The Austin City Council has voted unanimously to create the Austin Energy Resource Generation Task Force as part of the 2014 update process to the city's existing energy plan.
The construction-ready Pumpjack and Wildwood Solar Power Projects, located in Kern County are Duke Energy Renewables' third and fourth utility-scale solar power projects in the state.
The coal industry today has reason to feel more positive about the future of coal fuel power, as the U.S. House of Representatives has passed HR 3826 "The Electricity Security and Affordability Act," which requires greater transparency for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rulemaking process and safeguards against the agency's standards for both new and existing power plants.
In 2013, photovoltaic (PV) installations proliferated increasing 41 percent over 2012 to reach 4,751 MW, according to the research, and 410 MW of concentrating solar power (CSP) came online.
The United States held the majority share of the region's solar PV installed capacity in 2013, with 89.1 percent, followed by Canada and Brazil, with shares of 8.5 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively.
Xcel Energy has submitted to state regulators a plan to add up to 150 MW of large-scale solar resources in its Upper Midwest service territory by the end of 2016 in an effort to add more solar at a lower cost to customers.
2014 will be the nadir for producers, and both domestic and foreign demand will pick up steam to stabilize the business, ICF said in an email to FierceEnergy.
Significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from existing fossil-fueled power plants can be effectively and affordably achieved through EPA performance standards and guidelines, according to a study from the Clean Air Task Force (CATF).
Genscape is reporting that renewable generation was up 30 percent for the week ending February 20, 2014, while gas consumption plummeted 35 percent as a result of the increase in renewables and weaker power demand. According to Genscape estimates, the total weekly generation of 11,982 GWh was the second highest weekly number in the past five years.
The strong commitment from APAC's countries towards the development of solar energy has led to many research and development initiatives and increased solar power plant installations, which will drive future market growth.