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Colorado PUC Reverses Decision, Approves Community Solar Gardens

Source: By Glenn Meyers, CkeanTechnica • Posted: Monday, July 11th, 2016

For the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, June was a month of changes for the future of renewable electricity and solar gardens in this state. Here is why: At June’s end, PV-Tech reported the Colorado PUC reversed an earlier decision it had rendered by approving the deployment of community solar gardens. The regulatory agency granted reconsideration of a proposal by the state’s largest utility, Xcel Energy, and three solar companies, for community solar gardens which had earlier been rejected. Community solar gardens provide scope for virtual net-metering to those wanting to go solar but who are unable to have panels on their own property, and were part of Xcel’s wider Renewable Energy Standard (RES) compliance plan.

Google, Amazon and Apple Are Forging the Future of Corporate Energy Management

Source: By Andrew Mulherkar, GreenTechMedia • Posted: Monday, July 11th, 2016

Apple recently made headlines when it established a subsidiary called Apple Energy and filed for authorization to sell capacity, energy and ancillary services in wholesale energy markets nationwide. It will be some time before we see Apple participate in many of these markets, since Apple’s application currently covers only its renewable energy projects in California and Nevada, as well as one under construction in Arizona. But the fact that a consumer technology company has formed an energy subsidiary reflects the extent to which large corporations are taking an active approach to energy management.

A grand bargain? Gov. Jerry Brown in talks with oil companies about climate change programs

Source: By Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason, Los Angeles Times • Posted: Monday, July 11th, 2016

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has been talking directly with oil companies in hopes of reaching a consensus on extending California’s landmark climate programs, opening a back channel with an industry the governor has harshly criticized as a barrier to addressing global warming. The dialogue was described by sources who requested anonymity to talk about private discussions and later confirmed by the Western States Petroleum Assn., which represents oil companies in Sacramento.

Hanergy Launches Solar Powered Cars In China

Source: Tycho De Feijterm Forbes • Posted: Friday, July 8th, 2016

China’s Hanergy Holding Group (Hanergy) has unveiled four solar-powered electric concept cars, set for production within three years. Hanergy is a large clean-energy company and one of the largest thin-film solar cell manufacturers in the world. Hanergy is also the owner of U.S. based Alta Devices, which it bought in 2014. Much of the technology used in the solar panels that cover the Hanergy cars is based on Alta Devices AnyLight, which was devised as a range-extending technology for electric vehicles.

Dong in Deal for What May Be World’s Cheapest Offshore Wind

Source: By Bloomberg • Posted: Friday, July 8th, 2016

The Danish utility Dong Energy A/S won a contract to develop two wind farms off the coast of the Netherlands that the Dutch government deemed the cheapest in the world. Dong, the world largest offshore wind developer, offered to develop the projects for 7.27 euro cents a kilowatt-hour (8 U.S. cents), excluding connection fees for TenneT of 1.4 cents a kilowatt-hour, the Dutch economic affairs ministry said in a statement on its website Tuesday. The government said the move will allow it to spend 2.7 billion euros less than it had anticipated over the 15 years it will subsidize the project.

Tough to Keep the World From Warming When Carbon Is This Cheap

Source: By Mathew Carr and Joe Ryan, Bloomberg • Posted: Friday, July 8th, 2016

Carbon markets, the free-enterprise solution to saving the world from global warming, are now in danger themselves. The idea was simple enough: Set a cap on carbon emissions, issue enough permits to allow power plants, refineries and the like to stay within those limits and then shrink the cap over time to achieve reductions. The companies whose emissions fall fastest can sell their permits for a profit to slower responders — call it a reward for good behavior.

Will the world’s largest storage battery be America’s energy cure?

Source: John Fialka, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, July 8th, 2016

For many years, the tradition has been that on midsummer afternoons, engineers will turn on what they call a “peaker,” a natural gas-burning power plant In Long Beach. It is needed to help the area’s other power plants meet the day’s peak electricity consumption. Thus, as air conditioners max out and people arriving home from work turn on their televisions and other appliances, the juice will be there. Five years from now, if current plans work out, the “peaker” will be gone, replaced by the world’s largest storage battery, capable of holding and delivering over 100 megawatts of power an hour for four hours. The customary afternoon peak will still be there, but the battery will be able to handle it without the need for more fossil fuels. It will have spent the morning charging up with cheap solar power that might have otherwise been wasted.

Trump ‘light on details’ during Hill visit

Source: Hannah Hess, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, July 8th, 2016

“He didn’t really discuss substantive … policy positions,” former Energy and Commerce Chairman Joe Barton (R-Texas) told Greenwire. Trump made “more of a generic statement than anything else.” Despite the lack of specifics in the meeting and on the campaign trail, Barton said he was comfortable with Trump because of the lawmaker’s close relationship with Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), who has advised the campaign on energy issues.

Murkowski, Cantwell plot next steps for reform bill negotiations

Source: Hannah Hess, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, July 8th, 2016

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) skipped a meeting with her party’s presumptive presidential nominee yesterday morning to work on the framework for an energy reform conference committee. Murkowski met Wednesday with ranking member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) to hammer out more plans. The two senators are working out “a process for how we can kind of get the conference going and started and kind of keep it moving along,” Murkowski said.

Energy issues on the table for Trump’s Hill visit

Source: Manuel Quiñones, Sean Reilly and Hannah Hess, E&E reporters • Posted: Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Republican lawmakers are likely to ask their party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, for more details about his energy policy plans during meetings on Capitol Hill today. Trump is scheduled to meet with House Republicans in the morning at the GOP’s headquarters near the Capitol. Senators will meet with the real estate mogul later in the morning at National Republican Senatorial Committee headquarters.