Building on Land Saves Big in Offshore Wind Construction, Study Finds

A recent study supported by the U.S. Department of Energy found it is possible to significantly reduce the time and capital required to get offshore wind turbines in the water. Researchers at the University of Delaware say the cost of building an offshore wind project can be slashed by 37 percent by completing much of the construction and assembly on land.

“Nobody had said, ‘Let’s back up a second here and ask: How do all these things fit together?’” said Willett Kempton, who led the study, in an interview. Kempton is a professor at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and research

Most utilities don’t have to compete to gain and keep their customers, giving them little reason to invest heavily in customer engagement -- or the back-office staffing, strategy and technology to provide it.

For many power providers, it’s largely a cost to be reduced by moving customers from call centers to self-service online, an area where utilties score behind comparable industries like banking. 

But a new survey from GTM Research and EnergySavvy found that utilities engaging in a broader range of “customer experience” efforts also ranked themselves higher in hitting key measures of value for any utility -- lowering customer cost-to-serve scores, and

Omnidian guarantees the performance of a home solar project for a flat annual fee.

Omnidian, a solar asset management firm offering performance guarantees on residential rooftop arrays, has revealed it secured $5.1 million in venture capital backing this summer.

The oversubscribed seed round funding, which closed in July but has yet to be formally announced, was led by Congruent Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm that backs companies in the sustainability ecosystem. 

Taking part alongside Congruent were City Light Capital, Blue Bear Capital, Energy Foundry, Ekistic Ventures and Avista Development, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Washington State utility Avista.

The backing represents Omnidian’s first major cash injection since October 2016, when the company received seed funding of $600,000, according to

World leaders met to discuss climate action in May 2017, ahead of this week's COP23 forum.

The Trump administration has been getting hammered for restricting its participation in the United Nations climate conference in Bonn, Germany to advocating for “coal, gas, and nuclear.” But like a broken clock that's right twice a day, the Trump administration did get something correct: technologies like nuclear and carbon capture will be extremely important for limiting global warming to our 2 degree goal. 

This fact has been acknowledged by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the International Energy Agency, and a number of deep decarbonization analyses that include the Obama Administration’s “Mid-Century Strategy.” The

SolarCity spent its way to explosive growth, becoming America's top residential solar installer. But after it was acquired by Tesla, installations trailed off.

Now its chief competitor, Sunrun, is about to take a top spot in the rankings of third-party solar financiers.

In the newly released report, U.S. Residential Solar Finance Update, H2 2017, GTM Research predicts that Sunrun will overtake SolarCity as the top third-party financing (TPO) provider in the residential solar market by late 2017.

Right on cue

It's been a tumultuous year for the residential solar industry. Three of the largest installers, including NRG Home Solar, Sungevity, and

How far is SolarCity falling behind?

Austin-based power conversion company Ideal Power fired its founder and chief technologist last week over a personal financial dealing.

Bill Alexander pledged shares of company stock as collateral to secure a personal loan, in violation of Ideal's ethics policy, CEO Dan Brdar confirmed. When the deal came to light, leadership fired Alexander on November 7. The termination for cause meant Alexander did not receive severance pay, per the terms of his contract.

"Your obligation as a director and an officer is to your shareholders," Brdar said. "If you’re pledging your shares against a personal loan, then you have an obligation to whoever you’re securing the loan

FirstEnergy's Bruce Mansfield coal plant in Shippingport, Pennsylvania.

In his inauguration speech, Trump promised that every decision "will be made to benefit American workers and American families."

In energy, the reality is very different.

Since taking office, the Trump Administration has attempted to systematically dismantle nearly every energy program with direct benefits to American consumers, from efficiency standards to weatherization programs for low-income families. (This doesn't include the the billions in cuts to advanced energy programs designed to make America an energy technology leader.)

This could have wide-reaching economic consequences. A tally of some of top programs on the chopping block, such as Energy Star and appliance standards, shows that consumers will

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