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Renewable Energy Powers Rural Nepal Into the Future

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 07:45
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pReaching Darbang in Myagdi district is an ordeal. The rough roads leading from the district capital of Beni are impassable during the rains, requiring you to wade through rivers and perform balancing acts across landslides to get there. So it’s surprising that once you reach there, what greets you is not a sleepy rural village, but a bustling center of economic activity./p

Putin Cannot Turn Off Europe’s Wind Energy, Says EWEA Chief

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 15:01
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe President of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has told delegates at its annual conference that the threat to Europe’s energy security can be neutered by investment in the EU’s wind energy sector. He told his audience, “Mr Putin cannot turn off the tap that supplies our wind, our free indigenous fuel.”/p

Was Your Senator #Up4Climate or In Bed with the Oil Industry?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:34
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThough likely impossible to find anyone in the climate justice or environmental community to say that any sitting U.S. senator — Republican or Democrat — has been an adequate leader on the issue of global warming, 28 Democrats (and two Independents) were garnering soft applause for their overnight effort on Monday into Tuesday as they pulled an all night session focused exclusively on climate change./p

Three Years after Fukushima: Lulled into the Myth of Safety?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:07
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pWorld sentiment seemed to steer away from nuclear energy and toward more renewables following the disaster at Japan's Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant on March 11, 2011. Three years later, have we forgotten?/p

Can a Novel City-Utility Partnership Green a Big City Grid?

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 09:43
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pIn pursuit of a cleaner energy future last August, the city of Minneapolis came to the brink of putting a city-owned utility on the ballot. It was the culmination of a grassroots effort to get cleaner energy and local investment from the city's energy utilities. It won't be a city-owned utility on the agenda this spring, but Minneapolis may launch /p

The Future of Large German Utilities: It’s Already Here

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 06:44
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pLarge German utilities are facing a situation that is very similar to what happened in the telephone business, which started like electric utilities, with central stations that connect to customers with wires. It was also a monopolistic industry that was regulated by localities and governments — it was a regulated, stable and profitable business. The emerging cell (mobile) phones, which are wireless and can be used anywhere in the world, became a fast-growing, unregulated business where profit is limited only by competitors./p

Up All Night: US Senate To Address Climate Change Options

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:39
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pMore than two dozen legislators are pulling an all-nighter tonight (Monday March 10) on the Senate floor to talk about climate change and what actions must be taken. /p

Last Week To Submit an Abstract for Renewable Energy World North America! Don't Miss Your Opportunity to Speak at Our Conference

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 15:01

PJM Grid Operators: We Can Handle 30 Percent Renewable Energy Integration, And Here's How

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 12:00
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pExperts believe that the PJM Interconnection system, which encompasses all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, can handle up to 30 percent of its energy from wind and solar without "any significant reliability issues," assuming transmission upgrades and additional regulation reserves — and at the same time reducing costs and reliance on its costlier conventional generation fleet. /p

Canadian Solar, Chaori Cast Cloud On Solar Shares

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 11:06
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAfter a massive rally over the last year, shares of solar panel makers could be set for a few months of winter following a disappointing earnings announcement from superstar Canadian Solar (Nasdaq: CSIQ) and a debt default from second-tier player Chaori Solar (Shenzhen: 002506). Such a correction was almost inevitable after last year’s huge rally a/p

Mapping the World One Small Hydropower Plant at a Time

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:11
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Centre on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) announced last month that they have launched a new web-based knowledge-sharing portal on small hydropower. The purpose of the portal is to hopefully make it easier for developers, policymakers and other interested stakeholders to access data about the vast potential of small hydropower. /p

Google Reaps Tax Breaks in $1.4 Billion Renewable Energy Bet

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 08:55
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pOn a Northern California farm where silage for animal feed once grew, Google Inc. is generating power from more than 100,000 solar panels to heat nearby homes — and double down on an area of energy many investors shun./p

Predicting PV Plant Power Fluctuations and Optimising Energy Storage

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 08:53
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe ability to accurately predict and prevent power fluctuations is of considerable importance to Solar PV (photovoltaic) plant operators in terms of sustaining profitability, estimating revenue returns and ensuring customer quality of service. Variations in solar irradiance can cause rapid fluctuations in power generation, reducing the quality and reliability of the power generated by large grid-connected PV plants./p

Energy Efficiency Ain't Got No Respect

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 08:08
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pWhile politicians and planners focus on energy generation and fuels, it is energy efficiency that should be the first winner. As I tell my students as well as members of Congress — it is ALWAYS less expensive to save energy than generate any type of energy./p

India Suspends Wind Forecasting Fines Due to Data Inaccuracy

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 07:41
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pAn Indian rule requiring wind farms to predict output or face fines has been temporarily suspended as the regulator reconsiders the best way to ensure stability of the grid, which suffered the world’s biggest outage in 2012./p

Transmission Tweak Promises Big Cost Benefits for Offshore Wind

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 12:37
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pOffshore wind development is being pushed further out into deeper waters, emphasizing longer, higher-capacity transmission systems. Most newer offshore wind farms from Europe to the U.S. are looking at hundreds of kilometers of transmission lines: the U.K. Crown Estate's Round 3 allocations, interconnection systems from Germany's North Sea to the U.K.'s National Grid Western Link, and the proposed Atlantic Wind Connector in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic./p

Liquid Metal Batteries May Be the Answer for Cheap Energy Storage

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:59
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pA 40-foot trailer loaded with 25 tons of liquid metals may be the solution to the renewable energy industry’s biggest challenge: making sure electricity is available whenever it’s needed./p

Defining an Industry: Solar PV Operations Maintenance versus Asset Management

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:16
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThere are more solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the U.S. than ever before and more of them are aging out of warranty coverage. The need to manage this portfolio of residential, commercial and utility-scale solar assets is accelerating a relatively new industry sector, solar PV operations and maintenance (OM)./p

US States Boosting Wind Energy Output, Pipeline Filling Up

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 14:52
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pWind energy continues to improve its standing in the U.S. energy footprint, generating over 167,000 MWh in 2013 and accounting for more than four percent of electricity generation, according to the latest information from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) and American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Wind energy also has represented 30 percent of all new generating capacity over the last five years. /p

Battery Storage May Vie with US Oil Boom as Energy Game Changer, Says Moniz

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 08:58
img hspace="10" vspace="5" align="left" src="" /pThe rapid development of rooftop solar and battery storage technology could be as transformative to the economy and modern life as the U.S. oil and gas boom, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said./p