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Plans Submitted for 320-MW Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Project

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 01:00

Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd. has submitted an application for the first phase of its proposed 320-MW Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon plant. The $1.2-billion tidal project will be set off the shores of Wales and is set to span six miles.

Change of Plans: Deepwater Swaps Offshore Wind Turbine Partners for Block Island Project

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 13:21

Updated: Deepwater Wind New England today announced it is partnering with European turbine supplier Alstom for its 30-MW Block Island wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island -- a change in turbine suppliers from its original plans.

Renewables Provide 15% of Supply During California Emergency — Time to Go 100% Renewable?

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 10:48

California’s over reliance on fossil fuels for generating electricity, notably natural gas, led the state’s electricity system operator to call an emergency on Thursday, 6 February. The move called on Californians throughout the state to conserve electricity and natural gas.

Can We Achieve A Smoother and More Secure Grid with Energy Storage?

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 10:17

At, we’ve had our eye on energy storage for some time. For years we told you that if the industry could solve the energy storage problem, it would unlock gigawatts of renewable energy capacity all over the world.  About a year ago, progress started really picking up.  At Intersolar in Munich in 2013, more than 200 energy st

Solar Water Pumps Wean India Farmers From Grid

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 07:58

India has a novel idea: Wean farmers from archaic power lines and expensive diesel fuel to run their water pumps with solar energy.

Help Them Help You: IKEA to Donate Solar Lighting to Refugees with Each LED Bulb Purchase

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 07:56

For the 10.5 million refugees around the globe, much of their lives are spent in the dark. This presents a major threat to refugees (half of which are children), and makes daily survival activities such as gathering food and water extremely dangerous. And the situation is only getting worse. In 2013 alone, more than 2 million people became refugees

As Goes January? What the Pullback in Green Mutual Funds Means

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 07:51

Alternative energy mutual funds and ETFs have pulled back from some of the fantastic gains seen in 2013. There is a saying in the investment world that “as goes January, so goes the year.” Is it time to bail on this sector, or on stocks in general? Perhaps, but wise long-term alternative energy investors should avoid rash steps at this juncture.

Baltics’ Estonia Ramps Up Wind Power Generation

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 07:00

There has long been much rivalry between the three small Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. When it comes to offshore wind power development, Estonia got off to an impressive start with plans add 1,500 megawatts (MW) of installed wind capacity by 2015 with two offshore wind parks in the Baltic Sea.

Goin' Fishing: Two Crowdfunding Campaigns for Ocean Energy

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 06:46

We don't get to cover ocean/tidal energy as often as some of our other renewable energy topics, so imagine our surprise when we got word of not one but two updates this week -- and both of them involving the hot topic of crowdfunding. Read on and if you like what you see, you can help contribute to their future success. Berkeley's Seafloor Carpet U

Race to Beat Wind Power Subsidy Cuts Drives Poland Project Push

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 08:22

Poland, where 90 percent of power comes from coal, may be an unlikely clean-energy hub. Yet wind capacity that almost doubled in two years is set to grow further as developers rush to start projects before subsidies change.

Creating Climate Wealth: The Road to Renewable Energy Islands

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 08:00

Last year more than 25 million tourists visited the Caribbean’s islands, drawn in part to the region’s sandy beaches and breathtaking sunsets. Though many consider it a tropical paradise, the Caribbean’s 40 million residents know that such positives also come at great cost: dependence on expensive, imported fossil fuel for energy generation. It aff

Geothermal Visual: Power Capacity and Potential at California Geothermal Fields

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 07:59

GEA has a new report out, and this one looks at the unique, manageable risks of geothermal energy. Last week, scientific experts presented geothermal energy to congressional staff. Rep. Henry Waxman, who made energy and the environment an important part of his legacy, is retiring. Voters want clean energy. Geothermal heat pumps are important for th

Europe Divided on Supply Security as Renewable Energy Grows

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 07:00

European Union governments and the bloc’s executive arm are splitting over how to guarantee electricity supply as the region builds more renewable power.

“PV with Lot” Sales: A New Form of Personal Investment in Japan

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 07:00

In the United States, community solar is a growing phenomenon. Those who live in an apartment or don’t have suitable roofs or land are able to invest in, and benefit from, a larger project. In Japan, investing in a “PV with Lot” is becoming popular among individuals who don’t own land and wish to generate extra income from the nation’s feed-in tariff (FIT).

The Right Risk Partner Makes the Difference in Renewable Energy

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 07:00

As renewable sources play an increasingly important role in producing sustainable energy, the need to recognize, define and manage the risks associated with these technologies is an emerging priority. New risks are arising even from renewable technologies that have been used for years, as solar, wind and other projects are pursued on an industrial scale, in new environments and in novel ways. These new exposures underscore the importance of selecting the right risk partner to mitigate operational risks and de-risk with regard to certain financial or regulatory exposures.

SunEdison Mulls Massive PV Factory in Saudi Arabia

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 14:21

The Middle East holds a lot of growth promise for solar energy, particularly large-scale generation. Can solar PV pencil out in this high-DNI region -- especially if you build out most of the entire supply chain there?

But What Does It Mean? The Need for Renewable Workforce Standards

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 14:18

When you start a presentation or a report with terms that mean different things to different people, chances are you're not going to be successful in getting your point across.  While making sure we use clearly defined and understandable terms seems intuitive, it doesn't always happen.  The clean energy community has a ways to go to make sure we're

Mosaic to Offer Crowdsourcing Investments in Residential Solar Projects

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:59

Mosaic Inc., the operator of an online financing system that lets individuals invest in commercial solar systems, is expanding into residential projects.

Is the Pennsylvania Solar Market on the Rebound?

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 09:16

Pennsylvania has long been a model of a solar renewable energy credit (SREC) market gone wrong. The market was (and still is) four times oversupplied, and SREC prices fell to $20 in 2013 from $300 in 2010. However, prices have surged to $70, which has many people asking, what is going on in Pennsylvania, and more importantly, will this bust market

Are Air Source Heat Pumps a Threat to Geothermal Heat Pump Suppliers?

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 07:04

Last year, geothermal heat pump (GHP) manufacturers introduced new heat pumps with break-through efficiency based on variable-speed compressor technology. These manufacturers include Waterfurnace Renewable Energy (TSX:WFI, OTC:WFIFF) and ClimateMaster, a division of LSB Industries (NYSE:LXU).