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Here’s the quickest way to drive up electricity bills and ruin a competitive market

Here’s the quickest way to drive up electricity bills and ruin a competitive market AUSTIN — Houston’s NRG will focus less on generating power and more on selling electricity, according to its CEO, part of a nationwide trend that could mean a wave of clean energy or widespread blackouts, depending on who you ask. MOST … Continue reading Here’s the quickest way to drive up electricity bills and ruin a competitive market

#Colorado among first states to give consumers the right to store energy from alternative sources

Colorado among first states to give consumers the right to store energy from alternative sources New law zaps discrimination against battery systems Colorado has granted electricity users in the state a new right — the ability to store energy without discrimination in rates or excessive barriers in connecting to the grid. “This is declared to … Continue reading #Colorado among first states to give consumers the right to store energy from alternative sources

Regulatory ruling leaves energy companies wondering what future holds

Regulatory ruling leaves energy companies wondering what future holds Should electricity customers have to keep paying extra each month to subsidize noncompetitive nuclear and coal plants? This past week the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave a resounding “no” to that question, dealing a huge defeat to utilities who count nuclear and coal plants among their … Continue reading Regulatory ruling leaves energy companies wondering what future holds

A Year-End Update on Electricity Policy From the Field

A Year-End Update on Electricity Policy From the Field A review of the most important developments in rate design, distributed energy deployments, and utility business models. The electricity sector’s competitive dynamic completely flipped in 2017. It is now cheaper to build new wind and solar than new coal or often natural gas. In growing swaths … Continue reading A Year-End Update on Electricity Policy From the Field

#Portland_General_Electric eyes spending up to $100M on energy storage

Portland General Electric eyes spending up to $100M on energy storage With costs plunging, Portland General Electric Company (NYSE: POR) is prepared to pursue a lot more energy storage than the puny amount required under an Oregon mandate. In its quarterly earnings call on Friday, the utility told analysts it will soon propose spending between … Continue reading #Portland_General_Electric eyes spending up to $100M on energy storage

#STANFORD ENGINEERS DESIGNED A LOW-COST BATTERY FOR STORING RENEWABLE ENERGY

STANFORD ENGINEERS DESIGNED A LOW-COST BATTERY FOR STORING RENEWABLE ENERGY Stanford University researchers have created a new battery that could change the way we look at renewable energy storage forever. The team used urea, an affordable, natural, and readily-available material present in mammal urine and fertilizers to create a battery that is significantly more efficient … Continue reading #STANFORD ENGINEERS DESIGNED A LOW-COST BATTERY FOR STORING RENEWABLE ENERGY

Why surging #lithium prices haven’t stopped cost declines for battery energy storage

Why surging lithium prices haven’t stopped cost declines for battery energy storage Lithium is one of the hottest commodities in the market today, but analysts see a muted effect on battery costs The price of lithium, one of the key mineral commodities of lithium-ion batteries, has risen dramatically over the past couple of years. Under … Continue reading Why surging #lithium prices haven’t stopped cost declines for battery energy storage

A Republican senator is claiming the GOP killed an energy bill to attend a party

A Republican senator is claiming the GOP killed an energy bill to attend a party A Republican senator is claiming House GOP leaders shelved work on an energy bill just before their holiday recess in order to make it to a fundraiser in New York. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said the House was not able … Continue reading A Republican senator is claiming the GOP killed an energy bill to attend a party