Owner/Operators and Investors are scrutinising Wind O&M programmes like never before. The maturity of wind energy in the generation mix specifically means that there is now the impetus to reflect on past industry performance and learn from operational experiences over the last 25 years.
An insider fight over how much a utility company must pay for electricity generated by solar panels on private rooftops is boiling over into a full-fledged campaign, complete with shadowy money, expensive television advertising, calls for grass-roots action and some of the best pollsters and consultants money can buy. The feud between the utility and solar panel industries revolves around net metering policies, which govern part of the relationship between utilities and their customers. If the customers have solar panels that generate surplus electricity, the customers can feed that power back into the electric grid; utilities are required to pay the consumer a set rate for the electricity they generate. When those rates were first implemented, the nascent solar industry had few residential customers. But now, as more customers invest in solar panels for economic or environmental reasons, public utilities are starting to feel the pinch — and they want to stop paying rates they say are above market value for power they can’t always use. When the Arizona Corporation Commission holds its November meeting, commissioners will consider a request from Arizona Public Service Company, the state’s largest electric utility, to change those rates. The utility industry wants permission to pay rates below market value, and to charge customers who feed electricity back to the grid a monthly fee for maintenance costs.
Being competitive in the energy sector is now of paramount importance for the two most established CSP technologies, parabolic trough and power tower. As other renewable energies like PV and wind reduce their LCOE, none of these technologies can provide energy on demand.
Cutting-edge research institutions, leading international companies and major stakeholders are coming together in the only technical-focused CSP event this year CSP Today Enhanced Plant Engineering 2013 (12-13 November, Sevilla).
Andalay Solar Offers Fully Integrated Solar Power Systems
PV Evolution Labs Launches PV Module Vendor Qualification Program for Module Buyers, Project Investors and Module Manufacturers
PV Evolution Labs is focused on rigorous testing and assessment of the reliability and performance of PV modules
Midwest Companies, State & Local Policymakers and Nearly 12,000 Solar Professionals to Gather at Solar Power International in Chicago
More than 90 Midwestern businesses to display the latest in solar energy products and solutions
Semprius Supplies Aerojet Rocketdyne with High-Concentration Photovoltaic Modules for Commercial-Scale Demonstration
Demonstration System Installed at the Solar Technology Acceleration Center in Colorado
i3 Market Intelligence Platform Shows State's Year-to-Date Investment Totals at $105 Million
New publication collects success stories from around the world
Company's New Financing Model Helps Lower Costs for Distributed Wind Projects, Captures First Institutional Capital Investment for WindLease Platform
Solar energy in Australia is fast becoming the most cost effective way of achieving energy efficiency.
Leading U.S. Companies Make Big Investments in Solar Energy
Provides five PV mounting systems bringing solar power to low-income families
By eliminating the need for separate module grounding parts and procedures, this innovation can help maximize the long-term reliability of a PV installation while minimizing customers' costs.
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