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Cuba Turns to Foreign Investors to Boost Renewable Energy

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 15:07

Nearly two years after presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced a thaw in relations, Cuba’s communist government is turning to foreign investors to boost renewable energy as it faces cutbacks in cheap oil imports from Venezuela.

Bill Nye to CNN: US Offshore Oil and Gas Companies Should Pursue Offshore Wind

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 15:06

In an interview with CNN, TV and radio personality Bill Nye "The Science Guy" responds to the devastating flooding in Louisiana this August by urging offshore oil and gas companies to use their equipment and expertise to build out the U.S. offshore wind industry that is just getting started in the country. By contrast Europe had 2,488 turbines installed and grid connected by January 2015 with 12 other projects under construction, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Once those projects are connected to the grid there will be a cumulative total of 10.9 GW in 86 wind farms in 11 European countries. This could easily be replicated in the U.S. and serves as an excellent business opportunity for the offshore oil and gas industry.

Listen to the entire fascinating interview below or skip to 3.56 to hear his call for action.

Wind Power Lifting Rig Builders Past Oil’s Downturn

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 14:43

Gulf Island Fabrication Inc. has for decades built hulking platforms to extract oil and natural gas from the seabed. With the collapse of offshore drilling, the company has turned to helping harvest another energy resource: wind.

How Will New Solar Companies Fare in the Next Five Years?

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 14:13

One of the studies we might like to see is the turnover rate for new solar installation companies. Exactly how well can new solar contractors expect to do in today’s solar marketplace?

Listen Up: Presidential Energy Politics

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:26

We’re in the midst of a bizarre presidential election. And a global energy transition driven by both economics and climate change. So where do Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stand with their plans for our energy future?

UK Forecast to Miss Renewable Heating Target

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 10:17

A report published by the UK Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECCC) forecasts that “on its current course, the UK will fail to achieve its 2020 renewable energy targets.”

jetBlue Makes Record-setting 330-Million Gallon Renewable Jet Fuel Order

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 14:56

In New York, jetBlue announced a 10-year, 330 million gallon renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston. This marks one of the largest renewable jet fuel purchase agreements in aviation history, and the largest, long-term, binding commitment by any airline globally for HEFA (hydro-processed esters and fatty acids) renewable jet fuel. The first deliveries are scheduled for 2019.

How South Africa is Ensuring Solar PV Systems Commissioning

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 14:41

The rigorous monitoring of procedures for solar PV systems installation under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIP) has ensured safety and high performance of the solar PV projects already connected to the country’s national grid.

Charlie Gay Joins the SunShot Initiative to Leave a Lasting Impact

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 13:48

The SunShot Initiative welcomes Dr. Charlie Gay, the program’s new director, a solar industry pioneer who has witnessed its rise from a niche technology that powered microwave repeaters on isolated mountaintops to the robust business it is today.

Part III: The Clean Power Plan: Justice Delayed — The Juvenile Justice League

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 12:46

I interrupt the Justice Delayed series for something slightly different. The series has thus far focused on the challenge to EPA’s authority in the matter of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Today, I want to shift the discussion to a law suit filed in the federal district court in Oregon.

Sustainable Women Series: Global Crisis + A Wealth-Creating Opportunity?

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:46

Boosting our economy — both nationally and globally — and solving humanity’s shared climate change challenge are not mutually exclusive endeavors. In fact, many of today’s brightest minds say they go hand in hand, and even make the case that climate change can be turned into a trillion dollar wealth-creating opportunity. A joint initiative of the Stanford Law School and Graduate School of Business, Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance is on a mission to design innovative policies and financial mechanisms to scale-up the deployment of clean energy in the US and globally.

Inside AMP's New Run-of-River Hydropower Plants

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 23:57

According to the National Hydropower Association, one of the best power sources to tap in the United States are non-powered dams. 

World Bank makes US$390 million loan Pakistan's Tarbela hydroelectric plant extension

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 16:23

The World Bank has approved US$390 million in additional financing to be used by Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority for extensions of its Tarbela hydroelectric plant.

Drones Can Help SunPower Reduce Solar Costs by 30 Percent, CEO Says

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 14:15

SunPower Corp. is using drones, computer software and other technology that can cut the cost of its solar farms by as much as 30 percent, Chief Executive Officer Tom Werner said Tuesday in an interview.

How High a Fee Must Fossil Carbon Pay in the Absence of the Solar ITC?

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 12:32

Over the past decade solar costs have declined markedly, but they’re unlikely to continue falling. Thus, revenue from sales of solar electricity will become more important for business success. Revenue in turn depends on receipts per kWh, capacity factor, and tax benefits like accelerated depreciation and the investment tax credit (ITC).

Massachusetts Goes All-In on Energy Storage

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 09:19

The next wave of clean energy policy making will be more focused on energy storage, as evidenced by the release this week of the long-awaited Massachusetts energy storage report, titled “State of Charge.”  The study was co-funded by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), and it represents a major new policy direction for the state on how to capture the economic and environmental benefits of emerging energy storage technologies.

Not Just Illegal, Targeting Solar Facilities With Fees is Poor Policy

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 00:00

Should utilities be able to add special fees on customers that have solar or small wind installations?

Challenges in financing mid-sized off-grid solar and wind power plants

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 00:00

In the past, THEnergy has already worked with an international investor who focuses on large-scale off-grid installations. Investments of USD 12-18 million per project were identified as the “sweet-spot.” “In the project screening process, we have come

From the Editor: The New Energy Landscape

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 23:44

During Q2 2016, there were 121 policy actions taken in 42 states related to distributed energy resources (DER), according to the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center.

Does Solar Need a Brand?

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 15:13

Even though year after year in survey after survey more than 80 percent of Americans say they support solar, that “support” doesn’t translate into sales or policy action on the state-level. In a large room at the Las Vegas Convention center during Solar Power International, solar industry stakeholders discussed the idea of solar having its own brand and how that might help the industry.

Allison Mickey of Spruce Financial explained how a strong solar brand could help increase solar adoption.

“Strong brands are brands that people trust,” she said, adding “consistency and trust are especially important for newer industries that lack track records.”

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