renewable energy

The Island Energy Challenge

Petroleum is the problem Islands face extreme challenges from an energy security perspective. Pipelines supplying inexpensive and plentiful natural gas are not an option for them.  Only very large islands, such as Taiwan, can use coal or nuclear. These factors have left most of them completely dependent on liquid fuels derived from petroleum, mostly diesel.  With only a few weeks of on-island storage, a supply interruption that delays the oil supply barge becomes […]

Can Boulder own its own power? Lots happening in distributed generation today

As the distributed generation field expands, there is more news than this editor can handle in one day! Today’s #1 story relates to our home town of Boulder, Colorado, where the franchise agreement with Xcel Energy is coming to an end. This evergreen “woo woo” town is looking hard at options that would leave Xcel out of the picture. Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation Bill Gates may be somewhat off […]

Leasing solar panels could lead to homeowners seeing the light

One of the biggest issues for homeowners thinking of installing solar panels is the large capital cost of purchase and installation. Green Mountain Energy in Texas has come up with an interesting solution: 20 year leases. New solar angle: Panels for lease

Microgrids in the News 04/13/2011

  Rebuilding Haiti’s Health Infrastructure with Renewable Energy Smart grid funding falls off cliff; M&A activity also drops The Other Problem with Nuclear Power Decentralized Power and Disaster Preparation

Microgrids in the News 04/12/2011

  How Denmark Will Integrate 50% Wind Power by 2025 11% of U.S. Energy Production from Renewable Resources in 2010 Studies Say Natural Gas Has Its Own Environmental Problems

Demand response, distributed generation, and utilities in focus as we move to a renewable energy future

First Micro-Grid, Distributed Energy Resource Community Coming to California California Dreaming?  While the utility companies grapple with how they will incorporate the renewable energy needed to meet California’s renewable energy goals, Sunverge Energy moves forward with the first private commercial micro-grid project of its kind in California.  The project, called 2500 R Street, will enable homeowners to achieve net zero energy efficiency at an unprecedented rate of affordability.  Montana wrestles with its own […]

HOMER Users are Creating a New Energy Future

If the world is going to transition to a sustainable energy future, then renewable energy must eventually supply more than a 20% share of the power sector. However, large utility companies are very frank about their lack of understanding of how to integrate solar and wind power at those higher levels. That is why they continue to propose large coal plants. Utility systems can indeed have much higher shares of renewable power, as […]