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By Jim O'Toole | Current Legal, Political and Business Issues Shaping Utility Scale Wind and Solar Energy Development

How Denmark changed the game when it went renewable

Wind farms are becoming increasingly common in Europe.<p>Denmark is often held up as a model of societal and economic development; rich, enlightened and …

New Zealand News

Offshore wind farms will change life in the sea

IN THE North Sea, wind power is booming. At the moment the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, with a capacity of 630MW, sits in the Thames Estuary. …

Economics

The U.S. solar industry's new growth region: Trump country

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration has vowed to revive the coal industry, challenged climate-change science and blasted renewable energy as expensive and dependent on government subsidies.<p>And yet the solar power industry is booming across Trump country, fueled by …

Renewable Energy

Tariffs on Solar Panels Would Kill U.S. Jobs

If Trump means what he says about employment, he'll keep America's market open.<p>The U.S. solar industry is threatened by one of President Donald Trump's more destructive impulses: his eagerness to punish supposedly unfair trade practices.<p>By next month, the U.S. International Trade Commission, having …

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Making Hydroelectric Turbines - Renewable Energy

The principle behind all small-scale hydroelectric turbines is simple: a jet of water spins a blade wheel, which generates electricity.<p>ILLUSTRATION: …

Renewable Energy

Here’s how much of the ocean would need to be covered in wind turbines to power Earth

The whole planet can run on wind power if we really needed to.<p>A new study postulates that 3 million km2 of open ocean area in the windy North Atlantic could produce enough energy to satisfy the needs of the entire human species during the winter months, while it could cover the electricity needs of …

Wind Power

Google to hit 100% renewable energy by the end of the year

Google runs some of the world's largest data centers which implies a lot of energy consumption, and that doesn't come cheap. But the costs are not …

Renewable Energy

One Giant Wind Farm Could Power the Entire Planet

It would have to be big — twice the size of Alaska.<p>Oil is running out. Coal is dirty. And fracking, the process used to extract natural gas, contaminates ground water. And using any of these fossil fuels adds to the atmospheric carbon dioxide that’s warming our planet.<p>But as this year’s historic …

Wind Farm

MIT's new flow battery breathes air to cut costs of renewable energy storage

Renewable energy might be clean, but it's not always reliable if the Sun ducks behind clouds or the wind slacks off. To counter that variability, the …

Batteries

Report: Minnesota Failed To Cut Emissions By Investing Billions In Wind Energy

'A grand exercise in virtue signaling'

Energy

The 4 Main Pillars of Enhancing Utility Grid Resilience

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have increased the urgency of acting to make our electricity grids more resilient. While America’s utilities have …

Energy

Plant that can convert more than 100,000 tons of waste into energy opens

Olleco, the renewable division of ABP Food Group, has opened a 15-megawatt anaerobic digestion facility in Aylesbury, England.<p>The ABP Food Group said …

Recycling

Pumping liquid metal at 1,400°C opens the door for better solar thermal systems | Ars Technica

A ceramic pump can handle the heat; careful engineering prevents it from cracking.<p>Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford, and …

Engineering

Why China is winning the clean energy race

U.S. politicians have been warning for years that America couldn't let China win the clean energy race. That's exactly what has happened, with the …

Energy

Wind Power Is Coming to Cargo Ships

Shipping is going back to its sailing roots.<p>Global shipping is a huge problem for the environment, but up til now no one has really tackled how to make the massive industry less harmful. A Finnish boat is trying to change that.<p>The Estraden is a Finnish cargo ship that makes regular journeys through …

Wind Power

Community to get 2,900 home battery packs to create virtual ~12 MW power plant

Arizona-based builder Mandalay Homes and Germany-based battery pack manufacturer Sonnen announced a new project to install an impressive number of home battery packs at a planned community in Prescott Valley, Arizona.<p>Sonnen, also known as sonnenBatterie, is based in Germany, an important market for …

Renewable Energy

China is winning the future. Here’s how.

This week, the front page of the New York Times described the Trump administration’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s attempt to slash carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. “The war on coal is over,” declared Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott …

Clean Power Plan

Republican mayor transforms California city into ‘the solar capital of the universe’

<i>By Jeremy Deaton</i>Some cities were hit hard by the Great Recession. Lancaster, California was positively clobbered. In the summer of 2009, the …

Clean Energy

Stanford's ultra-cheap batteries are ushering in a new age in energy

Let’s Get Salty<p>Researchers from Stanford University have developed an inexpensive alternative to lithium-ion batteries that could better help us …

Batteries

A Solar Freakin’ Walkway

Looking to add a little pizzazz to your back garden? Are those strings of lights hung in the trees looking a little dated? Why not try lighting your …

Clean Energy

The first 'negative emissions' carbon-capture plant is up and running

The first ‘negative emissions’ carbon-capture plant is up and running.<p>On Wednesday, Iceland flipped the switch on the first project that will remove more CO2 than it produces. The plant is operated by Climeworks, which also opened the first commercial carbon-capture plant in Switzerland earlier …

Energy

Switzerland's NeighborHub wins first place in the Solar Decathalon 2017

This past week, eleven teams of students designed, built and presented futuristic houses at the Solar Decathalon 2017. The competition took place in …

Clean Energy

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Crisci Associates

The Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee is scheduled to meet on October 17 to consider Senate Bill 234 …

City Politics

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Here are some reactions from groups in Pennsylvania to the proposal to repeal the EPA Clean Power Climate Plan--<p><b>Clean Air Council</b><p>The Clean Air …

Climate

BNP Paribas ends funding of oil and natural gas companies

BNP Paribas, France’s biggest listed bank, said on Wednesday it would no longer work with oil and natural gas companies that primarily do business in …

Oil

Germany’s Shift to Green Power Stalls, Despite Huge Investments

BETZIGAU, Germany — Katharina Zinnecker’s farm in the foothills of the German Alps has been in the family since 1699. But to squeeze a living from it today, she and her husband need to do more than sell the milk from their herd of cows.<p>So they carpeted the roofs of their farm buildings with solar …

Renewable Energy

EPA Announces Appointment of Cosmo Servidio to Region 3 Administrator | US EPA

News Releases from Headquarters›Office of the Administrator (AO)<p>10/04/2017<p>Contact Information:<p>(press@epa.gov)<p><b>WASHINGTON</b> – Today, U.S. Environmental …

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In Solar Trade Dispute, Will Proposed Tariffs Cost Industry Jobs?

Before a solar project, Mark Holohan usually gives his customers plenty of time to mull over the cost. But lately, installers are scooping up panels so quickly that Holohan has trouble guaranteeing a price for too long.<p>"We have a sort of panic buying mode in the marketplace right now. Inventories …

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