News Archive
  • Xcel Energy Wants Regulator’s OK to Sign Up Customers for Solar Power

    by Henry Kaplan | Apr 04, 2014
    Xcel Energy wants the Colorado PUC’s OK to create a new program to sell solar power to consumers without requiring them to install solar panels themselves. Under the proposed program, Xcel would buy 50-MW of solar power from a solar farm and allow consumers to buy the power from them in blocks. Xcel would charge their customers a premium for this – they haven’t yet decided how much...
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  • Czech Republic Looking at Offers to Buy their Romanian Wind Facilities

    by Henry Kaplan | Apr 04, 2014
    CEZ, the Czech Republic’s mostly-state-owned power company, is considering bids from parties interested in buying its entire wind power setup in Romania. That setup includes Europe’s largest on-shore wind farm. CEZ says they’ve already received offers for the 600-MW Fântânele-Cogealac Wind Farm...
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  • Construction and Operation News Roundup - April 3rd

    by Henry Kaplan | Apr 03, 2014
    The latest news on specific renewable energy projects around the country and around the world. Today we have a big contract for solar power in Texas, grants from the World Bank, bad news for that Oregon wave energy project, and more…
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  • Legislation News Roundup - April 3rd

    by Henry Kaplan | Apr 03, 2014
    As always, renewable energy bills are working their way through statehouses around the country and world. Posturing over renewable tax credits in the Senate, controversial deals in South Carolina, a flurry of activity from the Iowa state Senate, and more…
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  • NRG Buys Rooftop Solar Company

    by Henry Kaplan | Apr 02, 2014
    Massive power company NRG has purchased Roof Diagnostics Solar, a large residential solar company. This marks a shift for NRG towards residential consumers, as until now they’ve mostly focused their solar ambitions on large-scale solar farms...
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  • India Plans to License a Gigawatt of Solar Construction

    by Henry Kaplan | Apr 02, 2014
    India plans to license the construction of 1,000-MW of new solar plants in 2015, Bloomberg is reporting. That’s “30 percent more than originally targeted and equivalent to about half the capacity built so far...
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  • California Locks in Net-Metering Rates for Current Solar Owners for 20 Years

    by Henry Kaplan | Apr 01, 2014
    The California PUC has locked in net-metering rates for the next 20 years, for all net-metering agreements made before July 1, 2017. This is good news for current solar panel owners and for consumers planning on buying in the next three years...
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  • US Importing Ethanol from Brazil

    by Henry Kaplan | Apr 01, 2014
    While this tough winter has snarled up the railways, ethanol manufacturers have struggled to distribute the fuel to refiners and blenders. With no way to ship it and no place to store it, they've slowed down production as well. As a result, ethanol is now more expensive than it's been since 2006...
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  • Solar Power Beats Natural Gas in Competitive Bid in Minnesota

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 31, 2014
    The Minnesota PUC has selected a proposed 100-MW solar project over natural gas projects. This is a big moment for solar power in the state – it’s the first time the state used a competitive bidding process for a major power plant, and the solar project was able to compete not just in overall benefits, but in price as well. In the past, solar projects have struggled to bring the cost of power down, but this is a sign of just how far the technology has come...
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  • Construction and Operation News Roundup – March 28

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 28, 2014
    The latest news on specific renewable energy projects around the country and around the world. Today we have a billion dollar contract awarded in Manitoba, a proposed offshore wind farm near Long Island, and more…
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  • Ethanol Passes $3 per Gallon

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 28, 2014
    Ethanol prices have risen to prices even higher than we wrote about last week. They’ve surpassed $3/gallon for the first time in years. The prices are still being driven up by distribution problems. With railways blocked or slowed by weather, ethanol producers are struggling to deliver the fuel to refineries and blenders. Without steady distribution, they’ve scaled back their production. Now there's a new wrinkle – many ethanol plants need to pause production in the spring for maintenance, further reducing the supply...
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  • Legislation and Regulation News Roundup - March 27

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 27, 2014
    Senators and Congressmen pushing to renew renewable tax incentives, several attacks on state-level renewable standards started or thwarted, and more...
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  • New Ongoing Energy Survey from UMich Publishes Results from its First Quarter

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 27, 2014
    The University of Michigan’s Energy Institute has released the first results of its new quarterly survey on energy issues. The survey asks for personal opinions on the reliability and affordability of energy, and on environmental impacts related to energy...
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  • Call for Hydro Project Construction Bids in Bosnia

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 26, 2014
    Elektroprivreda Bosne i Hercegovine, Bosnia’s largest power company, is planning a 20-MW hydro plant, and they’re asking for firms to apply. Reuters reports on the responsibilities the firm will take on...
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  • BOEM Asking Companies If They Have a Competitive Interest in a Planned Ocean Energy Test Site

    by Henry Kaplan | Mar 26, 2014
    Last summer, Oregon State University asked the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for a research lease for a site off the coast of Oregon, where the University’s Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center hopes to create four ocean energy test berths. BOEM now needs to find out if there is a “competitive interest” in the site. They’ve filed a notice with the Federal Register, and any companies that interested in the site have until April 23rd to respond...
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