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23 Electric Vehicle Incentives Cities Can Implement To Stimulate EV Adoption

March 17th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Below is one portion of our free report Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Guidelines for Cities. This report was produced by a working group of EV charging and electric vehicle leaders led by CleanTechnica and GreenWay. This portion of the report is simply a rundown of potential EV charging subsidies and incentives cities can use to stimulate and support electric vehicle adoption


Electric Utilities Must Stop Illegally Concealing Public Cost Data

February 11th, 2019 | by John Farrell

Utilities in many states have undercut competition by playing “hide the peanut.” Instead of sharing their avoided cost publicly, as required by Congress and state laws, utilities have hidden them behind a “trade secret” designation. This illegal shield––if left in place by state and federal regulators––requires prospective clean energy developers to lawyer up in order to extract a fair priced contract from the utility company.


What Changed In The Solar & Energy Storage Industries In 2018?

January 19th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

I started covering the solar energy industry seriously in 2009. It seemed like a hopping, exciting time in the industry — growth was exploding. I remember one early story in which readers admonished me a little because I put "Solar Power Exploding" in a headline, and they thought I was referring to genuine explosions. In 2019, 2009 and 2010 progress looks like anthills


Nevada PUC Denies Apartment Dwellers Rooftop Solar Access

January 1st, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Nevada has long had a love/hate relationship with the rooftop solar industry. Despite having one of the highest insolation rates in the nation, its rooftop solar segment experienced a near-death experience when the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (NPUC) decided to eviscerate net metering at a December meeting in


EV Charging Rates For Commercial Electric Trucks, Buses, & Fast Chargers — Policies Forming

December 28th, 2018 | by NRDC

Charging an electric truck or bus at a fleet depot—or an electric car at an apartment, workplace, or a public fast-charging station—should be far cheaper than filling up on gasoline or diesel. Unfortunately, that’s often not the case at sites that receive electricity under utility rates designed for commercial buildings and industrial operations that don’t reflect the flexible nature of electric vehicle (EV) charging. To remedy this mismatch, Southern California Edison (SCE) and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), two of the largest utilities in the nation, have developed an innovative suite of rates designed specifically for commercial EV charging, providing significant fuel cost savings to customers who charge EVs in a manner that supports the electric grid


The Short-Term Economics Of A Tesla-Powered Solar Home

November 18th, 2018 | by Bob Borsh

We went “live” with our solar installation on April 9, 2018. To recap, we’ve got 8.125 kW of generation capacity from our roof-mounted array of 25 panels, each capable of 320 watt gross output with a Powerwall 2 and a 240V Tesla car charging station


The Doom Of Fossil Fuel Investments

November 18th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

There is a very short window of time to get out of pure-play oil & gas company investments without substantial losses. It is imperative to sell them now. It is already too late to get out of pure-play coal company investments without substantial losses. But they will lose even more money going forward


Clean Energy Revolution Is Market Driven

July 19th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Today, renewable energy resources like wind and solar power are so affordable that they’re driving coal production and coal-fired generation out of business. Lower-cost natural gas is helping, too


Irvine Ranch Water District Adds Tesla Powerpacks, Estimates Annual Savings of $500,000

June 26th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

The Irvine Water District and Michelson Capital announced the completion of the nation's largest behind-the-meter energy storage project at the Irvine Ranch Water District's (IRWD) Michelson Water Recycling Plant. The new 2.5MW/15MWh installation is a part of a distributed network of 11 energy storage installations at the water district's recycling and pumping facilities that together total 7MW/34MWh


New US Solar Record — 2.155 Cents Per kWh! (with Escalator for Inflation)

June 14th, 2018 | by Kurt Lowder

We have seen solar power in the Middle East come into the low 2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) range. We have seen it under 2 cents per kWh in Mexico. Misguided, casual observers claimed these prices only occurred due to heavily exploited labor, but now we have also seen 2.155 cents per kWh in the United States. This contract was one of six contracts that Nevada Power recently signed. All six contracts came in under 3 cents per kWh


Trump Fiddles As Fossil Fuels Burn

June 4th, 2018 | by George Harvey

Coal and nuclear power are both dying, falling victim to natural gas and renewable energy. Trump used to blame the Democrats, and especially “Obama’s war on coal.” He used to take the position that removing subsidies for renewable power would be sufficient to bring a renaissance to the coal industry. But despite his efforts, coal plants have just kept closing


Trump’s Coal Rescue Plan Will Force Taxpayers To Bail Out A Dying Industry

June 2nd, 2018 | by Steve Hanley

The Trump administration is considering a plan that would order utility companies to purchase electricity from coal and nuclear generating plants even though the cost of that electricity will be higher than what they pay natural gas facilities and renewable suppliers. In other words, the Trump administration wants to force you to buy more expensive, dirtier electricity that is more likely to cause you health problems and perhaps even premature death


Social Cost Of Coal Must Now Be Considered By Washington Utilities

June 1st, 2018 | by Steve Hanley

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has issued a directive to three utility companies in the state telling them to include the social cost of coal in their future planning. Under the new guidelines, the cost of coal calculation will be $42 per metric ton by 2020 and rise to $60 per metric ton by


Québec Plans To Roll Out EV Fast Charging Network & Re-Invest Revenue

May 21st, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Minister Pierre Moreau presented on May 15th, 2018, at the Assemblée Nationale a law to establish a public DC fast charging (DCFC) network for electric vehicles around Québec. Hydro-Québec would be able to fix the rates of the public service DCFC for electrical vehicles so that deployment of DCFC is entirely financed by charging revenue



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