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May 17, 2014

Why New Nuclear Technology Hurts the Case for Renewables

Brian: a link to the study is in the third paragraph. And yes, a stat often cited on the nuclear side is low casualties number per MWh of electricity delivered compared with coal.

March 31, 2014

Renewables in North Africa: A Nation-By-Nation Report Card

Thanks Abdellah, I've fixed that error.

March 07, 2014

US States Boosting Wind Energy Output, Pipeline Filling Up

Bryan -- thanks for the catch, I've fixed that error.

Cliff -- wasn't trying to imply some maximum cap for the development pipeline, though presumably it's not an infinite number due to many factors (available sites, supply chain capabilities, financing, etc). I suppose one could argue that assigning the word "pipeline" to define development activities involves an inference of some physical maximum, but that's another semantics game...

February 14, 2014

Wind Energy 2014 Outlook: Major Markets Recover, Battling Policy and Grid Concerns

Hi Steven: Yes that was an error that we picked up during the magazine editing process; I've updated that paragraph to reflect our final changes. Apologies.

December 12, 2013

Asia Report: Revisiting Japan's Solar Demand, and Nuclear Comeback

Steven, thanks for pointing that out, sloppy math error/conversion on my part. Fixed now.

December 03, 2013

Warrior Power: US Navy, Veterans Plugged In on Alternative Energy

Phil Brooks: Thanks for your service. Image is updated.

October 25, 2013

Finding Common Ground: Is This Document the Answer to the Net Metering Debate?

Thanks Gerry, I added the link in.

October 08, 2013

Behind the Scenes at the US Solar Decathlon

Dennis, thanks for your input. We must have crossed paths a couple of times on Weds-Thurs. We took video inside every house, talking with them about the unique features -- check out our video section, we're posting 4-5 new ones each day this week: And yes some participants clearly emphasized some criteria over others, such as mass-market appeal vs. architectural innovation vs. affordability. Will be interesting to see how that gets weighted out in the end for an overall winner.

October 03, 2013

What the US Government Shutdown Means for Renewable Energy

Fixed the billion/trillion typo, thanks for pointing it out.

September 25, 2013

Updated: Massachusetts Utilities Sign PPA for Wind Energy That Is Cheaper than Coal

Steven: I followed up with Ron about natural gas; he said it sets the market price for electricity today & into the future b/c it's most often the unit on the margin, but prices here in the Northeast will depend on additional infrastructure being built to serve the region's winter generation needs... if that happens prices will be lower, if not they'll be very high in the winter.

Suzan: yeah I've been tracking the Maine offshore wind debate (I'm from there), and the latest AP report about LePage explicitly trying to torpedo the Statoil deal. But re: high pricing, note that offshore wind is significantly higher than other established generation sources b/c it's new and has a lot of extra costs ... as Ron says above, that's understood and accounted for by those who are committing to it.

September 13, 2013

Sneak Peek: Inside The Atikokan Biomass Plant Conversion

Anon -- note this story broke into 2 pages, some your questions are addressed toward the end...

- Capacity factor of the new biomass plant will be around 10-12 percent with a thermal efficiency percentage in the mid-30s. Capacity as a biomass plant is expected to be the same as when it was coal, ~211MW. Flexibility from ~30 MW up to full 200+.

- Feedstock is wood pellets, with strict requirements on the two suppliers. Emphasis on hardwoods; no wood waste or bark. During production they'll continue to evaluate their feedstock usage and upgradability, e.g. whether to use torrefied pellets; their overdesigned (for biomass) furnace gives them some flexibility there.

- We were told CO2 emissions will be reduced by 80-85 percent vs. coal.

- How biomass and other renewable energy sources are calculated, and by what criteria, as "true green power" is a broader topic with multiple interpretations.

James Montgomery

James Montgomery

Jim is Contributing Editor for, covering the solar and wind beats. He previously was associate editor for Solid State Technology and Photovoltaics World, and has covered semiconductor manufacturing and related industries,...

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