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Renewable Energy Trends Illuminated in Clean Edge’s Market Report

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 06:00

The clean energy industry’s performance over the past year can be seen as a classic good news-bad news situation, according to the experts at Clean Energy, a research and advisory firm devoted to the clean-tech sector. The industry saw dazzling growth, success, and rising stock prices in some sectors – most notably solar photovoltaic (PV) deployment – but downward trends and policy and finance hurdles in others.

Suez Environnement to Build Waste-to-Energy Plant in China

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 04:08

Suez Environnement, Europe’s second-biggest water company, and Chinese partners agreed to build an incinerator near Shanghai to treat hazardous and medical waste that will generate steam and supply energy.

Massachusetts Makes Progress for Finalizing SREC-II Regulation

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:37

Solar stakeholders in Massachusetts are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  On Monday, March 17th, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced that they have initiated the last review necessary before finalizing the Solar Carve-Out II program.  The Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy

Giant King Grass To Fuel Bioenergy Plants in California

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:58

An 18-MW biomass plant is set to reopen in Imperial, California as part of the ML Energy Park after a 2010 earthquake damaged the facility. Viaspace signed a contract with Mesquite Lake Water and Power LLC to supply the plant with its Giant King Grass (GKG) feedstock, which will be mixed with wood waste.

The Wrong Answer to Tax Reform

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:39

For many years, and particularly since the Energy Policy Act of 2005, U.S. federal income tax policy has served a dual function as both tax and renewable energy policy. However, last month House Ways and Means Chairman David Camp (R-MI) released an expansive tax reform proposal in which a number of credits and deductions for renewable energy technology were recommended for repeal, effectively rewriting renewable energy policy by a proposed elimination of renewable energy from the federal tax code.

Renewables in North Africa: A Nation-By-Nation Report Card

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:45

Electricity demand is soaring in Northern Africa nations (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt) due to economic development, rising living standards, and other factors, but the existing power infrastructure is severely inadequate to handle it. Supply is plunging because of spiking demand in hot summers, threadbare infrastructure, political instability (especially since the 2011 Arab Spring), financing restrictions, and inadequate regulatory frameworks. Even so, power generation projects and structural reforms to support them are pushing forward in this region — and in many cases renewable energy is the best solution, particularly tapping into solar and wind resources, according to recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan.

Greek Government Proposes More Cuts to Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 05:43

In a move reminiscent of Spain, the Czech Republic, Australia and even Germany, the Greek government has proposed cuts to the country’s successful Feed-in Tariff (FIT).

Siemens to Invest $264 Million in UK Offshore Wind Plant

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 05:04

Siemens AG, Europe’s largest engineering company will invest 160 million pounds ($264 million) in a wind turbine factory in northern England to tap the world’s biggest offshore wind market.

Listen Up: Let's Talk Solar Grid Storage

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 04:20

To many of us old timers, the battery storage industry looks a lot like the solar industry did ten years ago. Energy storage on the grid depends on future battery cost reductions, requires sophisticated management electronics, tricky packaging, favorable government policies, coordination with utility rates and appropriate financing. Not surprisingly, we're seeing successful solar entrepreneurs from the last decade applying their finely-honed skills and tactics to build new energy storage businesses.

Japan Approves Solar Power Tariff Cut, Sets Offshore Wind

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 03:58

Japan approved a cut in tariffs for solar power as a building boom meant the technology made up 97 percent of new renewable capacity since it offered incentives.

US Lawmakers Urge Extension of Renewable Tax Credits

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:44

Several dozen members of the House of Representatives, mostly Democrats along with some Republicans, have urged House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to help extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) that benefits wind power.

How Solar Reduced a California Farm’s Electric Bill by 75 Percent

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:35

A solar system installed by REC Solar at a California vineyard. Today’s farmers are increasingly using the sun’s energy to grow more than just fruits and vegetables. Solar power systems have become a new solution for reducing the energy costs of water pumps, refrigeration, vineyard wine processing, and many other energy-intensive agriculture applic

FERC Order 1000 Has Its Day in Court

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 06:59

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an important set of reforms intended to save consumers money and improve the transmission planning process more than two years ago, but the merits of “Order 1000” were still being debated yesterday in a Washington, D.C., federal courtroom.

How Do We Really Protect the Grid from the Bad Guys?

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 04:34

From David and Goliath to Luke Skywalker and the Death Star, the human race has been reminded again and again that big things have their vulnerable points. The U.S. power grid, sometimes called the world’s largest machine, is no exception.

Will Outsized Solar Stock Returns Continue?

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 04:18

Any way you slice it, solar investing has been on a tear for the last year. Of the 69 solar stocks that the Roen Financial Report tracks, three-quarters are up for the year. On average solar stocks have gained 85 percent for the year, with 60 percent of solar companies up in the double digits. What is most impressive is that the top 17 solar stocks are all up in the triple digits, and one, Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ), is up 903 percent.

Clearing Up Cloudy Understanding on Solar Power Plant Output

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 03:57

Sandia National Laboratories engineers have been studying the most effective ways to use solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays — a clean, affordable and renewable way to keep the power on. Systems are relatively easy to install and have relatively small maintenance costs. They begin working immediately and can run unassisted for decades.

Updated: New Jersey's Offshore Wind Goals Up in the Air After Project Rejection

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 09:36

New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has given a thumbs-down to a long-proposed offshore wind project near Atlantic City, casting doubt on the project's future as it seeks crucial funding from the Department of Energy -- and bringing into question the state's commitment to exploring its big untapped offshore energy resource. [Updated with info from the BPU proceedings transcript, and comments from Fishermen Energy's CEO Chris Wissemann.]

FERC Approves License for Cutting-edge Tidal Energy Project

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 08:39

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 20 issued a 10-year pilot license to Public Utility District No. 1 of Snohomish County for the proposed Admiralty Inlet Pilot Tidal Project to be located in the Puget Sound in the state of Washington.

ExxonMobil Acknowledges Climate Change to Shareholders

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 08:03

We don’t cover climate change news all that much here on The reason for that is that we view climate change as just one bullet point in a list of reasons why renewable energy make sense: energy independence, grid stability through decentralized generation and resource depletion are also on that list. But yesterday we recei

Low Cost Solar Signals Dynamic Shift for Utility Planning

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 07:46

Recent news that Austin Energy is looking to sign a 25-year solar energy PPA for less than 5 cents per kilowatt-hour is not just solar notable, it’s utility notable. (Austin Energy is seeking city council approval to execute the PPA at a 3/27/14 meeting.) The two projects totaling 150 megawatts are admittedly larger than typically seen for PV, crea