San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has hit a huge milestone as it relates to meeting the state's renewable energy mandates. Thanks to the Sunrise Powerlink transmission line, approved by the CPUC in December 2008 and online in June 2012, more than 1,000 megawatts (MW) of renewable power is being delivered to the San Diego region currently.
Traditionally, when demand for electricity fluctuates, utilities have met that demand with generating units by adjusting the supply of power. The Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) are embarking on a project that will meet daily energy needs through demand response, allowing the utility to adjust to help maintain the balance between supply and demand.
Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. and ALLETE Clean Energy (ACE) have signed an agreement to purchase a North Dakota wind farm to be developed by ACE. The North Dakota wind project will be comprised of 43 turbines capable of producing 107.5 megawatts of electricity.
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.
The Sierra Club has an interesting way of going about urging Congress to reauthorize the federal Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC), which provides incentives for domestic wind energy investments-- by putting politicians on the hotseat and the spotlight.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its first-ever proposed rule limiting carbon dioxide pollution from existing power plants, concerning many fossil-fueled plant operators. But environmentalists and others are confident that renewable energy sources can help meet a potential mandate.
The U.S. wind industry ended 2013 on a high note with 61,110 MW operating in the U.S.-- across 905 utility-scale wind projects, with a combined 46,100 wind turbines, in 39 states and Puerto Rico, and billions of dollars of continued private investment.
The global wind industry expanded significantly from 2004 to 2012, driven by government incentives and falling prices of electricity generated by wind turbines. However, in 2013, negative conditions in several key countries (the United States and Spain) were unconducive to the continued growth of the market.
The vast majority of the American public claim to be energy efficient, but when it comes to putting words into action, the assertions fall short. Despite the fact that many are not actively trying to conserve energy, they can be critical of the type of energy and where it comes from-- but perceptions are changing, according to a Harris Poll.
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.