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Multiple Trends Turning Slowly Against Oil, Says Rocky Mountain Institute

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 fall, but most industry analysts suggest that the emergence of North American production has loosened OPEC's ability to set... read more

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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


 
Tesla Powerwall Home Battery

Tesla Energy: What We Learned About Powerwall Demand On Q1 Results Call

The quarterly earnings calls held by Tesla Motors are always a chance to hear CEO Elon Musk describe the Silicon Valley carmaker's operations and outlooks. But last week's... read more May 11, 2015 by


 
Wind farm, by Flickr user Patrick Finnegan (Used under CC License)

Wind, Natural Gas, Solar Provide More U.S. Power, Replacing Coal

One of the advantages of electric cars is that they get cleaner as the emissions associated with generating the electricity to power them decrease. And the good news for... read more April 28, 2015 by


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

What Future For Coal In The U.S.: Slow Decline Or Faster Retreat?

Coal is the largest source of carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions produced by generating electricity, but that doesn't mean it will go away any time soon. While coal's... read more April 7, 2015 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

As Solar Power Spreads, Diverse Users Fight Utility Attempts To Penalize It

You'd be surprised how much a rooftop solar panel can make utility-company executives sweat. Home solar installations are on the rise in the U.S., and that has electric... read more March 21, 2015 by


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

Coal Power Plant That Can Capture Carbon To Open In Mid-2016

As more plug-in electric cars hit the road, the infrastructure used to generate electricity will need to be increasingly scrutinized. The most straightforward way to get... read more February 18, 2015 by


 

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