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UK Bioenergy: Are Dedicated Biomass Plants a Bust?

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 04:40

As Ed Davey, U.K. Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, spoke to the Environment Council in Brussels, saying: “We call for urgent action on reaching an ambitious 2030 energy and climate change agreement, to spur on investment in green, reliable energy,” at home in Britain the backers of a flagship biomass energy project announced that it would be economically unfeasible to continue development. What happened?

Vestas Back On Top as Wind Turbine Installions Leader

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 14:03

A turnaround story, a sluggish U.S market, and a surge in China cause a big shakeup in the ranks of wind turbine manufacturers, as compiled by new analyst reports.

Wind Energy Chiefs Share Warnings of Industry Pitfalls

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 09:49

The wind energy industry’s most influential figures have delivered various warnings this week on the threats that must be overcome to advance the industry’s development.

Recent European Solar Announcements Are Good News for the Solar Industry

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 08:58

To say that the European solar manufacturing industry has suffered some setbacks over the past few years would be an understatement. A glut of Chinese-made panels flooded the market in 2010, driving solar module prices to record lows and driving dozens of European and North American solar PV manufacturers out of business.

Reykjavik to Start Drilling on $2 Billion Ethiopia Geothermal Project

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 06:59

Reykjavik Geothermal, the Icelandic power-plant builder, plans to begin drilling in Ethiopia by July as part of a $2 billion project to develop the renewable energy source, Chief Operating Officer Gunnar Orn Gunnarsson said.

Renewable Energy Powers Rural Nepal Into the Future

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 05:45

Reaching Darbang in Myagdi district is an ordeal. The rough roads leading from the district capital of Beni are impassable during the rains, requiring you to wade through rivers and perform balancing acts across landslides to get there. So it’s surprising that once you reach there, what greets you is not a sleepy rural village, but a bustling center of economic activity.

Fostering Community Power: A New Pay It Forward Model for Solar

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 05:15

People can now help build solar energy projects in a brand new way. RE-volv, a nonprofit based in San Francisco, has developed a revolving fund to finance solar projects for community centers that raises up-front costs by crowdfunding donations. RE-volv just finished its second solar energy project, a 22-kW installation at the Kehilla Community Syn

Putin Cannot Turn Off Europe’s Wind Energy, Says EWEA Chief

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 13:01

The President of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has told delegates at its annual conference that the threat to Europe’s energy security can be neutered by investment in the EU’s wind energy sector. He told his audience, “Mr Putin cannot turn off the tap that supplies our wind, our free indigenous fuel.”

Was Your Senator #Up4Climate or In Bed with the Oil Industry?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 08:34

Though likely impossible to find anyone in the climate justice or environmental community to say that any sitting U.S. senator — Republican or Democrat — has been an adequate leader on the issue of global warming, 28 Democrats (and two Independents) were garnering soft applause for their overnight effort on Monday into Tuesday as they pulled an all night session focused exclusively on climate change.

Three Years after Fukushima: Lulled into the Myth of Safety?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 08:07

World sentiment seemed to steer away from nuclear energy and toward more renewables following the disaster at Japan's Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant on March 11, 2011. Three years later, have we forgotten?

Can a Novel City-Utility Partnership Green a Big City Grid?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 07:43

In pursuit of a cleaner energy future last August, the city of Minneapolis came to the brink of putting a city-owned utility on the ballot. It was the culmination of a grassroots effort to get cleaner energy and local investment from the city's energy utilities. It won't be a city-owned utility on the agenda this spring, but Minneapolis may launch

The Future of Large German Utilities: It’s Already Here

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 04:44

Large German utilities are facing a situation that is very similar to what happened in the telephone business, which started like electric utilities, with central stations that connect to customers with wires. It was also a monopolistic industry that was regulated by localities and governments — it was a regulated, stable and profitable business. The emerging cell (mobile) phones, which are wireless and can be used anywhere in the world, became a fast-growing, unregulated business where profit is limited only by competitors.

Up All Night: US Senate To Address Climate Change Options

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 14:39

More than two dozen legislators are pulling an all-nighter tonight (Monday March 10) on the Senate floor to talk about climate change and what actions must be taken.

Last Week To Submit an Abstract for Renewable Energy World North America! Don't Miss Your Opportunity to Speak at Our Conference

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 13:01

PJM Grid Operators: We Can Handle 30 Percent Renewable Energy Integration, And Here's How

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:00

Experts believe that the PJM Interconnection system, which encompasses all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, can handle up to 30 percent of its energy from wind and solar without "any significant reliability issues," assuming transmission upgrades and additional regulation reserves — and at the same time reducing costs and reliance on its costlier conventional generation fleet.

Canadian Solar, Chaori Cast Cloud On Solar Shares

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:06

After a massive rally over the last year, shares of solar panel makers could be set for a few months of winter following a disappointing earnings announcement from superstar Canadian Solar (Nasdaq: CSIQ) and a debt default from second-tier player Chaori Solar (Shenzhen: 002506). Such a correction was almost inevitable after last year’s huge rally a

Mapping the World One Small Hydropower Plant at a Time

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 08:11

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Centre on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) announced last month that they have launched a new web-based knowledge-sharing portal on small hydropower. The purpose of the portal is to hopefully make it easier for developers, policymakers and other interested stakeholders to access data about the vast potential of small hydropower.

Google Reaps Tax Breaks in $1.4 Billion Renewable Energy Bet

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 06:55

On a Northern California farm where silage for animal feed once grew, Google Inc. is generating power from more than 100,000 solar panels to heat nearby homes — and double down on an area of energy many investors shun.

Predicting PV Plant Power Fluctuations and Optimising Energy Storage

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 06:53

The ability to accurately predict and prevent power fluctuations is of considerable importance to Solar PV (photovoltaic) plant operators in terms of sustaining profitability, estimating revenue returns and ensuring customer quality of service. Variations in solar irradiance can cause rapid fluctuations in power generation, reducing the quality and reliability of the power generated by large grid-connected PV plants.

Energy Efficiency Ain't Got No Respect

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 06:08

While politicians and planners focus on energy generation and fuels, it is energy efficiency that should be the first winner. As I tell my students as well as members of Congress — it is ALWAYS less expensive to save energy than generate any type of energy.