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  • How Opposite Energy Policies Turned The Fukushima Disaster Into A Loss For Ja...
    Japan thinks of itself as famously poor in energy, but this national identity rests on a semantic confusion. Japan is indeed poor in fossil fuels ? but among all major industrial countries, it?s the richest in renewable energy like sun, wind, and geothermal. For example, Japan has nine times Germany?s renewable energy resources. Yet Japan makes about nine times less of its electricity from renewables (excluding hydropower) than Germany does.
  • Renewables Provide 56 Percent of New US Electrical Generating Capacity in Fir...
    According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower provided 55.7 percent of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity during the first half of 2014 (1,965 MW of the 3,529 MW total installed).
  • From the Editor: It's Really All About Renewable Energy Projects
    At Renewable Energy World, we understand that while we spend lots of time writing about the policies, technologies and intricacies of financing renewable energy, the only measureable result of all of this effort is steel in the ground (or on the roof?or in the water? as the case may be).  The growth of renewable energy is measured through projects
  • The Quick Guide To A Green Stock Portfolio
    For most people, the best way to build a green or fossil-free portfolio will be to use mutual funds or an investment advisor. The exceptions are those who like to do things for themselves, and understand the significant advantage that saving just a fraction of a percent in annual fees can make to the long term performance of a portfolio.
  • US Senate Passes Geothermal Production Expansion Act
    On July 9, the Senate took up S.363, The Geothermal Production Expansion Act of 2013, and passed it without amendment by unanimous consent. The bill was sponsored by Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and allows for non-competitive leasing on lands adjoining existing geothermal lands in some qualified instances.
  • US Should Learn from Germany?s Renewable Energy?Mistakes?
    While Germany is often lauded for its Energiewende, a new report released by Zurich-based Finadvice for the Edison Electric Institute explains the consequences of its transition, which include high electricity prices, subsidy debts, grid instability, and costly grid upgrades.
  • Japan Bank Sets Aside $2 Billion for Clean Energy
    Shinsei Bank Ltd., a lender for Goldman Sachs Group Inc.?s clean-energy projects in Japan, plans to provide as much as 200 billion yen (US $2 billion) in loans for renewable developments.
  • Geothermal Project in Colombia Succeeds Through Participatory Development
    Anyone involved with infrastructure development knows all too well the effects that projects have on local communities. These effects can be positive or negative, but experience tells us that social and political conflict seems to be an inevitable part of the development process. In places with existing social, political, and economic turmoil, the risk of conflict is high and begins at the earliest stages of exploration and planning.
  • June Bloom: Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2014, Q2 Update
    After two weak months, June brought a strong recovery to clean energy stocks and the market in general. The broad market benchmark IWM put on 7.2 percent, reversing its previous loss for the year to enter the 4th of July holiday up 4.7 percent. My clean energy benchmark PBW shot up 8.6 percent, for year to date gains of 9.9 percent.
  • Microgrids Missing from the UN?s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative
    Emerging economies, especially India, desperately need a novel, suitable electricity solution; alas, what exists is a hundred years old and unsuited for our times. This situation is frustrating because affordable, clean, 100 percent electrification, technologically speaking, is at hand yet no one has stepped forward to lead.
  • US Government Has Big Bucks To Help Jumpstart Renewable Energy Innovation
    In an effort to seek out and give financial help to innovative technologies that reduce energy use and encourage the uptake of renewable energy, the U.S. government last week announced that it was making $4 billion available in loan guarantees. The money, which is provided by the Loan Program Office (LPO), is for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases.
  • Researchers Developing Supercomputer to Tackle Grid Challenges
    "Big data" is playing an increasingly big role in the renewable energy industry and the transformation of the nation's electrical grid, and no single entity provides a better tool for such data than the Energy Department's Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) located on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Imagined by NREL leaders who foresaw the possibilities for high performance computing (HPC), the ESIF's HPC data center is fulfilling the goal of handling large and complex datasets that exceed traditional database processes.
  • Excess Water from Iceland Geothermal Plant Source of Thriving Spa Business
    ?Why would you build a power plant so close to such a great spa facility?? This is frequently the first question people ask when visiting Iceland?s Blue Lagoon.  This is a valid question, and there is a very logical reason for the location of Blue Lagoon, one of the 25 wonders of the world, according to National Geographic. Rather ironically, the B

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