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Schneider Electric Unveils NEO Network to Help Corporates 'Get Smart' about Renewable Energy

2 hours 53 min ago

On Tuesday, Schneider Electric introduced its New Energy Opportunities (NEO) Network, an online platform that it hopes will help commercial and industrial companies quickly identify and vet renewable energy and cleantech prospects.

Bind It or Blend It: Accelerating the Renewable Jet Fuel Market

5 hours 41 min ago

We would like you to consider the proposition that alcohol-to-jet fuels, known as ATJ to the three-letter acronym enthusiasts, deserve two RINs and two credits under the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard. For cellulosic jet fuels, two gallons under the cellulosic waiver credit provision and two gallons under the cellulosic production tax credits.

Sustainable Women Series: Rethinking the Global Economy with Sustainable Solutions

5 hours 59 min ago

In 2002, sustainable business guru and Time Magazine’s “Hero of the Planet” Hunter Lovins founded Natural Capitalism Solutions, an organization that helps communities, companies, and countries implement genuine sustainability solutions to change the way business is done worldwide.

National Lab Supports Development of High-Heat Geothermal Drilling Technology

6 hours 56 min ago

Sandia National Laboratories and Swedish firm Atlas Copco recently completed a three-year project to develop a new drilling tool that can handle the high temperatures associated with geothermal drilling.

Sustainable Women Series: Solar Power Ubiquity Through Training and Installing: GRID Alternatives

7 hours 58 sec ago

GRID Alternatives is a national 501(c)(3) certified non-profit organization that facilitates solar power implementation and energy efficiency projects between community partners, volunteers and job trainees.

Part I: It Ain’t Over Until It’s Over — A COP21 Reality Check

8 hours 45 min ago

The world is teetering on the brink of a clean energy sea change. The environmental righting of the global ship is motivated by a combination of factors including: growing acceptance of the reality of catastrophic warming; consumer adoption of clean energy options; incorporation of environmentally sustainable practices by industry; and, recombinant investing by the public and private sectors, e.g., through the Clean Energy Investment Initiative and green bonds. Virtually every nation on the planet—even the traditionally most reluctant regimes like Russia, China and India—has signed on to the Paris climate accords (COP21).

Curbing the US Marijuana Industry’s Energy Appetite with Renewables Policy

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 12:17

As voters go to the polls this November, at least four states will consider ballot questions on marijuana legalization. Pending proposals in Nevada, Maine and California would authorize recreational marijuana use, while Floridians will vote on whether to allow medical marijuana use.

Renewable Energy in Canadian North Could Save Enough Money to Pay for Itself

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 09:32

Adding solar and wind power to northern Canadian Nunavut communities powered by diesel generators could save enough money in operating and maintenance expenses to pay for the installations, while substantially reducing CO2 emissions in these locations.

UK to Support Centralized Renewable Energy

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 09:12

What’s the future of renewable energy in the UK post-Brexit? There are many variables to consider and the landscape keeps changing every day. However, an initial analysis shows offshore wind will be the biggest winner, while established technologies will have to fight it on their own.

PACE Innovators ‘Beat the Street’ with Explosive Growth in Clean Energy Financing

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 07:01

At a time when investors are skittish over market volatility, they couldn’t be more bullish on the economic potential of renewables, in particular a form of clean energy financing known as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE).

Efficiency and Renewable Energy are the Only Future We Can Afford

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 11:26

Eduardo Porter, in a recent piece entitled “How Renewable Energy is Blowing Climate Change Efforts Off Course,” demonstrates that one can bend so far backwards to support nuclear energy that one ends up with their head in the entirely wrong place.

Developing and operating more renewable energy electricity generation is an essential component of decarbonizing our electricity grids. Mr. Porter characterizes renewable energy commitments in several countries as ambitious infatuations that have led to a glut requiring adjustments to grid operations. He thinks grid operators mindlessly attach more renewable energy generation to the grid as in some kind of blindfolded pin-the-tail game.

Enel, Partner Win License to Explore Geothermal Resources in Lampung, Indonesia

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:21

The Enel Group last week said that its Enel Green Power division will work with geothermal developer PT Optima Nusantara Energi on exploration of geothermal resources for the development of the 55-MW Way Ratai geothermal project in Indonesia’s Lampung province.

Microgrids: The Electric BTM Line

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:41

Which vendors at Intersolar 2016 in San Francisco supply the best behind the meter self generation microgrid solutions?  I’ve asked similar questions about utility owned inverters, storage, and microgrids at previous Intersolars. This year I looked into the microgrid highest value propositions for photovoltaics (PV).

Energy from Offshore: Engineering Firm Transitions Expertise from Offshore Oil to Offshore Wind

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 06:00

After the most recent oil production boom in the Gulf of Mexico ended, oil producers turned to small, light offshore structures to exploit the smaller reserves in shallow waters. These structures could be built and installed quickly and easily, allowing for more gas to be extracted in a shorter timeframe.

One example of this new type of platform is the "Inward Batter Guide Structure,” (IBGS). In early 2001, Louisiana-based Keystone Engineering submitted its first IBGS design for construction for applications offshore of Nigeria in the Oyot field.

The IBGS, also called the “twisted jacket,” foundation was first installed (via liftboat) in the Gulf of Mexico in March 2005. That summer this structure took a direct hit from Hurricane Katrina, but as this devastating hurricane passed through the West Delta field in Louisiana, Keystone’s IBGS was left undamaged. 

New Power Plant Featuring Enhanced Geothermal System Tech Inaugurated in France

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 10:28

The Rittershoffen deep geothermal power plant was inaugurated recently in France.

UK House of Lords Seeks Input on Brexit’s Effect on Energy, Climate Policy

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 09:40

Will the price of power go up? Could the lights go out? Britain’s shock withdrawal from the European Union poses big questions, and urgency was in the air when the House of Lords, Parliament’s chamber responsible for amending legislation, quizzed two experts in energy and climate change last week.

Germany’s Energiewende Today – Insights from Industry Members

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 08:32

Two years ago, Mark Jacobson, director of the Atmosphere and Energy Program at Stanford University and staunch supporter of renewables,  shared his opinion on Germany’s Energiewende, and the article garnered much attention. As the program has progressed...

West Africa Regional Workshop — Energy Access to Off-grid Rural Communities

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 07:08

Smart Village Initiative (SVI) organized a three-day workshop on Energy Access to Off-grid Communities for Sustainable Development. Despite the increasing efforts towards improved access to modern energy services at the global, regional and national levels, energy poverty remains a major global challenge. Studies show that about 1.1 billion people globally live without access to electricity...

Phase two of rehabilitation and upgrade beginning at 40-MW Matala hydropower project in Angola

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 13:52

On July 18, Empresa Publica de Producao de Electricidade (PRODEL) Project Manager, Celso Pontes, announced phase one at the 40-MW Matala hydroelectric project is complete and the detailed design of the second phase is now being prepared.
 

How Renewable Energy Is Blowing Climate Change Efforts Off Course

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:53
The United States, and indeed the world, would do well to reconsider the promise and the limitations of its infatuation with renewable energy. "The issue is, how do we decarbonize the electricity sector, while keeping the lights on, keeping costs low and avoiding unintended consequences that could make emissions increase?"

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