Energy

5 Reasons Clean Energy Investments Beat Expectations

Karin Rives

The solar industry is booming, and the US Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, chastised after several high-profile cleantech companies went belly up in 2011, has more than recovered. In fact, leading venture capitalists, some of our largest banks and brands, and — lately — private investors are expected to continue to invest heavily in   …Continue Reading


Projected Electric Capacity Additions Are Below Recent Historical Levels

Linda Hardesty

In the coming decades, additions to US electricity generation capacity are expected to be lower than in the recent past. In the Energy Information Administration (EIA)’s Annual Energy Outlook 2015 Reference case, which reflects current laws and policies and does not include EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, total generating capacity (including end-use generators like rooftop   …Continue Reading


Are Apple and Google Disrupting America’s Century-Old Energy Market?

Gavin Purchas

Apple made news earlier this year when it signed an $848-million “direct access” deal to bypass Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and buy clean energy directly from a third-party solar provider. For Apple, the big win was a contract that locked in affordable energy for the next 25 years. But the deal also set a historical   …Continue Reading


Shared Solar Could Significantly Expand Solar PV Market

Karen Henry

If federal, state and local policies institute a supportive regulatory environment, shared solar could expand the potential customer base for solar PV to 100 percent of homes and businesses, according to a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL estimates that 49 percent of households and 48 percent of businesses are currently   …Continue Reading


New Energy System Will Save Stanford $420M

Karen Henry

Stanford University is building a new energy system that incorporates solar power with heat recovery. The new system, called the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI), will save the university $420 million in energy costs over 35 years, making Stanford one of the most energy-efficient research universities in the world. The university has also committed to providing   …Continue Reading


NY Offers $160M to Fund Clean Energy

Linda Hardesty

As part of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy, $160 million in funding is being made available to support public-private sector partnerships in clean energy projects. Funding will be administered competitively. The funding will support significant private investment in renewable energy sources such as wind farms, fuel cells, biomass facilities, renewable biogas and   …Continue Reading


2G Cenergy Launches Hydrogen Fueled CHP System

Karen Henry

2G Cenergy has launched a dedicated hydrogen-fueled combined heat and power (CHP) system, Business Energy reports. The first two 2G Cenergy units have been deployed at an energy station within the Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport in Germany. Each unit is capable of an output of 500 kW. The hydrogen gas storage system at Brandt   …Continue Reading


Factors are Favorable for a Rise in Smaller CHP Plants

Karen Henry

While 86 percent of installed combined heat and power (CHP) capacity in the United States serves large industrial and manufacturing sites, the days of new CHP plant installations at large sites are slowing down, according to Cogeneration & Onsite Power Production. CHP plant installations were at an all-time high of 6-7 GW in 2001 and 2002,   …Continue Reading


NY’s First ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’ Rule a Major Step in Transformation of US Power Sector

Vic Shao

A major mile-marker was set in US power markets last week as the New York Public Service Commission (NYSPSC) issued the first regulations under Governor Cuomo’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) strategic power market reform plan. New York State’s REV highlights the transformation under way in the US power industry and markets as state authorities   …Continue Reading


How CA Will Bring More Renewables to the Grid

Larissa Koehler

Not content with setting a Renewable Portfolio Standard that ends at 2020, California Governor Jerry Brown and state legislators are pushing for the Golden State to get 50% of its energy from renewable resources by 2030. To meet this ambitious target, California must build a system that is largely based on renewable electricity, like wind and   …Continue Reading