CPUC decision could cost energy customers

“The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted to approve controversial revisions to the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) at the October 11 Commission Voting Meeting. The PCIA is an “exit fee” charged by the state’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) and other departing load customers to compensate for electricity generation built or…

Ancient pigment can boost energy efficiency

“A color developed by Egyptians thousands of years ago has a modern-day application as well – the pigment can boost energy efficiency by cooling rooftops and walls, and could also enable solar generation of electricity via windows. Egyptian blue, derived from calcium copper silicate, was routinely used on ancient depictions of gods and royalty. Previous…

Renewables are now the cheapest source of energy, says EBRD

“Announcing its participation at the FT Climate Finance Summit in London, the bank says that through targeted financial commitments, increasing competition and progressive policy changes, prices for renewable energy resources have come down to US$0.025/ kWh in Egypt and Jordan, for example. The bank calls for a change in investment practices to further this development.”…

The Magic Kingdom is going green

“Before the end of 2018, Disney will flip the switch on a sprawling 50-megawatt solar power facility composed of more than a half-million solar panels, just outside Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The move is aimed, in part, at helping Disney achieve its larger plan to reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent worldwide by 2020,…

Are regulators hindering EV acceleration?

“The road to transportation electrification is now driven by demand from policymakers and the public through private sector automakers and charger providers to electric utilities and their regulators. Networked electric vehicles (EVs) can be a highly flexible distributed energy resource (DER) and, as a distributed storage system, support the power system’s transition to low-cost, low-emissions…

Chernobyl is producing energy again

“With the land unfit for much else other than nuclear tourists, and a direct connection to the country’s power grid already in place, the solar plant could become quite large. According to Agence France-Presse, Ukrainian authorities have offered investors another 6,425 acres to expand the size of the solar plant at a relatively low price.…

Locals battle PUC over ‘community choice’

“Community choice aggregation programs are formed by local governments and all customers within the territory are initially enrolled in CCA service, but they can choose to return to bundled, IOU service at any time. CCAs say they offer reliable, renewable energy supplies, with excess revenues being reinvested into the community for clean-power projects and for…
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