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Steam from the Sun

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:01
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pA new material structure developed at MIT generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure — a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam — is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits the structure’s surface, it creates a hotspot in the graphite, drawing water up through the material’s pores, where it evaporates as steam. The brighter the light, the more steam is generated. /p

Renewables Provide 56 Percent of New US Electrical Generating Capacity in First Half of 2014

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:35
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, solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower provided 55.7 percent of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity during the first half of 2014 (1,965 MW of the 3,529 MW total installed)./p

H2O Pursues 440-MW Colorado Pumped Storage Hydro Project without FERC Permit

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:22
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pH2O Holdings LLC on July 18 told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it doesn’t agree with FERC’s rejection of a third preliminary permit for a 440-MW pumped storage hydro project, but that it won’t further appeal that rejection and will instead pursue the project outside of the permit process./p

Who Pays for Countervailing Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels?

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 09:50
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pOn June 2, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) made the decision to start implementing countervailing duties (“countervails”) on Chinese solar panels that will raise prices of commercial-scale and distributed solar projects. In 2013, 31 percent of all solar panels installed in the U.S. were Chinese modules. Within the distributed sector alo/p

Fifteen Clean Energy Yield Cos, Created Unequal

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 09:28
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIn January I predicted 2014 would be the year "renewable energy finance comes of age." Here's how Jennifer Runyon quoted me on Renewable Energy World:/p

The Big Question: What is Your Prediction for the North American Wind Power Market Post 2015?

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 09:16
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pToday wind project development in the U.S. is at an all-time high. The production tax credit (PTC) language was changed at the close of 2012 to allow projects to take advantage of the PTC as long as they began construction before the end of 2013 and finished it by 2015. As a result of that new language, developers are rushing to get all that wind in the ground. AWEA predicts that 2014 and 2015 will be great years for annual installed wind capacity in the U.S. But what happens next really is the big question. /p

Get the Most Out of Solar: Cloud-Based Data Monitoring and Control Solutions

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 09:16
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAs the cost of implementing solar panels drops, more organizations are looking to deploy solar energy solutions. Experts predict a rise in solar investment in coming years. Monitoring and analyzing data from field sensors is a fundamental part of successful solar, and wind, energy businesses. Real-time, or up to date information about the energy used and created helps businesses respond better to changes in supply, identity potential problems and manage communication throughout supply and delivery chains. /p

Overcoming Hurdles To Use More Renewable Energy

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 17:31
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pLast week, General Motors joined 11 other companies committed to renewable energy in signing on to the Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles – a clear set of guidelines designed to help utilities and renewable energy providers understand how they can help make renewable energy investments easier for companies and meet rising demand. As one of the man/p

US Must Act Now on Offshore Wind to Advance Industry, Revitalize Communities

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 13:23
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe U.S. Atlantic coast is a hotbed of offshore wind potential with more than 16,000 MW already designated for development. In order for projects to become reality, state and local governments need to take action, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF)./p

More Barriers Ahead? Nantucket Group Hires Legal Firepower for Cape Wind Case

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:55
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound announced July 10 that constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe will represent the alliance in its June 2 appeal of a May 2 federal court decision that dismissed a multi-party challenge to Cape Wind's power sales contract with NSTAR./p

Dominion Complains about North Carolina Solar Projects

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:49
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe North Carolina Utilities Commission on July 3 ordered a solar power developer to respond to a Dominion North Carolina Power complaint that it may have broken a 15-MW power project into three 5-MW segments to slip it in under a 5-MW per project limit./p

USDA Plants Seed Funding for Rural Clean Energy

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:45
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on May 5 it has earmarked up to $12.3 million in grants and $57.8 million in loan guarantees for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This followed a Dec. 2013 statement that the USDA will distribute $250 million to rural electric cooperatives through the Energy Efficiency Conservation Loan Program (EECLP)./p

Russia’s State-supported Renewable Auction Heavily Favored Solar

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:37
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pRussia’s second renewable energy project auction held in June has distributed state subsidies for the years of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Subsidies were offerred for up to 496 MW of solar, 415 MW of hydropower and 1.65 GW of wind capacity. Fifty-seven applications were submitted, of which an impressive 53 were for solar generation, three for hydro development and a single wind bidder./p

Getting Out of the Weeds: How To Control Vegetative Growth Under Solar Arrays

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:55
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIt is officially summer. The sun is shining and the grass in your backyard is growing quickly. At home, mowing the lawn is one of summertime's most frequent chores — and it’s no different for the solar industry./p

EU May Renew US-Biodiesel Tariffs Targeting ADM to Cargill

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:48
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe European Union threatened to renew tariffs on biodiesel from the U.S. for another five years in a sign of persistent trade tensions over renewable energy./p

Huge North Carolina Solar Project Could “Move the Needle” for Solar’s Possibilities

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:34
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pComing on the heels of Apple’s announced 17.5-MW solar project in Maiden, North Carolina, spokespeople for an innovative renewable energy project involving two universities, a hospital and the largest non-utility solar PPA in the U.S. have said that it will also begin construction in North Carolina this summer. /p

Lithium or Vanadium: In Energy Storage, It’s No Contest

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:31
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pEnergy storage is poised to transform the electricity industry. In the U.S. alone, energy storage will grow 6x, from 120 megawatts to over 720 megawatts by 2020. Globally, it will bring power for the first time to over a billion people by letting them tap into micro-grids./p

What’s New In Wind Technology?

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:21
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThousands of wind power professionals descended on Las Vegas in May to check out Windpower 2014, the annual wind energy conference and expo put on by the American Wind Energy Association. The expo hall was filled with both large and small wind companies showcasing the technologies, products and services that will help bring more clean energy to the U.S. and the rest of the world./p

What Cost Shift? New Study Shows Solar’s Value to Grid

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 16:59
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /p  If you listen to many utility executives, distributed solar energy has the potential to destabilize electrical grids and result in huge cost shifts for many American consumers.  Well, as the Irish are fond of saying: blarney! A new, independent study prepared for the Nevada Public Utilities Commission estimates that the grid benefits of rooftop s/p

Apple Widens Its Solar Energy Footprint

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pApple has made quite a green turnaround in the past couple of years. /p