A nuclear power plant at sunset.

On Tuesday, former FERC Chairmen Norman Bay reflected on the question he said "everyone in FERC world is trying to answer.” That is: what exactly does the Department of Energy’s notice of proposed rulemaking to support coal and nuclear mean for energy markets?

According to Bay, who resigned from his post just after President Trump's inauguration, the proposal would mean “significant” impacts for the industry. In laying down his concerns about the rulemaking, Bay joined a swelling number of prominent critics and skeptics of the NOPR.

“This is a very big deal for markets,” Bay said onstage in Austin at Greentech Media’s Power &

Tough competition in the upstream solar market means increased consolidation in the PV inverter and module-level power electronics (MLPE) industry in years to come. But the nascent energy storage and hybrid solar-battery sectors will take longer to shake out.

That’s one of the key takeaways from GTM Research's latest report, The Global PV Inverter and MLPE Landscape. It analyzes country-specific pricing and forecast details for microinverters, single-phase string inverters, three-phase string inverters, central inverters and DC optimizers across 25 vendors. (The number of vendors may shrink slightly, if consolidation in the space continues as expected.)

"Inverter prices show no sign of stabilizing, current technology trends

Construction underway at the Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia.

Monday kicked off four days of Georgia Public Service Commission hearings on the fate of the state's embattled Vogtle nuclear plant.

In August, developer Georgia Power recommended finishing the two-reactor expansion project, even as it racked up billions of dollars in budget overruns and a delayed timeline. On Monday, the Southern Company subsidiary, along with partners Oglethorpe Power, Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, and the City of Dalton Utilities, again recommended that construction go forward.

“We believe nuclear is a dominant solution in our long-term energy future,” said Georgia Power chariman, president and CEO Paul Bowers, at the Monday hearing. “Completing both units represents the best economic

On September 20, Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico, destroying its electricity grid. The storm felled half of the cross-island transmission towers. Nine out of 10 back-alley power poles blew down. Every single customer on the island lost power.

Amid the wreckage lies an opportunity for Puerto Rico to rebuild stronger and smarter. Tesla chief Elon Musk said his company power the island with solar and energy storage. “The Tesla team has done this for many smaller islands around the world, but there is no scalability limit, so it can be done for Puerto Rico too," he tweeted.

But there’s one

Few Model 3 owners may see the benefit of a federal tax credit.

In a brutal earnings call last week, electric carmaker Tesla revealed that the company may have to push back a ramp up of production of its Model 3 electric car by three months, into March of next year.

Originally, Tesla wanted to grow its production of the Model 3 to 5,000 units per week by the end of 2017. But the company, run by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, has hit bottlenecks in manufacturing and won’t make that timeline. As of the end of the third quarter of 2017, Tesla had delivered just 222 Model 3 cars.

While Musk tried to downplay the adjustment

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A disagreement over prospects for an electric grid powered completely by renewable energy has morphed into a high-stakes legal dispute pitting a Stanford University professor against his critics.

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Few Model 3 owners may see the benefit of a federal tax credit.

In a brutal earnings call last week, electric carmaker Tesla revealed that the company may have to push back a ramp up of production of its Model 3 electric car by three months, into March of next year.

Originally, Tesla wanted to grow its production of the Model 3 to 5,000 units per week by the end of 2017. But the company, run by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, has hit bottlenecks in manufacturing and won’t make that timeline. As of the end of the third quarter of 2017, Tesla had delivered just 222 Model 3 cars.

While Musk tried to downplay the adjustment

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives presented their proposed tax reform bill last week -- the opening volley in legislative and executive efforts to pass a comprehensive tax reform package.

While the reform package that ultimately passes into law will require Senate approval, the House bill proposes worrying changes to the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind power that immediately destabilizes tax equity, 80-20 repowering efforts and 80 percent PTC value safe harboring of turbines, and threatens to severely curtail the upcoming four-year installation forecast if the bill becomes law.

Senate unlikely to agree on PTC measures

The odds for the

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