Germany’s energy transition increasingly seen to be key to the economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic

Freja Eriksen and Julian Wettengel write on the Clean Energy Wire about the importance given to the energy transition in Germany as a means to have the country recover from the serious economic impacts of the crisis.   German states and utilities say Energiewende central to economic recovery The energy transition must remain high on … Continue reading Germany’s energy transition increasingly seen to be key to the economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic

Utilities in the US are being required to increase energy efficiency to address climate change challenges

Rachel Gold from ACEEE writes on the GreenBiz website about the efforts by several states in the US to lean on local utilities to ramp up their energy efficiency programmes. What are utilities in your region doing?   States step up climate efforts by requiring utilities to increase energy efficiency Before the COVID-19 pandemic adjourned … Continue reading Utilities in the US are being required to increase energy efficiency to address climate change challenges

Regulated utilities in state of New York ordered to ramp up energy savings

As more utilities get involved in saving energy, it is useful to see what the state of New York is doing to require its regulated utilities to increase their effort.  Samantha Wilt explains in an article on the Natural Resources Defense Council website.   More Efficiency for New York Means More Savings, Carbon & $ … Continue reading Regulated utilities in state of New York ordered to ramp up energy savings

Commercial and industrial customers pushing for resilience, reliability, and sustainability from utilities

Emily Holbrook writes on the Environmental Leader website about a new report about what commercial and industrial customers are expecting from its utility providers. When it comes to electricity, they are expecting more renewables. Are these your findings from your experience?   Report: Utilities Must Commit to Renewable Energy or Industrial Clients May Turn to … Continue reading Commercial and industrial customers pushing for resilience, reliability, and sustainability from utilities

Thailand’s energy transition plans raise concerns

Pratch Rujivanarom writes on The Nation website about concerns raised by Greenpeace about the impact of Thailand’s Power Development Plans.   Power plan ‘a setback for sustainable energy’ Environmental watchdog Greenpeace has called Thailand’s Power Development Plan 2018 (PDP) “sugar-coated” despite its embrace of more renewable energy, saying it still hinders efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas … Continue reading Thailand’s energy transition plans raise concerns

Electric co-ops in the USA offering low-interest loans to members so they can afford energy-efficiency improvements

The US has a large number of electric co-ops and it is encouraging to see that they are offering low-interest loans to its members.  Miles Hadfield explains on the Co-operative News website.   US electric co-ops use low-interest loans to power efficiency savings Electric co-ops in the USA are offering low-interest loans to members, which … Continue reading Electric co-ops in the USA offering low-interest loans to members so they can afford energy-efficiency improvements

Edinburgh company says it will transform the way electricity is delivered

There are concerns about the quality of delivered electricity as companies do everything to reduce carbon emissions.  Kenneth Macdonald writes on the BBC news website about a new approach to improve the quality of delivered electricity.   Turning down the volume: Tackling the problem of 'noisy' electricity The drive to reduce our carbon emissions has … Continue reading Edinburgh company says it will transform the way electricity is delivered

Coping with the public’s desire for 100% renewable energy

The energy transition brings up interesting dilemmas. As David Roberts writes in his article on the Vox website “Renewable energy is hot. It has incredible momentum, not only in terms of deployment and costs but in terms of public opinion and cultural cachet. To put it simply: Everyone loves renewable energy. It’s cleaner, it’s high-tech, … Continue reading Coping with the public’s desire for 100% renewable energy

Energy transition provides some shock therapy to traditional firms

Once a process is set in motion, it is hard to know how the pieces will fit together.  The low-carbon energy transition is certainly having an impact and there is definitely now known as business as usual.  Antony Froggatt, Associate Member, Energy Policy Group, at the University of Exeter and a Senior Research Fellow at … Continue reading Energy transition provides some shock therapy to traditional firms

Utility in California sets up programme to offer software-controlled batteries to commercial and industrial businesses

It is always encouraging to read how energy storage systems are being deployed in various countries.  Hannah Beausang writes in The Press Democrat about a partnership between a public electricity provider and the California-based private company, Stem, a leader in smart energy storage networks, offering commercial and industrial businesses smart batteries that provide power during … Continue reading Utility in California sets up programme to offer software-controlled batteries to commercial and industrial businesses