Shale Gas Boom Leaves Wind Power Developers Seeking More Subsidy

The $14 billion industry, the world’s second-largest buyer of wind turbines, is reeling from a double blow -- cheap natural gas unleashed by the hydraulic fracturing revolution and the death last year of federal subsidies that made wind the most competitive of all renewable energy sources in the U.S.   Without restoration of subsidies, worth $23 per megawatt hour to turbine owners, the industry may not recover, and the U.S. may lose ground in its race to reduce dependence on the fossil fuels driving global warming, say wind-power advocates.   They place the subsidy argument in the context of fairness, pointing out that wind’s chief fossil-fuel rival, the gas industry, is aided by the ability to form master limited partnerships that allow pipeline operators to avoid paying income tax. This helps drive down the cost of natural gas.   “If gas prices weren’t so cheap, then wind might be able to compete on its own,” said South Dakota’s Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard.   Consider that gas averaged $8.90 a million British thermal units in 2008 and plunged to $3.73 last year, making the fuel a cheaper source of electricity for utilities. Congress allowed the wind Production Tax Credit to expire last year, and wind farm construction plunged 92 percent.  

Natural Gas Vehicles: A Movement Towards Greener Future

Leading by example UAE has been implementing and promoting Natural Gas run vehicles and have successfully converted a large section of their public transport into NGVs.

Distributed wind community remains optimistic as wind ITC is adopted in Senate Tax Extenders

Grassley/Cantwell Amendment adds 2-year extension of ITC to Senate Tax Extenders

Statement from DWEA Executive Director on Oklahoma Senate Bill 1456

April 3rd – Distributed Wind Energy Association Executive Director Jennifer Jenkins issued the following statement today as Senate Bill 1456, a bill that would add a new surcharge for distributed generation moved through a House subcommittee:

Meteodyn to attend 2014 Las Vegas Windpower!

Meteodyn develops CFD software for wind resource assessment and wind forecast. CFD methods are the most advanced and reliable ones to obtain funding and manage wind farm projects.

CSDR International, Inc. Announces the Hiring of New President Patrick McCullough

CSDR International, Inc. announced today the hiring of Patrick McCullough to be President, CSDR, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CSDR International, Inc. McCullough will be responsible for the company operations and sales, and for its managed growth as the leader in High Concentrated Photovoltaic (HCPV) technology.

PTC passes critical test as Senate Finance Committee sends tax extenders bill to floor

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Record-Breaking Demand For Global Solar PV Industry in Q1 2014, According to NPD Solarbuzz

New solar photovoltaic (PV) demand added during the first quarter of 2014 exceeded 9 gigawatts (GW), which was 35 percent more than the previous first-quarter record, set last year. In fact, every quarter in 2014 is forecast to reach new highs, with trailing 12-month demand at the end of Q1 2015 forecast to exceed 50 GW for the first time, according to findings in the latest NPD Solarbuzz Quarterly report.  The record level of demand achieved in the first quarter was driven by strong growth in Japan and the United Kingdom. These two countries combined accounted for more than one-third of global solar PV demand in Q1 2014 and set new quarterly records for PV deployed. 

First Mega-Watt Scale PV Solar-Electric Plant in Rwanda

Scatec Solar is installing 8.58 MW BYD System, increasing power generation of country by 8%

IXYS Announces Customer Interest in High Megawatt 3-level Press-Pack IGBT Inverter Stacks

The new stack designs are available for applications at three voltage levels 3.3kV, 6.6kV and 10kV

Tigo Energy Supports Team Techstyle Haus in the 2014 European Solar Decathlon

Students to feature next generation smart module technology for residential home

National Solar Schools Consortium Aims to Bring Solar to Every School in America

"It's estimated that thousands of schools across America have already installed solar panels – but tens of thousands of others are still tethered to fossil fuels,

SunEdison Adds Key Solar Cell Supplier To Meet Growing Demand

Korea Based Shinsung Solar Energy to Supply SunEdison with High-Efficiency Solar Cells Through 2016

Clean Energy Collective to Expand Community Solar Across Massachusetts

CEC Acquires First Two Projects from Massachusetts-Based Solar Developer BlueWave Capital.

Government earmarks East Coast marine areas for tidal stream energy

Priority for tidal energy development off Suffolk, Norfolk and East Yorkshire coastlines

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