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US Should Learn from Germany’s Renewable Energy…Mistakes?

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 18:56

While Germany is often lauded for its Energiewende, a new report released by Zurich-based Finadvice for the Edison Electric Institute explains the consequences of its transition, which include high electricity prices, subsidy debts, grid instability, and costly grid upgrades.

What Continues to Drive Solar's Growth?

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 15:18

While relatively young, the solar market is an increasingly important and vital part of the American economy.  What are the trends in this booming market, and what forces are at work?  Which sectors of the market are strongest, and why? What are the prospects for solar energy in the near future? For the seventh year, I've authored IREC's U.S. Solar

Largest Lithium Resource Deal Spurred by Battery Demand for Electric Vehicles

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 15:04

Surging demand for high-performance batteries triggered the largest-ever deal for lithium, the lightweight metal that’s a key component of the power systems in smartphones and electric cars.

Japan Bank Sets Aside $2 Billion for Clean Energy

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:32

Shinsei Bank Ltd., a lender for Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s clean-energy projects in Japan, plans to provide as much as 200 billion yen (US $2 billion) in loans for renewable developments.

Tidal Lagoons May Add $46 Billion to U.K. Economy, Report Shows

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:21

Installing tidal lagoon power plants at a half-dozen sites across the country may add as much as 27 billion pounds ($46 billion) to the U.K. economy over a 12-year span starting as early as next year, according to a report.

Press release: UK calls for major changes to EU’s “cap and trade” emissions system

Department of Energy - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:27
The UK is calling for major reforms to improve the emissions “cap and trade” system put in place by the European Union since 2005 to tackle climate change.

Updated: Windreich insolvency risks 30% of German pipeline

Wind Power Monthly - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:04
GERMANY: The insolvency of Windreich puts 5GW of offshore wind projects in German waters at risk, data from WPO Intelligence shows.
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Press release: Government commits £15m to kickstart new regulator in response to Wood Review

Department of Energy - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:20
The Government today announced it would contribute short term funding of £15 million over five years to help kickstart the establishment of a new regulatory body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry.

Stiesdal to leave Siemens

Wind Power News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:00
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Categories: Wind Power

Intersolar 2014 Satiates PV Thrill Seekers

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:00

Intersolar North America 2014 in San Francisco was heralded as a success by many of the estimated 550 exhibitors at the show, attendance at which was slightly smaller than last year, but “more intense,” exhibitors said. Expected to attract 27,000 attendees and exhibitors overall, the show varied its program this year to broaden topic coverage into areas like energy storage and balance-of-system costs in order to honor more industry icons and market innovators.

3 Noteworthy Solar Implications in New US National Electrical Code

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:43

The 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) has come out, and this version holds a bit of solar intrigue even for those who are not involved with engineering or construction.  In response to safety concerns for first responders, like firefighters, the 2014 NEC now requires solar energy systems to have a “Rapid Shutdown” function.  In simple terms, the

Hydrogen Energy Storage: A New Solution To the Renewable Energy Intermittency Problem

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:38

The need for a complete energy storage solution is becoming more acute where fields of wind turbines are already generating gigawatts of electricity, often with a significant mismatch in grid power demand.

Plant Vogtle Celebrates 25 Years at Unit 2 and ANS Training Award (With Time-Lapse Construction Video)

Nuclear Power - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:34
Southern Co. recently marked two accolades at its Plant Vogtle nuclear facility in Georgia. Unit 2 is celebrating 25 years since the start of its commercial operation. In that time, the 1,215 megawatt plant achieved a lifetime capacity factor of 90.5 percent. In a release Tuesday, Southern noted that...(read more)

Gamesa signs 290MW US and Mexico deals

Wind Power News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:00
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Categories: Wind Power