Last year nearly 44,000 wind turbine technicians around the world completed or refreshed their standardized basic safety and technical training and early indications suggest at least 20 percent more will do so in 2018. Why does this matter? Put simply, we need standardization.
In April, we witnessed two historic new laws that go further than ever before on changing utility business models, once again showcasing state leadership on clean energy. Hawaiian legislators passed the Ratepayer Protection Act, which directs utilities and the PUC to come up with mechanisms to reward utility performance such as affordability, reliability, customer engagement, integration of renewable energy and timely executive of competitive procurement.
Globally, the cost of renewable energy has been dropping like a stone for many years. Records are set with each and every tender. (Tenders are reverse auctions where a government requests a set amount of capacity and developers bid their best price.)
Across the U.S., state and local governments continue to set aggressive renewable energy goals. Solar and wind power are often used to help meet these new standards — whether because of favorable tax incentives or quick deployment timeframes. But as the growth of intermittent resources increases, it is clear that these resources need to be combined with a reliable backup.
During Q2 2016, there were 121 policy actions taken in 42 states related to distributed energy resources (DER), according to the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center.
Geothermal power plant turbines - A first look at the manufacturing value chain.
It is a new era for American energy. In 2015, increased use of sustainable energy set the stage for a U.S. triple play of carbon reductions, cost savings, and economic growth.
Over the last few years, Mexico has made a series of policy decisions that show its commitment to addressing climate change.
If renewables didn't have policy support, there wouldn't be much of a market, so the saying goes.
It may be time to re-think J. Paul Getty's famous formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.