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The Plan for Clean Power

EPA releases the Clean Power Plan, a proposal to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants.   A press release from the EPA announced the release of the Clean Power Plan, a proposal which provides guidelines on meeting the goals outlined in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce the nation’s number one source of carbon emissions, power plants. The plan will…

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EPA’s Clean Power Plant Proposed Rule Cuts Emissions and Boosts Clean Energy

Cutting Coal, Expanding Renewables and Efficiency.   An article from Greentech Media outlines the ways in which the proposed EPA rule would spur renewable energy capacity and energy efficiency program development to meet emission reduction goals.* The rule is one of the greatest developments for renewable energy and energy efficiency industries since the Obama Administration’s…

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Growing Solar Panels on Crop Farms

Sharing is caring – and lucrative.   According to an article in Bloomberg, Japan continues to search for ways to boost non-nuclear energy production following the 2011 tsunami. The land-starved island nation has eased land-use regulations and mandated utilities to buy clean energy at premium prices, catalyzing the creative placement of solar panels. Some farmers…

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The Sun Rises Over Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is increasing solar power development through Aramco.   According to an article from Bloomberg, Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest crude exporter, is slowly shifting towards solar development in an effort to limit domestic fossil fuel consumption. Within the next few decades, high in-country demand may threaten supplies intended for exports.  Despite this, the…

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The Wind Industry in 2013

Where Congress blows, nobody knows… Although Congress decided to extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) in January 2013, 2 days after it had expired, the damage to the wind industry was already done. Only approximately ~1000 MWs of wind capacity was added in 2013, while over 8000 MWs were added in the 4th Quarter of…

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NREL Achieving Encouraging Efficiency With New Solar Material

The material, perovskite, has produced huge efficiency gains over the past four years.   An article in Renewable Energy World highlights recent developments in photovoltaics from NREL’s materials scientists. For several years, NREL has been studying a new and highly efficient semiconducting material for its use in photovoltaic applications. Known as perovskite, its flexibility and easy…

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Renewable Energy Grows, Investments Shrink

Investments in renewable energy are down for 2013, but market share continues to grow.   An article in BBC News reported on the 14% decrease in renewable investments in 2013. A report from UNEP attributes the decrease in investment to falling costs of solar power systems and policy uncertainty among many countries. Despite experiencing the second year…