Renewable Energy

Wind Energy Incentive is up for Renewal amid Swirling Debate

Written November 13th, 2013 by
Categories: Energy Policy, Opinion, Renewable Energy
Wind Energy Incentive is up for Renewal  amid Swirling Debate

Another year has passed and Congress is once again trying to decide whether to extend the wind energy Production Tax Credit beyond January 1, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

DOE Picks at Power Administration Suggest Greater Emphasis on Demand-Side Management

Written May 22nd, 2013 by
Categories: Energy Efficiency, News, Renewable Energy
DOE Picks at Power Administration Suggest Greater Emphasis on Demand-Side Management

The U.S. Department of Energy has named two executives in key roles at Bonneville Power Administration where they could usher in a new focus on energy efficiency and demand response.
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Cleantech Open Announces 2012 Finalists

Written October 11th, 2012 by
Categories: Energy Business, Green Building, News, Renewable Energy
Cleantech Open Announces 2012 Finalists

If the cleantech sector has an Academy Awards, the Cleantech Open is it. Cleantech startups from around North America are gathering this week to learn which lucky teams will represent their regions in the national Cleantech Open business competition in November, 2012. Denis DuBois attended the Pacific Northwest region’s judging and awards party in Portland, Oregon, to get a taste of the action. Read the rest of this entry »

In Climate of Cheap Gas, Forecast for Renewable Energy Finance is Cloudy

Written April 27th, 2012 by
Categories: Energy Business, Opinion, Renewable Energy
In Climate of Cheap Gas, Forecast for Renewable Energy Finance is Cloudy

Cost parity with fossil fuels has long been the holy grail of the renewable energy industry. When shale exploration in the United States began producing abundant natural gas, prices began falling and didn’t pull the rip cord before hitting ten-year lows.

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Roosters of the Apocalypse (book review)

Written April 3rd, 2012 by
Categories: Energy Policy, Opinion, Renewable Energy
Roosters of the Apocalypse (book review)

The Heartland Institute is distributing a handbook for deniers of global warming. Spoiler alert: The book’s message is to dismantle the EPA.

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Consumer Behavior and City Efforts toward Solar

Written February 2nd, 2012 by
Categories: News, Renewable Energy
Consumer Behavior and City Efforts toward Solar

From the consumer level on up to the city scale, solar power is expanding its share of electricity production. How can that be accelerated? A report finds a “peer effect” among consumers who install solar. And the U.S. Department of Energy publishes case studies of cities’ efforts to increase solar adoption.

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Turtle Soup for the Sol

Written December 12th, 2011 by
Categories: Opinion, Renewable Energy
Turtle Soup for the Sol

Big areas of habitat occupied by Agassiz’s desert tortoise and other at-risk species have potential for large-scale solar-energy developments. Peer-reviewed studies are needed, says the United States Geological Survey — but so is a concerted campaign of cooperation and public outreach.

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Sustaindinavia: Copenhagen’s Integrated Approach to Energy

Written December 2nd, 2011 by
Categories: Podcasts, Radio Programs, Renewable Energy
Sustaindinavia: Copenhagen’s Integrated Approach to Energy

Sustainable cities! Every mayor wants one. They attract green businesses, and the career-minded people who want to work there. Just proclaiming a community “green” isn’t nearly enough. Forward-thinking cities are walking the talk. I went looking for examples in Copenhagen, Denmark. The secret to their success is integrating energy production right into the city. They stopped worrying about the garbage and started becoming a carbon-neutral city.

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