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Apr 01, 2015

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Key Challenges to Energy Access in the Developing World [VIDEO]

Apr 2, 2015: Two videos that were compiled from a discussion panel on the subject of energy for human development illustrate many of the key themes and challenges that are involved in providing better and more reliable energy access to developing countries.read more…

Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2015: Marching Ahead

Apr 1, 2015: Tom Konrad CFA  My Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2015 model portfolio added a second month to its winning streak, with a 6.1% gain for the month and a 5.7% gain for the year, despite a continued drag by the strong dollar.  If measured in terms of the companies' local currencies, the portfolio would have been up 7.5% for the month and 10.5% for the quarter or year to date.  For comparison, the broad universe of US small cap stocks rose 1.5%  for the month and 4.0% for quarter, as measured by IWM, the Russell 2000 index ETF. The six income stocks continue to lead, with a gain of 5.9% for the month and 10.2% for the year.  This compares to a miserable performance by my income benchmark of global utility stocks (JX…

Analysis Sees Many Promising Pathways for Solar Photovoltaic Power

Apr 1, 2015: In a broad new assessment of the status and prospects of solar photovoltaic technology, MIT researchers say that it is “one of the few renewable, low-carbon resources with both the scalability and the technological maturity to meet ever-growing global demand for electricity.”read more…

How Energy Disaggregation Can Inspire Efficiency

Apr 1, 2015: Pulling apart whole-home energy data and turning it into appliance-by-appliance breakdowns can help even the most inspired household energy-savers get more efficient. That’s according to a report released Wednesday that tracked the results of an 850-customer pilot project conducted last year.read more…

Energy Quote of the Day: 'We Refuse that OPEC Bears the Responsibility'

Apr 1, 2015: Saudi Arabia’s oil minister, Ali al-Naimi, recently said again that OPEC will not take sole responsibility for supporting global oil prices. Since the collapse in oil prices this past year, OPEC has attempted to convince non-OPEC oil producers to cooperate on production and prices, but with little success.read more…

One Texas city will run on 100 percent clean energy by 2017

Apr 1, 2015: In the heart of oil and republican climate-denier country, one Texas city is breaking down traditions and stereotypes – because it plans to be completely powered by solar and wind power by 2017. Jim Briggs, interim city manager of Georgetown, a city a…

Legal Debate on EPA's Power Plan Takes Center Stage

Apr 1, 2015: For the past two weeks, the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan” for power sector carbon emissions has been the center of an ongoing debate between some of the nation’s foremost constitutional and environmental law scholars.read more…

A Historical Tour of the Clean Energy Future

Apr 1, 2015: A progress report on ARPA-E’s efforts to clean up energy production -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com…

Death of the PPA: Is it Time for a New Business Model for Renewable Microgrids?

Apr 1, 2015: Supporting the growth of renewable energy through implicit or explicit subsidies has made sense in order to allow the sector to achieve critical mass and for technologies to mature. However, the cost of this support has been paid by power consumers and taxpayers.read more…

State Bills to Thwart the Clean Power Plan Run into Opposition - from Utilities

Apr 1, 2015: After the final rule of the Clean Climate Plan is released, states will craft implementation plans tailored to their circumstances. In some states, legislators have introduced bills aiming to slow or block their compliance. This legislation is meeting with resistance from stakeholders—most importantly, utilities.read more…

Health Professionals Call: Ban Fracking for Five Years

Apr 1, 2015: The arguments against fracking on public health and ecological grounds are overwhelming. There are clear grounds for adopting the precautionary principle and prohibiting fracking.

Floating Solar Panels: A Viable Solution?

Apr 1, 2015: Hydro Power | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerSince 2011, French Company Ciel & Terre has been developing large-scale floating solar solutions. Their innovative Hydrelio Floating PV system allows standard PV panels to be installed on large bodies of water such as: drinking water reservoirs, quarry lakes, irrigation canals, remediation and tailing ponds, and hydro electric dam reservoirs. This simple and affordable alternative […]…

Samsung SDI + ABB Partnering To Create & Offer Modular, Scalable Microgrids

Apr 1, 2015: Samsung SDI and ABB are partnering to develop and sell modular, scalable microgrids, according to recent reports. The two companies have reportedly already signed a memorandum of understanding, and are now in the early stages of the work that needs to get done. A recent press release put out by the energy technology and battery Samsung SDI + ABB Partnering To Create & Offer Modular, Scalable Microgrids was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

China's War on Pollution Is Gaining Traction

Apr 1, 2015: Beijing announced the closure of the last of its four major coal-fired power plants in 2016, avoiding an estimated 30 million tons of carbon. Carried out as part of China's national Air Pollution Action Plan, this is the latest evidence that China is putting teeth into its pledges to tackle air pollution and cap its emissions.read more…

Georgia Legislature Passes Landmark Solar Bill

Apr 1, 2015: Solar power never faced an outright ban in Georgia, but for consumers, the upfront costs made solar power installations unaffordable. Residents have been prohibited from signing contracts such as power purchase agreements (PPAs), which allow solar installers to cover those costs in return for selling electricity back to a local utility. Despite such roadblocks, Georgia Georgia Legislature Passes Landmark Solar Bill was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Tesla Stock Jumps After CEO Elon Musk Mentions “Major” Announcement Coming Up On April 30

Apr 1, 2015: In an example of just how completely the stock of Tesla Motors appears to be affected by Elon Musk’s every word or action (including tweet), the stock of the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer climbed well over 3% on Monday (from ~$182.50 to $192.50) following a tweet from the controversial CEO concerning a “major” announcement to be made Tesla Stock Jumps After CEO Elon Musk Mentions “Major” Announcement Coming Up On April 30 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

China’s Offshore Wind Growth Surges 487.9%

Apr 1, 2015: The latest data from China’s leading industry body for the wind power sector indicates that the country’s offshore wind capacity posted a surge in growth last year. The 2014 China Wind Power Installation Capacity Statistics (2014年中国风电装机容量统计) just released by the Chinese Wind Energy Association indicate that in 2014 China added a total of 61 offshore wind power China’s Offshore Wind Growth Surges 487.9% was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Two New Applications For Energy Visualization & Simulation From Greensmith

Apr 1, 2015: Two new applications have been announced for Greensmith’s GEMS4 software technology platform. The simulation application, called StorageModel, helps customers create the most effective system for energy storage by taking into account system data, battery information, and technical specifications. Then this information is used to simulate what happens when certain design decisions are made. In other Two New Applications For Energy Visualization & Simulation From Greensmith was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

7 Reasons The Australia Solar Market Is So Interesting

Apr 1, 2015: There are a handful of solar markets that we have given extra attention to in the past few years: the US, China, Germany, India, and Australia. There are a number of reasons why each of them has gotten so much attention. Below, I’m digging in a bit to why Australia solar* is so fascinating to us and 7 Reasons The Australia Solar Market Is So Interesting was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

China Puts The Brakes On New Solar Production Capacity

Mar 31, 2015: Doug Young Bottom line: New signals indicate Beijing plans to move aggressively to prevent solar panel makers from adding unneeded new capacity to help their local governments meet economic growth targets. A new low-key announcement from Beijing is hinting at a quiet struggle taking place behind the scenes in China’s promising but embattled solar panel sector, with the regulator saying it will stop the building of most new manufacturing capacity. On one side of this struggle are local government officials, who may be encouraging solar panel makers in their areas to add capacity that will benefit their local economy but is the last thing the industry needs. On the other side of the battle is Beijing, which is trying to show the world…

$100 Million For Solar PV Systems In Hawaii

Mar 31, 2015: A partnership between the state of Hawaii and several corporate entities will invest up to $100 million in new solar photovoltaic systems for the islands $100 Million For Solar PV Systems In Hawaii was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

$90 Million In SolarCity Bonds Purchased By Elon Musk’s SpaceX

Mar 31, 2015: Elon Musk’s SpaceX has just invested in Elon Musk’s SolarCity’s solar bonds to the tune of $90 million dollars, according to reports out this week. SolarCity launched its solar bonds program in 2014. They allow members of the public to invest in SolarCity without buying stock. SolarCity recently took their bonds to a new level by $90 Million In SolarCity Bonds Purchased By Elon Musk’s SpaceX was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Want To Know More About Solar Decathlon 2015 Houses? (Video)

Mar 31, 2015: Originally published on 1Sun4All. The US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 will feature the student-designed, -built and -operated solar-powered homes of 17 collegiate teams, most of which come from the United States — however, a few teams are working with international universities. They work on these houses for 2 years; most of the teams build them and then Want To Know More About Solar Decathlon 2015 Houses? (Video) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

These States Are Early Leaders in U.S. Energy Storage Market

Mar 31, 2015: Energy storage is a small market undergoing fierce growth. The U.S. installed 61.9 megawatts of storage in 2014, and 220 megawatts are predicted to be installed in 2015. But, like the solar industry, storage projects are clustered in states with incentives, or where markets are able to place a value on storage. read more…

A Roadmap to Energy Efficiency in California

Mar 31, 2015: The California Public Utilities Commission released a draft document on energy efficiency that functions as a “10 year roadmap to activate market forces and transform California’s existing residential, commercial, and public building stock into high performing and energy efficient buildings.”read more…

SMRs: Lots of Talk, but DoE's Budget is 1% of Yearly Wind Tax Credit [VIDEO]

Mar 31, 2015: If developing smaller reactors as a tool in the battle against carbon dioxide emissions was as high of a priority for the Administration as one would believe based on the amount of talk given to the topic, it would be logical to have assumed that the DoE would have made additional funds available for research.read more…

How to make a profit from rotting garbage

Mar 31, 2015: Landfills can make a profit from all their rotting waste and a new patent explains exactly how to make the most out of the stinky garbage sites. Decomposing trash produces methane, a landfill gas that can be used to produce electricity or heat. Since methane is a greenhouse gas and most landfills don't produce enough of it to make energy production worthwhile, many dumpsites burn, or flare, the methane away so that the harmful gas does not escape into the atmosphere. But a new process shows how landfills can up their methane production to turn a profit.

UNEP: Green Investment Up 17%, 103 GW Added In 2014

Mar 31, 2015: This morning the United Nations Environment Program released its 9th annual report on Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment. The news is very good: 2014 was the best year ever for newly installed renewable capacity. The Frankfurt School–UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance prepared the report. In spite of the 50+% collapse in oil prices toward the end UNEP: Green Investment Up 17%, 103 GW Added In 2014 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Clean Energy Collective and Fort Collins Utilities Break Ground on Community Solar Array

Mar 31, 2015: FORT COLLINS, COLO. - March 31, 2015 (Investorideas.com renewable energy stocks newswire) Fort Collins Utilities and Clean Energy Collective, the nation's leading community-shared solar developer, broke ground on the Riverside Community Solar Array, a 632 kW solar PV facility located on a Brownfield site in Fort Collins, Colo., opening locally produced clean power generation to any of the municipal utility's 65,000 residential customers.

EPA Report Says Automakers Surpassing Light-Duty Greenhouse Gas Standards

Mar 31, 2015: WASHINGTON - March 31, 2015 (Investorideas.com renewable energy stocks newswire) For the second consecutive model year, the automotive industry outperformed the national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards by a wide margin.

Just Who Are These Investors in Shales?

Mar 31, 2015: Issuing additional shares of stock is a very expensive, and less than ideal, way for a company to get money. And yet, shale companies are issuing new shares at the fastest rate in more than a decade. The first three months of 2015 have seen about $8B in new issuance. But the market appears aberrant.read more…

Siemens Proves Wind Energy’s “Outstanding” Potential

Mar 31, 2015: Siemens has conducted a review of its wind turbine technology to determine the actual environmental impact of wind energy, from manufacturing through construction and operation. The company’s study found that both onshore and offshore “showed outstanding results. In a post on its website, Germany multinational Siemens announced the results of a “detailed ecological review of Siemens Proves Wind Energy’s “Outstanding” Potential was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Four In Five Scots Want More Renewable Energy

Mar 31, 2015: A new survey from YouGov, ahead of the United Kingdom’s General Election to be held on the 7th of May, has found that 79% of Scottish adults want the UK government to implement policies which will help develop more renewable energy. The survey, conducted between the 24th and 25th of February of 1,008 Scottish adults, Four In Five Scots Want More Renewable Energy was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

US Solar & Wind Associations Release Renewable Energy Handbook

Mar 31, 2015: Two US renewable energy associations, the American Wind Energy Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association, have jointly published a handbook that details how states can incorporate renewable energy into their plans to comply with US policy regulations. The handbook aims to help states comply with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, US Solar & Wind Associations Release Renewable Energy Handbook was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Top “10” CleanTechnica Stories of Last Week (+ 3 Extra EV Growth Charts)

Mar 31, 2015: I somehow skipped doing a run-through of the top 10 CleanTechnica stories of the week yesterday (perhaps the hundreds of comments on story #2 are what distracted me). If you haven’t checked out these pieces, it seems that your colleagues recommend you do: Electric Car Demand Growing, Global Market Hits 740,000 Units One Thing I Think Top “10” CleanTechnica Stories of Last Week (+ 3 Extra EV Growth Charts) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Conservation

Mar 31, 2015: This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of energy conservation. Please chip in with your opinion so that we can gather a statistically significant sample size and get a meaningful indication of the current consensus (or lack thereof).read more…

Your EV Battery Lifespan Might Last Longer Than You Think

Mar 31, 2015: Researchers have run the numbers on actual EV driving and the results are in: EV battery lifespan is much longer than previously thought Your EV Battery Lifespan Might Last Longer Than You Think was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

600 MW Perovskite Solar Cell Facility Slated For Turkey

Mar 31, 2015: Turkey, for one, has had enough of this fossil fuel nonsense. The country is moving forward with plans for a 600 MW perovskite solar cell facility 600 MW Perovskite Solar Cell Facility Slated For Turkey was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

KAMAZ Creating Artifical City In Russia To Serve As Testing Ground For Autonomous Vehicles

Mar 31, 2015: The Russian commercial vehicle manufacturer KAMAZ has reportedly proposed the creation of an artificial city in the country to serve as a testing ground for the development of autonomous vehicles — thereby providing the country with an analog of other such systems currently in place, or being constructed, elsewhere in the world (Switzerland, Germany, etc). KAMAZ Creating Artifical City In Russia To Serve As Testing Ground For Autonomous Vehicles was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Turkey Announces 302 MW Solar PV Tender For April

Mar 31, 2015: The country of Turkey will be holding a solar tender for 302 megawatts (MW) of new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity at the end of April (28, 29, and 30) — as recently revealed by the country’s Electricity Transmission Company (TEIAS). This tender is part of the country’s previously revealed (back in 2013) inaugural push for Turkey Announces 302 MW Solar PV Tender For April was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Shunfeng Reports 275.6% Increase In Revenue In 2014, Following Acquisition Of Wuxi Suntech

Mar 31, 2015: The clean energy company Shunfeng International Clean Energy experienced an increase in reported revenue of 275.6% in 2014, following on the heels of the the company’s acquisition and integration of the photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing giant Wuxi Suntech (April 2014). That increase in revenue was accounted for by Shunfeng’s reported full year revenue of RMB 5,745.9 Shunfeng Reports 275.6% Increase In Revenue In 2014, Following Acquisition Of Wuxi Suntech was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Beijing’s Four Major Coal-Fired Power Plants Will Completely Shut Down

Mar 31, 2015: Coal, which has nearly done in Beijing, is soon to be done itself in Beijing. China is cutting pollution in an effort to lose its role as the world’s largest carbon emitter and also clean up the air its citizens breathe. Next year, the last of Bejing’s four major coal-fired power plants will completely shut down. China Beijing’s Four Major Coal-Fired Power Plants Will Completely Shut Down was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

In Praise of Cleaner-Burning Gasoline

Mar 31, 2015: California has seen a price spike over the last month that at one point drove pump prices to a dollar above the rest of the country. We’re used to paying a bit more for gas here — due to higher taxes and the cleaner-burning fuel used only in California — but the difference is usually around 30-40 cents.read more…

Revisiting the Shale Oil Hype: Technology versus Geology

Mar 31, 2015: Irrespective of price, geology is trumping technology in the Bakken and Eagle Ford plays.

Mideast Nuclear Projects: A Mix of Progress and Perils

Mar 31, 2015: With a nuclear regulatory structure and agency modeled after the US NRC, the United Arab Emirates announced that its Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has submitted an application for an operating license for the first two units at the Barakah nuclear power station.read more…

500 GW for Global Solar Energy in 5 Years, With 30 GW in India

Mar 31, 2015: According to the researchers at IHS, global solar might hit 500 GW in total installed capacity by 2019. This year, 2015, global solar demand is projected to increase to 75 GW alone, a 66% growth rate against 2014. In 2014, the largest markets were China and Japan.read more…

France Passes Green Rooftop Law

Mar 31, 2015: Energy Politics | Environment and Sustainability | Solar PowerFrance keeps making green headlines lately… the Eiffel Tower’s wind turbines, the tree-shaped wind turbines being installed in Paris, and now an exciting new law that is sure to have a huge environmental impact in urban centers. Every new commercial building in France must meet a new building requirement; the roof must be at least […]…

Eight Hurdles to a Proposed Constitutional Amendment for Solar Choice in Florida

Mar 31, 2015: A sea-change is brewing in Florida and is shaping up to be the most closely watched 2016 referendum on any state’s election ballot. Solar advocates are on track to ask voters to permit entities other than monopoly utilities to sell power generated by solar energy systems in the Sunshine State.read more…

Stormy weather ahead for wind farms?

Mar 30, 2015: Researchers will study the vibrations of wind turbines at a large Chilean wind farm along with health impacts on nearby residents. The goal is to make wind turbines more acceptable. Currently, scientists lack sufficient understanding of wind turbines' noise and best ways to mitigate the effects, they say.

Goodbye, range anxiety? Electric vehicles may be more useful than previously thought

Mar 30, 2015: In the first study of its kind, scientists quantitatively show that electric vehicles will meet the daily travel needs of drivers longer than commonly assumed. They found that batteries that have lost 20 percent of their originally rated energy storage capacity can still meet the daily travel needs of more than 85 percent of US drivers.