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Massachusetts Eyes Net Metering for Small Hydropower Projects

October 31st, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued notice of a technical conference to study proposed net electricity metering by small hydroelectric projects. The conference is scheduled Nov. 7, with comments to be filed by Dec. 5.

Brazil Solar Power Auction May Spur $1 Billion in Investment

October 31st, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Brazil’s first national energy auction with a specific category for power generated from sunlight may spur as much as $1 billion in investment in solar power.

Power REIT: Light at the End of the Tunnel?

October 31st, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

I first became interested in Power REIT (NYSE MKT:PW) in 2012 because of the company's plans to become what would have been the first US-listed "yieldco," i.e. a clean energy power producer paying a high level of reliable dividends to investors. The company was an infrastructure Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) with a single asset: its subsidiary, Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railway (P&WV) which owned 122 miles of track leased to Norfolk Southern Corp. (NYSE:NSC), which had in turn subleased the track to Wheeling & Lake Erie (WLE.)

GRID WARS: The Battle to Control Your Electricity

October 31st, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Rarely has a major U.S. industry reached a crossroads as stark as that facing today’s electric utilities. EPA’s recent proposal for regulating carbon emissions from power plants is just one part of a broader trend, as the century-old model of centralized fossil fuel burning electricity generation moves towards obsolescence.

Listen Up: An Architect’s Perspective on Rooftop Solar

October 31st, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Architects are in the driver's seat when it comes to building new homes or overseeing major remodeling projects. Although they are familiar with rooftop solar, their designs generally do not include solar panels. Whether it's because of cost, technology or aesthetics, it's a big opportunity that is lost to almost all new homeowners.

SunEdison Wins Big in Two Indian States

October 30th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

SunEdison has just made back-to-back announcements of large solar project wins in India, a 5 GW MOU from the Rajasthan State government, and a 150 MW award from Karnataka Renewable Energy Development.

SolarWorld Boosts Manufacturing in Oregon

October 30th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

U.S. solar panel industry leader SolarWorld today announced plans to increase capacity from 380 MW to 530 MW, and to boost advanced cell manufacturing capacity at its Hillsboro, Oregon plant by 100 MW, adding 200 jobs at the location, which will grow to 900 employees. The Bonn-based company also manufactures in the German cities of Freiberg and Arnstadt. “The factory will remain the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. The company views this expansion as a stepping-stone to 630 MW capacity in the near future,” SolarWorld said.

Get Out Your Carving Kits: DOE Offers Renewable Energy-themed Pumpkin Designs

October 30th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

The DOE is always looking for ways to make renewable energy appealing. To that end, they’ve proffered up some ideas to incorporate green energy into the classic Halloween tradition of pumpkin carving. Conveniently, October is also National Energy Action Month, so you’d get double brownie points for picking one of their designs. The options include:

Could the Upcoming Election Decide Florida’s Renewable Energy Fate?

October 30th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

As gubernatorial candidate Charlie Christ noted in the recent debate, the corrupting influence of Florida’s electric utilities has blocked efforts to help Florida transition into a fair and free-market renewable energy economy. The impact of this powerful fossil fuel lobby has been demonstrated as they funnel resources to influence the outcome of the Florida governor’s race. Renewable energy, in particular solar energy, will without a doubt have a significantly positive economic impact on Florida’s natural and economic environment. But the first step for the Sunshine State is a changing of the guard in the executive office.

German Experts Lock Horns over Storage

October 30th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Until recently, the going orthodoxy among supporters of Germany’s Energiewende, or clean energy transition, was that storage capacity for electricity was vital to expanding renewables in Germany’s power supply.

Part 2: SPI 2014 Solar Event Marketing Hits and Misses

October 29th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

In part 2 of my annual solar event marketing hits and misses, we’ll explore some more specific hits and misses that I found on the Las Vegas SPI show floor. First of all, although final numbers haven’t been released, SPI 2014 seemed to be very well attended. The floor looked crowded and exhibitors that I talked to said that booth traffic was much i

Are Environmental Regulations Causing US Utility Bills to Surge?

October 29th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

U.S. electricity markets face years of higher prices as clean-air regulations shut more coal-fired power plants than earlier forecast, cutting supply and forcing producers to rely more on natural gas.

Poor Nations Go for Solar, Wind at Twice the Pace of Rich Ones

October 29th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Emerging markets are installing renewable energy projects at almost twice the rate of developed nations, a report concluded.

China Racing To Install Wind Power Before Government Subsidies Run Out

October 29th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

China is on course this year to build four times the total wind power installed in all of Denmark as developers push to build the turbines ahead of cuts to incentives originally designed to spur the industry.

How the Right Kind of Electric Utility Can Increase Solar Energy and Jobs

October 28th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

You expect to hear solar electricity success stories from places like Austin and Sacramento, but San Antonio? San Antonio's municipal electric utility was seriously considering expanding a nuclear power plant.

From Ashes to Energy: $1 Billion Alevo Battery Factory Surges On the Scene

October 28th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Having worked in stealth mode for the past 10 years, German researchers in combination with serial entrepreneur Jostein Eikeland have developed a new battery chemistry that they claim is non-combustible and highly efficient. The batteries, say Alevo, have at their core a new inorganic electrolyte that eliminates “both the risk of combustion and explosion and massively reduces the debilitating effects of charging cycles.”

US Solar Boom Boosts European Manufacturers REC and Solarworld

October 28th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Solarworld AG and REC Solar ASA are benefiting from a boom in solar-energy installations in the U.S. that outweigh a decline in their European home markets.

Making the Blade Photoessay: How and Where Wind Turbines Get Their Swoosh

October 28th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

An industrial wind turbine is a complex machine made up of hundreds of moving parts, but it takes just three of them to make the magic possible: the blades.

Why Is an Island Electric Utility Hindering Incredibly Cost-Effective Solar?

October 27th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

The Northern Mariana Islands are one of several island U.S. territories, lying three-quarters of the way from Hawai’i to the Philippines. Like most islands, their electricity supply has been almost entirely supplied by diesel-fueled generators, at enormous cost. So why have islanders in the Marianas — such as the residents of Saipan — been struggli

Batteries Are a Crucial Component of Our Energy Portfolio

October 27th, 2014 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

People take batteries for granted, typically worrying about them only when they fail in the electronic devices they carry or in the cars they drive.