A new bill has U.S. companies up in arms over the possible elimination of Production Tax Credits (PTC) across the United States. Eighty-five companies sent a letter to the 21 lawmakers sponsoring HR 1901, or the PTC Elimination Act, explaining the bill would "take away an effective, business tax incentive that creates jobs, drives rural economic development and reduces energy costs for Americans across the country."
Two research facilities have partnered to test wind energy research. The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Clemson University teamed up through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA). Their goal is to improve the performance of wind turbine drivetrains and to better understand how the turbines can integrate more effectively with the electrical grid.
Amazon.com company Amazon Web Services (AWS) is teaming up with Community Energy to build an 80 MW solar farm in Accomack County, Virginia. Called Amazon Solar Farm US East, it will be the largest solar farm in the state-- and one of the largest east of the Mississippi.
The Energy Information Association (EIA) has analyzed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP), and found that the plan will help renewables become an important part of the future of energy-- including when relating to market conditions and policy assumptions.
Developing countries are prioritizing solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources in order to reduce energy poverty, power economic progress, enhance national security by reducing imports, and protect the environment.
Even with high wind and solar penetrations, with good system planning, sound engineering practices and commercially available technologies, the Western Interconnection can withstand that critical first minute after a disturbance occurs.
New wind turbine designs are putting wind energy-- one of the nation's largest domestic energy resources-- to good use. In fact, a new report, "Enabling Wind Power Nationwide," demonstrates the ability for advanced wind turbines to reach stronger winds higher above the ground, unlocking a previously untapped resource that could eventually bring wind energy development to every state.
At its annual shareholders meeting, Consolidated Edison (Con Edison) Chairman and CEO John McAvoy described a perfect storm of sorts-- solar, wind, battery storage, fuel cells, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and smart meters-- that he believes is changing lives. McAvoy called this a "new world" that the company will not only need to adapt to, but intends to lead.
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has found that electricity will increase each year by 0.8 percent-- between 2013 and 2040. The number is nearly in line with expected population growth. Due to efforts of lowered carbon-related generation, natural gas and renewables make up most of that increase.
The UAE could achieve a 10 percent share of renewable energy in its total energy supply-- and almost 25 percent in the power sector-- resulting in energy system savings of $1.9 billion annually by 2030.