Policies & Politics

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Dear God, is Oil a Blessing or a Curse?

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org By calling on Oklahomans to pray for oil, Governor Mary Fallin has stretched the limits of my patience and perhaps a little bit of my better judgment. Governor Fallin would have us all believe that it’s been a really tough year for the oil industry. In fact, it’s been so bad […]

October 24th

Indian Ministry Pushes To Reclassify Large Hydro Projects As Renewable

The Indian Ministry of New & Renewable Energy is pushing for reclassification of large hydro power projects as renewable energy projects. The Minister for New & Renewable Energy, Power and Coal, Piyush Goyal, recently announced that he will propose the reclassification of large hydro power projects to the Cabinet of Ministers. Goyal stated that almost […]

October 24th

India Waives Off Inter-state Transmission Charges For Renewable Energy

The Ministry of Power, under the central government of India, has confirmed that charges for inter-state transmission of renewable energy have been waived off. The ministry had first proposed to remove the inter-state transmission charges last year and had asked the state governments to work on the proposal. Several states had expressed their willingness to […]

October 23rd

New York Regulators Call For Transmission Expansion Using Hydropower Imports

UtilityDIVE reports transmission congestion in the western portion of New York is limiting the state’s ability to access hydropower during summer peaks, state regulators said last week. This resource is regarded as essential to meeting a 50% renewables target by 2030. “Inadequate transmission capability is causing transmission congestion in Western New York, which prevents renewable resources […]

October 20th

Canada Tops Out World’s Tallest Wood-Frame Building

Originally published on Green Building Elements Celebrating the tallest wood-frame building of its kind anywhere in the world, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr recently attended the “topping out” ceremony of the Brock Commons Residence. The new University of British Columbia student housing tower rises 18 stories to reach a stunning 178.8 feet (53 […]

October 19th

A Call For Commercial Net Metering

Originally published on CleanTechnica Debates have raged across the country around the value and/or need for net metering. Most conversation has focused exclusively on the residential perspective. However, Graham Smith, CEO of Open Energy, asks about the impact of the ever-changing net meeting policies on commercial solar? Net Metering Backgrounder According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA): “Net […]

October 17th

Taiwan VP Is Committed To 20% Renewable Energy Target

The Taiwan government is targeting generating 20% of the nation’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025. According to Taiwan Today, vice president Chen Chien-jen says this represents a boost to the green energy industry and a transition to a nuclear-free nation. To achieve its target, the government plans a substantial investment of NT$1.2 trillion (US$38 […]

October 14th

Moapa Paiute Indians Harnessing Sun’s Energy in Nevada

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Celebrating Native American self-resilience via energy harnessed from the sun, US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell recently green-lighted the third utility-scale solar project on Tribal lands of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians. Joining with Tribal leaders and First Solar representatives on reservation lands about 40 miles northeast of Las Vega, Secretary […]

October 14th

Germany & Denmark Launch Cross-Border Solar Electricity Auction

Germany’s Federal Network Agency has announced a cross-border auction for ground-mounted photovoltaic installations in cooperation with Denmark. As reported by Energy Business Review, this auction will mark the first time Denmark jointly participates in a German auction. Rainer Baake, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, said: “With this first cross-border auction […]

October 13th

Israel: Public Utility Authority Plans 1GW Solar Tender

The Public Utility Authority (PUA) of Israel has announced it plans to issue more than 1GW of a new solar tender following a two-year hiatus from any new solar development. This anticipated plan represents an effort to boost this nation’s renewable electricity production and distribution. As reported by PVTech, the planned tender is being authorized […]

October 13th

Swedish Utility Vattenfall Sues Germany On Closure Of Brunsbüttel & Krümmel Nuclear Power Plants

According to World Nuclear News, the Swedish utility Vattenfall is suing Germany at the Washington-based International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes concerning the closure of the Brunsbüttel and Krümmel nuclear power plants. As announced by Vattenfall on October 10: “The hearing on Vattenfall’s claim against the Federal Republic of Germany at the International Centre for […]

October 12th

Massachusetts Governor Unveils New Solar Incentive Program

UtilityDIVE reports Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) has released a draft solar incentive program supporting the addition of 1.6 GW of solar power to the state. If enacted, this program will replace the state’s expiring solar incentive program, which uses solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) and is known as SREC-2, with a tariff program. The current SREC-2 program […]

October 7th

Chile Appoints Board Of New Electric System Operator In Midst Of Grid Overhaul 

Following a series of ill-managed issues concerning the operation of its electricity transmission infrastructure, Chile has appointed five directors for the Board of its Independent Coordinator of the National Electric System, after its major transmission law upheaval. The country passed a new law on electricity transmission in July in order to help the development of […]

October 6th

Turkey Will Post 1 GW Solar Tender By Year-End

Turkey has announced a new solar tender to be launched by the end of the year. Initial information gives some clues as to what this tender might include. The country’s energy minister Berat Albayrak recently stated Turkey plans to launch new tenders for coal and solar power capacity by the end of the year. He spoke […]

October 6th

Grid Alternatives Supports Low-Income Access To Solar Energy

In a press announcement, GRID Alternatives Colorado, an affiliate of the nation’s largest nonprofit solar installer, today announced its support for a comprehensive utility settlement being considered by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) this week to address significant state energy policy issues and increase access to solar power for Colorado’s most underserved communities. Under the […]

October 5th