As new technological and market innovations take hold in the developing world, the demand for secure and affordable power is increasing. Here, Nancy Wimmer reports on how a quiet revolution is providing opportunities for renewable energy.
The Cleantech Capital Group this week entered into an agreement with the American Stock Exchange to begin publishing the Cleantech Index: a new index comprised of publicly traded companies engaged in the cleantech industry.
Renewable energy interests are vital to contract negotiations in Exelon's proposed acquisition of the New Jersey Public Service Enterprise Group. Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) wants to ensure that renewable energy policies are included in the contract, so the group will participate in all regulatory proceedings dealing with the purchase, which would create the nation's largest utility if negotiations are successful.
Two billion people -- a round statistic for a sharply divisive global problem. With several hundred million families worldwide still relying on crude energy sources like kerosene to light homes and dry-cell batteries -- at 500 times the price of grid electricity -- to power radios, the "energy divide" casts shadows over much of the globe.
Nearly everyone has had a bad experience with matchmaking or knows someone who has. When one realizes that two friends might make a good couple the best policy is full disclosure rather than a blind date; so here is fair warning: this is a set up.
Extra funding for 12 renewable energy projects across the UK totalling £:1.65 million (US$2.74 million) were recently announced by Energy Minister Stephen Timms.
Since the 1970s, development agencies have tried to promote small-scale renewable energy technologies in developing countries. Much work focused on technical demonstrations or projects that were narrowly self-sustaining but could not be replicated. Many projects were considered failures because of poor technical performance, lack of maintenance, and/or poor suitability to user needs and local conditions. Projects often did not demonstrate commercial viability or facilitate access to credit. That is, even if user fees paid for ongoing maintenance, new donor aid would still be required to expand and replicate investments.
Providing power to every satellite in space has made solar cells indispensable. Since the war in the Persian Gulf, solar-powered satellites have directed battle operations in all of America’s conflicts including the present one in Afghanistan. Information from GPS (Geographical Positioning Systems) satellites and spy satellites gathered and relayed to Command and Control by military satellite communication networks direct precision bombing.
Green Mountain Energy Company has been selected to serve 450,000 Ohio electricity customers in the largest energy aggregation contract in the United States.