USDA Invests $122 Million in Rural Electric Infrastructure

More than 6,200 customers over five states will benefit and part of the funds will go to smart grid tech.

States Consider Surge Pricing for Power

Will higher prices at peak times—like after the work day—prompt consumers to change their habits?

California Warms to Solar Homes; Other States May Give a Cold Shoulder

As of 2020, all new homes in California will need to be connected to solar power, such as having panels preinstalled.

A Regional Push to Clean Up Cars, Trucks and Mass Transit

Power plant emissions have fallen in the northeast. Could a new coalition do the same for transportation?

Plan to Dumb-Down the Power Grid In Name of Cybersecurity Passes Senate

The bill would establish and fund a public-private partnership to look at retro, analog options for securing the nation’s electric grid from digital threats.

The Trump Administration’s Solar Tariffs Haven’t Stopped America’s Switch To Solar

The number of utility-scale solar projects being built in the U.S. has “exploded."

California Utilities Feel Heat as State Burns

Fire investigators continue to look at the possible role power equipment may have played in starting the state’s deadliest wildfire on record.

Environmentalists Say the Time to Act on Climate Is Now. Voters Aren’t So Sure.

Environmentalists say the state level still might be the best place to seek changes, though not necessarily at the ballot box, where the energy industry remains a fierce and well-funded foe.

Floating Solar Panels Are Coming to Colorado Towns

The energy-saving solution can be used by water treatment and wastewater facilities.

N.Y. Attorney General Sues ExxonMobil

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Maui may boost Airbnb fines in a big way … feds audit Ohio Medicaid program … and Boston sees an increase in shootings.

Local Energy Storage Is a Clever Infrastructure Innovation

Projects are already appearing in Massachusetts independent of the state’s grant program.

Nevada and Arizona Ballot Measures Would Require Utilities to Use More Renewable Energy Sources

While Nevada’s effort to update its renewable portfolio standard has seen little opposition, the largest utility in Arizona is resisting the same measure.

California Mayors Slam Increased Fee to Abandon Utilities as Corporate ‘Giveaway’

Switching to an environmentally friendly community choice energy program will cost customers a bit more every month.

During Hurricanes, Solar Proves to Be Resilient

During Hurricane Florence, as in past storms, solar-power installations fared well.

What Comes Next As States Meet Renewable Energy Goals?

Half of the 29 states with a renewable portfolio standard will reach their final target year by 2021.

States See Energy Boom Along With Economic Expansion

Oil and gas production increased by nearly half in New Mexico over the past year, 29 percent in Texas and Colorado, and 19 percent in North Dakota and Oklahoma, according to federal figures as of June.