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Inaugural Class of Women with Hydro Vision Award Recipients Announced

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 15:51
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe PennWell Hydro Group is pleased to announce the inaugural class of recipients of the Women with Hydro Vision award./p

Pass the Mustard: Why Carinata is Taking Root as Biofuel

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:35
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pNavigant 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. /p

Distributed Renewable Energy Under Fire

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 08:32
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAdapt 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/p

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

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 08:29
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe 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./p

Switching On Power Sector Reform in India

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 08:24
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pSummer temperatures in India were soaring when the World Bank Group released its review of the power sector’s performance over the past two decades. /p

China Becomes World's Largest PV Market

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 08:16
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAccording 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. /p

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

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:56
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pU.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./p

German Lawmakers Vote to Reduce Renewable Energy Subsidies

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:36
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pGerman 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./p

Brazil's Cosan Sees Potential to Triple Biomass Power Generation

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:20
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pBillionaire 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./p

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

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:52
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pOn 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./p

Listen Up: SEIA Explains New Tariffs on Chinese Solar Products

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:09
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pEarlier 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./p

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

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:02
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIn 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./p

Trust and Ratings Trump Price in Residential Solar Sales

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 04:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAt 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/p

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

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:29
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pDavid 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/p

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

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:04
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAn 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./p

HydroVision International technical tour registration deadline extended to July 2

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 09:51
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe deadline to register for each of HydroVision International 2014's three technical tours has been extended to Wednesday, July 2, but space is limited and filling quickly./p

Renewables Provide 14 Percent of Electrical Generation During First Third of 2014

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 09:44
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pTwo new back-to-back reports from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) provide a snapshot of U.S. energy trends for the first months of 2014./p

Can the Frigid Sakha Awaken Russia’s Clean Energy Potential?

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:24
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pRussia’s current electric power generation capacity is estimated at more than 220 GW. Some energy experts, however, predict that without a major additional upstream investment, Russian gas supplies could fall short of projected domestic and export demand within the next few years./p

World Bank Says ‘Climate Smart’ Policies Boost Growth

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 06:02
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pPolicies aimed at curbing climate change can boost economic growth, create jobs and save millions of lives, according to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim./p

Many Describing UK Wind Energy Cuts as Unsettling

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:48
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pDavid Cameron’s planned subsidy cuts for U.K. wind power are unsettling the investors the prime minister needs to fund infrastructure of all kinds, the company developing one of the nation’s biggest wind farms said./p