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  • 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.
  • FYI, Geothermal Industry: You?re Doing It Wrong
    For years the geothermal industry has relentlessly boasted that it is a baseload resource, meaning it provides stable power similar to a coal or natural gas plant, except without all of those pesky carbon emissions. While upfront costs to develop a plant are higher than other renewable sources, geothermal leaders say that this baseload aspect makes it a more attractive resource in the long run since the grid needs more stable power as increasing amounts of intermittent renewables enter the landscape.
  • 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.
  • China Turns to Geothermal Energy To Tackle Carbon Emissions
    The UN has amplified its warning about carbon emissions as of late, stating that climate change is indeed real, and may very well be irreversible if countries do not act now. Since its latest declarations, all eyes are now focused on the world?s biggest carbon polluters, and China tops the list.
  • A Landmark Plan for Renewable Energy Development in the California Desert
    Today, when the Department of Interior and the California Department of Natural Resources released a draft of the long-awaited Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), the agencies set the stage for a first-of-its-kind project ? in more ways than one. Not only does the DRECP have the potential to serve as a blueprint for conservation and clean energy development in the California desert, it could become a model for how federal, state, and local agencies can work together ? and how those collaborations are better overall for everyone involved.
  • 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.
  • Geothermal Visual: The Importance of Revitalizing the Salton Sea
    The visual above is from a new Pacific Institute report, ?Hazard?s Toll.? The report looks at what the costs will be if issues at the Salton Sea area, including water and air quality decline, are not revitalized or mitigated. Many people assign the cost of inaction to be $0, but the report finds this isn?t the case. ?Even at the low estimate, the l
  • 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 François 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.
  • Geothermal Visual: Resource Prospects in East Africa?s Rift Valley
    The map above shows geothermal prospect areas in East Africa?s Rift Valley region. This month the Geothermal Energy Association looks forward to hosting delegates from Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda here in the U.S. through our Africa-focused sister organization in the USEA, the East Africa Geothermal Partnership. The visiti

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