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Combined Heat and Brewing Power

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:30
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pWhat do megajoules have to do with hectoliters? Everything, if you are considering the energy intensity of manufacturing beer. And after a recent tour of the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, I’ve learned that when it comes to a commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency in beer brewing, Colorado’s thriving craft brewing scene is a great example./p

Renewable Energy Expansion Continues in Ukraine with New Biogas Capacity

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 06:55
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAmerican investor-backed LNK has added the fifth biogas power facility to the already four operating in war-torn Ukraine. Since the outset of the LNK presence in Ukraine the company has seen the country’s need to gain more energy independence and sought to help provide more sources for domestic energy./p

Three Geothermal Bills Look to Speed Up US Development

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:10
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pOn Tuesday, July 29, there were two hearings in U.S. Congress subcommittees that are significant to the geothermal industry. A House subcommittee discussed three bills, with two specifically relating to geothermal development, while a Senate subcommittee looked at permitting needs./p

Panasonic Agrees to Help Tesla Build Battery ‘Gigafactory’

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:32
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pPanasonic Corp. agreed to help set up the battery factory that Tesla Motors Inc. Chairman Elon Musk needs to sell more electric cars, without settling its share of the investment costs./p

Beating the Heat: Hotel Reduces Cooling Costs by 44 Percent with New Solar Carport

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:16
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /p  It’s hot in Bakersfield, California, especially during the summer months when temperatures regularly hit 110 degrees. But as The Hampton Inn Suites Bakersfield North-Airport is discovering, the sun also has its advantages for reducing utility costs and increasing customer acquisition and satisfaction when the hotel goes solar. The attractively /p

Grid Battery Storage: Four Reasons to Invest

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:14
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThink of a product — chances are that Hawaii has to import it. From food and cars to electronics and building materials, there are few areas where the U.S. state is self-sufficient — and energy is no different./p

Case Study: Using OPC Software To Operate Wind Farms in Spain

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:20
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pWind power is increasingly becoming an established source of energy. High oil prices, global warming concerns and the nuclear disaster in Fukushima have all contributed to more people looking at renewable energy sources such as wind power. Germany, for example, has decided to gradually phase-out nuclear power by 2022. Wind power will be the backbone of this energy transition — by the year 2050 it should cover about half of German electricity./p

Arizona Utility Opposing Rooftop Solar Seeking to Provide Panels

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:16
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pArizona Public Service Co., the first U.S. utility to charge extra fees for customers with solar systems, is requesting permission to own its own residential systems and to pay rent for the rooftops./p

Europe To Build Only 192 GW of Wind Power Capacity by 2020

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 09:46
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pFalling power demand and an economic slump in Europe prompted the region’s wind-turbine industry group to cut its forecast for installations through 2020./p

Solar Energy ‘Lighting Up’ Professional Sports

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 09:37
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pWhen it comes to clean energy and sustainability, solar looks to be a shoo-in one day for the “green” Hall of Fame. Today, more and more sports teams, sports leagues and sports organizations are embracing the advantages of solar energy. Yesterday, the National Hockey League (NHL) released a new sustainability report, saying, in part, “We believe it/p

ABB Hit by Wind, Solar Charges for Third Consecutive Quarter

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:12
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pABB Ltd. earnings dropped for a third consecutive quarter, missing analyst estimates, amid mounting charges at the unit for offshore wind and solar projects./p

“Mom, My School Bus Is a Peaking Power Plant” and Other Things We Didn’t Say When We Were Kids

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:55
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIt is amazing that we get to see things we never thought were possible within our lifetime. The smartphone is a great example — who could imagine that we’d have technology more advanced than what we saw on Star Trek as a kid?/p

Revenue Streams Are Key to Cost-Effective Energy Storage

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:09
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pDefinitions could make or break the energy storage market, allowing it to capture multiple revenue streams and reduce costs. A panel at the New York Energy Week Roundtable on Storage on June 19 at the Urban Future Lab in New York City explored these crucial choices./p

US Solar Manufacturer Suniva To Build 200-MW Facility in Michigan

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:41
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pU.S.-based solar cell and module maker Suniva announced that it will open a second manufacturing facility in 2014, set to be located in Michigan. The facility will be able to churn out up to 200 MW of capacity of its high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules annually./p

Crying Fowl or Crying Wolf? Open Season on the Utility's Solar Duck Chart

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:25
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe rapid changes to the electricity system being wrought by distributed solar have utilities crying out, and they’ve poured much of their distributed solar angst into a chart being shared throughout the energy nerdocracy — the duck. The Duck Chart, Showing Net Supply/Demand on the California Grid in 2012-13, Forecast through 2020 Until 2012, daily/p

UK Retains Target to Cut Carbon Emissions by Half Through 2025

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:37
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe U.K. will keep a target to cut greenhouse gases by half through 2025, Energy Secretary Ed Davey said, foiling the Treasury’s effort to weaken the target./p

Solar Battle of the Bands: Where Music, Solar, and Marketing Join in Harmony

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:07
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThis blog has always been about solar marketing and advocacy, and so it’s always fun to report on Solar Battle of the Bands, an annual Intersolar sold-out tradition that harmoniously incorporates both.  Yes, there is a marketing aspect to this event, but let’s not be cynical here. If you’ve ever been to a Solar Battle of the Bands, you know the eve/p

Keeping Up with Energy Storage

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:53
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pSolar and energy storage are a match made in heaven and a new report from the Solar Electric Power Association, “Electric Utilities, Energy Storage, Solar: Trends in Technologies, Applications and Costs,” takes a deep dive into the energy storage sector. The report uses information from the Department of Energy’s Global Energy Storage Database to analyze 215 distributed generation energy storage projects developed by or in partnership with utilities./p

California Proposes $46.3 Million for Advanced Biofuels

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:27
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIn California, the California Energy Commission recommended awards of $46.6 million to 11 biofuels and biomethane projects./p

How Opposite Energy Policies Turned The Fukushima Disaster Into A Loss For Japan And A Win For Germany

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:59
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pJapan thinks of itself as famously poor in energy, but this national identity rests on a semantic confusion. Japan is indeed poor in fossil fuels — but among all major industrial countries, it’s the richest in renewable energy like sun, wind, and geothermal. For example, Japan has nine times Germany’s renewable energy resources. Yet Japan makes about nine times less of its electricity from renewables (excluding hydropower) than Germany does./p