Apr242014

German Utilities Fight Renewable Energy Shift

Germany’s biggest utilities face dwindling market shares as the shift torenewable energy spurs regional power generation and storage technology, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party said.

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Apr232014

The Opportunity to Overturn Three Costly Values in Our Energy System

Earlier this year I worked as an election judge for the city of Minneapolis.  It was the city’s second experience with ranked choice voting, a system where instead of voting for a single candidate, you get to pick your top three choices.  If your first choice candidate is mathematically eliminated from winning, your vote is reallocated to your seco

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Apr232014

Google Signs Up to Buy 407 Megawatts of Buffett’s Wind Power

Google Inc. agreed to buy 407 megawatts of wind power from Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., the technology company’s largest deal to date for renewable energy.

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Apr232014

China Wind Turbine Makers Face Consolidation as Glut Lingers

Consolidation may cut the number of wind turbine makers in China, the world’s largest wind market, by two thirds in the next five years as oversupply pressures grow, according to an industry association.

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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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