations and by creating campaigns to increase public awareness.


Apple Wants to Take a Bite out of the Wholesale Electricity Market

Ken Silverstein

Apple filed last week for permission with federal regulators to sell electricity to other large consumers or to the power grid. Apple Energy, as it will be known, is mainly intended to feed its energy-started data centers with renewable energy.


Some Insurance Companies Invested Too Heavily in Fossil Fuels, says Ceres

Ken Silverstein

Some insurance companies may be investing to heavily in the fossil fuel sector. That’s according to Ceres, which looked closely at the oil and gas holdings of the top 40 US insurance groups and that collectively hold $459 billion in assets.


US Military Taking No Risks by Going Green, Saving Lives and Energy

Ken Silverstein

The US Department of Defense is still known for its bravery but it’s now also known for its use of green energy, battery storage and microgrids — that is saving the lives of soldiers in the battle field while also producing cleaner energy.


TVA is Ditching Big Nuclear Units but May Build Smaller Modular Reactors

Ken Silverstein

The TVA is applying to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to build small modular nuclear reactors in its territory.


Shell Quietly Starts Renewable Division

Carl Weinschenk

Shell, which is the largest oil company in Europe, has established a division to invest in renewable and low-carbon power, according to The Guardian. The New Energies division, the story said, will consolidate the company’s hydrogen, biofuel and electric initiatives. It also will be the base upon which a move into wind power will be   …Continue Reading


After Denying it, Federal Energy Regulators Will Rehear LNG Pipeline Case in Oregon

Ken Silverstein

Federal regulators are delaying a decision on whether to allow a 232-mile liquefied natural gas pipeline in Oregon. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission wants more time and has not given itself a deadline on whether to approve the application submitted Pacific Connector and Jordan Cove.