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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.

US Ex-Im Hangs in Balance as Chief Defends Bank Against Critics

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:56

U.S. Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg mounted a defense of the 80-year-old agency as Republicans weigh eliminating the lender they say backs major corporations with political connections.

German Lawmakers Vote to Reduce Renewable Energy Subsidies

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:36

German lawmakers backed an extensive revision of the country’s EEG clean-energy law to curb subsidies and slow gains in power prices that are the second-costliest in the European Union.

Brazil's Cosan Sees Potential to Triple Biomass Power Generation

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 08:20

Billionaire Rubens Ometto’s Cosan SA has the potential to triple its power generation by burning sugar-cane leftovers if the government offers power-purchase contracts for biomass producers.

California Bill Approved in Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee to Advance Geothermal

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 05:52

On June 23, the California Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce approved SB 1139 by a 8-5 vote and now heads to Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill requires energy retailers to procure a combined 500 MW of geothermal power by 2024, and has been passed in the Senate.

Listen Up: SEIA Explains New Tariffs on Chinese Solar Products

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 05:09

Earlier this month, the U.S. Commerce Department announced new tariffs on solar products from China, including both solar panels and solar cells. Another upcoming case may result in tariffs on Taiwanese solar products. There are two things we can be sure of related to these tariffs. First, these tariffs will cause the prices of Chinese and Taiwanese solar panels shipped to the U.S. to increase. Second, these tariffs will make it more attractive to manufacture solar products in the U.S.

Lessons from Australia: How to Reduce US Solar PV Costs through Installation Labor Efficiency

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 05:02

In 2013, the United States installed more solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity than either Germany or Australia for the first time ever. (the U.S. has triple their combined population, so arguably this should have happened long ago…). With the decline of feed-in tariffs and other incentives in Germany, it is likely that the U.S. will continue to outpace that country in new PV installations. However, the U.S. continues to lag behind global PV leaders Germany and Australia in another important category: prices for residential systems installations. As of Q2 2013, the average installed residential system price was $4.93/W compared to Germany’s $2.21/W and Australia’s $2.56/W. That needs to change.

Trust and Ratings Trump Price in Residential Solar Sales

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 02:00

At what price would you buy solar from this guy?   You probably wouldn’t. And that’s one reason why building trust and conveying quality can trump price, even in a highly price competitive residential solar market — and that’s not just me saying that. I just did a very informative webinar with Judy Ash, Enphase’s Senior Director of Global Marketing

Solar’s Key Challenge Today Is to “Truly Out-compete Traditional Energy”

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:29

David Briggs has long-standing experience in the solar industry, including three years at a cleantech communications firm and three years as Marketing Manager at microinverter manufacturer Enphase Energy. Briggs now works as Director of Marketing at mounting systems provider IronRidge. Recently, Briggs took a few minutes from his busy schedule to t

Sir Richard Branson: “We’re Killing the World”

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 08:04

An observer of Sir Richard Branson over say 20 years might have remarked how much older he looked as the keynote speaker at the BIO convention this week in San Diego. He struggled for words at times and was visibly tired by the end of his hour on stage; but he had lost nothing of his charm, nor had he varied in his iconoclastic approach to building great enterprises or his views on technology in the face of climate change.