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The World's First Rural Feed-In Tariff?

November 24, 2014 by Justin Guay

Rural Feed-In Tariffs

How do we move clean energy access beyond just a light bulb? With millions of dollars in new investment capping a record year for beyond the grid solar markets, that's the question many are now asking. This record investment is building markets.[read more]

SunEdison, TerraForm Buy First Wind For $2.4B to Become Renewable Project Giant

November 23, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

SunEdison and its YieldCo Teraform acquired wind developer First Wind for $2.4 billion. Now SunEdison is in the wind business and can add wind projects to the solar project pipeline of its YieldCo, TerraForm. The purchase price was comprised of $1.9 billion in an upfront payment and a $510 million earn-out.[read more]

Renewable Business Acquisitions Continue in Australia

November 20, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Over my years in renewables, I’ve lived with and installed a range of technologies including the odd small wind turbine. I’ve visited properties where committed owners have installed these devices appropriately and have enjoyed low cost reliable energy without a power line in sight, for decades.[read more]

Getting Cleantech Through its Awkward Teen Years

November 18, 2014 by Matt Stewart

Cleantech and the Mainstream

Not so long ago, cleantech was mired in a troubled childhood. Efficiency bored people into a coma, solar was expensive. Some companies accepted government support, some failed, providing fodder for political attack. Cleantech was a dirty word. Just think Solyndra. Now the pendulum has swung back.[read more]

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Why Wind Farms Can Be Relied On For Almost Zero Power

November 17, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Wind Farms and Back Up

A common claim about wind farms is that every unit of installed wind capacity needs to be backed up by one unit of fossil fuel capacity. Some claim that wind farms do not reduce carbon emissions; while others tell us that wind farms do not need much back up in the first place. Both assertions are demonstrably false.[read more]

Wind Can Deliver on U.S.-China Climate Deal

November 16, 2014 by Shauna Theel
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Wind Energy and US-China Climate Deal

U.S. and China reached a historic agreement to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change, providing a strong signal for investors that wind energy, among other clean electric power solutions, is a smart economic decision.[read more]

Utilizing GIS for Renewable Energy Projects

November 15, 2014 by Dan Liggett

GIS and Renewables

Your renewable energy infrastructure projects are far too expensive to make random decisions on siting. For many reasons – not the least of which are cost, efficiency and productivity – siting should be as exact as the science behind renewable energy itself.[read more]

Texas & Germany: Energy Twins?

November 10, 2014 by Ben Paulos

Energy in Germany and Texas

In many respects Germany and Texas could not be more different. One is cold and northern and Old World, the other hot and dry and New World. Yet Germany and Texas have some intriguing similarities when it comes to their electricity systems, and may share a common future.[read more]

Wind Energy Reaches Greater Heights

November 7, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Turbine Construction and Efficiency

Wind turbines across the globe are being made taller to capture more energy from the stronger winds that blow at greater heights. But it’s not easy, or sometimes even economically feasible, to build taller towers, with shipping constraints on tower diameters and the expense involved in construction.[read more]

Germany's Energiewende is Shifting the Energy Paradigm, Now it's Time to Optimize

November 4, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Energiewende Optimization

Revolutionary paradigm shifts will quite often require the complex and cohesive development of many moving parts, some of which advance more quickly than others in practice. Germany’s revolutionary Energiewende (or “energy transition”) is no exception.[read more]

The Tao of Investing in the Renewable Energy Market: Practice Patience, Not Panic, Says JinMing Liu

November 1, 2014 by Jim Patrick

JinMing Liu is senior vice president and director of research with Ardour Capital Investments LLC, which focuses on energy technology, alternative energy and power, and clean and renewable technologies. He has been with Ardour Capital for seven years.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Offshore Wind

October 28, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Costs of Offshore Wind Energy

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of offshore wind energy. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[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]

24 Hours of Reality: China's Wind Quest [VIDEO]

October 25, 2014 by Sheila Oliva

China and Wind Energy

Former United States Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore is the Founder and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project. Its aim is to bring millions of people together, so with one collective voice they can demand change from global leaders and force them to help shape the clean-energy future.[read more]

Get Ready, Get Set, Go: Offshore Wind in the USA

October 24, 2014 by Lexie Briggs
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US Offshore Wind

Everybody, hold onto your hats. The moment that so many of us have long been waiting for may have actually, finally arrived – or, well, it’s not very far off now. American offshore wind is on the horizon, figuratively and literally, and it is approaching fast.[read more]