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Peabody, world's largest private coal company, files for bankruptcy

Peabody, world's largest private coal company, files for bankruptcy

Peabody Energy—the world's largest private coal company—filed for bankruptcy this week. The company cited a variety of factors, including lower-than-expected demand for coal, and increased production of cheap natural gas obtained through "fracking" in the U.S. Peabody is also saddled... read more

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Mercedes-Benz energy storage system

Battery-Based Energy Trading: Next Step After Reverse Metering?

The combination of battery-based energy storage and solar power already has some electric utilities worried. They believe consumers' ability to store energy harvested by home... read more February 16, 2016 by


 
Oil well (photo by John Hill)

Multiple Trends Turning Slowly Against Oil, Says Rocky Mountain Institute

The cost of a barrel of oil is now just a fraction of what it was several years ago, and fuel prices have mostly fallen across the globe as a result. Oil prices rise and... read more February 8, 2016 by


 
Electric Avenue charging stations in Portland, Oregon [photo: Portland General Electric]

Should Utility Customers Pay For Electric-Car Charging Stations They Don't Use?

California is by far the most advanced state in adopting plug-in electric cars. Fully 45.3 percent of the country's more than 400,000 plug-in cars were sold in California... read more February 5, 2016 by


 
California Citrus State Historic Park

Leak At Natural-Gas Field Now One-Quarter Of All CA Methane Emissions (UPDATED)

For half a century, California has been at the forefront of reducing emissions and cleaning up air pollution. And the state has made breathtaking progress since the days of... read more January 13, 2016 by


 
Electricity grid substation (Image: FirstEnergy Corp on Flickr, used under CC license)

Report Names Funders Of Anti-Solar-Power Initiatives & Legislation

As home-solar installations proliferate, electric utilities are worried about what effect that could have on their business. There's been much talk among analysts about... read more October 15, 2015 by


 
Photovoltaic solar panels on roof of Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California

Innovative Arizona Utility Program Rents Your Roof For Solar Power

The proliferation of home solar power systems has some utilities worried about potential damage to their business models. And charging an electric car with renewable energy... read more October 13, 2015 by


 
NRG eVgo electric-car charging station

Energy Firm NRG's Business Reset: Will It Affect Electric-Car Charging Network?

NRG Energy is a large electric utility company, but it also operates solar and electric-car charging businesses. Its eVgo charging network already claims to have more... read more September 29, 2015 by


 
California Citrus State Historic Park

CA Climate-Change Bill Passed, Electric Utilities To Target Oil Industry

Let's call this one a good news, bad news, good news story. On Friday, September 11, the California Senate approved SB 350, the Clean Energy and Reduction Act--by far the... read more September 14, 2015 by


 
Power station - Image by Flickr user MacJewell, used under Creative Commons license

Big Coal Doomed: Not By Climate Rules But Fracking & Finance

Coal is the worst fossil fuel, that much is clear. Its carbon footprint per kilowatt-hour of electricity when it's burned by electric utilities to make electricity is far... read more August 11, 2015 by


 
2015 BMW i3

Test Pays BMW i3 Electric-Car Owners To Let Utility Delay Charging

The rise of modern electric cars has brought concerns that their cumulative charging needs could have an increasing impact on electric power grids. Too many cars charging at... read more August 10, 2015 by


 
Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

Final EPA Power-Plant Rules: Far More Impact On Coal States

The completed rules issued this week by the EPA to limit carbon emissions from power plants run 1,560 pages--nighttime reading only for policy wonks. But the agency's final... read more August 7, 2015 by


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

Even More Coal-Fired Power Plants To Be Retired Under Proposed EPA Rules

Among currently used methods for generating electricity, coal is by far the dirtiest. But--in the U.S., at least--it's also on the decline as an energy source. The U.S... read more July 24, 2015 by


 
Sacramento Municipal Utility District electric car DC fast-charging site, Jun 2015  [George Parrott]

Price Of Electric-Car DC Fast Charging Varies: Sacramento A Test Case

While fast charging for electric cars is still nonexistent--or just starting to roll out--across much of the country, California leads the way. And the state capital of... read more June 19, 2015 by


 
Tesla Model S on display outside Great River Energy headquarters, courtesy of Minnesota PEV Owners

Minnesota Energy Coop Offers Renewable Power To Electric-Car Owners, At No Extra Cost

Many electric-car owners start to think more seriously about the source of their electricity when they plug their cars in to recharge. And at least in California, data show... read more June 4, 2015 by


 
Tesla Powerwall Home Battery

Will Tesla Powerwall Home Battery Save Money? Cost Calculator Helps You Decide

Tesla's Powerwall home batteries comprise a high-profile entry by the electric-car maker into a new segment of the energy industry that's expected to grow rapidly. Energy... read more May 19, 2015 by


 

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