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Briefly Noted … Solar Energy

Briefly Noted … Solar Energy

Worldwide News Briefs and Information on Renewable Energy
Wind to Power Nearly Half of College’s Needs

Wind to Power Nearly Half of College’s Needs

Connecticut College students and administration have helped solidify the College's ongoing support for the generation of green power by purchasing wind power energy certificates that equal approximately 44 percent of the College's annual electricity consumption.
Why is Green Pricing a Premium When Wind Power is Cheap?

Why is Green Pricing a Premium When Wind Power is Cheap?

Ten years ago, a North Dakota cooperative stopped charging customers a premium for getting energy from the wind, because they found it wasn't costing anything extra.
Wind Group Slams International Energy Assessment

Wind Group Slams International Energy Assessment

The wind energy association in New Zealand has attacked an international report which provides little support for wind technology in that country.
What’s an iPhone and Solar Have in Common? Nothing. Bummer.

What’s an iPhone and Solar Have in Common? Nothing. Bummer.

In my last post about the Solar Tipping point, commenter SolBrodan wrote, “Technology is the driver and will continue to make PV Solar more efficient and cost competitive.” Efficiency, plug and play, and design will all certainly fight against the commoditization of solar PV and help push past the tipping point, but I’d like to offer another solution to commoditization: […]
Philadelphia Café Serves Up Wind Power

Philadelphia Café Serves Up Wind Power

A restaurant in Pennsylvania has had a new special on their menu since January - electricity generated by clean, renewable wind.
Earth Day Rings in New Green Power Options

Earth Day Rings in New Green Power Options

Thousands of Mainers will celebrate Earth Day 2003 with "green electricity" supplying their homes, churches and businesses through Maine Interfaith Power & Light (MeIPL) which is now providing green power to the state's electricity consumers.
FERC Commissioner Gives Perspective on the Energy Markets in Light of NOPR

FERC Commissioner Gives Perspective on the Energy Markets in Light of NOPR

On Friday at the Pierce Atwood Energy Infrastructure Symposium, keynote speaker and FERC commissioner Cheryl LaFleur offered insight into how she would be considering the recently proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that the secretary of Energy issued last month.
As wind energy prices plunge, Xcel refunds customers who paid a premium

As wind energy prices plunge, Xcel refunds customers who paid a premium

Xcel Energy recently refunded customers who volunteered to pay extra to support wind energy, which is now among the cheapest sources of electricity. As prices continue to fall, a program launched by Xcel Energy in 2003 that helped subsidize wind power is wrapping up, with money left over that will be sent back to participants. Xcel recently adjusted and credited […]
Same Price, More Renewables: San Diego’s Fight for Community Controlled Energy

Same Price, More Renewables: San Diego’s Fight for Community Controlled Energy

“San Diego and its community choice energy district would be able to offer a diverse energy mix with all of the solar, biodiesel, biogas, and energy storage resources that we have in San Diego.  A product that is price competitive and yet at the same time would strive for and achieve a higher level of renewable content.” See how this […]