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An Energy Primer

An Energy Primer

Recent fluctuations in global oil prices prompted by slower than forecasted economic growth raises new questions for the world’s single largest energy source. Oil prices fluctuate with free market conditions of supply and demand. However, in an effort to reduce greenhouse emissions and increase diversification governments have implemented mandates to influence the global energy matrix. Historically, developed countries have sought […]
Free Market Hypocrisy: Why Do We Hold Renewables to Different Standards than Fossil Fuels and Nuclear?

Free Market Hypocrisy: Why Do We Hold Renewables to Different Standards than Fossil Fuels and Nuclear?

Now that renewables are receiving some of the same incentives that fossil fuels have enjoyed for nearly one hundred years, we're suddenly being inundated with calls for a purely "free-market" approach to energy development from politicians on the right and companies concerned about the growth of clean energy.
Ontario Solar Feed-in Tariff Portfolio Opens Up Opportunities for Investors

Ontario Solar Feed-in Tariff Portfolio Opens Up Opportunities for Investors

Fueled by record-setting growth in home solar installations, leading residential solar finance-and-installation companies such as SolarCity and SunPower and investment banks have been able to move briskly along and bring investors up the learning curve by introducing new financial products that lower the cost of capital to issuers while still offering attractive returns to investors.
How FERC Order 1000 Could Affect Hydro

How FERC Order 1000 Could Affect Hydro

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 1000 on July 21. The order amends FERC's requirements for interstate electric transmission companies to allocate the costs of transmission planning and developments to their customers. This is a big step for transmission projects and planning and the effect it will have on renewable energy projects, especially hydroelectric developments, could be positive.
Is the White House’s Solar Commitment on Target?

Is the White House’s Solar Commitment on Target?

When the White House announced a multipronged solar commitment that benefits low-to-moderate-income communities, the decision did not take place in a vacuum. Although most news coverage has simply focused on the federal statement, a more in-depth look shows this thorny challenge has blocked progress for the solar industry for a long time. According to some researchers, this commitment does not […]
Geothermal Stocks Overview

Geothermal Stocks Overview

Part of the lack of recognition for Geothermal power arises from a confusion with the technology variously called Geoexchange, Ground Source Heat Pump, or Geothermal Heat Pumps. Geoexchange uses the near constant temperature of the soil a few feet to a few hundred feet below the ground to heat and cool a building.
New Hydro

New Hydro

Mutriku wave plant inaugurated in Spain Spain-based utility Ente Vasco de la Energia has inaugurated the Mutriku wave power plant, located between Bilbao and San Sebastian. Voith Hydro supplied the equipment for the 300 kW project’s 16 units, which employ Voith Hydro’s OWC (oscillating water column) technology. The company claims this is the first wave power plant worldwide in commercial […]
Four ways to advance corporate renewable strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic

Four ways to advance corporate renewable strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic

History should teach us not to underestimate the creativity of the US corporate office or its financial markets, nor should we underestimate the resilience of the renewable energy industry. For example, US tax equity investments in wind power projects plunged more than 80% after the 2008 recession, and the next year Google announced the country’s first corporate PPA. Many companies […]
South Korea taps Germany to help grow its solar industry

South Korea taps Germany to help grow its solar industry

Once an importer of Germany's solar technology, South Korea is now partnering with the world champion to help build up its own home-grown photovoltaic (PV) industry, with an eye on supplying the growing Asian market. The strategic shift shows how emerging solar nations are finding new ways to work with established players to drive development of the PV industry around the world -- and kick off what promises to be a more dynamic phase.
Automating Biogas Plants: Diagnostics and Monitoring Increase Yields

Automating Biogas Plants: Diagnostics and Monitoring Increase Yields

Germany has 7,100 biogas plants, according to Fachverband Biogas e.V., the country's biogas association. In 2011 they had a combined capacity of about 2780 MW and contributed about 3.1 per cent of the nation's energy mix. But the sector must adopt new production methods to meet its baseload potential, claims Biogas Pirates, a firm active in Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany which specialises in the construction and servicing of biogas plants.