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

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 utilities worried. Now they have a new worry: A remarkably varied group of advocates and interest groups is fighting efforts by... read more

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Kansas City, Missouri, by Flickr user Paul Sableman (Used under CC License)

Kansas City Power & Light To Build 1,000 Electric-Car Charging Sites

Kansas City, Missouri, will become the latest municipality to gain an electric-car charging infrastructure this year. A local utility company is leading the effort to build a... read more January 28, 2015 by 


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

As Solar Installations Soar, Utilities Confront Distributed Renewable Power

As electric-car sales continue to grow, major changes are expected to come to the electricity infrastructure used to power them. As solar cells become more affordable... read more January 17, 2015 by 


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

California Urged To Stay The Course On Electric Cars, Help Owners Charge Cheaper

Gas prices are falling: Michigan has signs advertising regular at $1.99 per gallon. It's now below $3 a gallon even in California, which continues to be the focal point for... read more December 19, 2014 by 


 
Chevrolet Spark EV at CCS fast charging station in San Diego.

In Just One Year, Electric Cars Have Gotten Cleaner: How'd They Do That?

Electric cars have no tailpipe emissions, but their overall impact on the environment includes the electricity generated to recharge their batteries. The carbon emissions... read more December 18, 2014 by 


 
Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

New Study Doesn't Say 'Electric Cars Aren't Green' (Headlines To The Contrary)

Brace yourself, electric-car fans and advocates. It may be a bumpy ride for the next few days. Yesterday afternoon, the Associated Press covered a new study put out by the... read more December 16, 2014 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S and 2011 Chevrolet Volt in garage; photo by George Parrott

Indiana Utility: Electric-Car Owners Recharge FREE, At Night

Electric-car owners know that home recharging is virtually always cheaper, on a per-mile basis, than driving on gasoline. In some cases, it's considerably cheaper. We... read more November 14, 2014 by 


 
MINI E electric cars used in vehicle-to-grid test. Photo by University of Delaware/Evan Krape

Delaware Vehicle-To-Grid Test Lets Electric Cars Sell Power

The ability to have large numbers of electric cars store energy and feed it back into electric grids is still many years away, but researchers are studying how it could work... read more October 20, 2014 by 


 
Clean Energy Fuels natural gas refueling station Long Beach, California.

Best Use For Abundant U.S. Natural Gas: Powering Electric Cars

Natural-gas vehicles have never had much acceptance in the North American passenger car market, and even trucks powered by it are struggling. While natural gas is presently... read more September 26, 2014 by 


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Some Solar, Wind Power Competes With Natural Gas Without Incentives: Study

Fossil fuels have been an integral part of the industrialized world since it began 250 years ago. While renewable, carbon-free energy sources have long been viewed as the... read more September 18, 2014 by 


 
BMW DesignworksUSA solar carport concept

In 10 Years, Electric Cars Make Home Solar Practical Without Subsidies: UBS

Electric cars and residential solar energy are intertwined. Not only are both compatible with a greener lifestyle, but advances in one seem to benefit the other. In a decade... read more September 2, 2014 by 


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

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... read more June 24, 2014 by 


 
2014 Nissan Leaf

Minnesota Leads Nation, Mandates Off-Peak Electric-Car Charging Rates

Government incentives continue to play an important role in electric-car adoption, encouraging drivers to plug in by sending them checks or giving them solo access to carpool... read more June 23, 2014 by 


 
BMW DesignworksUSA solar carport concept

Renewable Energy Won't Cause Electric Utility 'Death Spiral': Study

Beware the idea of a "death spiral," heralded by some as the inevitable result for electric utilities of mass adoption of renewable energy sources--particularly solar. Under... read more June 22, 2014 by 


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

Do New EPA Emission Rules Just Hasten Coal's Inevitable Death?

Take a deep breath and relax. It is highly unlikely that "millions of Americans will be freezing in the dark" (in the words of a critic) once new EPA rules lowering carbon... read more June 8, 2014 by 


 
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 


 

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