Tag Archives: renewables

Xcel’s New Spreadsheet

Energy provider releases “Colorado Energy Plan”, retires two coal plants Xcel Energy announced its latest energy proposal Wednesday, calling for the shutdown of two major coal-powered plants and a headfirst dive into renewable energy for the state. While the stipulation hinges on consumers saving money, it asks the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to approve […]

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Kanawha Electric Closes

West Virginia repair and machine shop closing after 80 years Kanawha Electric & Machine Co., of Charleston, W.V., announced last Thursday it will close its doors after 80 years of service. The business had been a maintenance stalwart, specializing in mining equipment but repairing motors of all kinds since 1937. It will now be forced to […]

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A Lot of Double A’s

World’s largest battery storage project online in California Battery storage used to just mean that cabinet in the front hallway, where you kept assorted AA’s, 9V’s, flashlights, and that awesome 80s battery-tester that lit up green if the battery in question still worked. Now you need a real estate agent, permits, and multi-million dollar renewable energy […]

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Time To Renew

Renewables, startups gain mainstream exposure Do regulations and unfamiliarity hamper small business owners, even in robust and growing market segments like renewable energy? Carla Walker-Miller, founder of energy services provider Walker-Miller Energy Services, took that question to MSNBC’s Morning Joe program this week. You can view the segment here; episode is Wednesday, June 8, and her segment appears at 39:00. […]

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Little Engines That Can

For storing renewables, take it back to the tracks One of the newest developing technologies in the renewable energy sector is regenerative braking, and the potential for applying it to a centuries-old industry and its infrastructure: train tracks. The basic principle is to gather energy used to move a train uphill and store it, recovering […]

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Cloudy Prospects

$10 billion company, SunEdison renewables, now bankrupt Renewable energy producer SunEdison of Maryland Heights, Mo., appears to be on the verge of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company, which is currently the leading producer of renewable energy in the world and employs approximately 7,300 people, has been bruised by a flurry of financial problems over the […]

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Clean-Up Time

Clean Power Plan Updates After a tumultuous few weeks as far as the Clean Power Plan is concerned, let’s take a look at where the action stands and what potentially lies ahead. The most important developments were those by state legislatures that proceeded with their plans to comply with the original action, which involved a goal of 32% […]

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Sold…to the Highest Gridder

DOE releases modernization proposal Our country’s energy grid appears primed to undergo a hefty makeover. The Department of Energy released an extensive multi-year blueprint for its Grid Modernization Plan this past week, expected to foster greater reliability and security. According to an Energy.gov press release, the proposed $220 million Grid Modernization Initiative is designed as […]

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Solar Express

Moroccan superplant at the door to the desert Renewables are cropping up everywhere nowadays, and it appears that they are here to stay in many forms. Wind power in Ireland, Poland’s biomass-heavy proposal, and even tidal power in the UK have caught national attention recently and often. On Wednesday, the original renewable energy source resurfaced at the […]

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