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Census Bureau reports renewable power generation growing

According to new U.S. Census Bureau statistics, revenues for electric power generation industries that use renewable energy resources rose 49.0 percent from $6.6 billion in 2007 to $9.8 billion in 2012, and include hydroelectric, wind, geothermal, biomass, solar and tidal energy.

Zero net energy investments hard to justify in the U.S.

The global market for zero net energy (ZNE) commercial buildings is expected to grow to $239.7 million by 2018, according to BCC Research, with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 50.6 percent driven by a global green building boom, ongoing governmental regulations, and regional environmental concerns.

NOIA, API research reveals vast benefits of untapped areas offshore

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) have released studies demonstrating potential additional energy and economic benefits to the United States if the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific outer continental shelf (OCS) were opened to offshore oil and natural gas development.  

EPA Clean Power Plan overestimates electric industry compliance costs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan proposal to curb carbon pollution from power plants overestimates the electric power industry's compliance costs by as much as $9 billion, according to a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report.

Index ranks states on future-readiness of grid

Last year was the first time the GWA and SGPC published the GMI based upon the degree to which the states and DC had progressed toward the "Grid of the Future." The GMI is designed with future requirements for a modernized electric grid in mind.

Smart grid technology business booming

The smart grid is becoming big business, driven by the need for a more responsive, automated global power grid. With the past two years seeing rapid technological advancements and shifting priorities among industry players, as well as a clearer picture of the quantifiable benefits of smart grid technology like improved grid reliability and economics, business is booming.

Energy storage clusters driving CA clean tech sector

Northern California is leveraging its forward-looking policies and innovative clean tech entrepreneurs to drive clean tech innovation and build the state's clean economy, with certain regions carving out specialized niches in the global clean tech sector, according to research from nonpartisan nonprofit Next 10.

Optimism growing over U.S. oil self-sufficiency

The United States currently has enough affordable natural gas production to meet rising and changing sources of demand, and will be self-sufficient in oil in five to 10 years, according to oil and gas decision makers surveyed recently by Deloitte LLP.

France, Australia take diverging paths to renewable energy

While France has set ambitious goals to increase the share of renewables in its energy portfolio, Australia has taken a completely opposite approach-- repealing its 2011 Clean Energy Act, which established a carbon pricing mechanism, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.

Five social media tips for utilities

Social media has matured to the point where utilities can leverage the tool as an effective and low-cost way to help achieve electronic billing (e-bill) adoption goals.  The use of social media among consumers is pervasive, offering a new, low-cost and effective entry point for utilities to reach their customers. By understanding industry trends and adopting best practices, utilities can leverage social media to complement a comprehensive, integrated and effective e-bill marketing program that will increase visibility and engagement of electronic, or paperless, billing.