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The Smart Grid and Multifamily Dwelling Challenges

April 16, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

There are many disconnects and dysfunctions in the multifamily real estate market that are beyond the ability of renters or property owners alone to resolve. There are multiple challenges in a market segment that includes stakeholders with sometimes vastly different financial perspectives.[read more]

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Spurring a Manufacturing Renaissance: Increasing Competitiveness through Energy Efficiency

April 16, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Efficiency and Competitiveness

United States Representative Matt Cartwright recently introduced the Job Creation through Energy Efficient Manufacturing Act (H.R. 4162), which would encourage the use of energy efficient technologies in the manufacturing sector of the economy.[read more]

A Concept for Optimizing Strategic Energy Infrastructure?

April 14, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Optimal Energy Infrastructure

A timely new report published by the World Economic Forum in April 2014 titled “Strategic Infrastructure Steps to Operate and Maintain Infrastructure Efficiently and Effectively” addresses an important area for necessary investment globally: infrastructure.[read more]

Russia Invaded Crimea and These US Energy Companies Made a Killing: Matt Badiali Shares Investing Strategies

April 12, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Investment and Crisis

Matt Badiali is the editor of the S&A Resource Report, a monthly investment advisory that focuses on natural resources, including silver, uranium, copper, natural gas, oil, water and gold. He is a regular contributor to Growth Stock Wire, a free pre-market briefing on the day's trading opportunities.[read more]

Net Metering Update: What Do Recent Decisions Tell Us?

April 11, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Each week brings new developments in net metering, as utilities, state legislators and regulators continue debating how to price solar on the grid. Recent decisions follow proceedings in Arizona, Colorado and a host of other states, where utilities have argued for fixed charges to net metered customers.[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]

Capital Keeps Pouring Into Booming US Residential Solar Energy Market

April 9, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Residential Solar Energy Investment

The residential solar installation and finance market is remaking itself through new alliances, vertical integration and hybrid sales channels, as well as with access to increasingly cheaper capital. We are in a post-CSI era and yet installation prices continue to fall.[read more]

New York Green Bank Open for Business, Deals in the Works

April 9, 2014 by Jared Anderson

New York Green Bank

No you can’t deposit your money in a bank powered solely by wind and solar (well, maybe you can) but that’s not what the New York Green Bank is about. This bank manages a pool of state money to help finance private sector renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other projects.[read more]

Vogtle Construction Update Video

April 5, 2014 by Rod Adams
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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]

Is The Energy Department Still Looking To A Give Coal-To-Liquid Plant A Loan Guarantee?

April 4, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Coal Plant Loan Guarantees

According to the Casper Star-Tribune, the Department of Energy (DOE) is reconsidering the loan guarantee application for a stalled coal to liquids (CTL) project in Wyoming. Or, as one senior administration official told me, “we may be carrying this ‘all of the above’ strategy a bit too far.”[read more]

New Senate Bill Would Provide Important Incentives for Energy Efficiency

April 4, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives Act, S. 2189, introduced late yesterday by three Democratic senators, would improve the efficiency of our homes, workplaces, and industry by reinstating and improving important efficiency tax incentives.[read more]

Raymond James' Pavel Molchanov Sees Stars in the Expanding Cleantech Universe

April 4, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Pavel Molchanov joined Raymond James & Associates in 2003 and began work as part of the energy research team, becoming an analyst in 2006. He initiated coverage on the alternative energy/clean technology sector in 2006, followed by the integrated oil and gas sector in 2009.[read more]

Europe Mothballs 20GW of Gas Plants in 2013, With More to Come

April 1, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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European Gas Plant Closures

Ten of Europe’s largest utilities planned to mothball or close more than 20 gigawatts of combined-cycle gas turbine power plants. Nearly half of the capacity, 8.8 gigawatts, was built or acquired in the past decade, according to a recent study from Oxford University.[read more]

It's Passion That Will Lead to Brighter Nuclear Future

March 31, 2014 by Milton Caplan
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Last month I talked about innovation in the nuclear industry focusing on the perception that nuclear is not innovative. Since then I attended the Canadian Nuclear Association annual conference. Its theme this year was “Developing the next generation,” focusing on developing the workforce of the future.[read more]