The U.S. solar market has experienced a tumultuous few quarters since the government last year began considering tariffs on imported solar modules and cells, but data for the second quarter of 2018 show signs of a turnaround in the market.

Utility solar project procurement soared in Q2 2018 as component prices declined and home solar installations steadied after a 15 percent contraction last year, according to the latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (previously known as GTM Research) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

This is the first quarter where the data clearly show that tariffs took a bite

BMW says electrification is coming, ahead of unveiling new electric vehicles.

BMW, one of Germany’s largest auto manufacturers, preached confidence in the transition to electric vehicles during an event this week.

“We understand what the issues are, and we have no question mark when it comes to the Paris accord, nor do we have a question mark that decarbonizing the transportation sector is clearly a target that we should pursue,” said Andreas Klugescheid, head of external affairs and sustainable communications at BMW, speaking at an event affiliated with California Governor Jerry Brown’s Climate Action Summit.   

The world just surpassed four million electric passenger vehicles, and German automakers produce many of them. But plug-in vehicles

Key policy decisions could support or undermine CCA clean energy plans.

This month, California enacted one of the most ambitious clean energy goals in the country: getting 100 percent of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045. 

California’s community-choice aggregation (CCA) providers say they’re ready to hit that milestone — and on an accelerated schedule. 

In a Tuesday forum in San Francisco, CCA advocates laid out how these city- and county-based entities, which have grown to include millions of customers formerly served by the state’s investor-owned utilities, are pushing ahead of the renewable energy and carbon reduction goals set out in California’s just-passed SB 100. 

They also highlighted how several policies under review by state regulators could

Utilities may start with less flashy applications to prove the value of blockchain.

Peer-to-peer energy trading could completely flip the electricity delivery model. But before that arrives, energy companies may use blockchain for less flashy applications, like tracking equipment and building materials through their chain of custody. They may also use distributed ledgers to track individual energy behavior and reward it, eventually developing into new market mechanisms for energy.

Utility PG&E pointed to those examples of early blockchain pilots at GTM’s forum on the subject in San Francisco this week The presentation suggested that early proof-of-concept projects are more likely to succeed at humble, relatively elementary tasks before they win approval for more ambitious, market-altering deployments.

“We’re excited to be

Key policy decisions could support or undermine CCA clean energy plans.

This month, California enacted one of the most ambitious clean energy goals in the country: getting 100 percent of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045. 

California’s community-choice aggregation (CCA) providers say they’re ready to hit that milestone — and on an accelerated schedule. 

In a Tuesday forum in San Francisco, CCA advocates laid out how these city- and county-based entities, which have grown to include millions of customers formerly served by the state’s investor-owned utilities, are pushing ahead of the renewable energy and carbon reduction goals set out in California’s just-passed SB 100. 

They also highlighted how several policies under review by state regulators could

Since President Trump took office, leadership on climate change has shifted from Washington D.C. to city halls, state legislatures and boardrooms across the country. According to a new report from the America’s Pledge initiative, these decentralized, bottom-up efforts are already delivering results.

So-called real economy actors are putting climate targets within reach — without having to make sacrifices — said Carl Pope, America’s Pledge vice-chair and former executive director of the Sierra Club, speaking a report preview event Tuesday.

“One of the things that shouldn’t surprise us in the Untied States is that the best way to speed up innovation is to have a

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