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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

Energy Storage: A Different View from Germany

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 09:42
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pGermany leads the world in solar photovoltaic generation, so it would seem to follow that the country’s interest in energy storage would also be soaring. But when Ben Kaun, an expert storage specialist with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), traveled to an international energy storage conference in Dusseldorf earlier this year, he found /p

The Rise of Solar Co-ops

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 09:29
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pWhile many people associate cooperatives with a place for hippies to buy organic food, the cooperative movement has actually grown far and wide, creating sustainable enterprises that generate jobs and strengthen local economies. /p

GE’s CEO Makes Final Push for $17 Billion Alstom Energy Bid

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 09:02
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pJeffrey Immelt arrived in France today as the General Electric Co. chief executive officer makes a final push to sell the government and unions on its bid for Alstom SA’s energy assets over an offer led by Siemens AG. /p

EU Needs Low-Carbon Energy Union, Ministers’ Advisory Panel Says

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 08:52
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe European Union needs an ambitious emissions-reduction goal, targets for energy- efficiency and renewables as well as tools to foster investment under its planned 2030 policies, an advisory panel to 14 ministers said. /p

Plug-and-Play Solar Systems: Automating the Permitting, Inspection and Interconnection Processes

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 07:46
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pCan you imagine installing a photovoltaic (PV) solar system on the roof as easily as installing a television system in your living room? There would be no special tools, better yet, no electrical or structural permit applications and driving down and wait at your city’s planning department./p

Tequila Sunrise: Companies Sign Pact to Advance Agave as Aviation Biofuels Feedstock

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:01
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pFrom California, news has arrived from Byogy Renewables that it has invested in a strategic partnership with AusAgave Australia, aimed at developing multiple feedstocks to develop low cost sugars for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals./p

Storage Updates: A123 Buys Battery Tech as It Mulls EVs, Sunverge Raises $15 Million for Distributed Application

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 09:53
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pA123 Systems LLC, the battery maker bought by Wanxiang Group Corp. after it sought bankruptcy protection in 2012, purchased technology from Leyden Energy Inc. that the Chinese parent may use to make electric cars./p

Sitting at the Tip of the Iceberg: The Huge Potential of Energy Storage

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 07:35
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe United States is at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to energy storage innovation. Although the sector has made strong advances in recent years, we are just at the beginning of a wave of technological innovation and implementation. According to the global research firm IHS, the U.S. energy storage market will grow to 1.7 gigawatts in 2017 and should hit 2.5 GW by 2020. This impressive growth is in part due to the rapid expansion of distributed solar and supportive legislation set in place in the strongest U.S. PV market — California./p

Novel Nanoparticle Production Method Could Lead to Better Solar Cells

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 07:06
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pSandia National Laboratories has come up with an inexpensive way to synthesize titanium-dioxide nanoparticles and is seeking partners who can demonstrate the process at industrial scale for everything from solar cells to light-emitting diodes (LEDs)./p