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EPA Abandons Renewable Fuel Standard Rulemaking for 2014

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 17:23

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is delaying finalization of the long-awaited 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations until 2015.

Cheap Electricity Trumps Solar in India's Rural Communities

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:13

The villagers of Dharnai in northern India had been living without electricity for more than 30 years when Greenpeace installed a microgrid to supply reliable, low-cost solar power.

Bladt and EEW to open UK monopile plant

Wind Power News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:00
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Sunnova Raises $250 Million to Expand Residential Solar in U.S. and Overseas

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:59

Sunnova Energy Corp. closed a $250 million funding round, bringing the total amount it has raised this year to almost half a billion dollars as it seeks to add U.S. customers and expand overseas as soon as next year, its chief executive officer said.

Biogas at Home: A Renewable No-Brainer

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:13

Germany is the leading producer of biogas in the developed world, with 8,700 biogas plants with 3,400 MW of installed electric generation capacity. The United States lags far behind with less than 450 plants with 175 MW of capacity. Sweden has an even smaller number of plants, less than 200, but the most per capita and most prominent national bioga

Bladt and EEW to open UK monopile plant

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:49
UK: Steel companies EEW special Pipe Constructions and Bladt Industries are to team up to set up facilities in the UK, manufacturing offshore turbine foundations.
Categories: Wind Power

News story: Leading offshore wind suppliers invest in TAG Energy facility in Teesside

Department of Energy - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:20
Leading offshore wind suppliers, EEW SPC of Germany and Bladt Industries of Denmark plan to invest up to £20-£25m in TAG energy, creating up to 350 jobs in the local area.

Analysis: MHI-Vestas £200m UK plan short on detail

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:18
UK: Earlier this month, MHI-Vestas announced plans to lease Vestas' production facilities at its Isle of Wight plant to produce blades for the V164 8MW turbine, the first part of a wider £200 million (EUR 250 million) UK production strategy.
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Top Five Things People Can't Seem to Remember about the Ivanpah CSP Plant

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:09

It’s been nine months since Ivanpah celebrated its grand opening in February, 2014. Since that time, the world’s largest concentrating solar power plant has continued to receive accolades from around the globe, including being named Plant of the Year by Power Magazine, the first time a renewable energy project has ever received that honor in in more than 40 years.

Listen Up: Improving Solar Panel Output with Optimizers

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:32

Solar panels keep getting more efficient. That's a great thing. But they can't communicate, can't adjust to environmental circumstances, and don't have automatic shutdown capabilities. Fortunately — and with apologies to the Farrelly brothers (who seem to have similar limitations) — solar panels aren't getting any dumber. Many of the newest solar panels are equipped with optimizers, either built into the junction box or attached as a separate component to the back of the panel. Microinverters (which convert the DC output of a panel to AC) provide the same basic benefits at similar costs; however, unlike microinverters, optimizers operate on the DC side of the system and are always connected to a central or string inverter.

Leaked Report Doubles German Estimate of Radioactive Waste

Nuclear Power - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:30
A leaked government report in Germany says the country has more than twice as much radioactive waste to deal with than indicated in previous reports. The new estimate is 600,000 cubic meters, more than twice the 298,000 cubic meter figure previously made public. The federal government is negotiating...(read more)

Gallery: Nordex 141-metre N117/3000

Wind Power News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:00
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Areva Blames Delays For Financial Woes

Nuclear Power - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:30
French nuclear power giant Areva's announcement this week that it was suspending its financial goals for 2015 and 2016 was met with an investor pullback, as stock prices plunged 16 percent on Wednesday. Adding to the company's woes, frequent partner Elecricite de France (EDF) said it would push...(read more)