By Bill Opalka, Guest Contributor Renewable energy generation grabbed a 46% share of new capacity in the first 10 months of the year, easily outpacing natural gas, coal, nuclear and oil. That’s according to the latest Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Energy Infrastructure update, which covers the January-October time frame. The 46% renewable share includes new [...]
It might only apply to industry emissions and nary a Republican would dare admit to seriously considering it, but talk of a possible carbon tax is making the rounds in political Washington and elsewhere. Think about it. A carbon tax does not lack for support among mainstream energy and fiscal policy experts; it has drawn [...]
Be sure to gauge the tall hurdles American renewable energy industries face in 2012 and beyond here which I wrote for my colleagues and friends at EnergyCentral.com and their daily e-newsletter at RenewablesBiz.com.
Japan joins Germany, Italy, China, Ontario with new feed-in tariffs for 30 gigawatts of renewables; 50¢ per kWh for solar
Pinning its hopes on a sustainable recovery from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan’s Upper House of the Diet has enacted feed-in tariffs that take effect July 1, 2012 requiring utilities to purchase electricity generated by commercially available sources of renewable energy for a set price and period. Reuters reports a ruling party lawmakers “expects” the [...]
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has developed a tool to help state regulators, energy officials and project developers analyze renewable energy project costs, develop cost-based incentives (e.g., feed-in tariffs), and evaluate the impact of tax incentives or other support structures. The Cost of Renewable Energy Spreadsheet Tool (CREST) was developed for NREL by Sustainable [...]