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CEO of German Utility RWE Says It Should Have Invested in Renewable Energy Sooner

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:46

What’s a beleaguered utility to do when forced by the government to close its profitable nuclear power plants?

Turning the Tide on Barrage Technology

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:31

For countless centuries the power of the tides has been known and understood. It is perhaps remarkable that this prodigious energy been used to generate electricity only within the last half a century. In a bid to rectify this apparent omission, over recent years significant research and development dollars have been ploughed into the development of numerous novel marine hydrokinetic technologies, such as tidal current turbines, which are only now emerging commercially.

Distributed Generation Shines in Thailand

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:30

Electricity generation today is moving towards a more decentralised model where generation is close to demand. Possible benefits are diminished transmission and distribution losses and investments, improved energy efficiency, and increased security of supply. Implementing a large central power plant is extremely challenging in terms of site availability, as well as public concern about environmental issues.

Massachusetts Finalizes SREC-II Program: Here's What You Can Expect

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 04:35

On April 11th, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced that they have now filed the final revisions for the SREC-II program with the Secretary of State’s office.  These final revisions will go into effect on April 25, 2014 once the rules have been promulgated. To qualify for SREC-I, all systems less than 100 kW must both s

When Renewables Meet the Oil and Gas Industry, Opposites Attract

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:11

At first glance, pairing renewable energy with the oil and gas sector would seem an unlikely match. But behind the curtain, romance could be blooming.

Trina Warning Foreshadows China's Solar Gloom

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:14

After watching their shares and prospects soar over the past year, solar stocks are suddenly hitting a cloudy patch as investors anxiously wait for most companies to return to the profit column following a two-year sector downturn. That wait may have just gotten a lot longer, following a warning from Trina Solar(NYSE: TSL) that it will fall far sho

Global Renewable Energy Should Triple to Save Climate, UN Panel Says

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:45

The world needs to triple the energy it gets from renewables, nuclear reactors and power plants that use emissions-capture technology to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, United Nations scientists said.

Post-Fukushima Japan Taps Coal Over Renewables

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:41

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing Japan’s coal industry to expand sales at home and abroad, undermining hopes among environmentalists that he’d use the Fukushima nuclear accident to switch the nation to renewables.

Wisconsin Snaps Up Community Solar in Record Time

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:33

Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community-owned solar developer, revealed today that two weeks after announcing the development of the Vernon Electric Community Solar Farm—Wisconsin’s first community-owned solar PV facility — the 305-kW array has been fully reserved. Reservations for the 1,001-panel array, developed in partnersh

The Never Dull Life of a Wind Farm

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:04

A wind farm’s story is a little bit like a romantic comedy. It’s all about the buildup. We tend to rivet our attention on the development phase – the controversies over siting, the struggle for permitting, the landing of contracts.

Trees Go High-tech: Turning Cellulose into Energy Storage Devices

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 05:51

Based on a fundamental chemical discovery by scientists at Oregon State University, it appears that trees may soon play a major role in making high-tech energy storage devices.

State Legislature Hearing: Why Isn't California Using More Geothermal?

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:33

Geothermal potential was the subject of a joint committee hearing in California on April 3 led by State Senator Ben Hueso, D-40th Senate District, and Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, D-46th Assembly District. As the hearing began, Senator Hueso, who is Chair of the Senate Select Committee on California’s Energy Independents, and Assemblyman Pérez, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Renewable Energy Economy in rural California, each expressed their interest in understanding why the state is not using more of its untapped geothermal resources. Of particular interest for California lawmakers, industry, and consumers alike are the areas near the Salton Sea familiar to the geothermal industry for their immense potential for power development.

China’s Idle Wind Power Curbs Tariff Cuts, Regulator Says

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:28

Switching off wind turbines in China because their electricity can’t be absorbed by the grid is limiting how much planners can cut incentives given to renewable power producers.

Swiss Unveil New Solar Powered Plane for Global Flight

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:24

The Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight has wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet yet weighs only about as much as a large car.

How Much Are Your Solar Facebook Fans Worth? Around $403 Each

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 02:00

According to a report conducted by non-solar marketing firm Syncapse, the average value of a Facebook Fan (“Like”) in 2013 was $174. Based on their methodology, the value is probably much higher for residential solar companies, but how much higher? Let's see if we can figure out an estimate. Syncapse didn’t reveal its exact methodology for valuing

IKEA Enters US Wind Market With Largest Renewables Investment to Date

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 14:02

IKEA is at it again. In an effort to achieve its goal of producing more renewable energy than it consumes by 2020, the retail giant announced yesterday that it has purchased the 98-MW Hoopeston wind farm in Illinois. This purchase marks its first wind project investment in the U.S. and largest renewables investment globally. IKEA will own the wind farm and U.S.-based developer Apex Clean Energy will manage the project.

UPDATE: UK Announces Renewable Heat Tariffs

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:45

UPDATE: The U.K. government yesterday launched its Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (d-RHI), which pays households that generate heat and hot water using renewable energy systems such as solar hot water, geothermal heat pumps and biomass heating.

Tax Code of Honor: US Congress Must Choose a Clean Energy Future

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 08:17

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Wyden has officially begun consideration of legislation to reinstate a suite of tax credits that big polluters and their allies succeeded in getting Congress to let expire, including vital, commonsense policies that promote clean energy.