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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.
  • Why Local Energy Ownership Matters
    Solar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities ? but only if they keep them local! Why does ownership of renewable energy matter? Because the number of jobs and economic returns for communities are substantially higher when electricity generation from wind and sun can be captured by local hands. This economic self-interest motivates rap
  • The Untapped Potential of Solar Schools in Massachusetts
    School districts across America are beginning to see the light, as they realize the potential of solar energy. From providing learning opportunities for students to safeguarding teachers? jobs, solar is proving to be a valuable addition to any school district. Prepared by The Solar Foundation with data from the Solar Energy Industries Association (
  • The Next 25: Energy Storage Crossing the Rubicon in Texas
    The Energy Storage Association (ESA) is the forum for energy storage stakeholder engagement, and has been an active and tireless proponent for the advancement of the energy storage industry for the last 25 years.  And what a change those years have brought.   From humble beginnings, when eight pioneering U.S. power utilities sent their executives t
  • 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.
  • Building a Viable Solar Marketplace in Nigeria
    In countries where there are established markets for alternative and renewable energy sources, economic and financial inducements such as feed in tariffs, tax incentives, net metering and self supply schemes have significantly driven market activities in the new energy sector and provided enabling environments for individuals, businesses and the go
  • 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

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