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Renewable Energy Can Lead to Economic Boom, Report Finds

If we implement the right policies and frameworks, we can achieve large-scale deployment of renewable energy that creates jobs, increases incomes, improves trade balances and contributes to industrial development, according to a new report by the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Multilateral Solar and Wind Working Group.

The report, econValue – The Socio-economic Benefits of Solar and Wind Energy, analyzes the circumstances under which renewable energy can boost economies and benefit communities by studying the effects of solar and wind energy on the environment, economy, and society. Produced by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the report provides a framework to help policy makers analyse the various economic opportunities that may be offered by solar and wind sector development and the potential of various policy instruments to best realise those opportunities.

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Brookings Delves Into Low and No-Carbon Electricity Technologies

Absent a high-enough price on carbon, a carbon tax, or direct levies on fossil fuel suppliers, “nuclear, hydro and natural gas combined cycle have far more net benefits than either wind or solar,” according to Brookings’ Charles R. Frank, Jr. The assumptions underlying and supporting the analysis highlight the shortcomings of economic models and thinking, however.

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Family-Owned Hotel in Santa Monica Shoots for LEED Platinum Certification

California businesses shoulder most of the burden of power demand charges that are among the highest in the nation. Installing Green Charge Networks’ intelligent energy storage-power management system could cut the Shore Hotel’s demand charges as much as 50 percent, and help it achieve LEED Platinum certification.

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Crowdsourcing and CSP Energy Storage Headline DOE Push to Achieve SunShot Goals

Last week was a busy and eventful one for the solar energy industry as market participants from across the U.S., and around the world, gathered in Anaheim, Calif. for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) “SunShot Grand Challenge Summit 2014.” Among the highlights: The Energy Department launched a $1 million solar “soft costs” innovation crowdsourcing contest and $10 million in R&D funding for six thermochemical energy storage projects.

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Department of Energy: 2014 Is the ‘Year of Concentrating Solar Power’

Concentrating solar power is poised on the cusp of a major advance as the goal of integrating grid-scale thermal energy storage appears within reach. Aiming to keep the momentum going, the DOE released a new CSP industry report and announced $10 million in new R&D funding to develop cheaper and more efficient thermal energy storage technology.

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Volvo Group Studies an Electric Avenue

“Vehicles capable of being charged directly from the road during operation could become the next pioneering step in the development towards reduced environmental impact,” says Volvo Group’s Niklas Gustavsson.

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‘World’s Largest Clean Tech Accelerator’ Gets a Boost from the U.N.

Looking to replicate the success it has had in the U.S., the partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) will enable Cleantech Open to scale-up its startup accelerator programs geometrically as it expands across six countries whose economies are in transition.

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2013 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Winner: Ginger Dosier ‘Grows’ Bricks with Bacteria

The brick is the basic building block of architecture, popular because it is modular, has a simple design and is both easy to make and use. In fact, the humble brick is used in over 80 percent of global construction, according to architect-turned-scientist Ginger Krieg Dosier. But this classic building material has a heavy environmental toll, Dosier said in a June 2013 TEDx Talk: It is estimated that annual global brick production releases 800 million tons of carbon pollution each year. Inspired by strong natural structures like seashells since she was a child, Dosier invented a process that uses bacteria to “grow” bricks and releases virtually no carbon emissions.