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Iowa Utility Could Be First To Reach 100% Renewables By 2021

By Frank Andorka By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent Under the radar, something happened last week that could send shockwaves through the renewables’ industry – in a good way. MidAmerican Energy, a division of Berkshire Hathaway Energy (Warren Buffet’s joint), filed an application with the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) to establish ratemaking principles for a 591…

Senate Should Reject Fossil Fuel Hawk for Renewable Energy Office

By Frank Andorka By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent I can’t lie: I’d completely forgotten about poor ol’ Dan Simmons. In a previous engagement, I’d written about Simmons when President Donald J. Trump appointed him as the interim head of Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), a post in which he’s served ever since….

IPPs Are Starting To Bet Heavily On The Solar + Storage Game

By Frank Andorka By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent It’s easy to get caught up in a solar + storage discussion that only focuses on batteries – but as independent power producers (IPPs) begin to realize how important solar + storage is going to be in their market, they are quickly realizing the question is far…

Pennsylvania Governor Sets Aggressive PACE For Clean Energy Growth In The Keystone State

By Frank Andorka Harrisburg, Pennsylvania By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent Yesterday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation designed to open up more clean-energy investment in the state by creating a statewide Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program into law. PACE is a financing mechanism that enables low-cost, long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and…

Intersolar North America Honors Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. with First-Ever Champion of Change Lifetime Achievement Award

By Frank Andorka Intersolar and ees North America, the premier solar and energy storage events, will award California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. with the first-ever Intersolar Champion of Change Lifetime Achievement AWARD. Each year, Intersolar recognizes an individuals’ commitment to supporting the development of renewable energy with the Champion of Change AWARD, hosted in…

FERC Commissioners Tell Senate: Coal, Nuke Bailout Unnecessary

By Frank Andorka By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent Yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) commissioners appeared before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and told the Senators what the rest of the world already knows: Water is wet. The Pope is still Catholic. And the nuclear and coal plant bailout Trump demanded…

Enphase To Purchase SunPower Microinverter Business

By Frank Andorka By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent After the stock market closed, Enphase Energy – the once-struggling microinverter company that is seeing a resurgence under CEO Badri Kothandaraman, announced it was buying SunPower’s microinverter business for $25 million and 7.5 million shares of common stock. Enphase stock rose 16% after the announcement. The transaction…

U.S. Solar Continues To Grow Despite Significant Headwinds

By Frank Andorka By Frank Andorka, Senior Correspondent First the good news: The overall U.S. solar industry grew year over year by 13%, adding 2.5 GW-DC in the first quarter of 2018. Now the bad news: That’s a 37% quarter-over-quarter decrease. So the latest quarterly U.S. Solar Market Insights Report, put out by the Solar…

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