New Jersey Home to First Energy Resilience Bank

Joanna Schroeder

New Jersey has created what they term the first of its kind in the U.S. “Energy Resilience Bank” (ERB) to focus on energy resilience. The bank was created in response to the impacts of SuperStorm Sandy where over 8 million people lost electric power in the region – many for several days. The ERB will provide $200 million for municipalities …

Alternative energy, Clean Energy, Electricity

Panasonic Corp Installs Power Supply Container

Joanna Schroeder

Panasonic Corporation has developed an interesting offshoot of solar energy: Power Supply Container. The stand-alone photovoltaic power package was installed for the National Elementary School Karimunjawa 01 in Karimunjawa Island, Jepara District, Central Jawa Province, Indonesia. The Power Supply Container is equipped with 12 Panasonic “HIT(R)240” solar modules that the company said has high conversion efficiency and can generate approximately …

Alternative energy, Education, Electricity, International, Solar

Himark BioGas to Build 3 Anaerobic Digestion Plants

Joanna Schroeder

Himark BioGas International is building three integrated anaerobic digestion (AD) and fertilizer plants for NEO Energy in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The AD plants will be designed and constructed by Himark and will recycle food waste to produce renewable electricity and organic-based fertilizer. As part of the agreement, Himark BioGas will act as a technology licensor and owner’s representative on …

advance biofuels, Alternative energy, biodigester, bioenergy, Electricity

City of Columbus Dedicates CNG Station

Joanna Schroeder

Columbus, Ohio is now home to its second compressed natural gas (CNG) station. The station was made possible in part from funds provided by Clean Fuels Ohio (CFO). CFO provides technical support for transportation professionals, advocates for sustainable transportation energy policies and serves as a resource clearinghouse for fleets, policy makers and the public. “We have been so fortunate to …

Alternative energy, Alternative Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Electric Vehicles

Renewable Energy Provides 56% of Electrical Generation

Joanna Schroeder

According to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower provided 55.7% (1,965 MW of the 3,529 MW total installed) of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity during the first half of 2014. Solar provided 32.1% (1,131 MW) Wind provided 19.8% (699 MW) Biomass provided 2.5% …

Alternative energy, bioenergy, biomass, Geothermal, Hydro, Solar, Wind

Wind Energy Faces Challenges

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new paper, “Challenges for Wind Energy’s Future,” although a negligible player in electricity generation, wind energy comes at an exorbitant taxpayer expense. In addition, the report finds that the wind industry faces several likely “insurmountable” challenges to becoming a dependable part of America’s energy portfolio. Author Merrill Matthews, Ph.D., discusses in the paper that while wind itself …

Alternative energy, Opinion, Wind

Cali Can Broaden Hydrogen Fueling Network

Joanna Schroeder

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have published a study that found a number of existing gas stations in California can safely store and dispense hydrogen. This, the researchers suggest, a broader network of hydrogen fueling stations may be within reach. The report examined 70 commercial gasoline stations throughout California and sought to determine which, if any, could integrate hydrogen fuel, …

Alternative energy, Hydrogen

ACORE Study: Evolving Business Models for Renewable Energy

Joanna Schroeder

A new study has been released, “Evolving Business Models for Renewable Energy,” from the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). With aid from several members, the report explores key issues and provides recommendations related to evolving utility and other business models for renewable energy. The report was produced in conjunction with ACORE’s Power Generation and Infrastructure Initiative. “From potential storage …

Alternative energy, Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles, Electricity, Smart Grid, Solar

UC Riverside Named an Energy Frontier Research Center

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced $100 million in new funding for 32 new Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs). The EFRCs are designed to accerlerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build a new 21st century energy economy in the U.S. One of the new research centers will live at University of California- Riverside (UC Riverside). …

Alternative energy, Clean Energy, energy efficiency

Higher Ethanol Blends Campaign Expands

Joanna Schroeder

The 4th annual Alternative Fuel Road Show is kicking off in Georgia to educate consumers about the benefits of higher blends of ethanol. The FlexFuel Awareness Campaign is sponsored in part by Growth Energy, the Kansas and Nebraska Corn and Ethanol Boards along with several others. The roadshow is the largest clean fuel vehicle educational tour and is designed to …

Alternative energy, Alternative Vehicles, biofuels, Growth Energy