By John Anderson 08/30/2013
In another major study released today on wind farms and property values, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) analyzed more than 50,000 home sales near 67 wind facilities in 27 counties across nine U.S. states, yet was unable to uncover any impacts to nearby home property values.
By ACORE Interim CEO, Michael Brower 08/22/2013
It should be no surprise that when Gallup asks Americans to choose between economic growth or protecting the environment – during a time when too many Americans are still out of work, living paycheck to paycheck, drowning with college debt, and underemployed – they choose improving economic growth. But even as the economy remains America’s number one priority; more and more Americans are calling for action on climate change. Most Americans see the environmental and economic challenges climate change poses, but they also recognize--as the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) does--that clean, renewable energy is a solution to both environmental and economic challenges.
By Noah Ginsberg 8/16/13
The goal of any renewable energy developer or grid operator is to ensure a smooth flow of electricity stems from a power plant. And there are numerous technologies that aide project developers and grid operators to accurately forecast the weather to maximize the output and efficiency of renewable energy power plants. But none of these technologies come close to IBM’s new Hybrid Renewable Energy Forecaster (HyREF). IBM unveiled their newest forecasting systems on August 12th – built with the renowned expertise the world has come to expect from IBM.
By Keally Dewitt of ACORE Member Sunrun Inc. 08/16/2013
Arizona Public Service (APS) recently proposed a drastic overhaul of net energy metering (NEM) policy in areas where it operates. APS’s plan, submitted in July to the state’s utility regulatory body — the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) would replace consumer-friendly NEM practices with terms — and economics — more favorable to the monopoly electricity provider.
By Kevin O'Rourke 08/13/2013
“Made in America” labels have long signified superior quality products, produced from the hard work and innovation of our friends and neighbors.
Chart: 2/3rds of Global Solar PV Has Been Installed in the Last 2.5 Years
And capacity will nearly double in the next 2.5 years.
By Stephen Lacey 08/16/2013
SOURCE: GTM Research
By Dan Frakes and Alex Keros 08/02/2013
When developing a new type of vehicle and propulsion system, somewhere along the line infrastructure will be a major part of the equation and needs to be addressed. This article sheds some light into how infrastructure is playing a role in the development of electric vehicles, and how key partnerships with utilities and organizations like the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) are instrumental in the development of vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV.
By Roger Stark 07/30/2013
I recently co-chaired an American Bar Association/American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) webinar on SmartGrid and Microgrid technologies. For my inaugural blog post on Renewable + Law, I wanted to share the brief remarks that I made at this July 17, 2013, webinar regarding the importance of both technologies to our evolving 21st Century energy sector: In setting the stage for the presentations, I put forth two propositions, which may be provocative, but highlight the importance of the topic:
By Todd Foley 07/16/2013
If you ask any American from any state (red or blue): “What do you see as the energy source of the future?” they will answer “green.”
Green energy saves money at the pump and on the monthly power bill, fuels economic growth, and cleans the environment. Polls shows that Americans believe renewable energy is the most promising energy source of the future, not just for its environmental benefits but because of its triple bottom line - jobs, more secure energy resources, and a more resilient and less damaging fuel source. Even more importantly, when you ask Americans what type of energy sources they want their policymakers to support right now, polls show that nearly 80 percent of Americans want their representatives to vote for policies aimed at strengthening American renewable energy. But up on Capitol Hill, despite a history of strong bipartisan support for energy research and development, the majority of policymakers in the House of Representative are doing the exact opposite of what their constituents want. They are tearing apart a variety of programs that support American renewable energy, one of our most economically and environmentally promising industries. While we understand the importance of reducing the nation’s debt (and we all must do our part), it is the very technologies being defunded that are the key to the cheaper, cleaner, and more diverse energy supply necessary for a growing economy.
More so than any other time in history, Americans are focusing their attention on energy issues. From the president’s recent call to action on climate change to the possibility of finally attaining energy independence by the end of the decade, America appears to be entering a new golden age of energy development - great news for our energy security and economy. But for some policymakers on Capitol Hill, there is a need for a much better understanding that renewable energy is a significant and rapidly growing catalyst driving the American energy transformation.