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Mideast Nuclear Projects: A Mix of Progress and Perils

March 31, 2015 by Dan Yurman

With a nuclear regulatory structure and agency modeled after the US NRC, the United Arab Emirates announced that its Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has submitted an application for an operating license for the first two units at the Barakah nuclear power station.[read more]

500 GW for Global Solar Energy in 5 Years, With 30 GW in India

March 31, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

According to the researchers at IHS, global solar might hit 500 GW in total installed capacity by 2019. This year, 2015, global solar demand is projected to increase to 75 GW alone, a 66% growth rate against 2014. In 2014, the largest markets were China and Japan.[read more]

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Eight Hurdles to a Proposed Constitutional Amendment for Solar Choice in Florida

March 30, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Solar Choice and Ballot Measures in Florida

 

A sea-change is brewing in Florida and is shaping up to be the most closely watched 2016 referendum on any state’s election ballot. Solar advocates are on track to ask voters to permit entities other than monopoly utilities to sell power generated by solar energy systems in the Sunshine State.[read more]

The Energy Gang: The Solar Federal Tax Credit - Will Expiration Kill Jobs or Make Installers Stronger? [PODCAST]

March 30, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Federal Solar Subsidies and Industry Risk

The federal investment tax credit has enabled dramatic growth in the United States solar energy industry. But its looming expiration, coming soon in 2017, is causing some within the solar business to ask: will it still be needed to continue that growth?[read more]

Crude Oil Inventories Should Peak Soon

March 30, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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Oil Inventory Peaking?

If the crude oil export ban is repealed all bets are off. A flood of crude oil would be sent for export while we continued to import heavier oils from places like Canada and Venezuela. Crude oil inventories in that case would probably come down rapidly, and crude oil prices would move into a higher trading range.[read more]

Geopolitics and Oil Prices: Between A Rock and a Hard Place

March 30, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Oil Prices and International Politics

Oil traders currently appear to be hedging themselves against the possibility of a deal between Western countries and Iran on the nuclear question, but doing so misses the increasingly complex forces at play today in oil geopolitics and international relations.[read more]

Extrapolating Deployment Trends for Solar PV

March 30, 2015 by Adam Whitmore

Solar Trends and the Future

Simple extrapolation of present trends implies around 1800 GW of installed solar PV capacity by 2030, with even faster growth looking possible. Low carbon technologies getting to scale like this, and reducing costs in the process, will help lower the political barriers to increased decarbonization.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for March and April [VIDEO]

March 30, 2015 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy News and Notes

In this, the latest Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws - the European Union Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview and analysis of the latest European Union energy policy developments and news stories.[read more]

A Roundup of Energy, Water, and Climate Bills in the 84th Texas Legislative Session

March 29, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Texas Energy Legislation

We’ve almost made it to the midway point of the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature, so it's a good time to check which climate, clean energy, and energy-water nexus bills have been filed this Session. Here’s a look at a few that are likely to rise to the top, and ones we hope will cross the finish line by June 1st.[read more]

Virginia's General Assembly likes Solar Energy. Will That Be Enough?

March 29, 2015 by Ivy Main
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Virginia’s General Assembly broke new ground in February when it passed legislation declaring up to 500 megawatts of utility solar power “in the public interest.” The language will help projects gain regulatory approval from the State Corporation Commission, which has been hostile to renewable energy.[read more]

New Kind of "Tandem" Solar Cell Developed

March 28, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Solar Cell Invention

Researchers have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material in order to harvest a broader range of the sun’s energy. The development could lead to photovoltaic cells that are more efficient than those currently used in solar-power installations.[read more]

The High Cost of Solar Financing

March 27, 2015 by Anna Bacheller
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The solar industry recently attracted attention from two Silicon Valley tech giants: Apple and Google. Their investments in solar technology simultaneously underscore the growing interest in solar from the business world, and highlight one of the industry’s key challenges: long-term financing.[read more]

U.S. Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Imports Decline 36% in 2014

March 27, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S. Fuel Imports

After reaching record levels in 2013, U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel fuel (both biodiesel and renewable diesel) fell 36%, to 333 million gallons in 2014. Uncertainty surrounding Renewable Fuel Standard targets and the absence of a late-year influx of volumes from Argentina were two main factors in this decline.[read more]

The Secret to Cost Effective Energy Storage

March 27, 2015 by Nigel Morris
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I am as optimistic as anyone about energy storage and try as I may I can’t (in my own head) separate the growth in electric vehicle sales and the inevitable flood of lower cost energy storage for stationary applications. There are deep and close connections that will flow both ways.[read more]

The Climate Case for Hydrogen

March 26, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Climate Change and Hydrogen

When hydrogen is produced with heat pipe OTEC and supergreen electrolysis it can be a silver bullet and fuel-cell advocates would do themselves a very great service by helping in the promotion and facilitation of these two synergistic technologies.[read more]