SunEdison Spinning Yieldcos

by Debra Fiakas CFA

Two weeks ago TerraForm Global, Inc. filed yet another amendment to its S-1 registration statement as the SunEdison, Inc. (SUNE:  NYSE) spinout grinds forward with its initial public offering.  TerraForm is a collection of SunEdison’s renewable energy properties, primarily its solar, wind and hydro-electric power generation facilities around the world.  The current portfolio sums up to over 1,400 megawatts in total generating capacity, of which over 900 are spoken for through power purchase commitments that cover the next 19 years.    On a pro forma basis, the assets produced $298.9 million in total revenue, providing $44.1 million in net income.    [Read more...]

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Gabe Elsner: The Secret Network of Fossil Fuel & Utility Backed Groups Working to Stop Clean Energy

The economics of clean energy technology are rapidly changing and, as a result, fossil fuel and electric utility companies are increasingly concerned ...

Read more: Cleantech, Clean Energy, Front Groups, Utilities, Fossil Fuels, Americans for Prosperity, Manhattan Institute, Strata, Utah State University, Institute for Energy Research, Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Energy, State Policy Network, Marita Noon, Heartland Institute, Koch Brothers, Koch Industries, Peabody Energy, American Electric Power, Duke Energy, Green News

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4 Steps to a Naturally Happy Workplace

The average Australian works 40 hours a week. How they feel while they are at work, therefore, has a big impact on how they feel during the other parts of their life. Being content and happy at work depends on a number elements and one of those, surprisingly, is nature. [Read more...]

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Frances Beinecke: Clinton’s Bold Clean Energy Plan Is Within Reach

Clinton's leadership on clean energy and climate action stands in stark contrast to the entire field of GOP presidential candidates. Only two Republican hopefuls acknowledge the science of climate change. [Read more...]

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Peter Getty: Farms of the Future: Forget Sun and Soil, It’s All About LED

For centuries, farmers have been dependent on weather, short growing seasons, fluctuating supply and demand cycles, and a host of environmental factors that make the farming business one of luck as much as agricultural acumen. [Read more...]

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Major US Corporations Pledge To Increase Renewable Energy Usage, Decrease Carbon Footprint

Executives from 13 major U.S. corporations are announcing at least $140 billion in new investments to decrease their carbon footprints as part of a White House initiative to recruit private commitments ahead of a United Nations climate-change summit later this year in Paris. [Read more...]

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Bob Keefe: American Businesses — Small to Huge — Act on Climate

Big businesses know climate change is threatening their companies -- and all of us. On Monday, 13 major companies, from General Motors to Microsoft to Coca-Cola, announced they were doing something about it. [Read more...]

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Energy Storage and Geothermal Markets Look To Team Up in the Hunt for Lithium

In today's fast-paced tech environment, no one can make a splash quite like Elon Musk. So when he decided to enter the energy storage game in 2014, he did it with gusto. Musk is now in the process of building what he coined a "gigafactory," which is a lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Nevada. Of course, the plant is being built at such an efficient pace that its ahead of schedule and is now set to start production in 2016. [Read more...]

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SMART Wind Consortium Continues Distributed Wind Roadmapping Effort

Date: 7/27/2015

Funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the SMART Wind Consortium is connecting collaborators to form consensus on plans to increase cost competitiveness of U.S. distributed wind manufacturers through the use of advanced manufacturing techniques. Following July and August Virtual Subgroup Meetings on composites and electrical components, the Distributed Wind Energy Association's SMART Wind Manufacturing Forum in Sacramento, California, will mark the second annual gathering of the full Consortium. Distributed wind manufacturers, supply chain members, and academic partners will convene to focus on automation, robotics, and lean manufacturing processes and work to develop a consensus-based Roadmap that prioritizes solutions to manufacturing gaps and barriers for near-term and future scalability. Representatives from more than 80 companies from across the country are contributing to this effort; learn more and join the dialogue at upcoming SMART Wind events.

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Denmark Produces 140% of Its Electricity Demand from Wind Power on July 10, Exports Excess

Date: 7/10/2015

On July 10, Denmark met the energy needs of the entire country with wind energy and exported the excess to Germany, Norway, and Sweden. According to Danish transmission systems operator, Denmark's wind farms were not even operating at their full 4.8-gigawatt capacity during the peaks.

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