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Solar power hits new U.S. heights: utility use exceeds home panels

Solar power hits new U.S. heights: utility use exceeds home panels

No matter how you measure it, 2016 was a major year for solar energy. More solar-generating capacity was added last year than either natural gas or wind, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. A study by investment bank and research firm Lazard found that utility-scale solar has now become the... read more

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National Plug-In Day 2012: San Francisco, with 60 Nissan Leafs in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

California utilities submit $1 billion of electric-car projects to regulators

California continues to lead the United States, and in some ways the world, in efforts to reduce and eliminate harmful emissions from road vehicles. Following the lead of... read more January 24, 2017 by


 
Beijing smog

China axes 103 coal-fired power plants, citing smog, overcapacity

During negotiations for the Paris Climate Treaty signed last fall, a major concern among critics was whether the carbon emissions of China's sprawling and inefficient energy... read more January 23, 2017 by


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

First carbon-capture power plants come on line this year

For electric utilities eager to hang onto their existing coal-fired power plants, carbon-capture technology must offer an exciting chance at salvation. As the name says... read more January 20, 2017 by


 
Grand Teton, Wyoming

New bill in coal-producing Wyoming would ban renewable energy for utilities

While renewable-energy use has grown substantially over the last few years, the regulatory environment remains volatile. Some states have worked hard to stimulate renewable... read more January 19, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

When lauding renewables, look at utilization, not just capacity

The news on the renewable energy front continues to be good, with the costs of wind and solar generation falling steadily. By some measures, large-scale renewable energy is... read more January 17, 2017 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

California's PG&E utility now offers $500 rebate for electric-car use

In certain states, electric utilities are getting into the business of installing and operating electric-car charging infrastructure. They may build public charging stations... read more January 11, 2017 by


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

Oregon's largest utilities plan to boost electric-car adoption

It's clear that after several years of electric-car sales, electric utilities see a role to be played in providing the infrastructure to make them practical. Two weeks ago... read more December 30, 2016 by


 
2017 Ford F-150

XL Hybrids gets big order for pickup truck plug-in hybrid 'upfit'

Improving fuel efficiency doesn't always require creating a new vehicle. XL Hybrids markets modifications that allows fleet buyers to "upfit" their vehicles into hybrids. So... read more December 20, 2016 by


 
Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California

California approves PG&E utility plan for 7,500 electric-car charging stations

California's latest tactic to promote electric-car adoption is to involve electric utilities in the installation and operation of charging infrastructure. Utilities in other... read more December 18, 2016 by


 
Coal's share of U.S. electricity generation, 1949-2015 [U.S. Energy Information Administration data]

No, coal isn't coming back: the reasons in 5 charts

The coal industry is on the decline, but the reason for that decline has become a subject of political debate. Supporters of fossil fuels blame the energy policies of the... read more December 16, 2016 by


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

NJ electric-car advocacy group launches as gas tax soars

New Jersey was always the place for residents of neighboring states—Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania—to buy cheap gasoline. That era ended two days ago, when... read more November 3, 2016 by


 
National Drive Electric Week 2014: Charging in Austin. Photo by Aaron Choate.

Are Missouri electric-car charging stations like pay phones? Why that's important

In an age of cell phones, the public phone booth no longer has much utility as a tool for communication. But could pay phones at least provide a useful model for regulating... read more November 3, 2016 by


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

Carbon emissions from U.S. power generation fall to 25-year low

While automakers work to meet stricter carbon-emissions standards, another sector of the U.S. economy has already made notable progress in reducing ts emissions... read more October 14, 2016 by


 
Tesla Powerwall Home Battery

VT electric utility sells Tesla Powerwall batteries to its customers

Tesla now has a new—and somewhat unexpected—ally in promoting its Powerwall home energy-storage battery packs. A Vermont electric utility is now selling the... read more July 6, 2016 by


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

Net-zero-energy homes underscore evolution of electric utilities

Electric-car owners can cut their ownership costs significantly by avoiding the gas pump and charging up at home. But they can also save money by making the homes where they... read more June 14, 2016 by


 

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