Why Power Markets Tilt Toward Renewables Even With Cheap Oil

Anna Hirtenstein for Bloomberg Business:  If you’re a power plant developer, chances are you’ll be selling renewables in a developing nation in the decades ahead -- even with fossil fuel prices bumping along historic lows.

That’s been the conclusion for some time of the International Energy Agency and independent researchers such as Bloomberg New Energy Finance. A report out Thursday from the United Nations Environment Program using BNEF data gives more statistical backing for the trends.

For the first time in 2015, more investment went into renewables than fossil fuels, and most of the money went to emerging markets. BNEF is hosting a conference in New York starting April 4 to bring together executives and bankers attempting to generate value from the boom.

Here are six charts from the UNEP report showing why cheap oil and natural gas aren’t about to slow the rise of wind and solar.

BIO Announces Plenary Session Speakers for the 2016 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

World's Largest Industrial Biotech Conference to be Held in San Diego from April 17-20, 2016

Gasification & Syngas Technologies Council Announces Free Second Year for New Members

The Gasification and Syngas Technologies Council (GSTC) has announced a special offer for new members: Join this year and get next year's membership for free. GSTC, the world's premier trade association for the syngas and gasification industries, is making the exclusive offer available on both levels of its membership.

Renewable Energy Group Closes Acquisition of Sanimax Biodiesel Plant

The 20 million gallon REG Madison biorefinery is Renewable Energy Group's 11th active biomass-based diesel refinery in the US and expands REG's nameplate production capacity to more than 450 million gallons annually.

Another win for renewable energy in California

The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors approved a lease agreement with Controlled Thermal Resources today that will allow for the development of a new centralized geothermal power plant in the Salton Sea Known Geothermal Resource Area located in Southern California.

Bosch Announces 2015 Green Living Award Winners, Recognizing Innovation in Commercial and Residential Projects

Bosch selects six North American winners of the annual contest, awarding Visa Card prizes to the winners

Geothermal energy as useful tool for de-carbonising Europe's heating sector

The role of geothermal energy in district heating - while continuously underestimated - could play a tremendously important role for the energy security and an efficient and affordable heating future of Europe.

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo to Co-locate with International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW)

Produced by BBI International, the event is expected to be largest gathering of biofuels producers and industry experts in 2016

Ormat Signs Definitive Agreements to Acquire Geothermal Power Plant in the Island of Guadeloupe

This plant currently generates approximately 10 MW, and owns two exploration licenses with a total additional potential capacity of up to 30 MW, all located in Guadeloupe Island, a French territory in the Caribbean.

United Airlines is flying on biofuels ... here's why that's a really big deal

Chelsea Harvey for The Washington Post:   On Friday, United Airlines will launch a new initiative that uses biofuel to help power flights running between Los Angeles and San Francisco, with eventual plans to expand to all flights operating out of LAX. It's the first time an American airline will begin using renewable fuel for regular commercial operations, and the occasion is part of a bigger movement when it comes to clean transportation in the U.S.

The renewable fuel used to power United's planes will be coming from a Los Angeles refinery operated by AltAir Fuels, which is using the facility to produce both renewable jet fuel and diesel fuel using a technology developed by Honeywell UOP, a major supplier and technology licenser in the petroleum industry. Back in 2013, AltAir and United announced their partnership, in which United will purchase up to 15 million gallons of biofuel over a three-year period.

Friday's launch will be the first application of that agreement. The flights will use a mixture of 30 percent biofuel and 70 percent traditional fuel, and United says that the biofuel will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 60 percent compared with regular fuel.  Cont'd...

BESI Debuts New Waste-To-Energy System Capable of Converting 10 Tons of Waste per Day

The High Technology Development Corporation's (HTDC) Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT) is sponsoring a demonstration of a $6.8 million renewable and clean, waste to energy generating system at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), on the campus of the Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG).

Workshops Announced for Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting

Four days of workshops before the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Expo in Sacramento, California.

The first 100% green project in Albania. First PV system combined with biomass.

On 1st March 2016, AEA-Albania Energy Association team implemented the first Photovoltaic System combined with biomass in Albania, Cerrik, at a children center managed by Caritas Albania "Balonat".

These Lego-Like Batteries Plug In To Store Solar Power At Home

Adele Peters for Co-Exist:  Less than a year after Tesla unveiled its Powerwall battery for storing electricity at home, a startup has designed a much cheaper alternative that you can plug in yourself, without an electrician.

The modular batteries, called Orison, can be hung on the wall or set on the ground to double as an LED lamp. If you want more power, you just add the units together.

"Think of Orison like Legos," says co-founder and CEO Eric Clifton. "The 2.2 kilowatt-hour unit is really just one piece, so you can actually add as many as you need." The 2.2 kilowatt-hour version is as large as the company could make one unit and keep it under 40 pounds, so it could be easily shipped and moved.

With one unit, if your power went out in a storm, you could keep an energy-efficient refrigerator running for about two days. If you want to back up everything in your house, you'd connect a long series of batteries together.

For someone with solar panels on the roof, the batteries can store power to use at night. Right now, most people can sell extra solar power back to the grid when they're not using it, but many state laws are about to change so people will make less money. Batteries can help solar homeowners save money by making use of the power they've generated.  Cont'd...

Biomass Technology +$1M in Grants: How McClure Company guaranteed West Branch Area School District's Energy Project to save over $3.5M

McClure Company's Performance Contracting division provided a solution for West Branch Area School District to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. With a project guarantee of over $3.5M in energy savings spread over 20 years coupled with $1M in grant funding, the District embarked on a renewable biomass heating project.

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