Consumers are especially interested in renewables, presenting an ideal opportunity for utilities to slide the relationship between renewables and smart grid into the conversation.
To help utilities anticipate wind energy more reliably, NCAR began designing a wind energy prediction system for Xcel Energy in 2009 that saved the utility's customers more than $6 million in 2010 alone.
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.
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.
The Production Tax Credit extends well beyond just the wind industry to include other sources of energy such as geothermal, solar, hydropower, biomass, landfill gas and municipal solid waste. And although these energy sources may benefit, there is an amount of uncertainty that exists.
There are plenty of misconceptions about the costs and benefits of renewable energy. But while opinions vary as to the effectiveness of generation sources such as wind and solar, facts are indisputable. And the facts show that renewable power is increasingly economical and poised for explosive growth in the United States.
The Department of Energy is launching a research facility at the Chesapeake Light Tower located in open water 13 miles east of Virginia Beach.
The Texas panhandle is a great source of wind energy and Google is capitalizing on what green energy the state has to offer for the first time.
No one is more thankful for the power of wind than ERCOT, which set a new wind power generation record at the end of December.
According to the Ministry of Energy, Thailand's demand for alternative energy will increase by 39 percent over the next nine years.