Susan Kraemer's Articles

- October 24, 2014

California’s Conservation Proposal Kneecaps Utility-scale Solar

Six years in the making, state and federal agencies released five options with a “Preferred Alternative” draft for the Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan (DRECP), potentially...

- September 19, 2014

New Research Improves on Earlier Bird-Killing Turbine Studies

The first-ever study using data from modern wind farms throughout North America finds that avian mortality among most species of small passerines (birds) may be biologically insignificant...

- September 12, 2014

Preventing Bird Deaths at Solar Power Plants, Part 2

Part 1 of this article lays out the problem of bird deaths at some CSP power plants and begins to offer some solutions. Part 2 gives more solutions and explains how some of the companies...

- September 11, 2014

Preventing Bird Deaths at Solar Power Plants, Part 1

In the aviation industry alone, there have been over 117,000 bird strikes in the 20 years from 1990 and 2010, according to the FAA. These pose a flight risk to pilots and passengers...

- September 03, 2014

For the Birds: How Speculation Trumped Fact at Ivanpah

With its claim of 28,000 dead birds from Ivanpah, the Associated Press syndicated a story on every front page in America, spreading alarm about concentrated solar power (CSP) plants,...

- May 21, 2014

Texas Wind Boosted with Improved Public Planning

Texas might not be the first state you think of for best practices in government planning. But it turns out Texas wind development success is due in great part to excellent planning...

- January 17, 2014

Utility-scale Solar Energy Myths Debunked by Industry Insider

An interview with SolarReserve CEO Kevin Smith may put to rest some of the more common misconceptions held about how renewable energy actually works in practice at utility scale.

- October 29, 2013

US Solar Surge: Flipping Switches on a Hoover Dam of Utility-scale Concentrated Solar Power

During this month’s U.S. government shutdown, an astonishing 1.3 GW of CSP began commercial operation, thanks to the Department of Energy’s former loan guarantee program for clean energy....

- July 01, 2013

California’s Invisible Solar Problem

What if grid operators were unable to track the energy generation from a 2.7-GW solar project – the equivalent of several nuclear plants? Imagine the difficulties they would face.

- June 07, 2013

Climate Policies in Coal-Dependent Australia Leading to Surging Wind Development

Australia’s wind development is driven by clean energy mandates, but the Gillard government's carbon tax has rendered building new coal plants non-competitive. Export policies for fossil...

Susan Kraemer

Susan Kraemer

Susan Kraemer reports on renewable energy for CSP Today, Wind Energy Update, PV Insider and Renewable Energy World, and has written about renewables for Cleantechnica, Green Prophet and other sites.

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