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Australian Renewable Energy Law Paves Way for $11 Billion in Projects

Australian Renewable Energy Law Paves Way for $11 Billion in Projects

Long-frustrated wind and solar developers in Australia can now get to work on more than A$14 billion ($11 billion) in projects after a new renewable energy target passed parliament.
Global Geothermal Markets Booming – Will the US Get Left Behind?

Global Geothermal Markets Booming – Will the US Get Left Behind?

When speaking to geothermal advocates, it is likely that they will express a common frustration about the industry: geothermal, unlike wind and solar, is a baseload, guaranteed source of steady power, so why isn't there enough favorable policy in the U.S. to help the industry grow?
Watch Out California, Here Comes the Rest of the U.S.

Watch Out California, Here Comes the Rest of the U.S.

The U.S. solar PV market is becoming increasingly fragmented. And while that's somewhat frustrating for solar businesses working across states with different incentives and regulations, it's a very good thing for the overall health of the national market.
The Boom-Bust Tax Cycle

The Boom-Bust Tax Cycle

While most attention today is being paid to the launch of the Nissan Leaf the question of supplying long term renewable power to it is getting less attention. One of the most frustrating problems is a boom-bust cycle driven by tax incentives, not just in America but even in China. It’s tough for the industry to do any long-term planning […]
The 2012 Geothermal Industry: Success, Expansion, and Familiar Frustration

The 2012 Geothermal Industry: Success, Expansion, and Familiar Frustration

After several painfully slow years for geothermal developments, industry advocates will be glad to hear that 2012 turned out to be one of those most successful years in the past decade, according to Karl Gawell, executive director of the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA). With more than 100 megawatts (MW) of capacity brought online and plenty of burgeoning international markets, the geothermal industry has reason to celebrate – despite some nagging ongoing barriers to development.
Geothermal Industry Report Shows Growth, Potential and Frustration

Geothermal Industry Report Shows Growth, Potential and Frustration

Though the geothermal industry faces many hurdles including uncertain federal policies and lengthy project timelines, the Geothermal Energy Association announced last week that it added 91 MW of newly installed U.S. capacity in the past year. With this addition, the U.S. now has a total of 3,177 MW of capacity, which far outpaces the rest of the world.
‘Snail’s Pace’ in Climate Talks, Weak Pledges Frustrate UN Chief

‘Snail’s Pace’ in Climate Talks, Weak Pledges Frustrate UN Chief

The secretary general of the United Nations is frustrated with the pace of negotiations for what’s intended to be a crucial agreement limiting global warming. Climate change pledges submitted so far from the world’s leading economies won’t be enough to keep the planet from warming dangerously, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Monday in New York. Proposals to reduce heat-trapping emissions need to be “a floor, not a ceiling,” he said. The global increase in temperatures will exceed 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) under the national pledges already submitted to UN, Ban said. That’s the goal scientists and the UN have set to avoid the worst effects due to global warming. The proposals submitted to date “will not be enough to place us on a 2-degree pathway,” Ban said. Without any changes to global emissions, the world is on track to warm by 4 degrees Celsius or more, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Change Janos Pasztor said earlier this month. World leaders have five months to go before a meeting of almost 200 nations in Paris that’s intended to seal a new global pact to cut planet-warming carbon emissions. If successful, the agreement would be the first ever to require both developed nations like the US and growing economies like China to address climate change. “The pace of UN negotiations are far too slow,” Ban said. “It’s like a snail’s pace.” The U.S., the world’s biggest historic source of greenhouse gases, pledged earlier this year to cut its emissions by as much as 28 percent by 2025. The European Union has promised a 40 percent cut by 2030. Several other major economies, including Australia and Japan, have yet to submit climate plans to the UN.
Federal agency’s dam-related order frustrates Tacoma, Wash., utility officials

Federal agency’s dam-related order frustrates Tacoma, Wash., utility officials

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission isn’t backing off from demands that Tacoma Power raise its rates to pay for complying with federal orders to make the Cushman Dam project area a better place for endangered salmon than it was originally. The agency last week issued an order that amends a new license Tacoma Power has been seeking for 30 years.
Solar-Hybrid Covers Remote Landfill Needs

Solar-Hybrid Covers Remote Landfill Needs

When the operators of the Grey Wolf landfill outside Prescott Arizona grew frustrated spending US$8000 a month to run three large diesel generators to power the facility - along with the inherent risk of fuel spills - they didn't immediately consider using solar power to address their needs.
The UK Smart Meter Rollout Delay: Let’s Get It Right

The UK Smart Meter Rollout Delay: Let’s Get It Right

Earlier this year, the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) decided to delay the smart meter rollout. Despite some early frustration, many believe it was a smart move. The government recently announced that 53 million smart meters will be rolled out by 2020, one year later than its original goal.