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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]

Renewable Energy Beats Natural Gas for New Capacity in 2014

February 5, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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Renewables and New Capacity

It was a close race, but in the end new generating capacity from renewable sources beat out new natural gas capacity by 1.16% in 2014. Of the 49.81% of new capacity from renewable energy, more than one-quarter, or 26.52%, came from wind energy while solar power provided another 20.40% of the total.[read more]

The Renewable Energy Embraced by Traditional Fossil Fuel Industries: Renewable Natural Gas

February 3, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Fossil Fuel Industry and Renewable Natural Gas

The Canadian Gas Association issued a report promoting renewable natural gas in Canada. “Renewable Natural Gas Technology Roadmap for Canada” offers aggressive support for biomethane production as a means to reduce waste and greenhouse gases while developing an underutilized renewable resource.[read more]

Work Globally, Partner Locally: Scaling Renewable Energy in the Philippines and Beyond

February 2, 2015 by Sandeep Sharma

Phillippines Renewables

To successfully break into the developing and emerging renewable and clean energy markets in Asia, local businesses can partner with international developers to spread the various risks and also combine skillfully combine their capabilities.[read more]

Climate and Renewable Trends for 2015

January 29, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Energy Trends in 2015

Continued global job creation in the renewable energy sector, the increasing political clout of US renewable energy businesses, China's efforts to cut CO2 emissions and the evolution of global energy markets increasingly away from fossil fuels should provide plenty of opportunity for continued progress in 2015.[read more]

California Governor Jerry Brown Calls for 50% Renewables by 2030

January 7, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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California Governor Jerry Brown has upped the ante on the state’s green energy goals, calling for a big increase in renewable energy, alternative fuels and building efficiency over the next 15 years, along with the smart grid investments to put them to use.[read more]

These Recent Events Show How the 'Grid Edge' Is Guiding Utility Business Decisions

December 31, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Grid Edge and Business Choices

Back in 2013, we predicted that utilities and governments would need to take on the non-traditional challenges of the Grid Edge sooner rather than later, if they wanted to convert them from existential threat into future opportunity. One year later, and we’ve seen this forecast hold true.[read more]

Germany's Energiewende Requires Sophisticated Governance, Political Stamina

December 31, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Seeing the Energiewende Through

Conceptualizing a change in energy policy as broad and ambitious as Energiewende – Germany’s goal to transition nearly 100 percent of its electricity supply to renewable energy by 2050 – is one thing. And implementing such a policy is another thing entirely.[read more]

The Benefits of Wind Energy in Iowa: A Valuable, Reliable Crop for This Agricultural State

October 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Wind Energy in Iowa

Iowa wind continues to blow away critics of the potential for clean energy to lead to economic growth. Governor Branstad announced that MidAmerican Energy plans to add 67 wind turbines in Adams and O’Brien counties by the end of 2015, equaling 162 megawatts of new wind generation capacity.[read more]

The Transition to Renewable Energy is Difficult but Feasible

October 7, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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The U.S. Energy Information Agency estimates that 11% of the world's total energy comes from renewable sources, a number they project will grow modestly to 15% by 2040. They also estimate that 21% of the world's electricity came from renewable energy in 2011, and they expect that to grow to 25% by 2040.[read more]

Rise of Renewables in Germany

October 4, 2014 by Ripudaman Malhotra
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Germany and Renewable Energy

 

The release of the report 'Better Growth, Better Climate' just last week and the People’s Climate March just before the United Nations Climate Summit recently has focused a great deal of public attention on the ever-growing crisis of climate change.[read more]

Is Global Clean Energy Investment at a Tipping Point?

October 2, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Global Clean Energy Investment

Last week, amidst the United Nations Climate Summit and historic climate march, many governments, investors, and financial institutions took the opportunity to make big announcements about their investment in the future of clean energy.[read more]

Clean Power Plan to Reward Texas, not Wyoming Coal-Backers

September 4, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Texas and Renewables Growth

Texas is the number one carbon emitter in the U.S. and power plants, together, are the largest emitters. Our state represents close to 10 percent of the entire nation’s carbon emissions. The Clean Power Plan will simply require Texas to adhere to the rules all other states have to follow.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Turning to Renewable Energy to 'Become Better Warfighters'

August 31, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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US Military and Renewables

It’s no secret the US military seeks to increase its renewable energy production capacity as a way to reduce reliance on the sometimes unreliable civilian power grid while decreasing liquid petroleum consumption which is expensive and dangerous to transport.[read more]