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Residential Solar Competitive With Electricity In 25 States Next Year: NRG CEO

Residential Solar Competitive With Electricity In 25 States Next Year: NRG CEO

Solar power for your home has been around a long time, but for many homeowners, it's required subsidies, special financing arrangements, and still delivered long payback periods. That's changing fast, according to the CEO of a major Texas electric utility. David Crane, who runs NRG Energy, says... read more

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Two BNSF locomotives hauling coal trains meet near Wichita Falls, Texas

EPA's Coal-Plant Emissions Rules: This Will Be The Big Fight

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce new regulations to cut the carbon emissions of more than 600 existing coal-fired electric power... read more June 2, 2014 by 


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Oklahoma Adds Fee For Homes To Connect Solar, Wind Power To Grid

Renewable-energy advocates have cranked up the outrage machine at a surcharge imposed by Oklahoma on homes that connect rooftop solar panels or wind-turbine generators to the... read more April 24, 2014 by 


 
Slide showing Tesla Motors gigafactory statistics, from Feb 2014 presentation

Is Tesla Motors A Carmaker...Or Really A Grid-Storage Company?

Many among the Detroit auto media were skeptical of Tesla Motors for years, correctly noting just how hard it is to start a car company and build a genuinely appealing... read more April 7, 2014 by 


 
Houston's Tranquility Park Garage with GRIDbot charging stations

Why Oil State Texas Turns Out To Be Friendly To Electric Cars

As the land of big pickup trucks and Big Oil, Texas would hardly seem like the kind of place where electric cars could thrive. Yet the Lone Star State is one of the... read more March 31, 2014 by 


 
Beijing smog

Even In China, Coal Consumption May Be Peaking

While use of coal for generating electricity has started to decline in the U.S., China continues to build coal power plants. With public anger at filthy air bubbling below... read more March 27, 2014 by 


 
Two BNSF locomotives hauling coal trains meet near Wichita Falls, Texas

Proposal: Buy Out, Shut Down U.S. Coal Industry For $50 Billion

Give Felix Kramer credit for thinking big. Twelve years ago, he and others founded CalCars, a group dedicated to promoting plug-in hybrid vehicles with large battery... read more March 12, 2014 by 


 
Eigg, an island in Hebrides off the coast of Scotland. [Photo by Flickr user kevinzim]

World's First Entirely Renewable-Energy Place: Wind-Swept Scottish Island

If you're looking to unplug from the grid, you might want to head to Eigg, a small island off the coast of Scotland. Eigg intends to become the first island to rely entirely... read more February 15, 2014 by 


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Electric Cars & Solar: Will They Make Gasoline & Utilities Obsolete?

These are interesting times in the automotive and electric-utility businesses. While the reasons are different, it turns out they may intersect. It's been quietly discussed... read more January 23, 2014 by 


 
Two BNSF locomotives hauling coal trains meet near Wichita Falls, Texas

TVA To Cut Coal Use For Energy Generation By Half

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) plans to significantly reduce its use of coal for energy generation. The TVA will shut down eight electricity-generating units that... read more November 19, 2013 by 


 
GE WattStation Electric Car Charging Station

PG+E Data: Electric Cars Have Almost No Grid Impact So Far

Electric cars lessen dependence on fossil fuels, but what effect are they having on power consumption? The concern often comes up that large numbers of electric cars will... read more November 6, 2013 by 


 
Plug-in electric cars at PSE+G facility in Newark, New Jersey

How One Electric Utility Encouraged Employees To Use Plug-In Cars

While workplace charging is still a work in progress at most companies, a few progressive corporations and nonprofits now offer incentives to employees to commute in plug-in... read more October 31, 2013 by 


 
Power plant

The Next Big Emissions Battle Is Not Cars; It's About Coal

The rules for vehicle gas mileage are pretty much locked down from now through 2025. The math is complicated, but vehicles in 2025 will have to reach a fleet-wide average of... read more October 8, 2013 by 


 
Two BNSF locomotives hauling coal trains meet near Wichita Falls, Texas

Is The Writing On The Wall For U.S. Coal?

What will power your plug-in car in a few years? If new EPA regulations go into effect, it may not be coal. Next week, the EPA is expected to set limits on greenhouse gas... read more September 16, 2013 by 


 
Power plant

Coal Makes Electric Cars Bad? No, Plug-Ins Show Coal As Bad

Every so often, electric-car skeptics will attack the idea of using grid electricity to power a car by bringing up coal. "Yeah," the argument goes, "but you're just burning... read more September 13, 2013 by 


 
Power lines (Photo by Flickr user vladeb)

Southern California Utility Girds For 350,000 Electric Cars

One of the long-standing concerns over electric cars is just how much demand the electricity grid would have to cope with should millions of people start plugging in every... read more August 12, 2013 by  25


 
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