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Curtailment Is The Easy Answer

June 15th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

In a recent article, we found that curtailment of renewables may be cheaper than grid scale energy storage. Sometimes, the [&hellip


Up To $9,500 Incentive Offered For EVs Or Hybrid Vehicles In Bay Area

June 12th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

The Clean Cars for All program is offering up to $9,500 for the purchase or lease of an EV or hybrid vehicle for Bay Area residents who qualify. Simrun Dhoot, a spokeswoman for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, answered some questions about the program for CleanTechnica


The Time Is Ripe For Aggregation Of Behind-The-Meter Assets

June 9th, 2019 | by Karel Beckman

Demand response services are set for stormy growth as the amount of variable renewables in the electricity system increases, writes energy expert Fereidoon Sioshansi, publisher of the newsletter EEnergy Informer. Technology is no longer the obstacle, writes Sioshansi, regulation may be. He spoke with Pierre Bavis, founder of Voltalis, a successful Paris-based demand response provider


Value Of Solar Debate Accelerates In Minnesota

June 5th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

The cumulative value of residential solar installations for utilities is comprised of two different parts: the generation of electricity to the grid, and the avoided cost of building new generation. While the former is fairly straightforward and owners are compensated through net metering or other rate schemes, the latter is difficult to assess and thus far homeowners have received little compensation


Tesla Model S = #1 Large Luxury Car In California, Tesla Model X = #2 Midsize SUV, Chevy Bolt = #2 Subcompact Car

June 2nd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

I reported recently on the Tesla Model 3 being the #3 best selling car in California in the first quarter of this year (in terms of units sold), and Max Holland showed that it was also the #1 best selling car in California in terms of revenue for that time period. No other electric cars were in the top 10 overall, but a few did quite well in their respective segments


BYD Goes Green With 2MW Solar Plus 2MWh Storage On Its California Factory

May 28th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

BYD is bringing a wee bit more sunshine into the grid with the announcement that it has partnered with Apparent, Inc. to develop a 2 megawatt solar installation at its Lancaster, California Coach & Bus plant. The installation will be paired with a 2 megawatt-hour stationary energy storage installation that will help the company to maximize the amount of power it uses from its own generation


Tesla Model 3 = #1 Top Selling Car In California In Terms Of Revenue — Q1 2019

May 25th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Demand for the Tesla Model 3 remains very high in California, with 15,805 sales throughout Q1 2019, giving it the #1 spot in terms of revenue out of all vehicle models sold — and by a huge margin (79% more than the runner up). As reported last night, it also held the third spot in terms of unit sales


Other Nations Support Electric Cars. In The US, They’re Supposedly A Threat To Gas Tax Revenue.

May 24th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Governments in Europe and China are trying to speed up the adoption of electric vehicles by offering subsidies and incentives, and it’s working. In Norway, EVs are exempt from taxes, and drivers receive perks such as free parking and reduced tolls. Almost 60 percent of new cars sold in the country in March were fully electric. China’s combination of incentives and mandates is acting as a magnetic force, sucking the global EV industry out of America and Europe and into China, where over a million electric cars were sold in


State Efficiency Standards Are Good For Everyone

May 22nd, 2019 | by NRDC

The federal government continues to miss legal deadlines for energy efficiency standards for appliances, equipment, and electronics with 17 standards overdue for review and more on the horizon. That’s bad news for anyone who likes saving energy, lower utility bills, and a cleaner planet


Texas Going Big On Renewables: Phase II Has Started

May 19th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

When a wind power discussion comes up, Texas is often mentioned. It’s not just that Texas has a lot of wind power. (It does.) It’s not just that Texas has a big, very isolated grid. (It does.*) There’s the oft-forgotten fact that when Texas started adopting wind power, it went from almost zero to the national leader in wind power in just 6 years!


On Climate, Washington State Back In The Lead

May 12th, 2019 | by NRDC

Washington State closed out its 2019 legislative session with some big wins for the climate. The legislature passed a 100% clean electricity standard, new efficiency policies, and regulation of super-pollutants, but there is more to do in coming years


Can You Drive A Tesla Model 3 For $78 Per Month?

May 3rd, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

By all accounts, Teslas are technological marvels, safe, dependable, and fun to drive. But cheap? Well, there’s no question that an EV will save you money on fuel and maintenance compared to a legacy vehicle. And a Tesla isn’t a particularly expensive vehicle if your alternative is a BMW, a Mercedes, or an Audi, the brands to which the Californian EV is usually compared


Republican States Have The Loneliest (& Dirties) Commutes — Infographic

May 2nd, 2019 | by Matt Pressman

The emerging popularity of electric vehicles has helped to alleviate the burden of vehicular carbon dioxide emissions. Nevertheless, American states still have an outsized carbon footprint. With gas-powered vehicles responsible for troubling carbon dioxide emissions in the US, a small difference, such as driving with a coworker and/or driving electric, can help create change


California Aggregators To Seek 10 GW Of Clean Power By 2030

May 1st, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

California’s Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) are slowly assuming the traditional utility role of acquiring renewable energy generation for customers. While the role is fairly new, the CCAs nonetheless are now faced with the massive task of securing 9 to 10 gigawatts of new clean energy to meet the state’s 2030 ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets



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