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Mar 03, 2015

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Laying the Bricks for New York's Path Forward: The Latest Development in New York’s REV Plan

Mar 4, 2015: Last Thursday, New York’s Public Service Commission (PSC) issued a landmark order that signaled that the State’s push to revolutionize its electric power sector is gaining steam. The order is part of an ambitious initiative known as “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV), a regulatory proceeding that began in April 2014.read more…

Nuance or Nuisance: the Challenge of State-Level Incentives in Renewable Energy Development

Mar 4, 2015: A market closes, a market opens – such are the sharp ups and downs currently inherent to renewables development. Incentives in the US are currently decided at the state level. This adds challenge to an already inherently complex business, and more should be done to create parallel structures across state lines.read more…

India Doubles Coal Tax, Yet Again

Mar 3, 2015: Of late, India has been cutting subsidies while at the same time increasing taxes on fossil fuels so as to transform itself from a carbon subsidy regime to one of carbon taxation. On Saturday, the country moved forward to double the “clean energy cess” it levies on coal used in the country. While presenting the general budget, the India Doubles Coal Tax, Yet Again was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

National Bike Month, Tesla “D” Launch Event in Switzerland… (Clean Transport Link Drop)

Mar 3, 2015: Here’s some more clean electricity news & commentary for you in case you’ve already sailed through ours. Bicycling Protected Lanes Preview: Boston, Detroit, Indy, Minneapolis, Denver & More Safety In Numbers: Biking Is Safest In Nations With The Most People On Bikes Measuring How Americans Ride New Mobile App Alerts Drivers to People on Bikes Phoenix Bikeshare National Bike Month, Tesla “D” Launch Event in Switzerland… (Clean Transport Link Drop) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Largest Solar Power Plant In World, Solar’s Conservative Backers… (Clean Electricity Link Drop)

Mar 3, 2015: Here’s some more clean electricity news & commentary for you in case ours isn’t enough for you insatiable curiosity. Solar Power SunPower Nearing Completion On 579 MW Solar Star Project — “World’s Largest Solar Power Plant” See The World’s Largest Solar Plants From Above Arizona’s New Solar Charge Is ‘Unsupportable By Any Economic Analysis,’ SolarCity Largest Solar Power Plant In World, Solar’s Conservative Backers… (Clean Electricity Link Drop) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Ohio Electricity Regulators Reject Bailout for Uneconomic Power Plants

Mar 3, 2015: Ohio’s clean energy economy celebrated a big win this week. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) denied American Electric Power Company’s (AEP) request for guaranteed profits to operate its aging and uneconomic coal power plants.read more…

Understanding electric car 'range anxiety' could be key to wider acceptance

Mar 3, 2015: Drivers have been slow to adopt electric vehicles due to 'range anxiety,' the fear of becoming stranded with an empty battery. This phenomenon was recently addressed in a study that aims to explain range anxiety and determine whether hands-on experience can reduce drivers' stress.

What is Prosumer Value to Utilities?

Mar 3, 2015: The Age of the Prosumer presents challenges for utilities used to thinking of their customers in terms of kilowatthours consumed. The Smart Grid is responsible for these challenges, borne out of technology, policy, and capital innovations. These innovations trigger many disruptions to the utility business model.read more…

Petroleum Refinery Outage in California Highlights Markets' Quick Price Reaction

Mar 3, 2015: On February 18, an explosion and fire occurred at ExxonMobil's refinery in Torrance, California. The Torrance refinery is an important source of gasoline and distillate fuel oil supply for Southern California. Unplanned refinery outages can have noticeable effects on liquid fuel markets.read more…

Can Carbon Dioxide Replace Steam to Generate Power?

Mar 3, 2015: The U.S. Department of Energy hopes to create a more efficient turbine that uses CO2 to make electricity -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com…

Business Leaders Recommendations for Restoring American Energy Innovation Leadership

Mar 3, 2015: Critical federal investments in energy innovation have remained unchanged since 2010, as detailed by the AEIC in its third report, which finds that Congress and the Administration have a mixed record on implementing their recommendations to promote energy innovation.read more…

Alert: SolarCity (Nasdaq:SCTY) Files Lawsuit Against Arizona Utility Salt River

Mar 3, 2015: PHOENIX - March 3, 2015 (Investorideas.com renewable energy stocks newswire) SolarCity Corporation filed a lawsuit late yesterday in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, asking the court to stop Arizona utility Salt River Project (SRP)'s anti-competitive behavior.

The Great Transition: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy

Mar 3, 2015: March 3, 2015 (Investorideas.com renewable energy stocks newswire) "The energy transition will change not only how we view the world but also how we view ourselves," say the authors of The Great Transition.

People, Planet, Profit: The Rise of Triple-Bottom-Line Businesses

Mar 3, 2015: Washington, D.C. - March 3, 2015 (Investorideas.com renewable energy stocks newswire) Entrepreneurs are beginning to challenge business as usual, infusing ethics into the notoriously ruthless corporate world.

Home Energy Management Revenue Set To Hit $22 Billion

Mar 3, 2015: New numbers from Navigant Research, examining the regional and global trends in the home energy management market, have predicted the industry to generate more than $22 billion in revenue from 2014 to 2023. “Competition is heating up among vendors and, at the same time, [Home Energy Management] HEM products are becoming more accessible to consumers, Home Energy Management Revenue Set To Hit $22 Billion was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Wind Turbine Blade Design Rapidly Evolving

Mar 3, 2015: A new report from Navigant Research has concluded that innovation and lean manufacturing are resulting in the rapid evolution of blade design and manufacture, allowing wind turbine vendors to meet “future challenges” and helping them prepare “to compete purely on cost against traditional generation.” The report is the fifth issue of the BTM Consult bi-annual Supply Wind Turbine Blade Design Rapidly Evolving was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Despite Record Shipments And Revenue, JinkoSolar Shares Fluctuate

Mar 3, 2015: A new tax and an increase in operating expenses hit JinkoSolar hard in the fourth quarter of 2014, despite record shipments and revenue, again proving that it’s all about market expectations. JinkoSolar announced its 2014 fourth quarter and full-year earnings early this week, and highlighted record shipments of 838.2 MW, an 18.4% increase on Q3’14, Despite Record Shipments And Revenue, JinkoSolar Shares Fluctuate was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Be Careful About Rose-Colored Glasses When Viewing the Future of SMRs

Mar 3, 2015: Following another year of turbulence a casual observer of the nuclear industry may be forgiven for concluding that Small Modular Reactor (SMR) development has stalled, but a new report a new sense of clarity and purpose is emerging around the technology’s commercialization.read more…

IEA report: US shale oil growth practically zero in 2017

Mar 3, 2015: US growth is seen to decline to a meagre 160 kb/d by 2017. That is plausible given the high decline rates in tight oil fields.

If solar has gotten so cheap, why isn’t there more of it?

Mar 3, 2015: If solar has gotten so cheap, why isn't there more of it?

The Shale Revolution Did Not Pay Investors Well

Mar 3, 2015: We have all heard of the “shale revolution”. It has been touted as the energy panacea of our time. Given the extreme hype, one would expect that such enthusiasm would translate into above average share performance for shale operators. This has not been the case.read more…

BYD Looking To ‘Revolutionize’ Brazil’s Urban Transport

Mar 3, 2015: The rising star of the Chinese electric vehicle and solar energy technology world, BYD, is looking likely to continue rising, with the company now eyeing the Brazilian market. With the company’s first factory in the region — being constructed in Campinas, Sao Paulo — set to be up and running by the middle of the year, BYD Looking To ‘Revolutionize’ Brazil’s Urban Transport was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Last Test Flights Of Solar Impulse 2 Before #RTW Takeoff (Video)

Mar 3, 2015: Originally published on 1Sun4All. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg have each flown a final test flight in Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) prior the departure on the first leg of the 1st round-the-world solar flight. Bertrand flew the flight last night and said via twitter, “Flying at night with solar power reminded me how clean technology can open new opportunities in our lives.” Bertrand continued, saying, Last Test Flights Of Solar Impulse 2 Before #RTW Takeoff (Video) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

What Happens When a Solar Eclipse Takes 30GW of Solar Off-Line?

Mar 3, 2015: The world is about to experience a fascinating experiment, when a solar eclipse hits Europe on March 20th, 2015. It’s not the first time Europe has experienced a major solar eclipse and had to deal with PV capacity being part of the mix, so they have some good lessons to model from the last one in 1999.read more…

Future Remains Positive Even As India’s Solar Power Capacity Addition Falls 12% In 2014

Mar 3, 2015: The supposed drag in the renewable energy sector remained prevalent during 2014 as the central government changed in India. But the new government is expected to push for renewable energy expansion aggressively. Solar power capacity added in India during 2014 was 883 MW, consulting firm Mercom Capital reported recently. This capacity addition was 12% lower Future Remains Positive Even As India’s Solar Power Capacity Addition Falls 12% In 2014 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Green Cars in 2015 (Infographic)

Mar 3, 2015: Electric Cars | Hybrid Cars | TransportationConsidering a green car? These days it makes a lot of sense but there are so many options; electric, hybrid, hydrogen and even solar. One day soon we’ll all be driving one, so how do we choose? And if we don’t have a green car, what can you we do to help the environment in […]…

Vattenfall Wins 400 MW Offshore Wind Energy Project, Sells Stake In 700 MW Project

Mar 3, 2015: Vattenfall has had a busy last few days as it took the decision to sell stake in a wind energy project off the coast of England and secured another off the coast of Denmark. Swedish power generation giant Vattenfall secured a 400 MW offshore wind energy project off the coast of Denmark in an auction. The Vattenfall Wins 400 MW Offshore Wind Energy Project, Sells Stake In 700 MW Project was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Portland Smart Water Pipe Infrastructure Also Distributes Electricity

Mar 3, 2015: A new section of a very smart water pipe infrastructure is now operational in Portland, Oregon. It not only delivers water, it provides hydropower electricity en route. According to Next City, this clean energy infrastructure innovation has promise for a larger role in the future:  A new system, unveiled in January, generates electricity inside a stretch Portland Smart Water Pipe Infrastructure Also Distributes Electricity was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Can Brussels Deliver An Energy Union For Europe?

Mar 3, 2015: Originally published on Energy Post. By Sonja van Renssen Energy Post takes stock of what the proposals for an Energy Union mean and ponders the key question: can Brussels deliver? The Commission is pushing hard on a far-reaching redesign of the electricity market, which is to be driven by the EU Emission Trading Scheme and Can Brussels Deliver An Energy Union For Europe? was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Can Oregon Go Coal Free By 2025?

Mar 3, 2015: Is Oregon about to kick its coal habit? Even though the state has an ambitious renewable portfolio standard, ranks second in the US for hydropower generation, and is a signatory to the landmark Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, it still receives a surprising 33% of its overall electricity from coal.read more…

The Eiffel Tower stays bronze, goes green

Mar 3, 2015: Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online For the beautiful “Iron Lady” of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, this year’s fashion color of choice is green, metaphorically speaking that is. In order to reduce her carbon footprint, this elegant lady has had an eco-green makeover, complete with matching accessories in the form of two super-efficient [...]…

EVs Could Be Cheaper Than Gas Cars By 2025

Mar 3, 2015: One of the most effective arguments against electric cars right now is their high cost compared to conventional vehicles. Without the $7,500 tax rebate, a Nissan LEAF costs nearly $30,000, making it one of the most expensive compact cars you can buy…and that’s for the base model. But what happens if electric cars actually end [...]…

These guys can charge your Tesla in less than 5 minutes

Mar 3, 2015: StoreDot is a three-year-old startup that specializes in the chemistry behind everyday devices like your smartphone and flash memory sticks. The company’s 30 employees occupy a cramped space in a non-descript building in the non-descript city of Ramat Gan, Israel. And that’s actually surprising. Because if life were a Hollywood movie, StoreDot would be located [...]…

SunPower Nearing Completion On 579 MW Solar Star Project — “World’s Largest Solar Power Plant”

Mar 3, 2015: One of the top solar energy companies in the world, SunPower, is close to completing what will be the “world’s largest solar power plant” in Southern California, according to recent reports. The 579 megawatt (MW) Solar Star project is now mostly online, and is on track for “substantial completion” during Q2, based on recent comments [...]…

New Tesla Model S Easter Egg — Turn The Model S Into The Lotus Esprit Submarine (VIDEO)

Mar 2, 2015: Ever wanted to drive (or pilot?) the car/submarine that James Bond used in The Spy Who Loved Me? Well, now you can — sort of anyways. Yet another hidden feature (aka “easter egg“) has been found in the Tesla Model S firmware system, this one allowing you to transform the display image of the Model S (in New Tesla Model S Easter Egg — Turn The Model S Into The Lotus Esprit Submarine (VIDEO) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Strong Link Between California Drought & Climate Change Revealed Today

Mar 2, 2015: Rain and snow have graced the West recently, causing many residents to breathe a sigh of relief about possible easing of the severe drought conditions that have worsened there over the past three-plus years. Complacency about drought and climate change is not warranted, say Dr. Noah Diffenbaugh and his research team from Stanford. In “Anthropogenic warming Strong Link Between California Drought & Climate Change Revealed Today was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Why Utility-Scale Solar is Booming on the East Coast

Mar 2, 2015: When we think about solar energy, California comes immediately to mind. And why wouldn’t you think of the Golden State, considering all the sun that slathers the most populous state? Plus Jerry Brown, during his first run as governor of California, was touting its benefits at a time when children played outside and walked to Why Utility-Scale Solar is Booming on the East Coast was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Vancouver’s Progress Towards Becoming The Greenest City

Mar 2, 2015: Originally published on The ECOreport. In 2009, Gregor Robertson was elected mayor of Vancouver after campaigning to make it the greenest city in the world. Two years later, The Economist ranked Vancouver #2 in North America. In 2013, Vancouver was chosen as the planet’s first Global Earth Hour Capital. The judges were impressed by the city’s overall Vancouver’s Progress Towards Becoming The Greenest City was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Electricity Cost Decreases By 30% In Kenya Due To Geothermal

Mar 2, 2015: Electricity costs for both consumer and industrial customers have decreased by about 30% because of increased geothermal energy production Electricity Cost Decreases By 30% In Kenya Due To Geothermal was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

$24 Million A Month Saved By Geothermal In Kenya

Mar 2, 2015: Electricity produced by geothermal plants in Kenya has reduced other fuel costs by about $24 million a month $24 Million A Month Saved By Geothermal In Kenya was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

How Clean Energy Is Bringing Jobs To North Carolina

Mar 2, 2015: Originally published on the ECOreport. North Carolina is one of North America’s fastest growing markets for clean energy. The state’s cleantech sector grossed $4.8 billion in 2014 and, based on their previous experience, most companies expect to grow between 30% and 35% this year. Close to ¾ of this money went to building efficiency and solar. How Clean Energy Is Bringing Jobs To North Carolina was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

2016 Audi R8 e-tron Model Debuts, With A Whopping 280 Mile Range

Mar 2, 2015: The 2016 Audi R8 e-tron has finally, after considerable delay and uncertainty, debuted — and it’s possibly been worth the wait, as it possesses a (claimed) range of 280 miles per charge. If true, then the model will be only the second production vehicle to offer more an 200 miles of range per charge. Given 2016 Audi R8 e-tron Model Debuts, With A Whopping 280 Mile Range was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

China's Coal Use and Estimated CO2 Emissions Fell in 2014

Mar 2, 2015: China's coal consumption fell by 2.9 percent in 2014, the first drop in 14 years, according to official Chinese energy statistics released yesterday. Glen Peters of the Global Carbon Project calculates that China's CO2 emissions have also fallen, by 0.7 percent, for the first time this century.read more…

Important step towards quantum computing: Metals at atomic scale

Mar 2, 2015: Scientists report that they could observe experimentally the current flow along channels at the crystal surfaces of topological insulators. The channels are less than one nanometer wide and extend along atomic steps of the crystal lattice. The scientists demonstrated also how these steps can be introduced in any arrangement.

Breakthrough in organic light emitting diodes technology

Mar 2, 2015: Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), which are made from carbon-containing materials, have the potential to revolutionize future display technologies, making low-power displays so thin they'll wrap or fold around other structures, for instance.

Clever application of magnetic force enhances laparoscopic surgery

Mar 2, 2015: A team of engineers is using magnetic force to design new and improved instruments for minimally invasive surgery. The use of magnetic actuation allows them to create tools that are more flexible and more powerful than conventional designs, which place the instruments on the end of long sticks.

EPA: Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Production Fell 35% Since 2007

Mar 2, 2015: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest draft Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows methane emissions from natural gas production have fallen substantially, a decline that supports recent research finding low leakage rates in major shale basins.read more…

Nuclear Communication

Mar 2, 2015: Whenever I tell people that I research nuclear communication, they almost invariably say the same thing: "Now there is an industry that could very much learn to communicate better.” It’s a realization coming home to the nuclear industry itself.read more…

Scientists trick the light fantastic

Mar 2, 2015: What if one day, your computer, TV or smart phone could process data with light waves instead of an electrical current, making those devices faster, cheaper and more sustainable through less heat and power consumption? That's just one possibility that could one day result from an international research collaboration that's exploring how to improve the performance of plasmonic devices. The manipulation of light through tiny technology could lead to big benefits for everything from TVs to microscopes.

Blend of polymers could one day make solar power lighter, cheaper and more efficient

Mar 2, 2015: Scientists are reporting advances on how to one day make solar cells stronger, lighter, more flexible and less expensive when compared with the current silicon or germanium technology on the market.