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New Report Sheds Light on the Potential of Biomass

New Report Sheds Light on the Potential of Biomass

Biomass appears poised for big things in coming decades. According to a recent report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), biomass could account for as much as 60 percent of the global renewable energy mix by the year 2030, providing up to 20 percent of the world’s electricity needs.
Western Wind & Solar Integration Study Stakeholder Meeting

Western Wind & Solar Integration Study Stakeholder Meeting

On Thursday, July 30, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosted the Western Wind & Solar Integration Study (WWIS) Stakeholder Meeting in Denver. Great attendance (probably 80 to 100 or so) and some really interesting updates on this work that began in 2007. If you’re not familiar with this study, you can find more information on the NREL WWIS website. […]
Dam Safety: Ontario Ministry Develops Dam Management Plan

Dam Safety: Ontario Ministry Develops Dam Management Plan

Balancing the responsibilities of dam ownership with the requirements of dam management can be a challenging task. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources' multi-functional dam asset management plan allows efficient and effective management of a large fleet of dams for the best environmental, economic and recreational outcomes.
Sky-High Oil Prices Fuel Ethanol Mania in China

Sky-High Oil Prices Fuel Ethanol Mania in China

Hong Kong/Beijing [Reuters] Record crude oil prices are fuelling ethanol fever in China, the world’s second-largest oil consumer, despite Beijing’s reservations in allowing more food grains to be used to run cars. Beijing is reluctant to expand ethanol production from food grains as China will face a shortage of grains like corn or wheat possibly as early as next year, […]
Italian Ministry Backs More Funds for Renewable Energy in 2008

Italian Ministry Backs More Funds for Renewable Energy in 2008

Rome, Italy [Thomson Financial] Italy’s 2008 budget, due to be presented in September, should confirm existing fiscal support for renewable energy sources, as well as add funds for domestic solar panel production, said Fabrizio Fabbri, head of the technical secretariat at the environment ministry. This government’s 2007 budget includes measures to support renewable energy sources, but in the photovoltaic solar […]
Solar Energy Benefits Without Borders

Solar Energy Benefits Without Borders

National borders aren't simply a place to guard. Borders can be a place of cooperation too. The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $381,000 to the General Land Office (GLO) in Texas to provide a solar energy system for a municipal water treatment plant near the border with Mexico, and the project plans required working with towns in each country before the project could move ahead.
Britain Wants to Wire Windy West Coast Into National Grid

Britain Wants to Wire Windy West Coast Into National Grid

The British government wants to construct an offshore transmission grid along the west coast, which would use an undersea cable to link offshore windfarms and other renewable energy projects directly to the mainland grid.
Want a Career in Renewable Energy?

Want a Career in Renewable Energy?

Hardly a day goes by when I don’t receive an inquiry from someone who wants to work in the small-scale RE industry.
Managing surplus renewable power in a net zero carbon system with smart curtailment

Managing surplus renewable power in a net zero carbon system with smart curtailment

With heightened focus on the means of transitioning to a net zero carbon energy system (and economy) in the next decade there are significant questions for the power system to address.  These include how to secure the system and customer supplies at levels equivalent or better than today and how to build a network infrastructure to transport electrical energy to […]
Swaziland Plans 35-MW Biomass Plant

Swaziland Plans 35-MW Biomass Plant

Swaziland, a tiny landlocked monarchy, sandwiched between South Africa and Mozambique, and known for its wilderness reserves and festivals showcasing traditional Swazi culture, is planning a 35-MW biomass-powered plant to begin operations in three years.