Renewable Energy News and Opinion Archive
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  • News roundup: Austin Energy leads the way, Panhandle in transit, U. of Iowa innovates in wind

    by American Wind Energy Association | Mar 26, 2014
    In today’s roundup: Austin Energy continues to lead the way in clean energy sales, Pattern’s Panhandle wind project is moving along, and University of Iowa researchers…

  • Car Companies Take Expertise in Battery Power Beyond the Garage

    by New York Times | Mar 25, 2014
    Honda and other automakers are using car batteries to store solar electricity to use not just in cars, but in homes, too.

  • Sun Rises on Tribal Energy Future in Nevada

    by Department of Energy | Mar 25, 2014

    The Moapa Band of Paiute in Nevada makes history with the first utility-scale solar project on tribal land.

  • Public Utilities & Private Companies In Mexico Teaming Up To Promote Renewables

    by Clean Technica | Mar 24, 2014

    The Federal Electricity Commission — the general director of Mexico’s state-owned electric utility — recently announced its plans to further promote renewable energy production within the populous country by teaming up with a number of notable private companies. These new strategic public-private partnerships are intended as a sort of ‘reform’ of the country’s electric industry...

  • News roundup: Billions invested in Nevada, new tech reduces costs, Kansas RES delivers

    by American Wind Energy Association | Mar 24, 2014
    Before the weekend: A Las Vegas event celebrates the billions invested in the state’s clean energy economy, wind competes thanks in part to new technologies, and the…

  • Wind Industry’s New Technologies Are Helping It Compete on Price

    by New York Times | Mar 21, 2014
    With new technology, the industry has been able to produce more power at lower cost by capturing the faster winds that blow at higher elevations.

  • U.S. and South Africa Hold Bilateral Discussion on Building a More Sustainable Energy Future

    by Department of Energy | Mar 21, 2014

    Pretoria — U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman and South African Minister of Energy Ben Martins met yesterday in Pretoria to follow up on the U.S.-South Africa Bilateral Energy Dialogue held last December in Washington, DC. They discussed continued bilateral cooperation on a wide range of energy issues, including collaboration to diversify U.S. and South African energy portfolios and provide reliable and affordable electricity to homes and businesses.

  • Energy Department Invests $17 Million in Small Businesses to Accelerate Clean Energy Innovation

    by Department of Energy | Mar 20, 2014

    Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to continue U.S. leadership in clean energy innovation, the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) today awarded $17 million in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects to help small businesses in 13 states develop prototype technologies that could improve manufacturing energy efficiency, reduce the cost of installing clean energy projects, and generate electricity from renewable energy sources.

  • German Energy Push Runs Into Problems

    by New York Times | Mar 20, 2014
    Berlin's ambition to use renewable power sources without harming its industrial might has gained urgency with new uncertainties about Russian gas.

  • News roundup: Google invests $1bn, opportunity in Michigan, Lake Erie proposal wins support

    by American Wind Energy Association | Mar 20, 2014
    In today’s roundup, highlights of Google’s huge investment in clean energy, a chance for Michigan to power economic development with wind, and environmental groups…

  • Energy Department Awards $2.2 Million to Lower Costs of Solar Energy

    by Department of Energy | Mar 19, 2014
    The Energy Department announced funding totaling $2.2 million for three California projects to help lower the costs of solar energy and increase deployment nationwide.

  • Billy Mason: Asia Chooses a Greener Path

    by Huffington Post | Mar 19, 2014
    Faced with an existential task to go green or go bust, Asia leaders realize that only by adopting progressive, greener methods will they be able to achieve sustainable economic growth without causing devastating impacts...

  • Could Minnesota’s “Value of Solar” Make Everyone a Winner?

    by Clean Technica | Mar 18, 2014

    On Wednesday, Minnesota became the first state to allow utilities a new method of contracting with distributed solar producers, called the market-based “value of solar.” If adopted by utilities, it will fundamentally change the relationship between solar-producing customers and their electric utility. Following Minnesota’s Value of Solar Process? Here are a few resources: Part 1...

  • 37 GW Of Solar Capacity Installed Worldwide In 2013

    by Clean Technica | Mar 18, 2014

    Over 37 GW worth of solar capacity was installed worldwide during 2013, according to recent figures from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA). Those figures exceed the prediction made by NPD Solarbuzz of 36 GW to be installed in 2013 by only 1 GW. The relative accuracy of NPD Solarbuzz’s predictions bodes well for the...

  • Lithium Producer Chases Tesla’s Bold Battery Plan

    by New York Times | Mar 17, 2014
    The California company Simbol Materials is building a plant that will use a novel extraction process, in the hopes that it can provide the lithium needed for the batteries in Tesla’s cars.