ACORE Members in the News
January 15 -- Ongoing development of renewable fuels continues to be a core issue for the agriculture sector and the state of Minnesota. Over the years a variety of policies have been enacted that directly and indirectly support the production and usage of biofuels. One such measure was the establishment of a Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which establishes minimum usage requirements to guarantee a market for biofuels. >>View Article
January 15 -- After years of research and development, and months of debate, the Aqua Ventus deepwater wind turbine demonstration project, spear headed by the University of Maine, has received approval from the Maine Public Utilities Commission. >>View Article
January 14 -- In solar, bankability is the ultimate four-letter word.
Getting final bank approval is one of the most arduous, and needlessly expensive, processes in putting together commercial or utility solar power plants. Developers seeking loans have to provide meticulous information about performance, product specifications and projected output to banks. Incorporating a particular inverter or other piece of technology can kill a deal or require the developers to return to the drawing board. >>View Article
January 14 -- Public Utilities Commission Chairman Thomas Welch listed Maine’s “daunting geologic, geographic and demographic challenges” when discussing the price of energy at a recent Portland Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
Maine does not sit atop coal, gas or oil reserves, Welch noted. We don’t have huge dams built and run by the federal government. “We like to live a long way from each other,” he said, making the cost of infrastructure and transportation high. And, he concluded, “it can be very cold up here for a long time.” >>View Article
January 14 -- California installed more megawatts of solar energy in 2013 than it did in the last 30 years combined, the California Solar Energy Industries Association reported.
"It took California over 30 years to build 1,000 MW of rooftop solar, hitting that landmark in early 2013. Today, California is closing out the year with more than 2,000 MW of rooftop solar systems installed statewide," CALSEIA executive director Bernadette Del Chiaro said. >>View Article
January 14 -- Biofuels, tax policy and water shortages are atop the agenda of the new head of the American Council on Renewable Energy. >>View Article
January 14 -- Newly updated research shows that Alabama is still high on the list of states with coal plants that may be more expensive to maintain than to replace with cleaner sources, as we noted in an earlier blog. The report, an update of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Ripe for Retirement using 2012 numbers (the most recent available), indicates that 22 coal-fired generators at 7 Alabama plants — most owned by Alabama Power — are more expensive than new wind generated in the Southeast. While the report acknowledges that plant-specific details affect individual retirement decisions, it’s clear that the economics of Alabama Power’s plants deserve closer scrutiny. >>View Article
January 13 -- Even as the U.S. churns out more fossil fuels, evidence abounds that alternative energy in general—and solar in particular—is staging a comeback of sorts. And the halo effect has spread to solar stocks.
Observers credit an increase in solar capacity, falling photovoltaic (PV) costs and the extension of tax credits for renewable energy for the sector's revival. Rather than mounting a competitive threat to oil and gas, solar energy is instead carving a niche in creating electricity, experts say. >>View Article
January 13 -- Neptune Beach building official Don Ford said he breaks into a smile every time he gets the monthly electric bill for City Hall.
After years of paying painfully high costs to run the 5,000-square-foot building, the past year has basically been free, thanks to a solar-energy project Ford said has exceeded his wildest expectations. >>View Article