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EPAct 2005: A Game Changer for Transmission? Part Two

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In part one of this article, we discussed Section 1222 — entitled “Third-Party Finance” — of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Here, we look closer at Section 1222 put in practice with Clean Line Energy’s Plains & Eastern Clean Line Project

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Drones Go Where Man Has Gone Before

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Around the nation, that chatter you hear is the buzz about drones (or the more official term – small unmanned aerial systems – sUAS). Duke Energy is grabbing its share of buzz. It’s one of the few utilities testing drones and looking to make them part…

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Yingli Reaches Agreements With Lenders to Modify Loan Payments

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Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. reached deals with lenders to modify loan agreements after the Chinese solar manufacturer defaulted on 1.76 billion yuan ($267 million) in debts in April. Its American depositary receipts surged.

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Notes from the Solar Underground: Tesla and SolarCity: When Acquisition Strategies Run Amok

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When Toto pulls back the curtain in the Wizard of Oz to reveal that the Wizard is just a normal man with no special powers the Wizard says: Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. In the case of the proposed stock acquisition of SolarCity by Tesla, pulling the curtain would reveal two debt ridden companies with cash flow problems.

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New Research to Improve Molten Salt Applications for Renewables

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Molten salt technology is being developed for use in mineral processing in the mining industry to reduce energy and water costs.

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Raising Our Game in Clean Energy Innovation

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Recently I traveled to San Francisco to participate in international efforts to meet the challenge of climate change and accelerate the global transition to clean energy. The main event was the Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7), a meeting of 23 countries and the European Commission.

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EPAct 2005: A Game Changer for Transmission? Part One

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Historically, the siting of electric transmission facilities was the exclusive province of state public utility commissions. In the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005 or Act), Congress gave the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) a “backstop” siting role in the event of lack of action by a state commission. In 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit effectively gutted FERC’s rules implementing its backstop authority.

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What Will the Brexit Mean for Europe’s Clean Energy Future?

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With the United Kingdom’s referendum gone to vote, the decision to “Brexit” has come at a critical time. The UK’s debate to leave the European Union is heavily rooted in history, with popular consensus at about an even split. While issues such as immigration, economics and institutional reform are at the heart of the desire to reform, there is uncertainty around what separation could mean for the UK’s clean energy future. However, at a pivotal time where decarbonization is on the forefront of the world’s agenda, making the Brexit could deter the EU from meeting its emission goals.

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Con Edison Bundles Rooftop Solar, Storage to Supply Grid Power

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SunPower Corp. and Consolidated Edison Inc. plan to offer rooftop solar panels bundled with batteries to more than 300 New York residential customers, creating a system that will be able to store energy to feed the grid.

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Sustainable Women Series: Eradicating Energy Poverty: 80 Microgrids by 2020

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The EarthSpark team spent 5 years developing their first microgrid in Haiti. Inaugurated in June 2015, it is currently serving 449 homes and businesses with affordable, reliable electricity 24/7. The grid contains 93 kW of PV panels, a 30 kVa generator back up and 410 kWh of battery storage.

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