May 13 -- NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), through its wholly-owned subsidiary NRG Solar, along with partner MidAmerican Solar announced they have achieved substantial completion at their Agua Caliente Solar Photovoltaic Facility, a 290 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic facility located on 2,400 acres of land between Yuma and Phoenix, Ariz. The electricity that is generated by the station, which can support 230,000 homes at peak capacity, is being sold to Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) under a 25-year power purchase agreement. >>View Article
May 13 -- I’ve always known where President Barack Obama stood on the issue of renewable fuels. He has consistently voiced his strong support going back to his days in the Senate, and he has continued that support in the White House. In a speech at an advanced biofuel refinery in Missouri on April 28, 2010, he summed up his position like this:
“I’ve said before I don’t accept second place for the United States of America. I want us to be first in wind power, first in solar power, and I want us to be first when it comes to biodiesel and the technologies that are being developed [here].” >>View Article
May 13 -- In one of the most promising moves in the energy sector in years, New York State is proposing a way to get a head start on, and perhaps help lead, a revolution in the world of electricity generation. Starting this week, the main players in the state’s complex electricity business will be asked to comment on a new report from the state’s Public Service Commission that envisions more efficient and climate-friendly ways to produce electricity. >>View Article
May 13 -- Transitioning to a cleaner, more-efficient energy mix will save the global economy trillions of dollars in avoided fuel costs, according to a report released Monday by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Much of the savings will come in the form of efficiency upgrades for buildings and vehicles, but deployment of more wind, solar, and other renewable technologies will also play an important role. >>View Article
May 13 -- Bangladesh is known for its apparel manufacturing industry—and for the conditions faced by garment workers toiling in Dickensian factories for a dollar a day. But according to a report released Sunday, the South Asian nation has become a top hot spot for renewable energy jobs, creating a green workforce as large as Spain’s in 2013.
How? Solar energy. >>View Article
May 12 -- President Barack Obama announced steps on Friday to increase the use of solar panels, boost energy efficiency in federal buildings and train more people to work in the renewable energy field. >>View Article
May 12 -- India is one of the largest employers in the renewable energy industry, which has become a leading employer sector globally with approximately 6.5 million people directly or indirectly earning their livelihood from it, according to a study. >>View Article
May 12 -- Purdue University is teaming up with the U.S. Navy on a project to help the military tap into alternative power sources. >>View Article
May 12 -- When wind power experts get together, their biggest source of concern is all the hot air and dithering from Congress.
In 2012, more electricity was added to the grid from new wind power projects than any other source. Uncertainty about a federal tax credit, however, made the gears of the industry’s growth grind to a halt in 2013, and the slowdown persists today as Congress debates the reinstatement of the credit. >>View Article
May 12 -- If you've been reading these editorial pages lately, you would immediately recognize that it's open season on ethanol. As a farmer, I'd like to try to set the record straight.
The critics of renewable fuels fall into three groups — the oil industry, dyed-in-the wool environmentalists, and free market think tanks.Even the "unbiased" Associated Press (AP) has participated in ethanol bashing. While each of these groups has aligned against renewable fuels for a different set of reasons, none of them seems terribly interested in the facts. >>View Article
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