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Activity supported with Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation funding BOONE—The Appalachian Energy Center at Appalachian State University recently completed a project that began in 2005 to help eight North Carolina counties produce renewable energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improve their economy. The project was funded by a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation of Winston-Salem. The ZSR Foundation […]
Can India leverage the dramatic changes occurring in the electric utilities industry, and rid itself of electricity shortages? Yes, it can leapfrog the traditional coal-based power paradigm, exactly as it did by embracing wireless telecom, and with equally spectacular results.
Renewables are in the midst of a transition. Emissions reduction guidelines combined with a growing energy demand in emerging economies are pushing the buildout of massive wind farm fleets and solar panel installations worldwide. Amidst this buildout, however, advances in digital technology are coming to the forefront as the energy industry faces a reality: the use of fossil fuels will continue to grow alongside renewables.
The State of Biomass Heat: A Mid-Year Reflection from BTEC’s Chairman and Executive Director Today, we would like to share our reflection on the state of the biomass thermal industry and the progress BTEC has made, and ask you to consider joining the cause this Fall. We are proud to report that the association reached a […]
Developers, manufacturers, investors and other renewable energy industry stakeholders need to know where the next big market is going to be so that they can adjust their business decisions accordingly.
A looming decision that threatens to derail Europe's biofuels industry could reverberate all the way to Asia.
The geothermal industry has been struggling with the same barriers to development for years. It's a frustrating situation: while geothermal is a reliable, steady baseload form of renewable energy, its development expenses overshadow its obvious long-term benefits. Meanwhile, other intermittent renewable sources such as wind and solar are able to take advantage – and control – of state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies and other incentives due to their lower costs of deployment.
As I write this column, the end of summer is rearing its head. I can't complain though. This summer we got away on two local family trips (neither one farther than 165 miles from our house) – one to the mountainous, high desert region around Bend, Oregon and the other to the majestic coast near Manzanita, Oregon. For both trips, I completely unplugged. No computer, no Internet – just me, my family, and the sounds of laughter, the wind, hawks and heron. And for the first time since my twins were born more than two years ago, I even read a novel cover to cover (a great book btw, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga).
A ridiculous amount of interesting facts and statistics surround the solar industry, and every time I write one of these posts, I fall more deeply in love with solar power. What a first-class industry to be in – renewable energy, saving money, saving the planet….yeah, those things are important, and I’m always happy to share facts and statistics when I come […]
Bloated by debt, bled by corruption and battered by structurally declining sales, South African power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. is facing what’s known in the industry as a “death spiral.”