Utilities and environmental groups are coming together to help modernize the transmission system. It's an arduous job that requires conciliation and patience. Together, they seek to improve the grid's capabilities to allow it to carry more green electrons as well as provide customers with the information they need to make better energy choices. With Congress now considering national renewable energy mandates and at least half the states with such laws on their books, electric companies must have a way to deliver the expected use of those renewables. ... Read more about Greening The Grid
If you follow the money, the numbers show that the U.S. is being outpaced by China and other countries in a global race to develop green-technology industries. The Pew Charitable Trusts, in conjunction with Bloomberg New Energy Finance, is publishing a report on Thursday that characterizes different countries in developing and adopting clean-energy technologies. ... Read more about In Clean Energy, U.S. Innovates But Builds Slowly
A mapping service allowing visual comparison of renewable energy statistics in Europe is now available from the specialist search engine for renewable energy and energy efficiency, reegle. Users can select renewable energy statistics in European countries and compare them using a time lapse animation on a full-screen map with the underlying data provided by Eurostat. Energy data is available back to 1997, so users can digest trends over time and compare how different European countries have moved forward on clean and renewable energy over the selected period. ... Read more about Mapping European Renewable Energy Statistics
Following one of the worst years in economic history, signs of hope have begun to emerge for the clean-tech sector, with clean energy becoming a driving force for global economic recovery from Beijing to Seoul, and Washington D.C.
Concerns about global warming, rising fossil fuel prices, and oil insecurity have prompted calls for a new energy economy, one that replaces fossil fuels with renewables. The sun is an enormous reservoir of energy; in fact, the sunlight reaching Earth in just one hour is enough to power the global economy for a whole year.... Read more about Plan B 4.0 By The Numbers - Data Highlights On Solar Energy
The Renewable Energy Policy Network REN21 launched its Renewables Interactive Map (beta-version) The Map contains a wealth of information on renewable energy, including support policies, expansion targets, current shares, installed capacity, current production, future scenarios, and policy pledges. ... Read more about REN21 Launched Its Renewables Interactive Map
The year 2008 was the best yet for renewables. Even though the global economic downturn affected renewables in many ways starting in late 2008, the year was still one to remember. As Table 1, on page 22, shows, in just one year, the capacity of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) plants (larger than 200 kW) tripled to 3 GW. All forms of grid-tied solar PV grew by 70%. Wind power grew by 29% and solar hot water increased by 15%. Annual ethanol and biodiesel production both expanded by 34%. ... Read more about Renewables Global Status Report 2009 Update