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'Near Unanimous Support': Kansas Sends a Renewable-energy Message to America

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 07:41
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pNews out of the heart of America’s Heartland reminds us all of just how much America loves renewable energy. /p

Geothermal Visual: Industry Has Potential for Significant Increased Capacity in the US

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:28
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /p“Geothermal resources have the potential to play a much more significant role in our Nation’s energy mix,” USGS Fact Sheet 2008-3082. The plethora of geothermal sites in Nevada, California, Alaska, Oregon, and Idaho is an immediate takeaway in our geothermal Graph of the Week. The data is derived from a 2008 U.S. Geological Survey study that assess/p

Record Offshore Wind Figures Conceal Slow-down in New Projects

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 09:21
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pFour hundred eighteen offshore turbines came online in 2013 in Europe, making a record 1,567 Megawatts (MW) of new capacity. This is one-third more than the capacity installed in 2012. This makes a new total of 6,562 MW of offshore wind power — enough to provide 0.7 percent of the EU's electricity. However a closer look at what happened reveals a s/p

Net Metering in 2014: Where the First Battles Will Be Fought

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 08:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pNet metering was one of the solar energy industry's hottest topics in 2013 — and barely a month into 2014 it's promising to stay that way./p

Using Engineered Geothermal Systems to Meet our Energy Demand

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 08:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIn 1904, Prince Piero Ignore Conti generated electricity from a generator driven by steam from a natural geothermal system at Lardarello, Italy. That first experimental system was upgraded to a commercial power plant in 1913 that is still producing power 100 years later demonstrating the durability and practicality of using the earth’s heat to produce power commercially. It would be some 45 years before other commercial geothermal plants would be built at Wairaki Station in New Zealand and the Geysers in California in 1958 and 1960./p

Creating a Magma-enhanced Geothermal System in Iceland

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:05
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIn 2009, a borehole drilled at Krafla, northeast Iceland, as part of the Icelandic Deep Drilling Project (IDDP), unexpectedly penetrated into magma (molten rock) at only 2100 meters depth, with a temperature of 900-1000 C. The borehole, IDDP-1, was the first in a series of wells being drilled by the IDDP in Iceland in the search for high-temperature geothermal resources./p

Who's Your Energy Daddy?

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:04
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pFor now the Energy Daddy remains large, investor-owned utilities, and ostensibly locally-focused rural cooperatives and municipal utilities. But the energy landscape of today gives me uncomfortable reminders of the Athenian tragedy by Sophocles — the Oedipus tale. John Farrell, ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy, gave this panel presentation at t/p

Tesla Revs Up China Electric Vehicle Engine

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:01
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pU.S. electric car maker Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) is setting some tough goals for itself during its first year in China, aiming to take advantage of government incentives and its high-end brand image to quickly take a big share of the market. I did a little math based on the company’s latest remarks, and its ambitious target for this year would represen/p

SolarWorld’s Actions Are Damaging the US Solar Industry

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAs someone who has played an active role in the development and growth of the U.S. solar industry over the last 15 years, I view the actions by German-based SolarWorld to obtain costly government-imposed tariffs on imports of solar cells and panels to be a grave threat to our industry’s growing success. Driving down the costs of solar, not raising them, should be our primary goal./p

India to Make Offshore Wind Plan with EU Help, Trade Group Says

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 08:54
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIndia is seeking advice from the European Union on how to develop its potential for generating electricity from offshore wind turbines./p

Hydropower 2014 Outlook: Hydro Industry To Expand Its Global Reach

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 08:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pFor decades large-scale hydropower developments have been viewed as something of a pariah within the renewable energy sector. Indeed, despite an acknowledged contribution to sustainable energy development — hydropower’s global kWh contribution dwarfs all other renewable technologies — it has largely been excluded from considerations that benefit other forms of renewable power generation and has weathered widespread criticism over projects deemed unsustainable./p

Germany First in Europe to Tax Consumer Use of Clean Energy

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 07:58
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pGermany is set to become the first nation in Europe to charge owners ofrenewable energy plants for their own use of electricity, part of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s effort to contain rising power bills./p

Renewable Energy Provides 37% of All New US Electrical Generating Capacity in 2013

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 12:08
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, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for 37.16 percent of all new domestic electrical generating capacity installed during calendar-year 2013 for a total of 5,279 MW./p

US Solar Jobs Growing Ten Times Faster than National Average Employment Growth

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pToday The Solar Foundation (TSF), a non-profit organization that seeks to further the understanding of solar energy through research and public education, released its 4th National Jobs Census report, which shows remarkable growth in the U.S. labor market as it pertains to solar energy employment. /p

Wind Energy Joint Ventures: A Sign of the Times?

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 10:38
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pHenry Ford was, of course, a man who knew a few things about working together. He pioneered cooperation with Giovanni Agnelli of Fiat in 1912, when the Ford Motor Company was only nine years old. This enabled Ford to establish a foothold in the European markets and challenge other early manufacturers./p

Asia Report: India's Vastly Oversubscribed Solar Allocations

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 09:39
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pLast week India finally held its national solar auction, the first in two years, seen as the least risky of several national and state-level solar auctions held over the past few years./p

Today’s Top 10 Must-Have Solar Content Marketing Channels

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:52
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAs I mentioned in a post from a few weeks ago, 64 percent of non-solar marketers said they’re increasing their budgets for content marketing in 2014. Wow. That’s a significant trend, so let’s focus on what “Content Marketing” means in relation to the solar industry. What Is Content Marketing? Content marketing has many definitions, but I like this /p

Solar Mergers Will Quicken Pace as Projects Proliferate, Says Trina

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:47
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe pace of consolidation in the solar manufacturing industry will accelerate in the next three years as the cost of the technology declines and installations surge, the founder of the fourth-biggest solar-panel maker said./p

Citi Sees Capital Markets Reviving Renewables as Banks Bow Out

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:42
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pRenewable energy companies will derive more of their funding from bond markets as banks curb lending to the industry, Citigroup Inc.’s head of environmental finance said./p

China's Solar Dragon Awakens

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 08:41
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pEven if you've been paying attention to China's growing appetite for renewable energy, and especially solar energy, these latest statistics deserve emphasis./p