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Here’s how the solar eclipse could affect the US power grid

With solar energy capacity growing around the country, the solar eclipse today presents a unique situation for the US. As the moon blocks out the sun across California, North Carolina, Utah, and other solar-heavy states, total solar generation is expected to plummet to less than 50% of total capacity. On August 21, 2017, parts of […]

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Morning Energy Blog – July 6, 2017

Equities and the Economy: • Dow and S&P little changed. • Nasdaq rallies after 3 losing sessions. The Dow and S&P 500 ended little changed after the holiday with the former closing down a point at 21,478 and the latter ending up 4 at 2,433. The Nasdaq, after closing in the red for the previous […]

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Morning Energy Blog – June 12, 2017

Equities and the Economy: • Tech stocks get destroyed. • Overall market remains healthy. On Friday it was as if Isaac Newton discovered gravity with the Apple falling, and falling hard. The “fruit company” [Forrest Gump] stock dropped a huge 3.9% on Friday amidst a rout in technology stocks. The Nasdaq, which intraday posted a […]

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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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Morning Energy Blog – May 4, 2017

Equities and the Economy: • Stocks end mixed. • Fed leaves interest rates unchanged. U.S. equities ended mixed yesterday with the Dow gaining 8 to 20,958 but the other two major indexes fell. The S&P 500 lost 3 to 2,388 and the red-hot Nasdaq fell 23 points to 6,073. Chatter. Let’s move on. The FOMC […]

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U.S. Solar Boom Continues: 1MW Installed Every 32 Minutes

Solar energy has accounted for over a third of new electricity capacity generated in 2016. The future of solar looks very bright! Renewable energy policy faces a future of uncertainty with a new fossil fuel-friendly administration set to take office, but the U.S. solar industry just marked its best quarter to date. In the third […]

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Google Says It Will Run Entirely on Renewable Energy in 2017

Google, one of the largest energy consuming companies in the world, will become completely carbon-neutral in 2017 through investments into large utility-scale wind and solar farms. MINCO, Okla. — Last year, Google consumed as much energy as the city of San Francisco. Next year, it said, all of that energy will come from wind farms […]

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SolarCity Completes Remote Microgrid 4,000 Miles off US West Coast

Microgrids are currently being implemented in remote locations, like the islands of American Samoa, but also have the potential to reduce our carbon footprint and ensure reliable electricity in communities around the globe. A remote microgrid can play a crucial role on a far-flung island, as SolarCity shows today in unveiling a completed project 4,000 […]

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IKEA Builds Sustainability, Energy Savings

Large retail stores – the same ones that will be flooded with customers this coming holiday weekend – are leading the way in solar energy and energy storage. IKEA, one of those retail giants, is adding fuel cells and batteries to several stores this year, hoping that the solar, fuel cell, and battery technologies will […]

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Ohio regulators approve AEP plan to retire 1,500 MW of coal generation

Ohio is making steps towards greater reliance on solar and other clean energy sources.  With the retirement of 1500MW of coal, the state is looking to replace most of that lost generation with large-scale solar facilities, with a focus on giving jobs to veterans. Ohio regulators have formally approved a settlement designed to shift the […]

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