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Morning Energy Blog – July 26, 2017

Equities and the Economy: • New record highs across the board. • Corporate earnings continue to look good. The board was painted green yesterday with all the major indexes closing at new record highs. The Dow gained 100 points, 0.5%, finishing at 21,613, the S&P 500 tacked up 7 points, 0.3%, ending at 2,481 and […]

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California Grid Smashes Record, Gets 67% of Energy From Renewables

California grid smashes renewables record, getting more than 67% of its energy from renewables on May 13, 2017. The state is still leading the U.S., but the entire country is making progress with renewable energy. CALIFORNIA LEADING THE WAY On May 13, 2017, California smashed through another renewable energy milestone as its largest grid, controlled […]

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With New Project, National Grid Puts Forward Possible Alternative to Northern Pass

An alternative to the controversial Northern Pass 1,090Mw transmission line in New England has been proposed. The new 1,200Mw transmission line would still bring cheap renewable hydroelectric power into New England from Quebec, but would use existing power lines to reduce the environmental impact of the transmission line. A new utility project from National Grid […]

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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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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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First wave-powered energy in U.S. pumped into Hawaii’s grid

A relatively new form of renewable energy is finally being tested in the US in Hawaii: wave-powered generation. The US Navy is currently testing two different generators that convert tidal movement into electricity. Anyone who has been to the beach has wondered why the energy of waves and tides cannot be harnessed and turned into […]

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Monthly U.S. renewable electricity generation in 2016 surpasses previous years

The US electricity supply mix is changing, and renewable energy electricity generation in 2016 has already surpassed renewable generation from 2015. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly Renewable electricity generation has surpassed levels from previous years in every month so far this year, based on data through June. Both hydroelectric and nonhydroelectric renewables […]

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Fossil fuels still dominate U.S. energy consumption despite recent market share decline

Despite the advancements in renewable energy generation over the past few years, fossil fuels continue to dominate the US energy consumption landscape. The EIA is expecting fossil fuel’s share to fall drastically over the next 20 years, to about 75% of consumption, the lowest level since the early 1900’s. Technological advances and potential policy changes […]

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