ACORE Members in the News
January 22 -- A gale of good news is hitting both the wind industry and the future of the planet.
The new year started out with two world records. Spain became the first country ever to get more energy from wind than any other source during a complete year in 2013, with a 21.1-percent share at 55 gigawatts (GW). According to Spain's Wind Energy Association, at the end of 2013, this clean energy was able to bring the price of electricity from $150 per megawatt (MW)/hour down to $7 per MV/hour. >>View Article
January 22 -- The Environmental Protection Agency has long led the way for the development, production and expansion of advanced biofuels through the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). However it appears that later this year, for the first time ever, the EPA may become a roadblock on the path to America’s post-oil future if it issues a change to the RFS that will hobble the growth of advanced biofuels by freezing their volume requirements below 2014 levels. >>View Article
January 22 -- Wind turbines may provide just 1.5 percent of New England’s electricity, but advocates say their environmental benefits and role in diversifying the region’s power sources mean the state shouldn’t place more obstacles in its way. >>View Article
January 22 -- SkyFuel's parabolic trough concentrating solar collector was installed in a trial of WaterFX's new Aqua4™ solar thermal desalination technology. The single collector, which is 6 meters wide and 115 meters long, produces up to 8 gallons per minute of fresh water and will be expanded to 50 SkyTrough collectors at the same location to produce 2,200 acre-feet per year. The system has been in operation at the Panoche Water District facility in Firebaugh, California for six months. The SkyTrough's excellent performance at converting solar radiation into heat has helped make the Aqua4™ the most efficient solar desalination system on the market. >>View Article
January 21 -- With the recent decision by Entergy to shut down the Vermont Yankee power plant, I have heard a lot of questions from our customers about what this means for the price of electricity. The questions all come down to a single concern: will Green Mountain Power need to charge our customers more, now that Vermont Yankee will no longer be producing power? >>View Article
January 21 -- Eager to reduce energy use, German software company SAP installed 16 electric vehicle charging ports in 2010 at its Palo Alto campus for the handful of employees who owned electric vehicles.
Just three years later, SAP faces a problem that is increasingly common at Silicon Valley companies -- far more electric cars than chargers. Sixty-one of the roughly 1,800 employees on the campus now drive a plug-in vehicle, overwhelming the 16 available chargers. And as demand for chargers exceeds supply, a host of thorny etiquette issues have arisen, along with some rare but notorious incidents of "charge rage." >>View Article
January 21 -- Thursday’s article “Solar power’s future not as bright after initial building boom,” by Julie Cart of the Los Angeles Times, runs contrary to clear evidence that the large-scale solar industry is thriving in the Western U.S., particularly in Nevada. >>View Article
January 21 -- Last spring, the New Hampshire Senate showed true leadership by defeating a moratorium on renewable energy development, keeping the state on track to meet its clean energy goals and attract valuable economic investment to New Hampshire.
The House of Representatives will have an opportunity this week to similarly defeat moratorium bills that would ban certain types of energy projects in our state, including renewable projects. >>View Article
January 21 -- More than 1,000 delegates from around the world gathered in Abu Dhabi on Saturday for the release of a detailed plan to double renewables’ share of the global energy market by 2030. >>View Article
January 16 -- Together with eight other lawmakers, Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., recently introduced a bill to eliminate the mandate for corn-based ethanol. This proposal comes just weeks after the Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to reduce the ethanol fuel requirement. >>View Article