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  • UK Retains Target to Cut Carbon Emissions by Half Through 2025
    The U.K. will keep a target to cut greenhouse gases by half through 2025, Energy Secretary Ed Davey said, foiling the Treasury?s effort to weaken the target.
  • Solar Battle of the Bands: Where Music, Solar, and Marketing Join in Harmony
    This blog has always been about solar marketing and advocacy, and so it?s always fun to report on Solar Battle of the Bands, an annual Intersolar sold-out tradition that harmoniously incorporates both.  Yes, there is a marketing aspect to this event, but let?s not be cynical here. If you?ve ever been to a Solar Battle of the Bands, you know the eve
  • Keeping Up with Energy Storage
    Solar and energy storage are a match made in heaven and a new report from the Solar Electric Power Association, ?Electric Utilities, Energy Storage, Solar: Trends in Technologies, Applications and Costs,? takes a deep dive into the energy storage sector. The report uses information from the Department of Energy?s Global Energy Storage Database to analyze 215 distributed generation energy storage projects developed by or in partnership with utilities.
  • How Opposite Energy Policies Turned The Fukushima Disaster Into A Loss For Ja...
    Japan thinks of itself as famously poor in energy, but this national identity rests on a semantic confusion. Japan is indeed poor in fossil fuels ? but among all major industrial countries, it?s the richest in renewable energy like sun, wind, and geothermal. For example, Japan has nine times Germany?s renewable energy resources. Yet Japan makes about nine times less of its electricity from renewables (excluding hydropower) than Germany does.
  • Steam from the Sun
    A new material structure developed at MIT generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure ? a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam ? is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits the structure?s surface, it creates a hotspot in the graphite, drawing water up through the material?s pores, where it evaporates as steam. The brighter the light, the more steam is generated.
  • Renewables Provide 56 Percent of New US Electrical Generating Capacity in Fir...
    According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower provided 55.7 percent of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity during the first half of 2014 (1,965 MW of the 3,529 MW total installed).
  • H2O Pursues 440-MW Colorado Pumped Storage Hydro Project without FERC Permit
    H2O Holdings LLC on July 18 told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it doesn?t agree with FERC?s rejection of a third preliminary permit for a 440-MW pumped storage hydro project, but that it won?t further appeal that rejection and will instead pursue the project outside of the permit process.
  • Who Pays for Countervailing Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels?
    On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) made the decision to start implementing countervailing duties (?countervails?) on Chinese solar panels that will raise prices of commercial-scale and distributed solar projects. In 2013, 31 percent of all solar panels installed in the U.S. were Chinese modules. Within the distributed sector alo
  • Fifteen Clean Energy Yield Cos, Created Unequal
    In January I predicted 2014 would be the year "renewable energy finance comes of age." Here's how Jennifer Runyon quoted me on Renewable Energy World:
  • The Big Question: What is Your Prediction for the North American Wind Power M...
    Today wind project development in the U.S. is at an all-time high. The production tax credit (PTC) language was changed at the close of 2012 to allow projects to take advantage of the PTC as long as they began construction before the end of 2013 and finished it by 2015. As a result of that new language, developers are rushing to get all that wind in the ground. AWEA predicts that 2014 and 2015 will be great years for annual installed wind capacity in the U.S. But what happens next really is the big question.
  • Get the Most Out of Solar: Cloud-Based Data Monitoring and Control Solutions
    As the cost of implementing solar panels drops, more organizations are looking to deploy solar energy solutions. Experts predict a rise in solar investment in coming years. Monitoring and analyzing data from field sensors is a fundamental part of successful solar, and wind, energy businesses. Real-time, or up to date information about the energy used and created helps businesses respond better to changes in supply, identity potential problems and manage communication throughout supply and delivery chains.
  • Overcoming Hurdles To Use More Renewable Energy
    Last week, General Motors joined 11 other companies committed to renewable energy in signing on to the Renewable Energy Buyers? Principles ? a clear set of guidelines designed to help utilities and renewable energy providers understand how they can help make renewable energy investments easier for companies and meet rising demand. As one of the man
  • Solar-powered Gondola Saving Clean Mountain Air in Colorado
    Visiting Telluride, Colorado, the first thing you notice, besides the spectacular mountain view, is a free gondola. The gondola, traveling from the town of Telluride to the town of Mountain Village, is the first and only free public transportation of its kind in the United States. It was built to improve air quality in the region by keeping cars off the road.

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