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What had suddenly become a two-horse race to tap into the vast potential for offshore wind energy in Maine as an early leader in developing this industry in the U.S. has taken another turn, with Statoil pulling the plug on its proposed offshore wind energy project due to what it deems unfair manipulation by state officials.
Several countries, including Scotland and the Philippines, have recently announced impressive plans to obtain all of their power from renewable energy. With many countries setting their sights on much lower, incremental goals, these lofty aspirations have jarred the industry and sparked a debate.
October 17 marks the 40th anniversary of the start of the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo — an event that arguably launched the United States' ongoing pursuit of a national energy policy.
The basic business approach used by much of America’s electric power sector has changed little over the past 100 years. Electric utilities operated state granted monopolies on electric sales, but were regulated by state utility commissions. They invested in large capital-intensive equipment, mostly generators, and got a return on their investment
Larger inverter suppliers, especially those targeting utility-scale business, are increasingly feeling the burden of the supply chain's pricing pressures to lower costs, which will negate growth on the demand side.
Solar silicon wafer innovator 1366 Technologies has landed new funding led by newest partner Tokayama, and is ready to scale up to a 250-MW production line ahead of an anticipated upswing in demand.
Fickle West Texas breezes are pushing wind power generators to the state’s 367-mile coast. Texas pulled ahead last decade in the U.S. race to develop wind power thanks to the hardy gusts sweeping across its vast prairies and energy-friendly landowners. Now it’s seizing the lead in building turbines along its shoreline as developers find the slower but steadier air currents there translate to bigger profits.
As the world’s largest retailer and biggest private employer, Walmart commands attention from Wall Street to Main Street. But it’s not what’s happening inside Walmart stores making news this week — it’s what’s happening on top of them. The annual Solar Means Business Report, which identifies major commercial solar projects and ranks America’s top
The ocean energy sector has been steadily creeping towards commercial reality year after year, with technology test deployments taking place worldwide. After all, the ocean energy market is not an easy place to do business, just building a technology prototype can cost up to $30 million. This year, however, some major project announcements indicate that the industry could be moving to the next level - much faster than anyone had previously predicted.
The wind power space in the United States is an exciting area of the energy sector. Over a span of only two decades, wind has become a serious contributor to the national energy market — growth fueled in part by rapid technological advancement. These advances pose a challenge to operators, who must constantly learn new turbine models, adapt maintenance processes, and develop innovative solutions to new issues.
We report on dam removal fairly regularly on HydroWorld.com, and avoiding this particular subset of the industry, despite the overt negative connotations, would be an obvious oversight. Dam removal happens, and we need to talk about it. However, I have mixed feelings when it comes to the topic. On the one hand, over my 10 years of reporting on this
The solar sector’s slow recovery is receiving some new setbacks in the form of lawsuits by 2 bankrupt US companies against Yingli (NYSE: YGE), Trina (NYSE: TSL) and Suntech (NYSE: STP), the last of which is also in bankruptcy reorganization. Adding to the mess, Suntech has just disclosed that more of its European assets have been seized by the Ital
Germany’s power grid operators boosted the surcharge consumers pay for renewable energy by 18 percent to a record, adding to pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to act against rising electricity bills.
It was one of the most ambitious renewable energy programs in the world when it launched in 2009, committing the Canadian province to buy power from thousands of new renewable energy systems. It was open and accessible to the average person, and it was committed to buying power only from projects that were "made in Ontario." And it was part of a
“Number one, there’s no brand loyalty in the fuel business, they’ll tell you right away,” Matt Horton explained to delegates at this year’s Algae Biomass Summit, where the still-youthful but now seasoned Propel Fuels CEO was giving a keynote address. “Two, people only care about price. Three, they have no real interest in the content of the fuel. Four, they are afraid of putting new fuels in their car.”
Five years ago, First Wind's in-house meteorological team zeroed in on a couple of new potential wind farm areas in Maine that were different: moderate-elevation plateaus instead of the traditionally preferred high-elevation ridgetop locations. At the time, those sites looked like "a little bit of a gamble," recalled Dave Fowler, First Wind's director of development for the New England region. But the company put up a few meteorological (MET) test towers at those sites, and after a couple of years added newer remote-sensing technologies to broaden the wind data collection - and found there was "really impressive wind resource" at those locations, added Matt Kearns, First Wind's VP of development for the Northeast region. One of those sites became the company's 34-MW Bull Hill operation, which came online in the fall of 2012. The other, officially pitched to Maine state officials this summer, is the proposed 186-MW Bingham Wind project in southern Aroostook County, which will be the largest wind farm in New England upon completion.
Clean-energy investment fell 14 percent in the third quarter from the prior three months as Europe curbed subsidies and cheaper U.S. natural gas lured investment.
This year’s Geothermal Energy Association (GEA)’s Geothermal Energy Expo and Geothermal Resources Council’s Annual Meeting incorporated a wide range of meetings on international development. U.S. interest in exporting geothermal goods and services is ever-increasingly met with outside interest in U.S. knowledge and materials, particularly from developing countries.
China’s solar retrenchment has taken a big step forward with word that a bankruptcy court has chosen Hong Kong-listed Shunfeng Photovoltaic (HKEx: 1165) from a field of bidders vying to invest in reorganizing former solar pioneer Suntech (NYSE: STP). The decision is interesting both because of who the bankruptcy court selected, and also because of
Sidewalks aren’t usually thought of as revolutionary but the latest sidewalk at George Washington University’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus might change that perception. At 100 square feet it isn’t the longest sidewalk in history, but it’s certainly one of the most exotic. It’s the world’s first sidewalk made of photovoltaic (PV) panels.