California community choice aggregator (CCA) Monterey Bay Community Power has signed a memorandum of understanding to explore buying the power from a 1,000-megawatt floating offshore wind farm.

It’s an early, if no-stakes, claim to what could be a massive offshore wind opportunity set to open via federal offshore lease auction next year, assuming floating wind turbine technology can meet the tests of wind, wave and California’s energy markets.  

This week’s MOU, which is not a binding contract, calls for a long-term power purchase agreement between Monterey Bay Community Power and Castle Wind LLC, a joint venture of EnBW North America and Trident Winds Inc.

Solar and wind sent European utilities into financial disarray, and U.S. utilities are facing a similar fate. Are global oil companies next?

A new report from one of the world’s biggest banks, BNP Paribas, says that solar and wind paired with electric cars provide up to seven times more useful energy for mobility than gasoline dollar for dollar. And that economic reality could hit oil companies sooner than they think.

“The oil industry has never before in its history faced the kind of threat that renewable electricity in tandem with EVs poses to its business model,” concludes the report.

This week on The Energy Gang, we’ll dig into the findings.

A high-profile solar-homebuilder partnership has emerged from the flurry of activity surrounding California’s new solar home mandate, which goes into effect in 2020. 

Residential solar provider Sunnova and PetersenDean, a California-based company that installs roofs and solar, will work together on solar and storage leases and power purchase agreements in the state. California’s new policy requires solar installations on new residential buildings under three-stories. 

“Our goal in the marketplace is to be able to provide options to builders and their homebuyers," said Judson Diehl, PetersenDean’s vice president of builder solar sales.

The partnership allows PetersenDean to offer Sunnova financing for “zero-down” systems. The roof builder will

Heat pumps are already incredibly efficient. Researchers in Switzerland say they can push efficiencies even further using artificial intelligence.

A research team led by Jürg Alexander Schiffmann at the L'Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, or EPFL) is using AI to design compressors that slash heat pumps’ electricity consumption by around 25 percent.

Unlike conventional furnaces or boilers, which combust fuels to generate heat, heat pumps use electricity to move heat from one place to another. Employing a compressor and refrigerant, heat pumps expel heat from the indoors to the outside during the cooling season, or capture heat

Module maker and project developer Canadian Solar handily beat Q2 expectations on Thursday, reporting module shipments that outpaced guidance and better-than-anticipated profits. The company significantly increased its annual module guidance to 8.4 to 8.5 gigawatts, from 7.4 to 7.8 gigawatts.

CEO Shawn Qu said the results put Canadian Solar “in the most competitive position in the company’s history.” The company’s stock jumped about 10 percent after its Q2 results went live, bringing the share price just below $23.

Among the highlights of Canadian Solar’s quarter:

  • Module shipments grew from 1,757 megawatts in Q1 to 2,143 megawatts in Q2, topping the high end of

This summer, the United States celebrated the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. Fifty years later, many people wonder: if we can get to the moon, surely we can fix the environmental issues here on Earth?

In this episode of Political Climate, we get NASA astronaut Scott Kelly’s perspective on fighting climate change, having seen the challenge we’re up against from the unique viewpoint of space.

Kelly has spent a whole lot of time in space — 520 days, to be exact. Upon his return from a continuous one-year mission, scientists were keen to study the impacts of spaceflight on

California’s community-choice aggregators are increasingly taking utility customers and signing big renewable energy deals. But CCAs have not matched the billions of dollars of EV charging infrastructure investments being made by California's utilities, even though their territories make up some of the highest EV penetration areas in the state. 

new program launched jointly Tuesday by multiple Silicon Valley area CCAs and municipal utilities and state agency California Energy Commission aims to begin closing this gap. The funding will come from CEC’s California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project, which works with local and regional partners to develop EV incentive programs across the state, and has issued and reserved about $35 million in

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