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Icahn Subsidiaries Sue EPA Over 2017 Biofuel Mandate

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-02-14 04:41

Subsidiaries of a company owned by President Donald Trump’s regulatory czar, billionaire investor Carl Icahn, urged a federal appeals court to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2017 biofuel mandate.


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Saudi Arabia Turning to Wind and Solar Power

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-02-14 04:17
The nation most identified with its massive oil reserves is turning to wind and solar to generate power at home and help extend the life of its crucial crude franchise.


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New York's Energy Czar, Richard Kauffman, Receives SEIA Solar Champion Award

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-02-13 08:24
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) presented Richard Kauffman, New York's chairman of energy and finance and NYSERDA Board chair, with the prestigious SEIA Solar Champion Award, an honor bestowed upon entities or individuals who have helped strengthen solar energy in America.
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Turning Sunshine into Liquid Gold

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-02-13 05:21

Tiny metallic-gold particles are being used to convert sunlight into fuel. The technology is being developed in South Australia to store solar energy as an alternative to battery storage.



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Last Word: The Great Challenge of the Electric Power Transition

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-02-13 05:07

2016 was the year that the U.S. installed its millionth solar array; storage started to become a game changer; and the Supreme Court ruled on the FERC 745 case, confirming distributed energy resources are integral to our power system.



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Meet the Plant that is Bridging Renewable Energy, Rural Development, and Environmental Benefits

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-02-13 04:58

When you picture farmland, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Many of us see long rows of crops like corn. However, for many farmers across the U.S., this picture is starting to change. 

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5 Ways Cities Can Benefit from SunShot’s Latest Solar Prize Challenge

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-02-13 04:38

The solar industry is growing fast. In 2016, solar energy was the largest source of new generating capacity in the United States. With more than 1 million U.S. solar projects now operating, the country has more than 35 gigawatts of total solar installed capacity—enough to power the equivalent of 6.5 million average American homes.



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South African Bank Becomes Major Funder for US Solar Rooftop Industry

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-02-13 04:08

A South African bank has become the go-to funding source for the U.S. rooftop solar industry just two years after entering the market.



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Biomass Energy in The Age Of Trump

Renewable Energy - Sat, 2017-02-11 06:40

A new year is upon us and the renewable energy community, like most industries impacted by federal energy and natural resource policies, approaches the coming year cautiously and with some concern. Biomass energy faced an uncertain future before the U.S. elections in November. Will its prospects improve as President Trump begins his tenure as commander and chief?

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Bill Could Bring Pumped-storage to Oahu

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-02-10 14:39

A bill introduced to Hawaii's State House could lead to the addition of a pumped-storage hydropower plant to the Nuuanu reservoir.

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Stanford Engineers Create a Low-cost Battery for Storing Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-02-10 07:01

A battery made with urea, commonly found in fertilizers and mammal urine, could provide a low-cost way of storing energy produced through solar power or other forms of renewable energy for consumption during off hours.


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Power Shift in Cuba: Seven Reasons to Watch the Renewable Energy Sector in the Post-Fidel and Trump Era

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-02-10 05:50

Opportunities and risks abound. Understanding why renewable energy should be developed in Cuba and what the major risks and policy obstacles are will be critical for international investors to assess their potential operations in the country.


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US Wind Power Capacity Exceeds Hydro for First Time, AWEA Says

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-02-09 10:08

Installed wind power capacity in the U.S. at the end of last year outpaced hydroelectric capacity for the first time ever, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2016 Market Report, released today.


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ENVIA Energy’s GTL Plant is Underway, Produces First Biofuels

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-02-09 08:25
In Oklahoma, the team behind the ENVIA Energy gas-to-liquids plant confirmed that the first Fischer-Tropsch product has been successfully produced at the company’s first commercial-scale plant in Oklahoma City.


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Lobbying Heats Up Over US Ethanol

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-02-09 06:01

U.S. railroads, including Warren Buffett’s BNSF, are joining a corporate brawl over ethanol mandates that pits American corn farmers and fuel distributors against independent oil refiners like billionaire Carl Icahn.


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Notes from the Solar Underground: Slippery Slopes — The Trolley Problem, Solar Module Price Choices and Climate Change

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-02-08 09:19
Prices for solar wafers, cells and modules took a highflying leap off of the margin diving board in 2016 with the global average decreasing by 13 percent over 2015 from $0.72/Wp to $0.63/Wp and the range of prices widening vastly for a lowest available price of $0.31/Wp and highest available price of $2.50/Wp.


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Wind Outlook 2017: A Solid Year Despite Pockets of Global Unrest

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-02-08 06:34

When discussing the outlook for the 2017 wind market, it’s very clear that the wind industry has arrived. Yes, problems remain in many markets across the globe but the fact that wind exists in many markets across the globe means that it will steadily march on in 2017. 

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Governor Cuomo Rescues Geothermal Jobs as Washington Drops the Ball

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-02-08 05:20
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced an emergency program to rescue geothermal jobs in New York State, setting aside $15 million over two years in geothermal heating and cooling rebates for New Yorkers. 


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Texas Electric Co-op Anchors DOE-funded Distributed Solar, Storage Demonstration Project

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-02-08 04:25

Texas-based Pedernales Electric Cooperative will take part in a distributed solar and energy storage demonstration project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative.

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Why the CPP’s Demise Doesn’t Mean a Wholesale Return to Fossil Fuels

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-02-08 04:02

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan remains in limbo as to its ultimate fate, though talk of its demise has intensified of late with news that a multi-state coalition has requested that President Donald Trump not enforce the rule. If the CPP does indeed meet its end later this year, this by no means signifies a wholesale return to fossil fuels. However, we are likely to see much more of one fossil fuel in particular.



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