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Europe Loses Billions in Badly Sited Renewable Power Plants

February 10, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

European countries could have saved approximately $100 billion if each country had invested in the most efficient capacity given their renewable energy resources, that is, by installing wind turbines in windier countries and solar power plants in sunnier places.[read more]

Rise of the Prosumer: Will Homeowners Ever Be More Important Than Power Plants?

June 28, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

A lot of people in the energy business are making predictions about what the future of electricity service will look like. Although scenarios vary considerably, most agree that consumer choice will be one of the biggest factors changing the way power companies deliver service over the next decade.[read more]

New US Limits on Power Plant Carbon Emissions: Five Points

September 23, 2013 by Marianne Lavelle

The Obama administration on Friday unveiled the first-ever national limits for carbon emissions from new power plants in the United States–a step that seeks to reshape the debate on climate change in the inevitable political and legal battles that lie ahead.[read more]

California biomass-solar power plant project abandoned

July 2, 2010 by Todd Woody

image: California Energy Commission In The New York Times on Friday, I write about another setback in California’s scramble to meet its renewable energy targets: The developer of a hybrid biomass solar power plant to be built in California has abruptly canceled the project, underscoring the challenges the state faces in meeting its...[read more]

Osmotic Power

December 14, 2009 by Robert Rapier

Did you ever wonder why the skin on your hands sometimes shrivels when you have them in water for too long? The underlying reason is called osmosis (a simple explanation in more detail below), and the same driving force is now being utilized as a power source. Occasionally I encounter an energy story that catches me by surprise because...[read more]

What Wrong with the Same Old Song and Dance?

November 29, 2007 by Jonathan Smith

The plan initially filed by the developers essentially amounted to “well, we can’t sequester emissions now but we’ll figure out a plan to do it later.” That doesn’t cut it, the state Siting Council (reasonably) said. Erik Robinson1, writing for The Columbian - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX (Nov 28, 2007) reports...[read more]