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  • SCE&G Launches South Carolina’s Largest Community Solar Program

    Jun 12, 2017
    SCE&G announced last week that it introduced South Carolina’s largest community solar program (16 MWac), making solar generation available to electric customers who cannot, or do not wish to, install rooftop solar panels. Through the SCE&G Community Solar Program, residential customers and eligible nonresidential customers may now purchase or subscribe to solar panels at several solar facilities to be constructed within SCE&G’s service territory.
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  • Renewable Technologies on the Cusp

    Jul 31, 2014
    You probably remember a time when the thought of widespread solar and wind energy seemed far from reality. Interesting or intriguing, maybe, but not practical, and certainly not inevitable. But in recent years, solar panels and wind turbines have sprouted across rooftops and hilltops. They’re not our primary sources of power, but they’re in the mix. They’ve joined the big leagues...
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  • Free Solar Panels? Why this Arizona Utility Wants to Give them Away.

    Jul 30, 2014
    Though many utility companies are struggling to accommodate rooftop solar panels, Arizona’s largest electric utility is diving in headfirst. Arizona Public Service wants regulators to approve its plan to buy rooftop solar panels and install them on 3,000 homes for free. The homeowners wouldn’t own the solar panels and wouldn’t own the electricity they put out, but the utility would give them a monthly credit of $30 for 20 years, adding up to $7,200 over time...
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  • Ethanol Industry Objects to Rail Safety Rules that Lump Ethanol in with Crude Oil

    Jul 29, 2014
    Last week the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed sweeping new safety requirements for oil trains. They would that mean that tens of thousands of railroad tank cars would have to be upgraded or replaced in the next few years. These new regulations treat ethanol differently from crude oil, but not that differently. They categorize crude oil and ethanol as the two most hazardous flammable liquids that are transported heavily by rail...
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  • U.S. Commerce Department Adds Another Round of Duties to Chinese Solar Panels

    Jul 28, 2014
    Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department moved to place anti-dumping duties on imported Chinese solar panels. It’s the latest move in an ongoing effort by the federal government to keep American solar panel manufacturers competitive and to push back against what they say are artificially low prices subsidized by the Chinese government...
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  • Ocean Leases off New York and New Jersey Offered to Wind Energy Developers

    Jul 18, 2014
    While Rhode Island and Massachusetts are the two states closest to building floating wind farms in the waters of their coastlines, other areas along the Atlantic coast are close behind. Now a large block of ocean off the coast of New York and New Jersey is becoming available for wind power development. The Department of the Interior announced yesterday that they will offer leases for over 344,000 acres of Atlantic Ocean, ranging from off Long Island to off northern New Jersey...
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  • The Australian Wave Energy Project has been Cancelled, and that's Tough on the Entire Wave Energy Field

    Jul 17, 2014
    Ocean Power Technologies has called it quits another ocean energy project they were planning, saying that it’s not “commercially viable”. They had originally planned to deploy their “PowerBuoys” to create a wave energy installation off the coast of Australia. Now, they’re canceling the $200 million project and returning over $60 million in grant money to the Australian government. In the days since that announcement, the stock price of Ocean Power Technologies fell to its lowest point since its initial public offering.
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  • Nevada PUC Study: Net Metering Can Lower Energy Bills for Everyone, Not Just Solar Panel Owners

    Jul 17, 2014
    As solar panels appear on more and more rooftops, a fight has broken out over just how much that solar power is worth. A solar panel doesn’t necessarily power the home it sits on – the energy it generates may be pumped back into the grid, and sent to other consumers on the network. With a net metering program, the owners of solar panels only pay for the net amount of energy they used. Essentially, that means that they sell any unused energy they produce back to the power company at retail prices...
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  • New England States Racing For the First Offshore Wind Farm in the U.S.

    Jul 16, 2014
    Rhode Island and Massachusetts are neck and neck in the race for the first offshore wind farm in America, according to the National Wildlife Federation. The Cape Wind project in Massachusetts and the Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island plan to begin construction next year. The NWF described both of them as “within sight of the finish line.”
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  • Catching Waves and Turning Them Into Electricity

    by New York Times | Jun 12, 2017
    Ocean waves seem a promising source of renewable energy but remain largely experimental, though companies have developed various designs over the last two decades.

  • NREL Establishes World Record for Solar Hydrogen Production

    by RES News Team | Jun 08, 2017
    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recaptured the record for highest efficiency in solar hydrogen production via a photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting process.

  • Getting to Zero

    by Cam Abernethy | Aug 16, 2016
    A 20-house neighborhood in California is a large-scale testing ground for an energy system of the very near future.

  • Seeing Purpose and Profit in Algae

    by New York Times | Aug 22, 2014
    A pilot plant in Alabama is making diesel fuel out of it and accomplishing other eco-friendly tasks like making clean water from municipal sewage. Investors have taken notice.

  • DOI Defines North Carolina Offshore Wind Energy Areas for Potential Development

    by Department of Energy | Aug 22, 2014
    The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has defined three Wind Energy Areas offshore North Carolina, totaling approximately 308,000 acres, for potential commercial wind energy development.

  • Farm to Fly 2.0: Energy Department Joins Initiative to Bring Biofuels to the Skies

    by Department of Energy | Aug 22, 2014
    A new initiative, now called Farm to Fly 2.0, works to increase the nation’s supply of renewable jet fuel with the end goal of producing about 1 billion gallons of drop-in aviation biofuels per year by 2018.

  • Energy Department Reports Highlight Strength of U.S. Wind Energy Industry

    by Department of Energy | Aug 22, 2014
    The United States remains a global leader in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity in the world, according to two reports released by the Energy Department and two of its national laboratories.

  • Good news: Record wind growth creating new jobs

    by American Wind Energy Association | Aug 08, 2014
    This year we’ve heard a lot about record construction numbers in the wind energy industry. That translates into a hiring surge in the 43 states with jobs in the turbine…

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