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Hawaii PUC approves solar plus storage DER-based virtual power plant

Swell Energy, Inc. today announced that the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved its $25 million contract with Hawaiian Electric for the delivery of various grid services through an aggregated “virtual power plant” (VPP) on three...

The first rule of connecting DERs: Keep it simple

There’s an under-discussed barrier to the growth of DERs on homes — utilities struggle with interconnection. The technical act of connecting a home to solar and grid power is surprisingly difficult — it is time-consuming, expensive, and complicated.
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Coronavirus crushed U.S. clean energy workforce in 2020; 400K-plus jobs still lost

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only devastated the U.S. health care system, but it’s taken a long-lasting direct hit on the nation’s once healthy clean energy industry. A new report by BW Research Partnership indicates...
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Aggregate fossil fuel demand could peak as early as 2027 according to McKinsey

COVID-19 and electrification hasten peak demand for hydrocarbons Aggregate fossil fuel demand is set to peak in 2027 – with oil peaking in 2029 and gas in 2037 – partially due to the impacts of...
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Burns & McDonnell to support overhaul and rebuild of Puerto Rico’s electricity grid

Burns & McDonnell announced this week that it was awarded a contract for program management services to support the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) with the revitalization of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid. The work will be...

SCE helps Pomona Fairplex install 200 EV chargers

Southern California Edison recently completed the largest Charge Ready electric vehicle charging project to date at the site of the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona — on time and under budget, even amid challenges related to COVID-19.

FERC’s Office of Public Participation takes shape

The public is soon going to have a seat at the top federal energy regulatory table. Even though Congress asked for this a long time ago (in 1978), only recently in the COVID omnibus...

RESA Power buys Western Utilities Transformer Service

Power distribution equipment service provider RESA Power, LLC announced the acquisition of Western Utilities Transformer Service, Inc.   Based in Visalia, CA, Western Utilities Transformer Service provides testing, assembly, repair, rewinding and oil processing services...

COVID-19 slows US energy efficiency sector despite increase in policy adoption

Despite an increase in the number of US states adopting energy efficiency codes/laws or setting ambitious energy-saving targets, COVID-19 has slowed overall market growth in 2020, according to a new study released by the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE).

Electric truck maker hits 100,000 orders ahead of fall start

The light duty truck has a range of about 250 miles and is mainly being marketed to commercial customers such as utility companies and municipal governments.