Energy Efficiency 2018: Analysis and outlooks to 2040

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Energy efficiency can bring significant economic, social and environmental benefits. But while energy efficiency is improving around the world, its positive impact on global energy use is overwhelmed by rising economic activity across all sectors. Energy Efficiency 2018 looks at why efficiency’s massive potential remains untapped, and through the new Efficient World Scenario explores what…

2018 Utility Demand Response Market Snapshot

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The 2018 Utility Demand Response Market Snapshot is the result of a collective partnership among the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), Navigant, and Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) staff. Data collected from SEPA’s 2018 Utility Survey (in partnership with PLMA) seeks to provide deeper insight into utility demand response programs throughout the U.S., and represents…

California Power Map

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The California Power Map is a mapping tool that provides, compares and visualizes data on California’s fossil fuel and bioenergy power plants. These data include the location of the plants, the demographics of nearby populations, and historical data about operations and greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions (2010-present) for all California fossil fuel and bioenergy…

On the menu: Turkey, potatoes, energy efficiency

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“Did you know your Thanksgiving dinner is fairly carbon friendly (link is external)? While holiday travel and some parts of the cooking process consume a lot of energy, the ingredients in a traditional Thanksgiving feast have a light carbon footprint. First of all, poultry, a.k.a. your Thanksgiving bird, makes it to your table using eight…

Riding the rising CCA wave

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“Reflecting a nationwide trend, San Diego is now the largest city in California and one of the largest in the U.S. to offer commercial and residential customers the option to purchase clean, competitively priced power through a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) agency instead of an investor-owned utility. Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the decision, which came…

California CCAs achieve 2,000-megawatt milestone for new renewables

“The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) is pleased to announce that community choice aggregators (CCAs) in the state have signed long-term contracts with new renewable energy facilities totaling more than 2,000 megawatts (MW), reflecting a strong commitment by CCAs to drive clean energy and economic development in California and help the state achieve ambitious decarbonization…

America’s wind farms are ready to go it alone

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“For a quarter-century, the industry has been supported by federal tax credits that helped it attract $250 billion in investments and create 100,000 jobs, according to the American Wind Energy Association. That support ends next year, but analysts and executives say the credits have done what they were supposed to do: make the industry competitive.”…

Can newcomer energy vault break the curse of mechanical grid storage?

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“The energy storage industry is all about incremental improvements, so it’s rare to see a product come to market that does something radically different. That happened last week when the stealthy Swiss/Southern Californian startup Energy Vault went public with an unusually creative grid storage concept. It devised a six-armed crane that stacks concrete blocks with…

Crab fishers sue fossil fuel industry over climate change damage

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“The lawsuit by the largest West Coast commercial fishing association seeks to hold 30 companies accountable for harming shellfish and livelihoods as the ocean warms. It describes losses caused by the closing of crab fishing waters over the past four years because of algae blooms in the warming Pacific waters, and warns that these closures…

All-electric homes are becoming the default for new residential construction in Sacramento

“DR Horton plans to build 104 homes complete with heat pump space heating and cooling, heat pump water heating, induction stoves, and no natural gas infrastructure in the new “Independence” and “Juniper” communities. Six model homes have been completed and construction is expected to continue throughout 2019. Under its All-Electric Smart Home program, the Sacramento…

Electrify America unveils e-car sharing initiative under Sac-to-Zero

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“Electrify America has partnered with Envoy Technologies to deploy hundreds of electric car-sharing vehicles in Sacramento. The partnership is part of a $44 million investment made by Electrify America in Sacramento. By early 2019, Envoy Technologies will be offering 142 Volkswagen e-Golf electric cars at 71 locations and “Level 2” charging stations.” Click here to…
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