As California races towards a clean energy future, not only do we need new aggressive goals for all sectors, but we also need to rethink how we manage distributed energy resources, like rooftop solar and customer side energy storage. This is particularly true for one such resource, energy efficiency. Two weeks ago, the California legislature… Keep reading →

California Continues To Lead U.S. In Green Technology

On September 11, 2015, the California State Legislature approved the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (SB 350) which aims to increase the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 50 percent by 2030 from the present goal of 33 percent by 2020, in addition to increasing energy efficiency in existing buildings by 50… Keep reading →


The 2015 New York State Energy Plan (SEP), released on June 25, 2015, provides a roadmap to advance the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative, which seeks to transform New York’s utility regulatory structure by integrating greater levels of distributed energy resources (DER) and empowering customers with better energy management options. Unveiled in April 2014,… Keep reading →


The state of Hawaii will soon embark on the most ambitious plan in the U.S. to deploy renewable energy. The state legislature in early May passed and sent to Gov. David Ige House Bill 623 that sets a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) of 100 percent of net electricity sales by 2045. The bill will test… Keep reading →

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  In a state dominated by a coal-centric utility and with no real renewable portfolio standard, Utah is a surprise candidate for a utility-scale solar boomlet. But it’s happening, thanks to SunEdison, big solar’s tiny price tag, the continuing impact of the federal investment tax credit and – here’s the unique Utah twist – an… Keep reading →

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As the CEO of a Seattle-based solar company, I know that our state’s forward-looking clean energy policies are a major reason why cutting-edge businesses have decided to set up shop here in Washington. But in the past decade, other states have caught on. They’ve learned from our example. They’ve learned that investing in clean tech… Keep reading →

California Continues To Lead U.S. In Green Technology

Intermittent it may be, but wind is a friend of EPA, not a foe  Ever since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled the Clean Power Plan (CPP), its proposal to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions 30% from 2005 levels by 2030, there has been speculation that it will lead, among other things, to premature retirements… Keep reading →

Anniversary Of Nuclear Disaster At Three Mile Island Marked Near The Site

Low demand, depressed wholesale prices & low cost shale gas are to blame  In late December 2014, Entergy Corp. announced that Yankee nuclear power plant would cease operation after 42 years of service during which it generated 171 billion kWhrs of carbon-free electricity – more than 70% of Vermont’s electricity total demand since 1972. Bill… Keep reading →

California Continues To Lead U.S. In Green Technology

The renewable energy sector is dynamic, with advancing technology and evolving policy. As 2015 beckons, here are some of the key questions that Portland, Oregon-based contributor Pete Danko will be asking as about U.S. renewables. 1) Is The PTC Winding Down or Dead? The wind industry won a small victory just before Congress went home,… Keep reading →

New EPA Regulation To Cut Emissions From Coal-Fired Plants In US

Even more can be done without too much pain  US energy-related CO2 emissions have declined in 5 of the past 8 years, almost without trying very hard, mostly due to reductions in the electric power sector. Current trends, including lower energy demand growth rates (graph below), continued substitution of gas for coal and increasing the share… Keep reading →

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