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The Duck Curve Becomes Extreme in California
The “duck curve” is a name given to the shape of the net load curve in a market with a significant penetration of solar energy. What factors are making it so extreme in states like California?
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Does Renewable Natural Gas Have the Potential To Address Natural Gas’ Greenhouse Gas Problems?
Natural gas is mostly composed of methane, which is a greenhouse gas that is 20 to 80 times as potent as carbon dioxide (CO2). This means natural gas emissions add to global warming and climate change. But renewable natural gas or RNG is carbon neutral or even carbon negative. Can RNG be a fuel source that actually reduces greenhouse gas emissions?
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Local Renewable Energy May Be Key for Disadvantaged Communities
Higher-income customers historically had better access to energy simply because they could afford to pay for however much energy they wanted to consume. Read about some interesting case studies that allow all customers to participate in the energy future regardless of income level.
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Hawaii's New Utility Business Model Based on Performance Not Capital Spending
With recent legislation, Hawaii is now leading the way in defining what may be a very different future for how utilities make money.
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Growth of Renewables Spurred by Low Costs
In the last four years, over half of the new utility-scale generation capacity in the U.S. has come from renewable technologies. While growth in renewables once seemed driven by government mandates, today it is the dramatically declining price of wind and solar technology that is driving such growth.
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