renewables adoption

The Case for Natural Gas and Renewable Energy

February 9, 2016 by Alex Gilbert
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Natural Gas and Renewables

The twin technologies of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have unlocked massive amounts of natural gas and oil, at some of the cheapest extraction prices globally. But there is a clean energy revolution resulting from supportive federal/state policies and rapid technological development.[read more]

Nearly Two-Thirds of New Generating Capacity in 2015 from Renewable Sources

February 9, 2016 by Tom Schueneman

New Generating Capacity and Renewables

It was quite a year for renewable energy. 2015 set the record for new electrical generation placed in service from solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and biomass according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Energy Projects.[read more]

Power in Katanga: Backstepping from Renewables to Diesel Generation

December 30, 2015 by Arnaud Henin
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Katanga and Energy Sources

The Katanga region in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo has an energy problem. Though blessed with abundant natural resources, including large flowing rivers that have provided hydro power to the region for decades, the region is turning to fossil fuels.[read more]

Nuking Clean Energy: How Nuclear Power Makes Wind and Solar Harder

November 20, 2015 by Ivy Main
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Nuclear and Renewables

Dominion CEO Tom Farrell is bullish on nuclear energy as a clean solution in a carbon-constrained economy, but he’s got it wrong. Nuclear is a barrier to a clean-energy future, not a piece of it. That’s only partly because new nuclear is so expensive that there’s little room left in a utility budget to build wind and solar.[read more]

It's Getting Much Easier for Companies and Cities to Go 100 Percent Renewable

November 16, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Renewables Adoption

A long-term goal of 100 percent renewable energy is increasingly possible for large corporations and local governments, according to a new report by Clean Edge. Ron Pernick, managing director for Clean Edge, said he would have scoffed at such a report just a few years ago. “Now we’re seeing it," he said.[read more]

Wind and Solar Will Soon Become the 'Least-Cost Option Almost Universally'

June 24, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Wind and Solar Costs

Two new reports on global demand for renewables forecast dramatic growth in nearly every region of the world over the coming decades. While promotion policies are still important for supporting the industry, conventional technologies like wind and solar are becoming cheap enough to compete without subsidies.[read more]

100 Days On and Haryana, India's Innovative Solar Rooftop Policy Sees No Light

May 8, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

It has been more than 100 days since the government of Haryana has made it mandatory for all buildings with an area of 500 sq. yards or more to install solar rooftop systems. Unfortunately, there has been very little progress in the implementation of the policy.[read more]

Five Reasons Renewable Microgrids Make Sense for the Mining Industry

May 6, 2015 by Arnaud Henin
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Mining and Microgrids

Renewable energy continues to make inroads in the mining industry. There are now a large number of mining sites using renewable power to provide energy for their operations and many more evaluating potential renewable energy alternatives. This trend has gained momentum in recent years.[read more]

Energy News: Batteries + Renewables = Growth; Kudos and Coverage for Member Companies

May 2, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Energy News Stories

We recently reported that “solar-plus-storage” was the hottest new thing in advanced energy. This week, the New York Times agreed, posting a science feature on the growing (and growth!) partnership between batteries and renewable energy. But why now?[read more]

Debate: Can America Get to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050? [PODCAST]

April 16, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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In 2008, when Al Gore called for America to get 100% from its electricity from renewables, he was widely mocked. Even supporters who understood it was a rhetorical point understood how difficult it would be to achieve. But suppose the timeframe were stretched out to 2050. Would it really be that crazy?[read more]

No Fuel Costs: The Sexy Seduction of Renewables

April 16, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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No fuel costs. That is renewables' powerful, seductive selling point. No need to discuss climate change with all its emotional hot buttons. No need to explain and justify how much carbon is avoided. No need to politicize the discussion. It’s simple. It’s sexy. It’s seductive. And it will drive investment. No fuel costs.[read more]

The Rise of the Micro Generator

March 29, 2015 by Melinda Fairfax
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Micro Generation Growth

Micro Generation is defined as the generation of electricity or heat energy on a small scale, typically for use on a domestic scale and generated by methods that do not contribute to the depletion or damage of natural resources, such as through the use of solar panels.[read more]

Another Week, Another Big Advanced Energy Business Deal, This Time with Google

February 28, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Advanced Energy Business Deals

Following last week’s announcement that Apple partnered with First Solar to build new solar to power its headquarters and a huge portion of its California operations, Google announced that it would be lighting up the Googleplex – its Mountain View, CA, headquarters – entirely with wind power.[read more]

Comparing the Costs of Renewable and Conventional Energy Sources

February 12, 2015 by Energy Innovation LLC
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Energy Source Comparison

You can’t get far in a discussion about the nation’s electric power sector without running into the question of costs. How do renewable sources, such as solar and wind, stack up against fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas? How much will it cost utilities and ratepayers to build—and operate—a new power plant?[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Utilities Seem to Have Concrete Shoes On'

February 7, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Utilities and Financial Risk

Since 2004, average residential electric prices have risen 39% to 12.5 cents per kilowatt hour, while sales remain lower than they were in 2007. If utilities continue to raise prices, then more consumers will embrace energy saving devices. This dynamic could create a cycle of falling revenues and rising costs for utilities.[read more]