Archive for "News"

  • How America Should Promote Energy Innovation in the Face of Extreme Weather

    by added on 19 October 2017

    The extreme weather events of the 2017 hurricane season have brought home yet another reminder of the devastating effects of our changing climate. Climate change is a challenge that ultimately requires a global solution. As veterans of the Obama Administration, we witnessed firsthand what can be achieved on a global scale as a result of American leadership. While the Trump Administration has disparaged the Paris Agreement and relinquished leadership on clean energy and climate change matters, there is still much that can be accomplished by public and private sector efforts across the United States to address the climate challenge. In particular, such efforts must include increased support for developing new clean energy technology innovations.  Clean energy technologies are already presenting visible economic ...

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  • Solar Securitizations Expected to Pass $1 Billion in 2017

    by added on 19 October 2017

    2017 is on track to set a record for solar securitizations, after several new players entered the field. The combined asset-backed securitizations (ABS) for solar loans, leases and PPAs will break the $1 billion mark this year, following the expected close of an offering from Mosaic later this month. Solar financiers are demonstrating new levels of market interest in these products, which free up capital for new solar loans and leases. This level of solar ABS activity surpasses all previous years, and there's reason to believe the numbers will continue to grow next year, said GTM Research solar analyst Allison Mond. "The first ABS has a lot of procedural hurdles to overcome, so it can be a really time-intensive process," she said. "It’s ...

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  • What FERC Commissioners Are Saying About the DOE NOPR

    by added on 18 October 2017

    Initial comments on Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s coal and nuclear directive are due October 23, with final comments due November 7. But the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may take longer to mull its decision.  Comments from the FERC’s newly minted quorum indicate that Perry’s proposal to compensate coal and nuclear plants for stockpiling 90 days of fuel won’t glide through the commission.  FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee is the most likely to favor Perry’s proposal, and indeed he has said he’s “sympathetic” to the idea. At a Tuesday speech at the Energy Bar Association’s Mid-Year Energy Forum, Chatterjee reiterated the value he sees in the proposal.  “The DOE NOPR contemplates and builds on FERC’s existing regulatory initiatives on price formation. It’s a conversation that I ...

  • How Are Mega-Cities Like New York Implementing Sustainability? [GTM Squared]

    by added on 18 October 2017

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  • The Truth About the Cobalt Crisis: It’s Not a Crisis, Yet

    by added on 18 October 2017

    Volkswagen’s failure to secure long-term cobalt supplies has highlighted concerns over one of the most precarious elements in the lithium-ion battery supply chain. There is sufficient cobalt worldwide to meet foreseeable demand for the mineral, according to Caspar Rawles, an analyst at Benchmark Mineral Intelligence. The real question “is whether we can access it quickly enough,” he said. Volkswagen last month sought to secure a €50 billion ($59 billion) contract to supply enough cobalt for 150 gigawatt-hours of lithium-ion battery storage by 2025, which Rawles said could amount to roughly 30,000 tons of the metal a year. “To put that into perspective, the refined material supply globally for cobalt last year was 93,000 tons,” he said. “It’s approximately a third of last year’s ...

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  • What It Will Take to Rebuild the Caribbean With Clean Energy

    by added on 18 October 2017

    Hurricane Irma and Maria’s devastating impacts on energy systems in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the Caribbean highlight an energy security problem that has been lurking for decades. Massive damage to centralized grids will mean that many impacted island nations and territories won’t restore full electricity service for another four to six months at least. Calls from international political and business leaders to rebuild Caribbean energy infrastructure around clean energy resources like wind and solar are encouraging. As rebuilding efforts begin, project developers will need complete clarity on the needs and challenges of bringing renewables to the region in order to translate today’s enthusiastic pledges of support and funding into tomorrow’s efficient, reliable and resilient clean energy projects. As the 9th Caribbean ...

  • Delaware Wants In on the US Offshore Wind Market

    by added on 18 October 2017

    Delaware is ready to rejoin the U.S. offshore wind race. On August 28, Governor John Carney signed an executive order establishing an Offshore Wind Working Group. The working group is to submit a report to the governor by December 15 with “recommendations on short- and long-term strategies for developing wind power to serve Delaware, and plans to develop job opportunities in the offshore wind industry.” The group was also tasked with drafting any necessary legislation, including possible amendments to Delaware’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act, which requires utilities to procure 25 percent of their load from renewable resources by 2025. At the end of September, Gov. Carney announced appointments to the working group. The group is chaired by Bruce Burcat, head of the Mid-Atlantic ...

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  • Evolutions in Demand Response: Tapping Locational Value With Pinpoint DR

    by added on 17 October 2017

    Gulf Power’s residential demand response program may be 20+ years old, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t kept up with the times. In fact, last summer it was tapped twice to do something it wasn’t even designed for -- to help the utility’s distribution grid operators avoid blackouts or equipment overloads on a specific feeder.  Here’s how Caroline Stickel, team leader at Gulf Power’s Energy Select program, described it in an interview at the Itron Utility Week conference in Houston this week. Twice last summer, her group got calls from Gulf Power’s distribution operations team, asking for immediate load reduction on a specific circuit, adjacent to another that needed to be taken out of action.  Energy Select doesn’t usually dispatch its customers ...

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  • SunPower Founder Dick Swanson’s Guide to Launching a Cleantech Startup

    by added on 17 October 2017

    Given the youth of the cleantech industry, there isn’t a ton of publicly accessible guidance on how to succeed with a startup. A new partnership aims to tackle that by hosting public conversations with clean energy founders to discuss what worked and what didn’t. In September, Oakland incubator and accelerator Powerhouse and Greentech Media kicked off a project called Watt It Takes. The monthly conversation happens live at Powerhouse, and is broadcast subsequently via Greentech Media’s podcast channels. The next show will feature Andrew Birch, founder and former CEO of now-bankrupt solar installer Sungevity, on Wednesday, October 18 at 5:30 PM (RSVP here). This will be his first time speaking publicly about the company since it unraveled in March. Last month’s event featured a ...

  • A Boost for Electric Buses

    by added on 17 October 2017

    The U.S. government is issuing $55 million in federal grants to fund four dozen projects that will replace aging internal-combustion buses with efficient, cleaner transportation. Zero-emission technologies are maturing in transportation, and taxpayer-backed projects across 39 states help kick-start greener mass transit. Migration toward electric buses is picking up speed, partly due to longer-lasting batteries and growing awareness of climate change. Now, transit providers and the communities they serve face challenges, at times pressures, to creatively finance the growth of electric fleets, charging stations, electricity grid upgrades and other infrastructure that keep the wheels turning. The federal funds help transit providers launch or accelerate their vehicle and infrastructure programs even in the face of budget constraints or competing interests. Market growth in zero-emission ...