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Google Aims To "Fundamentally Change the World of Power"

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 07:00

Google Inc. plans a deeper push into the $363.7 billion U.S. power-sales market by working on tools that help utilities deliver electricity to homes and businesses more efficiently, people with knowledge of the matter said.

European Wind Repowering Continues to Gather Pace

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 06:11

A series of orders for repowering wind projects have been announced in Europe, providing more evidence of a growing trend.

Researchers Showcase High-Performance Sustainable Energy Buildings

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 05:28

Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are transforming the way the world uses energy—and those transformations become apparent the moment one sets foot on the NREL campus in Golden, Colorado. Here, research teams have applied their expertise to develop office and laboratory spaces that also serve as demonstrations for how high-performance, sustainable buildings and campuses should be designed, constructed, and operated.

"Millions of People Investing in Solar" — Billy Parish Explains the Power of Crowd Finance

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 08:16

For years, the only effective way to go solar was to have tens of thousands of dollars and a sunny roof.  Investing in solar was nearly impossible.  But a couple years ago, a new notion called crowdfunding got its start, and California-Based Mosaic was on the forefront.  Its crowdfunding program allows people to pool their resources, large or small

Buffett To Double Down on Renewable Energy Investments

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 06:50

Warren Buffett briefly lost track of how many billions of dollars his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is spending to build wind and solar power in the U.S. That didn’t stop him from vowing to double the outlay.

The United States Midwest: A Leader in Clean Energy

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 06:45

A long-term commitment to energy policy in the Midwest is transforming the region’s energy system, economy, and environment. By tapping into its enormous renewable energy potential and manufacturing know-how, the Midwest is poised to become a world leader in renewable energy.

Another Chinese Renewable Manufacturer Enters Project Finance and Development Realm

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 06:44

Wind power company Ming Yang (NYSE: MY) became China’s latest new energy equipment maker to dip its toe into project finance and development last week, when it announced a new plan for a massive wind farm project in Jiangsu province. Its announcement follows similar moves by many of its peers from the solar sector, and comes as Beijing embarks on a

East Africa Pushes to Adopt Solar Energy

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 06:00

Rwanda’s government has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Goldsol II energy consortium for the construction of a 10-MW solar power plant in Kayonza, Eastern Province.

Grid Parity First for IKEA in Italy

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 05:58

A solar PV project has been built in Italy without recourse to subsidies for the Ikea Group on the rooftop of a new commercial store in Pisa, Tuscany.

Government Tariffs May Limit Solar Expansion in India

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 13:13

The Indian government may strangle Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to reap more electricity from the sun should it impose duties on solar panel imports proposed by the nation’s previous administration.

Seeing How Lithium-ion Battery Storage Works

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 09:45

New observations by researchers at MIT have revealed the inner workings of a type of electrode widely used in lithium-ion batteries. The new findings explain the unexpectedly high power and long cycle life of such batteries, the researchers say.

Utilities, ISOs Reflect on Transmission in Light of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 09:06

On what effect the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan will have on transmission development in the country, including potentially a need for more transmission to transport added renewable energy, Frank Poirot, senior media specialist of transmission with Northeast Utilities (NYSE:NU) told TransmissionHub that increasing the grid's capacity to transmit power is one way to meet the growing need and enable renewable generation.

New Program Solves the Stranded Solar Meter Problem for California Farms

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 08:42

SB 594, a law that went into effect in PG&E utility territory February 2014, now allows property owners to aggregate the electricity load of multiple utility meters scattered throughout a single parcel or multiple continuous parcels and credit the bills with a single “Net Metered” installation.  This new program is called ‘Net Meter Aggregation’ an

Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2014: June Update

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 07:23

While the major market indexes were hitting new highs in May, small capitalization stocks and clean energy stocks (most of which are small cap) continued to lag. The broad market benchmark IWM gained just 0.2 percent and is down 2.3 percent for the year, while my clean energy benchmark PBW fell 3.2 percent cutting its gains for the year to a slim 1.2 percent.

Landmark Legislation Could Put Geothermal Back on Track for California

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 07:15

The California Assembly is up next to consider a 500-megawatt (MW)-by-2024 geothermal procurement bill. This follows the May 28 passage of S.B. 1139 by the state Senate in a 21-11 vote. Electricity procured under this new geothermal bill would be separate from RPS-counted electricity. Industry, utilities, government agencies, and environmentalists say this bill is an answer that solves many time-sensitive problems at once. Some opponents, as stated in the May 28 Senate floor analysis, asked whether a mandate for geothermal in the case of this bill is fair and cost-effective. But geothermal companies working in California find fairness to be something they have been lacking and see this bill as a potential way to get geothermal valued properly.

EU Will be Forced To Curtail Renewable Energy Generation this Summer

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 06:01

Europe’s drive toward a power system based on renewable energy has gone so far that output will probably need to be cut within months because of oversupply.

Financing Europe’s Climate Goals

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 05:34

On 9 April the European Commission adopted its new rules on State Aid in the energy sector. The measure is crucial for the future development of renewables, which for the time being at least are still almost wholly reliant on state hand outs in some form or other to secure private investment.

Old Reactors v. New Renewables: The First Nuclear War of the 21st Century

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 03:39

Within the past year, a bevy of independent, financial analysts (Lazard, Citi, Credit Suisse, McKinsey and Company, Sanford Bernstein, Morningstar) have heralded an economic revolution in the electricity sector. A quarter of a century of technological progress has led to the conclusion that over the course of the next decade a combination of efficiency, renewables and gas will meet the need for new resources and more importantly, render the antiquated baseload model largely obsolete.

What I Learned About Solar While Biking Through Tuscany

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 02:00

Even on vacation, I’m always thinking about solar and how it’s growing in the world…or not. So, it should be no surprise that as I biked through a small part of the Tuscany region of Italy last week, I got off my bike to take pictures of the solar installations that I saw, and I also learned about why Tuscany doesn’t have even more solar. As I bike

Nuclear Giant Exelon Blasts Wind Energy

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 12:28

Corporate executives often tout the benefits of competition in a free-market economic system, but it's striking just how much large corporations don't like it. In fact, some companies will do all they can to squash it, lobbying for favors and subsidies while working to deny them to their competitors.