The benefits and potential of hydropower suggest it can play a significant role in the future of the U.S. energy mix. Still, hydropower often gets downplayed in the national discussion of renewable energy that so often focuses on solar and wind generation.
Nearly 1,000 signatures from North Omaha residents, health professionals and students have been submitted to the Omaha Public Power District, calling on the utility to address the community's public health concerns by phasing out coal burning at the North Omaha power plant.
California has broken another record in its continued expansion of clean energy generation having reached 150,000 rooftop solar installations. Of the 1,560 MW total installed, Los Angeles County leads the charge with 171.4 MW of installed rooftop solar.
Consumers are especially interested in renewables, presenting an ideal opportunity for utilities to slide the relationship between renewables and smart grid into the conversation.
Despite some high-profile scrutiny of the failures of some renewable energy companies, consumers still view solar and wind energy favorably, according to Navigant Research -- but not as favorably as they did in 2008.
While Canada's Niagara region is known worldwide for its magnificent waterfalls and associated hydro power, the region is turning its attention to wind.
A new U.S. Bureau of Land Management regulation will make it easier to approve necessary right-of-way requests for solar and wind development sites located on public lands.
U.S. independent power producer EDF Renewable Energy has completed the Spinning Spur wind project and will acquire the remaining 49 percent interest in the 161 MW Spinning Spur II wind project from Cielo Wind Power, bringing its ownership to 100 percent.
In order to get customer buy-in into energy-efficiency and conservation measures, utilities may need to "walk the talk" first as it relates to their own business practices.
Renewable energy is too often viewed as a fringe industry awaiting mainstream adoption. But a deeper, holistic analysis of the data refutes this notion. In fact, recent reports show that renewable energy is actually well on its way to being the dominant method of global energy generation, even if this trend is not reflected in public opinion. Accelerating this adoption, however, will require a greater awareness of the progress already being made, as well as a renewed commitment by government and the private sector to support continued renewable energy investment.