Tag: Renewables


While the surrounding European Union is sticking to its guns with 40 percent greenhouse gases emissions reductions by 2030, Switzerland is showing some leadership by targeting 50 percent cuts by 2030. This is a bold move that deserves to inspire Read more…


This is literally an outrage. According to several sources, oil giant company Shell bought the European energy policy to be as low as possible on renewable energy sources. As a close examiner for the past decade of energy and climate Read more…


Germany has put itself on the world map in the past decade as an early adopter of energy generation from renewable sources.  In 2013, 25% of the country’s energy came from renewable sources – the highest percentage in the world. Read more…


It seems to be the right time to be in the business of renewables in Colombia. Indeed, the Santos government – which was reelected in May – enacted a key law promoting renewables and efficiency. Seen by local newspapers as a key step to impulse what Read more…


Two new reports from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) summarizing energy usage trends for the first part of 2014 were released last week. The first was EIA’s Electric Power Monthly, which provides data on electricity usage through the end of Read more…


New York solar is on a tear! Following on the heels of a massive NY-Sun extension and “Reforming the Energy Vision” process, lawmakers are now considering a shared clean energy bill to help renters and others go solar.  This week, the Read more…


A recently issued patent could make the use of master limited partnerships (MLPs) more difficult in wind projects without a license or reliance on the patent owner to provide software / services to enable transactions. Entitled “Apparatus and method for Read more…


Covering European environmental and energy policies for CleanTechies got me thinking  lately how France is lagging behind its neighbours. Indeed, in the last few months I have reported rapid development in Portugal, Spain or the United Kingdom. If France is not Read more…


In my previous article for Cleantechies, I wrote that many European nations are already benefiting from renewable energy sources. A country that was missing from the list was Portugal.  In today’s article we will see how the country is also Read more…


The European Union has long been regarded as a leader on climate change. Now it appears to becoming a laggard as the EU has unveiled unambitious goals for 2030. If in 2007 the EU led the fight on climate change Read more…


Vote Solar recently intervened in a proceeding (pdf) on electric vehicles (EVs) at the California Public Utilities Commission. Why EVs and why are we — a solar organization — so excited about this effort? Couple of reasons. The first has Read more…


According to a recent study from the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), wood burning is being used more and more in the country. Current estimates show that approximately 7.4 million households use this method to heat their homes, Read more…


It appears that another one of my wishes was just granted: a progressive force in the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. If FERC chief nominee Ron Binz lives up to what I’ve read about him, he really is the man Read more…


A new study concludes that it would be technically and economically feasible for New York State to meet all of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030, but researchers say the transition would involve building wind, solar, and other Read more…

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