A look at what's next for the GOP's tax reform effort.

The House passed its tax reform bill yesterday that includes cuts to renewable energy tax credits. The package is already having a chilling effect as developers stall projects because of a potential change to the tax code.

What will happen when the Senate and House try to reconcile their two bills? We'll try to anticipate the political chess match before the pieces move.

Then, we'll take a look at Tesla's newest shiny object: the electric semi-truck. Is this a convenient distraction for Musk as Tesla's financial health worsens? Or yet another master plan step that most of us will never understand until much later?

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

The timing isn’t great for Tesla to be entering a new market segment.

Elon Musk’s high-tech energy and transportation company is already overwhelmed with production delays, a massive backlog of Model 3 deliveries, a restructuring solar business and several disaster response efforts underway around the globe. Amid all of this, Tesla just logged it's largest quarterly loss yet.

Tesla’s decision to enter the electric semi truck business comes with the added challenge of serving a customer base that’s laser focused on cost. While everyday consumers can be won over with aesthetics and special features, truck fleet operators prioritize reliability, performance and economics. 


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

Neither side is happy with the limits approved by utility regulators

The adoption of new rules limiting noise from wind turbines was intended to meet the requirements of legislation passed last year, but neither side seems especially happy with the outcome.

Wind advocates think the new regulations are too strict and complained they will make it tough for Vermont to meet a goal of getting 90% of its energy from renewable sources by 2050, The Associated Press reported. Opponents said turbines will still be too noisy.

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What will happen to the electricity market as more wind and solar flood the grid?

We've spent a lot more time lately looking at the structure of U.S. power markets. Why? Because they're about to get shaken up.

It's already begun. In this episode, we'll look at how renewables are upending wholesale power markets today -- and what we can do about it.

We'll examine the issue from a few different angles.

Wood Mackenzie's Prajit Gosh describes why low-price events are becoming more common in wholesale markets than high-price events. He'll also look at the impact on other generation sources.

MAKE Consulting's Dan Shreve talks about what's driving cost reductions in wind. 

And GTM's Shayle Kann

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

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