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Solar Plus Storage is Plugged In and Waiting to Charge Forward

Arizona Public Service is getting out ahead of the curve by providing battery storage devices to a finite set of consumers with solar rooftop panels. It’s trying to figure out how such storage devices will impact the demand for electricity.

More Onsite Power Means Less Revenues for Utilities. What’s Next?

With an increasing number of both business and residential customers expected to generate their power using rooftop solar panels, the renewable revolution could cost utilities big dollars. The extent of that dynamic is still to be figured. But some of the latest numbers show billions are at stake. What now? … Read more »

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Oil Giants Form Climate Lobbying Group

Shell, Schneider Electric and the Rocky Mountain Institute introduced the Energy Transitions Commission at the Fortune Brainstorm E Conference in Austin, Texas. The commission was formed to develop actionable insights to help energy decision-makers sustain economic growth while also mitigating climate change. Commissioners come from the following energy companies, renewable … Read more »

Branson’s Carbon War Room Merges with Think Tank

Carbon War Room, the global nonprofit organization co-founded by Virgin Group Chairman Sir Richard Branson, has merged with alternative energy think tank Rocky Mountain Institute in an effort to combat climate change and accelerate demand and financing for low-carbon solutions that are technically feasible and cost effective today. The merger brings together CWR, … Read more »

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Empire State Building Exceeds Energy Efficiency Savings

The energy efficiency program at the Empire State Building has exceeded guaranteed energy savings for the second year in a row, saving $2.3 million, according to the team that developed the energy efficiency program comprised of the Empire State Building, Johnson Controls, Jones Lang LaSalle, and the Rocky Mountain Institute. … Read more »

Google, Ford, GE Pledge Workplace EV Stations

Google, Ford and GE are among the 13 companies that have joined with the DOE to launch the Workplace Charging Challenge, an effort to increase the number of US employers offering electric vehicle charging tenfold in the next five years. And Nissan, another signatory to the challenge, has separately announced … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Solar Finance, Freedom Foods, ICC Global Services

Solar industry companies including Distributed Sun and DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions have established the truSolar Working Group, a consortium that aims to develop uniform financial standards for solar projects. Less than 5 percent of US lending institutions are actively involved in financing solar projects due to concerns about industry risks, and … Read more »

AT&T and RMI Developing Energy Strategy for 65,000 Buildings

Rocky Mountain Institute and AT&T are working together to improve energy efficiency across the company’s 65,000 facilities in over 60 countries, and share the results with others, as part of the 2012 Portfolio Energy RetroFit Challenge. Launched by RMI earlier this year, the Portfolio RetroFit Challenge aims to demonstrate to … Read more »