• NREL Growth Forum to Feature 30 Clean Energy Companies October 23, 2014
    Thirty clean energy companies will gather in Denver Oct. 28-29 to present their clean energy business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) annual Industry Growth Forum. […]
  • Solar Energy Prices See Double-digit Declines in 2013; Trend Expected to Continue October 20, 2014
    Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12 – 19 percent nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). In addition, 2014 prices are expected to drop another […]
  • NREL Announces New Center Directors to lead R&D, Analysis Efforts September 29, 2014
    The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently named leaders in the renewable energy field as center directors. Paul Basore has been named Director of the Materials Applications and Performance Center; Dave Mooney as Director of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center; Nancy Haegel as Director of NREL’s Materials Science Center; Jao van d […]
  • NREL to Test Inverters for the “Little Box Challenge” Presented by Google and IEEE September 22, 2014
    The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will test power inverters submitted to the Little Box Challenge presented by Google and the IEEE Power Electronics Society. The Challenge is an open competition to build smaller power inverters for use in solar power systems. The winner of the $1 million prize will have designed and built a […]
  • What's behind the spike in pump prices where you are? June 10, 2013
    After prices spiked much higher than average in several parts of the country, a lot of drivers are wondering why they're suddenly shelling out more to fill up. […]
  • Part 4: Disputes on  fracking impact obscure its future April 12, 2013
    Many facts about fracking's impact on the environment remain hotly contested. Consequences like water contamination have proven, but often it is not clear if they were directly caused by fracking or the result of sloppy drilling practices. […]
  • Drivers could see lower gas prices this summer April 3, 2013
    Drivers can expect "significantly lower" gasoline prices this summer, but only if gas futures drop below the key level of $2.90 a gallon, professional trader Jim Iuorio told CNBC on Wednesday. […]
  • Part 3: Energy boom could shake global order March 31, 2013
    Power Shift: A dramatic change is occurring in how energy is being produced and consumed around the world – one that could lead to far-reaching changes in geopolitics. […]
  • Video: Oil may again alter Mideast's course March 29, 2013
    As energy production in North America climbs, NBC News' Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel explores what it will mean to oil-producing countries in the Middle East. (NBCNews.com) […]

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EPA Releases List of Top 50 Green-Powered Organizations

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Annual Green Power Usage (kWh) GP % of Total Electricity Use* Organization Type Providers (listed in descending order by kWh supplied to Partner)
1. Intel Corporation
2,502,052,000 88% IT & Telecom Sterling Planet°, PNM, On-site Generation Biomass, Geothermal, Small-hydro, Solar, Wind
2. Kohl’s Department Stores
1,524,656,000 100% Retail 3Degrees°, Nexant°, Sterling Planet°, On-site Generation Solar, Wind
3. Microsoft Corporation
1,120,000,000 46% IT & Telecom Sterling Planet° Biomass, Small-hydro, Wind
4. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. / California and Texas Facilities
872,382,088 28% Retail Noble Americas Energy Solutions, Duke Energy, NextEra Energy Resources, On-site Generation Biogas, Solar, Wind
5. Whole Foods Market
800,257,623 106% Retail 3Degrees°, On-site Generation Solar, Wind
6. Staples
516,713,408 78% Retail Sterling Planet°, 3Degrees°, Avista Utilities, Pacific Power°, Tennessee Valley Authority°, Portland General Electric, Florida Power & Light° Biogas, Solar, Wind
7. City of Houston, TX
438,000,000 35% Govt. (Local, Municipal) Reliant Energy Wind
8. Starbucks
421,535,000 47% Restaurants & Cafes 3Degrees°, Nexant°, Seattle City Light°, Tri-County Electric Cooperative° Biogas, Geothermal, Small-hydro, Wind
9. City of Austin, TX
406,000,000 100% Govt. (Local, Municipal) Austin Energy° Wind
10. Hilton Worldwide
315,000,000 94% Hotels & Lodging Renewable Choice Energy° Various
11. McDonald’s USA LLC
306,000,000 30% Restaurants & Cafes 3Degrees°, Sterling Planet° Wind
12. HSBC North America
300,000,000 112% Banking & Fin. Srvcs. NextEra Energy Resources° Wind
13. U.S. Department of Energy
295,974,615 6% Govt. (Federal) Various, On-site Generation Geothermal, Solar, Wind
14. City of Dallas, TX
295,883,744 40% Govt. (Local, Municipal) TXU Energy Wind
15. Lockheed Martin Corporation
274,907,487 15% Industrial Goods & Srvcs. Sterling Planet°, GDF Suez Energy Resources NA°, TXU Energy°, Pepco Energy Services°, Hess Energy Marketing°, Constellation NewEnergy°, Noble Americas Energy Solutions° Solar, Wind
16. Cisco Systems, Inc.
268,644,637 27% IT & Telecom Sterling Planet°, NextEra Energy Resources°, Austin Energy°, Ameren Missouri° Wind
17. U.S. Air Force
265,777,826 3% Govt. (Federal) J.P. Morgan Ventures Energy Corporation, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, On-site Generation, Champion Energy Services, Georgia Power, CHELCO, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, Alliant Energy, Nodak Electric Cooperative, Rocky Mountain Power°, Sterling Planet°, Hess Energy Marketing, Rocky Mountain Generation Cooperative, Minnkota Power Cooperative, Xcel Energy Biogas, Biomass, Solar, Wind
18. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
262,100,000 100% Govt. (Federal) 3Degrees°, NextEra Energy Resources, Bonneville Environmental Foundation°, Pacific Power°, On-site Generation, Minnesota Power Biogas, Biomass, Solar, Wind
19. District of Columbia
244,267,000 50% Govt. (Local, Municipal) Washington Gas Energy Services° Wind
20. TD Bank, N.A.
240,351,395 106% Banking & Fin. Srvcs. Renewable Choice Energy°, 3Degrees Wind
21. BNY Mellon
225,000,000 75% Banking & Fin. Srvcs. NextEra Energy Resources° Wind
22. University of Pennsylvania
200,194,600 48% Education (Higher) Community Energy°, On-site Generation Solar, Wind
23. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
200,000,000 6% Govt. (Federal) Renewable Choice Energy Biogas
24. BD
198,726,120 38% Health Care NextEra Energy Resources°, Rocky Mountain Power°, Constellation NewEnergy° Wind
25. Kimberly-Clark Corporation
196,647,000 8% Consumer Products On-site Generation, Constellation NewEnergy° Biomass, Wind
26. Sprint
176,000,000 5% IT & Telecom 3Degrees°, Renewable Choice Energy° Solar, Wind
27. State of Illinois
175,750,000 33% Govt. (State) Integrys Energy°, City Water, Light & Power° Wind
28. State Street Corporation
175,406,000 94% Banking & Fin. Srvcs. Element Markets° Biomass, Solar, Wind
29. Deutsche Bank
170,000,000 123% Banking & Fin. Srvcs. Sterling Planet° Wind
30. Ahold USA
149,260,000 7% Retail 3Degrees°, On-site Generation Solar
31. Lowe’s
148,660,000 3% Retail Nexant°, On-site Generation Biomass, Solar
32. Washington Real Estate Investment Trust
146,090,000 100% Real Estate 3Degrees° Wind
33. Bloomberg LP
142,926,646 82% Media & Publishing Hess Energy Marketing°, Constellation NewEnergy°, Element Markets°, ConEdison Solutions°, BlueStar Energy° Biomass, Wind
34. Pearson, Inc.
142,250,000 100% Consulting Srvcs. Renewable Choice Energy° Various
35. Montgomery County Clean Energy Buyers Group
134,599,000 25% Govt. (Local, Municipal) Renewable Choice Energy° Wind
36. Boeing / South Carolina
129,645,810 100% Industrial Goods & Srvcs. South Carolina Electric & Gas°, On-site Generation Biomass, Solar
37. NYSE Euronext
127,322,263 100% Banking & Fin. Srvcs. 3Degrees°, Constellation NewEnergy° Wind
38. City of Philadelphia, PA
127,300,000 20% Govt. (Local, Municipal) PPL EnergyPlus°, On-site Generation Solar, Wind
39. Suffolk County, NY
123,000,000 90% Govt. (Local, Municipal) 3Degrees° Wind
40. Carnegie Mellon University
119,515,000 103% Education (Higher) Nexant°, On-site Generation Solar, Wind
41. Dell Inc.
119,415,000 29% IT & Telecom TXU Energy°, Austin Energy°, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, On-site Generation Biogas, Solar, Wind
42. Best Buy
118,865,000 11% Retail 3Degrees° Biogas, Wind
43. Safeway Inc.
116,690,000 3% Retail 3Degrees°, NextEra Energy Resources°, On-site Generation Biogas, Solar, Wind
44. The World Bank Group
113,700,000 107% Non-Profit (NGO) Nexant° Wind
45. Chicago Public Schools
107,709,620 20% Education (K-12) Element Markets°, On-site Generation Solar
46. State of Connecticut
107,618,005 17% Govt. (State) Hess Energy Marketing°, Direct Energy° Various
47. Mohawk Fine Papers Inc.
104,000,000 102% Ag. & Nat. Resources 3Degrees°, Sterling Planet°, NextEra Energy Resources°, Community Energy° Wind
48. Google Inc.
103,403,137 5% IT & Telecom NextEra Energy Resources°, On-site Generation, Puget Sound Energy°, Renewable Choice Energy° Biogas, Biomass, Small-hydro, Solar, Wind
49. Citi
102,000,000 10% Banking & Fin. Srvcs. NextEra Energy Resources°, Constellation NewEnergy° Wind
50. University of Utah
98,255,850 36% Education (Higher) 3Degrees°, Rocky Mountain Power°, On-site Generation Solar, Wind

*Reflects the amount of green power as a percentage of total electricity use. Partners choosing to purchase green power in an amount exceeding 100 percent of their U.S. organization-wide electricity use are listed as such. Click Here to Continue reading EPA Releases List of Top 50 Green-Powered Organizations


Average U.S. gasoline prices may have peaked

The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline on Monday slipped two-tenths of a penny to $3.927 since Sunday, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. A separate weekly survey by the Energy Department yielded similar results.

The painful rise of gasoline prices across the U.S. may have reached its end, according to two national surveys.

The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline on Monday slipped two-tenths of a penny to $3.927 since Sunday, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, which uses prices compiled from more than 100,000 retail outlets by the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express.

Prices fell in all but one of the 23 states with per-gallon averages of $3.90 or above, according to AAA. Two of those 23 states — Michigan and Indiana — saw prices drop below $4 a gallon, reducing the number of states above $4 to eight. In California, the state where prices first began to drop, the average fell to $4.264 a gallon.

A separate weekly survey by the Energy Department yielded similar results, with a 0.2-cent decline in the national average to $3.939 for a gallon of regular. California drivers got a 4.2-cent price break, to an average of $4.28 a gallon.

“Gasoline prices in the hardest-hit areas have finally shown signs of relief, with prices falling now in Chicago as they have for a few weeks in California,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com, which tracks gasoline prices.

Independent fuel price analyst Bob van der Valk said that if the nation can get through the summer months without major hurricane damage and without a new military conflict in the Middle East, “we should see the average price for gasoline in the U.S. drop back down to under $3 per gallon.”

The West and East coasts continued to have the most expensive gasoline in the 48 contiguous states, the Energy Department said, with averages of $4.203 and

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Gas prices are falling

States where drivers pay the least for gasoline

In fact, they’ve declined to lows not seen in months. Concerns of yet another global recession have caused oil prices to drop, and with them, gas prices. In the U.S., prices of regular unleaded gasoline have fallen more than 50 cents per gallon since May, when the cost hovered near $4.00. Still, gas prices vary widely between states — from $4.24 a gallon in Hawaii to $3.13 in Missouri, according to AAA. 24/7 Wall St. set out to find the states with the lowest gas prices and the possible reasons behind them.

Fuel has dropped by nearly a cent every day for the past four weeks, the New York Times reports. In some regions, they have even fallen below $3.00 per gallon. Several factors affect gas prices depending on the state, but the main ones are gas taxes, the presence of nearby refineries, and what the people of the state can afford.

The Tax Foundation reports that some states, including California and New York, have gas tax rates of nearly 50 cents per gallon. Other states, including South Carolina and Oklahoma, have a tax of less than 20 cents. while there are some exceptions, notably Indiana, most of the states with low gas tax rates also have low gas prices.

The presence of refineries within the state also appears to have a significant impact on gas prices. Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana are home to the vast majority of the nation’s fuel processing plants, and prices are notably lower in these states, possibly due to lower transportation costs. The exception to this rule is California, which has the second most refineries in the country, but also has one of the highest average gas prices of $3.82. This is likely due in part to its gas tax rate, which is the highest in the country.

The final factor affecting state and regional gas prices is how much people can afford to pay. There is a high correlation between states with low median household incomes and states with low gas prices. The prices residents can afford to pay, in turn, affects the state’s cost of living.

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EIA: Renewable Energy to Grow Rapidly Over the Next 28 Years

Wave of the future renewable energy!

Renewable energy will be the fastest-growing source of energy throughout the world over the next 28 years, helping to meet a projected 49% increase in world energy use, according to DOE’s Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA released the highlights of its International Energy Outlook 2010 on May 25, and the reference case, sometimes referred to as the “business-as-usual” case, forecasts continued rapid growth in energy use in developing countries through 2035. China and India accounted for 20% of global energy use in 2007, but the EIA expects their consumption to more than double by 2035, at which time they will account for 30% of world energy use.

In general, the EIA reference case does not forecast a strong shift to clean energy throughout the world. While renewable power generation increases the fastest, at 3% per year, coal-fired power will also continue to increase, at a rate of 2.3% per year. The EIA report sees petroleum and liquid fuels remaining as the world’s largest energy source through 2035, while natural gas consumption increases by 1.3% per year. As a result, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rise from 29.7 billion metric tons in 2007 to 42.4 billion metric tons in 2035, an increase of 43%. And while the reference case expects oil prices to reach $133 per barrel in 2035, even the EIA’s “high oil price” case dampens the energy growth only slightly, yielding a 46% increase by 2035. Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions still end up at 41.1 billion metric tons in 2035, an increase of 38%. See the EIA press release and the report highlights.

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Over 300 dead birds are likely Gulf spill victims

The 316 birds found dead along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida — plus 10 others that died or were euthanized at wildlife rehabilitation centers after they were captured alive, far outnumber the 31 surviving birds found oiled to date.

The raw tally of birds listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as dead on arrival at wildlife collection facilities include specimens obviously tainted with oil and some with no visible signs of oil contamination.

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NREL Study Shows Power Grid can Accommodate Large Increase in Wind and Solar Generation

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released an initial study assessing the operational impacts and economics of increased contributions from wind and solar energy producers on the power grid. The Western Wind and Solar Integration Study examines the benefits and challenges of integrating enough wind and solar energy capacity into the grid to produce 35 percent of its electricity< --more-->

by 2017. The study finds that this target is technically feasible and does not necessitate extensive additional infrastructure, but does require key changes to current operational practice. The results offer a first look at the issue of adding significant amount of variable renewable energy in the West and will help utilities across the region plan how to ramp up their production of renewable energy as they incorporate more wind and solar energy plants into the power grid.

“If key changes can be made to standard operating procedures, our research shows that large amounts of wind and solar can be incorporated onto the grid without a lot of backup generation,” said Dr. Debra Lew, NREL project manager for the study. “When you coordinate the operations between utilities across a large geographic area, you decrease the effect of the variability of wind and solar energy sources, mitigating the unpredictability of Mother Nature.”

The study focuses on the operational impacts of wind, photovoltaics, and concentrating solar power on the power system operated by the WestConnect group of utilities in the mountain and southwest states. WestConnect is a group of transmission providers, which includes Arizona Public Service, El Paso Electric Co., NV Energy, Public Service of New Mexico, Salt River Project, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Cooperative, Tucson Electric Power, Western Area Power Administration, and Xcel Energy. Though wind and solar output vary over time, the technical analysis performed in this study shows that it is operationally possible to accommodate 30 percent wind and 5 percent solar energy penetration. To accomplish such an increase, utilities will have to substantially increase their coordination of operations over wider geographic areas and schedule their generation deliveries, or sales, on a more frequent basis. Currently generators provide a schedule for a specific amount of power they will provide in the next hour. More frequent scheduling would allow generators to adjust that amount of power based on changes in system conditions such as increases or decreases in wind or solar generation.

The study also finds that if utilities generate 27 percent of their electricity from wind and solar energy across the Western Interconnection grid, it would lower carbon emissions by 25 to 45 percent. It would also decrease fuel and emissions costs by 40 percent, depending on the future price of natural gas.

Other key findings from the study include:

  • Existing transmission capacity can be more fully utilized to reduce the amount of new transmission that needs to be built.
  • To facilitate the integration of wind and solar energy, coordinating the operations of utilities can provide substantial savings by reducing the need for additional back-up generation, such as natural gas-burning plants.
  • Use of wind and solar forecasts in utility operations to predict when and where it will be windy and sunny is essential for cost-effectively integrating these renewable energy sources.

The study was undertaken by a team of wind, solar and power systems experts across both the private and public sectors. The study complements the recently released Eastern Wind Integration and Transmission Study, which examines the feasibility of integrating up to 30 percent wind in the eastern states.

The report released today is an important first step in assessing the impact of solar and wind energy on the electrical grid.  Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Department of Energy is investing more than $26 million to further study the Western transmission interconnection, which will help states, utilities, and grid operators prepare for future growth in energy demand, renewable energy resources, and Smart Grid technologies.

The study can be downloaded at http://www.nrel.gov/wwsis.  A media webinar will be held on May 20, 2010. For details, please contact Richard Sawyers at rsawyers@kearnswest.com.

NREL is DOE’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated by DOE by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.

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EPA Helps Partners Find Commercial Energy Efficiency Savings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with several states and utilities, announced on May 5 a new Energy Star pilot program designed to further improve commercial building energy efficiency. The Building Performance with Energy Star program will link eight Energy Star partner utilities and state energy efficiency programs throughout the country in a pilot designed to strategically pursue whole-building energy improvements with commercial customers.

The new effort includes a number of Energy Star elements to improve energy efficiency, including: measuring energy use with EPA’s online energy measurement and tracking tool on building performance, finding energy efficiency opportunities based on whole building assessments, and creating a delivery network for whole-building efficiency services. One benefit of this pilot program will be to help business customers identify buildings that could most use an efficiency tune-up and then to give technical assistance and incentives for the projects that will yield the largest energy savings. Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, at an energy cost of more than $100 billion per year. See the EPA press release and a fact sheet on the program (PDF 36 KB). Download Adobe Reader.