On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the third round of Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance that provides tribal governments and entities with support to produce clean and renewable energy. The START program was launched in December 2011 and has helped 21 tribal communities advance solar, wind, biofuels, and energy efficiency projects. The program is open to Indian Tribes, Alaska Native regional corporations, and formally organized tribal energy resource development organizations. Applications are due to the DOE Office of Indian Energy by May 1, 2015, and up to five projects will be selected by the end of June 2015.
What rural Alaska can teach the world about renewable energy
I flew into Unalakleet, Alaska, on a late fall day. With about 700 people, Unalakleet is large by rural Alaska standards and serves as a regional hub. The village is located on a sandy spit of land where a clear river meets the turbid water of the Bering Sea. Out the plane window the sun shone bright, glittering off the wind-tossed whitecaps of the sea. To the east, the rolling Nulato Hills, clad in autumn foliage, provided a picturesque backdrop. As the small plane banked for our approach, a row of wind turbines...
How Energy Storage Can Pave the Way for Renewable Energy Adoption
Introduction Renewable energy offers a hopeful promise to reduce the energy sector’s carbon footprint, but many challenges must be addressed before it can be more extensively integrated into our society. One of the greatest barriers to widespread adoption is quite simply that due to the nature of renewable energy – the fact that it is produced only when solar rays, wind, etc. are available – it cannot fully respond to customers’ energy demand in real time. Fossil fuels are easy to store,...
As Global Demand for Electricity Grows, Geothermal Energy Heats Up
January 9, 2017 — At 2:46 p.m. local time on Friday, March 11, 2011, Japan was rocked by the largest earthquake ever to strike its shores. The 9.1 magnitude quake triggered a devastating tsunami that killed more than 15,000 people. It also took out the back-up emergency generators that cooled the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant complex, causing a series of catastrophic meltdowns. But amid the chaos, the Yanaizu-Nishiyama geothermal power plant in Fukushima prefecture didn’t miss...
Adoption hurdles and challenges with small wind turbines
Adoption Hurdles and Challenges with Small Wind Turbines Wind energy is very promising. It can be harvested without any costs, and like solar panels, wind turbines are environmentally-friendly. However, such machines are not living up to their potential. Some users have reported low efficiency rates, unpredictable performance and costly adoption barriers. This article dives into the challenges of wind energy, with focus on small wind turbines. Read on to understand the type of location that wind turbines favor...
From electronic noses to invasive bees, 15 surprising trends for 2017
What should we be thinking about when we think about the future of biodiversity, conservation and the environment? An international team of experts in horizon scanning, science communication and conservation recently asked that question as participants in the eighth annual Horizon Scan of Emerging Issues for Global Conservation and Biological Diversity. The answers they came up, just published in the scientific journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution and summarized below, portend both risks and opportunities...