News Archive
  • Developer Withdraws Plans for Offshore Wind Farm Off Texas

    by Henry Kaplan | Jun 06, 2014
    Baryonyx Corp has cancelled its plans for an offshore wind demonstration project in Texas. They had planned to build three 6-MW wind turbines off the coast of South Padre Island. They made the decision shortly after learning that the DOE had not selected them for offshore wind project grants.
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  • 5 Reasons Apple and Google Are Making Their Own Renewable Energy

    by Henry Kaplan | Jun 05, 2014
    Companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, and Ikea make stuff for consumers. They’re not in the energy business. So why are they building, buying, and investing in renewable energy projects?
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  • The U.S. is Closing a Loophole on Imported Solar Panels, Imposing a Tariff on Chinese Importers

    by Henry Kaplan | Jun 04, 2014
    Taking a step towards answering one of the big questions in the renewable energy industry, the Commerce Department just put major tariffs on certain imported Chinese solar panels. The tariffs will be as high as 35%. Cheap solar panels from China have played a major part in shaping the solar industry in the U.S. in recent years, so this ruling – which would effectively raise the floor on solar panel prices – should have a big effect on the industry, both good and bad.
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  • Looking Past the Numbers on the EPA’s Power Plant Emission Goals

    by Henry Kaplan | Jun 03, 2014
    Expect to hear a lot more about yesterday’s new power plant emission rule from the EPA. Their proposed regulation would set different goals for each state, based on the current plans and trends, to push each state to do more than they would without the rule. There’s a huge range of requirements from state to state. Washington will need to cut their emission intensity by a massive 71.8 percent, while Maine needs to cut just 13.5%, a much smaller shift. (These cuts are all relative to a 2005 baseline.)
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  • Geothermal Energy Projects in Ethiopia Financed by the World Bank

    by Henry Kaplan | Jun 02, 2014
    Look to see some new geothermal projects in Ethiopia soon. The World Bank has loaned the Ethiopian government a couple hundred million dollars to develop geothermal energy in the country.
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  • Major New EPA Emissions Rule Will Boost Renewable Energy

    by Henry Kaplan | Jun 02, 2014
    Big news for the energy industry today – the EPA will put into place new regulations to reduce carbon pollution 30% between 2005 and 2030. The New York Times calls this “one of the strongest actions ever taken by the United States government to fight climate change.”
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  • Environmental Review Kicks Off for Offshore Wind Farm in Oregon

    by Henry Kaplan | May 30, 2014
    While offshore wind hasn’t yet come to America, it’s a step closer. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has kicked off environmental review of a proposed offshore wind farm in Coos Bay, off the coast of Oregon...
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  • DOE Declares 2014 “The Year of Concentrating Solar”

    by Henry Kaplan | May 30, 2014
    In a new report touting the success of its Sunshot program, the Department of Energy focused on concentrated solar, that ambitious and still emerging solar alternative to the more familiar photovoltaic solar panels. The report highlights five DOE-supported concentrated solar projects in the southwest that, when at full strength, will have a combined capacity of 1.26 gigawatts...
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  • Legislation and Policy News Roundup – May 29, 2014

    by Henry Kaplan | May 29, 2014
    As always, renewable energy bills are working their way through statehouses, supervisor boards, city councils, and courts around the country and world. Here’s what’s new...
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  • Ohio is about to Backtrack on its Renewable Energy Standards

    by Henry Kaplan | May 29, 2014
    The Ohio legislature yesterday passed a bill to freeze Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency mandates yesterday. Governor John Kasich says he will sign it into law...
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  • A Start-Up Aims to Sell 100% Renewable Energy to Consumers

    by Henry Kaplan | May 28, 2014
    The New York Times profiled Ethical Electric, a start-up that allows customers to buy 100% renewable energy. While many energy providers sell renewable energy to consumers, ensuring that their payments go back to renewable sources, the energy they actually provide comes from a mix of sources, renewable and otherwise. Ethical Electric, on the other hand, serves only renewable energy, promising that “Ethical Electric only buys 100% clean, renewable energy credits from wind and solar... We source local, new, renewable energy with strong labor, environmental and bird conservation siting standards...
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  • Xcel Energy Wants to Shift Wind Energy Backup Costs from Energy Consumers to Utilities

    by Henry Kaplan | May 28, 2014
    In Colorado, Xcel Energy transports up to about 25-MW of wind power from other energy providers on Xcel transmission lines. Should the wind drop suddenly, and that wind power fall, Xcel calls on other energy sources to make up the difference. But who pays for that power in reserve? Right now, Xcel’s business and residential customers see those costs in their monthly bills. But Xcel has asked federal regulators for permission to change that...
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  • UC Riverside Launches a $12 Million Renewable Energy Research Center

    by Henry Kaplan | May 23, 2014
    UC Riverside just launched a renewable energy research center, named the Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative. The San Bernardino County Sun calls it the largest of its kind in California. The center will focus on smart grid, energy storage, and electric vehicle research – and the many areas where those topics intersect...
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  • Got an Idea for a Solar Startup? DOE is Giving Out Prizes to Encourage Innovation.

    by Henry Kaplan | May 23, 2014
    As part of its Sunshot program, the DOE has announced a series of prizes meant to spur innovation in the solar industry. Called the Catalyst program, it includes four round of prizes...
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  • Construction and Operation News Roundup – May 21, 2014

    by Henry Kaplan | May 21, 2014
    New renewable energy projects are being planned, being constructed, and sometimes being canceled all the time. Here’s the latest news about specific sites and companies around the country and around the world…
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