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Why New Nuclear Technology Hurts the Case for Renewables

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 10:48
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pDoes nuclear energy deserve a seat at the table alongside renewable energy technologies in weaning us off of fossil fuels and transitioning into a cleaner energy world? A new report published yesterday suggests not only will newer small modular reactor (SMR) technology be at least as expensive as larger reactors, it won't fit the needs of a more flexible grid system, and its development will siphon away funding from the truly renewable energy options that need it./p

Obama May Consider Power Plant Rule That Tests Clean Air Act

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 09:54
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe Obama administration is considering cutting greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants by reaching beyond the plants themselves — an unusual approach that could run afoul of anti-pollution laws./p

Offshore Wind Implications for Proposed GE Acquisition of Alstom

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 09:20
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pGE’s proposal to acquire French power engineering group Alstom’s power generation business for $13 billion is not a done deal – the French government has said it is conducting a review of the purchase, and may push for Alstom's wind assets to be acquired by state-owned Areva. Germany’s Siemens has also provided a counter-bid while it conducts due d/p

Listen Up: What Is the Future of Solar Distribution?

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 09:06
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe most conspicuous driver of the residential solar industry's growth has been large, national-scale solar installers. Their market share has been increasing, primarily because they offer attractive financing to homeowners. Although all solar installers large and small pretty much install the same equipment, for someone who wants solar on their roof, a "no money down" lease is compelling. But there are thousands of smaller, local residential installers who are also thriving in this era of lower equipment prices, higher utility rates and improved awareness of the benefits and reliability of rooftop solar./p

China Targets 70 Gigawatts of Solar Power to Cut Coal Reliance

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 06:59
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pChina, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, plans to speed up solar power development, targeting a more than tripling of installed capacity to 70 gigawatts by 2017 to cut its reliance on coal./p

New York Launches New Incentive Round for Large Solar Projects

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 05:37
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pNew York is in a solar state of mind. On the heels of the recent announcement to commit an additional $1 billion to New York solar incentives over the next decade, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) unveiled the next anticipated funding program for large solar systems, over 200 kW in size. This round of funding c/p

Mr. Harris Goes to Washington: Hydropower's Exciting Progress

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 10:32
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIt was said that when the State of Oklahoma asked its favorite son, Will Rogers, if they might sculpt his likeness for inclusion in the United States Capitol's statuary, the cowboy from Oolagah gave his consent only on the condition that his statue face the House chamber so he could "keep an eye on Congress." Indeed, Rogers' is the only of the 100 /p

Siemens Inks $2.1 Billion Deal for 600-MW Dutch Offshore Wind Project

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 09:46
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pSiemens AG won a 1.5 billion-euro ($2.1 billion) contract for a Dutch offshore wind park that will also give Europe’s largest engineering company its biggest-ever energy service contract. /p

The Solar PV Shipment Shell Game

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 07:16
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pOutsourcing has been a common practice in the photovoltaic industry since…always. Ignoring it in favor of reporting higher shipment numbers has been a common practice since…always. There is more outsourcing now than there was ten years ago because the industry is bigger. When the PV industry was at megawatt levels, outsourcing was at megawatt levels. Now that the industry is at gigawatt levels, outsourcing is at gigawatt levels. Today’s outsourcing is also more acceptable — in the past everyone did it quietly, today it is out in the open. Yet despite this openness and acceptability, double counting continues and the industry continues to be oversized./p

Reflections on Launching a Green Bank and Animating Markets in New York

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 05:57
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pOn April 14, the Clean Energy Finance Forum spoke with Richard Kauffman, chairman of energy and finance in New York and chairman of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). This conversation offers a close-up look at the process of creating the NY Green Bank (NYGB) and the broader initiative to transform energy policy and markets to achieve economic and environmental benefits./p

Companies Eye Factory Rooftops for Solar Expansion in Japan

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:03
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pPanasonic Corp. is aiming to sell more solar panels specifically designed for the rooftops of factories and warehouses, a market it sees ripe with potential as Japan introduces rules that threaten to stymie the development of larger solar farms built on open land./p

India May Impose Solar Tariffs After Probe Says US, China Dumped Panels

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:54
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIndia may recommend duties on U.S. and Chinese solar imports after finding evidence of dumping, broadening a global trade dispute in the $130 billion market./p

80 Percent of Brits Support Renewable Energy

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 09:42
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIf you are a follower of the press and politics in the U.K. you might be forgiven for thinking that the country is against wind energy — but a new survey proves exactly the opposite. The survey — carried out by the U.K. government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in March 2014 — showed that 70 percent of respondents supported onshor/p

Researchers Find New Material for Flat Semiconductors

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 07:04
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pResearchers around the world have been working to harness the unusual properties of graphene, a two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms. But graphene lacks one important characteristic that would make it even more useful: a property called a bandgap, which is essential for making devices such as computer chips and solar cells./p

On its 60th Birthday, Solar PV Has Become a Major Contender

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 06:20
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pOn April 25, 1954 in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, technicians at ATT’s legendary Bell Labs publicly demonstrated a solar photovoltaic panel for the first time, capturing light to power the rotation of a miniature Ferris wheel. The New York Times called it “the beginning of a new era, eventually leading to the realization of one of mankind’s most cherished dreams.”/p

Climate Change, Asia and Renewable Energy Infrastructure Investment

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 06:08
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns the world must triple its use of renewable energy AND develop nuclear power to avoid the worst ravages of climate change. OK. But what’s the optimal percentage of each to develop? /p

ABB Announces Power-One Inverter Rebranding Amidst Apparent Stop-Shipment

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 13:20
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pPower technology group ABB made a $1 billion solar commitment with its purchase of the number-two solar PV inverter manufacturer Power-One in April 2013. Last week, the Swiss company announced that it finalized the integration, and all Power-One components will now display ABB branding. However in the same week, caught wind of a supposed global stop-ship on all Power-One Trio string inverters./p

Largest Hydro Event in the World Announces Conference Program

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:35
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe Preliminary Event Guide is now available for HydroVision International 2014. OPEN AND FIND 20 Reasons to Attend 73 Conference Session Details Technical Tour Details Networking Opportunities Co-Located Event Opportunities Event-At-A-Glance List of Exhibitors Keynote Announcement What's Happening in the Exhibit Hall /p