When an economy freezes, does it chill utility executives' ability to transform their energy sources? Macky McCleary, who directs energy, telecommunications and infrastructure for consulting firm Guidehouse, says the world will have to keep drawing more and more power from fossil-free sources- but he also warns that the United States may bungle the post-Covid recovery and thus thwart utilities' progress. Utilities figure to benefit from capital provisions that stoke the economic recovery- if and only if the federal government can lay out plans for public safety and retraining. We share McCleary's insight as we continue rolling out "CBEYond the Moment,"...
The story of a small property owner and a repaired boiler hints at the potential multipliers in C-PACE, a program that lets owners use energy savings to repay loans for upgrades. Keys to the program include training and coaching, which make the savings easier to achieve and quicker to see. Can programs like this provide cues to states revving out of the shutdown?
BP has become the biggest oil and gas company to promise to cut its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. Bernard Looney, BP’s new chief executive, said that it was “no longer enough” to provide reliable and affordable energy, it had to be cleaner too.
ISO New England's 14th annual Forward Capacity Market auction closed at $2/kW-month, representing the lowest price in the program's history and an almost 50% drop compared with the $3.80/kW-month in last year’s auction.
The country’s foremost utility geeks descended on San Antonio to let their inner wonks run wild. The conference, DistribuTech International, featured the nation’s largest utilities mingling with service providers demonstrating their latest technologies and offerings on impressively large screens and surprisingly intricate displays.
As more traditional venture capital and strategic investors are beginning to evaluate blockchain for the energy industry, feasible near-term use cases such as carbon credit tracking or management of utility assets may offer more immediate returns than ventures seeking to fundamentally reshape electricity markets around peer-to-peer trading.
Microsoft unveiled plans to invest $1 billion to back companies and organizations working on technologies to remove or reduce carbon from the earth’s atmosphere, saying efforts to merely emit less carbon aren’t enough to prevent catastrophic climate change.
PepsiCo will get all of its electricity in the U.S. from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar later in 2020, the company said in a statement. The U.S. is the food and beverage company's largest market and accounts for nearly half of its total global electricity consumption.
Researchers have looked at historical buying patterns across multiple countries and U.S. states, and found that starting near $1,000/kW of net present value broader uptake of residential solar begins, at $3,000/kW the market is really overheating, and at $7,000/kW it’s projected that 50% of viable home owners would be financially motivated to adopt solar power.
Now, in states from New York to California, the focus of the conversation has moved from: How can utilities weather the shift toward distributed energy without suffering big losses? to: How can utilities, their customers and the electric grid as a whole best harness the benefits of distributed energy resources?