Velocys Thinking Big with Microreactors

by Debra Fiakas CFA

Keep the applause down!  Contain your enthusiasm for yet another biomass- or gas-to-liquids company.  Over the past several weeks I have written about a number of privately-held developers of one technology or another intended to produce a drop-in renewable fuel from biomass or natural gas.  There are more,  In this post we check in on Velocys (VCL:  London), which stands out from the rest as a public company.  No matter that it's technology looks like that of the very next renewable fuel company, it is accessible to minority investors. [Read more...]

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Siemens to Provide Turbines to the Largest Near Shore Wind Farm in The Netherlands

The Westermeerwind near shore wind farm is to be erected in the IJsselmeer lake along the northern and western dike of the Dutch municipality of Noordoostpolder. The 48 Siemens SWT-3.0-108 wind turbines will be arranged in three rows in the shallow waters between 500 and 1100 meters from the dike. Each

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Bosch and BMW are now offering the BMW i DC fast charger in North America.

Using the SAE Combo 1 connector, the BMW i DC Fast Charger will charge a BMW i3 to 80 percent in just 30 minutes and is also compatible with other electric vehicles (EVs)

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Choosing Local (Renewable) Power: One California Community a Leader in Collective Action

Community choice aggregation describes a situation where a town can become the bulk buyer of electricity on behalf of its residential and small business customers. Such local aggregations serve about 5 percent of utility customers in Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and California, but it’s Marin Clean Energy in California that stands a

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The Utility Death Spiral: Beyond The Rhetoric

by Lynne Kiesling

Unless you follow the electricity industry you may not be aware of the past year’s discussion of the impending “utility death spiral”, ably summarized in this Clean Energy Group post: [Read more...]

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Naomi Oreskes: Wishful Thinking About Natural Gas

Albert Einstein is rumored to have said that one cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that led to it. Yet this is precisely what we are now trying to do with climate change policy. [Read more...]

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Colorado a Hub for Wind Power

Date: 7/19/2014

Sarah Cottrell Propst, executive director of the Interwest Energy Alliance and Four Corners Wind Resource Center, outlined the benefits of wind energy to Colorado in her op-ed guest column for the Pueblo Chieftain on July 19. Propst describes how the Vestas facilities in Colorado, including the factory in Pueblo, are part of a vast supply chain that employs more than 3,000 people in the state, in disciplines from operations and maintenance to manufacturing and other support sectors. Colorado wind supplies enough electricity to light the equivalent of more than 870,000 homes, and for a brief time in May 2013, wind power energized more than 60% of Xcel's Colorado system, showcasing wind power's ability to contribute in a significant way to the grid.

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First Wind Turbine in Army Begins Generating Energy at Utah’s Tooele Army Depot

Date: 7/7/2014

On July 7, members of Utah's Tooele Army Depot workforce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the project completion of the first wind turbine not only at the depot but also in Tooele County and at an Army installation. The approval process for the wind turbine began in 2005, the project was approved and funded through the Department of the Army Energy Conservation and Investment Program in 2007, and the 1.5-megawatt turbine was completed 1 year ahead of schedule. A second 1.5- to 2-megawatt turbine at the depot is in the planning stages.

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Energy Department Makes Additional $4 Billion in Loan Guarantees Available for Innovative Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects

Date: 7/3/2014

In support of the President's Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy issued a loan guarantee solicitation making as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the United States that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. This solicitation represents the next step in the Department's commitment to support the deployment of innovative, clean energy technologies at commercial scale in the United States.

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Google Hangout July 30 at 1:00 PM ET with PennWell Editors to Learn About Our Awards Programs

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