- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Abengoa Offers Its First Green Bond to Raise 500 Million Euros for Clean Ener...
Abengoa SA, a Spanish energy and environment company, plans to issue its first green bond to raise 500 million euros ($642 million) to finance projects.
- Exploring Finance Options: Yield-cos Don?t Fit the Bill for Many Renewable En...
Yield-cos have been grabbing headlines lately. Typically, large utilities spin off their high-yield alternative energy operations into separate smaller companies called yield-cos. These new companies are then taken public to attract individual and institutional investors.
- 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
- Siemens Tidal Energy Project Suspended
Marine Current Turbines (MCT), the tidal energy company owned by German engineering giant Siemens has announced that it has suspended development of a planned 10 MW tidal array in Wales.
- RusHydro Considers Renewable Energy Fund IPO with PowerChina
RusHydro JSC, Russia?s biggest hydropower company, is considering selling shares in a clean energy fund it plans to create with Power Construction Corp. of China Ltd. to gain from a new subsidy program.
- Obama?s International Climate Strategy: More Grease for Renewables
It was good news for renewable energy when President Barack Obama in June proposed carbon dioxide restrictions on existing power plants. It is even better news now that he may use the plan to leverage an international climate accord.