California Assembly Yanks Major Storage Bill, Pushing It to 2018

Siemens Gamesa last month trumpeted market-leading innovation in turbines installed at the world’s largest floating wind farm.

But at least one expert has claimed the 6-megawatt horizontal-axis wind turbine (HAWT) design deployed at Hywind is not groundbreaking enough for the industry’s future needs.

“Although I have done a lot of technical due diligence work since 2010, I have never been entirely convinced that simply making HAWTs bigger and bigger is a way forward,” said geotechnical and engineering geology consultant Chris Golightly.

Instead, Golightly believes the industry should be moving to develop vertical-axis wind turbine (VAWT) designs for use with floating substructures. “VAWTs

An Interview With Mark Jacobson on the 100% Renewables Debate

With America now a climate pariah on the global stage, cities around the country are stepping up their commitments to action. But are they just cheerleading, rather than actually leading?

This week, guest Sam Brooks tells the hard truth about why cities are not living up to their bold pronouncements -- not yet, anyway.

Brooks is the former director of the District of Columbia's sustainability division. He recently penned a piece for GTM on why cities are not leading on climate in the way they claim. We'll talk to him about the data behind his argument and his experience working

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Another week brings more moves and shifts at the upper levels of the energy industry.

Alicia Barton is the new CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, succeeding John Rhodes who is now chair of the Public Service Commission. Barton was most recently at law firm Foley Hoag, serving as co-chair of its energy and cleantech practice. Before that, Barton was chief of operations for the global utility group at SunEdison. She also served as CEO for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. The board also added Kate Fish, executive director of the Adirondack North Country Association, and

An Interview With Mark Jacobson on the 100% Renewables Debate

SolarWorld Americas has secured a lifeline. 

The financially troubled solar manufacturer announced yesterday that lenders have agreed to immediately forward $6 million in cash, which will allow the firm to stabilize operations and fight a high-stakes U.S. solar trade dispute.

Lenders will also permit the Hillsboro, Ore.-based company to sell any assests not required for operations, including a warehouse and land next to its factory, and put the proceeds back into the business. SolarWorld leadership expects these sales, coupled with the $6 million, to result in a combined cash infusion in the "double-digit-million-dollar range."

“This financial reinforcement is good for our customers and suppliers alike,”

For anyone in sales, there are two existential questions that need to be posed and answered: what's the market for what you're peddling and how much marketshare can you expect to capture?

As the once thriving rooftop solar industry in Hawaii painfully contracts, businesses like mine and others are being forced to seriously ponder those two questions. 
In a state where there's by far more installed solar capacity per home and business than any other place in the nation, and still a high dependency on imported fossil fuels, how can it be that our solarcoaster is slowing to a crippling crawl?  
In a state

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: “Most utility customers spend just eight minutes per year thinking about their electricity bill.” 

That eight-minute stat comes from Accenture, and it actually refers to online interactions between customers and their utilities. It’s usually deployed by a skeptical conference panelist looking to throw cold water on the latest “big idea” in energy -- like the suggestion that everyday consumers will suddenly embrace time-of-use rates or that grandma will use blockchain technology to sell excess solar power to her neighbor. How could any of that happen when customers spend so little time interacting with their energy provider?

It’s an effective

An Interview With Mark Jacobson on the 100% Renewables Debate

A long-term energy storage rebate that cleared the California Senate came to a sudden halt in the Assembly this week.

SB 700 would create a 10-year rebate program that steps down in phases as storage penetration increases, modeled after the successful California Solar Initiative. It was slated for a hearing Wednesday in the Assembly's Utilities and Energy Committee, but the committee chair took it off the agenda despite objections from the bill's author.

The bill is still alive, but it can't be passed until the legislative session next year due to Assembly rules.

The procedural move to delay the bill without a vote has

An Interview With Mark Jacobson on the 100% Renewables Debate

The Department of Energy may be facing potentially massive budget cuts and interference in how it gives out green technology research grants, but it’s still getting the money out there. The latest installment is $46.2 million from DOE’s SunShot Initiative, aimed at bringing a host of solar PV, solar thermal, energy storage and inverter technologies closer to market. 

The grants, announced Wednesday, are split among 48 companies, universities and research organizations. They’re coming from two programs: Photovoltaics Research and Development 2: Modules and Systems (PVRD2), aimed at new PV technologies; and Technology to Market 3 (T2M3

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