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Ramping Up Worldwide Investment in Renewable Energy

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 06:49

How can renewable energy financiers vastly expand worldwide investment to cut back climate change? On April 9, a panel called "The Future of Financing for Infrastructure" at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Future of Energy Summit explained the uphill battle financiers face.

Introducing New York State’s Energy Storage Testing Center

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 12:16

The clean energy economy of the Empire State has just received a serious booster shot, thanks to the newly opened Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Testing and Commercialization Center in Rochester, New York. Made possible by state seed funding and a public-private partnership between the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) and DNV GL, the center will serve to address two of the greatest challenges facing New York-based energy storage companies: access to technology and cost.

Wind Power Is Getting Sweeter

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:54

Earlier this week, Mars Incorporated, in partnership with Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, announced an agreement on a new 200-MW wind farm that will meet 100 percent of the electrical needs of Mars Inc.’s U.S. operations, which include 37 factories employing 25,000 associates.

New York Commits Another $1 Billion to Solar Projects — Here’s What You Need to Know

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:03

Will New York join Massachusetts and California as an enduring solar state? Last Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an additional $1 billion in funding for the NY-Sun initiative, making good on his promise to extend the program through 2023. The funding announcement includes an overhaul of New York State Energy Research and Developm

Tesla Assessing Sites that Allow for Quick Launch of Massive Battery Manufacturing Plant

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 09:01

Tesla Motors Inc.’s Elon Musk is close to naming sites in at least two U.S. states for a planned battery “gigafactory” and will break ground at each to ensure one is ready to supply lithium-ion packs when needed.

Climate-Resilient Solar Hot Water Systems at Firehouses Save NYC Money, Cut Carbon

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 05:46

Solar hot water heating is the redheaded stepchild of the renewable energy world. Most people have no idea what it is. Or, they confuse it with its attention-grabbing cousin, solar photovoltaics, the solar panels we all know about that convert light into electricity and glint on a rapidly increasing number of American roofs.

Big Questions: US Executives Ponder Current and Future US Renewable Energy Development

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 03:39

Utilities are putting a new focus on increasing the amount of renewable energy generation sources in their portfolio, both to provide the best service to their customers and to comply with regulations on the state and federal level. Renewable power resources have many differences from traditional fossil-based generation sources, though, and technology, as well as associated prices, is still unsettled in multiple areas.

Biomass Electric Power Generation Dirtier than Coal? Not Possible

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 05:59

As an Adjunct professor teaching two unique interdisciplinary courses on sustainable energy at The George Washington University, I read the article that biomass power plants are more polluting than coal with incredulity. Not only is the report incorrectly covered on it's major three points, but it leaves out three other important points that readers need to know. And a recent modeling study on biofuels carbon balance is also lost in the weeds.

UK Set to Lead Europe's Utility-Scale Solar Market in 2014

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 05:47

Fuelled by the rapid growth in large-scale ground-mounted solar PV farms, the United Kingdom is forecast to be the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) market in Europe in 2014.

Hokkaido Is the New Solar Capital of Japan

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 04:13

While not the warmest or sunniest part of Japan, Hokkaido will become the largest “mega-solar” market in Japan according to the latest data published by the nation's Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry (METI).

The Time for Wind and Solar Energy Is Now

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 03:13

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC's) latest report, which explores ways to cut carbon emissions, put the world on notice. Despite efforts in the United States, Europe and developing countries such as China to ramp up energy efficiency and renewable energy, global carbon emissions have been increasing at a much faster clip than they were just a few decades ago. To avoid the worst of the worst, IPCC scientists say emissions will have to be reduced 40 percent to 70 percent by 2050 and warn that we only have a 15-year window to reverse course.

China Fuels Highest Solar Silicon Demand Since 2011

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 06:52

The polysilicon industry is headed for its biggest boom since a price war started three years ago. It can thank a burst of solar-panel orders in China and Japan.

French State to Keep Control of Hydropower Concessions, Royal Says

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 05:58

France will create state-controlled companies to operate hydroelectric dams, Energy Minister Segolene Royal said today, scrapping a plan to hold competitive bids for the contracts.

Pension Funds Hold a Key to Renewable Energy Finance

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 05:26

One of the more prominent asset classes that U.S. pension funds invest in is electric utility stocks and bonds. This is because utilities are historically stable businesses, and as a result are suitable for retirement funds precisely because they are generally subject to virtually no market risks from competition. Thus their profits, while not literally guaranteed by a state’s utility governing agency, are nonetheless essentially guaranteed through approved rates of return and rate recovery.

Wind Safety: Is Your Turbine Up to Industry Standards?

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 05:25

The demand for greater safety in technology is growing worldwide. Proven and tested industrial automation products — including integrated safety functionality — increases the availability of wind turbine systems and coincidentally meeting stricter safety regulations. Modern safety concepts simplify the integration of fail-safe solutions into wind turbine systems.

Moving Towards the European Super Grid

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 04:20

The creation of a single European electricity market has been moving in a positive direction. With the EU Electricity Liberalization Directive agreed by all Member States forming the framework of EU energy policy, the overarching goal is for consumers to benefit from an internal market governed by coordinated rules — for the implementation of renewables and development of the electricity network. A market-oriented European energy system also aims to make the most of different types of power generation and to optimize the costs associated with managing, maintaining and evolving the grid infrastructure.

Too Conservative? EIA Projects Renewables to be 16-27 Percent of US Electricity Supply by 2040

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 09:11

Today, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its renewable electricity generation projections as part of its "Annual Energy Outlook — 2014" (AEO2014).

Solar Wind Wins Approval for $1.5 Billion Arizona Power Tower

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 08:38

Solar Wind Energy Tower Inc. won approval from an Arizona city to develop a $1.5 billion project that would use ambient desert heat to create a draft to generate electricity, in a concrete colossus that would be the tallest structure in North America.

Shunfeng Acquires Suntech in Bid to Become Largest Solar Supplier

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 08:30

Wuxi Suntech Power’s 3 billion yuan ($480 million) acquisition by Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Ltd. paves the way for the company to rejoin the ranks of the largest solar manufacturers.

How Solar Is Cutting Grid Costs

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 08:10

With solar power, “we can avoid that $100 million investment in transmission lines, distribution lines, in capital infrastructure…” That was Vice President of Environmental Affairs Michael Deering of the Long Island Power Authority in a remarkable podcast interview, explaining how local solar energy can help offset expensive grid upgrades for bring