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Wind Farms, Power Grids Pose Political Risks for EU Insurers

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 07:45

Insurance regulators in Europe won’t relax rules designed to protect customers from risks to investments in structures like wind parks and power grids, the head of the industry’s watchdog said.

Los Angeles Ready to Add 300 MW of New Solar Energy Capacity

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 05:54

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is moving forward with multiple agreements for a large 250-MW solar array in Kern County while also spurring development of another 50 MW of solar power within the city of Los Angeles.

Don't Count It Out: Biofuels Industry Holds Much Promise

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 04:53

The verdict on biofuels is in, and the catchphrase seems to be over-promised and under-delivered. Biofuels have been in public use in some form or the other for a long time (remember the Ford Model T that ran on hemp-derived fuel?). However, in reality, innovation in biofuels for widespread use is much more recent. First generation biofuels made out of sugar, starch and edible oils still occupy a major share of the total market.

Climate Change Shifts Focus for Energy System

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 04:47

The U.S. National Climate Assessment report states bluntly that streets in coastal cities are flooding more readily, that hotter and drier weather in the West means earlier starts to wildfire seasons, and that every region of the nation already is seeing real effects of climate change.

Solar Power’s Impact on Rural Exodus

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 04:17

Our biggest cities are facing increasing pressure on their infrastructure. Rural migration to urban locations has been a constant since the industrial revolution where the rural population comes to Urbania looking for better opportunities. But what must be high on the agenda is to take these opportunities to wherever they are, no matter how remote.

New EPA Rule Is Good Start, But Will Take Years to Create Change

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 05:44

Now that the air has cleared after a media blizzard about the significance of the proposed EPA ruling, let’s step back and take a look at what this really means. First, if you are in the renewable energy, coal mining, or utility business, don’t get too worked up. The new EPA rules will take several years to effect any change in your business.  In a

China Solar Update: EU Trade Dispute Brewing Again, New Storage Venture Forms

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:07

Let’s end the week with a couple of new energy developments, led by word that China and the European Union could be heading for a new showdown after the pair narrowly avoided a trade war last year over dumping accusations towards Chinese solar panels. The news looks quite disappointing and bodes poorly for the broader solar sector, where protection

Solar “Freakin’” Roadways Reveals How the Solar Industry Has Failed to Inspire America

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:00

Ladies and gentlemen, the solar industry has failed to communicate, and there’s no better example of how we’ve failed than the “Solar Freakin Roadways” crowd-funding project that’s raised over $2 million for a solar technology that will never become as utilized or as inexpensive as our good ol’ conventional solar PV panels. I say this not to dispar

New Financing Vehicle for Mekong Solar and Wind Energy

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 05:45

Armstrong Asset Management has forged a new partnership agreement with The Blue Circle for wind and solar project financing in the Mekong Region of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. With Armstrong agreeing to commit up to US $40 million in equity to fund the construction of wind and solar projects, it will also take a minority equity stake in The Blue Circle - a vertically integrated renewable energy developer operating in the region.

Fuel Cell Storage for the Home

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 05:43

Fuel cells convert natural gas directly into electrical energy. They are many times more efficient than are combustion engines, such as the car engine. These require an intermediate step. First, they convert chemical energy into thermal energy (heat) and mechanical energy (force). With this force, they drive a generator, which only then generates the electric power. In the process, a large portion of the originally available energy is lost.

Energy Infrastructure Development in East Africa: Big Potential Meets Big Roadblocks

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 05:20

Power infrastructure in the East African countries of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda is inherently connected to their economic growth. As urbanisation and industrialisation fuel the need for electricity in cities, the demand for electricity in East Africa is expected to grow at approximately 5.3 percent per year until 2020. To meet these requirements, generation capacity would have to increase by 37.7 percent in Uganda, 96.4 percent in Kenya, 75.3 percent in Tanzania and 115 percent in Rwanda. The government, in conjunction with development partners, must build a more favourable business environment to facilitate growth.

Shift to Solar Power Raises Incomes for Salt-mining Families in India

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 03:15

Every year, whole families in the rural Kutch region of the Indian state of Gujarat await the end of the rainy season, when they make their trek to the salt-rich Thar desert. Tens of thousands of men, women and children migrate there for eight months a year during which they dig wells that fill with groundwater brackish enough to produce tons of salt. They pump the water into flat pans spread out in the hot sun, where it evaporates, leaving behind heaps of salt crystals. It's a livelihood of hard labor and low returns.

Community Solar Complements Rooftop as Residential Market Booms

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:08

The first three months of 2014 marked the first quarter in recent U.S. history that more residential solar electric systems were installed than commercial solar arrays. GTM researchers, who collected the Q1 data, believe the residential market will continue its upward trend and outpace the non-residential market on an annual basis as soon as 2016.

Solar Energy Increasingly Considered a Safe, Attractive Investment

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 08:10

Pension fund managers are investing more in solar energy, undeterred by declining returns because the industry is considered a safe alternative to traditional securities such as government bonds.

Listen Up: Home Solar Battery Storage Systems Are Coming

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 07:01

Before net metering, the only way to store daytime-produced solar energy was to use a battery storage system. These systems — generally composed of a bank of lead-acid batteries, a charge controller, solar panels and an inverter — continue to be popular for off-grid use. However, net metering is more efficient (zero round-trip energy loss) and less expensive (no batteries or maintenance required), so the fastest growth over the last decade has been in grid-connected net metered systems.

Code Breakers: Turning Carbon Emissions into a Revenue Stream

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 06:45

On the heels of the EPA’s new carbon rules proposed by President Obama on June 2, I wanted to take a closer look at a potential disruptive technological breakthrough: taking CO2 waste streams and turning them into saleable, value-added feedstocks. Certainly, the deployment of renewables, energy efficiency, smart grid, and energy storage technologies offer some of the most cost-effective options for dramatically reducing emissions. But if you believe that fossil fuel power plants (along with other large-source emitters like steel and cement producers) will remain a part of our industrial ecosystem for some time to come, then capturing and utilizing C02 from these emitters is an important and critical piece of the carbon-management equation.