News Archive
  • Accelerator Looking for Innovative Energy Startups in Hawaii

    by Henry Kaplan | May 21, 2014
    In Hawaii, a state whose energy difficulties make it a prime target for renewable energy and innovation, a startup accelerator is looking for energy startups to support...
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  • 3 Reasons the EPA Might Cut Their Support for Ethanol

    by Henry Kaplan | May 20, 2014
    Thanks to the U.S.’s Renewable Fuel Standard, the EPA sets the mandate for the amount of ethanol that must be blended into gasoline. The goal is to give a boost to the ethanol industry, since ethanol means less imported oil, better energy security, and less greenhouse gas emissions. But just as the ethanol industry is reporting their most profitable months, ever, the EPA is considering cutting back support. They’re circulating a proposal to do that now. The ethanol industry isn't happy about the idea...
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  • Legislation and Policy News Roundup – May 19, 2014

    by Henry Kaplan | May 19, 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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  • Should the Price of Solar Power be Dictated by Where the Panels Sit?

    by Henry Kaplan | May 19, 2014
    David Hommrich, president of a solar energy company, is suing electric utility PPL, trying to force the utility to buy electricity from his solar farm at the same price they sell it...
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  • Congress is Still Debating the Wind Production Tax Credit, and That's Bad News for the Wind Industry

    by Henry Kaplan | May 16, 2014
    Congress can’t make up its mind, and that's put the wind industry on a decade long roller-coaster.
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  • 4 Things IRENA's Data Reveals About Renewable Energy Jobs

    by Henry Kaplan | May 15, 2014
    The International Renewable Energy Agency just came out with their second annual Renewable Energy and Jobs report. The big news from the report: they found that the renewable energy industry employs 6.5 million people around the world. The U.S. is the third largest employer in renewable energy, behind China, which is in the lead thanks to its solar panel manufacturing, and Brazil, which came in second thanks to its sugar-cane based biofuel production...
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  • Hawaii and California Looking For Firms to Build Utility-Scale Energy Storage

    by Henry Kaplan | May 14, 2014
    Hawaii – a state struggling to integrate their strong consumer demand for renewable energy with their existing system – issued RFPs for 60- to 200-MW of energy storage. The energy would be stored for just 30 minutes at a time. The short term storage would be used to help meet demand during peak periods...
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  • Google Offers a Million Dollars for a Smaller Power Inverter

    by Henry Kaplan | May 14, 2014
    When the White House gave their solar agenda a nudge last week, they announced partnerships with American companies. The President didn’t bring it up in his speech, but in their press release, the White House and Google made an announcement. Google is offering a million dollars to whoever can build a tiny power inverter.
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  • German Universities are Evolving with the Country’s Renewable Energy Efforts

    by Henry Kaplan | May 13, 2014
    To go along with Germany’s ambitious renewable energy goals, German universities have begun creating new programs and degrees in the renewable field. Between the government’s renewable energy standards and the government’s direct research funding, universities and students are motivated to look harder at renewable energy...
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  • Renewable Energy Can Change Where We Live and Where We Go

    by Henry Kaplan | May 13, 2014
    Yakutat, Alaska gets their energy from far away, shipping in diesel to run the town’s generators, but they’re hoping to change that. Back in April, we wrote about their plan to test out wave energy turbines. They’re moving forward with their environmental and engineering studies, getting ready to deploy a test project next year.
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  • Nigeria to Get 3,000-MW of Solar in the Next 5 Years

    by Henry Kaplan | May 12, 2014
    Canadian solar developer SkyPower Global, together with a subsidiary of Saudi firm Fawaz Al Hokair, plan to build 3,000-MW of solar capacity in Nigeria over the next five years. It will cost around $5 billion, and the earliest developments should start producing electricity next year...
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  • Will Solar Cure California’s Energy Drought This Summer?

    by Henry Kaplan | May 12, 2014
    After a tough drought season, California’s smaller-than-normal snowpack means less water flow during the spring and summer, which means less hydropower. But with lots of new solar plants coming online in California, the energy situation in the state may not be that dire after all...
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  • Obama Announcing New Solar Initiatives Today

    by Henry Kaplan | May 09, 2014
    Obama will give a speech today announcing new efforts and executive actions in support of renewable energy and solar energy in particular. His announcements range from the fairly large, like a new DOE Solar Instructor Training Network, to the largely symbolic, like the solar panels that have finally been hooked up on the White House roof...
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  • DOE Awards $47 Million to Offshore Wind

    by Henry Kaplan | May 09, 2014
    The DOE announced this week that they will be giving grants to offshore wind projects of the coasts of New Jersey, Virginia, and Oregon. All together they’ll be giving the three projects $47 million...
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  • Iowa Expected to Triple Their Tax Credit for Rooftop Solar

    by Henry Kaplan | May 08, 2014
    Iowa’s state legislature has passed a bill expand the state’s tax credit for rooftop solar. The bill was passed nearly unanimously, and the governor is expected to sign it into law. The funding will be tripled, tax credit caps will be raised, and solar power will become even more attractive in the state. Midwest Energy News has the details...
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