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Offshore Wind Power Has Potential and A Price Tag
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Wind power developers eyeing California’s renewable energy market are literally floating a novel idea. Seattle-based Trident Winds has filed preliminary environmental documents for a farm of 100 floating wind turbines off California’s central coast, according to reporting this week by the San Jose Mercury News . Trident Winds’ proposal is a longterm bet—startup is probably a decade away according to CEO Alla Weinstein—but it's a vision that sounds less and less like science fiction. Just last week Norwegian oil and gas giant Statoil gave the green light to what is likely to be the world’s first floating wind farm, with ... more
Funding For Bioenergy Research Extended
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The U.S. Department of Energy announced it would fund its three Bioenergy Research Centers for an additional five-year period, subject to continued congressional appropriations. The three Centers —including the BioEnergy Research Center (BESC) led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in partnership with Michigan State University, and the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory—were established by the Department’s Office of Science in 2007 as an innovative program to accelerate fundamental research breakthroughs toward the development of advanced, next-generation biofuels. "Developing the next generation of ... more
Green Energy Can Fuel The Economy
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It was great to see economists in two separate New York Times opinion pieces recently noting that controlling climate pollution may be economically beneficial rather than restraining growth, as conventional wisdom among economists has held. The idea that controlling climate pollution helps the economy is not new. Back in 1981, the Solar Energy Research Institute, a national laboratory now known as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, published a study that said the same thing. It showed that over the next 20 years, “through efficiency, the U.S. can achieve a full employment economy and increase worker productivity, while reducing national energy ... more
Opportunities and Challenges in the 2012 New England Solar Market
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The New England solar market is extremely strong. But even with these strong existing players, there is still room for more competition and new players enter every day. With that said, there are number of opportunities and risks that have the ability to impact industry growth and profits. In December and January, I spent a lot of time talking with a long list of HeatSpring alumni in small, medium and large solar firms to see what the industry is viewing as opportunities and potential risks. While I cannot and would not share exactly what I heard, here is what I ... more
Tax Credit To Boost Wind Power Opportunities
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General Electric Co., the nation's biggest supplier of wind turbines, expects domestic installations to double next year after the renewal of a tax credit boosts demand. Wind-farm developers including NextEra Energy Inc. and Invenergy LLC may install 3,000 megawatts to 4,000 megawatts of turbines in the U.S. this year and as much as 7,000 megawatts next year, Anne McEntee, GE's vice president of renewable energy, said in an interview Wednesday. The U.S. added a record 13,124 megawatts of turbines last year, outpacing natural gas installations for the first time, as wind developers raced to complete projects ahead of the Dec. ... more
Green Energy Jobs Hiring Exceeds Expectations
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A report from the nonprofit, nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) shows that more than 12,500 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced in the second quarter of this year – more than double the number of jobs announced in the first quarter. The jump in jobs took place despite mixed signals on clean energy policies from Congress, but amidst new confidence about future clean energy growth tied to the recently announced federal Clean Power Plan that’s designed to cut carbon pollution and increase clean energy and energy efficiency. E2’s report, “Clean Energy Works For Us: Second Quarter 2014 ... more
Top 10 Green Job Trends You'll Find Surprising
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If you are looking for a green job in today’s economy, there’s encouraging news. According to a recent report from the Brookings Institute and Battelle, job seekers looking for green jobs will not only find many opportunities, but higher pay as well. The study reports that job growth rates in the clean economy are trending higher than the national average, and most eco-friendly jobs are non-specialist, “green collar” positions that pay higher than the national median wage. Green jobs exist in all major U.S. metro areas and show surprising strength in regions like the South. Numerous opportunities are out there ... more
Solar Storage Boom On The Horizon
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Germany's pledge of €50 million in incentives is the latest indicator that industry's time has come. The program will apply to newly-installed PV facilities with storage and solar plants with storage systems installed after December 31, 2012. Subsidizing a storage system's energy capacity rather than its power capacity, as does California's Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), is a more logical approach, says Brian Warshay of Lux Research, because the solar shifting application requires more energy than power. Research firm NanoMarkets believes the growth of the solar storage market is driven by declining costs for PV modules and reductions in government ... more
Renewable Energy Jobs Lead 2014 Electricity Employment
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The electric power generation sector lost more than 5,800 jobs from January 2011 through June 2014 despite a gain of nearly 1,800 non-hydro renewable electricity generation jobs, according to the latest data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). BLS data shown here only reflect jobs in electric power generation, not the jobs associated with electric transmission and distribution systems. Also, jobs involved in the construction of new facilities, processing or transportation of fuels, or behind-the-meter distributed generation installations and service (e.g., solar panel installers) are not counted by BLS as jobs in the electric power sector. Power sector ... more
From Employee to Green Entrepreneur
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Environmental issues are front and center of our lives in the 21 st century. Once people realize the impact of global warming and climate change on the planet, it’s a short step to wanting to actively do something about it. But if you can’t afford to spend your life working for change without payment, the ideal way to combine your passion with a way to earn a living is to find “green” jobs. As renewable energy takes off and becomes mainstream, more jobs are opening up, with great potential for a future career as a green entrepreneur. Here are some ... more