North Carolina ranks 4 th in the nation for installed solar capacity, ahead of even Nevada and Hawaii, according to a Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) report. National and regional experts in clean energy recently discussed how to continue North Carolina's momentum in wind and solar development.
With U.S. renewable energy capacity expected to double by 2021, engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services firms will need to adapt to the economic realities of a changing industry, as they are faced with a scarcity of large utility-scale projects and shrinking profit margins, according to research conducted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) for CohnReznick.
Webster Groves, Missouri is the latest city to have been officially designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Green Power Community (GPC). To become a GPC, the city, including local government, businesses and residents must collectively use enough green power to meet or exceed EPA's Green Power Community purchase requirements.
Over the past year, NextEra Energy has been named number one in Fortune magazine's list of World's Most Admired Companies in the electric and gas utilities sector for the eighth year in a row; and the number one "green utility" in the United States and number three in the world based on carbon emissions and renewable energy capacity by EI New Energy.
Ameren Missouri has filed its 20-year plan supporting cleaner energy in the state of Missouri, including major expansions of solar and wind power, with the Missouri Public Service Commission. The utility's Integrated Resource Plan, which it files every three years, examines electric customers' projected long-term energy needs and describes Ameren's approach to meeting those needs.
The nuclear renaissance has been stalled for years, while renewable energy continues to expand rapidly, although it still has a long way to go to catch up with fossil fueled power plants, according to Worldwatch Institute's (WWI) Vital Signs Online analysis by senior researcher Michael Renner.
States throughout the country are implementing innovative renewable energy and energy-efficiency programs that could be adopted nationwide to improve economies and reduce emissions cost effectively, as well as prove valuable as states develop plans to meet pending power plant emissions reductions regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new joint report.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has released a snapshot that shows the state's investor-owned utilities (IOU) are aggressively pursuing renewable energy in order to meet the goals of one of the most ambitious Renewables Portfolio Standards (RPS) in the country. The RPS requires IOUs, electric service providers, and community choice aggregators regulated by the CPUC to procure 33 percent of retail sales per year from eligible renewable sources by 2020.
China became the world's biggest solar power market in 2013, with the country's newly installed photovoltaic generating capacity jumping 232 percent year-on-year to 12 GW.
Germany's experience likely provides an opportunity for the U.S. to "look ahead" and see how electricity systems, and the rules governing them, will have to adapt when penetration rates of various renewable energy sources reach levels similar to those in Germany.