With its new solar array, Farmers Electric Cooperative is capable of generating up to 1800 watts of solar per customer, giving it the highest per-capita solar generation rate of any utility in the country.
If switchgrass could better endure northern United States' winters, the plant could be an even better clean energy source. To that end, Michigan State University (MSU) will use $1 million from a joint U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to develop hardier switchgrass.
Germany's experience likely provides an opportunity for the U.S. to "look ahead" and see how electricity systems, and the rules governing them, will have to adapt when penetration rates of various renewable energy sources reach levels similar to those in Germany.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced several new initiatives as part of its Administration Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, which builds on President Obama's Climate Action Plan. As part of the President's Climate Action Plan, the Administration is currently carrying out the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). The first installment is focused on the issues of transmission, storage and distribution infrastructure across the energy sector,-- including natural gas.
Dominion says it has made continued progress in executing its business plan, minimizing the environmental impact of its operations. In fact, in 2013, Dominion produced 50 percent of its electricity it produced from carbon-free nuclear and renewable energy, according to its Citizenship & Sustainability Report (CSR).
National Grid is asking the House Ways and Means Committee to quickly release consensus language on House Bill 4185-- a landmark compromise that provides a stable and cost-effective policy solution to support solar energy in Massachusetts. HB 4185 extends Massachusetts' net metering program, removing the caps that have been reached and making changes to both the net metering and renewable energy incentive programs.
Idaho Power has filed contracts with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission for two solar projects proposed by private developers who will sell their output to the utility under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA)-- a federal law which requires utilities such as Idaho Power to purchase the electricity generated by certain renewable-energy projects.
An agreement between Duke Energy Progress and the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) has been approved by their respective boards for Duke Energy Progress to purchase the Power Agency's ownership in certain generating assets, at a purchase price of $1.2 billion. Under the agreement, Duke Energy Progress and NCEMPA will enter into a 30-year wholesale power supply agreement to continue meeting the needs of NCEMPA customers currently served by the power agency's interest in Duke Energy Progress' plants.
AEP Energy will fund, build, own and operate an approximately 10,000-square-foot array on the rooftop of Ohio State University's Student Life Recreation and Physical Activities Center (RPAC), which will be made up of 367 solar panels arranged in a configuration similar to the "Block O."
As the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region invests $56 billion on bolstering its distributed Combined Heat and Power (CHP), installed capacity will grow from around 37.7 GW in 2013 to approximately 64 GW by 2019-- a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9 percent, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.