A bill that passed the House on December 4 and was referred to the Senate Energy and Technology Committee on December 9-- House Bill 5205-- is causing an uproar among environmental groups in Michigan. The groups, which include the Sierra Club, want the Michigan Senate to defeat HB 5205, which would redefine renewable energy to include burning hazardous waste, tires and railroad ties.
DTE Energy and the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan have announced plans to build one of Michigan's largest solar energy installations — at the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport.
The survey found that the 73 percent of registered voters are supportive of the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC), with 42 percent being "strongly supportive" of the credit.
POWER Magazine has named the winners of its Top Renewable Plants for 2014. The following projects made the list: Agua Caliente Solar, Yuma County, Arizona; Ashta Hydropower Plant, Shkoder, Albania; Hometown BioEnergy, Le Sueur, Minnesota; London Array Offshore Wind Farm, Outer Thames Estuary, United Kingdom; and Solana Generating Station, Maricopa County, Arizona.
Most industry professionals have agreed for some time that the cost of wind and solar power will be lower than coal and gas prices. The question stirring up the most argument is when. Many observers say that day is years away, but utilities have been increasingly willing to sign long-term power purchase agreements for renewable energy now.
According to new U.S. Census Bureau statistics, revenues for electric power generation industries that use renewable energy resources rose 49.0 percent from $6.6 billion in 2007 to $9.8 billion in 2012, and include hydroelectric, wind, geothermal, biomass, solar and tidal energy.
Idaho Power is adding a lot of solar to its renewable energy portfolio lately. Idaho regulators okayed two contracts Friday and neighboring Oregon approved three that will generate 60 megawatts of electricity the utility will buy.
While France has set ambitious goals to increase the share of renewables in its energy portfolio, Australia has taken a completely opposite approach-- repealing its 2011 Clean Energy Act, which established a carbon pricing mechanism, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.
As part of its commitment to low-cost and cleaner energy, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will offer a total of 130 MW of renewable energy capacity in 2015 through a variety of power-purchasing programs for home, business, industrial and wholesale installations. The additional 130 MW will bring the total amount of renewable energy TVA has offered or interconnected since 2011 to more than 500 MW.
France may have been a late bloomer in adopting solar power, but the country has more than made up for it with aggressive renewable energy initiatives. Paris-based renewable energy developer and project manager Neoen broke ground this week for what will be Europe's largest solar plant.