Renewable Energy News
- US Government Recommits to Renewable Energy Ramp-up
Today the Obama administration issued an executive order re-establishing one of the proclamations from the climate change plans it issued this summer: significantly boosting the U.S. federal government's support of renewable energy to supply 20 percent of its energy consumption by 2020.
- US Renewable Fuels? Defenders Fight to Persuade EPA to Continue War on Import...
Today, the EPA has scheduled a day of testimony on its proposed 2014 Renewable Fuel volume targets ? and a proposed 40 percent slash in the advanced biofuels category to 2.2 billion (ethanol equivalent) gallons, from the original Congress-set target of 3.75 billion gallons.
- New Coconut-fired Biomass Plant Set for Thailand
A 9.5-MW power station that will be fired using coconut waste is to be developed in Thailand. Under the terms of a deal recently inked between biomass and waste-to-energy provider DP Cleantech and the Mahachai Green Power project, the company will develop a high pressure, high temperature plant on an EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) basis.
- SolarCity Offers Power Storage to Lower Customers? Utility Bills
SolarCity Corp., the second largest U.S. solar company by market value, is offering power-storage systems to commercial customers that will reduce utility bills and provide electricity during blackouts.
- Become a Solar ?Spartacus?
This weekend I ate brunch at a local diner named ?Rudy?s.? Clearly, Rudy was the owner, but I had no idea what he looked like. Then I saw that everyone on staff was wearing a T-shirt that said, ?I?m Rudy.? Rudy?s T-shirts were of course referencing Spartacus. For those who don?t know that classic Stanley Kubrick movie based on history, it?s about a
- Your Solar Panels Aren't Facing the Wrong Way
A recent report from the Pecan Street Research Institute started a chain of articles with increasingly inaccurate conclusions.
- Energy Storage Roundup: Ontario and California, Imergy, Stem, Hitachi
Many see energy storage as the holy grail for renewable energy integration. We think it's important enough that we recently added a new technology category to our site to track this topic. We see a lot of headlines related to energy storage cross our desks; here's a sampling from the past few days.
- What Do Chocolate and Credentials Have in Common?
They both are good for you and worth the price if they are of high quality.† But just because a chocolate bar is advertised to gourmet foodies as the finest, it may not be the best, lacking the right ingredients to be true chocolate.† Same is the case for credentials.† A certification can be packaged nicely, even advertised as top shelf, yet what?s
- Get Up Close and Personal with Duke Energy's Stanton Solar Farm
One of my favorite parts of attending a conference is the opportunity to take a tour of a renewable energy installation. †During Renewable Energy World Conference, North America, attendees were given the opportunity to visit the Duke Energy owned and operated Stanton Solar Array in Orange County Florida. The solar farm was built by the Orlando Util
- Latin America Report: Gauging Mexico's Wind Energy Market
The U.S. market for wind energy is something of a contradiction: it's one of the world's larger markets and fastest growing with its own supply chain, yet it's still heavily reliant upon a production tax credit, which was renewed at the last minute last December (yet late with enough uncertainty to chill many projects in the pipeline), and this time its renewal is even less certain.
- Oregon Researchers Shed New Light on Solar Water-splitting Process
With the help of a new method called "dual-electrode photoelectrochemistry," University of Oregon scientists in the U.S. have provided new insight into how solar water-splitting cells work. An important and overlooked parameter, they report, is the ion-permeability of electrocatalysts used in water-splitting devices.
- UK Publishes New Renewables Strike Prices
The UK government has today published subsidies for renewable energy generation from next year. Strike prices are the minimum sum the government will pay power companies for electricity they generate and form part of the Electricity Market Reform, a package of measures designed to stimulate up to £110bn of investment in low carbon energy.
- China Doubles Renewable Energy Capacity Amid Push to Cut Pollution
China doubled the pace of adding renewable energy capacity in the first 10 months of the year as the government worked to cut pollution in its largest cities.