Federal Solar Tax Credit to Reduce in 2020

October 22, 2019

The federal solar tax credit, formally known as the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), is set to reduce in 2020. Given that it is mid-to-late October, this means you only have two months or so to take advantage of the credit before it reduces. Until 2020, the credit is equal to 30% of the qualified […]

California and New England behind on 2050 emission reduction goals

October 14, 2019

Even though California and New England are two parts of the United States most committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, they are behind on their 2050 goals, according to several recent reports. For example, California aims to reduce emissions by 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. A report from Next 10 released on October […]

Solar Energy PPA – Lowest Pricing Record Set in California

October 3, 2019

In the past year there have been monumental advances towards building a renewable energy portfolio in the U.S. The reputation of renewables has been at stake given the lack of proper storage means, and premature technology, however recent developments in battery, and panel efficiency have allowed for California East Bay Community Energy to sign Power […]

ISO-NE: New England Energy Constrained

September 23, 2019

According to ISO-New England’s 10-year assessment of the region, New England’s electric grid is energy constrained. In its draft 2019 Regional Assessment Plan, ISO, which operates New England’s power grid, detailed the constraints facing the region: while the region is becoming cleaner and more efficient—and it has seen coal, nuclear, and oil generation retire—it still […]

Update on El Niño

August 21, 2019

The period of El Niño for this year is officially over as measurements confirm we are in El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) neutral status. Studies indicate that this condition will remain throughout the Northern Hemisphere winter as well. However, this period of El Niño ending for the season and the phenomenon becoming neutral does not […]

44 years after 1977 Blackout, New York City goes dark again

July 14, 2019

Around 7:00 PM Saturday evening New Yorkers in subways, homes, and elevators found themselves in total darkness as the power went out due to a Con Edison equipment failure. The blackout occurred exactly the same day as the 1977 blackout which wiped electricity off the whole city.  More than 73,000 Con Edison customers were affected […]

How Blockchain Will Disrupt The Energy Sector

June 26, 2019

A blockchain is a collection of information/transactions made through contracts or cryptocurrencies, stored in a digital, distributed peer-to-peer network. The technology behind blockchain is based on a distributed computer network which verifies the authenticity of transactions while being immutable, and without having a central authority. Blockchain is characterized by possessing, and providing the following characteristics […]

Eversource wins immense state contract it helped in creating

March 14, 2019

In January of 2018 Eversource won a Massachusetts state contract for the construction of the Northern Pass power line to work in conjunction with Hydro-Quebec to supply New England with a cleaner source of electricity, at a cost of $1.6 billion. For the project Eversource officials themselves helped draft bidding rules and select the winners, […]

DOE Grants up to $31M for H2@Scale Development

March 8, 2019

H2@Scale is the Department of Energy’s newest initiative to incentivize and expand the exploration for hydrogen use for different applications. Among these are fuel cells for vehicles, metal refining, and natural gas production. the U.S. The funds will be destined to tackle the issues which make this process difficult like transport, generation, and storage methods. […]

Quebec-to-MA Hydropower Project Gains Steam

February 22, 2019

Last February, the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) denied an essential state permit for Northern Pass Transmission, an Eversource project that would bring hydropower from Canada to Massachusetts. At the time, the denial appeared to call the project into question. But the conversation has shifted from New Hampshire to western Maine and the $950 […]