Oct192012

Asia Report: First Solar Enters Nascent Indonesian Market with 100-MW Deal

The world’s largest thin film solar module maker, US-based First Solar, has struck a deal with Indonesian utility PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali (PJB) to supply and build 100 MW of solar PV plants.

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Oct192012

Putting the A123 Bankruptcy in Context

You’ve probably already heard the news this week about a clean energy company that received a government grant filing for bankruptcy. What you may not have heard quite so clearly is that clean tech is working, for the United States and our transformation to a better, stronger, cleaner energy future.

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Oct192012

Green Growth Still Setting the Pace

Renewable energy markets and policy frameworks have evolved rapidly in recent years. Despite a challenging economic backdrop, reports reveal growth across all sectors.

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Oct182012

What Is the Most Economical U.S. Wind Project Size?

Big dreams for renewable energy often goad people into imagining big wind projects, with hundreds of turbines.  But lots of smaller projects are just as likely to add up to big numbers. Counting wind projects from 1999-2010 (based on data from LBNL’s excellent Wind Technologies Market report) the average size of an American wind project is 80 megaw

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Oct182012

Cameron’s Proposed UK Energy Plan Causes ‘Chaos’

U.K. Energy Secretary Ed Davey promised to give industry more clarity about power market reforms due next month, seeking to allay the concerns of renewable and nuclear power developers that ministers are bogged down in analysis of the problem.

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Oct162012

Testing the Waters: Gaining Public Support for Offshore Wind

The coastlines of the U.S. are brimming with potential for offshore wind development, yet every turbine is on land. Why isn’t this coastal goldmine of clean energy and jobs being tapped? According to a new study, the impediment isn’t technological, it’s social.

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Oct152012

Germany Power Links for Unbuilt Offshore Wind Cost Consumers, TenneT Says

German consumers are paying millions of euros to link the national power grid to windmills in the North Sea that haven’t yet been built, grid operator TenneT TSO GmbH said.

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Oct152012

Alabama Power Wants More Affordable Wind Power

Alabama Power Co. said recently that it has received approval from the Alabama Public Service Commission to purchase more electricity from Midwestern wind projects. A new purchase of electricity from Buffalo Dunes Wind Project, LLC, the firm said, mirrors one previously approved with Chisholm View Wind Project, LLC. Combined, the deals add up to 404 MW of electricity, and each project is under contract for 20 years.

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Oct142012

Vestas Gains as Denmark Commits to Renewables Despite Struggling Economy

Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world’s biggest wind turbine maker, topped gainers in Copenhagen as Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said tough economic conditions shouldn’t deter investment in renewable energy.

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Oct132012

Under the Election-Season Radar, Signs of Bipartisan Support for Clean Energy

I’m not optimistic that our nation’s clean-energy future will suddenly turn into the campaign issue that it should be. But looking beyond the November 6th election, I’ve seen some recent signs that a more bipartisan push for clean-tech growth might be possible.

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