Energy Department Announces $46.2 Million for 48 Projects to Advance Solar Power Technologies
The Department of Energy announced $46.2 million for 48 projects as part of its SunShot Initiative. These projects are intended to develop innovative, early-stage solar power technologies, which are aimed at lowering costs and improving reliability and efficiency.
U.S. Renewable Energy Groups Share a Vision of the 21st Century Power Grid
Eight national business groups representing the diverse spectrum of renewable energy technologies (wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, hydro, biogas and waste-to-energy) today released a first-of-its-kind joint statement outlining a positive vision for the future of America’s power grid.
Solar Industry Urges Nevada Governor to Sign Bill Supporting Solar Jobs and Homeowners in...
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) issued a statement on the Nevada Legislature’s passing of a bill that re-opens the residential solar market in the state, which had been all but frozen since a 2015 regulatory decision. The bill (AB 405) would reinstate the Net Energy Metering mechanism, but with a discounted rate for customer-generated power that is exported to the grid.
SEIA Statement on SolarWorld Joining Section 201 Trade Case
Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on today's announcement that SolarWorld Americas Inc. has joined the Section 201 trade action
SEIA Statement on Pres. Trump’s Budget Proposal
Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the buget proposal released today by President Trump
USDA Awards First Loans in the Rural Energy Savings Program
Acting Deputy Under Secretary Roger Glendenning today announced that USDA is providing zero-interest loans to two rural energy providers to help business and residential customers lower energy use and costs
Energy Department Challenged on Biased Grid Study
Six groups today sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Rick Perry challenging the biased premise of a recently announced study of grid reliability. Theoretically an investigation into the retirement of baseload power plants, the proposed study is better understood as a political attack on renewable energy, including current modest incentives for wind and solar.
Statement by House Majority Leader Rodrigues, SEIA and Vote Solar Following Passage of HB...
House Bill 1351 unanimously passed the House Commerce committee today. House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, Tom Kimbis with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Scott Thomasson with Vote Solar issue the following statements in response to legislative activity in Florida.
Clean energy coalition supports proposed FERC revision of interconnection process
A coalition of clean energy groups voiced their support today for proposed interconnection changes by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to improve the efficiency and transparency of interconnection requests and remove barriers to renewable energy development
NREL Brings Together Clean Energy Innovators at Industry Growth Forum
The Industry Growth Forum, hosted by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), this week attracted more than 400 investors, entrepreneurs, technologists and thought leaders to Denver, Colo. Three companies were honored with Best Venture and Outstanding Venture Awards at the conclusion of the event.
NREL Researchers Capture Excess Photon Energy to Produce Solar Fuels
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a proof-of-principle photoelectrochemical cell capable of capturing excess photon energy normally lost to generating heat
FTC Staff Submits Comment to FERC on Helping New Electricity Generators Connect to the...
The Federal Trade Commission staff has submitted a comment to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The staff comment responds to FERC’s request for comments on its proposal to improve the rules governing how electricity generation facilities connect to the transmission grid. These reforms are designed to allow wholesale power producers to connect to the transmission grid more quickly and cost-effectively
Murkowski: Energy Infrastructure Is Central to Our Way of Life
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today chaired a hearing to receive testimony on opportunities to improve American energy infrastructure. The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources received testimony from seven witnesses who highlighted the importance of U.S. energy systems, including the electrical grid and pipelines, to national job creation and economic prosperity, as well as the need to streamline notoriously slow and uncertain federal permitting processes.
Cantwell Calls for Action to Defend Our Critical Energy Infrastructure Against Cyberattacks
Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) called for action to defend our critical infrastructure against cyberattacks during a committee hearing. Modernization of the electric grid brings tremendous benefits, but it also makes the grid more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
AWEA statement on Rick Perry’s confirmation as Secretary of Energy
The following is a statement from Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) on Rick Perry’s confirmation as Secretary of Energy: “Secretary Perry’s leadership on wind energy infrastructure as governor of Texas helped attract tens of billions of dollars in private investment to rural communities, and create over 25,000 wind jobs in the state.
ARPA-E Projects Receive more than $1.8 Billion in Private Follow-on Funding for Transformational Energy...
The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced that a group of 74 project teams has attracted over $1.8 billion in private sector follow-on funding since the agency’s founding in 2009. The announcement was made at the eighth annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.
Industry Leader Joins SEIA as Director of External Affairs
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has hired Dana Sleeper to lead the trade association’s new external affairs operation. As director of external affairs, Sleeper will work with a diverse set of existing and potential partners in a role well-aligned with her skills. In this capacity, she will enhance coordination among stakeholders with an interest in seeing solar expand the role it is playing in America’s economic growth.
New York’s Energy Czar, Richard Kauffman, Receives SEIA Solar Champion Award
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) presented Richard Kauffman, New York’s chairman of energy and finance and NYSERDA Board chair, with the prestigious SEIA Solar Champion Award, an honor bestowed upon entities or individuals who have helped strengthen solar energy in America.
Agreement Protects San Diego’s Vanishing Burrowing Owls, Increases Solar Energy
An agreement announced today between conservation and environmental-justice groups and private developers will protect imperiled burrowing owls, increase renewable solar energy and conserve wildlife habitat to offset impacts from the redevelopment of San Diego’s Brown Field Municipal Airport. The airport — located near the Mexico border in Otay Mesa — will be redeveloped with new commercial and aviation facilities and include on-site solar energy to reduce energy consumption.
Statement On Administration’s Quadrennial Energy Review
The Alliance to Save Energy released the following statement from Director of Research Kevin Lucas regarding the Administration's second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER)