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German Demand Response: Almost Ready for Prime Time

April 16, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

When the wind blows and the sun shines in Germany, electricity prices in the country plummet. Natural gas peaker plants are not needed, as the peaks are erased and they cannot compete with renewables. But the grid still needs a lot of balancing resources during times that renewables dominate.[read more]

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Can Nuclear Power and Renewable Energy Learn to Get Along?

April 15, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Renewables and Nuclear Cooperation

Nuclear power and variable renewable energy sources like wind and solar power “don’t play well together.” The more I think about this, however, the more I’m convinced that the accepted wisdom that renewables and nuclear mix like oil and water is true only up to a point.[read more]

Senate Finance Committee Approve Bill to Extend Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

April 11, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

Late last week the Senate Finance Committee approved the “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act.” The bill will extend a number of expired or expiring tax provisions, including the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC).[read more]

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Economic Evaluation of Projects in the Electricity Supply Industry

April 11, 2014 by Hisham Khatib
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Electricity Supply Industry

 

Electricity is versatile, clean to use, easy to distribute and supreme to control. Just as important, it is now established that electricity has better productivity in many applications than other energy forms. This led to the wider utilisation of electricity and its replacement with other forms of energy.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Half of Power Plant Capacity Additions in 2013 Came From Natural Gas

April 11, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Power Plant Capacity Additions

Natural gas-fired power plants accounted for just over 50% of new utility-scale generating capacity added in 2013. Solar provided nearly 22%, a jump up from less than 6% in 2012. Coal provided 11% and wind nearly 8%. Almost half of all capacity added in 2013 was located in California.[read more]

Postcard from the Future of Energy: Making Markets Work in Texas

April 10, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Texas Energy Markets

Texas is debating how to design their power market to ensure fair competition, low cost, and, of course, reliability in the future. But booming wind and solar energy means their market policies need to encourage flexibility as well.[read more]

China's Continuing Renewable Energy Revolution

April 9, 2014 by Hao Tan
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China's Renewables Revolution

China’s renewable energy revolution moves ahead, with 2013 as an inflection point where scales tipped more to electricity generated from renewables. This means that its energy security is being enhanced, while carbon emissions from the power sector can be expected to soon start to fall.[read more]

Only Build Wind Turbines Where it's Windy and Solar Where Sunny?

April 4, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Renewables and Placements

Bringing about structural change in a country’s power system requires an energy policy supported by the long-term commitment of the political elite to tackle entrenched interests. Renewables are at the center of efforts to diversify and help countries wean themselves off carbon-heavy energy supplies.[read more]

The Losing Economics of Investing in Aging Coal Plants: Part 1

March 30, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Economics are increasingly favoring investment in renewable energy at the expense of dirty coal energy. As the price of solar dips, the domestic demand for coal wanes and a growing number of companies are eager to get out of their investments in aging coal plants.[read more]

Report: The Future of Chile's Energy Sector Lies with Renewable Energy

March 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Chile and Renewables

The Chilean Renewable Energy Center released its annual report for 2013 and Chile’s non-conventional renewable energy sector is where the action is. While conventional energy projects linger in judicial appeals and administrative reviews, developers are advancing renewable projects with gusto.[read more]

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Has Wind Power Been Type-Casted For Good?

March 20, 2014 by Lori-Lee Emshey
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In North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, almost all wind power utilizes today’s technology in the same way But why is this? Wind power makes for an adaptable power source, one we should be seeing everywhere. And yet it’s being pigeonholed into one task, like an aging sitcom actor.[read more]

Court Rules for Cape Wind, Ending a Decade of Failed Opposition

March 20, 2014 by Lewis Milford
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If you are an environmental lawyer, there is nothing more deflating than reading a judge's decision that clinically rejects all your best arguments. But this time, it is that kick-in-the-stomach feeling that the lawyers for the opponents of the Cape Wind must have felt when they read Judge Walton's decision last Friday.[read more]

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Innovating for an Uncertain Energy Future: Interview with Siemens Energy CEO Randy Zwirn

March 18, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Randy Zwirm Interview

A lot can change in the energy sector over the span of a decade. Just ask Randy Zwirn. As President and CEO of Siemens Energy, Inc. and CEO of the Energy Service Division of Siemens AG, Zwirn has to peer into the future every day as he manages decade-long development cycles.[read more]

Writing Off Germany's Energiewende as a Failure Is Unwise

March 17, 2014 by Luke Currin
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Energiewende a Failure?

"I think we need to start over,” Germany’s new Minister of Economics and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, told a popular German weekly newspaper at the close of 2013. Gabriel’s about-face shocked those committed to seeing the Energiewende through.[read more]

Photos: Is GE's Space Frame Tower the Future of Wind Power?

March 9, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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GE Space Frame Tower

Greentech Media got an early look at GE's new space frame wind turbine tower in advance of its official debut at next week’s European wind industry conference. The space frame advances the potential of GE to deliver taller towers capable of more power production at a lower cost.[read more]