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Crimean Solar, Wind Plants Not Operating Since Russia Annexation

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 22:04

Solar and wind power plants in Crimea that have not been operating since the region voted to join Russia two months ago face an uncertain future.

DOE Awards $10 Million for Concentrating Solar Power Storage Research

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 08:04

The Department of Energy announced Wednesday it has awarded $10 million to be split between six research and development projects that will focus on thermochemical storage technologies for concentrating solar power (CSP) systems.

What Is the State of the US Smart Grid Market?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 07:35

Back in May, I had the opportunity to catch a presentation by Paul De Martini of the Newport Consulting Group and the California Institute of Technology, at a CleanTech OC smart grid event in Irvine, California.  De Martini previously served as chief technology officer for Cisco’s Global Energy Networks Group, and also as vice president of Advanced

German Wind Industry Leaders: Why Energiewende Works, And Offshore Is Growing Up

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 07:03

A panel of German wind energy experts gathered in Hamburg this week for a preview of this fall's WindEnergy expo being held here, discussing everything from the debate over Energiewende policy to promising markets for offshore wind.

Japan Market for Small Geothermal Projects to Expand, Says IHI

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 04:22

IHI Corp., a maker of everything from aircraft jet engines to gas turbines, expects the market for small-scale geothermal projects to take off in Japan as the country seeks cleaner sources of energy.

Non-Hydro Renewables Outproduce Hydro for First Time Ever

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 04:09

For apparently the first time ever, during the first quarter of 2014, electricity generated by non-hydro renewables (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) exceeded that provided by conventional hydropower. This is according to data in the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) "Electric Power Monthly," with preliminary data through to March 31, 2014.

Australian Cuts May Hurt Renewable Power Plans at Mines, Says Siemens

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 22:02

Siemens AG, Europe’s largest engineering company, said it’s concerned that Australia’s plans to scrap its renewable energy agency may hurt efforts to bring wind turbines to remote mines.

How Fossil Fuel Interests Attack Renewable Energy

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:11

Fossil fuel-funded front groups repeatedly spread disinformation on renewable energy standard and net metering policies in an effort to overturn pro-clean energy laws in 2013 and 2014.

China Boosts Offshore Wind Power Development

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 07:05

China has taken steps to accelerate the development of its offshore wind power industry in a bid to increase the installed capacity beyond its 428.6 MW installed at the end of 2013.

Put Battery Storage in the Hands of Grid Operators

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 06:49

The design of an electrical grid for the 21st Century is one of the world’s most exciting challenges, and at SolarCity we are vigorously engaged in assisting the effort. Our  vision is of a grid that is cleaner, more efficient, more flexible, more secure, and more affordable than what we currently have today. I’ve recently read speculation about on

Middle Eastern Money Oils Wheels of Solar Expansion

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 05:32

The opportunity cost of oil exports is beginning to drive solar expansion in the Mideast Gulf and beyond, according to Mohamad Asad Khan, a senior investment manager at Kuwait’s Enertech. As part of a state organization with access to $300-$400 billion per year, his opinion counts.

UK Green Investment Bank Aims to Spend $1.2 Billion This Year

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 05:14

The U.K. Green Investment Bank aims to boost the capital it commits to carbon-cutting projects to 700 million pounds ($1.2 billion) this year as it chases deals in offshore wind, waste and energy efficiency.

Can Yieldcos Reduce the Risk of Solar Financing?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 04:46

With the cost of utility-scale solar power approaching grid parity in many parts of the United States, a key barrier to growth is cheap, easy access to capital. Yieldcos are poised to play a significant role in this growth over the coming years.

A New Way To Harness Waste Heat

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 03:46

Vast amounts of excess heat are generated by industrial processes and by electric power plants; researchers around the world have spent decades seeking ways to harness some of this wasted energy. Most such efforts have focused on thermoelectric devices, solid-state materials that can produce electricity from a temperature gradient, but the efficiency of such devices is limited by the availability of materials.

25 Solar Marketing Alternatives to Unsolicited Telemarketing and Email Lists

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 09:45

Remember that old Seinfeld episode where Jerry receives an unsolicited call from a telemarketer? If not, here’s the clip: The punch line, “Now you know how I feel,” resonates with me and perhaps the rest of America. Does anybody really want to be interrupted by a telemarketer or their robo-call lackeys? No, no one looks forward to a telemarketer’s

What if Roads Were Made of Solar PV Panels?

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 07:45

Four years ago, Scott and Julie Brusaw announced their provocative concept of "Solar Roadways," a system of modular ‘pavement’ solar panels that could be installed directly onto roads, parking lots, driveways, bike paths, and “literally any surface under the sun." The idea got traction (no pun intended) and since then, the Brusaws have received two

Ohio Ready To Halt Its Renewable Portfolio Standard

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 07:07

Ohio is debating the sharpest break from a three-decade campaign by 29 U.S. states to reduce reliance on fossil fuels by promoting power from renewable sources.

UK’s Negative Press on Wind Power Could Have Hurt Renewable Energy Fundraising

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 07:00

The U.K.’s negative media coverage of wind farms may have curbed a clean-energy fundraising, with the Ventus VCT Plc and Ventus 2 VCT Plc trusts receiving a fifth of the amount they targeted, a Temporis Capital LLP partner said.

Texas is the American Leader in Energy – So How Can Its Electricity Markets be Such a Mess?

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 06:01

Texas both produces and consumes more energy than any state in the U.S. It controls one-quarter of U.S. proven oil reserves. Energy companies looking to grow or to establish a U.S. presence set up operations in Texas. The primary electricity transmission system in Texas is independent of the rest of the country (a long-time source of pride). The Electric Reliability Company of Texas, or ERCOT, is responsible for regulating the generation and supply of power to 85 percent of the state, except the extreme eastern and western portions.

Global Geothermal News Roundup: US Plants Near Completion, South America Closer to Tapping Resource

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 05:55

Geothermal projects are on the move worldwide. Some highlights include Oregon’s Paisley geothermal plant, which is expected to be completed this summer. Various projects are moving forward in stages of preparation and construction, including Mariposa, Chile; San Jacinto-Tizate, Nicaragua; and Biliran, The Philippines. China says it is establishing its own Geothermal Energy Association. Below you'll find brief updates on these projects and more.