Nevada’s biggest utility, NV Energy, quietly took a big step this week that could help repower the Western grid with affordable renewables. In a letter to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), NV Energy stated its intent to seek approval from the Nevada PUC to join the CAISO’s Energy Imbalance Market (EIM). The EIM will allow (more…)
When a speaker at yesterday’s CleanTechLA event presented what Deutsche Bank calls its “three pillars of a successful market,” I could see some of the main challenges associated with the migration to renewable energy. Abbreviated “TLC” (something that everyone and everything needs to receive), they are Transparency, Longevity, and Certainty. (more…)
For the past two decades, Americans have begun to realize that green is the new black. Everyone from celebrities, soccer moms, and our nation’s leaders has seemingly fallen head over heels for the “going green” phenomenon, just as long as it’s convenient for them. But for those of us who recognize that a healthier, more environmentally (more…)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it is soliciting comments through November 12, 2013 on the issuance of a take permit “for recurring eagle mortalities” associated with the operation of the Shiloh IV wind turbine project in Solano County, California. (more…)
A main complaint against renewable energy is its small scale. Critics claim that it makes up too small a piece of the U.S. energy pie to matter. And therefore, in a chicken-and-egg argument, renewable energy is undeserving of subsidies and tax credits to help the new industry get up and running. A recent Wall Street Journal article looks (more…)
Large, grid-scale batteries capable of storing the extra electricity are resource-intensive and costly to (more…)
The U.S. installed more than 13 gigawatts of new wind energy capacity in 2012, nearly doubling the amount of wind power installations added in 2011 and pushing the total capacity connected to the grid nationally to 60 gigawatts, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). (more…)
The AMSC- Sinovel copyright and trade secret dispute involving wind turbine control systems has been big news (see, e.g., previous posts here, here, here and here), but legally speaking, mostly civil.
That changed recently when the U.S. Department of Justice filed an indictment in federal court in (more…)
European nations installed a record number of offshore wind turbines during the first half of 2013, adding more than twice the capacity installed during the same period in 2012, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), an industry group.
A total of 277 new turbines in seven wind farms were (more…)