August 27 -- A small but operational ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) plant was inaugurated in Hawaii last week, making it the first in the world. The opening of the 100-kilowatt facility marked the first time a closed-cycle OTEC plant will be connected to the U.S. grid. But that amount of energy production can power only 120 Hawaiian homes for a year, a tiny drop in the ocean for the island state's own energy needs. What promise OTEC holds for other regions is even less certain. >>View Article
August 24 -- Solar energy is becoming increasingly important as a way for
homeowners and businesses to lower their electricity costs while also reducing
greenhouse gas emissions.
An essential element in the growth of this renewable energy source is a federal
tax credit that is due to run out. It may be too much to ask, given the current
political atmosphere, but Congress should not hesitate to extend the credit.
August 24 -- Barry M. Goldwater Jr. has a problem with fellow conservatives and
utility executives in Michigan.
Goldwater Jr., 77, told me in an interview this week that he is upset with
Michigan Republican legislators who he says want to discard the state’s
successful net metering law that has helped to create jobs and a booming yet
fledgling industry for rooftop solar projects on residential homes, churches and
small businesses. >>View Article
August 24 -- The White House on Monday expanded its push for greater renewable
energy adoption, announcing fresh financial incentives for solar panels, smart
grid technology and other alternative energies for homeowners and builders.
President Barack Obama will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada later on Monday to
unveil the new steps, which include an additional $1 billion in loan guarantees
for new research projects and near-term savings for homeowners using renewable
energy. >>View Article
August 24 -- Santee Cooper is poised to deal solar energy a significant setback.
While other utilities, including SCE&G and Duke Energy are making it more
feasible for customers in South Carolina to generate and use their own solar
energy, Santee Cooper is considering additional fees and anemic compensation for
excess solar-generated energy that will do the opposite.
The board of the state-owned utility will meet today to vote on increasing, for
the interim, both general rates and costs to home solar users. >>View Article
August 20 -- Jeff Tracy wanted to have solar panels installed at his City of Lockport home because he thought it would be good for the environment.
The project would have been out of his price range, however, if not for the array of tax credits and incentives available for solar energy projects. >>View Article
August 20 -- Europe’s wind turbine makers are becoming top performers in the stock market as orders surge and the industry enjoys the fruits of cost cutting in years past.
Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the biggest manufacturer of the machines, on Wednesday detailed record first-half orders as profits exceeded analyst forecasts. That followed record production at German rival Nordex SE and a doubling of profits at Spain’s Gamesa Corp. Tecnologica SA. >>View Article
August 20 -- SunEdison, Inc. (SUNE) the world's largest renewable energy development company, today announced that it has closed financing and begun construction on one of its largest solar power plants to date, the 156 megawatt (MW) DC / 120 MW AC Comanche Solar project in Pueblo, Colo. When completed, the Comanche Solar project will be the largest solar power plant east of the Rocky Mountains.
"The Comanche Solar project demonstrates SunEdison's ability to deliver renewable energy at a price competitive with conventional resources," said Paul Gaynor, SunEdison executive vice president for EMEA and the Americas. "In addition, the Comanche Solar project will be financed through SunEdison's $1.5 billion non-recourse, First Reserve Warehouse. This facility is designed to expand as projects move into construction without incremental equity contributions by SunEdison." >>View Article
August 20 -- Did you know that the garbage you throw out every day is a source of green energy? The gas naturally generated by landfills fuels vehicles and powers the electric grid, easing our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil. "Landfill gas is a resource the waste and recycling industry is proud to reliably provide 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Sharon H. Kneiss, president and CEO of the National Waste & Recycling Association. "It's renewable energy produced in America." >>View Article
August 20 -- A proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to change ethanol-blending rules would significantly increase carbon emissions to the equivalent of adding nearly 1 million more passenger vehicles on the road, according to an analysis conducted by the Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
“We are disappointed that the same federal agency charged to protect human health and the environment is proposing a rule change that would directly lead to greater greenhouse gas emissions,” said Ken Hartman, president of the Illinois Corn Growers Association. “After 18 months of delay in proposing new rules, the EPA has chosen not only to shirk its legal obligation as set forth by Congress, but to lose sight of its own mission.” >>View Article
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