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Holland: Pioneering Sustainable District Heating Innovations

July 2, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci

Sustainable District Heating

District heating isn’t a new concept. Using heat from one resource to meet demand among a centralized group of consumers has long been in use, primarily through combined heat and power from natural gas. But communities are turning to sustainable sources for their heating demands.[read more]

I Almost Bought Hawaii's Electric Utility for $6B and Made It a Renewables Paradise

June 4, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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Renewables Paradise?

I have a confession to make. In 2011 I became involved, in a small way, in a multi-billion-dollar scheme to buy out HECO, Hawaii's electric utility, and take it private. The plan was to shift HECO from its reliance on fossil fuels and allow the island to be powered by its natural gifts of geothermal, solar and wind.[read more]

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Winds of Change for Cleaner Energy and More Efficiency in Virginia, How Steep is the Uphill Struggle?

May 13, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Clean Energy and Efficiency Support in Virginia

“What’s amazing is the stranglehold the coal industry and Dominion Power have over Virginia’s political system,” said political commentator Lowell Feld. “It’s frustrating because there is huge potential for renewable energy in this state. These industries can hang for on a long time. It’s difficult to uproot them.”[read more]

We Don't Have to Re-Invent the Wheel for Global Sustainability

February 21, 2014 by Nick Blandford

Global Sustainability

It takes millions of years for coal to form. Oil is no different. These two forms of fossil fuels have other things in common too; they can’t be produced artificially. Once they’re gone, they’re gone for millions of years. We are dependent on fossil fuels for electrical power.[read more]

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#EnergyChat: Unraveling the President's State of the Union Address

January 30, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Obama's State of the Union

 

Last night, the President gave his State of the Union - a unique opportunity to argue for his policy agenda for the next year in front of the entire country and all of Congress. Climate change and clean energy have been a significant part of his previous five speeches and this year was no different.[read more]

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Top Washington D.C. Clean Energy Policy Stories from 2013

December 23, 2013 by Matthew Stepp

Top Clean Energy Policy Stories

U.S. clean energy policy was as caught up in Washington gridlock as most other issue areas in 2013. No climate-saving clean tech bill passed through Congress and even modest, bi-partisan energy efficiency legislation failed to get to the President’s desk.[read more]

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The Case for ARPA-E: The Government's Role in Bridging the Valley of Death

November 11, 2013 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute
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ARPA-E and Government Investment

 

This year Congress has sought to slash the budget of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, with Congress proposing cuts of over 80%. ARPA-E has embarked on several rounds of successful funding for breakthrough clean energy tech, helping companies bridge market barriers.[read more]

US Geothermal Lags Behind While Kenya Sprints Ahead

October 10, 2013 by Tina Casey

Kenya and Geothermal

According to a new report from the Geothermal Energy Association, Kenya is set to stake out turf as the global geothermal leader with about 1,000 megawatts currently under development, more than one-fourth of which is already under construction.[read more]

Energy Projects Seem Less Urgent in A Post-Energy-Crisis World

September 17, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles
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Post-Energy-Crisis World

 

To someone living in 1974, the idea of mass protests to block a pipeline for importing oil would have seemed incomprehensible. Yet the current opposition to so many different energy projects can also be viewed as a consequence of recent energy successes on a broad front.[read more]

Canadian Geothermal Industry Seeks Crowdfunding in Absence of Government Money

September 12, 2013 by Tyler Hamilton

Canadian Geothermal

In a 2008 story concerning Canada being a laggard when it comes geothermal power production, I wrote that Canada is in fact the only nation along the Pacific Ring of Fire that did not have a commercial geothermal power plant up and running.[read more]

Energy Risks: Sex, Murder, Public Utility Capital Ratios

June 19, 2013 by Adam James

What do sex, murder, and public utility capital ratios have in common? They all carry a certain level of risk. Let’s start with the most exciting one; capital ratios for public utilities.[read more]

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Renewable Energy in Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 11, 2013 by Matthieu Tanguay-Carel
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global energy supplies

This infographic looks at our portfolio of renewables and offers an overview of the share of renewables in the energy supply, country by country.[read more]

DOE Launches Geothermal Roadmap for Project Developers

June 10, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

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Traveling through the complex system of federal and state regulations to secure project approvals is one of the biggest challenges facing geothermal power developers – but not if they’ve got a map outlining every twist and turn.[read more]

Ernest Moniz on Natural Gas and “Forgotten Renewables”

May 29, 2013 by Tina Casey
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Moniz discusses natural gas boom/DOE

Moniz sees natural gas not as a permanent fixture in the U.S. energy landscape but merely as a temporary “bridge” to a globally competitive, low carbon future that is well within our grasp.[read more]

Geothermal Energy Industry Looks to Confront Investment Risk

April 17, 2013 by Herman Trabish

geothermal investment

The attraction of geothermal energy is that it is a baseload, emissions-free, renewable energy source -- and the challenge is that finding it and producing it puts capital at risk.[read more]