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China Panel Makers Hire Private Association to Tackle Trade Wars

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 08:44

Chinese solar panel makers have taken an important step to solving their ongoing trade spat with the west by formally launching a private sector trade association to speak on their behalf. The move gives the panel makers their first truly commercial representative to discuss the matter with peers in the U.S. and Europe, providing a better alternati

Georgia Coal-to-Solar Shift Shows the Way on Obama Climate Rules

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 07:10

Georgia small-business owner Julian Smith keeps hearing that the Obama administration’s latest climate regulations will drive up local electric bills. He doesn’t believe the prediction, but he isn’t arguing: The fears are doing wonders for his solar-panel installation company.

Are We There Yet? The Positioning and Repositioning of the Algae Industry

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 05:51

An agreeable reporter from KPBS San Diego visited with the Digest this past week while working on a short segment, contrasting the progress of algae companies today to the promise seen when the BIO International Convention last visited San Diego in 2008.

Distributed Wind Energy: The New Cash Crop

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 04:41

With so many day-to-day concerns vying for attention, many farmers may not have the time to stop and research alternative ways to address their energy needs and rising utility costs. While having heard that renewable energies, such as solar or wind energy, are becoming increasingly popular, there does not seem to be a way for them to reap the benefits without a significant amount of capital available. However, due to advancements in technology and market availability due to new leasing models, distributed generation is changing the way farmers gain access to and manage their cost of power.

Cape Wind Getting $150 Million US Energy Department Loan Guarantee

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:52

Cape Wind Associates LLC received a conditional $150 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy for its project off the coast of Massachusetts.

Excess Water from Iceland Geothermal Plant Source of Thriving Spa Business

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:47

“Why would you build a power plant so close to such a great spa facility?” This is frequently the first question people ask when visiting Iceland’s Blue Lagoon.  This is a valid question, and there is a very logical reason for the location of Blue Lagoon, one of the 25 wonders of the world, according to National Geographic. Rather ironically, the B

Renewables to Receive Lion's Share of $7.7 Trillion in Global Power Funding

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:41

Renewable energy may reap as much as two-thirds of the $7.7 trillion in investment forecast for building new power plants by 2030 as declining costs make it more competitive with fossil fuels.

A Ray of Clean Energy Sunshine Peeking Through the Beijing Haze

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:15

China’s environment is in a deplorable state, a nasty byproduct of the most successful spurt of economic growth in world history. Hardly a month passes without more vivid examples of how air, water and soil pollution threatens the health of millions of Chinese and undermines the quality of life that the Chinese worked so hard to achieve over the last decades.

Inaugural Class of Women with Hydro Vision Award Recipients Announced

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 13:51

The PennWell Hydro Group is pleased to announce the inaugural class of recipients of the Women with Hydro Vision award.

Pass the Mustard: Why Carinata is Taking Root as Biofuel

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 08:35

Navigant Research forecasts that the “global biofuels production will reach 61 billion gallons by 2023, replacing nearly 6 percent of global transportation fuel production from fossil sources and generating $70 billion in new revenue over the next decade.” The demand for an appropriate crop that can provide biofuels, without competing for land use with food crops, is on. The emergence of non-food feedstocks to fuel the international biofuel demand is on the horizon.

Distributed Renewable Energy Under Fire

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 06:32

Adapt or Die read the title of the article suggesting that electric utilities must change their business to survive, or be buried under an onslaught of local renewable energy. But utilities seem to have chosen a third way – Fight – as captured in this map from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.  A total of 19 states (as accounted for through Ma

Industry Complaints About the New EPA Carbon Pollution Rule? We've Heard It All Before

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 06:29

The argument industrial polluters and their friends in Congress are making against the new Environmental Protection Agency plan to curb power plant carbon emissions should sound familiar. After all, it's the same scare tactic they trot out every time the government proposes stricter emission controls: exaggerate the cost, overstate job losses, and completely ignore the benefits.

Switching On Power Sector Reform in India

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 06:24

Summer temperatures in India were soaring when the World Bank Group released its review of the power sector’s performance over the past two decades.

China Becomes World's Largest PV Market

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 06:16

According to the Global New Energy Development Report 2014, China has surpassed Germany as the world's largest PV market. The report, which was prepared by Hanergy Holding Group and China New Energy Chamber of Commerce, provided a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the global renewable energy market.