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Natural Gas Microgrids Do What Solar and Batteries Alone Can?t for California Resiliency, Report Says

GreenTechMedia

Earlier this year, Pacific Gas & Electric faced pushback from environmental and solar and energy storage industry groups to a plan to deploy natural gas generators to back up communities facing multi-day fire-prevention blackouts.

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Natural gas leaks are a much bigger problem than we thought

Grist

Natural gas has been touted as a green energy source by some because, when burned for fuel, it emits less CO2 than coal. But before that happens, leaks from across the natural gas supply chain — from the drilling process to gas stoves — can unintentionally vent methane into the atmosphere. That’s especially bad news, since methane is roughly 25 times more potent a greenhouse gas than CO2.

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Dandelion Raises $30M to Scale Up Home Geothermal Energy

GreenTechMedia

There’s a lot of energy underneath homes — if reasonably priced technology can be scaled up to tap its potential. Dandelion Energy hasn’t gotten nearly to that scale yet. “Our goal is to get to 10,000 homes a year,” he said.

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Defective Meters and Whistleblower Complaints Raise Questions About Gas Utility’s Profits

DeSmogBlog

A little over a decade ago, Gary Dye, then a gas measurement engineer at NW Natural, Oregon’s largest gas utility, lost faith in his employer to responsibly deal with what he believed to be systematic inaccuracies among the company’s hundreds of thousands of gas meters.

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Residential Demand Response to Play Key Role Managing US Load This Summer

GreenTechMedia

Heading into summer 2020, looming uncertainty about electricity demand makes flexibility more vital than ever in the United States. In particular, residential demand response faces more pressure than usual as many people continue to work from home over the next few months.

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The 10 home appliances that Consume the most energy

Renewable Energy World

When it comes to residential energy consumption, people are constantly striving for ways to reduce their monthly bills and energy usage and wastage. single-family homes. By far the biggest user of energy in homes are heaters, accounting for 31.3%

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Buyer’s Guide for Sustainable Home Products

Green Business Bureau

Upgrading to the latest resource efficient appliances and equipment is a great way to green your home, lower utility bills and minimize your environmental impact. Energy and Water Efficient Sustainable Home Products. the residential sector accounts for 21% of U.S.

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Emporia’s energy management system prepares for the bidirectional EV charging future

Charged

Total control of power usage: from solar to EV and back to the house. Emporia Energy, which makes an energy management system for homes and small businesses, has launched a new smart Level 2 charger, and plans to offer bidirectional capability soon.

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Smart Meter Capital Project Manager

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

Smart Meter Capital Project Manager | SDG&E | San Diego, CA. At SDG&E, we are committed to the community we call home, delivering clean, safe and reliable energy to better the lives of the people we serve in San Diego and southern Orange counties. Our commitment means 40% of the energy that SDG&E delivers to customers comes from renewable sources, exceeding California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard.

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PG&E’s Latest Energy Storage Procurement Includes Fleet of Behind-the-Meter Batteries

GreenTechMedia

Pacific Gas & Electric is asking state regulators to approve another massive round of energy storage procurements, including its first large-scale contract for behind-the-meter batteries to serve grid needs. gigawatt-hours, of energy storage projects.

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Discover How Saving Energy Can Help The Environment

The Environmental Blog

Every person on the planet can help to save it by saving energy. This is easier to do than you may think: It starts with getting your local electrician Sydney to check your electrics and ensure they are safe and you don’t have electric leakage. How To Save Energy. Energy

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Lessons from inside the heat dome about the future of the electric grid

GreenBiz

Lessons from inside the heat dome about the future of the electric grid. Heatwaves are a double whammy for the electrical grid. The combination of the hot weather and the increased energy running along wires go beyond what they were built to endure. Make it all-electric.

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So, What Exactly Are Virtual Power Plants?

GreenTechMedia

And in energy circles, one of the biggest buzzwords in recent years is the virtual power plant, or VPP. But VPPs have really taken off in the last 10 years, not just as a concept but as something that a growing number of energy companies are creating, using and commercializing.

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Utilities must educate customers about their power to curb climate change

Renewable Energy World

The renewable energy industry and utilities have a unique opportunity to educate consumers about how that buying power can turn into climate action. Read more: The automated vessel designed to transport electricity from offshore wind farms to shore. Make the move to clean energy.

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Top universities launch new £8m home energy data project

Business Green

University of Oxford and UCL to investigate how uptake of zero carbon technologies will impact future energy demand. research project dedicated to establishing a national energy data platform to facilitate the country's transition to net zero emissions.

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Generac, the Backup Generator Giant, Launches Souped-Up Home Solar-Storage System

GreenTechMedia

Solar-battery systems may be useful for providing backup power during power outages. That’s how Generac Power Systems sees it, at least. natural gas backup generator giant has focused on systems with extra oomph, compared to competitors like Tesla, Sunrun and LG Chem.

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These Are the Benefits of Going Solar at Home

The Environmental Blog

This includes reducing your monthly energy costs. Keep reading to discover insight into the reason you should make the shift to solar panels for your home so that you can save money while helping to save the planet. Reduce Energy Costs. Improve the Value of Your Home.

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Think tank outlines possible clean energy industrial strategy for the UK

Envirotec Magazine

Accelerating the build-out of clean energy will reduce costs and make the UK more secure, write Josh Freed and Isabelle Chan of US think tank Third Way, which released a new policy paper on the topic on 29 September. Gas and oil imports are unreliable. Energy

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How Geothermal Energy Might Be the Answer to Energy Eating Heatwaves

Green Tech Gazette

But some experts claim that unprecedented “extended heatwaves” are causing significant strain on the nation’s aging energy grid. This also places enormous pressure on America’s fragile electricity grid and forces you to consider renewable energy solutions.

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Major Climate Bill Recommits Massachusetts to Climate Goals

Energy and Cleantech Council

Early coverage has focused on the 2050 “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions target, but the real import of the act is likely to be in the myriad ways it updates existing policies to keep bottom-up pressure towards achieving that goal.

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Highlights from the J.D. Power Utility Client Conference: Bringing A Focused Approach to Our Clean Energy Future

Bidgely

Watch Bidgely CEO Abhay Gupta’s presentation from the JD Power Utility Conference to learn more about how Bidgely is able to help utilities partner with customers on our collective clean energy journey. Electric Vehicle Adoption is Opening Up New Customer Engagement Opportunities.

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Swell Readies Up To $450M in Financing for Solar-Plus-Battery Virtual Power Plants

GreenTechMedia

Swell Energy has lined up $450 million in financing to give homeowners and business owners batteries and solar systems at no upfront cost, and earn the money back by turning them into virtual power plants serving utilities’ grid needs. A land grab for distributed energy investors.

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£1.3 million of new funding for net zero-driven energy data application winners

Envirotec Magazine

million of new funding across nine new digital energy data projects has been announced by UK Research & Innovataion (UKRI). Whether it’s industry, farming, investment or efficiency for people’s homes, there is a part to play for innovative technology that reduces usage for us all.

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How energy providers can prepare for summer heat with innovative solutions

Renewable Energy World

Last summer’s record heat waves triggered a surge in power demand that maxed out supplies and led to outages across the West. California and other states are pushing to use clean electricity to power vehicles and buildings to cut carbon, which will increase demand.

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Should California Link Electricity Bills to Customer Incomes?

GreenTechMedia

California already has some of the highest electricity rates in the country. Those costs could rise even faster over the next decade, as utilities harden their grids against wildfires, grow their share of net-metered rooftop solar, and add other costs being passed through to utility customers.

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The Risks in Biden’s Energy Plan

R-Squared Energy

We all know there are negative consequences associated with fossil fuel usage, such as the emission of carbon dioxide and various other pollutants. According to the latest BP Statistical Review — which is the “bible” of energy statistics — in 2019 fossil fuels supplied 83.3%

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Energy Provisions In The Inflation Reduction Act

R-Squared Energy

Let’s discuss the energy provisions in the bill. Before reading through the bill, I like to get a feel for the kinds of energy programs it addresses. For example, a big part of our energy policy over the past decade has been ramping up the nation’s biofuel programs. The bill provides direct consumer incentives to buy energy efficient and electric appliances, clean vehicles, rooftop-solar systems, and invests in home energy efficiency.

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Our grid isn't ready for climate change

GreenBiz

California is now unable to perform even basic functions of civilization, like having reliable electricity. Biden/Harris/AOC want to make CA’s failed energy policy the standard nationwide. million people into freezing darkness, some Californians on Twitter were gleefully dunking on those same Texas politicians for not keeping electricity flowing during their extreme weather events. . But at this moment, millions of Americans are freezing without power — with no end in sight.

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Funding the Next Generation of Efficient, Electric, Grid-Interactive Communities

GreenTechMedia

homes and commercial buildings consume roughly two-fifths of the country’s overall energy, three-fourths of all electricity, and account for most of the peak electricity demand that drives generation and power grid infrastructure costs.

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Will future fuel shortages and cyberattacks leave homeowners powerless?

Renewable Energy World

But what if an attack like this happens again and it affects our power grid? Will your home end up powerless? Peak Energy Usage. In the summer months, across the country, air conditioning usage goes up which of course needs electricity to work.

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Group Seeking to Overturn State Net Metering Reveals Member with Utility Ties

GreenTechMedia

The group claiming status as a ratepayer advocacy group in its attempt to get federal regulators to override state net metering regimes has finally revealed the identity of one of its members. Chris Sununu, a net metering opponent whose 2018 campaign was funded by Eversource.

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The war to electrify: America can do it

GreenBiz

Remember how the nation mobilized seemingly overnight for the Allied Powers 80 years ago? Same size homes, same size cars, the same American Dreams, just without the pollution and with much higher efficiency. homes have a gas meter, feeding water heaters, cooking appliances and so on.

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So, What Exactly Is Building Electrification?

GreenTechMedia

So, why is it that “building electrification” is now among the energy industry’s most popular buzzwords? They use electricity to power lights, refrigerators and electronic devices. Gas-powered water heaters can be replaced with heat pump water heaters.

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Distributed solar+storage should qualify for Minnesota utility energy efficiency programs

Renewable Energy World

An alternative for state and federal energy policymakers is to insist that utilities bring distributed solar and storage under the energy efficiency definition. Neither of the units mentioned from Xcel and Minnesota Power is in the MISO queue at this time.

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A decidedly impartial review of Mark Jacobson’s 100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything

Renewable Energy World

I’ve known Mark for over ten years, even before I learned of his audacious roadmap for powering New York state with 100% renewable energy. Little did I know then that my home state would be the first of 50 U.S. In 2000, he began using models to unlock renewable energy solutions.

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Unlocking California’s Gigawatt-Scale Distributed Energy Potential

GreenTechMedia

California’s distributed energy resources add up to gigawatts' worth of capacity that could be used to prevent future rolling blackouts and balance the state’s increasingly clean-powered grid — if the state can compensate them for those services.

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5 Major Trends Driving the $80B US Distributed Energy Resources Market Through 2025

GreenTechMedia

market for distributed energy resources will look very different in five years than it does today. These are some of the key findings in a new report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables that pulls together disparate technologies into a broad-ranging forecast. The U.S.

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The Texas Polar Vortex Resurrects the Question of Fuel Diversity for the Decarbonized Grid

GreenTechMedia

natural gas supply network was stressed by record demand and prices. Energy Information Administration, for the 9-day stretch from February 9 through yesterday February 17, natural gas provided about 35 percent of the U.S.

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Duke Energy Will Play ‘Pivotal Role’ in North Carolina Clean Energy Debate, CEO Says

GreenTechMedia

But it also highlighted the near-term steps the utility is taking to achieve its clean energy aspirations and how its long-range decarbonization strategy will influence the pending debate over a clean energy plan for its home state of North Carolina.

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Electrification gets down to the wire

GreenBiz

It’s a shockingly heady time for electricity. The push to quickly transition carbon-intensive activities away from fossil fuels while meeting the world’s growing energy needs has put electricity producers and consumers squarely in the forefront of the emerging clean economy.

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Could green hydrogen be key to a carbon-free economy?

GreenBiz

The $500 billion city — complete with flying taxis and robotic domestic help — is being built from scratch and will be home to a million people. And what energy product will be used both to power this city and sell to the world? Energy & Climate. Renewable Energy.

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How to value solar plus storage

GreenBiz

The crisis has turbocharged interest in systems that deliver power even when the grid is down. Solar plus storage is fast emerging as a top choice, both at scale on the grid and also "behind the meter," installed in a home, apartment or commercial building. . Renewable Energy.

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The Economic Case for ‘Blue Hydrogen’ Is Getting Worse. Cue the Lobbyists.

DeSmogBlog

The push to sell “blue hydrogen” as a clean energy fuel — which experts have called a misleading rebrand of fossil fuels — hit another setback this month. Climate provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 are bringing new economic headwinds to the gas-derived hydrogen fuel’s prospects.

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