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  • Supreme Court to Decide on Demand Response
    This week, the US Supreme Court agreed to review a ruling by a lower court holding that FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, has no jurisdiction to regulate demand response markets run by ISOs and RTOs. Based in large part on FERC order 745, these markets currently support investments in distributed energy resources and energy efficiency
  • Why Fracking May Support Renewables
    Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is shunned by the environmentalists that laud renewable energy sources. However, by not supporting both initiatives, they may be working at cross purposes. Natural gas, booming largely because of fracking, complements renewable energies on the grid. The two seemingly opposite technologies are, for the moment, inextricably linked.
  • Offshore Wind Power Seen Growing by Record 4.2 Gigawatts in 2015
    Wind-power developers are expected to install a record 4.2 gigawatts of offshore turbines this year, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report.
  • Value Trapped: Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2015, April Update
    My Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2015 model portfolio held on to first quarter gains in April, despite a 29 percent fall for one of the stocks. (For details on that decline, see the Power REIT (NYSE:PW) section below.)
  • Wind Energy: It?s What Texas Does Best, If State Leaders Will Let Us
    The story of Texas wind energy is a success, but it's an odd history. In 1999, when Texas deregulated the energy market, a deal was struck to include a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), a requirement that power companies source a certain amount of their electricity from renewable energy by certain dates. Texas surpassed the original targets, as well as subsequently increased targets, eventually making Texas the U.S. wind leader. In fact, the wind industry?s success has been an integral part of the "Texas Miracle" of job creation, especially in West Texas, which hasn't seen an economic boom like this since before the Great Depression.
  • Engineering Possibilities Versus Practical Implementation: Utility Portfolios...
    Europe?s utilities are re-evaluating their business models due to the energy transition. Members of POWER-GEN Europe?s Advisory Board consider how a reliance on fossil fuels is no longer politically desirable, forcing utilities to transform their portfolios to adapt to radical change.
  • New World Bank Report: Chinese Clean-tech SMEs Embrace Opportunities
    The World Bank indicated in its new report "Building Competitive Green Industries: The Climate and Clean Technology Opportunity for Developing Countries" that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries are set to undergo significant growth and create more jobs in the field of clean technology. Anabel Gonzalez, senior director for the World Bank's Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness, said developing home-grown clean-tech industries will help developing countries more effectively increase the adoption of low-cost clean energy and drive sustainable economic development.
  • Japan Anticipates Clean Energy Will Edge Out Nuclear Power
    Japan anticipates that by 2030 clean energy such as solar and hydro will generate slightly more of the nation?s electricity than nuclear power plants.
  • Renewables vs. Nuclear: Do We Need More Nuclear Power?
    For at least the next 10 years, when considering new capacity, there should be little doubt that renewables will be the generation method of choice. Utility PV, solar thermal (especially with molten salt storage as a baseload source), wind, rooftop solar and biomass will be the highlights, along with contributions from biogas (sewage, landfills and
  • Discussing the Importance of Export Trade Partnerships in Washington DC and B...
    I recently had the great honor of being one of nine small business principals invited by the White House Business Council to attend a briefing with senior Administration officials including Valerie Jarrett, Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Jeff Zients, Director of the National Economic Council.  Th
  • US Power Grid?s $2 Trillion Upgrade Needs European Efficiency
    A $2 trillion push in the U.S. to blend renewable energy into the power supply and fortify transmission lines against extreme weather means that Americans must act more like Europeans to keep their power costs down.
  • Represent Renewables: One Week Left to Enter PEI's EMEA Project of the Year A...
    Power Engineering International has launched the EMEA Projects of the Year, which will seek to highlight the best in power plant construction across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Hosted by Power Engineering International, the awards will be presented at the Gala VIP Dinner at POWER-GEN Europe in Amsterdam on the evening of Tuesday, June 9. Th
  • Egypt?s Renewable FiT Program Gains Traction
    The Government of Egypt has said that it must invest US$12 billion in the electricity sector over the next five years in order to meet that country?s urgent electricity demands ? and renewable energy will be a key component.

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