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New Rankings Find Renewables a Small but Growing U.S. Energy Source California, Colorado and Massachusetts are the states that have been friendliest to renewable energy in recent years, according to a new analysis on EnergyTrends.org. But each of the states earned only a B on the index, while 16 states [Read More...]
Harnessing The Power Of The Sun: Investing In Utility-Scale Solar Technologies Research Study Executive Summary The three canonical reasons to support development of alternative energy sources have been increasing energy demand, rising energy costs and climate change. To these now must be added political instability in oil producing regions and technological [Read More...]
August 2010 – Energy Regulation Trendwatch Click here to download printer friendly PDF   $92 MILLION AWARDED FOR ARPA-E RESEARCH PROJECTS, INCLUDING GRID-SCALE STORAGE In July, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) at the U.S. Department of Energy announced $92 million in new funding for 43 research [Read More...]
June 2010 – Energy Regulation Trendwatch Click here to download printer friendly PDF DOE GRANTS SUPPORT SOLAR POWER INITIATIVES Federal energy loan guarantees and grant programs can produce both intended (subsidies for research and development) and unintended (market distortions) effects on technology development and job creation, [Read More...]
Smart Grid Implementation: Strategies for Success Executive Summary The United States is well underway with the modernization of its energy grid, driven by $4.5 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants and other Congressional legislation. Smart Grid needs to be implemented quickly enough to provide [Read More...]
April 2010 – Energy Regulation Trendwatch Click here to download printer friendly PDF INCANDESCENT LIGHT BAN: COSTLY ENERGY SAVINGS In an effort to increase energy efficiency, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires all light bulbs to be 25 to 30 percent more efficient [Read More...]
March 2010 – Energy Regulation Trendwatch Click here to download printer friendly PDF STATE UTILITY COMMISSIONS PLAY GROWING ROLE IN SMART GRID Recent developments surrounding Boulder’s SmartGridCity highlight some of the challenges inherent to addressing national energy priorities within state-level regulatory constituencies. In approving a rate [Read More...]
January 2010 – Energy Regulation Trendwatch Click here to download printer friendly PDF DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ISSUES FINAL RULE ON LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM The Department of Energy (DOE) issued the final rule amending regulations for the Loan Guarantee Program, which Congress established to stimulate the [Read More...]
ENERGY: MAKE THE SMART GRID WORK FOR VIRGINIANS Richmond Times-Dispatch When President Obama announced $3.4 billion in new federal grants to upgrade the nation’s power grid last month, he did so amid many references to 21st century technology. A “smart” power grid based on new technology will be [Read More...]
SELLING SMART GRID TO AMERICANS Norfolk Virginian-Pilot President Obama’s recent announcement of $3.4 billion in grants to help modernize the nation’s energy grid was steeped in references to 21st-century technology. But the program’s inspiration is actually rooted in the beginning of the last century. As [Read More...]
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