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Celebrating 100 Years of Energy Coverage

PennWell is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. As our cover illustrates, the history of the company is deeply rooted in the oil business. In 1910, P. C.Boyle, PennWell's founder, bought the Oil & Gas Journal (then named Oil Investors' Journal), renamed it, changed its frequency from semimonthly to weekly, and moved the company to Tulsa, OK where it is headquartered to this day. Legend has it that P.C. Boyle was a spectacular oil scout during the 1880s, roaming the oilfields on a black horse, scouting news and drilling activity.

The world still depends heavily on oil and other traditional energy sources, such as natural gas and coal. But a new age is dawning, with a push on to develop sustainable alternative energies, including wind, hydro, biomass/geothermal and, of course, photovoltaics.

PennWell has recognized the need to cover these alternative sources in a big way: The Renewable Energy Network now includes, in addition to Photovoltaics World, Hydro Review, Renewable Energy World North America,, and Renewable Energy World magazine.

The rapidity with which new energy sources will be adopted depends on many factors. It's no secret that low natural gas prices, for example, tend to suppress the renewable energy market. On the other hand, the recovering market is hungry for good economic projects, and green projects such as utility-scale PV solar farms fit the bill perfectly.

In this issue, we provide the outlook for 2010 from leading analysts and forecasters. The concensus is one of cautious optimism. "PV has come a long way, and we feel that its benefits, especially in today's energy environment, will overcome the loss of incentives and, in the long run, continue traditional growth," notes Robert Moran of BCC Research.

Paula Mints of Navigant Consulting adds, "nothing will change for the PV industry until it can operate (mostly) incentive-free. One this happens, it will be able to compete on a level playing field with other energy technologies." The way to make that happen is through increased efficiencies made possible with new technologies.

We've traded horses for browsers, e-mails, and phones, but we're still on the same mission as P.C. Boyle: scouting for news and industry activity. Happy 100th, PennWell!

Pete Singer, Editor-in-Chief


Rooftop Solar Panels

Hypocrisy? While Buffett Champions Renewables, His Company Fights Rooftop Solar

Mark Chediak, Noah Buhayar and Margaret Newkirk, Bloomberg Warren Buffett highlights how his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. utilities make massive investments in renewable energy. Meanwhile, in Nevada, the company is fighting a plan that would encourage more residents to use green power.
Japan Microgrid

Born from Disaster: Japan Establishes First Microgrid Community

Junko Movellan, Correspondent Although Japan's Fukushima prefecture is most commonly associated with the 2011 disaster due to the nuclear power melt-down, Miyazaki prefecture, located north of Fukushima, suffered from the largest death toll, close to 10...
Renewable Energy Finance

Clean Energy ETFs Are on a Tear

Eric Balchunas, Bloomberg Green investing used to be synonymous with losing money. But while the S&P 500 Index is up 2 percent this year, and the MSCI All-Country World Index is up 5 percent, clean energy ETFs have double-digit re...

Wheels, Towers and Trees: Unconventional Renewable Energy Technologies in the Pipeline

Andrew Williams, International Correspondent A number of companies around the world are developing novel technologies in an effort to grab a slice of the global renewable energy market.  Although many of these technologies are simple incremental improvements to e...


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