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US States Should Study the Northeast for EPA Compliance Answers

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 12:47
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepares to release draft regulations for greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector on June 2nd, this week ENE released a report describing how the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) provides a proven, effective model for reducing power plant emissions./p

Solar Roadways Video Goes Viral; Features Microinverter Technology

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 11:42
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe future of solar energy is upon us, and the viral YouTube video Solar Freakin’ Roadways proves the power of solar has no boundaries. Engineering couple Julie and Scott Brusaw have revolutionized solar power and designed an innovative roadmap for clean energy independence—Solar Roadways. The idea is simple, and brilliant—replace all roadways, par/p

Chinese Solar Manufacturer Wants To Become Solar Power Plant Developer, Too

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 10:50
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pShunfeng Photovoltaic International Ltd., the new owner of what was once the world’s biggest solar manufacturer, is seeking to issue HK$6 billion ($774 million) of shares to buildsolar-power plants. /p

Harnessing the Power of the Tides

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 08:36
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pTidal power remains one of the great engineering challenges yet to be fully exploited in the modern world and yet it was first mooted more than a century ago. The oceans hold enormous quantities of potential energy that can be developed with very low greenhouse gas emissions. /p

Climate Change and the American Economy

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 07:03
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe 3rd National Climate Assessment (NCA) was released earlier this month, painting a frightening picture of the spiraling costs of climate disruption to America and highlighting the need to price carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. While President Obama has pledged action and the electricity industry nervously awaits new EPA regulations for power plant emissions, the most appropriate action remains politically impossible: carbon taxes, cap and trade and carbon pricing are all consistently used as divisive issues to excite the conservative base of the GOP./p

RusHydro Starts-Up New 640-MW Unit at Sayano-Shushenskaya, Two More Coming Soon

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 15:20
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pJSC RusHydro, Russia’s largest power-generating company, has announced that a new 640-MW hydropower unit has been commissioned at the company’s Sayano-Shushenskaya hydropower plant (HPP), in addition to the other 8 hydropower units in operation at the plant./p

DOE Awards $10 Million for Concentrating Solar Power Storage Research

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 10:04
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe Department of Energy announced Wednesday it has awarded $10 million to be split between six research and development projects that will focus on thermochemical storage technologies for concentrating solar power (CSP) systems./p

What Is the State of the US Smart Grid Market?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 09:35
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pBack in May, I had the opportunity to catch a presentation by Paul De Martini of the Newport Consulting Group and the California Institute of Technology, at a CleanTech OC smart grid event in Irvine, California.  De Martini previously served as chief technology officer for Cisco’s Global Energy Networks Group, and also as vice president of Advanced/p

German Wind Industry Leaders: Why Energiewende Works, And Offshore Is Growing Up

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 09:03
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pA panel of German wind energy experts gathered in Hamburg this week for a preview of this fall's WindEnergy expo being held here, discussing everything from the debate over Energiewende policy to promising markets for offshore wind./p

Japan Market for Small Geothermal Projects to Expand, Says IHI

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 06:22
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIHI Corp., a maker of everything from aircraft jet engines to gas turbines, expects the market for small-scale geothermal projects to take off in Japan as the country seeks cleaner sources of energy./p

Non-Hydro Renewables Outproduce Hydro for First Time Ever

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 06:09
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pFor apparently the first time ever, during the first quarter of 2014, electricity generated by non-hydro renewables (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) exceeded that provided by conventional hydropower. This is according to data in the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) "Electric Power Monthly," with preliminary data through to March 31, 2014./p

Australian Cuts May Hurt Renewable Power Plans at Mines, Says Siemens

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 00:02
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pSiemens AG, Europe’s largest engineering company, said it’s concerned that Australia’s plans to scrap its renewable energy agency may hurt efforts to bring wind turbines to remote mines./p

How Fossil Fuel Interests Attack Renewable Energy

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 16:11
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pFossil fuel-funded front groups repeatedly spread disinformation on renewable energy standard and net metering policies in an effort to overturn pro-clean energy laws in 2013 and 2014. /p

China Boosts Offshore Wind Power Development

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 09:05
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pChina has taken steps to accelerate the development of its offshore wind power industry in a bid to increase the installed capacity beyond its 428.6 MW installed at the end of 2013./p

Put Battery Storage in the Hands of Grid Operators

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:49
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe design of an electrical grid for the 21st Century is one of the world’s most exciting challenges, and at SolarCity we are vigorously engaged in assisting the effort. Our  vision is of a grid that is cleaner, more efficient, more flexible, more secure, and more affordable than what we currently have today. I’ve recently read speculation about on/p

Middle Eastern Money Oils Wheels of Solar Expansion

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 07:32
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe opportunity cost of oil exports is beginning to drive solar expansion in the Mideast Gulf and beyond, according to Mohamad Asad Khan, a senior investment manager at Kuwait’s Enertech. As part of a state organization with access to $300-$400 billion per year, his opinion counts./p

UK Green Investment Bank Aims to Spend $1.2 Billion This Year

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 07:14
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe U.K. Green Investment Bank aims to boost the capital it commits to carbon-cutting projects to 700 million pounds ($1.2 billion) this year as it chases deals in offshore wind, waste and energy efficiency./p

Can Yieldcos Reduce the Risk of Solar Financing?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 06:46
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pWith the cost of utility-scale solar power approaching grid parity in many parts of the United States, a key barrier to growth is cheap, easy access to capital. Yieldcos are poised to play a significant role in this growth over the coming years./p

A New Way To Harness Waste Heat

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 05:46
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pVast amounts of excess heat are generated by industrial processes and by electric power plants; researchers around the world have spent decades seeking ways to harness some of this wasted energy. Most such efforts have focused on thermoelectric devices, solid-state materials that can produce electricity from a temperature gradient, but the efficiency of such devices is limited by the availability of materials./p

25 Solar Marketing Alternatives to Unsolicited Telemarketing and Email Lists

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 11:45
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pRemember that old Seinfeld episode where Jerry receives an unsolicited call from a telemarketer? If not, here’s the clip: The punch line, “Now you know how I feel,” resonates with me and perhaps the rest of America. Does anybody really want to be interrupted by a telemarketer or their robo-call lackeys? No, no one looks forward to a telemarketer’s /p