C&I Storage Expected to Grow Threefold in Germany and the UK by 2021

Germany and the U.K. could see a combined 210 megawatt-hours of commercial and industrial (C&I) storage installed per year by 2021, new research shows.

The volume of installations would represent an almost tenfold increase on the roughly 22 megawatt-hours of C&I storage deployed across Germany and the U.K. in 2016.

Cumulatively, the two countries might have an installed base of between 500 and 600 megawatt-hours of C&I storage within five years, says a confidential study from Delta Energy & Environment (Delta-ee), a global energy research and consultancy firm in Edinburgh, Scotland.

“Over the next five years, we see a significant growth opportunity,” says

Southwest Power Pool Set US Wind Power Penetration Record of 52% on Feb 12

Electric Light & Power: SPP Sets North American Record for Wind Power   

Southwest Power Pool set a wind power penetration record of 52.1 percent at 4:30 a.m., Feb. 12, becoming the first regional transmission organization (RTO) in North America to serve more than 50 percent of its load at a given time with wind energy.

The milestone beats a previous North American RTO record of 49.2 percent that SPP set April 24, 2016. Wind penetration is a measure of the amount of total load served by wind at a given time.

As recently as the early 2000s, SPP’s generating fleet

Last year, California’s solar industry celebrated its win on preserving net metering. This year, it gets hit by the other side of the equation -- time-of-use (TOU) rates.

Over the coming months, California’s big three utilities will be filing general rate cases that shift the hourly schedule of on-peak and off-peak hours -- and the widely varying retail prices per kilowatt-hour that go with them -- into much later in the day.

The resulting drop in value of net-metered, on-site solar for future solar projects will be considerable, according to solar industry analyses. It could amount to 15 to 20 percent for San Diego residential

Republicans Float a Trial Balloon for a Carbon Tax. Will the Grassroots Give It Lift?

Last week, a group of highly respected Republicans released a plan for a $40-per-ton carbon tax on point-of-source emissions from coal, oil and gas. Why now?

With a Republican White House and Congress, they argued, now is the perfect time to show America that conservatives have better ideas than the command-and-control Democrats who are only interested in imposing more regulations as a solution to climate change.

A steadily-rising carbon tax is the most economically efficient way of dealing with carbon pollution. But it certainly doesn’t play well in American politics. And now that Republicans have control of Congress and the

A Guy Driving a Tesla Saved a Stroke Victim Stuck in a Runaway Volkswagen

Teslarati: Musk Thanks Tesla Driver for Sacrificing Model S in Order to Save Stroke Victim's Life

The 41-year-old German man who deliberately placed his Tesla Model S in front of a runaway Volkswagen Passat, after finding the driver unconscious as a result of a stroke, is being heralded as a hero. Not just by the 57-year-old life that he saved, but by Tesla CEO Elon Musk himself.

Musk took to Twitter to congratulate Manfred Kick for sacrificing his car to bring the out of control VW safely to a stop. In appreciation for the heroic act, Musk said Tesla will be expediting repairs and will

The Wild and (Potentially) Wonderful World of Solar Fuels

The first step in understanding solar fuels -- fuels generated directly from sunlight -- is to forget what you know about how energy is generated and installed, according to Caltech Chemistry Professor Nathan Lewis, who’s been leading research on the subject at the university for a decade and working on the science for some 40 years.

“It’s not going to look like anything that's been developed or deployed in any functional form" yet, he said.

While the process most closely resembles artificial photosynthesis, Lewis' solar fuel device won't resemble a leaf. Instead, picture a rain jacket with multiple layers that take in water, carbon dioxide

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One of every 50 jobs created in the U.S. last year was in the solar industry, while installed solar capacity nearly doubled in one year
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More than 260,000 workers in the U.S. have found employment in the solar industry, with 51,000 jobs added to the workforce in 2016 alone, according to a new report from the non-profit Solar Foundation.

Among the highlights:

  • Of all the jobs created in the U.S. last year, 2% of them were in the solar industry.
  • Solar jobs have grown at a 20% or more clip every year for the past four years and have almost tripled since the first census report was completed in 2010.

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