Insights from our Editorial Team

  • 250-MW wind project can yield 1,100 jobs, according to study
    Sep 17, 2012 | Wayne Barber

    A 250-MW wind power project can create 1,100 jobs and add tens of millions of dollars in new taxes and other benefits to the community where it’s located, according to two reports recently announced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

  • Brand names lead commercial sites list
    Sep 16, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Vote Solar Initiative (Vote Solar) on Sept. 12 released a report naming the companies using solar in their facilities in the U.S., ranked by cumulative solar energy capacity.

  • Former president trumpets renewable energy message
    Sep 13, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    Part motivational speaker, part humorist, part humanitarian, and part political commentator, former President Bill Clinton was a keynote speaker at the Solar Power International conference held in Orlando this week.

  • Industry leaders say momentum in place
    Sep 11, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    The winner of the presidential election on Nov. 6 may not make much difference to the U.S. solar industry because momentum in job growth and project development is mostly promoted at the state level.

  • Group says line would have a ‘catastrophic environmental effect,’ even if buried
    Sep 10, 2012 | Carl Dombek

    A group of landowners on the Delmarva Peninsula says bringing a power line from the Atlantic Wind Connection on shore at Assateague Island would have a “catastrophic environmental effect,” even if the line is buried.

  • Power plant is on a White House fast pass list
    Sep 09, 2012 | Barry Cassell

    Moapa Solar LLC is seeking an approval from the Nevada Public Utilities Commission for a 7.5-mile, 230-kV overhead transmission line that will connect a solar plant of up to 200 MW it plans to build to the Harry Allen Substation.

  • The project needs 10 miles of transmission
    Sep 06, 2012 | Carl Dombek

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced Aug. 29 that it will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to assess the impacts of a proposed transmission line that would connect the Rio Mesa Solar Project in Riverside County, Calif., to the state’s transmission grid.

  • National group weighs in on ballot question
    Sep 05, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    A national association dedicated to the growth of wind power has backed a Michigan ballot question that would hike the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 25% by 2025.

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  • Joss Wind gets utilities board go-ahead
    Sep 04, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    The Alberta Utilities Commission has approved the 78.2-MW Hand Hills Wind Power Plant being developed by Joss Wind Power Inc.

  • Seeks additional 40 GW within a decade
    Sep 03, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Aug. 30 to accelerate investments in industrial energy efficiency, including a national goal of 40 MW combined heat and power (CHP) over the next decade.