Tag Archives: Solar

A Year After Launch, Major Solar Plant Apparently Running at Half Capacity

A Year After Launch, Major Solar Plant Apparently Running at Half Capacity More than a year after the formal launch of the nation’s largest existing solar tower power plant, its operators seem to be having trouble keeping it all the way online. According to records provided by California’s grid operator, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating … Continue reading A Year After Launch, Major Solar Plant Apparently Running at Half Capacity

Renewable energy finally makes sense as a utility—and that’s why it’s becoming a threat to coal.

Renewable energy finally makes sense as a utility—and that’s why it’s becoming a threat to coal. When it comes to innovation, businesses often follow the lead of government. Take large-scale renewable power—especially solar. Before the 2009 stimulus package, solar power was nowhere in this country. But the same program that brought us the Solyndra debacle … Continue reading Renewable energy finally makes sense as a utility—and that’s why it’s becoming a threat to coal.

Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel The potential applications of solar power just got a whole lot wider Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy source, according to an article in this month’s scientific journal … Continue reading Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

In W.Va., New GOP Majority Defangs Renewable Energy Law That Never Had a Bite

In W.Va., New GOP Majority Defangs Renewable Energy Law That Never Had a Bite In a largely symbolic move, West Virginia legislators have repealed a law that required utilities to generate a quarter of their power from renewable or alternative sources by 2025. The bill repealing the state’s energy portfolio standard passed 95-4 in the … Continue reading In W.Va., New GOP Majority Defangs Renewable Energy Law That Never Had a Bite

How utilities are transforming their fuel mixes

How utilities are transforming their fuel mixes More than 80% of utility executives foresee distributed energy resources changing their company’s fuel mix in coming decades, according to Utility Dive’s new report, the State of the Electric Utility 2015. Nearly as many (79%) see their companies adding utility-scale solar. A very large majority see additions of … Continue reading How utilities are transforming their fuel mixes