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9 Easy Earth Day Tips You Won't Find Anywhere Else

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:36

You don't have to buy a hybrid car or install solar panels to make changes that have a significant environmental benefit, save money, and are easy to do. Here's a list of 9 Earth Day tips you probably won't find anywhere else. Altogether they could put several hundred dollars back in your pocket due to lower utility bills while preventing around a

France Military Blocks Wind Development Over Fears of Radar Interference

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 13:46

As many as 6,000 megawatts of wind power may be blocked from development by France’s military and national weather service, which say they interfere with radar surveillance, a developers’ lobby said.

Mississippi Net Metering Rules Advance

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 13:42

Mississippi, one of the last states that have not created a net metering policy, might soon have a rule created. On Tuesday, the state Public Service Commission (PSC) voted unanimously to issue rules that will create a framework allowing customers to install rooftop solar and sell excess electricity to their utility company. Public comments are due

Australia’s Biggest Power Producer Sees Future without Coal

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 13:36

Australia’s largest electricity producer committed to close its coal-fired power plants within 35 years as part of an effort to cut the nation’s dependence on the fossil fuel.

Bonded PV Arrays Could Provide Safer Solar Power

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:24

Most electricians are referred to as “indoor wiremen” and are experts at installing electrical equipment indoors, but some lack experience working with exposed cables and outdoor equipment bonding. Traditional methods of bonding and grounding include the extensive use of bare copper conductors for equipment bonding. While copper is preferred for bonding steel, it is not the best choice around exposed aluminum members. Aluminum and copper should not come into direct contact due to galvanic corrosion issues. Over time, copper has a tendency to erode aluminum and can even cause structural failure of thin aluminum extrusions when in direct contact.

Brazil approves 3.9GW of wind for next auction

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:48
BRAZIL: Brazilian regulator Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica (EPE) has approved 3.9GW of wind projects for an upcoming 4.2GW alternative sources auction.
Categories: Wind Power

Gallery: France-Spain 2GW HVDC link

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 06:59
FRANCE/SPAIN: Siemens has commissioned the high voltage direct current (HVDC) link between France and Spain to transport wind energy between the two countries.
Categories: Wind Power

Brazil to Offer Ambitious Climate Plan With More Renewables

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 16:45

Brazil will increase the use of renewable energy, target zero net deforestation and push for low-carbon agriculture as part of its climate proposal, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said in an interview.

EC approved German offshore state aid

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 13:45
GERMANY: The European Commission (EC) has approved government support for 20 offshore projects under state aid rules.
Categories: Wind Power

North Carolina Renewable Energy Standard Attacked Again

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:52

After using last year’s legislative session to deal with Duke Energy’s Dan River coal ash spill, Republicans on the House Public Utilities Committee are bringing back their 2013 attempt to freeze the state’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS). Representatives Millis, Hager, Collins, and Warren introduced House Bill 681

Negotiating the Energy Balance in the Caribbean

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:55

Reflecting the azure skies of the Caribbean, solar panels on private houses, hotels and businesses are an increasingly common sight across all the islands. Many Caribbean customers are seeking a degree of energy independence, which is not surprising given that many pay five or six times as much for their grid-provided electricity than their neighbours in mainland USA.

Measuring the Effects of Utility-Scale Solar Growth

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:52

For so long it seemed like a pipe dream, yet in less than a decade utility-scale solar has reached $100 billion worth of capacity. Figures from the Energy Information Administration show that it delivered 5 percent of California's electricity in 2014. The time has come to evaluate the impact which this technology can have, not just in the United States but globally.

Analysis: UK political parties' wind plans light on detail

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:44
UK: The Conservative party, senior partner in the two-party coalition that has governed the UK since 2010, has pledged to "halt the spread of onshore wind farms" if it wins power in the general election on 7 May.
Categories: Wind Power

US jobs increased 40% in 2014 - AWEA

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:36
UNITED STATES: The number of jobs in the industry increased 40% in 2014, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).
Categories: Wind Power

Gode Wind construction starts

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:04
GERMANY: The first foundation at Dong Energy's 582MW Gode Wind project in the North Sea has been installed.
Categories: Wind Power

Solar Flux Solution Brightens Future of Concentrated Solar Power

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 15:11

Power tower solar has been under a cloud — in the U.S., anyway — after 321 birds or bats were killed in the first 6 months of operation by flying through solar flux above the Ivanpah Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant, the Google-funded colossus in California’s Mojave desert.

Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 14:53

The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there's no going back.

Can Other Cities Match Georgetown’s Low-Cost Switch to 100 Percent Wind and Sun?

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 13:54

This is probably not the first place you’ve read about Georgetown, Texas, the town of 55,000 that will be getting the equivalent of 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2017. But few articles hit upon the two key reasons Georgetown was able to make this move when so many other cities with abundant renewable resources (e.g. Tucson

Vestas sets out share-based incentives scheme

Wind Power Monthly - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 13:51
DENMARK: Vestas has restructured the way its board of directors and executive management are rewarded.
Categories: Wind Power

The Dark Horse in the Global Solar Race: India’s 100-GW Solar Ambition

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 13:14

A "dark horse" is defined as a little-known entity that emerges to prominence in the face of competition — a contestant that seems unlikely to succeed. I borrow the term from a conversation last week, wherein India was referred to as the dark horse in the global race to go solar.