The German mega-utility RWE provided another dismal reminder of the painful transition European power companies are undergoing. According to 2013 financial results, the utility lost more than $3.8 billion last year as it cycled down unprofitable fossil fuel plants due to sliding wholesale prices. read more
We live in a world where smart technology has become an essential part of many people’s lives. From mobile phones and tablets to newer developments like watches and glasses, it seems like everything is going smart. The smart energy meter is another invention that has only just started to catch on, but could prove to Continue reading ?
Sustainability issues in packaging continue to generate headlines for many audiences: The latest biobased packaging material innovation, food waste prevention, the most recent adoption of new labels to empower consumers to recycle packaging. Show More Summary
Investors have filed 417 social and environmental shareholder resolutions so far this year at least 50 more than the same time in 2013 and 20 percent more than in February 2012, according to an analysis of proxies. The “Proxy Preview,” an annual report by As You Sow, the Sustainable Investments Institute and proxy voting service […]
RGS Energy and Mosaic announce that they have partnered to launch the Mosaic Home Solar Loan. The new loan program provides a simple and affordable means for American homeowners to finance ownership of their residential solar system. read more
Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO) says it has made it easier for customers to take advantage of Oklahoma wind energy and at a lower cost. According to the utility, it has reduced the cost of its WindChoice program by more than 40% and is also offering customers more flexibility on the amount of wind Continue reading ?
Tim Cook tells climate change sceptics to ditch Apple shares; Chief executive angered by right wing think tank’s questions about the profitability of renewable energy investments Jessica Shankleman, 3 March 2014 (UK Guardian) “AppleShow More Summary
Ultimately, the issue of our current energy predicament is that to extract oil or any fossil fuel, we have to keep current financial and political systems together. These systems can be expected to fail, far before we run out of oil in the ground. read more
Solar Market Insight Report 2013 Year in Review March 5, 2014 (Solar Energy Industries Association) “…Photovoltaic (PV) installations continued to proliferate [in 2013], increasing 41% over 2012 to reach 4,751 MW. Solar was the second-largest source of new electricity generating capacity in the U.S., exceeded only by natural gas. Show More Summary
Governors, FERC To Collaborate On Preparing U.S. Grid For More Wind Power February 28, 2014 (North American Windpower) "Representatives from the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition recently met with Federal Energy Regulatory CommissionShow More Summary
Structuring incoming environmental and efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles so that they are based on the full vehicle including the engine as well as having separate standards for just the engine, could result in better standards, according to research by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. The ACEEE has been lobbying for the […]
Where CSP beats fossil energy: agricultural desalination; SkyFuel and WaterFX have just brought a six-month solar desalination pilot to a successful completion in California’s Panoche Water District. Here’s why thermal desalination of...Show More Summary
Rapid growth in the number and sophistication of cyber attacks is forcing utilities to implement strong security measures. This, in turn, is driving rapid growth in the global market for smart grid cybersecurity. Infiniti Research Limited projects the market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of just under 30% from 2012 to 2016. Continue reading ?
Some of the earliest documented instances of opposition to the development of commercial nuclear power in the United States originated from designated representatives of the coal industry. They were the first people to mount sustained opposition to the use of taxpayer money to support the development of nuclear power stations. Show More Summary
Everyone agrees that distributed energy is changing the electric grid, but whether microgrids and distributed energy fundamentally reshape the energy system is still up for grabs. Technologists and policymakers discussed how energy innovation...Show More Summary
There are lots of different ways to define the “smart grid,” but a new study shows people prefer an approach that promises to reduce their energy expenses and lets households generate a significant amount of their own electricity. “Scenarios for the Development of Smart Grids in the UK,” a new report from the UK Energy Continue reading ?
The expansion of offshore renewable power generation, particularly large wind power installations, is helping to drive demand for transmission via high-voltage submarine electricity cables. While this is a small and highly specialized industry, it has shown consistent growth over in recent years, even in the face of a global recession. Show More Summary
As reliability concerns climb and microgrid costs drop, Midwestern universities are installing or investigating microgrids. “Higher education facilities … really need to have reliable power, and unfortunately, the United States’ electrical...Show More Summary
A new “routemap” which sets out how smart technologies can give consumers better control over their energy use, support jobs and increase security while saving billions of pounds has been published. Created by DECC, the Smart Grid Forum – which brings together industry, regulators and consumer groups – estimates smart grid would help cut the Continue reading ?
Latin America has become one of the hottest growth markets for wind energy. Globalization is driving sustainable economic growth in most Latin American countries, resulting in greater energy demand. Wind is increasingly viewed as a valuable and essential answer to increasing electricity generation across most markets in Latin America. Show More Summary