The embattled nuclear reactor manufacturer finds a new corporate home.

Brookfield Business Partners, part of Brookfield Asset Management, announced this week it would acquire the bankrupt Westinghouse Electric Company for $4.6 billion. 

The purchase comes just days after Brookfield Renewable Partners closed its deal to acquire SunEdison’s TerraForm Global Inc. for $750 million. Brookfield also agreed to a controlling stake in yieldco TerraForm Power. Along with those investments, the Westinghouse deal adds depth to Brookfield’s growing portfolio of power assets acquired at rock bottom prices

In a release on the Westinghouse agreement, Brookfield called Westinghouse an “iconic American company” and highlighted its “strong market position” and “attractive revenue and cash flow profile” as topline motivations behind the

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A citizen-sponsored ordinance requiring rooftop vegetation on large, newly constructed buildings in Denver took effect with the start of the new year, but a city task force already is in the works and is likely to make some changes in the months ahead.

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After 10 years running Sungevity, I recently completed a tour visiting solar companies in and around the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. I am pleased to report the residential solar industry is thriving around the world -- everywhere except right here in the U.S.  

The reason for this is startlingly simple: American consumers are being charged over two times more for solar than is the average consumer overseas. That’s USD $10,000 more for a typical 5-kilowatt residential solar system. The panels are the same -- so what on earth is going on? 

The answer: red tape.

Here in the land of technology leadership and

Like any other DER, delay caused by interconnection roadblocks can interfere with storage project financing and lead to higher costs for customers.

You purchased that spiffy new rooftop solar array and waited patiently in the queue to get interconnected to the grid. Now that you’re generating kilowatts-hours, you’ve decided to invest in a residential energy storage system to maximize your ability to avoid paying for peak priced power. There’s one hiccup, though: what do your state’s interconnection rules mean for connecting your new battery to the grid? 

We’ve now arrived at a cutting-edge topic in interconnection, one that several states have recently addressed or are working on addressing, and which many more will need to address soon.

As IREC discussed in our recent report, Charging Ahead:

What an Abandoned Power Plant Waste Rule Says About the Agenda to Dismantle EPA

What's it like inside the Environmental Protection Agency as the Trump administration dismantles it from the top down?

This week, ProPublica’s Talia Buford joins us on The Energy Gang to talk about how Scott Pruitt’s aggressive regulatory rollback agenda is changing the agency’s relationship to science, to industry, and to the staffers who've worked there for decades. An abandoned rule on effluent from power plants tells us a lot about Pruitt's approach to disassembling the EPA.

Then, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his latest energy vision, which features big targets for offshore wind and energy storage. Is New York suddenly the country’s

Bitcoin has a large and rapidly-growing energy and environmental footprint. The Bitcoin ecosystem now uses approximately the same power as the entire country of Bulgaria, about 0.2 percent of the global total for electricity.

Bitcoin’s computing network has grown at an 1,100 percent average annual pace over the last five years. So if we project out just a few years, we get a truly massive energy demand for the new king of coins: Bitcoin would use more electricity than the entire world uses today, by 2020, if the recent growth trend in Bitcoin mining power continues.

As of December 2017, global

Solar tariffs probably aren't Trump's top priority, but they could support his broader narrative on China and trade.

The U.S. International Trade Commission released a new report on the Section 201 trade case this week that the Trump administration could use to defend new solar tariffs, if challenged at the World Trade Organization. 

Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, head of the U.S. Office of the Trade Representative (USTR), requested the supplemental report in November “to assist the President in determining the appropriate and feasible action to take.”

Lighthizer specifically asked the ITC to identify any “unforeseen developments” that led to crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) cells and modules being imported in such high quantities as to harm U.S. domestic solar manufacturers.

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