Why the Net Energy Metering Debate Misses the Point

Bundled, Block, Volumetric Rates are the Barrier to Unleashing DER Innovation It’s no secret that net energy metering (NEM) is a controversial topic in the electricity world these days. Customers love the way it helps solar PV offset their utility … Continue reading

Austin’s Solar Tariff Newly Incorporates RMI’s Energy Price Hedge Recommendation

Renewables scored a major victory recently in the natural gas heartland that is Texas. In a resolution adopted by the Austin City Council on August 28, the city declared solar energy its default generation resource, in part noting “that solar … Continue reading

Show Me the [Efficiency] Money — Solutions Journal Summer 2014 — Medium

Five real estate executives weigh in on what it will take to unlock $1.4 trillion in net energy savings through commercial building efficiency. RMI’s Reinventing Fire analysis shows how to tap into $1.9 trillion in saved energy costs in U.S. … Continue reading

Three cheers for community solar – San Antonio Express-News

SAN ANTONIO — CPS Energy recently took some lumps for its proposed solar fees. That proposal was shelved after concern the fees would be an obstacle to residential solar, which is only beginning to gain traction in San Antonio. But … Continue reading

The Economics of Grid Defection

Distributed electricity generation, especially solar PV, is rapidly spreading and getting much cheaper. Distributed electricity storage is doing the same, thanks largely to mass production of batteries for electric vehicles. Solar power is already starting to erode some utilities’ sales … Continue reading

Here’s why oil is poised for disruption | GreenBiz.com

Talk about risky business. Over the last decade, oil went from being a necessary ingredient of global growth to being its primary constraint. New modeling is now blaming oil’s inability to keep up with demand as a primary driver for … Continue reading

CPS weighs ‘community solar’ options – San Antonio Express-News

CPS Energy is putting together a community program that would allow San Antonians who either can't afford to install solar panels on their roofs or live in apartment buildings to nevertheless have access to the renewable power. The effort would … Continue reading

Storage Is the New Solar: Will Batteries and PV Create an Unstoppable Hybrid Force? : Greentech Media

When Wes Kennedy started engineering solar systems in the mid-1990s, he pretty much had one integration option: batteries. At that time, Kennedy designed and installed systems for Jade Mountain, a Colorado-based distributed energy retailer that eventually merged with Real Goods … Continue reading

Brundage Management, Self Reliant Storage accept Bill Sinkin Award – San Antonio Business Journal

Brundage Management Co. has accepted the Bill Sinkin Solar Award for the company’s work in advancing the adoption of solar energy in San Antonio. San Antonio-based Brundage installed 825 kilowatts of solar energy systems on 11 of the company’s A-AAAKey … Continue reading

CPS’ solar fee tabled – San Antonio Express-News

CPS Energy has dropped its proposed fees for solar customers — either for the time being or altogether. The utility detailed the proposal for the City Council last week, with council members raising concerns about whether the fees would discourage … Continue reading

Smart Cities — A $1.5 Trillion Market Opportunity – Forbes

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “India is to be found not in its few cities, but in its 700,000 villages.” Though that may at one time have been true, it is no longer the case. With about 30 country dwellers moving … Continue reading

Solar fee proposal questioned – San Antonio Express-News

SAN ANTONIO — City Council members told a CPS Energy official Wednesday that the utility's hoped-for timeline to charge fees for future solar customers is too abrupt, saying they need more information before making a decision. In a council briefing, … Continue reading

Energy storage seen as next step for ‘green’ power

First, Randy Ross bought a Chevrolet Volt. Faced with the need to charge his car and eager to cut his utility bill, he installed solar panels on the roof of his Pleasanton, Calif., home. Now Ross, 61, has taken the … Continue reading

Urge City Council to Reject New CPS Energy Solar Proposal | The Solar Times

Now is your chance to tell City Council to reject CPS Energy’s proposed fees on solar. The utility will make the proposal at City Council’s B-Session at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11. The proposal, approved by the utility’s Board … Continue reading

How Solar Will Destroy The Power Companies, In 5 Easy Steps – Yahoo Finance

Barclays recently downgraded the entire U.S. electric utilities sector to "underweight" on the threat posed by widespread adoption of solar-storage. These systems allow homeowners to use rooftop solar panels and a battery to cut all but the figurative emergency backup … Continue reading

Creating Investor-Ready Efficiency: The Industry Can’t Just Be a ‘Bunch of Cowboys’ : Greentech Media

Will efficiency projects get sliced and diced like mortgages, car loans and rental units? Only if the industry gets serious about standards. For proof of how securitization can grow a market really quickly, consider the single-family home rental market. After … Continue reading

The New Energy Landscape: Impact and Sustainable Energy Investing

Energy is set to be a key global concern for the foreseeable future—and to continue to be an important focus for impact and sustainable investors. In this, the first in a two-part series on the new energy landscape, Marta Maretich … Continue reading

EcoCentro promotes sustainability, cooperation – San Antonio Express-News

Jess Mayes opened a plastic container filled with soil — and worms. He showed Tobin Hill neighborhood leader Carolyn Kelley the fruits of the labor he and other volunteers have put toward composting, worm harvesting and other organic gardening techniques … Continue reading

2nd Annual Health & The Built Environment Conference

2nd Annual Health & The Built Environment Conference May 7, 2014; 7:30 AM – 4:45 PM UTSA Downtown Campus A well-designed urban built environment can improve quality of life and health for many, many people. Attend and participate in the … Continue reading

World’s Biggest Fund Manager to Help Create Index That Bars Fossil Fuel Companies | InsideClimate News

BlackRock, the world's biggest fund manager, has teamed up with London's FTSE Group to help investors avoid coal, oil and gas companies without putting their money at risk. In a sign that a global campaign against fossil fuels is entering … Continue reading