New York carbon tax wants real time co2 emission data
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New York carbon tax wants real time co2 emission data

A really interesting report. New York wants the cost of electricity to include the carbon tax in it - but they want real time data to determine the true amount of emissions coming from the plant at the exact moment that the electricity is being produced. Since the electricity market is a constant process of generators bidding to buy electricity, these power plants will be placing bids with the carbon tax already integrated into pricing. This will have an affect on the economics of power plants. Very interesting. I think we owe the New York regulators some cred for giving…
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New York needs tool to help build maps – 50% renewable maps

First you need come up with the broad vision - 50% renewables. Then you need tell the engineers what to build...but if you've never built it before what are you going to tell an engineer to do? Well, we head back to step one and vision - now you need to come up with ideas to build the tools to help you understand what you're about to do. New York has set an aggressive solar+wind+storage+microgrid goal. It will take the best of their Wall Street minds and PE signatures. (more…)
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Ogdensburg solar projects could produce 90 percent of city’s municipal power
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Ogdensburg solar projects could produce 90 percent of city’s municipal power

A consortium project led by Jefferson-Lewis County BOCES could help Ogdensburg generate more than 90 percent of its municipal power with solar panels saving millions of dollars over the next 25 years. Ogdensburg recently agreed to participate in a solar project that would allow the city produce up to 2.2 MW of power with solar panels. [adinserter block="1"] A separate solar project that should be up a running October will produce 1.1 to 1.2 MW of solar power. Ogdensburg City manager John Pinkerton says the city’s total usage is 3.7 projects and if things go well the city could be…
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From the Boston Globe: Are solar panels worth it?
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From the Boston Globe: Are solar panels worth it?

The deluge of data and the pressure to install solar panels can be debilitating. We shine some light on the murk. You’ve seen them on your neighbors’ roofs. Solar panels are popping up everywhere now, and so are the ads for them. It’s no wonder — harnessing energy from the sun appeals to everyone from carbon-cutting environmentalists to grid-wary doomsday preppers. But the real growth has been driven by average homeowners with a much simpler motive: saving money. In fact, a recent study by North Carolina State University ranked Boston second among the nation’s largest 50 cities in terms of…
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Massachusetts Solar Bill Raises Net Metering Caps, Looks to Replace SREC Program
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Massachusetts Solar Bill Raises Net Metering Caps, Looks to Replace SREC Program

// Greentech Media: Headlines This past Friday, Governor Charlie Baker filed a solar bill in Massachusetts. That fact alone -- the act of filing a bill, without regard to its content -- was welcome news for the solar industry and solar customers in the state. With non-residential net-metering solar development capped in the 171 cities and towns in National Grid service territory, and the ITC cliff fast approaching, legislative action this fall to lift the net-metering caps is the critical priority for Massachusetts solar advocates, and the clock is ticking. Now, after the Senate passed a net-metering cap increase two…
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