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Xcel Energy’s Community Solar Program Hits Major Milestones in Year 3

It's been a big year for Xcel Energy's community solar program in Minnesota, with approximately 200 megawatts of projects crossing the finish line. Launched as a result of policy shaped and driven by Fresh Energy and its partners in 2013, community solar allows utility customers to participate in a solar project and receive a monthly bill credit. Xcel Energy's community solar program is powered by mostly ground-mounted solar projects built by private developers, and customers can participate even if they rent or do …

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Can computers help us synthesize new materials?

Last month, three MIT materials scientists and their colleagues published a paper describing a new artificial-intelligence system that can pore through scientific papers and extract “recipes” for producing particular types of materials. That work was envisioned as the first step toward a system that can originate recipes for materials that have been described only theoretically. Now, in a paper in the …

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Why French Utility EDF Is Entering the US Distributed Storage Market

The colonization of American grid innovation by European utilities has advanced with remarkable speed. A promising U.S. energy startup, tackling such problems as energy storage, EV charging or demand response is more likely to find its way into the hands of Enel, Engie, Innogy or E.ON than their U.S. counterparts. This allows the Europeans to test out future business models far from their home markets, with negligible risk of cannibalizing their own core businesses. Groupe EDF, which runs the electricity …

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Honda Clarity Plug-In, Tesla Model 3, condo charging stations, used electric cars: Today’s Car News

Today, we've got first impressions of two plug-in electric cars (one is the Tesla Model 3); advice for condo residents on charging stations; used electric-car confusion; and a poll on 2017's most important green-car news story. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Our BMW i3 driver and contributor Tom Moloughney got the chance to get behind the...

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Dear Santa … ILSR’s Annual Energy Policy Wish List!

Originally published at ilsr.org. Dear Santa, We've been very good this year and, if it isn't too much trouble, we'd like a few things in 2018, let us know! Bad Federal Policies The most accurate characterization for federal clean energy initiatives in 2017 is “filling the swamp.” Proposals include reducing federal incentives for wind power and providing subsidies [&hellip

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Georgia Regulators Vote to Move Forward With the Vogtle Nuclear Project

The Georgia Public Service Commission unanimously approved a motion Thursday that allows for continued construction of the Vogtle nuclear expansion project. Regulators adopted a proposal put forward by Commissioner Tim Echols that green lights Georgia Power's revised cost request and schedule largely as is, with some additional "carrot and stick" provisions designed to incentivize project …

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2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid: early owner’s first impressions

We only published our first-drive report on the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid last week, and the car is just now showing up at Honda dealers across the country. But that means the first examples are already been bought and driven. A couple of readers indicated that they were among the buyers, so we asked for their first impressions. DON'T...

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Utilities Closed Nearly 30 Coal Plants In 2017 Because Of Economics. Here Are The 6 Most Important

Utility coal power closures driven by market economics were a regular occurrence throughout 2017. While President Donald Trump's “Energy Dominance” agenda gave the false impression that federal efforts could revive coal, 27 coal-fired plantstotaling 22 gigawatts (GW) of capacity were announced for early closure or conversion in 2017 – roughly one every 15 days since Trump's election. U.S. electricity generation economics have […] The post Utilities Closed Nearly 30 Coal Plants In 2017 Because Of Economics. Here Are The 6 Most …

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What’s Next for Distributed Generation in China?

Investment in solar photovoltaic (PV) generation is surging in China, and, although utility-scale solar continues to dominate, distributed solar is also growing rapidly. The country is estimated to have added 54 GW of solar in 2017, and distributed solar accounts for about one-third of that capacity. Now, policymakers appear to be emphasizing continued growth in […] The post What's Next for Distributed Generation in China? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Debate: What Impact Will Nord Stream 2 Have on European Energy Security?

 Is Nord Stream 2 good or bad for Europe? Is the European Commission right to try to change the EU Gas Directive apparently to halt Nord Stream 2? On 28 November Energy Post held a conference in Brussels, sponsored by Nord Stream 2, and moderated by our EU correspondent Sonja van Renssen, where Gazprom's […] The post Debate: What Impact Will Nord Stream 2 Have on European Energy Security? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Rural Communities Need Internet Access, and Rural Electric Co-Ops Are Providing It

When I stop for a quick bite back home in rural North Carolina, I know the restaurant crowd is not always an indication of how great the food is. Often people are there for the free internet connectivity because access is very limited in the community. The digital divide between those who have internet at […] The post Rural Communities Need Internet Access, and Rural Electric Co-Ops Are Providing It appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Whats Next For U.S. Shale Giants?

For OPEC, U.S. shale oil is a curse. For the Trump administration, it is the biggest tool to help achieve what the White House has dubbed energy dominance. There are hundreds of players of all sizes in the shale patch, but the bulk of production is courtesy of just 30 companies—the shale oligopoly. The post, Whats […] The post Whats Next For U.S. Shale Giants? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Module Prices: Finding Stability Amid Uncertainty

With the solar trade case looming, modules have been the talk of the town in solar. In less than a year's span, the industry saw average module prices drop from $0.59/W in Q2 2016 to $0.37/W in Q1 of 2017. Utility-scale solar in particular became even more competitive with other energy resources, reaching the Sunshot […] The post Module Prices: Finding Stability Amid Uncertainty appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Mayors Tout the Importance of Energy Efficiency in Meeting Climate Goals

At the North American Climate Summit this month in Chicago, city officials from several countries recognized energy efficiency as an important emissions reduction strategy. Many described how they are making it part of their climate action plans. The summit brought together mayors and other officials from 50-plus municipalities, including large cities like Austin and Phoenix […] The post Mayors Tout the Importance of Energy Efficiency in Meeting Climate Goals appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline …

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This Is Your Chance: Energy Post Is Looking for an Editor

Energy Post, your leading independent international energy publication, based in Amsterdam and Brussels, is looking for an editor. Energy Post is part of Energy Post Productions (EPP), jointly owned by Karel Beckman and Matthew James. EPP's activities include the independent, open-access websites Energy Post and The Energy Collective (www.theenergycollective.com), a successful events business, as well […] The post This Is Your Chance: Energy Post Is Looking for an Editor appeared first on The Energy Collective.