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Xcel Energy’s Bidding Process Shows Energy Storage Prices Keep Falling

Xcel Energy’s Bidding Process Shows Energy Storage Prices Keep Falling

Price has always been considered the primary obstacle to building out energy storage systems — until now. Xcel Energy said that it has received hundreds of bids to help it integrate energy storage into its wind and solar energy networks, which are making such systems ever-more competitive.

Utility Must Properly Manage Hazardous Waste, Pay $39K Penalty Under EPA Settlement

Southern California Edison will pay a $39,127 penalty to settle federal charges that it improperly managed hazardous waste on Catalina Island.

The Sun is Shining on San Diego’s Solar and Energy Storage Ventures

The Sun is Shining on San Diego’s Solar and Energy Storage Ventures

The sun may be shining on the energy storage business. If the latest deal between San Diego Gas &Electric and Hecate Energy Bancroft is an indicator, the utility may be on its way to securing 165 megawatts of energy storage capacity by 2020. Such storage can harness the solar electrons. … Read more »

GE Desalination Technology Aims to Help Island Avoid 50% Water Rationing

Located in the Pacific Ocean, 22 miles southwest of Los Angeles, Catalina Island, California, is in the middle of a severe drought with residents and tourists potentially facing a mandatory 50 percent cutback in water usage. To help alleviate the water shortage, Southern California Edison is expanding its desalination plant … Read more »

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Utilities Pay $160M in Four Corners Power Plant Settlement

The EPA and the US Department of Justice yesterday announced a federal Clean Air Act settlement with several Arizona and New Mexico-based utility companies to install pollution control technology to reduce harmful air pollution from the Four Corners Power Plant located on the Navajo Nation near Shiprock, New Mexico. The … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: US Climate Fund, Drought Help, Cap-and-Trade Fines

President Obama on Friday unveiled proposals for a $1 billion fund to help communities prepare for the effects of climate change. Money would go to research, “breakthrough technologies” and infrastructure. But the fund – which Obama will formally outline in his 2015 budget in March – requires Congressional approval, Reuters … Read more »

GreenPoint Rated

KB Home, Eden Housing Among Green Building Award Winners

KB Home has the highest volume of GreenPoint Rated projects — more than 1,000 in the pipeline, 600 of which are slated for 2014 — and for this has won Community Builder of the Year, one of seven GreenPoint Rated awards for 2013. The nonprofit Build It Green says it … Read more »

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Vegetable Farm Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant in the Works

A Japanese fast-food chain plans to grow food about 60 miles from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Reuters reports. Yoshinoya Holdings, which sells stewed beef over rice called gyudon, has formed a joint-venture with local farmers to grow onions, cabbage and rice for use in outlets across Japan, according to … Read more »


California Carbon Price Lower Than Expected

California raised $275.5 million selling greenhouse gas emissions permits in its fourth auction, with the state’s largest  emitters paying a lower than expected $12.22 per metric ton for the right to release carbon this year. All 13.8 million available carbon allowances for use this year sold, the California Air Resources … Read more »

San Onofre

Ratepayers Should Help Pay for Closure of Nuclear Plant, Says Utility

Southern California Edison published full-page letters/advertisements in the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register this week to argue that ratepayers should help pay for the shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The utility decided to permanently retire the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station earlier this summer. … Read more »

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Southern California Edison’s EV Charging Learning Points

When customers with electric vehicles visit Southern California Edison’s website, the most sought after information is an estimate of how much it will cost to recharge their cars, followed by where charging stations are located, the utility says in a white paper. The white paper, Charged Up: Southern California Edison’s Key … Read more »

Bumpy Road for Nuclear

The closure of Southern California Edison’s troubled San Onofre 2 and 3 nuclear power reactors may not be the most troubling recent development for that power sector. Two other US reactors have closed this year, leaving exactly 100, but one of the shuttered plants – Dominion’s Kewaunee plant in Wisconsin – … Read more »

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