GE Reignites Energy Storage Business

Karen Henry

General Electric is relaunching its energy storage business and has its sights set on becoming a sizable player in the market, Reuters reports. In the wake of diminishing demand for its Durathon industrial battery, GE has overhauled its approach to the energy storage market and is now positioning itself as a provider of energy storage   …Continue Reading

3 States Lead a Power Market Revolution

Karen Henry

California, Hawaii and New York are radically reforming their state regulatory processes, and eventually their energy markets, to accelerate the integration of distributed energy resources (DER) into the grid. Power market reforms in these states will enable dramatically increased solar and distributed energy penetration, improved reliability, lower costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, according to   …Continue Reading

TerraForm Buys 930 MW Wind Portfolio for $2B

Karen Henry

TerraForm Power has signed a definitive agreement to acquire net ownership of 930 MW of wind power plants from Invenergy Wind. The acquisition leverages SunEdison’s wind portfolio, which began with its acquisition of First Wind in January 2015. TerraForm intends to acquire net ownership of 460 MW of the wind power plants from Invenergy with the remaining   …Continue Reading

NGSA Calls for Gas Exports, Other Major Policies

Josh Kessler

The Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA) sent letters to the House and Senate energy committee leaders on June 19 calling for three major policies to advance the interests of the US natural gas industry. According to its website, NGSA represents suppliers that produce and market natural gas. Dena Wiggins, president and CEO of NGSA, said   …Continue Reading

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly When Oil Giants Shift to Natural Gas

Ben Ratner

Six large European oil and gas companies recently announced a commitment to engage on climate policy, calling for a price on carbon. The now-emerging picture of their coordinated corporate talking points, however, leaves no doubt that promotion of natural gas is a core part of the group’s position. Is this development a beneficial push to help   …Continue Reading

US Installs 1.3 GW of PV in Q1 2015

Karen Henry

The US residential solar market is up a record-breaking 76 percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the first quarter of 2014, with 437 MW of PV installations, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Q1 US Solar Market Insight Report. The US installed 1.3 GW of solar PV across all market segments,   …Continue Reading

5 Reasons Clean Energy Investments Beat Expectations

Karin Rives

The solar industry is booming, and the US Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, chastised after several high-profile cleantech companies went belly up in 2011, has more than recovered. In fact, leading venture capitalists, some of our largest banks and brands, and — lately — private investors are expected to continue to invest heavily in   …Continue Reading

Projected Electric Capacity Additions Are Below Recent Historical Levels

Linda Hardesty

In the coming decades, additions to US electricity generation capacity are expected to be lower than in the recent past. In the Energy Information Administration (EIA)’s Annual Energy Outlook 2015 Reference case, which reflects current laws and policies and does not include EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, total generating capacity (including end-use generators like rooftop   …Continue Reading

Are Apple and Google Disrupting America’s Century-Old Energy Market?

Gavin Purchas

Apple made news earlier this year when it signed an $848-million “direct access” deal to bypass Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and buy clean energy directly from a third-party solar provider. For Apple, the big win was a contract that locked in affordable energy for the next 25 years. But the deal also set a historical   …Continue Reading

Shared Solar Could Significantly Expand Solar PV Market

Karen Henry

If federal, state and local policies institute a supportive regulatory environment, shared solar could expand the potential customer base for solar PV to 100 percent of homes and businesses, according to a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL estimates that 49 percent of households and 48 percent of businesses are currently   …Continue Reading