Tag Archives: renewable energy

Renewable Tug-of-War

State legislatures jockey for renewable energy standards State legislature versus the administration. It’s an ongoing battle, seemingly omnipresent regardless of who takes office, and probably until the end of time. It also applies to a range of issues. One of these, perhaps more pertinent than ever under present legislation from all branches, is renewable energy. A […]

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Going Back to Cali

Wyoming-to-California wind power proposal brings heat An exemplary battleground for old vs. new—in the form of coal vs. wind—is the state of Wyoming. The axis is the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project: Billions have already been invested for a project that would create a huge wind farm in southern Wyoming, build a subsequent connectivity line […]

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Climatic Relief

Pruitt, Wyoming, and a temperature record highlight a wild Wednesday for all things climate-related  Wednesday’s child is full of woe. Woeful for some, promising for others, the byproducts of the most recent ‘Hump Day’ were certainly interesting for the energy world. Let’s begin at Mission Control, 8:00 AM: Two federal agencies—NASA and NOAA (the National Oceanic […]

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Chip off the Block

U.S.’s first offshore wind farm needs turbine repairs It wouldn’t be a true ‘first’ without a few hiccups. The United States’ first offshore wind farm off Block Island, Rhode Island encountered its first troubleshoot Monday in the form of a downed turbine. One of the five General Electric 6MW Haliade turbines installed at Deepwater Wind’s Block […]

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2 Degrees of Separation

Paris Agreement goals looking lofty Even before the surprise result of the U.S. presidential election put a blanket of jeopardization over all renewable energy efforts to counter climate change, the numbers set by the Paris Climate Agreement may have been too ambitious. Greentech Media reported that the $44 trillion needed in investment to reach these numbers […]

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Exercising Caution

Siemens’ CEO says company will approach 2017 carefully Siemens’ CEO has said the company will take a cautious approach to its deals in the upcoming calendar year. Although it is unclear yet what effects this could have on the industrial electric motor market, the open statement reflects a larger trend, and the company has such a […]

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NRECA Stands Up

Coal ash, the CPP, and rural internet access test the meaning of ‘co-op’ The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association plays an important role in utilities distribution and grid modernization across the country. With a recently appointed CEO, and the status of the Clean Power Plan in limbo, NRECA feels the time is now for them […]

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Meeting of the Minds

Standards of old (UL) teams with progressives of new (AWEA) In a striking example of progressive collaboration, UL is one of the organizations offering preparations for an upcoming renewable energy event, AWEA’s Resources & Projects Energy Assessments Seminar 2016. The AWEA event, to be held 9/27-28 in Minneapolis, is designed as a forum for global wind energy […]

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Utilities Losing Millennials

Major shift in usage percentages…what are possible solutions? Recent data recorded by Accenture Consulting indicates a major issue closing in on utilities providers: how will they keep the Millennial generation as part of their customer base? The demographic is disproportionately out of touch with utilities, in part because many of them are still living at home, and also […]

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Support For SolarCity

Musk’s “Part Deux” unveiled to reassure investors The ever-visible Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, wants to ensure potential shareholders that his unfinalized purchase of SolarCity is a worthwhile investment, not the bad deal some have labeled it in the past few weeks. So he yesterday enfolded it into an announcement about his overall business/energy integration plan, […]

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