Wind and Solar Articles

  • UK power prices finally drop

    Stay updated on energy market changes over the last 7 days with Haven Power’s market report. UK seasonal power prices finally dropped on 30th August Downwards movement on fuels complex weighed on power prices Regulatory reform in the carbon market put further pressure on contracts Strong start to the week for renewables didn’t persist; average ...


    By Haven Power Ltd

  • As renewable electricity is added to the grid, are power markets misfiring?

    When increasing megawatt-hours of variable solar and wind energy began coursing through the grid, the initial concern was an operational one—could grid reliability be maintained. But it turns out those megawatt-hours are creating market challenges, as well. What needs to be done to right the markets? Travis Kavulla, vice chairman of the Montana Public Service Commission, and Albert Cheung, ...

  • Biomass and Integration in Future Energy Systems and the Bioeconomy

    Biomass was the primary source of materials and energy until the industrial revolution set off a series of major changes around two hundred years ago. In the industrialized world fossil fuels became the primary source for energy in the forms of electricity and heat and provided almost all fuels for transport. However, biomass continued to maintain an important role in the economies in both ...

  • Optimizing Wind and Solar Power in Africa

    Editor's Note: The following is a news release authored by Julie Chao and issued by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on April 5, 2017 To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • How renewable energy advocates are hurting the climate cause

    Overly optimistic reports of renewables’ success are not only misleading but also counterproductive In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, the proliferation of misinformation on social media is finally getting the attention it deserves. Or so I thought. ...


    By Ensia

  • Want to improve wind and solar power? Bring them together

    By combining intermittent renewable energy sources through hybrid projects, developers are taking advantage of the strengths of each. What’s keeping solar and wind power from fully taking over the electric grid? For starters, the sun only shines during the day. Wind blows intermittently, is ...


    By Ensia

  • What will it take to integrate renewables into the power grid? Ask a bicyclist.

    When it comes to fitting into the current system, bike commuters and electrons have a lot in common. There’s nothing quite like biking down clogged city streets, weaving in and out of traffic. For short distances, it’s faster than driving. It’s liberating. It’s fun. It also makes it painfully clear that most roads ...


    By Ensia

  • Energy Information Administration Issues Short Term Energy Outlook Report

    On August 11, 2015, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released the Short Term Energy Outlook (STEO) report. The report outlined expectations for regular gasoline to average a retail price of $2.41 for all of 2015, with prices for the fourth quarter of 2015 averaging $2.11. Consistently low gasoline prices, in ...

  • G7 Climate Vision requires Gargantuan Economic Shift

    When leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy countries pledge to "decarbonize" the global economy, they're talking about a shift so dramatic that one analyst described it as a new Apollo mission. Like putting a man on the moon, it would require overcoming major hurdles related to technology and money and the political will - so far in short supply - to make it happen. Despite gains by renewable ...


    By Associated Press

  • 9 reasons not to be depressed about the planet

    From a sustainable future market perspective, it’s been a very good year. Don’t leave 2014 without realizing there have been notable — often underreported — big capital market breakthroughs on climate change, water protection and other sustainability fronts. Stock exchanges requiring company disclosure on sustainability risks or bonds backed by electricity ...


    By Ensia

  • Wind & solar energy and nature conservation

    Climate change and the degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity cannot be solved in isolation. Land and marine ecosystems play a crucial role in the climate system, capturing roughly half of carbon dioxide emissions generated by human activities (UNEP, 2009). Protecting biodiversity preserves ecosystem services that are important for regulating the climate and helping us to adapt to the impacts ...

  • The Energy Revolution is Here

    We live in an exciting time. Yes, glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, and in my new home in the Western United States, earlier snowmelts, longer summers, and hotter temperatures have made wildfires 400 percent more frequent. And yet, there are encouraging signs we are in the midst of an energy revolution that is sure to transform our climate, our economy, and our lives for the better. ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Boom-or-doom riddle for nuclear industry

    The headline figures for 2014 from the nuclear industry describe a worldwide boom in progress, with 73 reactors presently being built and another 481 new ones either planned or approved. The World Nuclear Association (WNA) official website paints a rosy picture of an industry expected to expand dramatically by 2030. It says that over the period 1996 to 2013 the ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Emerging Technologies – How will they change our lives?

    Forward planning by governmental agencies is often criticized for being too focused on short term political mandate priorities.  A recent report by Policy Horizons Canada, a federal government agency, on emerging technologies is a refreshing change from that norm.  The report explored how emerging technologies will shape the economy and our society, and what challenges (and ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • How will this new development in batteries make wind and solar power more completive?

    The trend is changing in obtaining energy from conventional sources to obtaining energy from solar and wind power units. The change in trend is due to this energy is considerably cheaper than the energy obtained from several other methods. Earlier an expensive metal was used over in the chargeable batteries for solar and wind units. Mostly these units contain platinum and other very expensive ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • The Energy Institute – a century of professionalism and achievement

    The Energy Institute is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the organisation and its predecessors this year. To introduce a monthly series of articles covering energy history over the last century and challenges for the future, EI President Ian Marchant looks back to the 1914 beginnings of the organisation and its subsequent achievements, and to the future within its current New Cavendish Street ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Resolving the Issues of Intermittency With Hydrogen

    In a quickly changing world, everyone is striving to become more green in their energy usage.  Many individuals have made a switch (partial or complete) to using renewable intermittent resources, such as wind and solar power.  This is a great step in the right direction, however, there is often power wasted when employing these systems.  Given this new problem, many will begin to ...


    By Verde LLC

  • PV developer and Investor joint-ventures: A strategy for commercial success in Chile

    Recently Mainstream Renewable Power announced a joint venture with Actis Investment meaning its financing needs for a large pipeline of projects will now be assured. With little experience in Chile for renewables, this rare form of partnership could be the most viable but difficult means of getting projects into production. Earlier in the month Mainstream Renewable Power announced a joint ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Why is China investing so much in U.S. Solar and Wind?

    The world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters—the United States and China—have been forging a growing bond in combating climate change. Just last week, President Obama and President Xi made a landmark agreement to work towards reducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a ...

  • China`s Overseas Investments in the Wind and Solar Industries: Trends and Drivers

    Shifting to a low-carbon economy will require current emitting countries and projected future emitters to rapidly scale up their investments in renewable energy. In recent years, major emerging economies like China, India, and Brazil have been catching up with leading developed country investors in Europe and the United States. By some estimates, China is already the leading global investor in ...

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