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A Requiem for Today’s Grid

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:26

People speak reverentially about the electricity grid, and rightly so. The U.S.’ electricity grid is an awesome technical, operational, and public policy accomplishment. Who can deny the matchless service it delivers, occasional weather-related breakdowns notwithstanding? In fact, acts of Mother Nature — Hurricane Sandy, say — only highlight its otherwise stellar reliability. And rural electrification, like rural telephony, is a triumph of public policy with foresight.

Obama Delay on Biofuel Rule Puts Intended Beneficiaries in Bind

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:41

In the arid Imperial Valley of California, Tim Brummels is trying to turn an agricultural cousin of sugarcane into low-carbon ethanol.

Renewable Heating and Cooling Now Mandated in Massachusetts

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 10:45

In the Northeast United States, homeowners and businesses use a lot of energy to heat (and cool, but mostly heat) their buildings and a new bill, waiting for Massachusetts Governor Patrick’s signature, means that more renewable energy technologies will be used to do that heating and cooling.

Siemens $25 Billion Financing Arm Helps Promote Renewable Energy Technologies

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 08:17

Siemens AG Chief Executive Officer Joe Kaeser is leaning on the manufacturer’s 19 billion-euro ($25 billion) financial services division as a tool to help fund nascent technologies and promote them with customers.

South Carolina Solar is Rising

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 07:41

After two years of negotiations, the South Carolina House of Representatives voted unanimously on new legislation to promote solar in the Palmetto State. As a result of the South Carolina Distributed Energy Resource Act (S.B. 1189), Sol Systems expects the South Carolina solar market to expand from a mere 8 MW to 300 MW or more by 2021. Here’s how.

Gevo CEO Sees Minnesota Biofuels Plant Breaking Even This Year

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 07:35

Gevo Inc.’s biofuels plant in Minnesota, which has suffered production delays because of contamination, may break even by the end of 2014 as output of ethanol and isobutanol from agricultural waste increase.

Sharp Lightens Solar Business, Shifts Focus to Energy Storage Systems

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 05:26

Sharp Corp., the Japanese company that stopped making solar panels in the U.S. and the U.K., is betting power users in the U.S. will benefit from a device to store energy and control demand when it’s needed the most.

Phasing Out Fossils: Big Companies Using Thermal Storage to Meet Carbon Rules

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 05:09

Clustered deep beneath the trading floors of Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s Manhattan headquarters are 92 tanks with enough ice for 3.4 million margaritas.

SunPower Planning New 700-MW Factory as Demand Swells

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:22

SunPower Corp., the second-largest U.S. solar manufacturer, is planning a new factory that will expand production capacity by more than 50 percent from current levels, in an effort to increase market share.

Tesla Breaks Ground for Its Gigafactory in Nevada

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:13

Tesla Motors Inc. said it’s broken ground near Reno for a $5 billion battery plant, signaling Nevada has vaulted to the lead of five states vying for the so-called gigafactory and its promise of 6,500 jobs.

New China Solar Storm Brewing in the EU

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:10

The war of words against Chinese solar panel makers is heating up from both sides of the Atlantic, with growing signs that Europe may reconsider anti-dumping duties as the U.S. moves closer to imposing its own new duties on the beleaguered manufacturers. Meantime, two of the biggest Chinese victims of the sector’s recent turmoil have risen from the

Arizona Public Service Performs 180, Decides to Install Rooftop Solar

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:00

Arizona Public Service (APS) decided this week that they would like to get into the rooftop solar business. I think they should too, but not like this. Their proposal is terrible for customers. After spending over $10 million in an attempt to impose a $50-100 monthly fee on solar customers, APS has decided to pay you $30 per month for 20 years if y

Geothermal Visual: Comparing the Geothermal Permitting Process to Other Technologies

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:15

The visual below, prepared by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), shows the average length of time for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process for geothermal projects as compared to the timelines for average solar and wind development, as well as for oil and gas. The longer lead time for geothermal projects is something that re

Can Small Islands Show the World How To Fight Climate Change?

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:11

Island populations may bear the brunt of climate change more than other populations, so it should be no surprise that some islands have ramped up efforts to convert to non-fossil fuel energy sources. In the brief span of five years, the U.S. Virgin Islands have cut their oil consumption by 20 percent.

Combined Heat and Brewing Power

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 05:30

What do megajoules have to do with hectoliters? Everything, if you are considering the energy intensity of manufacturing beer. And after a recent tour of the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, I’ve learned that when it comes to a commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency in beer brewing, Colorado’s thriving craft brewing scene is a great example.

Renewable Energy Expansion Continues in Ukraine with New Biogas Capacity

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 04:55

American investor-backed LNK has added the fifth biogas power facility to the already four operating in war-torn Ukraine. Since the outset of the LNK presence in Ukraine the company has seen the country’s need to gain more energy independence and sought to help provide more sources for domestic energy.

Three Geothermal Bills Look to Speed Up US Development

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:10

On Tuesday, July 29, there were two hearings in U.S. Congress subcommittees that are significant to the geothermal industry. A House subcommittee discussed three bills, with two specifically relating to geothermal development, while a Senate subcommittee looked at permitting needs.

Panasonic Agrees to Help Tesla Build Battery ‘Gigafactory’

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:32

Panasonic Corp. agreed to help set up the battery factory that Tesla Motors Inc. Chairman Elon Musk needs to sell more electric cars, without settling its share of the investment costs.

Beating the Heat: Hotel Reduces Cooling Costs by 44 Percent with New Solar Carport

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:16

  It’s hot in Bakersfield, California, especially during the summer months when temperatures regularly hit 110 degrees. But as The Hampton Inn & Suites Bakersfield North-Airport is discovering, the sun also has its advantages for reducing utility costs and increasing customer acquisition and satisfaction when the hotel goes solar. The attractively

Grid Battery Storage: Four Reasons to Invest

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:14

Think of a product — chances are that Hawaii has to import it. From food and cars to electronics and building materials, there are few areas where the U.S. state is self-sufficient — and energy is no different.