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Design and Construction Innovations

Design and Construction Innovations

While developing the new 194.2-mw Venda Nova II pumped-storage project in Portugal, Energias de Portugal, S.A. used several innovative civil engineering techniques to design and build the power tunnels, support the powerhouse cavern roof, and excavate the upper surge shaft.
Report: Ethanol Helping Drive Corn Prices

Report: Ethanol Helping Drive Corn Prices

Sioux Falls, South Dakota [The Associated Press] Ethanol demand is expected to help drive up the price of corn by 10 to 30 percent this year, according to government estimates. Nationally, prices of $2.25 to $2.65 a bushel are forecast, although South Dakota farmers will not see those exact prices because of “basis,” a downward adjustment in price that depends […]
Solar Energy Experts Listed in Adjuster’s Directory

Solar Energy Experts Listed in Adjuster’s Directory

[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Solar energy experts were added to the Expert Services section of the A.M. Best Company’s 2005 Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Adjusters. Insurance professionals have used Best’s directory since 1930 as a way to locate dependable attorneys, adjusters and expert service providers with a proven history of doing quality, reliable work for insurance industry clients. All Directory listees […]
One giant leap

One giant leap

I find hiking exhilarating. I love hearing the sound of the wind in the treetops, the birds calling to one another, the crunch of dry leaves and twigs underfoot. I love picking my way through some rugged ground, solving the puzzle of footholds and jumbled rock. I love coming to a clearing, and seeing a magnificent vista open up before […]
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.
Squinting Toward Retirement: A Boon for The Lighting Industry

Squinting Toward Retirement: A Boon for The Lighting Industry

Americans report in surveys that they are likely to retire later than expected as a result of this economic downturn that doesn’t seem to want to quit.  While that’s bad news for golf courses and Florida real estate, it helps one industry: energy efficient lighting. We are squinting, rather than sprinting toward retirement these days. As part of the post-50 […]
Cellulosic Biofuel: The Importance of Managing Biomass Supply Chain

Cellulosic Biofuel: The Importance of Managing Biomass Supply Chain

Massive availability of agricultural waste, left unutilized in the field, and its potential to be converted to environmentally friendly biofuel has led to an increasing attention towards the advancement of cellulosic biofuel.
CPUC Finalizes Re-MAT Program, IOUs Will Begin Accepting Applications in October

CPUC Finalizes Re-MAT Program, IOUs Will Begin Accepting Applications in October

Pursuant to Senate Bill 32 of 2009, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) implemented the Renewable Market Adjusting Tariff (Re-MAT) program on July 24, 2013. The Re-MAT program is a Feed-in Tariff (FiT) through which customers can sell electricity produced by qualifying facilities* directly to the utility at a set rate for a term of 10, 15, or 20 years. The […]
Putting the Smart Into Smart Grid

Putting the Smart Into Smart Grid

With climate change at the top of the political agenda, governments across Europe are introducing radical compulsory emission reduction targets. In the UK alone, carbon emissions from 1990 levels must be slashed by 34 percent by 2020, and by at least 80 percent by 2050.
Wind and solar corporate PPAs cheapest in Spain and Sweden, report finds

Wind and solar corporate PPAs cheapest in Spain and Sweden, report finds

Sweden and Spain respectively have the cheapest average corporate PPA prices in Europe for wind and solar electricity, according to BloombergNEF’s (BNEF) 1H 2020 European Corporate PPA Price Survey. The survey aims to provide pricing transparency and simplify the complexity around corporate power purchase agreements, or PPAs, helping buyers to understand this fast-growing market. It’s the first report of its […]