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DOE Grid Report Reasonable, But Words Matter – A Lot

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Findings in long-awaited U.S. Department Of Energy grid report may be reasonable, but on the orientation toward resilience away from flexibility, words matter – a lot.

Trending Topics – Getting The Most Out Of Vehicle Electrification For Customers And The Grid

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An America’s Power Plan expert says vehicle electrification is a massive investment opportunity for utilities that could also benefit customers and the grid, if adequately planned for and compensated.

3rd Quarterly California Cap-And-Trade Auction Strongest In History, But Not All Good News

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Third quarterly California carbon market auction of 2017 completely sells out of allowances at highest auction price in system history, but additional allowance sales could undercut efforts to get on track for the state’s ambitious 2030 emissions reduction goal.

Statement On 3rd Quarterly California Cap-And-Trade Auction

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3rd quarterly California carbon market auction of 2017 to completely sell out of allowances at highest price in four years, but additional allowance sales threaten state’s ambitious 2030 emissions reduction goal.

Trending Topics – Energy Efficiency’s Existential Crisis Is Also an Opportunity

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A guest contributor for America’s Power Plan says creating portfolios of energy efficiency projects to deliver demand reductions where and when utilities need them can help keep pace with grid demand.

Statement On California Legislature’s Vote To Extend Cap-And-Trade System

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California’s state legislature today reached a two-thirds supermajority to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program to 2030. This statement forecasts what impact this vote will have on the state’s carbon market, and can be attributed to Energy Innovation Director of Research Chris…

Statement on legislation to extend California cap-and-trade system

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California’s Governor Jerry Brown, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León have reached agreement on legislation to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program to 2030.  This statement forecasts what impact this achievement will have on the…

Hal Harvey’s Insights and Updates – Offshore wind: The next big thing in clean energy

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Offshore wind, in contrast to the widespread cost declines and capacity additions we’ve seen with onshore wind and solar PV, has historically been more of a ‘boutique’ resource—a great idea in theory, but still expensive and concentrated in certain parts of the world. That is now changing, as offshore wind becomes mainstream for three reasons: location, advancing technology, and declining price.

Trending Topics – Mind the “storage” gap: how much flexibility do we need in a high renewables future?

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Imagine that we have built enough wind and solar power plants to supply 100 percent of the electricity a region like California or Germany consumes in a year. Sure, the wind and sun aren’t always available, so this system would need flexible resources that can fill in the gaps. Filling this gap is one of the principal flexibility challenges of a low-carbon grid. But what will that flexibility cost?

As Trump Withdraws From Paris, America and the World Double Down on Decarbonization

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Trump’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement is an unmatched abdication of climate responsibility. This decision needs to be kept in perspective, though. Important reactions and trends will continue to add momentum to decarbonizing the world.