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Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Program announced an important solicitation, making available $4 billion in loan guarantee funding to leverage private sector investment in emerging technologies that will support the scale up of the U.S. renewable energy market. Todd Foley, ACORE’s Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Relations stated that, “Wind, solar, hydro, waste-to-energy, biomass and other renewable energy technologies have proved themselves in the marketplace and this solicitation will help further drive commercialization of complementary grid integration, storage, energy efficiency and other technologies which can support even greater renewable energy deployment. DOE made sure to listen to private industry for this solicitation and as a result we see that application fees have been significantly reduced and DOE remains open to considering other good ideas that advance lower carbon clean energy solutions.”

The DOE Loan Guarantee Program was established by Congress in 2005 with bipartisan support. Foley added, “Those on both sides of the aisle have recognized that government has an important role to play in helping fill market gaps, in this case, helping address the finance “Valley of Death” where emerging technologies proven in the lab or even in the pilot phase have trouble securing private sector financing because they haven’t yet reached commercial scale.” The DOE Loan Guarantee Program was enacted to address this market issue.

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In December ACORE released its new report titled “Renewable Energy In the 50 States: Northeast Region.” The report provides a detailed market and policy overview of states located in the Northeast region of the United States. During that time, I had the opportunity to talk about renewable energy in the Northeast with five ACORE members including Bob Cleaves, President and CEO of Portland, Maine-based Biomass Power Association.

Earlier this month ACORE released its new report titled “Renewable Energy In the 50 States: Northeast Region.” The report provides a detailed market and policy overview of states located in the Northeast region of the United States. ACORE was lucky enough to have a select group of its members participate in a December 3rd press conference surrounding the release of the report. During that time, I had the opportunity to talk about renewable energy with five ACORE members including Steve Morgan, CEO of American Clean Energy.

Thursday, 12 December 2013 20:24

A Q&A with Tony Clifford, CEO of Standard Solar

ACORE recently released its new report titled “Renewable Energy In the 50 States: Northeast Region.” The report provides a detailed market and policy overview of states located in the Northeast region of the United States. ACORE was lucky enough to have a select group of its members participate in a December 3rd press conference surrounding the release of the report. During that time, I had the opportunity to talk about renewable energy with five ACORE members including CEO of Standard Solar, Tony Clifford.

Dave Belote 11/13/13

Ensuring our military prioritizes how it spends its money is an admirable goal. However, an article that appeared in the Washington Times last week written by Cheryl Chumley’s (Pentagon pushes 680 green projects, despite money woes, 11/6) misses several key points that explain why the Department of Defense views renewable energy and energy efficiency as warfighting priorities. Besides the fact that our military is vulnerable to the price volatility of overseas energy sources, the number of American lives lost protecting fuel convoys in Iraq and Afghanistan numbers is well above 3,000. This is a cost that obviously cannot be calculated.

Safety is arguably the most important thing when you are driving on the road. So it wouldn’t be a surprise that safety-conscious drivers would want their car to a have top crash-score rating – preferably a 5-star safety rating. And you surely do not want your car to simultaneously burst into flames, unless you are a Boston Red Sox fan rioting after your team wins the World Series. But a recent editorial from the Washington Times pointing to a Tesla Model S fire on October 3rd makes it seem that Tesla drivers -- or drivers of any type of electric vehicle (EV) are taking huge risks, driving dangerous, killing machines.

Yesterday the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released a new study titled “Challenging the Clean Energy Deployment Consensus” and hosted a discussion on the topic. The study and panelists rightfully support more investment in energy innovation, but claim that proponents of renewable energy deployment policies, which they call “The Deployment Consensus,” are missing the boat on how to create competitive energy markets and combat global climate change.

Oct. 15 --  U.S. Geothermal now has its 22-megawatt power plant near Vale, Ore., online, sending electricity produced from Neal Hot Springs into Idaho Power’s grid.  >>View Article 

Be sure to check out Energy Fact Check’s new Featured Fact Check debunking the claim that “renewable energy is unreliable and must be continually backed up by fossil fuels for times when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine.”(
Sample Tweet: Think renewables are unreliable? Think again. Renewables provide steady and reliable electricity via @EnergyFactCheck

1. Solar and wind power are no panacea for climate change (Baltimore Sun)
a) According to a study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, “the integration of 35% wind and solar energy into the electric power system will not require extensive infrastructure if changes are made to operational practices” (such as forecasting and scheduling). (Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
b) Several techniques are used to mitigate the variability challenges of renewable resources. For example, frequent scheduling of generation and interchanges reduces the need for continuously-running fossil fuel reserves. Additionally, “increasing the size of the geographic area over which the wind and solar resources are drawn from substantially reduces variability.” (Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
More from Energy Fact Check’s new Featured Fact Check on renewable energy reliability >>
2. An unwise wind plan is back in Maryland (Washington Post)
a) The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimates that the potential for offshore wind power in the U.S. is four times greater than the country's current total generating capacity from all sources (Source: NREL,
b) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that by 2030, the development of 54,000 MW of offshore wind projects in the U.S. could create more than 43,000 permanent operations and maintenance jobs and approximately 20.7 direct jobs per annual megawatt (MW) (Source: NREL,
3. The Wind Power Tax (Wall Street Journal)

1. The Challenges of Financing Renewable Energy (Platts)
2. Murkowski energy plan would gut the RFS (Biomass Magazine)
3. Winds of change: Texas poised to double wind energy output (KENS 5 San Antonio)
Sample Tweet: #Texas is becoming a #renewableenergy powerhouse. The state leads in #windenergy production & is poised for a lot more.
4. Solar neighborhood projects shine in ‘sunbreak’ Seattle (Seattle Times)
5. Maryland Ocean Turbines Seen Powering Offshore Energy (Bloomberg)
Sample Tweet: Maryland offshore wind turbines would power over 60,000 houses, create jobs, and mark the emergence of an industry.
6. Germany has five times as much solar power as the U.S. — despite Alaska levels of sun (Washington Post)
7. Solar Battle Afoot In Arizona Due To Cheap Solar? (Clean Technica)
8. Rocky Barker: Fox News doesn't shine with solar story (Idaho Statesman)
9. 7 Solar, Wind, Energy Efficiency, Geothermal, & EV Charts & Graphs From Bloomberg New Energy Finance (Clean Technica)
10. In the Rockies, Growing Support for Renewables (New York Times)
Sample Tweet: Renewable energy and protection of public lands gains increasing support among voters in the Rocky Mountain states.

1. Kansas considers pulling plug on renewable energy standards (Topeka Capital Journal)
2. Corn shortage idles 20 ethanol plants nationwide (Minnesota Public Radio)
3. It’s Not Easy Being Green (New York Times)
4. Solar power boom fuels increase in hazardous waste sent to dumps (Star Tribune) works to avoid listing of prairie grouse (Houston Chronicle)
5. Tesla Motors Approaches Crossroad (Wall Street Journal)
6. Plugging In, Dutch Put Electric Cars to the Test

National & State Politics
1. Vermont’s flawed renewable energy policy (Times Argus)
2. Shumlin: Don’t ban windmills (Bennington Banner)
3. The New Sustainable Energy Factbook: A Strong Case for Consistent Policy (Think Progress)
4. United States Aims To Win Clean Energy Race (Earth Techling)
5. DOE, US Treasury Announce New, $150M Round Of Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits (Clean Technica)
6. Sen. Murkowski: 'Energy is good' (The Hill)
7. Kerry cool to Keystone XL project, pushes clean energy (The Star Phoenix)
8. Climate change and the president (Washington Post)

Solar, Wind, Hydro, Biomass
1. Wind Energy Jobs Trickle Back Post Wind Tax Credit Extension (Earth Techling)
2. New Yorkers' Green Helps Wind Power Supply More Of The Power Grid (NY1)
3. Texas Wind Power Transmission Set To Skyrocket As Energy Exec Hints At End Of Nukes (Clean Technica)
4. Nebraska behind the game in renewable energy (KOTA News)
5. Solar power sees cheaper prices (The Daily Targum)
6. Wind farm giant goes after 'myths' (New Hampshire Union Leader)
7. With federal tax credit renewed, new life breathed into wind industry (Austin Statesman)

Vehicles, Biofuels, Electrification
1. USDA: No time to rest on biofuels success (The Messenger)
2. Ventura County paves smoother road for electric vehicles (VC Star)
3. New E15 fuel configuration gets approval in US (Biofuels International)
4. A look at the green cars at the Chicago Auto Show (Daily Herald)
5. Lawmaker wants to extend carpool lane access for clean cars (Los Angeles Times)

Business & Investing
1. Investments in renewable energy sector to triple by 2020: study (Business Standard)
2. Is It Smart To Go Long On First Solar? (Seeking Alpha)

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 20:00

EFC News - January 18, 2013


ECG – 1.18.13

The Pew Charitable Trusts released a report urging the “U.S. to capitalize on the hundreds of billions of dollars in renewable energy investment.” The study shows that the United States can greatly benefit from the inevitable global shift to renewable energy, possibly securing 14.5% or $267 billion of the global market over the next 6 years ( ). Governor Jay Inslee echoed similar sentiment during his inauguration speech this week stating Washington needs to be a global leader in clean energy. ( )

More Americans continue to find employment in the renewable energy industry. Vestas is ramping up operations and hiring more workers at its Pueblo plant in Colorado after the extension of the PTC which Vestas felt was “critical to keeping U.S. wind in play” ( Austin Texas has seen a significant increase in the number of solar installation companies the past 8 years partnered with strong job growth. (

The House Energy and Commerce Committee released a report Thursday titled “American Taxpayer Investment, Foreign Corporation Benefit,” claiming foreign companies received approximately four billion of the $16 billion spent on the Department of Energy’s 1603 program ( Energy Fact Check’s previous assessment of the 1603 program shows that the program created American jobs and attracted investments in the American market. ( )

Private investment for renewable energy remains strong, as 2012 was the second highest year for private investment on record and financiers continue to expect strong clean tech investment 2013. This week, Goldman Sachs, “the top arranger for renewable-energy stock offerings last year” is predicting a rebound in the renewable energy industry.( ) Stuart Bernstein who heads the Goldman Sachs renewable unit said “It feels like the worst is behind us.” BP also released a new study predicting “renewable to continue to be the fastest growing class of energy over the next several years.”( )

1. DRIESSEN: Obama’s wishful thinking on green energy (Washington Times)
2. US taxpayers giving $4B to foreign firms for green energy projects, study says (Fox News)
3. House report: 2009 stimulus program sent $4B to foreign green energy companies (Washington Examiner)
4. Guest opinion: Advice, dissent needed on Obama's 'Key Three' (Daily Camera)

1. Wind Beat Natural Gas As America's Fastest-Growing Power Source In 2012 (Business Insider)
Sample Tweet: What was the fastest-growing power source in 2012? #Windenergy by far!
2. US urged to capitalise on hundreds of billions in renewable energy investment (The Guardian)
3. Goldman Leading Renewable Offerings Says Slump Is Ending (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Sample Tweet: Goldman Sachs gearing up for increased investment in #renewableenergy, forecasting strong investment landscape.
4. Sustainable energy center has new admiral (U-T San Diego)
5. Clean Tech and the Big Turnaround (Huffington Post)
6. U.S. Wind Power Accounted for 6% of Generation Capacity in 2012 (Bloomberg Businessweek)
7. Solar cheap enough to compete without subsidies in parts of U.S. (Fox Reno)

1. Study of state’s renewable-power mandate has support of environmentalists, utility companies (Montana Independent Record)
2. Va. lawmakers considering changes to utility incentives (Virginia Pilot)
3. Vestas To Make More Products for other Wind Companies -Operating Chief (Fox Business)
4. Aemetis Idles California Ethanol Plant, Plans Sorghum Shift (Bloomberg)

1. Renewable Energy Industries’ Contribution to the North Dakota Economy (North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy)

National & State Politics
2. DOE names new Bonneville Power Administration chief (The Hill)
3. Pew advocates national clean-energy standard (Philadelphia Inquirer)
4. U.S. Missing the Boat on Clean Tech, Pew Study Finds (Green Tech Media)
5. Obama to focus on renewable energy, climate change (Salon)
6. Aspen takes public comments about its energy future (Denver Post)
7. Energy Secretary Chu Said to Plan Departure From Cabinet (Bloomberg)
8. Theresa Drake: Idaho Power proposal will encourage small-scale renewable projects (Idaho Statesman)
9. Breaking Down the Federal Clean Energy Innovation Budget: Demonstration Projects (Consumer Energy Report)
10. Building on President Obama’s Clean Energy Successes (Center for American Progress)
11. Clean Line Energy working to bring clean wind energy to Missouri (KSDK News)
12. Outer Banks institute goes deep for clean energy (Virginia Pilot)

Solar, Wind, Hydro, Biomass
1. Renewable energy companies get second wind with tax credit extension (Houston Business Journal)
2. Renewable energy surge (Austin Business Journal)
3. Oregon wave energy plan ready for vote after four years of work (The Oregonian)
4. Wind Farm Coming To Eastern Nebraska (NBC News 6 Nebraska)
5. WWF Report Finds Solar Land Use Doesn’t Conflict With Conservation Goals (Clean Technica)
6. It takes a whole lot of energy to start a wind farm (Sacramento Business Journal)
7. Contractors named for wind energy transmission project (NJ Biz)
8. Mass Megawatts brings low-cost wind energy system to market (Boston Business Journal)
9. Proposal resubmitted for Anaconda wind farm (The Montana Standard)

Vehicles, Biofuels, Electrification
1. Report highlights economic impact of ethanol in N.D. (Ethanol Producer Magazine)
2. Could our Corn Belt "grow" energy more efficiently--and help clean up our waters too? (Natural Resources Defense Council)
3. GM remains 'excited' for electric cars (WOOD TV Michigan)
4. Recharging electric cars no big deal (Portland Tribune)
5. J.D. Power: Fuel Economy Is #1 Car Criteria, But Bad Styling Can Keep Customers Away (Washington Post)
6. EPA: New Ford Fusion Energi Delivers 620-Mile Range, 21 In EV Mode; Beats Honda Accord, Toyota Prius PHEVs (Automotive World)
7. Why 2012 was pivotal for next-gen transportation (Sustainable Business Oregon)



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