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Solar energy is cheaper than natural gas in powering enhanced oil recovery projects in the Middle East that tap heavy, viscous forms of crude, a developer of the technology said.
Jacoby Energy Development, Inc., announced this week that it has executed a milestone contract to turn Live Oak Landfill, one of metro Atlanta's largest landfills, into a source for renewable energy.
Pennsylvania's legislature approved SB1030, the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act. Under the bill, 18 percent of Pennsylvania's energy will come from alternative sources by the year 2020. This brings to 16, the number of states that now have renewable portfolio standard (RPS) legislation that requires a certain amount of power generated by the utilities to be derived from renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and others.
On December 5, at the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Federal and State Policy Summit in Washington DC, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) presented his perspective on the potential for the renewable energy community to expand its markets through climate, infrastructure, and tax credit legislation; the political obstacles; and how to overcome them.
Placed on top of carports and on the roof of a water district building in Santa Clara County are high-efficiency photovoltaic (PV) cells. They are part of a US$2.4 million project sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Santa Clara Valley water district to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the county up to 20 percent by 2010.
Until recently, the potential rate impact of all the new contracts for renewable energy being added to meet California's Renewable Portfolio Standard since 2006 has been a matter of some concern. According to the Division of Ratepayer Advocates in early 2012, an estimated $20.8 billion will have been spent in California on contracts for new renewable generation by 2020, and the rate impact was a big unknown.
The U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) on Nov. 29 released electric generation statistics through the end of September 2016. Generation from geothermal, solar, and wind energy increased by 24 percent compared with the first nine months of 2015. Non-hydro renewable energy, including biomass, has made up 8.5 percent of U.S. electric generation thus far in 2016.
Several analyses make clear that electrification of commercial and residential buildings will play a predominant role in achieving state climate goals.
At this moment, the U.S. can reinvent how we produce, store, transport, and consume electricity. With an abundance of domestic energy, our country is on its way to becoming “energy independent” by the end of the decade. But powering our homes and businesses with natural gas or other fossil fuels does not mean a reliable, clean, and affordable flow of electricity will follow.