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New Geothermal Legislation Introduced

New Geothermal Legislation Introduced

Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-CA) introduced new alternative energy legislation she says would improve air quality and spur job growth by encouraging greater investment in geothermal energy to reduce the United State's dependency on fossil fuel-based electrical power plants.
Why 10 Renewable Powered Mini-Grids Would be Better for Puerto Rico

Why 10 Renewable Powered Mini-Grids Would be Better for Puerto Rico

As we near the one-year anniversary of the devastation Hurricane Maria afflicted upon the residents of Puerto Rico, it’s concerning that post-hurricane efforts have been largely focused on restoring power with little progress on strengthening the already-weakened power grid against a future storm.
2010 showed the strengths, weaknesses of the PV inverter industry

2010 showed the strengths, weaknesses of the PV inverter industry

The PV inverter market enjoyed record shipments and revenues during 2010, but also showed some fundamental weaknesses typical of an industry that is still maturing and learning, and these lessons set the stage for 2011, writes Tom Haddon from IMS Research.
Europe’s Power Sector Needs a Total Market Overhaul

Europe’s Power Sector Needs a Total Market Overhaul

The European Union's decarbonization strategy has all the right intentions but it is taking the wrong path to that destination. That was the view of Fabian Roques, senior director at consultancy IHS CERA, who was speaking at the Plenary session of POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe.
Our Dust Bowl Moment?

Our Dust Bowl Moment?

Our cover notes the 100th anniversary of PennWell Corp., which publishes this magazine plus dozens of other business-to-business magazines across a range of industries.
2010 Showed the Strengths, Weaknesses of the PV Inverter Industry

2010 Showed the Strengths, Weaknesses of the PV Inverter Industry

In an industry that relies so intrinsically on the sun, seasonal variations in demand are expected; generally the first quarter of the year is the quietest as the core markets in Europe remain restricted by the winter snow. However, the first quarter of 2010 was remarkably different for PV inverters, with shipments surging almost 200% vs. the same period in 2009. In contrast, suppliers are now reporting that the seasonal lull of 1Q has returned in 2011.
Solar Power Yurts Bring Hope to Uzbekistan

Solar Power Yurts Bring Hope to Uzbekistan

Villagers in Kostruba, a settlement on the edge of the Qizilqum Desert, 250 kilometers northwest of Nukus, capital of the semi-autonomous Uzbek region of Karakalpakistan, have electricity for the first time, thanks to a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) solar-power initiative.
As Solar Pushes for U.S. Tax Break, One CEO Says Don’t Bother

As Solar Pushes for U.S. Tax Break, One CEO Says Don’t Bother

Congress is debating whether to renew an investment tax credit that for nine years has helped put solar panels on rooftops across the country.
Wind Energy Helps Ward Off Power Outages

Wind Energy Helps Ward Off Power Outages

Over the last 48 hours, wind energy played a critical role in keeping homeowners warm as grid operators across the Eastern and Central U.S. worked overtime to keep up with record-breaking winter demand.
Pension Funds Hold a Key to Renewable Energy Finance

Pension Funds Hold a Key to Renewable Energy Finance

One of the more prominent asset classes that U.S. pension funds invest in is electric utility stocks and bonds. This is because utilities are historically stable businesses, and as a result are suitable for retirement funds precisely because they are generally subject to virtually no market risks from competition. Thus their profits, while not literally guaranteed by a state’s utility governing agency, are nonetheless essentially guaranteed through approved rates of return and rate recovery.