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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:25:00 GMT
Green Power, Solar Energy, Solar Tech
The Future of Solar Economics and Policy
Solar power is at a unique place in history. It’s growing rapidly, its price is falling precipitously. Within the next 10 years, it will compete favorably with utilities for electricity sales, on price, and without subsidies. Given its rapid ascent, it might seem silly to talk about change.  But the continued expansion of distributed solar power ma

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:21:00 GMT
Solar Energy
The Key to Harnessing the Power of the Sun: Minimize Risk, Maximize Return
Roofing systems are valuable assets designed to perform a critical function — protect the top of a building. A building’s roof may not have been designed to become the permanent platform for a heavy photovoltaic (PV) system. But throughout the world, rooftops are being converted into solar power systems as building owners, energy advisory agencies and other decision-makers attempt to capitalize on the environmental and financial benefits of installing a rooftop PV system.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:26:00 GMT
Solar Energy
EPA Carbon Rules: Create Gliding Paths Instead of Cliffs
The EPA’s proposed rule to regulate carbon dioxide from existing power plants emphasizes the ample flexibility it provides to states. However, careful analysis of the rule shows that it provides significant flexibility for how states can achieve the required CO2 reductions, but little flexibility on when to achieve them. In fact, most of the emission reductions it calls for are required in 2020, the rule’s first year.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:08:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Solar Tech, Storage
European Commission Studies Renewable Costs
New analysis commissioned by the European Commission concludes that renewables such as onshore wind and solar PV are close to that of conventional technologies like coal, gas and nuclear in terms of costs a subsidy levels.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:34:00 GMT
Solar Energy
Does the Psychological Effect of Oil Prices Impact the Solar Industry?
Plunging oil prices are shifting investor sentiment away from renewable power and helping pull down shares for solar companies, said Gordon Johnson, an analyst at Axiom Capital Management in New York.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:27:00 GMT
Solar Energy, Solar Tech
Can Solar Financing Partnerships Make the Middle Market Work?
With few exceptions, most commercial projects we see come from developers going out to the market with each individual project, which will then go to the highest bidder. That sounds straight-forward. Why wouldn’t a developer want to go after the highest price? Two words: transaction costs. Though auctioning a project to the highest bidder and getti

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:58:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Ocean Energy, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Storage
UK Green Bank Set to Draw Offshore Wind Investors to $1.6 Billion Fund
The U.K. Green Investment Bank is set to tie up the first investments in a $1.6 billion fund by the end of March, part of Britain’s push to cement its dominance in offshore wind power.

Wind Energy News

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:08:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Solar Tech, Storage
European Commission Studies Renewable Costs
New analysis commissioned by the European Commission concludes that renewables such as onshore wind and solar PV are close to that of conventional technologies like coal, gas and nuclear in terms of costs a subsidy levels.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:58:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Ocean Energy, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Storage
UK Green Bank Set to Draw Offshore Wind Investors to $1.6 Billion Fund
The U.K. Green Investment Bank is set to tie up the first investments in a $1.6 billion fund by the end of March, part of Britain’s push to cement its dominance in offshore wind power.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:01:00 GMT
Wind Power
New Software Modeling Tool a Boon for Wind Industry
Wind energy is blowing away skeptics — it's so close to achieving cost parity with fossil fuels that just a little extra efficiency is all that is likely needed to push it into the mainstream and past the Energy Department's goal of 20 percent wind energy by 2030.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:52:00 GMT
Hydropower, Solar Energy, Wind Power
Putin Strengthening China-Russia Ties for Renewable Energy Development
China has encroached so strongly into Russia this year — a shift meant mainly to mollify the U.S. impact on the countries’ economic interests and the world stage — that the dominance made even prominent Russians fearful of the Asian giant.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:51:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Ocean Energy, Other, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency, Storage
Germany’s Clean Electricity Costs Decline for First Time
German electricity consumers will for the first time see a drop in the fee added to their bills to fund renewables, a boost for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has pledged to curb the cost for voters.

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:43:00 GMT
Wind Power
Offshore Wind Power Can Save US Billions On Electricity, Recent DOE Study Finds
Offshore wind power isn’t usually associated with lower-cost energy, at least not in the public imagination. But it turns out that installing 54 gigawatts of offshore wind power off America’s coasts can cut the cost of electricity in the U.S. by an astounding $7.68 billion a year. That’s right: $7.68 billion annually. (If utilities and grid operators pass those savings onto consumers, that’s about $100 a year per family of four.)

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:22:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Ocean Energy, Other, Solar Energy, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency, Storage
We Can Do Better: The Unintended Consequences of EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”
Most people agree that it is time to seriously reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG).  EPA is actually required by law to reduce power and industrial GHG emissions in the U.S., and they certainly deserve an “E” for effort so far.  But effort without good outcomes doesn’t really count.  Sadly, the EPA’s rule as proposed would create unin

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