California has long been a champion of solar power, and solar installations in the state have been growing at a rapid pace. Many consumers would like to use solar power but are still unable to do so. Now, one California utility is giving these customers the option to embrace solar. READ MORE
As the underdogs in the energy world, wind and solar power are constantly trying to make their case against coal and other entrenched forms of power. While they have the advantage of being cleaner than fossil fuels, several factors—including price and intermittency—still put them at a competitive disadvantage. READ MORE
While the smart grid is a relatively new concept, it doesn’t take long for the next change to arrive. Until now, the buzz has been about how smart meters would play such a valuable role in the expansion of smart grids by enabling utilities and customers to exchange real-time data about energy consumption. Now, smart grids have become so much more. READ MORE
It was only recently that incandescent lamps were rendered obsolete. Now fluorescent lamps are due for an upgrade.
The quest for maximum energy efficiency is ongoing, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced new efficiency standards for general service fluorescent bulbs (GSFLs) in December. READ MORE
The intermittent nature of some forms of renewables—solar and especially wind—make storage technology an essential ingredient of their success. Storing the power generated from renewables allows it to be used at times when demand is high and generation is low. READ MORE
As renewable energy strives to become more competitive with traditional sources, success is measured in a variety of ways. By one of these measures, wind power is coming on strong. According to a recent analysis by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, wind power accounted for most of the new generating capacity installed in the United States in October 2014. READ MORE
In the pursuit of technological innovation and alternative-energy sources, California has a well-established reputation as a pioneer. That reputation also applies to the field of electric vehicles (EVs).
A proposal before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) could take the EV industry to a new level of growth by loosening restrictions on utility ownership of EV charging stations. READ MORE
In the movement toward greater energy efficiency, buildings have been identified as one of the biggest targets. Changes in the standards that designers and policymakers use as a guideline for their own applications could pave the way for buildings to increase their efficiency beyond those gains already achieved. READ MORE