EPA’s Plan to Curb Carbon Pollution Can Save Billions Read more

EPA’s Plan to Curb Carbon Pollution Can Save Billions

The news about the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants just got even better: the proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) can save the power industry and its customers — us — as much as $2 to $4 billion in 2020 and $6 to 9 billion in 2030, while cleaning our air and modernizing the electricity sector.

Can Biofuels Make a Comeback? Read more

Can Biofuels Make a Comeback?

Len Rand, CEO of xF Technologies, says his company has come up with a material that can dramatically reduce the particulate matter in diesel emissions. It also fights corrosion. And it can be used as a food additive. “It can smell like almonds…anise,” he said. The magic material is furoate ester, a multipurpose industrial chemical that the Albuquer

Innovation and Investment Drive Wind Power Industry Read more

Innovation and Investment Drive Wind Power Industry

New investment vehicles are making it easier for renewable energy developers to attract financing. While banking appetite may vary, institutional investors offer tremendous liquidity. Historically, yield has been relatively thin and institutional investors tended to shy away from the energy sector. Recently, greater market liquidity has attracted greater interest among investors — and new instruments are being devised to attract new investor classes to the energy finance market.

A 2014 Solar Industry Thanksgiving Read more

A 2014 Solar Industry Thanksgiving

There’s plenty to complain about in our solar world, but I’d like right now to take a few paragraphs to say what I’m personally thankful for in our solar industry. First, I’m thankful for every individual, business, and organization that’s gone solar this year and in years past. As much as the solar industry has grown, these people are still the ea

A Big Change in How the IEA Views Renewables Read more

A Big Change in How the IEA Views Renewables

The future is tough to predict. The International Energy Agency recently came out with its World Energy Outlook 2014, a comprehensive analysis of global energy demand and the underlying supply mix through 2040. Along with BP’s annual forecast, it is one of the most authoritative documents of its kind. But even the IEA can miss a trend. In the 2014

Community Solar Prices at All-Time Low Read more

Community Solar Prices at All-Time Low

It’s been widely publicized that the cost of residential solar electric systems in the United States is falling faster than ever before. This downward pricing trend is projected to continue through 2016 and then stabilize, according to a September 2014 report compiled by researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Lawre

Biofuel & Biomaterial Crops: We Might Be Doing It Wrong Read more

Biofuel & Biomaterial Crops: We Might Be Doing It Wrong

As I was recently dulling blades while chopping switchgrass for some experiments, I started thinking whether the “high yield perennial grasses on marginal land” paradigm makes any sense for biofuels. There are many positives about using perennial grasses. They are low maintenance, high yield, require low additional nutrients, and have broad growing ranges.