Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 5 March 2013

Deutsche Bank: Sustainable solar market expected in 2014
26. February 2013 - Buoyed by bullish demand forecasts, and increasing utilization rates and pricing, Deutsche Bank forecasts a solar market transition from subsidized to sustainable in 2014.

The German bank has raised its 2013 global solar demand forecast to 30 GW – representing a 20% year-on-year increase – on the back of suggestions of strong demand in markets including India, the U.S., China (around 7 to 10 GW), the U.K. (around 1 to 2 GW), Germany and Italy (around 2 GW). read more>>>

AIR DATE: March 4, 2013 - San Francisco on Track to Become Zero Waste City
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SUMMARY - San Francisco is trying to become the first city with zero waste. By requiring residents and businesses to separate compostable items such as food scraps, as well as recyclable items, NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels reports that the city has already reduced a huge amount of garbage from ending up in landfills. Transcript>>>

Watch San Francisco on Track to Become Zero Waste City on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

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Distributed Generation Microgrids to Produce $13B in Annual Revenue by 2018
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4 March 2013 - Annual revenues from microgrids will reach $12.7 billion by 2018—and distributed generation from them will add 3,978 megawatts (MW) of new generation capacity to the energy mix, according to a report just released by Boulder, Colorado-based Pike Research

The study, “Microgrid Enabling Technologies,” finds, that whether tied to the larger utility grid or islanded from it, microgrids are becoming an increasingly common way for campuses, communities, and other large power users to harness the benefits of distributed power generation. Many of these systems are deployed by end-use customers who are not getting the quality of energy services they desire from their host distribution utilities. read more>>>

Many Ohioans support renewable energy; will the Ohio Senate?
March 4, 2013 - Ohio has been on a positive renewable energy track since alternative energy standards were put into place in 2008 and recent voter polling shows that many Ohio residents support clean energy policy and investment in the state.

In May 2008, the Ohio General Assembly passed the state's landmark Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard as part of Senate Bill 221, which requires Ohio's utilities to power more of their electricity from renewable sources. In 2013, utilities must obtain three percent of their electricity from renewables, including wind, geothermal, biomass, biologically derived methane gas, landfill gas, certain co-generation and heat recovery facilities, qualified hydroelectric facilities, and solar. read more>>>

Homewind: Wind Turbines, Power Kits & Components

Research shows LiDAR increases value of wind farm
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When investing in a wind project, developers want to reduce as many risks and uncertainties as possible in order to get the best business case. Measuring wind farm characteristics to achieve this goal has been a limited practice. For the first time, research results are quantifying how targeted measurement campaigns can reduce uncertainty and improve the value of wind farms.

Ecofys energy consultants used LiDAR (light detection and ranging) consisting of a laser-based measurement device, making it possible to measure wind characteristics up to 200 meters above the ground, to quickly and flexibly determine the potential of wind farms in the Netherlands. read more>>>

Obama Names McCarthy to Head EPA, Moniz for Energy
March 4, 2013 - President Barack Obama has selected Gina McCarthy to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in his second term. In that position she would work closely with Obama to advance the climate change initiative he previewed in his State of the Union address.

Since 2009, McCarthy has been serving as Assistant EPA Administrator for Air and Radiation. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she would replace Lisa Jackson, who stepped down in February 2013.

The President also named Dr. Ernest Moniz to replace Energy Secretary Steven Chu who is leaving at the end of March.

“They are going to be a great team,” said Obama announcing the nominations this morning at the White House. read more>>>

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