We’ve covered the growth of the duck over the half-decade since the term was coined by California state grid operator CAISO, named after the shape of a grid with midday solar bellies and steep evening necks in its supply-demand curve. This year has brought increasing proof that the duck curve has grown up, and much faster than expected. 

The latest comes in this week’s report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on CAISO’s net system loads and wholesale energy market prices over the past six months. In that time, average day-ahead hourly energy market prices during the 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Yep, It’s Still Incredibly Hard to Build an Electric Car Startup

Opponents of the Suniva-SolarWorld trade case have a new, and perhaps surprising, set of allies: conservative policy groups.

The Heritage Foundation and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have come out against the recent petition to impose tariffs on imported crystalline silicon solar products, joining in a coalition with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and others. Mounting dissent from across the political spectrum could help convince Republican President Donald Trump to refuse the introduction of trade barriers.

The Energy Trade Action Coalition (ETAC) officially launched on Friday to coordinate opposition to the trade case. Financially troubled U.S.-based solar product manufacturers Suniva and SolarWorld launched the dispute this

Conservative Groups Come Out Against the Suniva, SolarWorld Trade Case

Just about every plan to achieve a clean-energy, low-carbon future includes a large helping of energy efficiency. But while it’s true that efficiency is generally much cheaper than generation, energy efficiency as we know it faces an existential challenge.
The rate at which we’re deploying efficiency is simply not keeping pace with utility and grid needs. But even if we were able to achieve scale, in the current construct, it’s unclear how we would pay for the massive investment required.

Fortunately, there is another way. We now have the data, market and financing in place to procure energy savings to solve time- and location-specific grid problems. Bundling

Yep, It’s Still Incredibly Hard to Build an Electric Car Startup

Hydro One, the transmisison and distribution grid utility serving Canada’s Ontario province, has issued an offer to acquire Spokane, Wash.-based electricity and gas utility Avista for $6.7 billion Canadian ($5.3 billion). It's not the first, but it is one of the biggest, cross-border acquisitions to date in the North American utility landscape. 

Under terms of the deal announced last week, HydroOne will issue $1.4 billion Canadian ($1.12 billion) in common equity, as well as $2.6 billion in debt, to buy Avista for $53 in cash per common share, a 24-percent premium from the previous day’s market close. The deal, expected to close in mid-2018, will

Conservative Groups Come Out Against the Suniva, SolarWorld Trade Case

After 10 years of service, 3,000 articles written, and 10,000 articles edited, I'm taking leave of GTM. Helping GTM grow and succeed from its early days is one of my favorite things I've ever done.

I'm sending gratitude to the people and companies that are fighting the clean energy fight, the GTM founders for being smart enough to hire me, to everyone who ever worked at GTM, to writers and copy editors everywhere, and especially to our readers and commenters.

Shameless self-promotion

Here are a few articles I'm proud to have written:

  • California's renewables subsidy program really needed to

Yep, It’s Still Incredibly Hard to Build an Electric Car Startup

After four months in limbo, saltwater battery maker Aquion is back in business.

Juline-Titans LLC acquired the bankrupt Aquion at auction for $9.16 million on June 20. That price beat out a stalking horse bid of $2.8 million from Austrian energy storage firm BlueSky Energy. Aquion announced a resumption of operations July 21.

The good news: this non-toxic, long duration alternative to lithium-ion technology has another shot at scaling up sales.

The bad news: $9.16 million is just a fraction of the $190 million in venture capital and debt the company had raised from investors including Bill

Conservative Groups Come Out Against the Suniva, SolarWorld Trade Case

Tesla’s ambitious 100-megawatt, 129-megawatt-hour battery project in South Australia has garnered plenty of interest for being the largest project of its kind in the world. But the company doesn't seem to have a business plan, say Australian energy experts.

"There's no genuine business case for storage in Australia at the moment, and no genuine business case for the Tesla project,” said Dr. Jill Cainey, global applications director for energy storage at S&C Electric in Melbourne.

“The technical requirements -- that is the role the battery will have on the system -- were not well described or understood," when the tender for the battery

Offshore wind is all the rage right now, competing without subsidies and floating into deeper waters with new foundation designs.

For all its promise, however, offshore wind remains mostly a European affair, with WindEurope data showing more than 12.6 gigawatts of capacity installed across 81 projects in 10 countries at the end of 2016. The picture is beginning to change, though. 

Nations from Australia to India are reported to be harboring offshore wind plans. Denmark's MAKE Consulting, a wind consulting group owned by GTM's parent company, expects more than 10 gigawatts of yearly offshore wind projects around the world by 2026.

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