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How Opposite Energy Policies Turned The Fukushima Disaster Into A Loss For Japan And A Win For Germany

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 05:59

Japan thinks of itself as famously poor in energy, but this national identity rests on a semantic confusion. Japan is indeed poor in fossil fuels — but among all major industrial countries, it’s the richest in renewable energy like sun, wind, and geothermal. For example, Japan has nine times Germany’s renewable energy resources. Yet Japan makes about nine times less of its electricity from renewables (excluding hydropower) than Germany does.

Steam from the Sun

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 04:01

A new material structure developed at MIT generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure — a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam — is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits the structure’s surface, it creates a hotspot in the graphite, drawing water up through the material’s pores, where it evaporates as steam. The brighter the light, the more steam is generated.

Renewables Provide 56 Percent of New US Electrical Generating Capacity in First Half of 2014

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 08:35

According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower provided 55.7 percent of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity during the first half of 2014 (1,965 MW of the 3,529 MW total installed).

H2O Pursues 440-MW Colorado Pumped Storage Hydro Project without FERC Permit

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 08:22

H2O Holdings LLC on July 18 told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it doesn’t agree with FERC’s rejection of a third preliminary permit for a 440-MW pumped storage hydro project, but that it won’t further appeal that rejection and will instead pursue the project outside of the permit process.

Who Pays for Countervailing Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels?

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 07:50

On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) made the decision to start implementing countervailing duties (“countervails”) on Chinese solar panels that will raise prices of commercial-scale and distributed solar projects. In 2013, 31 percent of all solar panels installed in the U.S. were Chinese modules. Within the distributed sector alo

Fifteen Clean Energy Yield Cos, Created Unequal

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 07:28

In January I predicted 2014 would be the year "renewable energy finance comes of age." Here's how Jennifer Runyon quoted me on Renewable Energy World:

The Big Question: What is Your Prediction for the North American Wind Power Market Post 2015?

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 07:16

Today wind project development in the U.S. is at an all-time high. The production tax credit (PTC) language was changed at the close of 2012 to allow projects to take advantage of the PTC as long as they began construction before the end of 2013 and finished it by 2015. As a result of that new language, developers are rushing to get all that wind in the ground. AWEA predicts that 2014 and 2015 will be great years for annual installed wind capacity in the U.S. But what happens next really is the big question.

Get the Most Out of Solar: Cloud-Based Data Monitoring and Control Solutions

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 07:16

As the cost of implementing solar panels drops, more organizations are looking to deploy solar energy solutions. Experts predict a rise in solar investment in coming years. Monitoring and analyzing data from field sensors is a fundamental part of successful solar, and wind, energy businesses. Real-time, or up to date information about the energy used and created helps businesses respond better to changes in supply, identity potential problems and manage communication throughout supply and delivery chains.

Overcoming Hurdles To Use More Renewable Energy

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 15:31

Last week, General Motors joined 11 other companies committed to renewable energy in signing on to the Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles – a clear set of guidelines designed to help utilities and renewable energy providers understand how they can help make renewable energy investments easier for companies and meet rising demand. As one of the man

Solar-powered Gondola Saving Clean Mountain Air in Colorado

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:14

Visiting Telluride, Colorado, the first thing you notice, besides the spectacular mountain view, is a free gondola. The gondola, traveling from the town of Telluride to the town of Mountain Village, is the first and only free public transportation of its kind in the United States. It was built to improve air quality in the region by keeping cars off the road.

Top 5 Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Platforms

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:04

Over the years we’ve seen and experienced many challenges and barriers in the constantly evolving renewable energy industry. There are regulatory hurdles, technical challenges, and consumer acceptance, to name a few. But one of the biggest impediments to widespread change has always been finance. Now, the emerging finance method of “crowdfunding” h

The Story Is Storage

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:55

Walking into the 2014 Intersolar North America San Francisco exhibit it became apparent there was a story embedded in the products and services displayed on the three different floors of the Moscone Center West.

Microgrids: They're Kind of a Big Deal

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 06:50

For locals participating in the Pecan Street Demonstration in Austin’s suburban town of Mueller, TX, residential carbon footprint data is about as available as square footage. Their home utility consumption is monitored by the Pecan Street Research Institute at The University of Texas-Austin as part of the institute’s efforts to understand how indi

Hydropower Project on the Kapuskasing River Is a First for Many Reasons

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 05:41

The Kapuskasing River Waterpower Project is a 22-MW development of four hydroelectric sites along the Kapuskasing River in northeastern Ontario, Canada. Construction on the project began in 2005. What is unique about this project, is how it successfully demonstrates a new business model for hydropower, perhaps the first of its kind, through the collective partnerships of the five owners, which include three First Nation communities (Brunswick House First Nation, Chapleau Ojibwe First Nation and Chapleau Cree First Nation), the municipality of Kapuskasing and the private developer, Hydromega Services Inc.

From the Editor: It's Really All About Renewable Energy Projects

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:40

At Renewable Energy World, we understand that while we spend lots of time writing about the policies, technologies and intricacies of financing renewable energy, the only measureable result of all of this effort is steel in the ground (or on the roof…or in the water… as the case may be).  The growth of renewable energy is measured through projects

US Federal Government Forecasting Big Gains For Solar

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:40

  In case you missed it, two recent developments clearly demonstrate why America remains “bullish” on solar energy. But they’re also vivid reminders of why we need to remain vigilant. As an organization, and as an industry, too much is at stake for us to become complacent. As the old saying goes on Capitol Hill: “What Congress giveth, Congress can

New Trade Rulings Boost China Wind, Solar in US

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:45

In a quirk of timing, two completely unrelated rulings are boosting the outlook for Chinese new energy firms from the wind and solar sectors in their complex relationship with the U.S. The two cases are quite different, but each reflects the wariness Washington feels towards these Chinese firms due to their government ties. In the bigger of the two

China Three Years Late on Installing Offshore Wind Farms

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:23

China is three years behind schedule on a plan that would make it the world’s biggest market for offshore wind, a setback for the $15 billion industry that’s seeking to produce affordable electricity from the one of nature’s most reliable energy sources.

Japanese Manufacturer Expands Renewables Business, Acquires Solectria and The Switch

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:56

Japanese machinery maker Yaskawa Electric Corp. announced will acquire US.-based inverter maker Solectria Renewables LLC and Finnish wind turbine components maker The Switch to expand its renewable energy business globally.

Sunshine Daydream? Wake Up, Now is the Time for Solar Energy in Latin America

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:32

Often, the most promising opportunities are those that become visible when the sun shines on a dark space. One such dark space is the wealth of untapped energy sources throughout Latin America; and of those energy alternatives, perhaps none looms as promising as the sunlight itself.