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Facing Extreme Drought, Australia (And Possibly Texas) Undoes Best Strategy for Water Conservation: Clean Energy

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 13:47

Cowboys, frontier grit, accented English, and wild, wide open spaces are just a few of the similarities shared by Texas and Australia. Both places also have an energy-water problem. But, the good news for Texas is that it’s not too late for us to learn from Australia’s mistakes — and a few successes, too.

Hairline Fracture Found At Shearon Harris Reestablishes Routine

Nuclear Power - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 12:54
Duke Energy Progress has discovered a hairline fracture in the reactor head at the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant, Unit 1, in New Hill, NC, the company revealed in a regulatory filing. Duke says the quarter-inch crack near a nozzle that penetrates the reactor head, poses no threat to safety or to...(read more)

It Turns Out That You Can’t Divide Americans Over Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 12:22

In our second annual survey on American homeowners’ attitudes toward clean energy, one thing is resoundingly clear. In a nation divided on climate change, immigration policy, and so many other issues, Americans are overwhelmingly united in their support of renewable energy.

Solar Fred Marketing Tip: Your Solar Brand Is Much More Than Your Logo

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 12:09

People rarely ask me about what goes into a solar brand, and I think that’s because solar CEOs feel that it’s just one of those marketing thingys that …ya know… kind of, sort of needs to be somewhere in the business plan, but not really. Your brand is just a logo, right? Wrong.  Your solar logo, as beautiful as you may think that it is, is not your

Siemens develops gas-insulated DC transmission

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 10:21
GERMANY: Siemens has revealed plans to develop a new gas-insulated DC transmission line.
Categories: Wind Power

Australia RET compromise backed by Labor

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 08:09
AUSTRALIA: The opposition Labor party said it was willing to compromise on the Renewable Energy Target (RET) in a bid to restart the country's faltering industry.
Categories: Wind Power

European offshore growth too slow for economies of scale

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:46
EUROPE: The future of offshore wind may be endangered by caps on capacity expansion.
Categories: Wind Power

China’s Pollution Assault Boosting Solar, Electric Vehicles

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 17:58

China’s efforts to combat pollution are gaining momentum after President Xi Jinping pledged in March at the annual session of the National People’s Congress to punish violators of the nation’s environmental laws with an “iron hand.” Here’s what’s happening and what to expect.

Germany-Denmark link boosted

Wind Power Monthly - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 14:07
GERMANY/DENMARK: A high-voltage link between Germany and Denmark will be boosted to carry 2.5GW of renewable energy between the two countries.
Categories: Wind Power

Making Residual Value Real: Where is Solar's Emilio Estevez?

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 13:36

It is no secret that costs of capital must decrease to make distributed generation a massively scaling resource. And, as costs of capital steadily decrease, the “residual value” — what happens to the asset once the PPA’s run out — becomes more and more important.   With that in mind, it no longer seems reasonable to fill years 20 and beyond — after

Green Mutual Funds and ETFs May Recover in 2015

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 13:26

Alternative energy mutual funds are continuing to recover from a slump which started in fall 2014. Annual returns range greatly, though, from a high of 15.6 percent for Brown Advisory Sustainable Growth (BIAWX), to a low of -15.8 percent for Guinness Atkinson Alternative Energy (GAAEX). The large 12-month drop by GAAEX was precipitated by painful losses in some of its top weighted holdings.

Areva Discovers High-Carbon Anomaly In Flamanville 3 Components

Nuclear Power - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:30
French nuclear power giant Areva has found a high-carbon anomaly in the steel used for portions of the reactor vessel head and reactor vessel bottom at the Flamanville 3 project in Normandy, France, the French regulator, the Authority of Nuclear Safety (ASN) said Tuesday. Areva is constructing the...(read more)

Integrated Energy Storage: An Answer to Addressing the Duck Curve?

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:21

A quick search of the internet reveals numerous articles outlining the challenges posed by accelerated uptake of distributed renewables, in particular changing utility load curves and the much-maligned “duck curve.”

New York to invest $160 million in renewables

Wind Power Monthly - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:18
UNITED STATES: The New York state government has pledged $160 million to help renewable energy projects.
Categories: Wind Power

Fukushima Isotopes Make It To Canadian Shore In Trace Amounts

Nuclear Power - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 09:30
Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution researcher Ken Buesseler said trace amounts of Cesium-134 and Cesium-137 from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster had been found on the shoreline of British Columbia, Canada, for the first time in February. The isotopes were discovered in samples...(read more)

E.on launches US services unit

Wind Power Monthly - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 09:20
UNITED STATES: E.on's North American unit has launched an asset management, maintenance business to serve renewable projects in the US.
Categories: Wind Power

Analysis: Dong enters US offshore

Wind Power Monthly - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:29
UNITED STATES: Dong Energy announced it is taking over development rights from RES Americas to a 1GW-plus offshore wind lease area located about 90 kilometres from shore.
Categories: Wind Power

EPA, Energy Department Honor 2015 ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year

Energy News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:00
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Energy Department announced that they are honoring 128 businesses and organizations in 33 states with the ENERGY STAR’s Partner of the Year award for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment.

U.N. Report: Global Investment in Renewable Energy Rebounds in 2014

Energy News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:00
Global investment in renewable energy technologies increased 17% to $270 billion in 2014, according to the recently released

Energy Department Publishes $1 Million H2 Refuel H-Prize Competition Specs

Energy News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:00
The Hydrogen Education Foundation announced that the technical testing specifications for the "H2 Refuel H-Prize" competition are now available on the H-Prize website.