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Why Corporations are Buying into US Wind Power

Why Corporations are Buying into US Wind Power

Corporations are making major investments in wind power. In February, North Carolina commissioned its first commercial-scale wind farm. The Amazon Wind Farm U.S. East is made up of 104 wind turbines that can produce enough energy for 61,000 homes annually. The site is using this power to run its data centers and will help the company move closer toward its goal of achieving 50 percent renewable energy use by 2018.  
California Goes Big On Transportation Electrification Hoping To Spur More EV Adoption

California Goes Big On Transportation Electrification Hoping To Spur More EV Adoption

Late last week, California’s three largest investor owned utilities (IOUs), which provide service to over 30 million people, agreed to a five-year, $738 million plan to invest in transportation electrification. The plan was formally approved in a unanimous vote by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC), the culmination of a process required by California’s 2015 Senate Bill 350, which set a timeline and pathway for transportation electrification to help advance CA’s clean air and greenhouse gas reduction goals. (CA’s smaller IOUs are on a different timeline.)
ENER-G eases move from fixed to flexible energy contracts

ENER-G eases move from fixed to flexible energy contracts

Many small and medium sized businesses are playing a ‘lottery’ with energy purchasing because of a reluctance to move from fixed to flexible contracts, says business energy broker ENER-G Procurement, which is making the transition easier. “The traditional approach to buying an annual fixed-price energy contract is a bit of ‘lottery’ since the price depends largely on the wholesale price […]
California Clean Energy Mandate Comes at Utilities’ Expense

California Clean Energy Mandate Comes at Utilities’ Expense

California’s ambitious push for clean energy will be a tough lift for utilities and potentially their bondholders.
Texas’ power market reaps the wind (and sun)

Texas’ power market reaps the wind (and sun)

By Liam Denning, Bloomberg The Texas power market is a gamble. Generators seeking the occasional windfall from price spikes weigh the odds on temperature, wind-speed, the economy and, crucially, how much capacity their rivals are starting up or shutting down. Regarding the latter, they get some guidance from the state grid operator every six months in the form of projections of how […]
Suntech Insolvent, Yingli Links with GCL

Suntech Insolvent, Yingli Links with GCL

The inevitable has finally happened at tanking former solar star Suntech (NYSE: STP), which has been forced into bankruptcy ending a months-long battle between the company’s founder Shi Zhengrong and just about all the company’s other stakeholders. In the meantime, I would be remiss not to mention another solar news tidbit that has panel maker Yingli (NYSE: YGE) forming a new strategic tie-up with GCL-Poly […]
Biofuels: Could the Cure Be Worse Than the Disease?

Biofuels: Could the Cure Be Worse Than the Disease?

If you've been keeping tabs on the world of biofuels then you know some of the controversial claims: biofuels often have a lackluster environmental performance; energy crops compete with food crops and are driving up food prices; renewable fuels will only be able to put a small dent in our fossil fuel use.
How Asian Nations Can Act to Mitigate Climate Change

How Asian Nations Can Act to Mitigate Climate Change

Asia must take urgent steps to lessen the effects of climate change, and for that it needs considerable help from rich nations elsewhere, concludes a report, titled "Up in Smoke," the fourth in a series compiled by more than 35 development and environmental groups including Oxfam and Greenpeace.
When Will Congress Pass Tax Credits for Renewable Energy?

When Will Congress Pass Tax Credits for Renewable Energy?

When will Congress extend the tax credits for geothermal and other renewable energy technologies? -- Tom J., White Plains, New York
Video Reveals Truth about Smart Grid

Video Reveals Truth about Smart Grid

We don’t think about energy until something goes wrong, and this week things went wrong on an historic level. As a result, the public and pundits are again focusing on the fragility of big electric grids. Ten percent of the world’s population — more than 600 million people — lost their power in India on July 31, marking the largest blackout in […]