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Beginning in mid-September, South Miami, Florida, becomes the first city in the state and the first outside California to require solar panels in new residential construction.

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Electric car company Tesla, and its billionaire entrepreneurial leader Elon Musk, know how to dazzle an audience.

At the back of Tesla’s Fremont, Calif. factory last Friday night -- surrounded by thousands of Tesla employees and under the spotlight of cameras and a video live stream -- Musk showed off the first thirty of the company’s new Model 3 electric cars, awaiting pick up by customers, including many employees.

It's a car intended for a more mainstream customer with a base price of $35,000, and it represents a major bet by the fourteen-year-old Tesla. Musk has spent over a decade envisioning this car as the

New York nuclear power plant zero emissions credits

Change is here, and utilities recognize it.

They aren’t waiting to see how other service providers might address the evolving energy market, and they aren’t slowing down in the wake of the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Rather, proactive utilities are shaping their own fates and setting themselves up to be leaders in a decarbonized and efficient energy future.

And it’s a good thing they are. The fact is, energy is going the way of other service industries like entertainment and travel: more personalized, more customer-centric, more automated, and more accessible.

Luckily, utilities’ are well positioned to support such an approach. They have

Tesla Model 3 production launch event.

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell thinks oil prices will be "lower forever." And it's looking to transform itself to meet the challenge by investing further in renewables.

According to Reuters, Shell and Japanese telecom giant SoftBank were among potential bidders for Asia’s largest independent renewable energy producer, Equis Energy of Singapore, just two days before the oil major unveiled a strong surge in year-on-year quarterly earnings. Equis is valued at $5 billion.

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden told investors the company is “transforming...through the re-shaping of the portfolio as well as through structural changes in our culture and ways of working."

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Toyota plans to commercialize solid-state electric vehicle batteries by the early 2020s, Reuters confirmed this week.

If the Japanese automaker can pull that off, it could leap ahead of the competition in terms of energy density, range and safety.

Toyota popularized the turn away from internal-combustion engines with its Prius hybrid, but its clean transport innovation has slowed in recent years. The company maintained focus on hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cell cars, which other EV makers tend to dismiss as dead ends.

That policy came to an end late last year when Toyota launched an internal venture dedicated to commercializing a purely electric car.

Tesla Model 3 production launch event.

A federal judge in New York ruled last week that the Empire State’s plan to subsidize nuclear power plants “is constitutional” and “of legitimate state concern.”

It’s a significant win for the nation’s largest nuclear fleet owner Exelon, which has been struggling to keep its money-losing power plants operational amid weak electricity demand and low energy prices. But the ramifications of last Tuesday’s decision go well beyond the legality of New York’s nuclear program.

The ruling marks the third time in less than a month that a federal court has affirmed states’ authority to favor certain clean energy resources in their supply mix -- which

Toyota electric vehicle battery solid-state

In most industries, a healthy number of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can increase competition and cut costs. That may not hold true in offshore wind.

Because offshore wind cost reduction is heavily dependent on experience, it could be an advantage to only have a handful of OEMs, said Jonny Allen, underwriter at the renewable energy insurance firm GCube.

“We’ve seen a wide range of expertise being utilized for offshore wind and that’s produced a very stark contrast in performance,” he said. “For any new entrant to get into offshore successfully, the experience and balance sheet of contractors is going to be absolutely key." 

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