Gov. Charlie Baker has introduced a bill to use more clean energy during Massachusetts’ hours of peak grid demand. The governor included language in a proposed bill to allocate $1.4 billion toward climate adaptation and environmental stewardship. The so-called Clean Peak Standard would require a minimum level of clean energy to supply the most expensive… Continue reading MA Governor Embraces ‘Clean Peak’ Policy to Encourage Renewables Paired With Storage
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee, railed against House lawmakers for “holding back the American economy” with their uninformed attitudes towards renewable energy during an event in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. “I guarantee you, in the Senate there is bipartisan anger, anger at our House colleagues… Continue reading Clean Energy Supporters Begin to Make Inroads With Republican Policymakers
Arizona’s energy future took an unexpected turn this week. At a hearing Tuesday for the routine assessment of major utilities’ long-term resource plans, regulators rebuked the proposals and instituted a nine-month moratorium on new gas plants larger than 150 megawatts. The commissioners are in the midst of examining an energy system overhaul to pursue 80 percent… Continue reading Arizona Regulators Freeze New Gas Plants, Demand More Clean Energy Planning From Utilities
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission pleased almost every sector of the energy industry — except for coal and nuclear power plant owners — with its unanimous decision to reject Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s plan to offer price supports to baseload power plants in the name of grid resilience. But last week’s 3-to-2 vote approving ISO… Continue reading Could FERC Order Put State Clean Energy Policies in Danger?
The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is so successful that its funding should be diverted elsewhere, said the agency’s Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes. “In the area of EERE…we have been meeting or exceeding our goals” over the last five years, said Menezes, who spoke at The American Council on… Continue reading DOE Official: Clean Energy Funding Should Be Cut for ‘Exceeding Goals’
A bid by tech giant Microsoft to become the largest distributed solar offtaker in Singapore sounds ambitious. But it could actually be safer than buying a utility-scale project, according to Brian Janous, Microsoft's general manager of energy. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced plans to procure 60 megawatts of solar energy in Singapore. Speaking The Interchange podcast this… Continue reading Why Is Microsoft Getting Into Rooftop Solar?
The problem with experiencing a year of explosive market growth is that it can make subsequent years look soft — which is part of what happened to the U.S solar market in 2017. A cumulative 10.6 gigawatts of solar photovoltaics were installed across the U.S. in 2017, according to the newly released U.S. Solar Market… Continue reading US Residential and Utility-Scale Solar Markets See Installations Fall for the First Time