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A new study examined 3,800 green-certified homes built in Texas between 2008 and 2016 and determined that green certification was worth a 6% boost in resale value. Certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. ) program gave single-family houses in the Texas market an added 8% in value.

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Under pressure from investors and new board members, NRG Energy is preparing to sell off its renewable power plants as part of a wide-ranging restructuring plan.

NRG, a top competitive energy supplier with more than 45 gigawatts of conventional and renewable power assets in the U.S., has been working on the restructuring plan since February. It revealed details Wednesday morning.

The power provider is looking to sell up to $4 billion in assets across its coal, gas, solar and wind portfolio. That includes 6 gigawatts of conventional power plants and, potentially, more than 3 gigawatts of renewable energy plants.

NRG will also

Global clean energy investment has rallied from a months-long slump, thanks to solar. 

The second quarter of 2017 saw $64.8 billion invested in clean energy around the world, up 21 percent from the first quarter of this year, according to the latest figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). This marks the highest for any quarter since Q2 2016.

The financing of two enormous photovoltaic projects in the United Arab Emirates helped to drive a recovery in global clean energy investment. The 800-megawatt Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum III plant in Dubai and the 1.2 gigawatt Marubeni JinkoSolar and Adwea Sweihan project in Abu Dhabi contributed

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden

Solar developer 8minutenergy found a buyer for one of the largest solar farms to be built in the U.S. this year.

The top-10 utility-scale developer sold equity for the 328 megawatt-DC third phase of the Mount Signal solar plant to private asset manager Capital Dynamics. The deal will allow construction to commence on this section of the broader 800-megawatt development in Calexico, California, near the border with Mexico.

The project itself spans the recent history of the utility-scale solar industry.

8minutenergy started developing Mount Signal, in the Imperial Valley, back in 2009. The first stage, with 260 megawatts-DC, came online in 2013. The company

An Interview With Mark Jacobson on the 100% Renewables Debate

Not long ago, energy nerds were pondering the feasibility of 20 percent renewables on the electric grid. We're long past that.

Today, the conversation is centered around 100 percent renewables economy-wide -- thanks largely to a body of work developed by Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson and his colleagues. Since 2009, he's argued that 100 percent renewables is not only feasible, it's desirable.

But as the stakes get higher, the debate gets more intense. Jacobson has picked up many high-profile supporters -- but he's also picked up a lot of critics, who believe his work is faulty and short-sighted.

That criticism came to

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden

Royal Dutch Shell is accelerating its move into alternative energy, with plans to spend up to $1 billion per year on its New Energies division by 2020, CEO Ben van Beurden said at conference in Istanbul on Monday.

“In some parts of the world we are beginning to see battery electric cars starting to gain consumer acceptance,” van Beurden said in a speech to the World Petroleum Congress, Bloomberg reported. He added that solar and wind costs are declining rapidly and seeing greater adoption as a result.

“All of this is good news for the world and must accelerate,” he said. 

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Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden

It turns out that building a soup-to-nuts, customer-focused, renewable-enabled, future-ready distributed energy services company is hard -- for utilities, as well as for the world’s biggest energy manufacturing giants. 

Edison Energy, the energy services, renewables and “new energy future” business launched last year by utility holding company Edison International, has undergone a major restructuring of its leadership team, including the departure of its president, Allan Schurr, according to a report from Smart Energy Decisions

According to the report, Schurr, a former head of IBM’s utilities business, will be replaced on an interim basis by Ron Litzinger, president of Edison Energy Group, the

AES and Siemens Partner to Create New Energy Storage Powerhouse

When it comes to trying out new thing, many utilities are notoriously slow-moving and risk averse, and many of their pilot projects can be ineffective as a result. So how do you change an industry that moves slowly but is nonetheless undergoing a major energy and digital transformation?

According to the researchers at Rocky Mountain Institute, there are a variety of strategies -- from better utility and stakeholder collaboration to a focus on new technology that can scale -- that could help with the problem. RMI recently published a report that digs into a handful of possible solutions that utilities, regulators, tech companies, customers and environmentalists

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