Monthly Archives: August 2012

As California Integrates More Renewable Energy Resources, it Looks to New Technologies

Photo: AES Laurel Mountain Energy StorageCalifornia reached an important milestone in 2011 by satisfying over 20 percent of its electricity needs with renewable energy, according to the most recent quarterly report of the state’s Public Utilities Commission. The state is also on track to surpass its 2011 growth rate, with about 3,000 more megawatts of renewables slated to come online in 2012, the report says. Continue reading

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New Studies Uphold the Value of Energy-Efficiency Programs

Two questions are often raised about energy-efficiency programs, particularly those supported by the public-benefits charges on utility bills and by government incentives to which all of us contribute as rate- and taxpayers: Do such programs really deliver the expected reductions in energy use, and even if they do, might they nonetheless be futile because their savings are likely to be cancelled out by the so-called rebound effect? Continue reading

New England States Vow to Collaborate on Clean-Energy Procurement

The governors of the six New England states have pledged to work together to procure renewable energy, an initiative expected to spur large-scale investments in clean power, stimulate economic growth and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. The agreement was announced on Monday during a meeting of the New England Governors’ Conference in Burlington, Vermont, where the officials approved a resolution calling for the release of a request for proposal (RFP) in 2013 for a significant amount of renewable energy, according to a statement from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Continue reading