Matched solar and wind systems could ensure steady supply of renewable energy
FRISCO — Smart grid planning and better energy storage could significantly boost the use of renewable energy in the U.S. according to a new report that calls for developing “hybrid” systems in which, on a broad geographic scale, one form of renewable energy is ramping up even while the other is declining.
FRISCO — Renewable energy stocks made a big global comeback in 2013, gaining 54 percent after a 4.5 year slide during which they lost 78 percent in value, according to a new report released by economists in Frankfurt, Germany.
The improvement happened as many companies in the solar and wind manufacturing chains moved back towards profitability after a painful period of over-capacity and corporate distress, according to experts with the United Nations Environmental Program.
The 2013 improvements came despite a significant dip in investments in the renewable energy sector — the investment drop of $US35.1 billion was partly down to the falling cost of solar photovoltaic systems. The other main cause was policy uncertainty in many countries, an issue that also depressed investment in fossil fuel generation in 2013. Continue reading “Big comeback for renewable energy stocks in 2013”→
By 2025, renewable energy generation could become cost-competitive without federal subsidies — if new renewable energy development occurs in the most productive areas, smartly located to meet the demand from regional population and industrial centers.
Germany forges ahead with ambitious renewable energy plans
By Bob Berwyn
MUNICH, GERMANY — It’s been a whirlwind week of travels here in the ‘old country’ where I grew up, but as I scan the news from back home in the USA and Colorado about the politics of renewable energy, I’m still thinking about what I saw as we flew into Frankfurt a little more than a week ago.
The U.S. Senate is playing politics with wind power, and presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he would do away with even the most harmless way to promote renewable power, the so-called wind energy production tax credits.
Meanwhile, even from 30,000 feet, the change in the German landscape is striking — hundreds, and even thousands, of power-generating wind turbines dot the countryside, in small clusters near villages, in lines along ridge tops, and in seemingly random clumps around some of the larger cities.
Obama administration continues unprecedented push to shift energy paradigmaway from fossil fuels
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —The Obama administration may have stumbled in a few areas in 2011, but stayed on a roll in the energy sector by approving several new large-scale renewable projects and laying the planning groundwork for many more.
The renewable energy developments are not without some detractors and controversy, but the administration — led by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar — is making good on promises to drag the country, kicking and screaming if need be, into a renewable energy future.
New facility will generate 500 megawatts of power, enough for 150,000 homes
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Continuing on a roll with permitting solar energy developments on federal lands, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar this week announced the OK for a second large-scale project about 80 miles north of Las Vegas. Project developer Solar Millennium is eligible for about $1 billion in investment tax credits through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s incentives for specified energy programs.
Since early October, Salazar has approved eight large-scale solar energy projects, including the first to be built on U.S. public lands in California and Nevada. Combined, they will generate 3,500 megawatts to power more than 1 million homes and generate 6,000 construction jobs and 700 permanent plant operations jobs. The project is in negotiations to sell electricity to NV Energy under the terms of a power purchase agreement. The power will be supplied to the grid through Valley Electric Association, Inc.’s transmission lines. Continue reading “Feds OK another large solar project in Nevada”→
Local eco-events, with useful info and a good time at the Blue Knight forum (Oct. 14) and the Brew Ha Ha fundraiser for the High Country Conservation Center, Oct. 15 at Alpine Earth Center in Silverthorne
SUMMIT COUNTY — The question of commercial uses for beetle-killed, blue-stain timber is once again the topic of discussion locally, as the nonprofit Blue Knight Group hosts a meeting tonight (Oct. 14) at Copper Mountain to discuss business strategies revolving around supply chain management. The hope is to create a combined business entity with multiple stakeholders develop channels for the promotion, sales and use of beetle-kill timber from a six-county area in Colorado. Continue reading “Summit County eco-events: Blue stain and home brews”→