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China Finally Acknowledges Unfair Pricing, To Sharply Lower Renewable Tariffs by 2020

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 07:25

Lofty targets contained in a new report show that China intends to push ahead with ambitious plans to build up its renewable energy sector. But perhaps the most interesting thing about this new report is word that Beijing finally intends to sharply reduce the inflated state-set fees now paid for solar and wind-produced power, in one of the sharpest

Listen Up: Let's Talk Solar Chips and How They Can Reduce Costs, Improve Efficiency

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 04:14

Solar modules started out as fairly simple moisture-proof sandwiches of glass, silicon cells, glue and backsheets — with a junction box that contains a few diodes to bypass defective or shaded cells. No fancy electronics in the early days. Then power electronics circuitry crept into early inverters — to the point now where all inverters contain hundreds of electronics chips to provide various optimization, communications and safety functions. Now that many installations use microinverters or optimizers, every single solar panel has its own collection of electronics chips.

Prost! 5 Breweries Embracing Renewable Energy

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:31

Love it or hate it, summer is gone and cold weather is creeping its way into our lives. Here in New England, fall brings all sorts of activities, from apple picking to pumpkin patches to football. But at REW, we’re most excited for one quintessential fall event: Oktoberfest. The changing leaves also bring about changing brews, so we decided to high

Buffett's MidAmerican to Invest Another $280 Million in Iowa Wind Energy

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:08

MidAmerican Energy Co., which has already committed about $15 billion to renewable energy, plans to invest an additional $280 million in Iowa wind farms.

Will an Energy Proposal in New York Institutionalize Power Monopolies?

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:02

Co-written with Natara Feller. On August 22, the New York Public Service Commission (NY PSC) issued a proposed rule on the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative and comments were submitted throughout September. In short, the PSC intends to transform NY’s utilities into Distributed System Platform Providers (DSPPs), which will create, operate

How One Utility Enlisted Geothermal Cooling to Reduce Peak Electric Demand and Improve System Utilization

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:34

On July 1st, 2014, PSEG Long Island released its Utility 2.0 Long Range Plan. This plan is on the leading edge of New York’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) proceeding. REV is a process through which the NYS Public Service Commission is defining the utility of the future — one that meets customers’ and society’s evolving needs by making efficient use of distributed energy resources (DER). The REV defines DERs to include energy efficiency, demand response and distributed generation.

Net-Zero Neighborhoods Gaining Traction

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:18

The largest net-zero neighborhood in North America will be constructed more than a mile above sea level. All 308 houses in the Geos Neighborhood in Arvada, Colo. will harness sunlight and the earth’s core to generate as much energy as the homes consume. But before the solar and geothermal technology comes into play, the design of these cottages and

Is Energy Efficiency Investment Hurting Renewables?

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:09

Investments in measures to curb energy waste and boost efficiency are overtaking wind and solar spending and have reached at least $310 billion a year, the International Energy Agency said.

Lessons from the Cell Phone Phenomenon: How Microgrids Can Power Developing Countries

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:44

Buying vegetables in a small town in Ecuador from a woman who had trekked from her farm miles away, barefoot, in traditional indigenous garb, made me feel I was back in time. As we were conducting our transaction, I heard a ringtone and instinctively reached into my pocket. The 70-year-old woman pulled out her cell phone. This woman, along with the majority of people in rural areas of the developing world, never had a land-line in her home, probably has no electricity, and may not even have a toilet. Yet she relies on her mobile phone. In fact, developing countries around the world have leapfrogged past the landline infrastructure of the industrialized world and now have more mobile users than those in high-income nations.

Latin America Report: 7 Renewable Energy Stories Worth Reading

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 13:26

The renewable energy market is fast-paced and growing with each passing day. It’s hard to keep up with every industry announcement and insight, so we decided to highlight interesting developments that took place during the past few weeks, and some valuable insights that are worth revisiting.

Solar’s $30 Billion Splurge Proves Too Much for Japan

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:20

After spending almost $30 billion on solar energy in a single year and installing as many panels as exist in the whole of Spain, Japan is preparing to ratchet back its boom in photovoltaic power.

Local, Lower Prices, 33 Percent Renewable — Sonoma Clean (Community) Power Has Launched

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:12

Starting this May, 20,000 Sonoma County, CA, electricity customers are getting renewable power at a lower cost than from their previous electric utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. The portion of renewable electricity (“CleanStart”) for the average customer will rise by 50 percent. For those so motivated — 3 percent of customers already — it’s also po

Food For Watts: Turning Post-consumer Food Waste into Renewable Energy

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:01

Since its inception nearly a decade ago, Essential Consulting Oregon, LLC (EC Oregon) has built up an impressive résumé when it comes to the planning and implementation of U.S. biogas projects. In that time period, the company has provided dozens of feasibility studies, performed GIS mapping in several states, and provided services for the development of four full-scale biogas plants.

Is an "Irrational Phobia" Hampering the UK Onshore Wind Industry?

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:24

The main ruling U.K. Conservative Party has an “irrational phobia” of onshore wind power and is hampering development of a technology that’s crucial to meeting Britain’s carbon targets, Business Secretary Vince Cable said.

EU Nations Mull Funds to Aid Clean Energy in 2030 Climate Deal

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:34

European Union governments are considering the use of carbon-permit funds to help finance clean technologies and spur poorer nations toward a low-carbon economy under a planned deal on 2030 climate and energy policies.

Are You a Mac or a PC? Are You a Solar Person or a Utility Person? It’s the Same Question

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 09:18

Most of us probably remember the “Get a Mac” campaign from about 10 years ago. It wasn’t about Macs or PCs, or which are better. That’s what it seems to be on the surface, but really this campaign was about YOU, the buyers of either Macs or PCs. The campaign asked all of us to either identify ourselves with someone who likes a simple, well-designed

New Financial, Project Woes for China Solar Sector

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:55

The solar power sector has become a highly volatile place these days, with company stocks rallying one week on upbeat news, only to tumble days later on more downbeat signals. Much of the volatility owes to 2 factors that have created big uncertainty: protectionism and doubts about funding for many new power plants now being announced. Both of thos

Electrifying Keyna: How One African Country is Approaching Renewable Energy Development

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:40

Kenya’s renewable energy ambitions have attracted growing attention in recent months. There has been a strong uptick in interest in the country’s wind energy potential in particular. Last year, Kenya’s Ministry of Energy and Petroleum said in an investment prospectus for 2013-2016 that it plans to boost wind power generation by 630 MW as part of its target to increase electricity levels by 5,000 MW by 2016. In March, the Kenyan government also signed a financing document for the largest private investment in Kenya.

IEA Report Predicts Solar Power Domination by 2050

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:28

According to the IEA, solar PV could conceivably be used to generate as much as 16 percent of the world’s electricity needs by mid-century, with solar thermal electricity generated by concentrating solar plants (CSP) accounting for another 11 percent.

SolarCity Introduces New Finance Model for Rooftop Systems

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:29

SolarCity Corp. will begin offering loans for rooftop solar power systems in a bid to reach consumers who want to own the panels on their roofs rather than lease them or pay cash.