Renewable Energy

NRG picks up Pure, rounding out solar home portfolio

Source: 
E&E

NRG Energy’s acquisition of Pure Energies Group Inc. -- in a deal where the terms weren’t disclosed – will cut the complexity and cost of picking up new residential customers interested in solar power, the company said Thursday, E&E reports.

Maine to extend reach of efficiency programs

Source: 
Platts

Moves by the Maine Public Utilities Commission to boost the energy efficiency programs aimed at large customers are aimed at saving more than 44,000 megawatt-hours of electricity annually, Platts reports.

A decade after welcoming wind, states reconsider

CALUMET, Okla. (AP) — A decade ago, states offered wind-energy developers an open-armed embrace, envisioning a bright future for an industry that would offer cheap electricity, new jobs and steady income for large landowners, especially in rural areas with few other economic prospects.

To ensure the opportunity didn't slip away, lawmakers promised little or no regulation and generous tax breaks.

More data, analysis on energy use in buildings

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

As technology advances -- with the availability of cheap sensors and a proliferation of software to help collect and analyze the data they gather -- the drive toward more energy efficiency in buildings is getting a big boost, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Solar could be top energy source by 2050: IEA

Source: 
E&E

Between photovoltaic systems and concentrating solar power systems, the sun could supply more than a quarter of global energy demand in less than 35 years time, according to technology road maps put out by the International Energy Agency, E&E reports.

Delaware pilot project sees vehicles selling power to grid

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

In a pilot project started at the University of Delaware, NRG Energy pays about $110 per month per vehicle to have a minimum of nine that can sell power back to the grid as well as draw power from it, The Wall Street Journal reports.

BrightSource, Abengoa drop Palen solar project

Source: 
The Desert Sun

BrightSource Energy and Abengoa Solar said Friday they won’t be going ahead with the proposed Palen solar project, in part because construction wouldn’t be finished by the end of 2016 and so it wouldn’t be eligible for the expiring 30 percent investment tax credit, The Desert Sun reports.

Perovskite could lower solar costs

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

If efficiency of perovskite continues to improve, the crystalline structures may offer a cheaper alternative to silicon or could be partnered with it to make better solar cells, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Spanish island aims to be 1st to go all-renewable

Source: 
NPR

El Hierro, a part of Spain’s Canary Island chain, hopes to become the first island in the world to get all of its power from renewable energy, now that its Gorona del Viento wind and water turbine farm has started operation, NPR reports.

Glen Canyon Dam marks 50 years as power source

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and other officials marked the 50th anniversary of power generation by Glen Canyon Dam, a structure that helped usher in a new era in the Southwest.

Glen Canyon Dam, situated near the Arizona-Utah border, is a source of water and power for seven states in a region prone to drought.

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