Policy

REC Silicon prepared to power down the rest of its operation

The Norwegian polysilicon and silane gas producer has announced it will listen to offers for its production facility in Butte, Montana after mothballing its other manufacturing operation – at Moses Lake, Washington – in the summer.

Opening markets to solar & wind could save billions in the Midwest

A new report by the Wind Solar Alliance estimates that reforms to electricity markets which it has proposed in the PJM Interconnection and Midcontinent System Operator (MISO) grids could save consumers $48-$49 per year by allowing more wind and solar.

The long view: an interview with Steven Zhu of Trina Solar

In this interview Trina Solar’s President of America Steven Zhu provides a longer perspective on the current U.S.-China trade war, and also speaks to the evolution of Trina’s offerings in the U.S. market.

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Trump administration faces heat over FERC nomination

James Danly has been pinned to be the newest commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a decision which is causing waves over the nominee’s lack of experience and party affiliation.

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A plan to stay safe with lithium-ion batteries

In the aftermath of a high-profile fire at a lithium-ion battery facility, the Energy Storage Association has launched a model emergency response plan.

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South Carolina city kills residential solar because math is hard

The city of Georgetown has instituted a $50 monthly “accounting charge” on all residential solar customers because the city’s accounting software can’t comprehend the concept of energy being sent to the grid.

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Montgomery County’s rooftop solar mandate, changes at Green Mountain Power: pvMB 10/1/19

Hello all you beautiful people, we’re back from SPI and back with the pvMB. In this first MB of October, we’ll be checking out POWERHOME Solar expanding and hiring in Illinois, BPA entering Western EIM, California reaching a million solar roofs and more!

DTE’s zero-carbon pledge: ambition or greenwashing?

The Michigan utility is the latest to issue a carbon reduction goal which is not supported by its actions – particularly its choice to build a gas plant instead of potentially cheaper clean energy options.

Los Angeles still has a feed-in tariff. And it’s growing.

The California city’s municipal utility has approved an expansion of the largest feed-in tariff in the nation by 300 MW, with 50 MW to come online next year.

Logic supports renewables, not nuclear

The latest edition of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report reiterates that clean power is taking the lead in the world’s energy system and nuclear is not only too costly a remedy for carbon emissions but too slow to deploy.

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