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Nevada Utility: Efficiency Can Cut Grid Management Costs By 25%

October 22 -- NV Energy, the largest utility in Nevada, has unveiled some compelling data on how energy efficiency and demand response benefit the grid. In a recent filing with the public utilities commission, the utility outlined the cost and performance of its demand-side management programs. It reported that the avoided cost for transmission and distribution upgrades to meet peak demand was $12.23 per kilowatt -- one quarter the total cost-per-kilowatt of maintaining the grid. >>View Article

Wind May Generate 18% Of World Electricity In 2050

October 22 -- Wind power may multiply more than sixfold to generate as much as 18 percent of the world’s electricity in 2050, the International Energy Agency said, raising an earlier estimate by half. Spending on new wind farms would need to ramp up to about $150 billion a year from $78 billion last year to achieve the necessary level of installed capacity, the Paris-based IEA said today in a statement on its website. As much as 10 times the current capacity of almost 300 gigawatts is needed, it said.  >>View Article

FERC Chair to Join Stoel Rives LLP

October 21 -- The law firm of Stoel Rives LLP today announced that Jon Wellinghoff, Chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), will join the firm upon completion of his service at FERC. Wellinghoff submitted his resignation to the President on May 28, but no date has been announced for his departure from FERC. >>View Article

Wind-Power Contracts: New Energy, Old Grid

October 21 -- The announcement last month that Northeast Utilities, National Grid, and Unitil signed long-term contracts to purchase wind power from farms being built in Maine and New Hampshire is a welcome step toward cleaner energy production. But for the region to fully benefit from the deal, New England’s utility companies will have to focus their attention on improving the region’s antiquated electrical grid. >>View Article

The Ohio Senate Should Give Flawed Energy Rewrite A Proper Burial

October 21 -- The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association and the state’s Consumers’ Counsel are joining in Statehouse warnings about a pending Senate bill that would do major damage to the Ohio energy efficiency standards that a virtually unanimous General Assembly passed in 2008. At issue is Substitute Senate Bill 58, sponsored by Sen. William G. Seitz, a suburban Cincinnati Republican. Seitz’s bill is not without its supporters. Ohio’s Industrial Energy Users, one business coalition, is among them.  But the Manufacturers’ Association and Ohio Consumer’s Counsel Bruce J. Weston aren’t -- for good reason. The bill, apparently written to please utilities, would undercut money-saving energy-efficiency goals and favor Canadian energy sources over Ohio renewables.  >>View Article

Super-Large-Scale Solar Installations Are Surging In The US

October 21 -- Don’t write Big Solar off yet. With the plunge in photovoltaic panel prices, US utilities that once enthusiastically signed deals for massive solar power plants to be built in the desert began to favor small installations deployed near cities that don’t require the construction of  multi-billion-dollar new transmission lines. But a new report shows that so-called utility-scale solar—which supplies more than 10 megawatts (MW) of electricity from a central power plant—hit a new record in the third quarter of 2013. >>View Article

Renewable Energy Is The Answer, Not The Enemy

October 21 -- Remember last year’s ballot initiative to amend our state constitution to require Michigan utilities to supply 25 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2015? Sadly, opponents were successful in scaring Michigan consumers into believing that such a mandate would cost consumers 12 billion in higher energy costs. They also convinced voters that “hometown energy providers” would continue “their commitment to renewable energies” without a mandate. >>View Article

Solar Projects 'More Mainstream' As Costs Fall

October 21 -- New solar panels unveiled last week at a real estate developer's Laurel headquarters come with an unusual twist — an energy storage system, the first such commercial setup in the state and one of the first in the country. That drew a crowd. But regular solar-energy projects? Not so much.  >>View Article

California Must Add 1.3 Gigawatts Of Power Storage By 2020

October 18 -- California regulators today voted unanimously to require the state’s utilities to purchase 1.325 gigawatts of storage capacity by 2020 to make renewable energy more reliable and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The state’s three biggest utilities must present plan for buying an initial 200 megawatts of storage capacity by March 1, the California Public Utilities Commission said today in an e-mailed statement.  >>View Article

U.S. On Pace To Become One Of The Most Energy-Efficient Developed Countries

October 18 -- The U.S. is on track to become one of the most energy-efficient countries in the developed world by the end of the decade, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday. Based on current projections, by 2020 the U.S. could have the world's most extensive system of mandatory energy-performance standards for appliances and equipment, the world's largest energy-services industry and efficiency levels for cars and vans comparable to those in the European Union and Japan, the Paris-based energy watchdog said. >>View Article


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