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Americans Still Behind Clean Energy

Capitalism, as the famous economist Joseph Schumpeter noted, is all about “creative destruction”. Firms come and go. Some survive. Some do not. So it’s unfortunate for America when critics of clean energy seek to politicize what the most ardent believers in free markets believe is a natural, ongoing part of a healthy economy. While it’s … Continue reading Americans Still Behind Clean Energy

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Nuclear decommissioning costs amount to €66 billion in UK alone

The nuclear industry’s ‘Foratom’ blog recently criticised EWEA’s argument in a recent report that “massive subsidies to fossil fuels and nuclear energy…. remain the rule”. Foratom instead claimed that “it is renewable energies, especially wind and solar energy that are the most systematically subsidised forms of energy, not nuclear energy.” Foratom then set out some … Continue reading Nuclear decommissioning costs amount to €66 billion in UK alone

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Electric Vehicles: The Tipping Point for the Smart Grid

We worry about electric vehicles the way Woody Allen worries about death. Nearly everything seems like a threat: their expensive batteries, excessive weight, and, scariest of all, their potential to leave us stranded somewhere we don’t want to be. But let’s not leave all the anxiety to electric car owners. The rest of us need … Continue reading Electric Vehicles: The Tipping Point for the Smart Grid

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Solar power mentioned in second U.S. presidential debate

While wind power generation has roughly doubled, solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) generation have increased 270% under Obama’s presidency, from 1.55 GW to 5.71 GW, according to figures from the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA, Washington D.C., U.S.). Solar energy, wind power and other renewable energy sources were again mentioned in … Continue reading Solar power mentioned in second U.S. presidential debate

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Perseverance, logistics acumen make Alaska wind energy project reality

In landmark renewable energy news for Alaska, the 17.6-MW Fire Island Wind Project is now on line and generating power, concluding another rather remarkable story in American wind power development. The facility, jointly developed by Summit Power and owner Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI), is the largest wind project currently on line in the state. … Continue reading Perseverance, logistics acumen make Alaska wind energy project reality

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Offshore wind energy development sees boom in Fujian

The world added 1.4 gW of installed offshore wind power capacity in 2010, up 110 percent year-on-year and accounting for 3.7 percent of the world’s total installed energy capacity. According to the International Energy Agency, wind energy will make the largest contribution to global renewable power by 2017, with China leading offshore wind power growth. … Continue reading Offshore wind energy development sees boom in Fujian

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Vindkraft Ukraina plans to build a wind farm on Black Sea coast in 2013

Vindkraft Ukraina LLC plans to build wind energy plants with a total capacity of 18 MW on the Black Sea coast in 2013, the co-owner of the company, Fredrik Svinhufvud, said at the International Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Forum REF-2012 held in Kyiv on October 16-17, 2012. “Our first project is Novorossiske wind farm … Continue reading Vindkraft Ukraina plans to build a wind farm on Black Sea coast in 2013

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New Players in the Middle East Renewable Energy Market

There is vast solar energy potential in the MENA region with 35 of the most successful projects underway being concentrated solar power plants. By 2050, these solar farms could supply up to 15 percent of Europe’s electricity needs and a substantial portion of the power needs of the producer countries with carbon-free power. The United … Continue reading New Players in the Middle East Renewable Energy Market

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Will US wind energy splutter out if Mitt Romney cuts its subsidy?

Jacob Susman is frustrated again. Sitting in the bright green conference room of his company’s trendy industrial office, overshadowed by the Brooklyn Bridge, he’s a clean-cut poster child for the “green economy”: Since 2007, Susman’s OwnEnergy, which installs wind turbines, has grown to be one of the nation’s most prominent wind installers. But he’s plagued … Continue reading Will US wind energy splutter out if Mitt Romney cuts its subsidy?

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Iberdrola, Neoenergia Start Building 150MW Brazil Wind Farm

Iberdrola SA (IBE), the world’s second- biggest wind power operator, said it started building the 150- megawatt Calango wind energy project in Brazil’s Rio Grande do Norte state with Brazilian group Neoenergia SA. The Calango project is scheduled to start operating at the end of next year. The five 30-megawatt wind farms, along with five … Continue reading Iberdrola, Neoenergia Start Building 150MW Brazil Wind Farm

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Siemens to build wind farm in Turkey

Siemens will deliver 22 wind turbines for the Balabanli onshore wind farm, located near the city of Tekirdag in the European part of the Turkey. Siemens Energy has received an order from Borusan EnBW Enerji, a joint venture consisting of German energy supplier EnBW and Turkey-based Borusan Holding. Siemens Energy has received a further wind … Continue reading Siemens to build wind farm in Turkey

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Wind energy benefits the economy

As requested by Acciona and EDP Renováveis, Ernst & Young conducted a study that presents an integrated analysis of the value creation potential of wind energy. The study compares two energy technologies, Combined Cycle Gas Turbines (CCGT) and wind power, to analyze the impacts of microeconomic factors such as direct costs as well as macroeconomic … Continue reading Wind energy benefits the economy

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Canadian Wind Energy Association announces annual award winners

The Canadian wind energy industry last night celebrated visionary leaders and clean energy pioneers as annual awards were handed out at the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Toronto, Ontario. The event is the largest wind energy conference in Canada, and hosted more than 2,500 professionals from the wind energy industry … Continue reading Canadian Wind Energy Association announces annual award winners

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First Solar awarded contract for 13 MW MENA solar power plant

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) awarded the first phase of Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Power Plant to the US-based First Solar Inc. The contract to construct the first phase of Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, a 13 megawatt (MWDC) solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Dubai was awarded to US-based … Continue reading First Solar awarded contract for 13 MW MENA solar power plant

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WWF Aims for 600,000 Electric Vehicles in Canada by 2020

WWF-Canada announced the launch of Transportation rEVolution, a program aimed at reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation by encouraging the use of electric vehicles (EVs). A recent Environics study commissioned by WWF-Canada showed that while Canadians overwhelmingly support EVs (73 per cent support government actions to promote electric cars), they are unclear on … Continue reading WWF Aims for 600,000 Electric Vehicles in Canada by 2020

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Concentrated Solar Power and Photovoltaic meet 5.1% of Spanish electricity demand in August

At 2.2% of demand, Spain’s CSP plants provide the largest contribution to demand by this technology anywhere in the world. Photovoltaic produced 841 GWh during the month, with Concentrating Solar Power supplying another 466 GWh, compared to 21.5 TWh of demand. Spain’s National Energy Commission (CNE) has released a report finding that the nation met … Continue reading Concentrated Solar Power and Photovoltaic meet 5.1% of Spanish electricity demand in August

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China to raise solar power installation target

According to the notice, companies in every province or autonomous region can apply for up to 500 MW. The National Energy Administration will further raise the target for distributed photovoltaic power generation installation, in a move to support Chinese solar companies, which are struggling after the United States imposed heavy duties on their products. The … Continue reading China to raise solar power installation target

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