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Ancient Greek Energy Storage Technology Challenges Tesla’s Batteries

May 6th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

A technology used in ancient Greece to power clocks and fire a cannon is undergoing a revival as the world searches for better ways to store energy from wind turbines and solar panels.

Carbon Market Overhaul Closer After EU Lawmakers Approve Plan

May 6th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

European Union negotiators are endorsing an accelerated overhaul of the bloc’s carbon market after the price of emission rights fell to levels that fail to deter polluters.

Unraveling Accelerates for EU-China Solar Tariff Deal

May 6th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

A looming clampdown on Chinese solar panels in Europe is rapidly accelerating, with word that the EU will review part of a landmark 2013 agreement that initially helped to prevent a trade war but is showing rapid signs of unraveling. The case centers on the prices of Chinese solar panels, which are typically much lower than their western counterpar

Are We Sunk? The Electric Utility’s Titanic Problem

May 6th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

In my recent report on the utility business model of the future, I laid out 5 pillars of a democratic energy system. It’s hard not to notice the contrast between this vision of the future and the 15-year business plan laid out by Xcel Energy in Minnesota, the incumbent monopoly serving about half the state’s electric customers. Like those of its pe

The New Normal? Renewables, Efficiency, And “Too Much Electricity”

May 6th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Just over a decade ago, the state of California faced serious concerns about whether its utilities could generate and/or buy enough power to assure that the world’s seventh-largest economy could keep the lights on. The infamous California energy crisis, which affected several other western states as well, was a complex tangle of poorly structured deregulation, significant market manipulation (remember Enron?), and other causes. Along with rolling blackouts, California endured an official state of emergency that lasted 34 months, led to the recall and replacement of Gov. Gray Davis, and cost the state and its ratepayers billions of dollars — a cautionary tale for all states of electricity supply unable to meet demand.

Summers’ Law Strikes Again

May 6th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Lawrence Summers famously wrote, “there are idiots, look around” in an attack on the theory that markets are rational. What some have called “Summers’ Law” certainly applies to the markets’ response to the slide in the price of oil as it relates to stocks of renewable energy companies.

Supreme Court to Decide on Demand Response

May 5th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

This week, the US Supreme Court agreed to review a ruling by a lower court holding that FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, has no jurisdiction to regulate demand response markets run by ISOs and RTOs. Based in large part on FERC order 745, these markets currently support investments in distributed energy resources and energy efficiency

Why Fracking May Support Renewables

May 5th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is shunned by the environmentalists that laud renewable energy sources. However, by not supporting both initiatives, they may be working at cross purposes. Natural gas, booming largely because of fracking, complements renewable energies on the grid. The two seemingly opposite technologies are, for the moment, inextricably linked.

Park District Goes Solar, Saves Big While Preserving Open Space

May 4th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Not only do community parks provide green space for recreation and leisure, they also increase property values, attract business, and offer gathering places for all social groups — enhancing the quality of life for local residents. The South Suburban Park and Recreation District is a special district in Colorado that provides recreational facilitie

Tesla’s Competitors Jostle to Solve Energy Storage Riddle

May 4th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

There’s a crowded field of companies jostling Elon Musk for the most innovative breakthrough solution to his challenge to “fundamentally change the way the world uses energy.”

Offshore Wind Power Seen Growing by Record 4.2 Gigawatts in 2015

May 4th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Wind-power developers are expected to install a record 4.2 gigawatts of offshore turbines this year, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report.

Tesla Energy: Will the Markets for Solar and Storage Include Everyone in Need?

May 4th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Elon Musk’s Tesla Energy announcement to sell an affordable, reliable battery system for solar energy storage in homes and businesses is more important than all the hyped press even suggests. But as extraordinary as the news is about how this technology will impact our energy future, it leaves out some important issues still to be sorted out. At th

Value Trapped: Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2015, April Update

May 4th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

My Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2015 model portfolio held on to first quarter gains in April, despite a 29 percent fall for one of the stocks. (For details on that decline, see the Power REIT (NYSE:PW) section below.)

First Lady Announces Solar Industry Plan to Hire 50,000 Military Veterans By 2020

May 4th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

I've written before about how the solar industry and the nation's veterans make a great team. That's why First Lady Michelle Obama's announcement last week that the solar industry has committed to hiring an additional 33,000 veterans and their spouses by 2020 is such very good news for our country. "Veterans bring rich and diverse skills, leadership and experience that can help in every portion of the industry value chain," said Tom Kimbis, vice president for executive affairs & government counsel at the Solar Energy Industries Association, the country's major solar trade group, about last week's announcement. "We are not talking about installers alone; veterans can excel from rooftop to boardroom."

First Solar Posts First Loss Since 2012 as Yieldco Reduces Sales

May 1st, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

First Solar Inc., the biggest U.S. solar- panel maker, reported its first loss in three years as it prepares to create a new company to operate some of its completed power plants.

Tesla Unveils Batteries for Homes, Businesses, Utilities

May 1st, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk unveiled a suite of batteries to store electricity for homes, businesses and utilities, saying a greener power grid furthers the company’s mission to provide pollution-free energy.

Navigating An Equity Investment Round In America’s Booming Solar Market

May 1st, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Solar energy is a booming business across North America. Installations grew 30 percent across the United States in 2014 for the industry’s biggest year yet, but industry expansion also brings consolidation – Ernst & Young reports industry deal values hit a four-year high of $177.1 billion in 2014, with investment and acquisitions both predicted to

Wind Energy: It’s What Texas Does Best, If State Leaders Will Let Us

May 1st, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

The story of Texas wind energy is a success, but it's an odd history. In 1999, when Texas deregulated the energy market, a deal was struck to include a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), a requirement that power companies source a certain amount of their electricity from renewable energy by certain dates. Texas surpassed the original targets, as well as subsequently increased targets, eventually making Texas the U.S. wind leader. In fact, the wind industry’s success has been an integral part of the "Texas Miracle" of job creation, especially in West Texas, which hasn't seen an economic boom like this since before the Great Depression.

Solar Distress Signs at Yingli, In Europe

April 30th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

The solar panel sector has become quite a turbulent place these days, riding high one day on reports of major new plant construction, only to stumble the next on signs of conflict and financial distress. This kind of conflicting news reflects the fact that the industry is still in the midst of a major overhaul that could ultimately see a few more c

Musk Plots Energy Storage Fix Where Utility Industry Failed

April 30th, 2015 Posted in Green News | Comments Off

Billionaire Elon Musk thinks he can pave the way to a better energy future by turning the mattress-shaped batteries in Tesla’s electric car into upright pillars so they can be used to power homes, businesses and even utilities.