Renewable Energy Articles

  • 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 ...


    By Ensia

  • Sustainability isn’t for later. 10 ways any business can build a more credible sustainability story

    Sustainability isn’t a priority right now. We need a full sustainability strategy before we can start. I need to calculate what the ROI would be first. All of these are common objections to taking the first steps on any organization’s sustainability journey. In fact, credible sustainable action can be accomplished by organizations of any size and it doesn’t have to be costly or ...


    By Bullfrog Power Inc.

  • 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. ...


    By Climate Institute

  • How renewable energy advocates are hurting the climate cause

    Overly optimistic reports of renewables’ success are not only misleading but also counterproductive In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, the proliferation of misinformation on social media is finally getting the attention it deserves. Or so I thought. ...


    By Ensia

  • Bullfrog Power’s green energy and the new carbon pricing programs in Ontario and Alberta: your questions answered

    Here at Bullfrog Power, the team is pleased to see increasing provincial, federal and international action on climate to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. We’re supportive of a variety of both market-based and policy-based mechanisms to reduce carbon and fight climate change. We recognize that our customers may have questions about how these programs affect your decision to ...


    By Bullfrog Power Inc.

  • BioEnergy Outlook: Interesting Times

    There is no historical evidence that the expression “may you live in interesting times” is actually a Chinese curse, but, apocryphal or not, it seems appropriate in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election. Regardless of one’s political affiliations, there is no denying that the next few years are going to be interesting. For renewable energy in general that might not always ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • The Global Arc Towards Renewable Energy

    Introduction Given the United States’ recent election results, America’s future on climate and energy policy is uncertain, but global progress on mitigating climate change will continue with or without us. We have reason to be optimistic because countries around the world have demonstrated their commitments to taking action on global warming. Already, 114 countries have ...


    By Climate Institute

  • Study: 100% Renewable Electricity System is the Cheapest Option for South America

    Transitioning to a fully renewable electricity system is possible for South America by 2030. A study by Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. also shows that a 100 percent renewable system (100% RE) is the cheapest electricity production option and can be achieved with very little energy storage. "South America has a unique renewable energy ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Burundi leads the world in renewable energy use — and other fascinating facts about population, environment and energy

    Good news: more people across the globe have improved access to safe water and sanitation. Bad news: air quality is a growing problem in lower-income countries. The Population Reference Bureau’s 2016 World Population Data Sheet, released in August, offers valuable insights into not only current and projected ...


    By Ensia

  • WBA Fossil Exit Strategy

    After COP 21 (Paris): Fossil Exit Strategy 2030 One year after the conference in Paris, the world is moving away from the targets of COP21. The most embarrassing fact is the ongoing increase of the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. This concentration reached 400ppm in 2014 for the first time in the human history. A value of 420 ppm is usually regarded ...

  • Solar in Massachusetts

    Massachusetts is known for being the landing place of the Mayflower, home to the first subway, and birthplace of four presidents. But one thing residents may not be aware of is that their home state was ranked sixth nationally for producing solar energy in 2016. Massachusetts has a proud history of ...


    By Institut für Solartechnik

  • Progress of the European Union and its Member States towards 2020 climate and energy targets

    The 2016 edition of the annual European Environment Agency (EEA) 'Trends and projections' report confirms that the EU is well on track to meet its targets on greenhouse gas emission, renewable energy and energy efficiency set for 2020. Progress at Member State level is more nuanced. The 2016 edition of the annual European Environment Agency (EEA)Trends and projections in Europereport confirms ...

  • Trends and projections in the EU ETS in 2016 — The EU Emissions Trading System in numbers

    About this report This 2016 report of the European Environment Agency (EEA) provides an analysis of past, present and future emissions trends under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), based on the latest data and information available from the European Commission (i.e. May 2016 data on verified emissions and compliance by operators under the EU ETS for the years up until 2015) and Member ...

  • EH&S Certification: You`re Worth It!

    I get it. We all do. You feel run down with the stresses of everyday life. You don't have time for one more thing that's going to take up hours in your day. But when was the last time you did something just for YOU? Have you made yourself a priority lately? That's hard, isn't it? We find it easier to give to other people than we do to ourselves. Here's a gift to yourself you should really ...


    By Bowen EHS, LLC

  • Smart energy needs smarter regulation

    As Europe’s smart energy community looks forward to coming together at European Utility Week (EUW) 2016 in Barcelona later this year, Global Smart Grid Federation’s Ronnie Belmans looks at how energy regulation could be refocused to the benefit of the industry and consumers. A recent survey of EUW’s Advisory Board Members revealed that almost 70 per cent of them thought that ...


    By Synergy Events

  • North Dakota To Study Technical And Economic Feasibility Of CCS

    On August 10, 2016, Red Trail Energy, LLC, a North Dakota ethanol producer, announced that it, along with the Energy & Environmental Research Center, had been awarded $490,000 to examine the integration of carbon capture and storage (CCS). The study will consist of installing and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Recapping the Debate Over Whether Low-Carbon Economies Are Good for Tech

    To be of any use, tech products need power from electrical outlets, stored chemical energy such as batteries and generators, solar collectors, kinetic energy like my emergency hand-crank radio/charger, or other means. As more global and local regions move away from fossil-fuel-based power to low-carbon renewable power, I wonder how my colleagues in the tech industry would weigh in on a debate ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Powering Renewable Programs: The Utility Perspective

    When considering how to build out a renewable energy portfolio, there are a lot of factors and many points of view to consider. For purposes of this narrative, we will take the point of view of the electric utility itself. Your electricity providers are quite familiar with the concept of a “smart grid.” According to the Department of Energy (DOE), a smart grid “generally refers ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • The Energy Consultant's Guide to a Green Energy Brief

    A practical overview of how Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology can be specified to meet a green energy brief  When a green energy brief talks about conserving energy, reducing energy costs, reducing CO2 emissions, and improving the reliability of energy supply, energy consultants should consider Combined Heat and Power (CHP), ...


    By ENER-G

  • Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, And Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program Accepting Applications For Guaranteed Loans

    On July 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting applications for Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (the Program) funding. The ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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