Renewable Energy

Analysts suggest west-facing solar panels

Source: 
The New York Times

Most rooftop solar panels on homes are mounted facing south, but although they generate more power that way, west-facing solar panels create electricity at the hours it is needed most, according to an Opower study of data from 110,000 homes in California, The New York Times reports.

Associated Press

House extenders plan gives wind sector less than hoped

The wind energy industry is facing another year of uncertainty about a key tax incentive if Congress goes ahead with a package of business tax break renewals that extends only through 2014.

A multi-year $400 billion proposal -- which would have extended some expired tax breaks, including the wind Production Tax Credit, and made others permanent -- fell victim last week to White House opposition. On Monday, House Republicans unveiled a one-year, $44.7 billion package of renewals for breaks that expired last Dec. 31, including the PTC and other incentives for biofuels and energy efficiency.

German utility company E.ON to focus on renewables

BERLIN (AP) — German utility company E.ON SE says it plans to spin off its nuclear, oil, coal and gas operations to focus on renewable energy and power distribution.

E.ON said in a statement late Sunday that the new strategy will see it quit conventional power generation, global energy trading, exploration and production.

Dutch seek to harness energy from salt water mix

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch researchers are seeking to add a new, largely untapped renewable energy source to the world's energy mix with the opening of a "Blue Energy" test facility on Wednesday.

Blue energy takes advantage of the difference in salt concentration between sea water and fresh water to produce electricity. A similar test plant was launched in Norway in 2009.

Illinois OKs wind transmission line

Source: 
Crain's Chicago Business

The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted approval for Clean Line Energy Partners’ Rock Island Clean Line, intended to transmit power 500 miles from wind farms in the Plains states, Crain’s Chicago Business reports.

More solar in Texas, but maybe not 20 percent: Fainter

Source: 
Platts

A prediction that Texas will get a fifth of its electricity from solar by 2025 may be overly “ambitious,” according to John Fainter, chief of the Association of Electric Companies of Texas, but he says its share of generation will grow as costs come down, Platts reports.

Nepal signs Indian power deal during Modi visit

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal signed an agreement Tuesday for an Indian company to build a $1 billion hydroelectric plant to boost supplies in the energy-starved Himalayan nation and export power to India.

The move comes as regional leaders, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, arrived in Nepal for a meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.

Nepal to sign India power deal during Modi's visit

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal is signing an agreement Tuesday for an Indian company to build a $1 billion hydroelectricity plant to boost supplies in the energy-starved Himalayan nation and to export power to India.

The move comes as regional leaders, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are arriving in Nepal for a summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.

Interior Department photo

Atlantic wind leasing gets major expansion with Mass. auction

The Interior Department will offer the largest area to date for Atlantic Ocean wind energy development, with a competitive auction of areas off the Massachusetts coast.

The department on Monday announced the Jan. 29 sale of more than 742,000 acres for potential wind farm construction, an area that is nearly double the acreage previously leased in Atlantic federal waters.

Solar, wind becoming competitive in terms of cost

Source: 
The New York Times

With the cost of solar and wind power dropping dramatically in recent years, the renewable energy sources are becoming more directly competitive with electricity from gas and coal-fired plants, The New York Times reports.

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