- Microgrid Economics: It Takes a Village, a University, and a Ship
As a businessman exploring investments, I need simple answers, however complicated the problem. I wish to know: Are microgrids economical? How much investment is needed and for what? What are the factors that principally affect profitability, within the system and in the environment? If microgrids are not profitable at the present, when will they be? I recognize that understanding microgrids as a system requires complicated mathematics and modeling. I?m sympathetic to and respect those who do that.
- Japan Installs 11 GW of Renewable Energy in Two Years
Japan has added 11,090 megawatts of clean energy capacity since July 2012, when it began an incentive program to encourage investment in renewables, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
- Ukraine Crisis May Spur EU Clean Energy Policies, Neste Oil Says
Europe?s concern about its reliance on Russian fossil fuels may spur governments to prioritize alternative energy, the head of Neste Oil Oyj said.
- Scotland Rejects Independence, But Concerns Linger for a Renewables Future
Scotland?s decision to vote no to independence from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has elicited a collective sigh of relief from energy sector players. Those companies with significant investments in Scottish renewable energy assets had understandably been anxious over the uncertainty that an independent Scotland would engender, for example potentially changing the rules on support measures for renewable energy investment north of the border.
- RGGI Chair Says States Won?t Leave Emissions Trading Market for California, Q...
California and Quebec, which together created the largest carbon market in North America this year, may come away empty-handed as they woo northeastern U.S. states to join their system.
- Japan Utility to Suspend Grid Access for New Renewable Energy Producers
Kyushu Electric Power Co. will suspend responding to applications from renewable-energy producers applying to access its grid while it reviews how much more clean energy it?s capable of handling.
- UN Climate Summit Heats Up Discussion on Global Warming, Carbon Emissions
More than 100 world leaders converged upon New York City today to discuss international efforts to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. The list of speakers at the UN Climate Summit included U.S. President Barack Obama, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, French President Franšois Hollande, and Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.
- US-China Rifts Put Aside for Clean Energy Research
The threat of climate change is driving China and the U.S. ? frequent rivals and the world?s two largest greenhouse-gas emitters ? to collaborate on dozens of potential clean-energy breakthroughs.
- Abengoa Offers Its First Green Bond to Raise 500 Million Euros for Clean Ener...
Abengoa SA, a Spanish energy and environment company, plans to issue its first green bond to raise 500 million euros ($642 million) to finance projects.
- Finalists for Renewable Energy World Projects of the Year 2014 Revealed
The editors of Renewable Energy World and Power Engineering magazines and their respective websites have announced eleven finalists for the annual Projects of the Year Awards program.
- US Navy, DOE, USDA Award $210 Million to Three Companies for Drop-in Biofuels
In Washington, the Department of Defense has awarded $210 million under the Defense Production Act to Emerald Biofuels, Fulcrum Biofuels and Red Rock Bio towards the construction of biorefineries that produce cost-competitive, drop-in military biofuels.
- Chevron?s Search for Plant-Based Alternative Fuels Flounders
Chevron Corp.?s attempts to turn plants into alternative fuels for profitable, large-scale production have failed.
- Jatropha Biofuel Around the World: A 13-country Tour of Development Activity
In California, SGB announced an $11 million Series C financing to drive commercial rollout, after reducing the time to maturity from 5 years to 1-2 years in its latest generation of Jatropha hybrids.