FUELSAVE – Green Technology

Utilities Taking a More Proactive Approach to Community Solar

Community solar is transforming from an experimental offering supported by mandates to a powerful utility tool for retaining customers, says a leading community solar developer. With 115 megawatts of projects expected through the end of 2015, community solar… Read More

Utility-Scale Solar Reaches Cost Parity With Natural Gas Throughout America

The cost of installing utility-scale solar has fallen considerably in recent years, from more than $6 per watt in 2009 to about $3 per watt in 2014. That has resulted in a boom in the sector, which is… Read More

GE’s Digital Power Plant: the Natural Gas Contender to Grid Batteries

General Electric is sinking billions of dollars into natural gas turbines and power plants as the answer to the world’s need for cleaner and more flexible power. It’s also investing heavily in software to manage every aspect of… Read More

New Report Shows Domestic Offshore Wind Industry Potential, 21 Projects Planned in U.S. Waters

The Energy Department today released a new report showing strong progress for the U.S. offshore wind market—including the start of construction of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm, one of 21 projects totaling 15,650 megawatts (MW) in… Read More

Moody’s: Cheap Batteries Could be ‘Credit Negative’ for Utilities and Power Generators

Batteries for grid-scale energy storage are getting cheaper all the time, and could be economically competitive without subsidies for certain key applications by decade’s end. That’s good news for utility customers and the power grid, but bad news… Read More

How Open Platforms With Demand Flexibility Offer Utilities New Revenue Opportunities

The fastest-growing companies in America generate billions of dollars from platform business models that match suppliers directly with customers, free from the debt burden of ownership of physical assets. In spite of the success of such models, most electric utilities… Read More

Sizing the US Solar-Plus-Storage Market

It's early days for the U.S. solar-plus-storage market — less than 0.1 percent of 2014 solar PV installations were paired with storage. In fact, the penetration rate of storage in solar installations has gone down year-over-year for the… Read More

Shell Abandons Offshore Drilling in the Arctic

Associated Press: Shell to Cease Alaska Offshore Arctic Drilling Royal Dutch Shell will stop drilling for oil and gas in Arctic waters off Alaska's coast following disappointing results from an exploratory well backed by billions in investment and years… Read More

Regulators Turn Down PG&E’s $654 Million EV-Charging Station Proposal

California regulators have turned down a $654 million proposal to build 25,100 electric-vehicle charging stations in Pacific Gas & Electric territory, citing the need to hold several hearings before approving such a high-cost initiative. PG&E filed a proposal… Read More

Energy Jobs: Rumors of Crane Ouster at NRG, Plus Moves at Conergy, Sunverge, 8minutenergy and More

As GTM's Stephen Lacey just reported, “NRG Energy, one of America's biggest competitive energy suppliers, is 'resetting' itself in an effort to tighten its balance sheet, unlock $1 billion in capital, and clearly define the clean energy piece… Read More