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No Climate Solution Without Nuclear, Experts Say

November 26, 2015 by Jarret Adams

Climate and Nuclear Solutions

The massive worldwide investment in renewable energy, including wind and solar, is good news for the environment. The bad news is that these low-carbon energy sources cannot on their own achieve the COP21 goal of preventing the planet from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).[read more]


Canada Makes Power Moves to Decarbonize its Grid

November 24, 2015 by Jarret Adams

Canada and Updating the Grid

The government of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, announced November 23 it had banned coal-fired power generation “a first in North America and a significant step in the fight against climate change,” according to a press release.[read more]

Nuking Clean Energy: How Nuclear Power Makes Wind and Solar Harder

November 20, 2015 by Ivy Main

Nuclear and Renewables

Dominion CEO Tom Farrell is bullish on nuclear energy as a clean solution in a carbon-constrained economy, but he’s got it wrong. Nuclear is a barrier to a clean-energy future, not a piece of it. That’s only partly because new nuclear is so expensive that there’s little room left in a utility budget to build wind and solar.[read more]

Texas Expected to Keep Breaking Wind Generation Records as Wind Capacity Grows

November 10, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Texas Wind Capacity

Wind generation on the Texas electric system recently hit several all-time highs. The latest all-time instantaneous peak of 12,238 megawatts (MW) reached on October 22 replaced the short-lived records of 11,467 MW on September 13 and 11,950 MW on October 21.[read more]

Who Will Lead the Clean Energy Future?

October 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Clean Energy and Future Leadership

At the heart of every major transformation are the people carving the new path forward. The same goes for the transition currently occurring in our electricity system, which is moving away from traditional monopoly utilities relying on coal, to a world with distributed energy generation.[read more]

Solar and Wind Catch Up With Coal, Natural Gas Across the Globe

October 21, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Transitioning Away from Coal

A recent meta-review by the Rocky Mountain Institute found that the cost of utility-scale solar in some regions of the U.S. is cheaper today than the cost of fuel for natural-gas plants. That trend will likely only continue to spread across the U.S., even with the current low price of natural gas.[read more]

Talking Transitions: Markets for Wind and Solar

October 21, 2015 by Bentham Paulos

Renewable Energy Markets


What kind of market design do we need to decarbonize the power system? Is putting a price on carbon going to be enough, or are much more fundamental changes needed to reach our decarbonization goals. The debate continues in a new podcast.[read more]

Surviving the Debate over Renewable Energy Tax Credits

October 13, 2015 by Dan Liggett

Renewables and Tax Credits

While politicians continue to debate the Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit, renewable energy companies can turn to equipment and technology improvements to keep costs down.[read more]

Future Energy Fellows post

Green Manufacturing Needs To Go Global

Green Manufacturing

Between 2012 and 2020, approximately 90% of the growth in the world’s electricity consumption will occur in emerging markets. By 2020, two-thirds of global energy consumption will be located in these same regions. Such a drastic growth of energy demand in these areas could spell trouble.[read more]

Servicing One Turbine After the Other: Living and Working on a Wind Farm

October 5, 2015 by René Cornelis Wigmans

Servicing Wind Farms

Christened, the “Esvagt Faraday”, Siemens’ new SOV, is now in operation on German offshore wind farms. Ingo Bischof, Project Manager for the Butendiek wind farm in the North Sea, has just returned from a trial tour of duty. He explains what it’s like to live and work aboard the new service operation vessel.[read more]

Full Steam Ahead for Siemens' new SOVs

September 29, 2015 by René Cornelis Wigmans

Offshore Wind Farms and SOVs

“I am a little nervous after all,” admitted the patroness of Siemens’ brand-new service operation vessel before christening the new ship at Hamburg harbor. But the young lady in question, Ruth Harkort-Berge, daughter of wpd’s Offshore CEO Achim Berge Olsen, brought the launch a great deal of luck.[read more]


The Winds of Change: Wind Energy PPAs Are the Future for Data Centers

September 28, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

Wind Energy and Data Centers

In the cutting-edge tech industry, it’s not surprising that big name companies are at the forefront of green energy. This new energy market harnesses the power of renewable resources to generate electricity instead of relying on oil, gas and nuclear plants.[read more]

Bridging Waves with Service Operation Vessels

September 21, 2015 by René Cornelis Wigmans

Offshore Wind Operation Vehicles

Far from the coast, the winds are strong. This is the ideal place for offshore wind farms, and it is precisely here, thanks to the trend towards renewable energy, that large wind farms are being built. Yet until now, no appropriate maintenance concept for these high-performance power stations has been developed.[read more]

Offshore Service Operation Vessels: From Idea to Completion

September 15, 2015 by René Cornelis Wigmans

Offshore Wind and Construction Vessels

The wind energy sector is growing and growing – and its services must also keep up to speed. Siemens developed a concept to tackle this at an early stage, and has opted to deploy offshore service operation vessels (or SOVs for short). Two of these vessels are now in operation.[read more]

California Takes the Lead on Climate Policy

September 9, 2015 by Steven Cohen

With nearly 40 million people, California is our largest state by population and is in many ways the embodiment of the contemporary American Dream. California has long led the nation in environmental policy. Polling data in the state reports deep and broad support for protecting the environment.[read more]

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