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Solar Trade Decision Represents Threat To Industry

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 07:12

The news could not have been any worse. In a deeply troubling decision, the U.S. Department of Commerce today imposed new tariffs on solar modules from China that threaten to derail the rapid growth of the U.S. solar industry. Commerce will immediately impose countervailing duty tariffs ranging from 18.56 to 35.21 percent. Equally troubling, Commer

Solar Crowdfunding Promises Growth but Requires Careful Management

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 07:11

Crowdfunding solar power allows companies to diversify and expand their capital sources but requires careful risk management, according to a panel called "Crowdfunding for Renewable Energy Projects: How Big Could It Be?" at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Future of Energy Summit on April 8.

More Tariffs for Chinese Solar Panel Manufacturers

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 07:09

Yesterday the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it would impose preliminary countervailing duties (CVD) on Chinese-manufactured solar modules in an effort to close the loophole that was created when it imposed initial tariffs on Chinese-manufactured solar cells back in 2012.

Can Geothermal Energy Save California’s Salton Sea?

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 06:08

Back in the 1950’s, the Salton Sea in Imperial Valley, California was a tourist hotspot drawing in thousands of tourists, developers and businesses looking to take advantage of the paradise in the desert – and it was all an accident. Now, the sea and its surrounding communities are in dire straits, and their only savior may be an industry that is struggling in its own right: geothermal.

World Energy Supply Requires $40 Trillion Investment by 2035, Says IEA

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 04:48

Meeting the world’s energy supply needs by 2035 will require $40 trillion of investment, as demand grows and production and processing facilities have to be replaced, the International Energy Agency said.

US Geothermal Industry Gets Huge Resource "Datapalooza" Boost

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 14:41

In order to move the nearly stagnant U.S. geothermal market along, the industry needs help identifying viable resources. The Department of Energy (DOE) has been hard at work developing a tool that will help this process, and recently announced the official launch of its National Geothermal Data System (NGDS).

Envisioning an Innovative Local Electric Utility

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 09:38

Laboring to keep more of its energy dollars at home, community members in Boulder, CO, decided that they needed some numbers behind their vision of a cleaner energy utility.  Listen in to hear Ken Regelson describe how the remarkable results of Boulder’s citizen-driven energy model have given them power to stand up to the incumbent electric monopol

Abengoa $600 Million Spinoff Shows Momentum for Renewable Energy Yieldcos

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 08:03

Abengoa SA is beginning the $600 million initial public offering of its renewable energy unit, in a spinoff that’s being imitated by companies including SunEdison Inc.

Nuclear Giant Exelon Launches Front Group to Cover Its Assets, Undermine Renewable Energy?

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 07:50

Nuclear power, which accounts for 19 percent of the nation's electricity generation, is facing some serious challenges. Not only did its hoped-for renaissance fizzle out, four reactors shut down last year, another is closing this fall, and the nuclear giant Exelon says it will announce plant closings by the end of this year if market conditions don't improve.

Japan Calls US Emissions Plan a Bold Step Away From Coal

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 07:37

Japan said the U.S.’s proposed cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions from its power plants is a bold step to tackle climate change.

Obama’s New Carbon Plan Makes History for Clean Energy

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:33

In a history-making move for clean energy, the Obama administration today, for the first time, proposed a rule to restrict carbon dioxide on existing power plants.

DC Circuit Again Finds FERC Oversteps Its Bounds — This Time It’s Demand Response

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 09:19

Once again, the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has overstepped its jurisdictional bounds. Last year, the DC Circuit rejected FERC’s presumption of authority to fine energy trader Brian Hunter for manipulating the natural gas futures market.   This time, the DC Circuit struck down O

Germany's Wind Energy Nexus: A Tour Around Hamburg

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 08:21

As part of a preview of this fall's WindEnergy expo in Hamburg, officials from Hamburg Messe whisked a group of international journalists around the region to see wind energy companies and projects in action, putting the nation's momentum and support for renewables on display.

New Carbon Pollution Standards Can Create 274,000 Jobs, Save $37 Billion on Energy Bills, Says Report

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 08:09

Carbon pollution standards for power plants — like the proposed standards that President Obama will unveil today — can protect our pocketbooks as well as our health, according to a new study.

Is Charging Scarcity Holding Back EV Growth?

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 08:07

At the turn of the 20th Century, it took only 13 years to replace the the horse and carriage with automobiles. A system that had dominated for centuries as a preferred means of transport was displaced seemingly over night.. Today, transportation is witnessing another technological shift to electric plug-in and extended range vehicles. However, four

German Energy Reforms Could Spell Trouble for Small Renewable Energy Producers

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 06:59

There’s bad news in the pipeline for Germany’s small-scale producers of renewable energy, the backbone of the country’s heralded Energiewende, or clean-energy transition.

Microgrids Create Municipalization Benefits

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 03:39

Electric utilities seeking the renewal of their franchises, and politicians seeking municipalization, both ignore the transformative possibilities of the microgrid. Microgrids represent a promising new business opportunity for both existing utilities and new entrants in the electricity business. Microgrid deployment will also provide the same public benefits as municipal control, likely more.