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Solar Industry Must Support ITC Extension or Face Potentially Dire Consequences

Renewable Energy News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 19:23

The keynote session at PV America 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts highlighted the great strides solar has made in the past year, but also warned that the progress could all go up flames if the investment tax credit (ITC) is not extended beyond December 31, 2016.

EWEA Offshore: Kristian Ruby, head of political affairs, EWEA

Wind Power Monthly - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 16:19
EUROPE: Pulling together today's 28 EU member states into a new energy union with a common policy framework for clean energy will require substantial investment, said EWEA's head of political affairs, Kristian Ruby.
Categories: Wind Power

EWEA Offshore: Offshore to be cost competitive by 2023

Wind Power Monthly - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 16:16
EUROPE: Offshore wind energy has the potential to be competitive with more traditional forms of energy within eight years, according to a report by Ernst and Young (EY).
Categories: Wind Power

Siemens world no1 OEM in 2014, says Make Consulting

Wind Power Monthly - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 13:54
WORLDWIDE: Siemens has become the world's number one OEM in terms of installations according to the latest research from Make Consulting.
Categories: Wind Power

Canada Imposes Tariff on Imported Chinese Solar Equipment

Renewable Energy News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 13:44

Canada has approved duties on imported Chinese solar equipment, escalating a trade dispute over what importers say are below-cost components, according to the Canada Border Services Agency.

Vermont Challenges Entergy Corp. On Trust Fund Exemption

Nuclear Power - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 13:23
The state of Vermont is attempting to dictate how Entergy Corp., the owner of the shuttered Vermont Yankee nuclear power station, spends its decommissioning trust fund. At stake is the timing of tearing down the plant, which would be delayed if Entergy spent decommissioning trust fund money on other...(read more)

Press release: New NDA Non-Executive Directors

Department of Energy - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 12:11
Evelyn Dickey, Volker Beckers, Janet Ashdown and Rob Holden to join board of Nuclear Decommissioning Authority as non-executive members

NRC Puts 94 Percent of U.S. Plants In Top Two Assessment Tiers

Nuclear Power - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 11:59
Seventy-five percent of the nation's 100 commercial nuclear power reactors fully met all regulatory safety and security performance objectives in 2014, while 94 percent were in the top two highest performance categories, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Friday. With annual assessment letters...(read more)

The Big Question: Where Do You See Renewable Energy Growth Potential in 2015?

Renewable Energy News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 11:42

The annual outlook issue of Renewable Energy World magazine is our attempt to predict what will happen within the renewable energy industry over the course of the year. To do this, we went straight to the top of major renewable energy companies, asking CEOs and presidents to tell us where they are devoting their company resources in order to capitalize on some of the market growth that they expect to see in 2015.

News story: Sir Patrick Brown announced as new chair of the OGA

Department of Energy - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 10:28
Energy Secretary Ed Davey has announced that Sir Patrick Brown will take up the role of chairperson of the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).

Africa, From a CATS Point of View

Global Warming - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 07:00
From Saharan dust storms to icy clouds to smoke on the opposite side of the continent, the first image from NASA's newest cloud- and aerosol-measuring instrument, CATS, provides a profile of the atmosphere above Africa.

Meet the Makani Energy Kite

Wind Power News - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 08:40
Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind Turbines

Back in 2013 Google purchased a company called Makani, creators of the Energy Kite. Their goal is to make wind energy pricing competitive with fossil fuels, and they believe a new approach is needed. The Energy Kite is a new type of wind turbine, designed to generate more energy using 90% less materials. “Makani’s energy […]

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Play Hard Give Back Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Global Warming - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 07:00
PlayHard GiveBack aims to create a culture among athletes around the importance of giving back.

Question of the Week: How safe is onshore wind?

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 15:45
WORLDWIDE: There has been no reported fatality on an onshore wind site in well over a year. Windpower Monthly speaks to DNV GL and SgurrEnergy about how safe the industry now really is.
Categories: Wind Power

LED Outdoor Lighting: A $6 Billion Annual Savings Opportunity

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 15:31

Virtually overnight we are starting to see energy-saving LED lighting almost everywhere. Not only was last month's Super Bowl played under LED lights, the new flat panel TVs for watching the game were illuminated by LED backlights, and the lights on the poles in the parking lot outside the sports bar and the streets and highways between there and h

NRC Receives Mixed Score For Cybersecurity

Nuclear Power - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 15:25
For both 2013 and 2014, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission scored a zero on use of strong authentication to secure their computer networks and the sensitive data managed by the agency, an executive branch report said. By comparison, the office of Housing and Urban Development, the Labor Department...(read more)

TV interview: Inside Iceni Marine's 23-metre catamaran

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 15:23
UK: Iceni Marine Services has acquired a 23-metre catamaran for offshore servicing in the North Sea. The company recently moored the vessel in the City of London for viewing.
Categories: Wind Power

Researchers Discover New Material to Produce Clean Energy

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 15:18

Researchers at the University of Houston have created a new thermoelectric material, intended to generate electric power from waste heat — from a vehicle tailpipe, for example, or an industrial smokestack — with greater efficiency and higher output power than currently available materials.

What Business Are Electric Utilities In?

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 14:43

Many businesses can now perform the traditional functions of an electric utility — provide affordable, reliable, resilient power to homes and businesses. The barriers to entry in the business have fallen. For instance, a home with rooftop solar panels, batteries, and gas-based generators may choose to be grid-independent. Even when homes decide to remain grid-tied, utilities face falling demand and revenue, and the possibility of future grid-defection. Further, competing electricity solutions can emerge quickly, and not one-home-at-a-time — microgrids can offer community, village, or campus-level solutions.

Non-Hydro Renewable Electricity Outshines All Other Sources and Grows 11 Percent in 2014

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 14:29

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)'s latest "Electric Power Monthly" report, with data through the end of 2014, net electrical generation from non-hydro renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) increased by 10.9 percent over the previous year.