Clean Energy Advocates Say Ohio’s HB114 Would Squander $10B in Market Opportunities

Clean Energy Advocates Say Ohio’s HB114 Would Squander $10B in Market Opportunities

On March 21, the national business group, Advanced Energy Economy, testified before Ohio’s House Public Utilities Committee hearing on House Bill 114 – a bill that AEE said “is considered worse for the advanced energy industry than House Bill 554,” which was vetoed Governor John. Kasich (R) last year.

The Energy Manager’s Rapidly Changing Role: A Q&A with Billy Grayson

The Energy Manager’s Rapidly Changing Role: A Q&A with Billy Grayson

Picture a time when a company’s buildings look less like net energy consumers and more like integrated power plants, suggests William “Billy” Grayson, principal of Bent Branch Strategies and former director of sustainability at Liberty Property Trust. That’s what Grayson believes the future will look like. … Read more…

RMI’s Solar RFP Aims to ‘Lighten’ Economic Load in Eastern Colorado

RMI’s Solar RFP Aims to ‘Lighten’ Economic Load in Eastern Colorado

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) – a nonprofit organization dedicated to cost-effectively shifting businesses, communities, and institutions to energy efficiency and renewables – issued a request for proposals (RFP) on March 14 to develop 16.75-MW of community-scale solar generation on behalf of six rural electric cooperatives based in eastern Colorado.

Report: Future of North American Power Grid Hinges on Renewables

Report: Future of North American Power Grid Hinges on Renewables

A report released on March 16 by the District of Columbia-based ISO/RTO Council (IRC) – an affiliation of independent electric grid operators – concludes that the future of the North American power grid depends on smart and renewable energy solutions.

Report: Cap-and-Trade Proceeds Are ‘Clearing the Air’ in California

Report: Cap-and-Trade Proceeds Are ‘Clearing the Air’ in California

A report released on March 14 by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Department of Finance details how investments from California’s cap-and-trade auction proceeds are delivering on their promise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and boost the use of clean technologies throughout the Golden State.

On Hawaii’s Big Island, Developer Breaks Ground on Off-Grid Solar Community

On Hawaii’s Big Island, Developer Breaks Ground on Off-Grid Solar Community

Hawaii-based developer Brian Anderson is planning a 410-home development along the Big Island’s “Gold Coast” that would become the first off-grid community of this magnitude, he told Pacific Business News on March 13.

NAHB Survey: U.S. Home Builders Use Energy Efficient Products, Especially Windows

NAHB Survey: U.S. Home Builders Use Energy Efficient Products, Especially Windows

On average, builders of single-family residences use 10.2 different green products or practices – and 22 percent always or almost always have their homes certified to a green standard, according to survey results released on March 13 by the National Association of Home Builders.

NY PSC Adopts Landmark Orders to Value Distributed Energy, Test Energy Storage

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.

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