The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC), a membership organization of the Chicago region’s 275 cities, towns and villages; announced on May 4 that it has joined Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) – the largest electric utility in Illinois, serving the Chicago and Northern Illinois area – in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will support the study and development of new energy efficiency programs, smart streetlights, and community and residential solar; and other infrastructure projects.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, has entered into an exclusive license agreement with Forge Nano – a company that claims to be “inventing the future, one atom at a time” – to commercialize NREL’s patented lithium-ion (li-ion) battery materials and systems capable of operating safely in high-stress environments.
Chicago-based aerospace company Boeing has formed a small venture-capital division called HorizonX to “turn new ideas and businesses into reality” – among them, a pioneering enterprise to develop a small hybrid-electric aircraft that would be suitable for regional consumer travel, “out to a thousand miles,” and that could be built “by the 2020s.”
The the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, announced on April 6 that its staff has developed and tested an expeditionary operating base that is expected to change the way in which forward-deployed forces will power missions in the future.
Energy Research Council’s (ERC) national benchmark price for a May 2017 electricity contract has increased for five straight weeks. Last week, it increased .25% to $0.0756 per kilowatt hour and is now 1.23% higher than a month ago. Most states saw only marginal growth in … Read more…
On March 9, the New York State Public Service Commission approved a new pricing structure (Cases 15-E-0751, 15-E-0082) for distributed energy resources, designed to promote community solar projects statewide and to gradually phase out net energy metering. The commission also directed the state’s investor-owned utilities to deploy at least two energy storage projects by the end of 2018.
As a result of the order, rooftop solar may decline after 2020 and community solar has been fostered.