Electricity customers pay for groups that lobby against clean energy, says report: Paying for Utility Politics

By Mark Hand, Climate Progress, 12 May 2017, Electricity customers pay for groups that lobby against clean energy.  Successful oversight of trade group membership dues has faded away in many states, report says. In this April 22, 2015, photo, Nevada residents protest proposal that could curtail rooftop solar in the state. The rooftop solar debate has pitted solar developers against electric …

Economic Democracy and the Billion-Dollar Co-op: Is our energy grid a sleeping giant of collective ownership?

By Nathan Schneider, in The Nation, Economic Democracy and the Billion-Dollar Co-op:  Is our energy grid a sleeping giant of collective ownership? 8 May 2017 Candidate Donald Trump made a campaign stop in February 2016 hosted by South Carolina’s Broad River Electric Cooperative. After taking the auditorium stage, observing that “it’s a lot of people,” and joining the audience in …

Europe, renewables and the future of community energy

By Dirk Vansintjan The NewsCo-op, March 2017 –  In its recently released Clean Energy Package, the European Commission finally acknowledged that energy communities – such as co-operatives – have a major role to play in Europe’s… In its recently released Clean Energy Package, the European Commission finally acknowledged that energy communities – such as co-operatives – have a major role to …

Utilities and solar finally finding ways to work together, especially as utilities will be ultimate owners of many solar projects

 By Travis Hoium, Motley Fool Investing, 8 May 2017 Utilities and solar companies have long had a strange relationship. On one hand, they compete over compensation for customers wanting to put solar on their roofs, and on the other, they partner to provide solar energy from utility-scale projects to thousands of customers. But the two sides have been figuring out …

Understanding curtailment and what to do about it (extend the grid)

Excerpted from Utility Dive, May 2017 …Curtailment happens infrequently in day-ahead markets because supply and demand are balanced in advance. More often, it occurs in the real-time market when high production from subsidized wind and solar push down power prices, forcing traditional generators to choose between the costs of turning off or paying customers to take their power. “Negative pricing …

Rural electricity co-ops (not for profits) could lead the energy transition

By David Unger, Midwest Energy News, May 2, 2017 As the newly elected, two-year-term president of the National Rural Cooperative Association, Phil Carson notes that, unlike traditional utilities, co-ops are not-for-profit entities owned by the customers they serve. It is that business structure, Carson says, that makes co-ops uniquely responsive to consumer demands for technological solutions to traditional grid problems. Midwest …

Integrating EVs into utility electricity demand-responsive charging

By Robert Walton, in Utility Dive, 18 January 2017 Maryland has about 7,000 electric vehicles on the road, a relatively modest number the state would like to expand on.   California is far and away the EV leader with more than 100,000 electric vehicles on the road, Georgia currently ranks second with about 25,000. So Maryland’s offering is diminutive compared to …

“This is a different world from three years ago” — renewables are no longer “alternative energy”

Joe Romm, Climate Progress, April 30, 2017 Renewables and efficiency have already won the battle for the future of electricity according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).  In his keynote talk at the end of April 2017, BNEF founder and chair Michael Liebreich explained that if you blinked, you missed the clean energy revolution: “This is a different world from three …

Freshwater & renewable energy storage for drought striken regions? Areas for integrated pumped hydro reverse osmosis (IPHRO) system identified

Combined energy and water system could provide for millions: Analysis shows system could economically bring fresh water and renewable energy storage to drought-stricken coastal regions worldwide. Introduction by Kelley Travers | MIT Energy Initiative, 18 April 2017.  Full copy of the article is available at the link and below the overview. The team’s analysis determined that in Southern California, all power …