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10 most common causes of lost energy in wind systems

10 most common causes of lost energy in wind systems

When every megawatt-hour counts, predicting when energy might be lost and acting to prevent it, is hugely valuable for wind projects.
Long waits to connect to Xcel’s grid are stalling Minnesota solar projects

Long waits to connect to Xcel’s grid are stalling Minnesota solar projects

Xcel told one customer they would need to wait 15 years to connect their solar system to its electric grid. The utility says it’s working to improve its process, but some in the industry say legislation or an investigation is needed to fix the problems.
Fuel Cell, PV Encounters Florida Fauna

Fuel Cell, PV Encounters Florida Fauna

Sunlight and water are abundant energy sources for the Wildlife Encounter Pavilion at the Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park in Florida. So Progress Energy Florida was contracted to construct a sustainable hydrogen generator and fuel cell for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which operates the park.
Energy Efficiency Loans Encounter Obstacles in the Secondary Market

Energy Efficiency Loans Encounter Obstacles in the Secondary Market

Although connecting energy efficiency programs and private capital may seem like an ideal partnership, program managers from New York and Pennsylvania have found it is challenging to achieve competitive investment ratings for energy efficiency loan portfolios. Jeff Pitkin and Keith Welks discussed their experiences with accessing the secondary market in these two states during a webinar on energy efficiency loan pool securitization on Feb. 27. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Los Angeles Chapter of the USGBC, and the Clean Energy Finance Center co-sponsored the event.
Supporting a Real Job Creator – the U.S. Solar Industry

Supporting a Real Job Creator – the U.S. Solar Industry

After being bombarded with political ads for the past few months, most of us are relieved we no longer encounter them everywhere we turn. But imagine if you heard one like this:
Budding Geothermal Markets Light Up East Africa

Budding Geothermal Markets Light Up East Africa

When Jaime Merriman visited Kenya, she saw giraffes, but she was not on a wildlife tour. Merriman's close encounter happened at Kenya's geothermal facilities, where the striking animals were completely undisturbed as they grazed.
Planning and Building the Subansiri Lower Dam and Hydro Project

Planning and Building the Subansiri Lower Dam and Hydro Project

By Biswajit DasFinding ways to overcome the challenges encountered during construction of 2,000 MW Subansiri Lower Dam have provided valuable lessons learned with regard to dam design and construction.
EU-funded Project Explores New Geothermal Survey Methodology

EU-funded Project Explores New Geothermal Survey Methodology

A new methodology is being developed that could maximize the chances of encountering a reservoir during geothermal surveys, according to the European Union's Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS).
Microgrids for Clean Cooking and Internet

Microgrids for Clean Cooking and Internet

I first encountered induction cookers when I joined Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode, a graduate business school, as visiting professor of strategy in 2011. Having never heard of them in the U.S., I quizzed people about them. 
Solar Energy; Not Just Electricity

Solar Energy; Not Just Electricity

A common inaccuracy that I frequently encounter -- through work, in the media, and in government -- is based on an implied assumption that energy, and energy displacement, and therefore solar energy, revolves solely around electricity.