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Power REIT's Preferred Stock Offering: A Hedge That Pays 7.75%

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 11:04

Several smart money managers I know are excited by the heads-I-win, tails-I-win big opportunity offered by Power REIT’s (NYSE:PW) attempt to foreclose on its railroad lease with Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE:NSC) and Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway (WLE). I know this because I’m one of them, and I’ve talked to others about it. Others aren’t quite so sure.

Powering the US with Renewables: A State-By-State Roadmap

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 10:43

What does it take to convert a city, a state, a nation, to 100 percent renewable energy? Many countries are giving it a go with very ambitious goals to be 100-percent powered by renewable energy (islands seem to have a leg up). But what about right here in the U.S., how could that be achieved for this nation? And since all politics is local (and most especially true for renewable energy policies), how could it be done by individual states?

Distributed Generation Complicates Resource Planning for Utilities

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 10:20

Distributed generation is complicating the previously straightforward task of resource planning, a Dominion (NYSE:D) official told a Washington, D.C., gathering Feb. 20.

Survival of the Fittest in China's Renewable Energy Market

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 08:33

A survival of the fittest struggle is emerging as China’s renewable energy industry faces a record $7.7 billion in bonds maturing this year.

New Year Off to Hot Start for US Solar Industry

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 07:40

With the coldest winter in two decades gripping much of the country this year – and wild price swings for natural gas rattling the markets, not to mention American consumers – it’s easy for many people to overlook the “hot start” in 2014 for solar energy. But so far this year, it’s been good news followed by even more good news for the U.S. solar i

Israel’s Renewable Energy Sector at a Crossroads

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 07:39

Israel’s ministerial committee for renewable energy approved last week the transfer of 290 megawatts (MW) renewable energy quotas to the solar photovoltaic sector. Specifically, quotas for 70 MW of large wind power parks, 20 MW of small wind power installations (up to 50 kW each) and 200 MW of solar thermal power plants were transferred to the solar PV industry.

US Working Towards Energy Independence but Big Challenges Remain, Says Salazar

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:04

The United States is in a good place in terms of energy, explained former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar during a keynote session at the MIT Energy Conference in Cambridge, Mass. Oil imports are the lowest since 1991 at 40 percent, carbon emissions are slowly dwindling, Salazar said, and the U.S. is making these positive improvements due to four cornerstones of progress.

US Government Gets it Right on the Future of Solar; Now It’s Time to Commercialize It (at Home)

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 08:56

The U.S government takes a lot of grief, some of it deserved. Criticism might be most pronounced in industrial policy, where the mantra “we can’t pick winners and losers” was proven to many with the demise of solar start-up Solyndra.

Abengoa Targets Credit Rating Upgrade to Cut Costs, CEO Says

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 07:34

Abengoa SA, the biggest developer of solar-thermal plants, is seeking to raise its credit ratings by two levels in a bid to reduce financing costs, Chief Executive Officer Manuel Sanchez Ortega said.

Ivanpah Solar Thermal Project Both “Inspirational and Aspirational” for CSP Worldwide

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 07:31

Seven. The number of days in the week? The number of deadly sins? Yes, the correct answer to both of those questions is indeed "seven," but that's not what I'm getting at here. Instead, I'm referring to the number of times that NRG President and CEO David Crane has visited the 392-megawatt Ivanpah solar thermal power plant, which went online last w

Three Strategies for Low-Income Solar Programs

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 07:24

The phrase ‘low-income’ rarely appears in solar energy press coverage in the United States. But some enterprising organizations have set their sights on expanding the market for residential solar photovoltaics to include low-to-moderate-income communities.

Iceland, Japan Can Cooperate to Boost Geothermal, Minister Says

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 08:50

Iceland and Japan, two nations rich with underground sources of renewable energy, can tackle climate change together by promoting the use of geothermal power, Iceland’s environment minister said.

How the CDC and Zombies Can Teach Us to Guerrilla Market Solar

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 08:15

In 2011, the U.S. Government’s Centers for Disease Control and Preparedness (a.k.a. “the CDC”) published a guide to prepare citizens for a potential Zombie Apocalypse. No joke. This wasn’t a waste of taxpayer dollars, but actually a brilliant guerrilla marketing campaign that solar companies can and should learn from. As always, good guerrilla mark

Birds, Bombs, Sharks Slow Offshore Wind From UK to Germany

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 07:33

Birds, sharks and unexploded bombs from World War II are being blamed for holding up offshore wind farms, raising doubts about the costs of the technology.

Weather Risks and the Impact on Renewable Energy Equipment

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 07:27

During 2012, there were 905 natural catastrophes worldwide, 93 percent of which were weather-related disasters, costing US$170 billion. Unpredictable global climate conditions are thought to be on the increase and have recently been evidenced by major events, such as typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, flooding in the UK and the big freeze in North America. The direct cost of this weather volatility is also rising significantly with insurers paying out US$701 billion globally for damages from extreme weather events every year for the last three years alone.

Japan FIT Changes Reflect End of Residential PV Program and Delay in Non-residential Projects

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 07:00

Changing government policies may cast a shadow over growth of the Japanese PV market. With the strong national government-supported residential rebate and feed-in tariff (FIT) programs, the Japanese PV market has accelerated its growth and is re-emerging as one of the world’s top markets. Past performance, however, is not a guarantee of future success as has often happened in the PV market.

SunEdison Launches Yieldco to Unearth, Leverage Solar Asset Values

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:33

Six weeks into the new year and we're already seeing another example of anticipated innovations in renewable energy finance: SunEdison's planned "yieldco" IPO aimed at unlocking the true value of its solar energy assets, and using them to tap into the power of big capital markets.

U.K. Wind Expansion Scrapped on Concern Birds May Be Harmed

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 09:50

Three utilities scrapped plans to extend the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, saying they had doubts they could satisfy concerns about how the facility would affect the habitat of a bird in the estuary east of London.

Postcard From the Future of Energy: Hawaii as a Solar Laboratory

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 08:31

From an energy perspective, Hawaii is unique. Located in the middle of the Pacific, the Aloha State runs on imported oil. But its island environment -- from sunny days to active volcanoes -- also holds the keys to a future powered by renewable energy. Oil powers Hawaii’s cars, trucks, planes and boats, and generates 72 percent of the state’s electr

The #1 Solar Utility Is in…Iowa?

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 07:59

It may be one of the oldest cooperative utilities in the country, but in the next six months, Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) of southeastern Iowa will be leading the nation in this 21st century energy source. Upon completion of a new solar array, the 640-member cooperative will have over 1,500 Watts of solar per customer on their system, nearly