The mining industry uses tremendous amounts of energy in its operations every year, but that is changing due to concern over the volatility of diesel prices, increased pressure from government policies, and a greater need to reduce energy costs and carbon footprint.
Dominion is celebrating a milestone for its Green Power program with more than 20,000 residential and commercial customers now signed up and supporting renewable energy produced in Virginia and the surrounding region for either some or all of their energy needs.
2013 was a pivotal year for renewables. Products, services and other options offered to customers peaked in terms of affordability, giving customers more green power options from their utilities. Although reasonably priced, relatively low emission natural gas has been identified by some as a competitive threat to renewables, the economics of renewable energy, especially wind and solar, have improved substantially over the last several years due to federal tax incentives, which significantly lower prices.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released its short-term energy outlook, including coal, natural gas, renewable energy, and electricity forecasts for 2015.
Public sentiment toward clean renewable energy has been all over the place in recent years, including down. However, favorable attitudes toward solar, wind, hybrid vehicles, and electric cars, have rebounded significantly from 2012 levels, according to a new consumer survey from Navigant Research.
For the second month in a row, gas-fired generation gained ground on coal compared to the previous year, according to Genscape who offers U.S. power plant fuel consumption overviews for coal, gas, hydro, wind, nuclear and oil.
The Bureau of Reclamation has released a sustainable energy strategic plan that will help guide the agency into the future as it develops and supports renewable energy production for the U.S. power grid.
The American bulk-power system requires significant changes to electricity system planning and operations to ensure continued reliability. To this end, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), in collaboration with the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO), has prepared an assessment to highlight the ISO's efforts toward effectively planning for and operating a transforming grid, as California expects to connect more than 11,000 MW of variable generation resources to their grid in the next eight years.
Several nationally accredited credentialing organizations have formed a unique Clean Energy Credentialing Coalition (CECC) in response to groundbreaking growth in the renewable energy and energy-efficiency industries. The group joins together organizations to demonstrate and promote the importance of third-party quality assessment, and the value it brings to building strong and competent renewable energy and energy-efficiency markets. A quality credential is a mark of excellence that can boost consumer confidence in renewable energy and energy-efficiency professionals, products and programs.
With RPS driving growth in the 13 Western states, nine of which have binding mandates for renewable energy production, many with minimums for certain distributed generation technologies and/or solar energy, in 2012 the West produced approximately 31 percent of its total energy generation from renewable energy sources compared to 12 percent nationally.