The Sietch

A community of friends changing the world for the better

Select Your News Source

Renewable Energy News

Solar Energy News

Wind Power News

Hydrogen/Fuel Cell News

Hydropower News

Geothermal Energy News

Bioenergy News

Green Power News


You are here: The Sietch > News


Green Power News

  • 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?
  • Wisconsin Snaps Up Community Solar in Record Time
    Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation?s leading community-owned solar developer, revealed today that two weeks after announcing the development of the Vernon Electric Community Solar Farm?Wisconsin?s first community-owned solar PV facility ? the 305-kW array has been fully reserved. Reservations for the 1,001-panel array, developed in partnersh
  • The Democratizing Promise of Energy Storage
    While energy storage is a small fraction of total power generation capacity, promising examples suggest that distributed energy storage could change the electricity system during the next decade as fundamentally as distributed renewable energy has in the last decade. Right now, 95 percent of energy storage in the U.S. is water pumped uphill into in
  • From the Editor: Energy Storage Gives Us The Power of Flexibility
    #rewvideoid=3326897357001# When we consider the rapid rise of energy storage technology that we are witnessing all across the globe, it is key that we remember all of the reasons that this technology is and/or will be a key component in the grid of the future.  Today?s energy storage is not just about having a battery backup for a solar PV system (
  • Kansas Will Plant Its First Community-Owned Solar Farm
    Customer-owned utility Midwest Energy and community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) have signed an agreement to build a 1 megawatt community solar photovoltaic array, the largest in Kansas, with panels owned by Midwest Energy members throughout central and western Kansas. The 4,000-panel solar garden will be located within the Midwest
  • The Wrong Answer to Tax Reform
    For many years, and particularly since the Energy Policy Act of 2005, U.S. federal income tax policy has served a dual function as both tax and renewable energy policy. However, last month House Ways and Means Chairman David Camp (R-MI) released an expansive tax reform proposal in which a number of credits and deductions for renewable energy technology were recommended for repeal, effectively rewriting renewable energy policy by a proposed elimination of renewable energy from the federal tax code.
  • Renewables in North Africa: A Nation-By-Nation Report Card
    Electricity demand is soaring in Northern Africa nations (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt) due to economic development, rising living standards, and other factors, but the existing power infrastructure is severely inadequate to handle it. Supply is plunging because of spiking demand in hot summers, threadbare infrastructure, political instability (especially since the 2011 Arab Spring), financing restrictions, and inadequate regulatory frameworks. Even so, power generation projects and structural reforms to support them are pushing forward in this region ? and in many cases renewable energy is the best solution, particularly tapping into solar and wind resources, according to recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan.
  • ExxonMobil Acknowledges Climate Change to Shareholders
    We don?t cover climate change news all that much here on The reason for that is that we view climate change as just one bullet point in a list of reasons why renewable energy make sense: energy independence, grid stability through decentralized generation and resource depletion are also on that list. But yesterday we recei
  • Renewable Energy Brings Out Some Extreme Nimbyism
    You may have heard of extreme preppers. These are people who spend a large portion of their time preparing themselves, their homes and their families for what they believe is an inevitable disaster resulting from an economic meltdown, the spread of a deadly virus, climate change or another catastrophic event.  And hey, you never know, in the end th
  • Merkel's Green Push Blows Away German Coal-Power Profits
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's campaign to limit climate change with an energy system based on renewable sources is cutting into profits of companies that still provide 57 percent of the power that keeps Europe's biggest economy humming.
  • Up All Night: US Senate To Address Climate Change Options
    More than two dozen legislators are pulling an all-nighter tonight (Monday March 10) on the Senate floor to talk about climate change and what actions must be taken.
  • PJM Grid Operators: We Can Handle 30 Percent Renewable Energy Integration, An...
    Experts believe that the PJM Interconnection system, which encompasses all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, can handle up to 30 percent of its energy from wind and solar without "any significant reliability issues," assuming transmission upgrades and additional regulation reserves ? and at the same time reducing costs and reliance on its costlier conventional generation fleet.
  • Can Solar Power Help Marijuana Growers?
    The sun has been around for a long time. So has marijuana. Legal pot in the U.S. hasn?t been around for a long time. In fact, earlier this year Colorado became the first state to sell legal marijuana in the U.S. With the country?s?if not the world?s?eyes on Colorado?s new policy, growers are looking for opportunities to better use their profits whi

Newest Blog Posts

Latest News