Cooling towers at a nuclear power plant.

A $4.8 billion plan released Thursday from South Carolina Electric & Gas Company would put money back in the wallets of the state’s ratepayers and use solar power and natural gas to make up for the cancellation of the V.C. Summer nuclear plant. 

Nuclear watchers have held up the South Carolina plant as an example of the last gasping breath of large-scale nuclear in the U.S. While the overdue, costly Vogtle project in Georgia continues to move forward, SCANA subsidiary SCE&G hopes to lessen the blow of its own controversial failure.

“We’ve heard our customers’ frustrations about paying for a power plant and

World leaders met to discuss climate action in May 2017, ahead of this week's COP23 forum.

The Trump administration has been getting hammered for restricting its participation in the United Nations climate conference in Bonn, Germany to advocating for “coal, gas, and nuclear.” But like a broken clock that's right twice a day, the Trump administration did get something correct: technologies like nuclear and carbon capture will be extremely important for limiting global warming to our 2 degree goal. 

This fact has been acknowledged by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the International Energy Agency, and a number of deep decarbonization analyses that include the Obama Administration’s “Mid-Century Strategy.” The

Energy access experts can learn from vendors at Ethiopia's Merkato in Addis Ababa.

“Ninety thousand solar lanterns sold last quarter,” said Mr. Li. He was sharing sales numbers for his solar appliance business in Ethiopia and I couldn’t believe it.

To put that number in perspective, the Global Off-grid Lighting Association pegs the average number of all solar lighting products sold in Ethiopia in a single quarter at around 250,000 units. Close to 80 perent of Ethiopians live in rural areas with little to no access to electricity. Assuming two lanterns for every household with an average five people in each, Mr. Li might have provided energy access to close to a quarter million people within months.

As far-fetched

How far is SolarCity falling behind?

Austin-based power conversion company Ideal Power fired its founder and chief technologist last week over a personal financial dealing.

Bill Alexander pledged shares of company stock as collateral to secure a personal loan, in violation of Ideal's ethics policy, CEO Dan Brdar confirmed. When the deal came to light, leadership fired Alexander on November 7. The termination for cause meant Alexander did not receive severance pay, per the terms of his contract.

"Your obligation as a director and an officer is to your shareholders," Brdar said. "If you’re pledging your shares against a personal loan, then you have an obligation to whoever you’re securing the loan

Building on Land Saves Big in Offshore Wind Construction, Study Finds

A recent study supported by the U.S. Department of Energy found it is possible to significantly reduce the time and capital required to get offshore wind turbines in the water. Researchers at the University of Delaware say the cost of building an offshore wind project can be slashed by 37 percent by completing much of the construction and assembly on land.

“Nobody had said, ‘Let’s back up a second here and ask: How do all these things fit together?’” said Willett Kempton, who led the study, in an interview. Kempton is a professor at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and research

Most utilities don’t have to compete to gain and keep their customers, giving them little reason to invest heavily in customer engagement -- or the back-office staffing, strategy and technology to provide it.

For many power providers, it’s largely a cost to be reduced by moving customers from call centers to self-service online, an area where utilties score behind comparable industries like banking. 

But a new survey from GTM Research and EnergySavvy found that utilities engaging in a broader range of “customer experience” efforts also ranked themselves higher in hitting key measures of value for any utility -- lowering customer cost-to-serve scores, and

Omnidian guarantees the performance of a home solar project for a flat annual fee.

Omnidian, a solar asset management firm offering performance guarantees on residential rooftop arrays, has revealed it secured $5.1 million in venture capital backing this summer.

The oversubscribed seed round funding, which closed in July but has yet to be formally announced, was led by Congruent Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm that backs companies in the sustainability ecosystem. 

Taking part alongside Congruent were City Light Capital, Blue Bear Capital, Energy Foundry, Ekistic Ventures and Avista Development, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Washington State utility Avista.

The backing represents Omnidian’s first major cash injection since October 2016, when the company received seed funding of $600,000, according to

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