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Emerging Tech That Will Help Revive Our Infrastructure

America’s physical infrastructure is in the dumps. The American Society of Civil Engineers regularly gives the country’s infrastructure a near-failing grade. We need to rebuild a lot of stuff. Hardening our roads, grids, buildings and transit systems has a climate context to it: We need to do ...

California Seeks to Shift Major Battery Incentive Toward Fire, Blackout Resiliency

Over its 13-year history, California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program has been the state’s primary driver for distributed solar, biomass power systems, fuel cells, and, over the past half-decade or so, behind-the-meter batteries.  Now California regulators are proposing a new role for SGI ...

Europe’s Energy Giants Line Up to Endorse Green Deal

The European Union’s newly proposed Green Deal raises “significant questions” for the oil and gas industry, analysts said, but the plan was broadly welcomed by companies across the energy sector. On Wednesday the European Commission presented a sweeping 50-point plan centered around achie ...

One More Time, With Feeling: GE’s Latest Approach to Energy Storage

Century-old electric technology company GE kicked off 2019 with yet another reorg. The workhorse Power division was split up, to start. Though still a top supplier of the world's natural-gas turbines, the division had turned into a money-loser as renewables adoption surged. Meanwhile, an expanded ...

Loanpal Now No. 1 in the Booming Solar Loan Market

Solar loans started outperforming third-party-owned solar in early 2018. According to a new WoodMac report, the first half of 2019 saw loans claim a majority of the solar financing market first time, at 55 percent market share. Loan providers are continuing to build networks of installer partner ...

Moonshot Moment: Europe Announces Green Deal

New European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen unveiled Europe's Green Deal on Wednesday, a package of 50 far-reaching policy ideas that are still missing many key details, calling it a "man on the moon moment" for Europe.   The package of measures would see climate action woven acro ...

3 Trends That Shaped the Grid Edge in 2019

It isn’t easy to transform a century’s worth of electricity infrastructure from the ground up, particularly in the face of climate-change-induced firestorms.  In looking back at 2019’s most important developments on the grid edge — GTM's term for the interface of the traditional utility ...

Analysis: UK Election Shows Politicians Catching Up on Energy and Climate

Britain goes to the polls again on Thursday, and the latest U.K. election campaign has been nothing if not unorthodox. Each of the leaders of the two major parties are unloved by large swaths of their own party’s traditional base. Brexit has created divides within both tribes as well. And the q ...

Enel Builds New York City’s Biggest Battery, With a Twist

Enel X has completed the largest battery storage project in New York City, using an unusual business model to break through in a tough market. New York City consumes a tremendous amount of electricity in a congested part of the grid, creating potential business opportunities for batteries to stor ...

Why Flexible Gas Generation Must Be Part of Deep Decarbonization

Thanks to generous feed-in tariffs and other incentives, Germany’s wind and solar installations have soared over the past two decades to the point that renewables could cover half of the country’s electricity demand. But given technology and market conditions, a substantial portion of renewabl ...