February 10 -- This year marks a major turning point in energy in America. Wind and solar power beats natural gas “fracking” (hydraulic fracturing). With recent cost declines, they are the lowest cost new energy sources. >>View Article
February 10 -- Landfills are used to having things heaped upon them, though that seldom includes lavish praise.
Gaston County’s final resting place for solid waste received a virtual fist bump recently. And the commendation came from a federal agency more familiar with reprimanding people and companies for causing environmental damage.
The distinction earned by the Gaston County Solid Waste and Recycling Division stems from recent efforts to make the landfill more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. For that, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the county a 2013 Community Partner of the Year Award. >>View Article
February 7 -- More than $200 million was saved by Consumers Energy customers who took advantage of the utility’s energy-efficiency programs in 2013.
In total, residential and business customers have saved $575 million through buying energy-efficient light bulbs, recycling old refrigerators and other energy-saving rebates through Consumers Energy since 2009, the company reported this week. >>View Article
California Sets Another Record for Peak Utility-Scale Solar Generation at 3.278 GW; Ivanpah Still Not Fully Online
February 7 -- California has set another record for utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) production on February 5th, 2014, with PV and CSP peaking at 3.278 GW at 12 PM. >>View Article
February 7 -- Green Plains Renewable Energy, the fourth-largest U.S. ethanol producer, told investors and analysts Thursday that gasolines with higher ethanol content, such as the 15 percent version known as E15, soon will begin to make their way into the nation’s fuel supply on a widespread basis. >>View Article
February 7 -- Water conservation: Another overlooked benefit of solar power!
As you can see in the satellite photos above, California is experiencing a massive drought over most of the state. The most visible aspect from space is the snow cover (or lack thereof) over the Sierra Nevada mountain range, but on the ground, things are even more obvious; the state is dry, dry, dry... Reservoirs are empty, ranchers can't feed their herds, farmers can't grow their crops. It hasn't been that bad in decades... >>View Article
February 7 -- There's majority support in the U.S. for moving the country entirely away from coal, according to a new nationwide survey commissioned by the Sierra Club. The poll finds that 57 percent of those questioned support the idea. >>View Article
February 6 -- Goldman Sachs sees a transformational moment in renewables and plans to invest in excess of $40 billion by 2021. The motivation for Goldman is to create a return on the capital they invest for their firm and clients, but where will it be invested and how can the capital be to your benefit?
Goldman and peer banks are not new to solar investment. The top banks all have been very active investing in solar, a recent sample includes: Goldman Sachs ($500mm to SolarCity), US Bank and JP Morgan ($630mm to Sunrun), Bank of America ($220mm to SunPower), and Morgan Stanley ($300mm to Clean Power Finance). >>View Article
February 6 -- A Seattle energy company received initial regulatory approval Wednesday to build five massive wind turbines floating 16 miles off the Oregon coast.
The pilot project off Coos Bay would be the first offshore wind facility on the West Coast. It also would be the biggest demonstration of technology that places floating turbines on platforms in deep water, according to federal officials and executives at Principle Power, the developer. >>View Article
February 6 -- Through its Landfill Methane Outreach Program, the U.S. EPA has recognized three U.S. landfill gas-to-energy projects as being exceptional projects of 2013. LMOP describes its project-of-the-year designation as exhibiting innovation and creativity while contributing to job creation, providing energy savings and generating green power. >>View Article