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Spot on: New website tracks clean energy policy

The Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University and the Nature Conservancy have released the State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) for Clean Energy -- a publicly available database that allows users to quickly review the status of 38 clean energy policies across all 50 states.

Losing Model: Dynegy blames MISO market design for coal death

Dynegy recently announced plans to shut down multiple Illinois coal-fueled units -- 1,835 MW in total from MISO Zone 4. The decision to shut down operations at the Baldwin and Newton units was made after the plants, once again, failed to recover basic operating costs in the most recent MISO capacity auction.

California bills target power plants, oil, natural gas

A diverse set of bills is currently in front of the California legislature, focusing on climate, power plant siting, natural gas storage, and water issues that impact disadvantaged communities. From promoting equitable land use to innovative climate investments, the legislative agenda advances a range of programs to alleviate pollution across California.

Avista enabling smart city apps in Washington State

Avista continually invests in modernizing its electric grid, gas network and other systems as they plan for the utility of the future to support technologies of tomorrow.

Just an incident: Michigan utility downplays cyber attack

A water and electricity authority in the State of Michigan, Lansing's Board of Water & Light, needed a week to recover from a ransomware attack that hit its enterprise systems recently.

Economists: No guarantee for U.S. wind success, but economics look good

Despite the Supreme Court's decision to stay the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which injected uncertainty in the renewables industry, the decreasing costs and increasing efficiencies of wind energy still make it an attractive energy source for investment, according to research from BBVA Compass.

Dying a coal death: Dynegy latest to go down

Houston, Texas-based Dynegy is phasing out the use of coal at units one and three at the Baldwin Power Station in Baldwin, Illinois, and unit two at the Newton Power Station in Newton, Illinois -- marking the retirement of more than 100,000 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired power plants in the United States since 2010.

Embrace the Energy Superhighway (before Google Fiber and Verizon do)

Navigant Research suggests that electric utilities must take a similarly bold and long-term view of the communications networks they operate across their service territories. Ubiquitous, high-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity will be essential as power utilities transition from the one-way, generation-transmission-distribution power supply model of the past to a bi-directional, Energy Cloud and energy services-based operational paradigm. We call this network the Energy Superhighway. And, much as with the Interstate Highway System, the economic growth potential for utilities which embrace the Energy Superhighway is expected to be great.

Favorable consumer sentiment, legislation support nuclear tech

The United States is at risk of falling behind international competitors amid rising global interest in development of advanced reactors to meet clean energy needs, but increasingly knowledgeable energy consumers and recently introduced legislation could lead to more support for nuclear technology.

Apples to Apples: Comparing energy storage systems getting easier

Accurately and reliably comparing the performance of grid and building energy storage systems is getting easier with the release of an updated protocol.

Duke Energy helps NC into top 3 solar states

North Carolina has moved up the solar ranks to No. 3 in the in the United States, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. 

Energized: Utilities accelerating pace of grid-tied solar

In the last seven years, the amount of solar power installed in the U.S. has increased 23-fold -- from 1.2 gigawatts in 2008 to an estimated 27.4 gigawatts in 2015, with one million systems now in operation.

Best in Connecticut: Who wins for customer value?

Customers statewide who selected ConEdison Solutions -- a competitive supplier of electricity serving customers in the Eversource and UI utility service territories -- as their electricity supplier saved a total of $1,692,467 over the course of the year, with savings demonstrated in both Connecticut utilities' service territories.

Trending in global solar: Hello auctions, goodbye FiTs

Following a record-breaking 2015, GTM Research expects the global solar PV market to grow 21 percent and add 66 gigawatts of capacity by the end of the 2016.

HVDC gets a boost in NYC

With the rise in renewable energy deployments, the global HVDC power supply market is expected to reach $4.88 billion by 2022. That is according to Grand View Research, Inc., which says these systems integrate easily with renewable or alternative energy sources such as photovoltaic, fuel cells, and wind power, to provide considerable avenues for industry growth.

Think utilities with different business models can't align? CapX2020 shows they can

Collaborative partnerships are helping to usher in a new era of energy planning. Case in point: CapX2020, a coalition of 11 utilities from Minnesota and the Upper Midwest that worked together to plan, develop, and build the region's first major energy line expansion in 40 years.

Advanced energy driving job growth in renewables, smart buildings

Building on a state's strengths in advanced energy technology can maximize job growth and give a state a competitive economic edge.

Wind power off to a good start; best since 2012

Wind power just had its strongest first quarter in terms of installations since 2012, driven by rising demand for the low-cost resource, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

Good news or bad? Solar surpasses wind in California

While this is an exciting milestone for the solar industry, the rise of solar also brings with it a demand for better forecasting information to cope with the challenges that the increase in variable generation poses to the regional energy system.

Duke Energy raises renewable energy goal

Duke Energy is experiencing renewable energy growth faster than expected -- based on wind, solar and biomass the company either owns or purchases.