Renewable Energy Regulations News

  • Two Workshops Announced for Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting

    The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced more details of events at the biggest geothermal energy conference of the year at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.   In addition to the main event of the GRC Annual Meeting & Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) GeoExpo+ taking place October 1-4, 2017, there will be two workshops before the ...

  • Event – The Clean Energy Package Towards a smart and sustainable heat market

    The European Commission’s long-awaited “Clean Energy for all Europeans” package of legislation was presented at the end of last year and aims, amongst others, at accelerating renewable energy innovation. With renewable energy deployment progressing fast in power generation, the heating and cooling sector still has some way to go to reduce the remaining 84% of EU heating ...

  • How Customer And Retail Electric Choices Are Changing Role Of Investor-Owned Utilities and Regulation in California

    The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission have published a staff white paper assessing how impact of technology driven consumer electricity choices are changing California's retail electric market. The white paper is a pre-cursor to the CPUC and California Energy Commission's En Banc on Consumer and Retail Energy Choice, scheduled for May 19, 2017, in ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Does coal have a future?

    President Trump took steps to keep his promise to revitalize the coal industry by signing executive orders aimed at reducing the environmental regulatory burden on coal. But is it too little, too late to save coal? Even with the president’s actions, large coal plants in the U.S. are still facing early retirement – not for regulatory reasons, but due to economic factors. Low natural ...

  • Energy Storage Guide for Policymakers Released

    A new tool published by the independent Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Charging Ahead: An Energy Storage Guide for State Policymakers," (http://irecusa.org) provides regulators and other decision makers with specific guidance on key issues for policy consideration, including foundational policies for advanced energy storage a new generation of technologies ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Russia Can Nearly Quadruple Share of Renewable Energy by 2030

    Russia can increase the share of renewables in its energy mix from roughly 3 per cent today to more than 11 per cent by 2030, according to new findings by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The growth in renewable energy use would represent nearly a fourfold increase in the share of renewables between 2014 and 2030. Renewable Energy Prospects for the Russian ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Illinois launches major utility reform study

    Illinois regulators have approved an ambitious, 18-month study to determine new technologies, business models, and regulatory regimes that will help transform the state’s electric grid into one that is more flexible and allows for greater customer choice. The effort, called NextGrid, is reminiscent of other utility reform initiatives, including New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision ...

  • Alpiq Creates Structures For Future Growth

    Swiss energy company Alpiq notes that the digital transformation of the energy world covers the entire value chain from electricity generation to consumption. The integration of new renewable energies as well as the shift from traditional end customers towards prosumers present new and complex challenges to infrastructure in the energy industry. The Commerce & Trading and Energy Services ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • SgurrEnergy’s Garry Campbell joins world’s leading professional health and safety body

    SgurrEnergy, part of Wood Group’s clean energy business, bolstered its credentials when one of its employees was invited to join the world’s leading professional health and safety body. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) last month welcomed Health and Safety Team Leader Garry Campbell to its Offshore Group Committee. IOSH is ...


    By SgurrEnergy Ltd.

  • Growing the Mexico – California Renewable Energy Alliance

    The Honorable Guillermo Zúñiga of the Mexico Energy Regulatory Commission Set to Keynote the Renewables Rush Conference in April NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Mexico and California have taken bold steps resulting in agreements to forge common efforts to pursue clean energy and address climate ...


    By Penton

  • Advanced Energy Management Alliance: FERC Ruling Constitutes Win for Consumers in New York

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently issued an order eliminating a barrier to customer savings and better electricity system efficiency in New York. The order, announced on February 3rd, allows customers and companies to simultaneously participate in both state and federal programs that provide compensation for reducing energy usage in order to help alleviate different types of ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Western lawmakers vow to increase state renewable energy portfolios

    With President Donald Trump vows to revitalize America’s fossil fuel industry, Western lawmakers are making good on promises to increase their reliance on renewable energy and limit greenhouse gas emissions. With President Donald Trump vows to revitalize America’s fossil fuel industry, Western lawmakers are making good on promises to increase their reliance on renewable energy and ...

  • European Commission Endorses Three French Initiatives To Produce More Than 2600 Megawatts In Renewable Energy

    The European Commission recently endorsed three French schemes to support solar and hydropower energy generators in France under EU state aid rules. The schemes will allow France to develop around 2600 megawatts of additional solar capacity and 60 megawatts of additional hydropower capacity. The two solar schemes together have a provisional budget of 439 million per year (or a total of 8.8 ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Edison Electric Institute to Wall Street: Delivering America's Energy Future

    Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn and three other EEI officers - David Owens, Phil Moeller, and Richard McMahon - recently briefed Wall Street analysts, bankers, and investors on the state of the U.S. electric power industry. Kuhn and the panelists ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Report: Eurasia Smart Grid Market Forecast Thru 2026

    A new regional study by Northeast Group, LLC examines the smart grid market in Eurasia over the period 2016-2026.  The Eurasia region has several drivers for smart grid investment, including an initial base of smart meters already present in the region. Driven by high non-technical losses and aided by ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Corporate energy plans are playing a bigger role in the renewable energy market

    Big companies - from Google to the candy maker Mars—have become big players in the renewable energy market, which has until now been dominated by utilities. In 2105, large corporate customers contracted for a record 3.2 gigawatts of renewable energy, including the majority of wind power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the year, and another 1.6 gigawatts was contracted in 2016, according to ...

  • GRC 2017 Annual Meeting Announced - Call for Papers Issued

    The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has issued a call for papers for the world’s biggest geothermal conference of the year taking place October 1-4, 2017, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA at the Salt Palace Convention Center.  Themed “Geothermal Energy - Power to do More” the 41st GRC Annual Meeting will reflect the world-wide availability of a clean, dependable renewable ...


    By Geothermal Resources Council

  • Report: Retail, tech industry on track to procure 60 GW of green energy by 2025

    States which invest in clean domestic energy production are also the most likely to attract new business and create jobs, according to a new report, as demand for clean energy among retailers and technology companies is expected to reach 60 gigawatts (GW) by 2025. The new analysis, released by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), ...

  • EIA: Renewables to grow with or without Clean Power Plan

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says it predicts renewable energy sources will continue to grow at a record pace regardless of whether the incoming administration of President-elect Trump does away with key regulations like the Clean Power Plan (CPP). According to the EIA’s 2017 Annual Energy Outlook, the United States will become a net energy exporter sometime in the next ...

  • EIA`s Annual Energy Outlook 2017 projects the United States as a net energy exporter in most cases

    Annual Energy Outlook 2017 (AEO2017), released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), presents updated projections for U.S. energy markets through 2050 based on eight cases (Reference, Low and High Economic Growth, Low and High Oil Price, Low and High Oil and Gas Resource and Technology, No Clean Power Plan implementation). This is the first time that EIA is publishing ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

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