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  • 2030 Outlook: A Trillion Dollar Taxpayer Bailout for Electrical Utilities
    After bailing out Wall Street in 2008, are Americans ready to provide a one trillion dollar bailout to our electric utilities in 2030?  Even though worldwide demand for energy is estimated to rise 41 percent by 2035, Barclays recently downgraded their outlook for utilities.  The question we should ask ourselves is what does it mean when you downgra
  • US Solar Industry Continues Rapid Growth
    This was a huge week for fans of clean energy.  First, Telsa Motors announced that it would build a new factory in Nevada, employing 6,500 workers.  Then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed to hold a vote later this year on green energy tax credits.  That important announcement was quickly followed by news that the U.S. solar market hit a major
  • U.S. Solar Industry Waiting for SolarWorld to ?Show Its Hand?
    As the old proverb goes, ?you can?t have your cake and eat it, too.?  But convincing some people of that isn't easy.  In hopes of ending the long-running and costly U.S.-China solar trade dispute, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has urged SolarWorld Americas LLC to step forward and offer a specific proposal that could serve as the ba
  • Les Cedres, Stevens Creek hydropower projects join Hydro Hall of Fame
    Two additional plants were added to the Hydro Hall of Fame at this year?s HydroVision International closing awards luncheon and finale in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Countdown Begins to Projects of the Year Deadline!
    August 31 is the last day to apply for the Projects of the Year and Woman of the Year awards, which you can do by clicking here. The awards are given for Best Renewable Energy, Best Coal, Best Nuclear and Best Natural Gas project. Finalists will be selected in all five renewable energy categories as well as the other categories.  A Readers' Choice
  • A Grand Vision of a Potential US Energy System
    If all energy production channels were employed, the United States has sufficient resources to eliminate all coal, gasoline and diesel combustion in all demand sectors and replace them with natural gas, wind and solar electricity firmed and shaped with both grid-scale and distributed energy storage. I believe that we can reach a zero-air-pollution, coal-free, crude-import free, all-electric low-cost energy future. We have energy rhetoric and technology to get there; do we have leadership and will?
  • Despite Ohio Freeze, Renewable Energy Continues To Be Hot
    Last month, Ohio Governor Kasich signed legislation putting a two-year ?freeze? on the state?s proven, successful, and money-saving renewable energy standard. Doing so, he is moving Ohio backward as other states move forward, developing job-creating  CO2-neutral/CO2-light, clean renewable energy. This new state law freezes economic growth in a sect
  • Solar Energy ?Lighting Up? Professional Sports
    When it comes to clean energy and sustainability, solar looks to be a shoo-in one day for the ?green? Hall of Fame. Today, more and more sports teams, sports leagues and sports organizations are embracing the advantages of solar energy. Yesterday, the National Hockey League (NHL) released a new sustainability report, saying, in part, ?We believe it
  • Community Solar Gardens Sprout from Contaminated Sites
    Shiny solar electric panels will soon be constructed where redwood barrels once cured 5,000 tons of pickles. The former Dreher Pickle plant, which operated from 1921 to 1988 in Fort Collins, Colo. will be revitalized by community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) to produce renewable energy for local residents. Railroad tracks dissect t
  • 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
  • A 'Perfect Storm' Will Make This Utility 40 Percent Renewable
    ?We have a perfect storm for renewables,? says Jan TenBruggencate, second-term board member of the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. The Hawaiian utility, made into a local cooperative when the investor-owned utility left the business a decade ago, is surging toward 40 percent renewable energy in the next year, with a third of that total from custo
  • Distributed Renewable Energy Under Fire
    Adapt or Die read the title of the article suggesting that electric utilities must change their business to survive, or be buried under an onslaught of local renewable energy. But utilities seem to have chosen a third way ? Fight ? as captured in this map from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.  A total of 19 states (as accounted for through Ma
  • What Your City Can Do to Fight Climate Change
    The Obama administration is pushing power plant regulations to reduce carbon emissions and most states have some sort of renewable energy policy. But there's plenty of opportunity left for action at the local level; action that can also boost the local economy. The following presentation by ILSR?s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell to the N

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