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Utility Nightmares: Distributed Generation and Halving Electricity Consumption

3 hours 50 min ago

While many utility executives attribute much of their predicted market challenges to the rise of photovoltaics and net metering, they actually have much more to worry about.

Clean Energy Investment Rises 9 Percent, Led by Solar-Power Demand

4 hours 25 min ago

Clean energy investment rose by 9 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier on surging demand for rooftop solar panels from the U.S. to Japan.

How One State’s Net Metering Expansion Offers a Model to the Nation

4 hours 27 min ago

While battles rage with utilities taking on both solar customers and businesses around the country, Vermont has quietly expanded its net metering program by nearly four-times without so much as a skirmish. Net metering gives renewable energy customers full, fair credit on their utility bills for the excess clean power they deliver to the grid. Verm

Run-of-River Hydropower Market Worth $1.4 Billion in 10 Years, Says Tocardo

4 hours 38 min ago

Tocardo International BV, a Dutch maker of turbines that generate power from water, said the market for installing its devices in rivers may be worth as much as 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in 10 years’ time.

Where’s the Heat? Geothermal Industry Seeks Resource Assessment Tools to Spur Development

4 hours 53 min ago

Commissioning a geothermal project is no easy task. Of all the renewable energy technologies, it has one of the longest project lead times – it can take an average of eight years from start to finish. Due to its heavy front-end expense, developers must be as certain as possible that they are spending time and money on a viable resource. So when drilling through hot rock, imagine the developer’s surprise — and utter disappointment — when equipment suddenly melts away after hitting magma.

An Enormous Question for ‘Solar Choice’

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:05

Two weeks ago, Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission ratified the first-ever statewide policy for setting a fair and transparent price on solar energy. This week, a coalition of companies that provide leasing contracts for solar to home and business customers declared war on this “value of solar” policy, and pretty much every financial model for

CEO of German Utility RWE Says It Should Have Invested in Renewable Energy Sooner

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:46

What’s a beleaguered utility to do when forced by the government to close its profitable nuclear power plants?

Turning the Tide on Barrage Technology

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:31

For countless centuries the power of the tides has been known and understood. It is perhaps remarkable that this prodigious energy been used to generate electricity only within the last half a century. In a bid to rectify this apparent omission, over recent years significant research and development dollars have been ploughed into the development of numerous novel marine hydrokinetic technologies, such as tidal current turbines, which are only now emerging commercially.

Distributed Generation Shines in Thailand

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:30

Electricity generation today is moving towards a more decentralised model where generation is close to demand. Possible benefits are diminished transmission and distribution losses and investments, improved energy efficiency, and increased security of supply. Implementing a large central power plant is extremely challenging in terms of site availability, as well as public concern about environmental issues.

Massachusetts Finalizes SREC-II Program: Here's What You Can Expect

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:35

On April 11th, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced that they have now filed the final revisions for the SREC-II program with the Secretary of State’s office.  These final revisions will go into effect on April 25, 2014 once the rules have been promulgated. To qualify for SREC-I, all systems less than 100 kW must both s

When Renewables Meet the Oil and Gas Industry, Opposites Attract

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:11

At first glance, pairing renewable energy with the oil and gas sector would seem an unlikely match. But behind the curtain, romance could be blooming.

Trina Warning Foreshadows China's Solar Gloom

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:14

After watching their shares and prospects soar over the past year, solar stocks are suddenly hitting a cloudy patch as investors anxiously wait for most companies to return to the profit column following a two-year sector downturn. That wait may have just gotten a lot longer, following a warning from Trina Solar(NYSE: TSL) that it will fall far sho

Global Renewable Energy Should Triple to Save Climate, UN Panel Says

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:45

The world needs to triple the energy it gets from renewables, nuclear reactors and power plants that use emissions-capture technology to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, United Nations scientists said.

Post-Fukushima Japan Taps Coal Over Renewables

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:41

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing Japan’s coal industry to expand sales at home and abroad, undermining hopes among environmentalists that he’d use the Fukushima nuclear accident to switch the nation to renewables.

Wisconsin Snaps Up Community Solar in Record Time

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:33

Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community-owned solar developer, revealed today that two weeks after announcing the development of the Vernon Electric Community Solar Farm—Wisconsin’s first community-owned solar PV facility — the 305-kW array has been fully reserved. Reservations for the 1,001-panel array, developed in partnersh

The Never Dull Life of a Wind Farm

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:04

A wind farm’s story is a little bit like a romantic comedy. It’s all about the buildup. We tend to rivet our attention on the development phase – the controversies over siting, the struggle for permitting, the landing of contracts.

Trees Go High-tech: Turning Cellulose into Energy Storage Devices

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 05:51

Based on a fundamental chemical discovery by scientists at Oregon State University, it appears that trees may soon play a major role in making high-tech energy storage devices.

State Legislature Hearing: Why Isn't California Using More Geothermal?

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:33

Geothermal potential was the subject of a joint committee hearing in California on April 3 led by State Senator Ben Hueso, D-40th Senate District, and Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, D-46th Assembly District. As the hearing began, Senator Hueso, who is Chair of the Senate Select Committee on California’s Energy Independents, and Assemblyman Pérez, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Renewable Energy Economy in rural California, each expressed their interest in understanding why the state is not using more of its untapped geothermal resources. Of particular interest for California lawmakers, industry, and consumers alike are the areas near the Salton Sea familiar to the geothermal industry for their immense potential for power development.

China’s Idle Wind Power Curbs Tariff Cuts, Regulator Says

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:28

Switching off wind turbines in China because their electricity can’t be absorbed by the grid is limiting how much planners can cut incentives given to renewable power producers.

Swiss Unveil New Solar Powered Plane for Global Flight

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:24

The Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight has wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet yet weighs only about as much as a large car.