A confluence of powerful trends shaped up in Germany in 2014. Renewable energy production rose, greenhouse gas emissions and power prices fell while the economy expanded, according to Agora Energiewende’s 2014 annual report.
Author: Andrew Burger
From manufacturing to universities, schools, communities and government facilities, renewable energy is expected to continue its rapid rise, despite the recent sharp drop in world oil prices.
Seeing promise in Stem’s distributed energy storage optimization platform, Constellation Technology Ventures and Total Energy Ventures have taken equity stakes in the startup.
O3b provides broadband network access to service providers in such isolated, far-flung and hard-to-reach locations as the Colombian Amazon, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo capital of Kinshasa, as well as Iraq, Somalia and South Sudan. The launch of four new satellites promises to increase both speed and affordability.
Rapid industrialization and the relentless pursuit of GDP growth has caused an “airpocalypse” in Beijing, making China’s capital city all but uninhabitable. The Guardian’s Ian Wainwright paints a dismal portrait of how Beijing’s toxic air and the built environment, as well as the extraordinary, and extraordinarily expensive, measures city leaders and residents are considering and taking in an effort to adapt.
Today’s institution of the first federal standards governing coal ash disposal mark a milestone, but they leave a lot to be desired if public and environmental health and safety are to be assured, according to environmentalists.
Having tripled its national renewable energy targets, South Africa has awarded a contract to build a 100-MW concentrating solar power-molten salts energy storage facility. Spain’s Abengoa is leading the project development group, which has secured $1 billion of financing from a consortium of multilateral and South African banks.
Leading private- and public-sector energy players are joining to install and test a grid-scale battery storage system at PG&E’s Smart Grid Lab. Eos Energy Storage’s Aurora advanced battery storage technology will be at the test system’s core.
President Obama took executive action Dec. 16 to protect Bristol Bay’s iconic, $2 billion wild-caught fishery and local communities from oil and gas drilling. Another existential threat to Bristol Bay ecosystems and watershed remains, however.
SunEdison on Dec. 15 announced it will build 350 MW of utility-scale solar PV power plants across Chile at a cost 10 to 25 percent lower than that for fossil-fuel power plants.
Upsolar is offering homeowners a path to “Energy Freedom” with a comprehensive, lifelong solar loan program. For zero-down, homeowners can take out a 20-year, 5.99 percent fixed rate loan that covers installation, operations and maintenance over a home PV system’s entire life.
Factoring human and natural capital into the GDP equation reveals dramatic differences in national economic performance and overall well-being.
Having closed its first sales contracts here in the U.S., Imergy Power Systems’ vanadium-flow battery systems offer distinct advantages as compared to their Li-ion counterparts, company President Tim Hennessy told 3p.
TXU Energy and London Hydro are the latest utilities that will deploy Bidgely’s cloud-based energy analytics throughout their customer bases. Offering apps and a platform to monitor energy usage is seen as a way to enhance customer engagement, as well as energy efficiency and building a 21st century smart grid.
Global Zero Net Diversification initiatives would benefit greatly from greater communications and collaboration, according to PwC. The multinational management consultancy aims to help make the necessary connections.