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US-China Trade Dispute Disrupts Solar Success

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 14:32

Next week, the International Trade Commission (ITC) plans to announce its initial decision regarding the expansion of the trade restrictions on imported Chinese, Taiwanese and other solar cells and modules in response to a complaint filed by SolarWorld earlier this year. This decision comes on the back of a previous finding in 2012 that imposed both anti-subsidy and anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese-manufactured solar cells. Barring an eleventh-hour agreement to settle the claim, the solar industry in the U.S. is going to suffer from this litigation. And unless this trade dispute is settled soon, both sides will lose out.

Rapid Solar Growth Offers Hope In Fight Against Climate Change

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 07:55

The news couldn’t have come at a better time. With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) poised to announce enhanced air quality standards for coal and natural-gas fired power plants next week, new figures released today show solar energy in America continues its remarkable growth.  Driven by strong year-over-year growth in the utility and resi

Iceland Moves Closer to Powering European Homes With Geothermal Energy

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 07:43

Iceland is moving closer to plugging European homes into the volcanic island nation’s geothermal and hydropower reserves via what would be the world’s longest power cable, according to the country’s largest energy producer.

The Dos and Don'ts of Government Renewable Energy Projects

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 06:45

With billions of dollars of prospective markets for renewable energy and energy efficiency in the federal government sector, I am astonished at how uncoordinated companies are in this area. As one who guides federal facility managers, as well as companies aspiring to enter the market, I have some first hand perspective.

SunEdison Yieldco Subsidiary TerraForm Files for Public Offering

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 04:48

SunEdison Inc., the best-performing U.S. solar company this year, is planning an initial public offering for a unit that was formed to own and operate renewable-power plants.

Missouri University Transitions from 69-Year Old Coal Plant to Geothermal Energy

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 04:36

A World War II-era power plant that has provided energy to much of the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus for nearly seven decades is powering down as the university makes the transition to a geothermal energy system.

Listen Up: How Often Should I Clean My Solar Panels?

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 03:42

When someone gets a new rooftop solar installation, the second question they always ask is "how often do I need to clean my solar panels." We'll answer that question on today's show — taking into account the different effects of rain, dust and electric rates (BTW, the first question people always ask is "how do I read my electric bill;" but that's a topic for another show).

Renewable Energy Standards Put On Hold in Ohio

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 08:59

Ohio can no longer be counted as one of the 29 U.S. states that is working to satisfy its renewable portfolio standard. Yesterday the Ohio general assembly approved a bill to freeze the standards for electricity efficiency and generation from renewable sources.

Is Natural Gas Sucking Investment from Renewable Energy?

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 08:45

U.S. President Barack Obama says natural gas can be a bridge from coal to a cleaner energy future. Investors are showing it’s more likely a bridge to nowhere.

US Solar Power Rises 79 Percent as Residential Panels Beat Warehouses

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 08:37

Homeowners and developers installed 1.33 gigawatts of solar panels in the first quarter, the second- largest total on record, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Alberta, Canada Renewables Seen Cheaper Than Coal in Next Decades

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 08:12

Alberta, which relies on coal to generate about half its power, would see electricity rates rise more slowly in coming decades if use of renewable energy increased, according to a study published today.

Show Me Solar: Missouri's Opportunity for Solar Power

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 07:33

What can solar power do for a single state? How about 21 percent of its energy, $14 billion in economic activity, and over 150,000 jobs. At a discount to existing electricity costs. Without subsidies. That's what solar power can do for Missouri, but the state's utilities may be about to pull the plug on local solar power. It started with a renewabl

Study: Clean Energy Vocational Training Programs Have Better ROI than Traditional Degrees

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 06:44

Data recently released by CleanEdison indicates that the return on investment for educational paths, also called the return on education, is higher for vocational training than for more “traditional” educational pursuits. The leading vocational training provider in the renewable energy industries, CleanEdison released its findings in a white paper

Chile's New Energy Agenda Lays the Foundation for Sustainable Growth

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 06:42

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet released a new Energy Agenda on May 15th, which her administration will use as the foundation for a national energy policy. The much-anticipated document outlines seven pillars, or key areas, where new and specific efforts are needed if the country is to grow sustainably and stably over the coming decades. Overall, the agenda is right on target regarding several broad issues –and a few specific ones as well— and if Bachelet and Energy Minister Máximo Pacheco are able to execute these plans, Chile’s renewable* energy and energy efficiency sectors should be able to compete with conventional energy –dirty fossil fuels and large hydro—on a more even playing ground than before.

There Are Good Reasons for Obama to be Confident on Carbon Rules

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 06:36

The Obama administration has taken a lot of heat for creating climate change rules that bypass Congress. But recent court decisions are bolstering the president’s clean air agenda – and they come at a crucial time.

US States Should Study the Northeast for EPA Compliance Answers

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 10:47

As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepares to release draft regulations for greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector on June 2nd, this week ENE released a report describing how the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) provides a proven, effective model for reducing power plant emissions.

Solar Roadways Video Goes Viral; Features Microinverter Technology

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 09:42

The future of solar energy is upon us, and the viral YouTube video Solar Freakin’ Roadways proves the power of solar has no boundaries. Engineering couple Julie and Scott Brusaw have revolutionized solar power and designed an innovative roadmap for clean energy independence—Solar Roadways. The idea is simple, and brilliant—replace all roadways, par

Chinese Solar Manufacturer Wants To Become Solar Power Plant Developer, Too

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 08:50

Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Ltd., the new owner of what was once the world’s biggest solar manufacturer, is seeking to issue HK$6 billion ($774 million) of shares to buildsolar-power plants.

Harnessing the Power of the Tides

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 06:36

Tidal power remains one of the great engineering challenges yet to be fully exploited in the modern world and yet it was first mooted more than a century ago. The oceans hold enormous quantities of potential energy that can be developed with very low greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Change and the American Economy

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 05:03

The 3rd National Climate Assessment (NCA) was released earlier this month, painting a frightening picture of the spiraling costs of climate disruption to America and highlighting the need to price carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. While President Obama has pledged action and the electricity industry nervously awaits new EPA regulations for power plant emissions, the most appropriate action remains politically impossible: carbon taxes, cap and trade and carbon pricing are all consistently used as divisive issues to excite the conservative base of the GOP.