10. March 2016 · Comments Off on How Battery Power Sustains Wind-Blown and Sun Struck Grids  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Energy storage systems continue to grow in popularity as renewable energy sources like wind power are connected to the grid at an unprecedented rate. California alone plans to commission 1.3 gigawatts of storage by 2020, and similar trends are being seen globally. In Canada, the Government of Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan (“LTEP”) calls for a total of 50 MW of storage capacity. Although this may not seem like much in comparison, with Canada’s focus on energy policy, energy storage is expected to become critical to the success of policy goals affecting de-carbonization and enabling a true “Smart Grid.”

Source: How Battery Power Sustains Wind-Blown and Sun Struck Grids | AltEnergyMag

22. November 2015 · Comments Off on Rudd sets ultimatum for next wave of offshore wind farms  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The government has threatened to halt subsidies for new offshore wind farms over the next four years unless the industry can slash the cost of new projects.Announcing details of the government’s energy policy “reset” this morning, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd said her department would run three auctions over the course of this parliament that would allow low carbon technologies to compete for price support contracts. However, she warned there would be “no more blank cheques” for offshore wind farms, and that future auctions would depend on developers cutting costs. “Further support will be strictly conditional on the cost reductions we have seen already accelerating. The technology needs to move quickly to cost competitiveness,” she said.

Source: Rudd sets ultimatum for next wave of offshore wind farms – 18 Nov 2015 – News from BusinessGreen

08. September 2015 · Comments Off on Climate, clean energy policy and manufacturing do mix. Just look at California · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

California manufacturers produce more gross domestic product (GDP) for every dollar spent on electricity than manufacturers in any other state except Connecticut, according to Next 10’s California’s Manufacturing and Benefits of Energy Efficiency prepared by Collaborative Economics.

Source: Climate, clean energy policy and manufacturing do mix. Just look at California – FierceEnergy

29. April 2015 · Comments Off on Renewable energy, the best investment of the 21st century · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

On Tuesday, just hours before the start of Earth Day, Congress showed there is bipartisan support for smart energy policy. By voice vote, the House of Representatives passed the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, which mandates energy efficiency improvements through stronger residential and commercial building codes and other means. The Senate passed the measure in March and it now goes to President Obama for his signature.Passing the bill is a promising sign, but it should be the beginning of a new congressional approach to clean energy, not a laurel upon which Congress can rest. A significant number of the world’s most respected economists believe that renewable energy will be one of the most dynamic and profitable sectors of the global economy in the next 100 years. Nations that provide either mandates or private-sector incentives to develop and commercialize renewable energy technologies through tax credits, loans and innovation funding will have a significant economic advantage over those that do not.

Source: Renewable energy, the best investment of the 21st century | TheHill

29. December 2014 · Comments Off on US Power Sector Needs $2.1 Trillion in Investment by 2035, Says IEA · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The United States needs to spend $2.1 trillion over the next 30 years to modernize the electricity grid and prepare for more renewable energy, according to a report from the International Energy Agency.

While the country’s “energy policy landscape has fundamentally changed” since 2008, it still faces some serious barriers to reaching its carbon reduction and energy independence goals, according to the agency.

via US Power Sector Needs $2.1 Trillion in Investment by 2035, Says IEA : Greentech Media.