Denmark Achieves Wind Production World Record

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Denmark Sets World Record For Wind Production Think Progress, January 7, 2015 Denmark has been long been a pioneer in wind power, having installed its first turbines in the mid-1970s when oil shocks sent the import-dependent nation on a quest for energy security. Thirty-seven years later, the country has set a new world record for wind production … Read more

Demand Response & Efficiency are Catalysts to the Energy Industry

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How Demand Response Will Shape the Future of Energy Intelligent Utility, January 6, 2015 An article on The Energy Collective explores the expectations for what the “next big thing” will be in the energy industry. The piece discusses how not one person in attendance at a recent energy conference could have guessed ten years ago that shale … Read more

Michigan’s New Approach to Renewable Energy?

Michigan currently has renewable and efficiency goals for the state. These goals require that 10% of electricity should come from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2015, and utilities are complying with this standard. Recently, some lawmakers tried to circumvent these rules.

Australian Team Pushed Solar Efficiency to World-Record 40%

UNSW’s solar researchers have converted over 40% of the sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity, the highest efficiency ever reported. The world-beating efficiency was achieved in outdoor tests in Sydney, before being independently confirmed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) at their outdoor test facility in the United States.

Good News on Energy Efficiency & Renewables

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When the world’s two largest polluters join in establishing new goals for reducing emissions of climate-disrupting gases, criticism and skepticism are predictable. And there was plenty following the recent agreement between the United States and China to do just that.

Poll Shows US Voters in Favor of Renewable Energy Tax Credit

The survey found that the 73 percent of registered voters are supportive of the PTC, with 42 percent being “strongly supportive” of the credit. Sixty-three percent of registered Republicans, 74 percent of Independents and 83 percent of Democrats support the PTC. Nineteen percent said they oppose extending the credit.

What Happened to Google’s Renewable Energy Plan?

That was the logic behind the company’s RE-C project, which aimed to produce one gigawatt of renewable electricity for less than the price of coal. The hope was to do this within years, not decades. Among other things, the company invested in new geothermal drilling R&D and put $168 million toward Brightsource’s Ivanpah solar tower in the Mojave Desert.

Renewable Generation Surpassing Coal & Natural Gas in Energy Price Race

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Utility executives say the trend has accelerated this year, with several companies signing contracts, known as power purchase agreements, for solar or wind at prices below that of natural gas, especially in the Great Plains and Southwest, where wind and sunlight are abundant.