Renewable Energy Opinion & Commentary

David Burton - March 27, 2015

Split Decision on Ormat’s Motion to Dismiss Ex-Employees’ Claims of Cash Grant Fraud

The March 24 opinion from the U.S. District Court for Nevada granted in part and denied in part Ormat’s motion to dismiss an action brought by ex-Ormat employees under the False Claims...

Aaron Kalisher - March 27, 2015

Focus on Digester Health for Efficient Biogas Operations

Turning organic waste, such as manure, food scraps or expired food products into biogas is a modern type of alchemy that uses process-based technologies including an anaerobic digester,...

Robert Sanders - March 26, 2015

Biomass Electricity + Carbon Capture = Carbon-Negative Energy

Generating electricity from biomass, such as urban waste and sustainably sourced forest and crop residues, is one strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions because it is carbon-neutral:...

Imran Khan - March 25, 2015

Middle East Turns to Biofuels Amid Rocky Oil Prices and Environmental Awareness

Consumers worldwide are witness to the fluctuations in the fuel prices recently and the Middle East is no exception. Why do fuel prices rise and fall so frequently in a region with...

Listen Up: Finding an Experienced and Certified Solar Contractor

Every residential solar contractor's website talks about their experience, knowledge of rooftop solar products, and happy customers (full disclosure: including mine). Although many...

David Burton - March 23, 2015

Ex-Employees Accuse Ormat of Lying to Receive 1603 Cash Grant Awards

Ormat is a successful developer of geothermal energy projects. Two former employees have brought a lawsuit alleging that Ormat made inaccurate 1603 Cash Grant submissions to obtain...

Philip Killeen - March 20, 2015

Financing Climate-concious Investments in Latin America

Following the conclusion of the United Nations climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, last December, a busy schedule of breakout sessions has begun for Latin American business and political...

Cyrus Reed - March 19, 2015

Texas Senator Seeks to Dismantle What He Helped Create: The Renewable Portfolio Standard

Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) has filed a bill that would eliminate Texas’ Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) – a policy that has catapulted Texas to world leadership in wind energy...

- March 19, 2015

A Slowdown in the Coal Plant Boom

One of the notable remarks yesterday from Energy Finance 2015 comes from Jim Hempstead, associate managing director in the Global Project and Infrastructure Finance Group at Moody’s...

Larissa Koehler - March 18, 2015

Plugging Away: San Diego’s Plan to “Charge” Toward a Cleaner Grid

We love electric vehicles (EVs) in California and we want that love to spread. Why? It isn’t because of the cool factor — though, believe me, EVs like the Tesla are undoubtedly cool....

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