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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables


Renewables Share of U.S. Energy Consumption Highest Since 1930s

Today in Energy (EIA), May 28, 2015, by Mary Joyce.
http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=21412

"Renewable energy accounted for 9.8% of total domestic energy consumption in 2014. This marks the highest renewable energy share since the 1930s, when wood was a much larger contributor to domestic energy supply."

The Game Changer [Energy Storage]

Solar Today, April 30, 2015, by Maureen McIntyre (Editor & publisher)
http://solartoday.org/2015/04/the-game-changer/

"The global energy landscape is shifting, and the game changer is energy storage."

NREL Highlights 2014 Utility Green Power Leaders

National Renewable Energy Laboratory New Release, May 2015.
http://apps3.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/news/news_template.shtml?id=2034

"The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released its assessment of leading utility green power programs. Using information provided by utilities, NREL has developed "Top 10" rankings of utility green power programs for 2014 in the following categories: total sales of renewable energy to program participants, total number of customer participants, the percentage of customer participation, and green power sales as a percentage of total utility retail electricity sales."

How Utilities and Policymakers Can Maintain and Boost Renewable Energy's Value

Utility Dive, May 7, 2015, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/how-utilities-and-policymakers-can-maintain-and-boost-renewable-energys-va/394643/

"Grid operators have overcome the technical barriers to integrating 30% solar PV or 40% wind on their systems. Now only the economics stand in the way, as the value of renewables to utilities can change, and often declines, as their penetrations increase. But, new research shows that barrier could be ready to crumble as well."

NREL Report Estimates Market Potential of Shared Solar and Discusses Relevant Securities Regulations

NREL News Release, Apr. 27, 2015.
http://www.nrel.gov/news/press/2015/16496.html

"Analysis from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) finds that by making shared solar programs available to households and businesses that currently cannot host on-site photovoltaic (PV) systems shared solar could represent 32 to 49 percent of the distributed photovoltaic market in 2020."

New Interactive Map Shows Big Potential for America’s Wind Energy Future

U.S. Department of Energy, Mar. 31, 2015.
http://www.energy.gov/articles/new-interactive-map-shows-big-potential-america-s-wind-energy-future

"Wind power is growing rapidly in America. In fact, wind has accounted for 33 percent of all newly installed electricity generation capacity in the years spanning from 2006 to 2013. The United States now gets about 4.6 percent of its electricity from wind power. But how can this pattern of strong growth continue and how will a thriving wind industry help the public and improve the environment? Our new Wind Vision Report seeks to answer those questions and more, using data from a team of researchers, academics, scientists, engineers and wind industry experts to map out the future of wind energy in the U.S."

Advanced Energy Now 2015 Market Report

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and Navigant Research, Mar. 2015.
http://info.aee.net/hs-fs/hub/211732/file-2583825259-pdf/PDF/aen-2015-market-report.pdf

"Advanced Energy Now 2015 Market Report is our third annual report on the size, growth, and trends in the advanced energy market, globally and in the United States. It traces the growth of our industry since publication of Economic Impacts of Advanced Energy in 2013. Beginning with that report, Navigant Research has been tracking global and U.S. revenue for AEE, with 2011 as the baseline. "

Biomass Plants Gaining Steam, But Do They Result in Less Carbon?

Forbes Magazine, Feb. 24, 2015, by Ken Silverstein.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kensilverstein/2015/02/24/biomass-plants-gaining-steam-but-do-they-result-in-less-carbon/

"With the Obama administration hammering out its Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions, the biomass industry is positioning itself as a leader in the renewable energy world. With that, a major U.S. utility has struck a deal with other mega-electricity consumers to provide all of their biomass-produced power."

‘Solar Super Bowl’ Highlights Importance of Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy World, Jan. 30, 2015, by Rhone Resch.
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2015/01/solar-super-bowl-highlights-importance-of-renewable-energy

"For the fourth time in just three years, a major professional sports championship will be decided on Sunday by teams which have invested significantly in clean, dependable solar energy, according to a new, first-of-its-kind analysis released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)."

The U.S. Wind Industry: Where It's Been and Where It's Going

North American Windpower, Dec. 2014, by Robert C. Rugh.
http://www.nawindpower.com/issues/NAW1412/FEAT_05_The-U-S-Wind-Industry-Where-It-Is-Been-And-Where%20It-Is-Going.html

"Just as it has over the past decade, American wind power should continue its ascent as a mainstream technology.
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