- Supreme Court to Decide on Demand Response
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
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.
- Value Trapped: Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2015, April Update
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.)
- Engineering Possibilities Versus Practical Implementation: Utility Portfolios...
Europe?s utilities are re-evaluating their business models due to the energy transition. Members of POWER-GEN Europe?s Advisory Board consider how a reliance on fossil fuels is no longer politically desirable, forcing utilities to transform their portfolios to adapt to radical change.
- A Two-in-One Energy Solution: Capturing Waste Heat for Electricity
In Dublin, Ohio, the Community Recreation Center decided to reduce its energy waste. Rather than rely on an electric utility to burn more coal or natural gas to provide electricity, as well as its own boilers to burn more fuel to provide heat, the facility decided to install a combined heat and power (CHP) unit.
- New World Bank Report: Chinese Clean-tech SMEs Embrace Opportunities
The World Bank indicated in its new report "Building Competitive Green Industries: The Climate and Clean Technology Opportunity for Developing Countries" that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries are set to undergo significant growth and create more jobs in the field of clean technology. Anabel Gonzalez, senior director for the World Bank's Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness, said developing home-grown clean-tech industries will help developing countries more effectively increase the adoption of low-cost clean energy and drive sustainable economic development.
- Japan Anticipates Clean Energy Will Edge Out Nuclear Power
Japan anticipates that by 2030 clean energy such as solar and hydro will generate slightly more of the nation?s electricity than nuclear power plants.
- Chinese Waste-to-energy Market Experiences Rapid Growth During Last Five Years
China?s waste incineration sector has experienced rapid growth from 2011 to 2015 ? a period encompassing the government?s 12th five-year plan. Chinese waste-to-energy plants that have either been operational or under construction are expected to number over 300 by the end of 2015, when China?s annual solid waste incineration capacity is forecast to reach 100 million tons, according to the government?s guidelines.
- Renewables vs. Nuclear: Do We Need More Nuclear Power?
For at least the next 10 years, when considering new capacity, there should be little doubt that renewables will be the generation method of choice. Utility PV, solar thermal (especially with molten salt storage as a baseload source), wind, rooftop solar and biomass will be the highlights, along with contributions from biogas (sewage, landfills and
- US Power Grid?s $2 Trillion Upgrade Needs European Efficiency
A $2 trillion push in the U.S. to blend renewable energy into the power supply and fortify transmission lines against extreme weather means that Americans must act more like Europeans to keep their power costs down.
- Represent Renewables: One Week Left to Enter PEI's EMEA Project of the Year A...
Power Engineering International has launched the EMEA Projects of the Year, which will seek to highlight the best in power plant construction across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Hosted by Power Engineering International, the awards will be presented at the Gala VIP Dinner at POWER-GEN Europe in Amsterdam on the evening of Tuesday, June 9. Th
- Egypt?s Renewable FiT Program Gains Traction
The Government of Egypt has said that it must invest US$12 billion in the electricity sector over the next five years in order to meet that country?s urgent electricity demands ? and renewable energy will be a key component.
- Renewables Account for 75 Percent of New US Generating Capacity in First Quar...
According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Office of Energy Projects, wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower combined provided over 75 percent (75.43 percent) of the 1,229 megawatts (MW) of new U.S. electrical generating capacity placed into service during the first quarter of 2015. The balance (302 MW) was provided by natural gas.