News Archive
  • Siemens Puts $264 Million Towards Wind Turbine Manufacturing Facilities in UK

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 26, 2014
    Siemens will invest $264 million in two new facilities near the East coast of England to support the wind energy industry in the UK. They’ll build both sites on the outskirts of Hull – one in Paull to manufacture turbine blades, and one in Green Port Hull for construction, assembly, and servicing...
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  • Japan Adjusts Renewable Energy Tariffs to Shift Development from Solar to Offshore Wind

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 25, 2014
    Japan is raising the price utilities must pay for offshore wind power and lowering the price for solar power, hoping to encourage more development of offshore wind. Since Japan’s move to renewable energy following the Fukushima disaster, solar power development has massively outnumbered new development of other forms of renewable energy...
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  • Construction and Operation News Roundup – March 25

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 25, 2014
    The latest news about renewable energy projects around the globe. Large-scale wind power comes to Kenya, concentrated solar in Israel, smaller projects around the U.S., tidal turbine tests, and more…
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  • Bureau of Land Management Criticized by Sister Agency over Environmental Review of Proposed Mojave Solar Plant

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 24, 2014
    A proposed 358-MW solar PV plant on public land near the desert town of Baker, California, has been cleared in an environmental review by the US Bureau of Land Management, which manages the land. However, the project is facing opposition not just from environmentalists, but from the National Park Service, a sister agency to the BLM...
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  • Nearly Live Renewable Energy Data for Hawaii Now Online

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 24, 2014
    The Hawaiian Electric Companies have begun sharing nearly live solar and wind energy data for Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island. Each display shows the solar and wind output for the day and how it fits into the overall system. The data includes both utility-scale installations and on-site solar PV systems...
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  • New Project to Lease Land to Renewable Energy Developers

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 21, 2014
    A renewable energy investment firm called Altus Power America has started a new project to buy land for renewable energy facilities. With their $100 million fund, they will buy real estate, which they will then lease to developers who will build large-scale renewable power projects on it. They hope that renewable energy developers will get on board because they want to focus their money on renewable energy, where they can qualify for tax credits, and not on land purchases...
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  • Legislation News Roundup - March 21

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 21, 2014
    As always, legislation changes are afoot. A move to repeal renewable standards in Kansas, wind moratoriums in Oklahoma and Maine, possible policy overhauls in Europe, and more...
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  • A New Way to Model Cloud Cover Effects at Large Solar Arrays

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 20, 2014
    At Sandia National Laboratories, they’ve created a new model to predict how clouds will affect large solar arrays. While most models are based on irradiance measurements at a single point, utility-scale solar farms are large enough that some portions of the array will be shaded by clouds while others receive direct sunlight. The old single-point models assume a binary – that the solar panels are either shaded or they aren’t – and so they report a greater variability in power generation than these large plants actually experience...
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  • $700,000 in Offshore Wind Grants for Emerging Maryland Companies

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 20, 2014
    Maryland will offer grants to businesses in the state that can support offshore wind projects. The state's Market Entry Assistance Grant Program has $700,000 total to offer. They’ll award grants of up to half a million for equipment upgrades, and grants of up to $25,000 for administrative costs. To apply, the company must be a Maryland “emerging business” as defined by the state, and must “have a proactive approach to enter the offshore wind sector...
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  • Deadline Approaching for $100,000 Biofuel Research Grants

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 19, 2014
    There’s just a little over a week left for biofuel researchers to apply for grants from the North Carolina Bioenergy Research Initiative, part of the state’s Department of Agriculture. The deadline is March 31st, a week from next Monday. They’re awarding grants to advance feedstocks for bioenergy production. They described the sorts of projects they are looking for in their announcement...
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  • The DOE's Wind Resource Centers

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 19, 2014
    The Department of Energy announced last week that it will set up six wind energy regional resource centers. It says that these centers will spread information about wind energy and support “fact-based decision making" at the "household, local, state, and regional levels." The resource centers will serve as one arm of the DOE’s and NREL’s outreach and education programs...
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  • Xcel Energy Needs Proposals for Solar in Minnesota

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 18, 2014
    Xcel Energy will be looking for proposals for new solar projects in Minnesota, where they aim to add 10 times more solar power to their grid by 2017. They aren't ready to accept proposals yet, as they are waiting on a Minnesota PUC decision on how they should replace the coal-fired units at one of its facilities. From the article...
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  • Construction and Operation News Roundup – March 18

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 18, 2014
    More massive solar facilities planned in California, new biofuel plants planned for NYC, a scheme to sell rooftop solar PV panels in Best Buy, and more…
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  • Kansas-to-Indiana Wind Power Transmission Line Facing Opposition

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 17, 2014
    Clean Line Energy Partners hopes to build a 750-mile high-voltage transmission line from Kansas, through Missouri, through Illinois, and into Indiana. The final route hasn’t been decided, but they expect to build the line on 110- to 150-foot towers, and to spend $2.2 billion...
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  • Backed Up Railroads are Driving Up the Price of Ethanol

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 17, 2014
    A winter of particularly cold and ugly weather has backed up railroad traffic in the midwest, where the majority of ethanol is made in the US. Without rail access to refiners on the coasts, the ethanol is piling up in the Midwest and ethanol availability on the market is dwindling...
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