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ERCOT Sets New April Demand Record

Peak demand records are being set already in ERCOT, and its only May!  Load up on the sunblock and get your peak demand management ready, it could be a long, hot summer… ERCOT last month set a new record for April peak demand, registering a high of 53,420 MW during the hour ending 5 p.m. […]

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California Dam Crisis Leaves Power Market Short of Big Hydro

California is in a bind.  The recent Oroville Dam emergency has forced the shutdown of a 819MW hydropower plant that needs to be replaced with the equivalent of two natural gas power plants.  This will increase natural gas demand while the state is still short on supply because of the Aliso Canyon gas leak from […]

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Natural gas-fired generating capacity likely to increase over next two years

Continuing with the trend of rising reliance on natural gas for electricity generation, the US is expected to add over 11GW of natural gas generating capacity in the next two years. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Annual and Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory The electricity industry is planning to increase natural gas-fired generating […]

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Cuomo Confirms Deal to Close Indian Point Nuclear Plant

The Indian Point nuclear power plant located just 30 miles from New York City will officially shut down in 2021, likely increasing rate payer utility bills.  While this change won’t take place for several years, it will force New York to add electricity generation through renewable energy sources or by using hydro power from Quebec. […]

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U.S. Solar Boom Continues: 1MW Installed Every 32 Minutes

Solar energy has accounted for over a third of new electricity capacity generated in 2016. The future of solar looks very bright! Renewable energy policy faces a future of uncertainty with a new fossil fuel-friendly administration set to take office, but the U.S. solar industry just marked its best quarter to date. In the third […]

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An Historic Achievement – National Grid Customers Are the First in the U.S. to Receive Offshore Wind Power

America’s first offshore wind farm is finally up and running off the coast of Rhode Island! The 30MW wind farm is now supplying almost 100% of Block Island’s energy demand, with the excess capacity being used to power Narragansett and other RI towns. PROVIDENCE, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–After just 11 months of construction on its “sea2shore: The […]

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Google Says It Will Run Entirely on Renewable Energy in 2017

Google, one of the largest energy consuming companies in the world, will become completely carbon-neutral in 2017 through investments into large utility-scale wind and solar farms. MINCO, Okla. — Last year, Google consumed as much energy as the city of San Francisco. Next year, it said, all of that energy will come from wind farms […]

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SolarCity Completes Remote Microgrid 4,000 Miles off US West Coast

Microgrids are currently being implemented in remote locations, like the islands of American Samoa, but also have the potential to reduce our carbon footprint and ensure reliable electricity in communities around the globe. A remote microgrid can play a crucial role on a far-flung island, as SolarCity shows today in unveiling a completed project 4,000 […]

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IKEA Builds Sustainability, Energy Savings

Large retail stores – the same ones that will be flooded with customers this coming holiday weekend – are leading the way in solar energy and energy storage. IKEA, one of those retail giants, is adding fuel cells and batteries to several stores this year, hoping that the solar, fuel cell, and battery technologies will […]

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Ohio regulators approve AEP plan to retire 1,500 MW of coal generation

Ohio is making steps towards greater reliance on solar and other clean energy sources.  With the retirement of 1500MW of coal, the state is looking to replace most of that lost generation with large-scale solar facilities, with a focus on giving jobs to veterans. Ohio regulators have formally approved a settlement designed to shift the […]

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