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A Long-Term Look at Wind Versus Solar

There’s seemingly been so much buzz in the trade media about new large solar projects that the continued construction of large wind plants almost goes unnoticed, even though it continues to happen. MidAmerican Energy Co., for example, in June announced a conditional agreement with Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A/S to provide 1,000 wind turbines for […]

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The Challenges of Achieving 100% Renewable Energy

Discussion has been growing lately regarding the pursuit of 100% renewable energy. Achieving that goal already is starting to occur, albeit for only short periods. Portugal reportedly went four consecutive days running on entirely renewable energy. And during a few hours on May 8 in Germany, solar, wind, hydro, and biomass plants reportedly generated approximately […]

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The UK’s Road to Carbon Neutrality

The UK government has set a target of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, and it has established various goals to meet that objective, including generating more power using renewable sources. However, despite its successes in adding more renewable electricity generation, the country has a long way to go to becoming carbon neutral in the next […]

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Extending Tax Incentives Just One Bright Move for Solar

At the recent Distributed Sun New Energy Conference in Washington, D.C., Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, spoke of the need to extend the 30% solar investment tax credit (ITC) to help the fledgling solar market achieve price parity with such legacy generation sources as oil, natural gas, and coal. […]

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Energy Storage Is Essential for Grid Efficiency

Utilities have always strived to balance electricity production with demand using traditional generation. Primary sources are coal and nuclear power plants along with natural gas turbines, including the inefficient and costly “peaker” plants that are used only during periods of unusually high demand, typically a few dozen hours per year. To help make the grid […]

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The Foundation for Reliable Power? A Reliable Power Grid

Power outages in the U.S. have been on the rise for the past three decades, according to one recent article. The U.S. power grid today loses power 285 percent more often than it did in 1984, costing billions of dollars every year. Weather-related power disruptions are particularly costly—a concern as the Atlantic hurricane season is […]

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