Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Decision expected Nov. 7
    Oct 04, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    Factions of the U.S. solar industry faced off before the International Trade Commission on Oct. 3 for the last time as a series of decisions on tariffs on  Chinese solar cells are pending.

  • Chinese-owned company was ordered to divest sites
    Oct 03, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    The owners of a company seeking to build four wind farms in Oregon have sued President Obama after they were ordered to sell their sites for unspecified national security reasons.

    Comments: 1
  • Annual pre-election survey shows 90% favorability
    Oct 02, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    More than 90% of voters believe solar energy is important for the United States, according to a new survey done for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The annual survey also shows that majorities support federal subsidies and other policies for clean energy sources.

  • Oregon projects considered too close to naval airspace
    Oct 01, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    The Obama administration on Sept. 28 ordered companies controlled by Chinese national to divest themselves of four Oregon wind projects acquired earlier this year, deeming them too close to restricted airspace near a naval training facility.

    Comments: 2
  • Canadian wind a hedge
    Sep 30, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    NextEra Energy Resources will set a U.S. record by adding 1,500 MW of wind generation assets this year while it prepares for the dramatic slowdown as the federal production tax credit (PTC) lapses at the end of the year.

  • Plans to add 210 MW over three years
    Sep 27, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    The Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI) is the largest voluntarily developed solar portfolio from an investor-owned utility in the United States.

    Comments: 1
  • Ruling preempts pending changes to Idaho Power tariff
    Sep 26, 2012 | Carl Dombek

    FERC ruled Sept. 20 that utilities cannot unilaterally curtail wind energy purchased from a qualifying facility (QF) under a long-term fixed avoided-cost power purchase agreement (PPA) (Docket No. EL12-74).

    Comments: 1
  • Groups petition Texas PUC for more emphasis on non-wind development
    Sep 25, 2012 | Barry Cassell

    Several environmental groups - including the Sierra Club, Public Citizen and Environment Texas – have petitioned the Public Utility Commission of Texas to pass new rules calling for more development of non-wind renewable energy in the state.

    Comments: 2
  • Nation’s second-largest site dedicated
    Sep 24, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    The United States’ second largest wind farm, Caithness Energy’s Shepherds Flat Wind Farm, at 845 MW, is now operating.

    Comments: 3
  • Facing the abyss
    Sep 23, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    Jan Blittersdorf has seen the ups and downs of the wind industry for 30 years, so the expected slump that will hit the sector when a key subsidy expires for the fourth time in two decades shouldn't be anything new.