Forget utility 2.0 – the power sector needs regulation of the future

May 28th, 2015

New technologies and financial innovation have introduced an era of consumer choice and control in the energy sector. Solar panel, smart meters, energy storage, electric vehicles and micro-grids are changing the distribution grid and encouraging debates around a model for ‘utility 2.0’. There is little value in designing a new technical model for the electrical […]


How energy efficiency financing can help states meet Clean Power Plan goals

May 28th, 2015

EPA’s final rule for regulating greenhouse gases from existing power plants, the Clean Power Plan, is anticipated later this summer. With just 12 months to develop compliance plans, states will have to scramble to identify their most reliable, lowest cost compliance options. In addition, they will have to find funds to pay for it all. […]


Communities take control of their energy and cut their bills

May 26th, 2015

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses in England are now powered by locally-owned renewable energy projects, thus saving whole communities money and transforming the way power is generated in the UK. In the past 12 months 62 new renewable power projects, including solar panels for three hospitals in Warwickshire and the UK’s first carbon-neutral […]


Central American retail chain invests in distributed renewable energy

May 26th, 2015

Central America’s commercial and industrial sector gets a US$4m boost in its renewable energy development. Etail, a large retail chain in Central America has selected renewable energy solutions firm UGE and Panama-based energy company OTEPI Renewables, to design and supply solar energy systems at its facilities. In 2014, both UGE and OTEPI Renewables entered into […]


Power grid operators aim to get smart as Europe turns green

May 26th, 2015

The owners of Europe’s electricity grids say they need cash and a new look at regulation if they are to build and operate new, high-tech networks capable of channelling green energy sources into homes across the continent. The voltage networks of the past were low-tech, one-directional cables, and with 90% of Europe’s renewable energy connected, […]