Sign up | Login with →

Subsidies

Loan Guarantees Are Back: DOE Targets 'Catalytic' Grid Integration Technology

April 18, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
1

Three years after the Department of Energy issued its last loan guarantee to a renewable energy project, the program is officially back in action. Ending a long hiatus, the DOE indicated that it would finally use the remaining $1.5 billion allocated by Congress for loans to clean energy project developers.[read more]

New EU State Aid Guidelines for Energy and Renewables "Needed to Reach Climate Objectives," Claims Commission [VIDEO]

April 18, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU State Aid Guidelines

Jennifer Baker, leading journalist at viEUws.eu, is joined by Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, spokeswoman of the European Commission, to discuss the new State Aid Guidelines on Energy & Environmental Aid that will provide new criteria for the support of energy and environmental projects.[read more]

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

April 11, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
1

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]

Vogtle Construction Update Video

April 5, 2014 by Rod Adams
2

Vogtle Construction

This video provides an encouraging view of the positive impact that the Vogtle expansion project is having on the local community. It’s 4,000 – 5,000 construction jobs is just one part of the economic impact; that $23 million dollar property tax check shown during the video is another.[read more]

New Orleans' Peak-Time Rebate a Strong Draw for Low-Income Customers

March 28, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
1

Peak-Time Rebate

No matter how much customer engagement is talked about, many utilities seem to have trouble interacting with low-income customers. But the results from one pilot funded by the DoE’s Smart Grid Investment Grants found one pricing plan enabled by smart meters was well received by low-income customers.[read more]

Australia's Big Fat Solar Energy Policy Failure Exposed

March 27, 2014 by Nigel Morris
5

Almost five million Australians have benefited from policies that support solar energy. However, given that government policy is a fickle political weapon, the vast majority of incentives are gone or in grave danger. The pendulum of political favour is swinging the other way.[read more]

The Case for the EUETS Market Stability Reserve Looks in Need of Further Evidence

March 24, 2014 by Adam Whitmore

EUETS Market Stability Reserve

In response to the continuing oversupply of European Union Allowances (EUAs) in the EUETS the European Commission has proposed a “market stability reserve” that will come into operation in 2021, at the start of Phase 4 of the EUETS.[read more]

Strong Commodities + Weak Dollar = Canadian Energy Investing Bonanza: Interview with Chad Ellison

March 21, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Chad Ellison joined Dundee Capital Markets as an energy analyst in November 2012. He was with Canaccord Genuity's research team with a focus on Canadian companies. Ellison gained experience providing financing for E&P and oilfield service companies with GE's financial services arm.[read more]

EU Commission Expects Deal on 2030 Climate & Energy Package by Autumn, Says Director General for Energy [VIDEO]

March 21, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU Climate & Energy Package

Hughes Belin, leading energy journalist at viEUws.eu, is joined by Dominique Ristori, Director General for Energy at the European Commission for an exclusive interview on the further steps to reach a deal on the 2030 climate and energy package.[read more]

exclusive

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

March 18, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
3

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]

EU Climate & Environment Briefing: All You Need to Know for March 2014 [VIDEO]

March 18, 2014 by Kasper Peters

Climate and the EU

Sonja van Renssen, leading journalist at viEUws.eu, provides an overview of the latest developments in the field of European Environment Policy. Topics discussed include the European Union summit, the start of the ETS backloading plan, and new reporting rules for companies.[read more]

Writing Off Germany's Energiewende as a Failure Is Unwise

March 17, 2014 by Luke Currin
135

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]

exclusive

Wonder How the Next Generation Wants to Drive Sustainability? Check out These "Future Influencers" from Siemens

March 14, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
9

Sustainability and Ideas

Siemens AG has brought together what its leaders consider to be likely “future decision makers and thought leaders” to exchange ideas, participate in live dialogues and otherwise collaborate on how best to create a more sustainable energy future.[read more]

exclusive

With Dark Clouds on the Horizon, Can Financial Innovation Keep Distributed Solar Shining?

March 10, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
26

Distributed Solar and Financing

While solar is growing fast in America, there are dark clouds on the horizon for the distributed or rooftop PV industry, according to Dan Reicher, an energy finance and policy expert and professor at Stanford Law School and executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance.[read more]

exclusive

Making Clean Energy a Reality for All

March 10, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Clean Energy Access

Climate change is a global problem that requires a solution at scale with its extensive nature. This is an unfortunate reality that is often overlooked in climate policy debates, which in the past few decades have been focused on national efforts to develop economic mechanisms to regulate carbon.[read more]