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Friday, 06 September 2013 13:53

Geothermal Power Has Nearly Doubled Since '96

September 6 -- Worldwide geothermal power generating capacity will hit 12 gigawatts by the end of the year, nearly doubling its global footprint since 1996, according to a report published this week. The Geothermal Energy Association's report said construction on geothermal plants in Indonesia and the United States will be among those adding substantial supplies of the renewable resource to the grid in the coming years. >>View Article

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:44

The Promise Of Utility 2.0

July 31 -- For those of us in Maryland who have suffered from unacceptable electric utility service — and that is most of us — there is light at the end of the tunnel. Utility executives, think tanks and energy experts all agree: There is a utility revolution coming. >>View Article

June 14 -- Wind power is getting to be a less expensive proposition for many Oklahoma electrical users. Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. has slashed the price of its Wind Power program, which allows customers to get 25 percent, 50 percent or 100 percent of their electricity from wind. >>View Article

May 30 -- A Berkshire Hathaway Inc unit will pay $5.6 billion for NV Energy Inc, the electric utility serving Las Vegas and its power-hungry casinos, in yet another large energy deal for Warren Buffett in the western United States. >>View Article

May 24 -- Senate Bill 252 has passed the legislature and is on the governor's desk for his signature. The bill requires a specific level of renewable energy to be consumed by rural electric cooperatives. It contains a modest cap on individual customer's electricity bills resulting from this requirement. >>View Article

May 2 -- Hydropower offers an effective way to balance grids that increasingly have to cope with variable renewable energy supply, and this may end the long lull in hydroelectric projects caused by economic and planning hurdles in developed countries. The vast majority of electricity is presently consumed at the instant of generation, putting a premium on electricity storage. >>View Article

April 24 -- As electricity prices rise for homeowners and businesses alike, alternative energy is getting more popular—and solar power in particular is seeing a lot of growth. Solar installations were up 76 percent last year compared with 2011, with 3.3 gigawatts installed across the country, according to the Solar Energy Industry Association. About 1.2 American households currently use solar energy, according to an annual report released by the trade group. >>View Article 

April 1 -- Wind energy reached a major milestone last year, growing to provide 5 percent of California's total electricity needs -- and that number will climb to 6 percent this year. Installed wind-generating capacity has tripled across the state since 2002, when the California Legislature established a 20 percent renewable electricity goal for the state's utilities. >>View Article

Monday, 18 March 2013 17:49

Hydropower A Great Energy Source

March 18 -- It’s hard to beat hydropower, at least when a dam is already in place. Few dams are built anymore in the United States, but existing ones turn out generally moderately priced electricity for customers lucky enough to be able to use it. >>View Article

Duke Energy American Transmission Co. has been considering five or six options for the 900-mile line capable of transporting 3,000 megawatts of wind power from Wyominig to Nevada for about a year. The company plans to release a decision on the route next month. >>View Article

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