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Brazil: A Stronghold of Hydro Development

Brazil: A Stronghold of Hydro Development

By Elizabeth A. IngramThanks to government policies encouraging economic growth, development of hydroelectric projects in Brazil is going strong, with projects under construction ranging in size from the 11,200 MW Belo Monte facility down to just a few megawatts.
Thanks to Co-op, Small Iowa Town Goes Big On Solar

Thanks to Co-op, Small Iowa Town Goes Big On Solar

It’s hard to imagine a place more bucolic than the rural farming communities clustered around Kalona, Iowa — the kind of place that for generations has embodied conservative, blue-collar values woven throughout rural America.
Utilities Take a Shine to Solar Power

Utilities Take a Shine to Solar Power

SunPower Corp. is set to start work on a 250 MW solar photovoltaic power plant in California which will, when complete in 2012, provide electric power to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. The plant will dwarf the largest PV project currently in existence, a 17 MW facility at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas, Nev.
An Attractive Option

An Attractive Option

Amid the turbulence of the credit crunch, investors are increasingly concerned with finding a safe asset class for investment - property is crashing, the stock market has crashed and bonds look risky. Investors are looking to diversify their portfolios into a variety of alternative asset classes. Energy infrastructure could provide that potential safe haven, writes Felicia Jackson
Banks Provide Critical Support for Hydro Project Development

Banks Provide Critical Support for Hydro Project Development

By Elizabeth A. IngramThe involvement of multi-national banking institutions is critical to the completion and modernization of hydroelectric projects, particularly in the developing world. This article details nearly $16 billion in funding recently awarded for work at more than 50 projects.
How Lessons from Major Catastrophies Can Guide Dam Safety Practices

How Lessons from Major Catastrophies Can Guide Dam Safety Practices

The dam safety community has a vital trust: To guard against dam failure, which has the potential to cause great damage to life and property.
Upgrading Aging Pipelines

Upgrading Aging Pipelines

Nova Scotia Power’s hydro projects feature more than 10 miles of pipelines, commissioned between 1922 and 1967.
UK Biofuels Update

UK Biofuels Update

The term 'biofuels' has generally has come to mean liquid biofuels for use in transport and is applied to a wide range of products. These fuels may be used in internal combustion engines as replacements for petroleum, diesel oil or other additives.
Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2017: First Quarter Earnings

Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2017: First Quarter Earnings

In the two months since the last update, most of the stocks in my Ten Clean Energy Stocks model portfolio have reported first quarter earnings. There were few surprises, and those were mostly pleasant ones, allowing the model portfolio to add to its gains, and pull a little farther ahead of its benchmark.
Renewables Global Status Report 2009 Update

Renewables Global Status Report 2009 Update

The year 2008 was the best yet for renewables. Even though the global economic downturn affected renewables in many ways starting in late 2008, the year was still one to remember. As Table 1, on page 22, shows, in just one year, the capacity of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) plants (larger than 200 kW) tripled to 3 GW. All forms of grid-tied solar PV grew by 70%. Wind power grew by 29% and solar hot water increased by 15%. Annual ethanol and biodiesel production both expanded by 34%. Heat and power from biomass and geothermal sources continued to grow, and small hydro increased by 8%.