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Sep 05, 2015

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Sunrun Launches New Solar Financing Options

Sep 4, 2015: Potential clean energy customers now have a few more options for paying for their residential solar energy system, thanks to the launch of several new solar financing programs from Sunrun. One of the hurdles to home solar adoption continues to be the relatively high upfront costs of the solar PV systems, but Sunrun’s latest financing [&hellip Sunrun Launches New Solar Financing Options was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Breakthrough transparent battery captures and stores energy from the sun

Sep 4, 2015: Although renewable energy generation is rapidly on the rise in the United States and around the world, a major obstacle to more widespread adoption is the lack of effective and affordable storage. However, this obstacle is temporary as innovators race a…

Opower And Nest Lead Home Energy Management Vendors

Sep 4, 2015: A new Leaderboard Report from Navigant Research identifies Opower and Nest as the two leading home energy management vendors. Specifically, Navigant concluded that “Opower sustains success with a leading suite of solutions, while Google’s Nest Labs innovates and expands its home energy management capabilities.” “While hardware is certainly an important part of HEM, as the market [&hellip Opower And Nest Lead Home Energy Management Vendors was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Predicting The Energy Of Wave Energy

Sep 4, 2015: A journal article published in August has attempted to address the issue of indeterminacy in wave energy by creating a technique designed to predict the energy in waves. Published in the journal Ocean Engineering, the paper — Short-term forecasting of the wave energy flux: Analogues, random forests, and physics-based models — analyzed the performance of four separate [&hellip Predicting The Energy Of Wave Energy was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Gaming Computers Could Reap 75% Energy Savings And Improve Performance

Sep 4, 2015: A first of its kind study has found that gaming computers could achieve 75% energy savings while improving their overall video reliability and performance. As noted by the authors of the study at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), bragging rights “are not bestowed upon those crowing about the energy efficiency of their system” — “bragging [&hellip Gaming Computers Could Reap 75% Energy Savings And Improve Performance was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Ethanol Missed The Boat; Isobutanol May Not

Sep 4, 2015: Jim Lane  E-Zero – ethanol-free gas, has been popular with boaters, but here comes isobutanol, with Gevo leading the pack. Are the economics a slam-dunk? Here’s the hard data. One of the more interesting trends in recent years has been the rise of ethanol-free gasoline. Overall, Pure-gas.com reports 9915 stations offering ethanol-free gas in the US and Canada — although it is a crowd-sourced site and may have missed stations adding or dropping E0 fuels. The site does not include stations in Alaska because “all gasoline is ethanol-free.” 314 of those are in Canada. That’s around three times the number of stations offering high-ethanol blends such as E85, despite the inducements that emerge under the…

New findings move flexible lighting technology toward commercial feasibility

Sep 4, 2015: Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology holds promise for developing residential and commercial lighting options with greatly enhanced levels of flexibility as well as environmental, health, and cost benefits -- but challenges remain. A new article identifies next steps toward solving those challenges and reaching commercial feasibility.

Solar water-splitting technology developed

Sep 4, 2015: Researchers have demonstrated an efficient new way to capture the energy from sunlight and convert it into clean, renewable energy by splitting water molecules. The technology uses sunlight-harvesting gold nanoparticles.

How Demand Flexibility Can Help During Hot Weather Electricity Price Surges

Sep 4, 2015: Originally published on RMI Outlet. By Peter Bronski and Mark Dyson The basic law of supply and demand says that as demand surges and/or as supply lags, prices go up. Nowhere have we seen that effect more acutely than with wholesale electricity prices through this exceptionally hot summer in the United States. From the Pacific [&hellip How Demand Flexibility Can Help During Hot Weather Electricity Price Surges was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

NV Energy Cuts Interconnection Application Times By 63%

Sep 4, 2015: Originally published on Clean Power Research. By Scott Tewel NV Energy’s incentive and interconnection application volumes have grown tremendously in the past 12 months—by 15 times. As many program administrators know, this type of rapid growth can overwhelm the administrative staff, leading to processing delays and unhappy customers. In order to handle the increased workload, [&hellip NV Energy Cuts Interconnection Application Times By 63% was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Large Energy Companies Taking Control Of Dutch Wind Energy Association NWEA

Sep 4, 2015: Originally published on Energy Post By Hendrik Steringa In January this year the Guardian reported that big European energy companies like Total, Iberdrola, EON and Enel, are increasingly taking control of renewable energy lobby groups like the European wind energy association EWEA. In the Netherlands a similar process is taking place in Dutch wind energy [&hellip Large Energy Companies Taking Control Of Dutch Wind Energy Association NWEA was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Property Owners Increasingly Embracing Energy Efficiency Technologies

Sep 4, 2015: Building owners and construction companies are increasingly embracing energy efficiency technologies as a way to improve their bottom line by reducing their energy and operational costs, while simultaneously reducing their carbon footprint.read more…

The Good and Bad of Low Commodity and Oil Prices for Renewable Microgrids

Sep 4, 2015: In general, renewable energy companies have been affected by recent turmoil as the market seems to believe that lower oil prices will either indirectly lead to lower power prices or at least signal that power prices may come under pressure from some of the same factors impacting oil.read more…

Nuclear Facts and Feelings in Pink and Green, by Sunniva Rose

Sep 4, 2015: Sunniva Rose is a nuclear engineer working on her PhD at the University of Oslo. She is also a talented public speaker who likes to capture her audience’s attention, partially by choosing colors like pink and green to highlight facts about nuclear energy, deaths per terawatt hour, and growth in human population.read more…

First 3 Days of Bonn UN Climate Talks Achingly Slow

Sep 4, 2015: So, how are things going partway into the five-day Bonn climate negotiating session of the UN’s “Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform”? [Reminder: as of Thursday noontime, there are only 6.5 more official session days, including the week in Bonn again on October 19-23, before the final Paris talks in December, which are [&hellip First 3 Days of Bonn UN Climate Talks Achingly Slow was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Help Save UK Solar From The Axe

Sep 4, 2015: Originally published on The ECOreport. In 2010, the UK set up a solar feed-in tariff (FiT) that has been far more successful than it anticipated. The country slashed it in half the following year and now proposes slashing the tariff another 87% in January 2016. Only, Britain’s rooftop solar industry is not yet ready to stand on [&hellip Help Save UK Solar From The Axe was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Carbon Markets Have Failed

Sep 4, 2015: In theory, the world has the solution to soaring emissions – it’s called carbon pricing.

America's Utility-Scale Solar Generation Is 31 Times Higher Today Than a Decade Ago

Sep 4, 2015: There was a time when utility-scale solar hit a snag in America. California utilities were reaching the upper limits of their renewable energy mandates, concentrating solar power costs were not coming down, and investors had turned their attention to residential PV. But that moment passed fairly quickly.read more…

How Energizing Renewables Can Spur Carbon Pricing

Sep 4, 2015: To avoid the worst effects of climate change, we must do more to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, we still do not have a price on carbon, one of the most prevalent greenhouse gases in the world and the biggest contributor to climate change.read more…

3 Steps To Maximize The Value Of Batteries

Sep 4, 2015: Originally published on RMI Outlet by Garrett Fitzgerald and Jesse Morris RMI will be hosting a workshop on this topic in advance of the Energy Storage North America Conference and Expo in San Diego on Monday, October 13. For more details on the workshop and conference, click here. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s former chief of staff and [&hellip 3 Steps To Maximize The Value Of Batteries was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Delhi Eyes 2 GW Rooftop Solar Power Capacity By 2022

Sep 4, 2015: Constrained by a shortage of land to set up large-scale solar power projects, the Delhi Government is looking at innovative ways to promote rooftop solar power projects. Delhi’s Ministry of Power recently announced that it is planning to install 1 GW worth of rooftop solar power capacity in the capital over the next 4 to 5 years, [&hellip Delhi Eyes 2 GW Rooftop Solar Power Capacity By 2022 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

India’s Installed Solar Power Capacity Tops 4 GW 

Sep 4, 2015: India’s installed solar power capacity has officially crossed the 4 GW mark, the country’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announced recently. As of 31 July 2015, India reached an installed solar power capacity of 4.1 GW, adding 358 MW solar power capacity between April and July, the first four months of India’s financial year [&hellip India’s Installed Solar Power Capacity Tops 4 GW  was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

'Spin current' seen in motion for the first time

Sep 4, 2015: Researchers have for the first time seen a spin current -- an inherent magnetic property common to all electrons -- as it travels across materials. The result, which revealed a surprising loss of current along the way, is an important step toward realizing a next-generation breed of electronics known as “spintronics.”…

Oprah’s New Tesla, Model X Price, BMW i8 Sales Up 2233%… (Clean Transport Highlights)

Sep 3, 2015: Here’s some more clean transport fun. In this daily share, we’ve got Tesla stories (of course), some other EV stories, bike & pedestrian stories, and a BRT story. Enjoy! (As always, click the subheadings to read the full titles.) Oprah Buys A Tesla Model S Shit’s getting real now (as they say) — Oprah just bought [&hellip Oprah’s New Tesla, Model X Price, BMW i8 Sales Up 2233%… (Clean Transport Highlights) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Renewable Hydrogen Fuel Cells For Hawaii And There’s More Where That Came From

Sep 3, 2015: Fuel cells will emerge competitively in yet another market if this new US Energy Dept. demonstration project at the Port of Honolulu, Hawaii is successful Renewable Hydrogen Fuel Cells For Hawaii And There’s More Where That Came From was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

GIVEAWAY: Win a Voltaic solar backpack in Inhabitat’s Back to School Contest (worth $330)!

Sep 3, 2015: GRAND PRIZE: The OffGrid 6W Solar Backpack RUNNER UP PRIZES: The Converter Solar Backpack…

California Passes Bill To Force Two Biggest Pension Funds To Divest From Coal

Sep 3, 2015: The California State Assembly has passed a bill, SB 185, which will force the state’s two largest pension funds to divest their holdings in thermal coal. SB 185 The bill, which was passed on Wednesday by a vote of 47-27, requires the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) to divest their [&hellip California Passes Bill To Force Two Biggest Pension Funds To Divest From Coal was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Long-sought chiral anomaly detected in crystalline material

Sep 3, 2015: Evidence for a long-sought phenomenon -- first theorized in the 1960s and predicted to be found in crystals in 1983 -- called the 'chiral anomaly' in a metallic compound of sodium and bismuth has been presented by scientists. The researchers also found an increase in conductivity in the material that may suggest ways to improve electrical conductance and minimize energy consumption in future electronic devices.

Self-sweeping laser could dramatically shrink 3-D mapping systems

Sep 3, 2015: Researchers are using light to move mirrors, a novel concept to automate the way a light source changes its wavelength as it sweeps the surrounding landscape. The advance could have implications for imaging technology using LIDAR.

Colorado Invests $1.2M In Low-Income Community Solar Projects

Sep 3, 2015: In what is described as being the first statewide initiative of its kind, Colorado has awarded a grant of $1.2 million to GRID Alternatives to develop community solar projects that will exclusively serve low-income communities. The Colorado Energy Office is providing the nonprofit with this sizable grant to design and implement a community solar demonstration [&hellip Colorado Invests $1.2M In Low-Income Community Solar Projects was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Leaders Who Do Not Take Climate Change Seriously Not Fit To Lead, Says Obama

Sep 3, 2015: Originally published on RenewEconomy. US President Barack Obama has attacked political leaders who do not take climate change seriously, saying that they are “not fit to lead” and make up “their own shrinking island.” In a speech in Alaska at the end of an 11-day tour of the US which has promoted renewable energy, championed [&hellip Leaders Who Do Not Take Climate Change Seriously Not Fit To Lead, Says Obama was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Reducing Urban Metabolism With Re-Nuble

Sep 3, 2015: Originally published on Ecopreneurist. By Tinia Pina In the three years since I founded my own company, I have learned that linkages are borne out of the unlikeliest of places. Five years ago, I was sitting with my colleague, Ranjith Annepu, discussing an idea Karl Marx first introduced – urban metabolism. Urban metabolism studies cities [&hellip Reducing Urban Metabolism With Re-Nuble was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Quantum dot solar windows could turn any window into a power source

Sep 3, 2015: A sunlight-harvesting technology created by researchers in Los Alamos and Italy could turn any window into a solar energy source. The technology is based on tiny nanoparticles known as quantum dots, which can absorb sunlight as it filters through a The…

Australia Launches First Fossil Fuel Free Stock Exchange Index

Sep 3, 2015: Originally published on RenewEconomy. By Sophie Vorrath Australian investors looking to steer clear of fossil fuel companies will now have an easier option, with the launch this week of a Fossil Free Index, said to be the first of its kind in Australia. The index, a collaborative effort from Thomson Reuters and Future Super – [&hellip Australia Launches First Fossil Fuel Free Stock Exchange Index was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

How to curb emissions: Put a price on carbon

Sep 3, 2015: Literally putting a price on carbon pollution and other greenhouse gasses is the best approach for nurturing the rapid growth of renewable energy and reducing emissions. While prospects for a comprehensive carbon price are dim, especially in the US, many other policy approaches can spur the renewables revolution, according to a new policy article.

The Biogas Rush

Sep 3, 2015: Jim Lane  51 percent? Could renewable natural gas get that big? The rationale behind the Eureka!, and some Caveats for all you Emptors. A few years back we lived in the era of the National Energy Solution Summed Up in One Word: it was gasoline, then diesel, then ethanol, or biodiesel. Then there was the Two-Word Era: in p[art because of an Inconvenient Truth, the craze was on for cellulosic ethanol, algae biofuels, aviation biofuels, and there was the Hydrogen Economy or the Glucose Economy, depending on who you were talking to. We seem to have reached the Three-Word Era. Seems like every day we hear the drums beating for Renewable natural gas and low cost methane. And there’s been a steady newsflow in new natural gas project…

Four Necessities For Successful Climate Financing In Developing Countries, Yvo de Boer

Sep 3, 2015: Writing for BusinessGreen earlier this week, Yvo de Boer laid out four ways which he believes are necessary for climate financing to successfully impact developing countries. The name Yvo de Boer will be recognizable to many readers as the man who served as the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. de Boer [&hellip Four Necessities For Successful Climate Financing In Developing Countries, Yvo de Boer was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

How China is Taking Major Steps to Control Shipping Air Pollution

Sep 3, 2015: In a series of announcements over the weekend and on Monday, the Chinese government took several important steps in order to finally control emissions from their shipping activities. Pollution of this kind has, until now, been virtually unregulated.read more…

Beirut's Garbage Crisis Mirrors Our Planet's Global Warming Crisis

Sep 3, 2015: Just as Beirut’s current garbage crisis results in unconstrained buildup of garbage in its streets, so humanity’s continuing emission of carbon dioxide waste into the atmosphere results in unprecedented buildup of harmful greenhouse gases.read more…

COP21: Last Stops on the Road to Paris

Sep 3, 2015: One of the final rounds of climate talks are now underway in Bonn, Germany as the international community makes final preparations for the upcoming COP21 climate conference in Paris where nations hope to hammer out a binding international treaty on climate change.read more…

Wastewater to irrigate, fertilize and generate energy

Sep 3, 2015: To meet the requirements of Asian cities, researchers are adapting an idea they have already applied in Germany for comprehensive water management: developing a concept for reducing water use, treating wastewater and extracting fertilizer for a strip of coastline in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang.

Take the Money and Burn: How CEO Pay Accelerates Climate Change

Sep 3, 2015: Perverse Pay Incentives Reward Fossil Fuel CEOs for Putting Planet at Risk…

Peak Oil Notes - Sep 2

Sep 3, 2015: The last ten days have been among the most volatile for the oil markets since Iraq invaded Kuwait 25 years ago.

Effects of Removing U.S. Crude Export Restrictions Depend on Price, Resource Assumptions

Sep 3, 2015: A new study by the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) on the potential implications of allowing more crude oil exports finds that effects on domestic crude oil production are key to determining the other effects of a policy change.read more…

Licensing Advanced Reactors in the United States

Sep 3, 2015: In the space of a few minutes, Eric Loewen, a past president of the ANS and an engineering leader at GE-Hitachi, was hypothetically elevated through a series of positions including Chairman of the NRC, Secretary of Energy, President of the United States and President of the World.read more…

Phagraphene, a 'relative' of graphene, discovered

Sep 2, 2015: A group of scientists using computer generated simulation have predicted the existence of a new two-dimensional carbon material, a 'patchwork.'…

A Key Element for the Forthcoming Paris Climate Agreement

Sep 2, 2015: The upcoming Paris climate negotiations will constitute a critical step in the ongoing international process to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Whether the Paris outcome will be sufficiently ambitious to put the world on a path towards limiting global warming remains to be seen.read more…

Hundreds Rally in Alaska to Tell Obama ‘Climate Leaders Don’t Drill the Arctic’

Sep 2, 2015: Climate groups rallied in Anchorage, Alaska to demand that the U.S. government, President Obama and Alaskan leaders take the urgent action needed to stop climate change. The “Rally to Confront the Glacial Pace of Political Action” took place as President Obama met with ministers from around the world for the “GLACIER” conference.

Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2015: Buying Opportunities

Sep 2, 2015: Tom Konrad Ph.D., CFA In the two months since my last "monthly" update, the stock market has been in turmoil.  At the end of June, I was pleased report that my Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2015 model portfolio was not only up for the year, it was comfortably ahead of its benchmarks.  At the end of August, the report is of a more win-the-battle-lose-the-war variety. The portfolio is still ahead of its benchmarks, but it's now down 1% for the year to date. The portfolio lost 4.8% in July and 5.7% in August, to end down 1.0% for the year to date.  This decline was entirely due to the strong dollar: without the relative decline of the Canadian dollar, Euro and South African Rand, the portfolio would have been up 5.5%.  In co…

Do We Have a Wicked Problem to Deal With?

Sep 2, 2015: Two articles in Foreign Affairs highlight different routes forward for tacking the climate issue. One, by Michael Bloomberg, argues that the mitigation solution increasingly lies with cities (this isn’t just about city resilience) and the other puts the challenge squarely in front of the business community.read more…