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State Legislation Focuses on Tax Incentives for Wind, Biofuels

State Legislation Focuses on Tax Incentives for Wind, Biofuels

North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven has signed a comprehensive legislative package designed to accelerate production of wind energy and biofuels in the state.
Run-of-the-river Hydro Builds First Nation Economy

Run-of-the-river Hydro Builds First Nation Economy

A 6.5 MW, run-of-the-river hydro power facility at China Creek in the Vancouver Islands will generate revenues for two native North American communities, or "First Nations", and supply power to the BC Hydro grid. The Government of Canada is funding CAD $2 million (US $1.63 million) to assist the Hupacasath and Ucluelet First Nations and their partners with constructing and running the facility.
Massachusetts Announces New RPS Rules

Massachusetts Announces New RPS Rules

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has released regulations expanding support for renewable energy and alternative energy technologies mandated by the Green Communities Act, the energy reform legislation that the state enacted last year.
NREL Releases Wind Curtailment Case Studies

NREL Releases Wind Curtailment Case Studies

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has just published a report that highlights the growing problem of wind energy curtailment, which occurs when wind plants are required to or choose to reduce their generation output.
NextEnergy Fuels Legislative Action

NextEnergy Fuels Legislative Action

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and state legislative leaders recently unveiled a legislative package designed to further the NextEnergy initiative.
REPORT: Deregulation Helps Renewables

REPORT: Deregulation Helps Renewables

A report released by PennFuture, "Electricity Competition: The Story Behind the Headlines - A 50-State Report," reveals that restructured states lead the way with lower prices, and clean energy policies including policies that encourage development and use of Renewable Energy.
Breathing Life Into US Geothermal: First EGS Project Feeding Power to Grid

Breathing Life Into US Geothermal: First EGS Project Feeding Power to Grid

A major challenge for the geothermal industry is reducing the risk of its exploration and drilling phase – there is a 40-60 percent chance that each $5-7 million well is ultimately deemed unproductive. But that statistic may soon change. In what many in the industry are calling a game-changer, the nation's first enhanced geothermal system (EGS) to supply electricity to the grid came online last week. ORMAT's Desert Peak 2 project is producing an additional 1.2 megawatts (MW) of power to its existing nearby power plant.
Vivint Cancels $1.9 Billion Buyout Offer from SunEdison

Vivint Cancels $1.9 Billion Buyout Offer from SunEdison

SunEdison Inc., the world’s biggest renewable-energy developer, surged after Vivint Solar Inc. canceled a $1.9 billion buyout, saying its suitor failed to meet obligations to complete the deal.
Is IP Standing in the Way of a Green Planet?

Is IP Standing in the Way of a Green Planet?

The potential of intellectual property rights to impede the cleantech revolution has sparked a lively debate full of heated rhetoric. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu jump-started this discussion last year during a discussion of the Obama administration's goals to promote development of green technologies.
South Miami — A Bright Spot for Solar in Sunshine State

South Miami — A Bright Spot for Solar in Sunshine State

Philip Stoddard, the mayor of South Miami has some ideas on what can a city do to advance clean energy locally, if its state commissioners and legislators are not willing to take their jobs regulating these utilities seriously.