- Utility Nightmares: Distributed Generation and Halving Electricity Consumption
While many utility executives attribute much of their predicted market challenges to the rise of photovoltaics and net metering, they actually have much more to worry about.
- Clean Energy Investment Rises 9 Percent, Led by Solar-Power Demand
Clean energy investment rose by 9 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier on surging demand for rooftop solar panels from the U.S. to Japan.
- CEO of German Utility RWE Says It Should Have Invested in Renewable Energy So...
What?s a beleaguered utility to do when forced by the government to close its profitable nuclear power plants?
- Distributed Generation Shines in Thailand
Electricity generation today is moving towards a more decentralised model where generation is close to demand. Possible benefits are diminished transmission and distribution losses and investments, improved energy efficiency, and increased security of supply. Implementing a large central power plant is extremely challenging in terms of site availability, as well as public concern about environmental issues.
- When Renewables Meet the Oil and Gas Industry, Opposites Attract
At first glance, pairing renewable energy with the oil and gas sector would seem an unlikely match. But behind the curtain, romance could be blooming.
- Global Renewable Energy Should Triple to Save Climate, UN Panel Says
The world needs to triple the energy it gets from renewables, nuclear reactors and power plants that use emissions-capture technology to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, United Nations scientists said.
- Post-Fukushima Japan Taps Coal Over Renewables
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing Japan?s coal industry to expand sales at home and abroad, undermining hopes among environmentalists that he?d use the Fukushima nuclear accident to switch the nation to renewables.
- UPDATE: UK Announces Renewable Heat Tariffs
UPDATE: The U.K. government yesterday launched its Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (d-RHI), which pays households that generate heat and hot water using renewable energy systems such as solar hot water, geothermal heat pumps and biomass heating.
- Tax Code of Honor: US Congress Must Choose a Clean Energy Future
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Wyden has officially begun consideration of legislation to reinstate a suite of tax credits that big polluters and their allies succeeded in getting Congress to let expire, including vital, commonsense policies that promote clean energy.
- Capital for Clean Energy Easier to Find as Investors Seek Simplicity
Simplifying finance vehicles for renewable energy will lure more investors and lower the costs of capital.
- Utilities Threatened by Competitive Renewable Energy Growth
Technology is catching up with Thomas Edison?s electricity industry, eating away at the utility business model that hasn?t changed much in a century.
- UN Climate Change Panel to Discuss Global Transition to Renewable Energy
After concluding that global warming almost certainly is man-made and poses a grave threat to humanity, the U.N.-sponsored expert panel on climate change is moving on to the next phase: what to do about it.
- Will the Chinese Biofuel Market Follow Solar?s Footsteps?
While the Chinese government attempts to address its pollution problem and deal with ever-growing fuel demand, it has turned its attention towards its biofuels market. Since electric vehicles have not yet achieved a large market penetration, in part due to lack of widely available infrastructure such as charging stations, industry has set its sights on developing viable biofuel technology.