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Net-zero-energy homes underscore evolution of electric utilities

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 park their cars at the end of the day more efficient. Continuing decreases in the price of solar cells and related... read more

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Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Elon Musk vs Warren Buffett: how two titans see carbon-free electricity

There's an energy battle brewing in Nevada. The Silver State is witnessing a fight between two energy companies promoting different visions of energy policy, led by two very... read more May 25, 2016 by


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

What is a carbon tax and how would it work? A primer

One new policy measure that could get companies to cut their carbon emissions is to put a price on those emissions. Such a "carbon tax" is enthusiastically supported by many... read more May 11, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

Another study confirms electric cars have lower carbon emissions, in Minnesota this time

It's a very reasonable question: electric cars themselves have no tailpipe emissions, but what about the power plants used to recharge them? After more than a dozen studies... read more May 9, 2016 by


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

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... read more April 15, 2016 by


 
Used Chevrolet Volt batteries for energy storage at GM facility in Milford, Michigan

Reusing electric-car batteries: great idea, lots of practical challenges

In theory, it's a wonderful concept: once their tenure in an electric car is over, lithium-ion battery packs with as much as 70 percent of their energy capacity remaining can... read more April 12, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Singapore levies carbon tax on used Tesla for electricity to recharge it

A businessman and electric-car fan who imported a Tesla Model S into Singapore has had to pay an additional emission tax on the zero-emission luxury car. While the Tesla runs... read more March 8, 2016 by


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

Utilities To Lead Surge Of Electric-Car Charging In Southern California

California already aggressively promotes electric cars, and has among the most developed networks of charging stations of any state. That network will continue to grow... read more February 17, 2016 by


 
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


 

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