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Geothermal Deal Could Bridge the Gap for Future Development

Geothermal Deal Could Bridge the Gap for Future Development

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.
Biomass Industry 2012 Review: A Mixed Bag

Biomass Industry 2012 Review: A Mixed Bag

The U.S. biomass industry suffered a frustrating year in 2012, with EPA regulatory uncertainty the dominant theme. The Presidential Election heavily influenced the pace of EPA regulation and the time of writing the long-awaited Boiler MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technology) Rule and its companion the Non-Hazardous Secondary Material (NHSM) Rule, which are still incomplete, while the EPA's Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule may not be completed until 2014.
Bush Should Look To Texas If He Doesn’t Want the Nation To Become California

Bush Should Look To Texas If He Doesn’t Want the Nation To Become California

Texas is beginning to look more and more like California. That might sound good to folks like me living here on the Left Coast, but for the Bush Administration touting the concept of electricity deregulation as the solution to our power supply woes, what is going on in our president's home state is proving that the devil is always in the details. Putting oil and chemical companies ahead of ordinary consumers is never a good idea, even in Texas.
Inflate This: Conservation and Efficiency Are Key to Our Energy Future

Inflate This: Conservation and Efficiency Are Key to Our Energy Future

Of the recent political maneuvering and verbal attacks in the current presidential election, perhaps one of the most disappointing and frustrating has been John McCain's disparagement of conservation and efficiency. Mocking Obama's call for Americans to make sure their tires are properly inflated to help reduce gasoline consumption: The McCain team started handing out tire gauges to journalists and editors engraved with the words: "Obama's Energy Plan."
The Energy Trolls

The Energy Trolls

Since I began blogging here I have been humbled by the reaction of most readers to what I have to say. Even if I had spent my whole career covering renewable energy, I’m just a writer. You all are the experts. You’re the business professional on the firing line. You’re risking your money and reputation for this industry – and […]
Assume You Are Going to Lose Power and Hope That You Don’t — Solar Industry Insights

Assume You Are Going to Lose Power and Hope That You Don’t — Solar Industry Insights

In the face of Hermine’s landfall, Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned Floridians: “You should assume you are going to lose power and hope that you don’t.”
Yale Students Cited at Fossil Fuel-Divestment Protest

Yale Students Cited at Fossil Fuel-Divestment Protest

Yale University police cited 19 students after they staged a sit-in outside President Peter Salovey’s office to push for divestment from fossil-fuel companies.
Hans-Josef Fell, Father of the Feed-in Tariff

Hans-Josef Fell, Father of the Feed-in Tariff

I dropped by the Bundestag office of Germany’s Green MP Hans-Josef Fell the other day. Fell is a fascinating character and is one of the figures hailed as “the father of the feed-in tariff (FiT)” — Germany’s law that guarantees private producers of renewable energy a fixed, higher-than-market rate for their energy. This law is largely responsible for sparking Germany’s renewable energy […]
Residential Solar System Reaches Milestone

Residential Solar System Reaches Milestone

The first solar-powered urban house on Canada's west coast has generated 1 million watt-hours of electricity in its first 12 months of operation.
Sierra Club, AWEA issue statements on Ohio arrests related to clean energy rollback

Sierra Club, AWEA issue statements on Ohio arrests related to clean energy rollback

Yesterday the FBI arrested five public officials from the Ohio state legislature including the speaker of the house. The five are accused of accepting bribes to the tune of $60M to help prop up nuclear power in the state and push for clean energy rollbacks. Read the whole story: Ohio House speaker, 4 others arrested in $60M bribery case In […]