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Wanted: An EU Biofuels Policy that Is Fair for All

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:42
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAt the beginning of 2014, the European Commission unveiled a policy framework for climate and energy from 2020 to 2030. In a controversial move, the Commission stated that it “does not think it appropriate to establish new targets for renewable energy or greenhouse gas intensity of fuels used in the transport sector or any other sub-sector after 2020.”/p

Rooftop Solar Leases Scaring Buyers When Homeowners Sell

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:43
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pDorian Bishopp blames the solar panels on his roof for costing him almost 10 percent off the value of the home he sold in March./p

Welcome to the Grid Revolution, Massachusetts-style

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:43
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pUtilities, get ready: Massachusetts is in revolutionary mode again. No one is throwing tea into Boston Harbor, but the state is trying to sink outmoded ways of moving around electrons. /p

What Your City Can Do to Fight Climate Change

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:44
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe Obama administration is pushing power plant regulations to reduce carbon emissions and most states have some sort of renewable energy policy. But there's plenty of opportunity left for action at the local level; action that can also boost the local economy. The following presentation by ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell to the N/p

New Research Bolsters Batteries with Nanotubes

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:55
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pResearchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are turning to extremely tiny tubes and rods to boost power and durability in lithium-ion batteries, the energy sources for cell phones, laptops, and electric vehicles. If successful, the batteries will last longer and perform better, leading to a cost advantage for electric vehicles. /p

Challenges to Financing Renewable Energy Projects on US Military Sites

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 05:26
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe Department of Defense (DOD) is looking to significantly increase the installation of renewable energy projects on US military bases over the next decade. Some of the first military projects out of the gate have been utility-scale solar PV projects in Arizona and Georgia. While utility-scale solar is a necessary and permanent stage of solar development in the electric utility sector, and while these projects appear to show progress toward a smart strategy of a strong, diversified, energy supply for our nation, they in fact face significant problems. /p

Storm Clouds Gathering Over the US Solar Industry

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:59
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAccording to Tony Clifford, CEO of Standard Solar and a keynote speaker during PVAmerica 2014, which opened in Boston on Monday, solar PV could see some difficult times in the near future, many of which are out of the industry’s control./p

There Is a "Solar Revolution" Happening in Massachusetts

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:58
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAt the 2014 PVAmerica Conference an Expo keynote, Governor Deval Patrick took the stage to explain why Massachusetts has become one of the top solar states in the nation: forward thinking. /p

India Will Likely Scrap US and Asian Solar Dumping Tariffs

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 09:48
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIndia’s power ministry is seeking to ditch a proposal to impose dumping duties on imports of U.S. and Asian solar equipment, saying tariffs would undermine Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plans to boost sun power./p

Renewables Provide 88 Percent of New US Electrical Generating Capacity in May 2014

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 09:20
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAccording to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower provided 88.2 percent of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity for the month of May. Two new "units" of wind provided 203 MW, five units of solar provided 156 MW, 1 unit of biomass provided 5 MW, and 1 unit of hydropower provided 0.2 MW. /p

Ohio's Clean Energy Law is Key to Unlocking Carbon Reductions

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 07:26
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe question on people’s minds as we dig into the carbon pollution reduction standards proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is – what does it mean for Ohio? /p

The Ugly Duckling: Can Duckweed Find Its Way to Bioenergy Commercialization?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 07:13
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pGreater Duckweed (Spirodela polyrhiza) — one of the smallest and simplest freshwater plants known — generally gets a bad rap. That’s because the millimeter-sized floating plant thrives on the worst sort of livestock and human wastewater, basically garden-variety sewage. In fact, in the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia, it’s frequently used to clean such wastewater./p

French State Bank Sets Aside 5 Billion Euros for Green Projects

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 07:01
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pCaisse des Depots et Consignations, a French state bank, is setting aside 5 billion euros ($6.8 billion) for green projects after the government proposed a law to spur use of renewable electricity and boost efficiency. /p

Solar Game of Thrones: Cue the Music

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:55
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pSummer is coming. And that means that season four of HBO’s adaptation of Game of Thrones has ended. Impatient to know what comes next, I’ve started reading the books, and as I'm reading, it strikes me that the dynamics of our little U.S. solar industry realm has some similarities to the medieval world imagined in George RR Martin’s series.   Now, I/p

The World Cup, Solar, and Optimism for the Future

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:33
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pWith billions of viewers, the World Cup is the most-watched sporting event in the world. I always get excited at World Cup time, but this year I have more to be excited about than just the soccer. When we turn on the television to see our favorite teams take the field, we’re greeted by more than the battle of soccer giants. The World Cup features d/p

New Power Rates Take Effect for Spain’s Clean Energy Plants

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:38
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pSpain set new rates for electricity suppliers that use renewable sources, waste and co-generation based on a “reasonable return,” formally ending a subsidy system dating to the 1990s that had spun out of control./p

Tesla Targets Pan-Europe Charging Network After German Expansion

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 08:47
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pTesla Motors Inc. plans to expand its network of fast-charging stations to enable owners of the Model S sedan to drive across Europe by the end of this year./p

Ohio's Renewable Portfolio Standard Freeze: How Will It Affect Solar?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 07:15
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pWith the signing of Senate Bill 310 (SB 310), Ohio has become the first state to “freeze” its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). Ohio Governor John Kasich signed the bill into law on June 13th, effectively halting the state’s mandates for efficiency and renewables until 2017. Come 2017, these mandates will pick up where they left off when the free/p

Awakening the Potential of Clean Energy Bonds

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 05:36
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pA paper by the Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation has investigated the barriers that are currently holding back widespread adoption of clean energy bonds. The paper has provided recommendations for development finance agencies seeking to tap their potential./p

Solar Tariffs Expected to Boost Prices for Chinese Panels by 14 Percent

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 09:45
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pPrices for Chinese solar panels shipped into the U.S. will increase by an average of 14 percent because of import duties that may be announced later this year, GTM Research said in a report today./p