Insights from our Editorial Team
RFP issued for power purchase agreements
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for $7 bn in locally generated renewable energy through power purchase agreements.
Says tax credit uncertainty undermines momentum
The U.S. wind industry was responsible for 32% of all new generation last year but momentum for the sector would be lost without continuation of a key subsidy, a Department of Energy report says.
Effects of trade case felt
For the third straight month, imports of Chinese solar cells and panels into the United States decreased year-over-year, according to the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM).
Capacity has doubled in four years
Wind capacity has passed the 50 GW mark in recent weeks, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) says, doubling the amount of generation on online in only four years.
Ceres provides benchmarks for 2010 and 2011
Renewable energy use is increasing. Natural gas is quickly expanding its influence and coal is in retreat as emissions decline. None of this is surprising, but a new report spells out to what extent.
Obama administration speeds wind and solar in the West
Seven wind and solar energy projects totaling 5,000 MW in the West on public lands will be expedited for approval through the federal permitting process, the Obama administration announced.
An interview with Rick Needham
When Google speaks - or acts - it commands attention across the American economy. What the iconic company thinks about the future of energy is important to utilities, energy companies, diverse energy users and policymakers. EnergyBiz recently interviewed Rick Needham, director of energy and sustainability at Google. His comments, edited for style and length, follow.
Large-scale or regional bulk energy storage projects have characteristics similar to transmission projects. On the one hand, they bring a variety of economic and social policy benefits to a multitude of stakeholders and ratepayers, often across multiple jurisdictions. On the other hand, for this very reason, achieving adequate cost recovery is difficult.
Organization will engage diverse group of stakeholders
Transmission planning in the West could benefit from a new organization that would bring together stakeholders from all sectors to discuss potential transmission improvements, hopefully reach consensus early in the process, and ideally streamline the approval process.
Both should serve a specific purpose, be limited in scope
Following a session at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) summer committee meetings in Portland, Ore., on whether subsidies remain an effective tool for achieving state and national energy objectives, experts and commissioners agreed that parallels exist between subsidies and transmission incentive rates.