SUMMARY - Special correspondent Emily Taguchi reports from Minamisoma, Japan, a town aching for a comeback after an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. When the whole region lost its faith in nuclear power, some residents looked to the possibility of rebuilding industry by utilizing renewable energy sources. Transcript w/Video Report>>>
EMILY TAGUCHI: To bring together solar and the baker's plea to help the kids, Hangai worked to set up a partnership between Toshiba, which makes solar panels, and KidZania, the operator of a theme park where kids experience real-life jobs.
The result would be a solar power company in the city that not only generates electricity, but lets kids experiment with working in a renewable energy plant.
WOMAN: We would prepare a solar power generation system for kids. They'd have to figure out the best angle, direction, and how to place the panels to generate the most electricity.
March 12, 2013 - Addressing the U.S. House and and Subcommittee on Energy and Power last week, Xcel Chairman, President and CEO Ben Fowke emphasized the critical role fuel diversity and federal incentives play in ensuring Americans have clean, reliable energy at a competitive price.
Xcel Energy itself boasts a 17,000 megawatt generation fleet -- a diverse mix of fuel sources, including coal, natural gas, nuclear, wind, hydro, and solar. In fact, Xcel Energy is the number one wind energy provider in the nation (with 4,900 MW of wind on the system) and considering adding more wind in Minnesota and Colorado because of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) extension. read more>>>
11 March 2013 - The latest winners of the Offshore Wind Component Technologies Development and Demonstration scheme have just been announced.
Innovation in the offshore wind sector has just been given a major boost with the announcement of the first three winners under the second call of the Offshore Wind Component Technologies Development and Demonstration scheme, organised by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB). A fourth round of this competition has also been launched. read more>>>
05 March 2013 - The report supports the findings of the DECC Renewables Roadmap that the UK can become a leader in the offshore wind sector
The Crown Estate has this week published a study which confirms the ability of the UK offshore wind sector to meet government targets. The report finds that offshore shore wind can deploy up to 18GW of capacity by 2020 subject to regulatory certainty and timely implementation of the Electricity Market Reform. The sector will also be able to achieve cost reductions and secure a viable level of financial support.
“Our report identifies a range of factors which are central to the on-going success of UK offshore wind and to the industry realising its potential” read more>>>
March 12, 2013 - Microgrids are evolving as a smart solution for enhancing energy reliability, resiliency and security of the electric grid, particularly in the face of major natural disasters. Infocast, a leading provider of deal-making events in renewables and cleantech, announces its second Microgrids: Military & Commercial Summit scheduled for April 29-May 1 in Arlington, VA will explore the latest needs, plans and strategies surrounding the evolution of microgrids from a commercial and military standpoint.
Hurricane Sandy’s utter devastation impacted the majority of the power grid on the East Coast and had demonstrated the value of microgrids as a viable solution within military, campus, commercial, government, healthcare, education and industrial segments. The microgrid sector is poised for significant growth over the next five years. Forecasters predict a 467 percent growth in revenue from $3 billion to $17 billion from 2013 to 2017. Hear case studies exploring successful installations, assess the cost-benefit equation for adoption of particular technical solutions and obtain real world assessments of microgrid performance in the face of Hurricane Sandy. read more>>>
Mar. 12, 2013 — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will soon decide whether to approve hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the state. To date, no alternative to expanded gas drilling has been proposed.
But a new study finds that it is technically and economically feasible to convert New York's all-purpose energy infrastructure to one powered by wind, water and sunlight (WWS). The plan, scheduled for publication in the journal Energy Policy, shows the way to a sustainable, inexpensive and reliable energy supply that creates local jobs and saves the state billions of dollars in pollution-related costs. read more>>>