In the continuing struggle to overcome competitive disadvantages, one path for greater penetration of renewable power into the nation’s energy markets might be to join the entrenched fuel sources with which it has always struggled to compete.
One of the biggest obstacles facing electrical contractors wanting to enter or expand their presence in the alternative-energy market is their customers’ ability to finance an alternative-energy project, which usually requires large, upfront investments in order to take advantage of energy savings
Already a pioneer in the field of renewable-energy policy, Colorado has taken another bold step by raising the bar for utilities and the power they provide. In March, Gov. Bill Ritter signed legislation that will require 30 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable power by 2020.
The Department of Energy released a new report highlighting the benefits of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to small businesses throughout the clean, renewable-energy industry and environmental management sector.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are evaluating the feasibility of developing renewable-energy production on Superfund sites, brownfields, and former landfill or mining sites.
While solar-energy systems work moderately well in hot desert climates, they are still inefficient and contribute only a small percentage to the general energy demand. A new solution may be coming from an unexpected source: the common pea.
A new poll released by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Policy Analysis found that, while Massachusetts electric utility customers generally support wind energy, this support erodes rapidly if wind projects contribute to an increase in electric bills.
President Barack Obama should be pleased to hear the news: Despite the criticism on many fronts about the federal government’s historic intervention in the nation’s economy, at least some of that investment appears to be paying off in dividends.
With solar Power expected to generate more than 1 terawatt-hour (1 billion kilowatt-hours) of electricity in the United States in 2010 and continuing to expand rapidly, the key question is how companies can best capture market share.
While worldwide reactions were tepid at best to the December 2009 United Nations Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, and specifically about to the inability of political leaders attending the event to tackle climate change, more optimistic news emerged from the conference on at least one fron