Elon Musk will likely launch a home energy storage pack this Thursday. With it, the solar plus storage energy revolution is sure to pick up speed.
Energy, like roads or hospitals, is merely a means to an end.
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Late in 2014, we saw iron ore and coal prices fall. Now we are seeing oil prices tumble, dipping to less than US$50 a barrel, half the price of a year ago. In all cases, these price collapses reflect the
2014-10-29: solar electricity is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in 47 US states.
Fights over rooftop solar generally focus on "net metering," but the challenge to utilities is far greater than that, and if they hope to survive, their response must be more ambitious.
Germany is well on its way towards having a predominantly green electricity supply. The transition from nuclear and fossil fuel electricity to using renewables is happening faster than anyone had anticipated
As utilities see how distributed solar, aided by new storage tech, can chip away at their monopolies (and profits), they're fighting back.
The conservative group's anti-green agenda includes efforts to penalize people who install their own solar panels.
If you're as fascinated by utilities as we are, you'll want to follow these links to more reports and articles covering the spread of distributed energy and utilities' efforts to adapt.
Over the past few years, the U.S. electricity grid has begun a massive, underappreciated, and largely unintentional transition away from coal to natural gas. Because nobody decided on a shift to ga