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New Solar Bill Would Destroy Community Solar Potential in Massachusetts
24.07.2014
In 2013 Massachusetts was ranked 4th for most solar installed, behind California, Arizona, and New Jersey. Despite this success, legislation, officially known as H.4185 (an act relative to net metering), is pending at the Massachusetts State House that could drastically change the direction of the Massachusetts solar industry.

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Listen Up: Financing Options for Your Rooftop Solar System
24.07.2014
If you live in a location with high electric rates and local incentives, it's very likely that the economics for a rooftop solar system are favorable. But many people don't have the $20-25 thousand cash that these systems typically cost. Fortunately, over the past few years a range of new residential solar financing options have been developed. These new financing options have spurred the growth of rooftop solar throughout the U.S.

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Fifteen Clean Energy Yield Cos: Company Structure
24.07.2014
In the first article of this survey of yield cos, I looked at the possible reasons for the seemingly endless enthusiasm for US-listed clean energy yield cos. Here, I'll take a look at how these yield cos are constructed, and why investors should prefer one structure over another.

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Geothermal Energy To Become Next New Source of Chinese Renewable Growth
24.07.2014
The National Energy Administration of China is developing its 13th five-year plan (2016-2020) for the development and use of geothermal resources, in a move to further boost the development of the sector, according to China Securities Journal.

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FT: Pakotteet iskemässä suurimpiin venäläispankkeihin
24.07.2014
Euroopan komission ehdotukset uusiksi Venäjän vastaisiksi pakotteiksi veisivät venäläispankeilta eurooppalaisia asiakkaita, kertoo talouslehti Financial Times. Lisäksi venäläispankeilta vietäisiin mahdollisuus hankkia rahoitusta eurooppalaisten pörssien kautta. Mahdollista on myös energiasektorin tarvitsemien komponenttien vientikielto.

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Wind Power Will Deliver More Than 7 Percent of the World’s Electricity by 2018
23.07.2014
Wind power will deliver 7.3 percent of the electricity consumed worldwide by 2018. Content Classification:  Curated read more

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JCP&L Completes Substation Expansion in Monmouth County
23.07.2014
Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has completed a $15 million transmission substation expansion project in Eatontown to enhance customer service reliability and help meet the growing demand for electricity in Monmouth County. read more

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GEI Supports Successful FERC Licensing for Eagle Mountain Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project
23.07.2014
Eagle Crest Energy Co. has received its license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for its Eagle Mountain pumped storage hydroelectric project. read more

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Germany, Italy, EU, China, and France Top Global Energy Efficiency Rankings
23.07.2014
Germany comes in first in a new energy efficiency ranking of the world’s major economies, followed by Italy, the European Union as a whole, Content Classification:  Curated read more

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FERC Proposes to Approve Physical Security Reliability Standard
23.07.2014
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has taken further steps to enhance the physical security for the most-critical bulk-power system facilities and reduce the overall vulnerability of the grid to attacks. read more

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Europe To Build Only 192 GW of Wind Power Capacity by 2020
23.07.2014
Falling power demand and an economic slump in Europe prompted the region’s wind-turbine industry group to cut its forecast for installations through 2020.

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Solar Energy ‘Lighting Up’ Professional Sports
23.07.2014
When it comes to clean energy and sustainability, solar looks to be a shoo-in one day for the “green” Hall of Fame. Today, more and more sports teams, sports leagues and sports organizations are embracing the advantages of solar energy. Yesterday, the National Hockey League (NHL) released a new sustainability report, saying, in part, “We believe it

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ABB Hit by Wind, Solar Charges for Third Consecutive Quarter
23.07.2014
ABB Ltd. earnings dropped for a third consecutive quarter, missing analyst estimates, amid mounting charges at the unit for offshore wind and solar projects.

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“Mom, My School Bus Is a Peaking Power Plant” and Other Things We Didn’t Say When We Were Kids
23.07.2014
It is amazing that we get to see things we never thought were possible within our lifetime. The smartphone is a great example — who could imagine that we’d have technology more advanced than what we saw on Star Trek as a kid?

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Revenue Streams Are Key to Cost-Effective Energy Storage
23.07.2014
Definitions could make or break the energy storage market, allowing it to capture multiple revenue streams and reduce costs. A panel at the New York Energy Week Roundtable on Storage on June 19 at the Urban Future Lab in New York City explored these crucial choices.

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City of Boulder Files Petition to Acquire Xcel Energy Property to Create Local Utility
23.07.2014
The City of Boulder today filed a condemnation petition in Boulder District Court seeking to acquire portions of the electric system owned by Xcel Energy. read more

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US Solar Manufacturer Suniva To Build 200-MW Facility in Michigan
22.07.2014
U.S.-based solar cell and module maker Suniva announced that it will open a second manufacturing facility in 2014, set to be located in Michigan. The facility will be able to churn out up to 200 MW of capacity of its high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules annually.

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Crying Fowl or Crying Wolf? Open Season on the Utility's Solar Duck Chart
22.07.2014
The rapid changes to the electricity system being wrought by distributed solar have utilities crying out, and they’ve poured much of their distributed solar angst into a chart being shared throughout the energy nerdocracy — the duck. The Duck Chart, Showing Net Supply/Demand on the California Grid in 2012-13, Forecast through 2020 Until 2012, daily

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UK Retains Target to Cut Carbon Emissions by Half Through 2025
22.07.2014
The U.K. will keep a target to cut greenhouse gases by half through 2025, Energy Secretary Ed Davey said, foiling the Treasury’s effort to weaken the target.

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Solar Battle of the Bands: Where Music, Solar, and Marketing Join in Harmony
22.07.2014
This blog has always been about solar marketing and advocacy, and so it’s always fun to report on Solar Battle of the Bands, an annual Intersolar sold-out tradition that harmoniously incorporates both.  Yes, there is a marketing aspect to this event, but let’s not be cynical here. If you’ve ever been to a Solar Battle of the Bands, you know the eve

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Keeping Up with Energy Storage
22.07.2014
Solar and energy storage are a match made in heaven and a new report from the Solar Electric Power Association, “Electric Utilities, Energy Storage, Solar: Trends in Technologies, Applications and Costs,” takes a deep dive into the energy storage sector. The report uses information from the Department of Energy’s Global Energy Storage Database to analyze 215 distributed generation energy storage projects developed by or in partnership with utilities.

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California Proposes $46.3 Million for Advanced Biofuels
22.07.2014
In California, the California Energy Commission recommended awards of $46.6 million to 11 biofuels and biomethane projects.

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How Opposite Energy Policies Turned The Fukushima Disaster Into A Loss For Japan And A Win For Germany
22.07.2014
Japan thinks of itself as famously poor in energy, but this national identity rests on a semantic confusion. Japan is indeed poor in fossil fuels — but among all major industrial countries, it’s the richest in renewable energy like sun, wind, and geothermal. For example, Japan has nine times Germany’s renewable energy resources. Yet Japan makes about nine times less of its electricity from renewables (excluding hydropower) than Germany does.

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Steam from the Sun
22.07.2014
A new material structure developed at MIT generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure — a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam — is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits the structure’s surface, it creates a hotspot in the graphite, drawing water up through the material’s pores, where it evaporates as steam. The brighter the light, the more steam is generated.

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EU etsii Venäjä-pakotteita – energiaruuvia vaikea vääntää
22.07.2014
Itä-Ukrainan lentokoneiskun jälkeen maailmalla on vaadittu kovemman linjan ottamista Venäjän osuuteen Ukrainan kriisissä. EU:n ulkoministerien on tarkoitus päättää Venäjän vastaisten pakotteiden laajentamisesta tänään.

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Digital Substations: Feedback on Site Experience
22.07.2014
Non-conventional fully-digital instrument transformers were selected due to their low mass and slim line construction, replacing conventional wound current transfor...

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Renewables Provide 56 Percent of New US Electrical Generating Capacity in First Half of 2014
21.07.2014
According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower provided 55.7 percent of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity during the first half of 2014 (1,965 MW of the 3,529 MW total installed).

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H2O Pursues 440-MW Colorado Pumped Storage Hydro Project without FERC Permit
21.07.2014
H2O Holdings LLC on July 18 told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it doesn’t agree with FERC’s rejection of a third preliminary permit for a 440-MW pumped storage hydro project, but that it won’t further appeal that rejection and will instead pursue the project outside of the permit process.

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Who Pays for Countervailing Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels?
21.07.2014
On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) made the decision to start implementing countervailing duties (“countervails”) on Chinese solar panels that will raise prices of commercial-scale and distributed solar projects. In 2013, 31 percent of all solar panels installed in the U.S. were Chinese modules. Within the distributed sector alo

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