Clean Edge covers the latest announcements, activities, and developments in clean energy.

Date Headline Source Description
03/27 NEC Pays $100 Million for Grid Energy Storage Business of A123 Energy Manager Today NEC says the acquisition with strengthen the energy storage capability of its smart energy business and make NEC a leading supplier of lithium-ion grid energy storage systems.
03/27 Commercial Solar Hits Grid Parity in Spain, Germany, and Italy, Says Report PV Tech Solar PV has reached grid parity in Spain, Germany and Italy according to a report by the consultancy Eclareon.
03/26 Clean Edge Finds Global Solar Deployment Exceeds Wind for First Time Clean Edge News For the first time since Clean Edge began tracking global markets in 2000, the world installed more new solar PV generating capacity, 36.5 gigawatts, than wind power (35.5 GW).
03/26 New NRDC Analysis Shows Deeper Carbon Cuts Possible Under EPA Standards NRDC NRDC’s new analyses shows that 470 to 700 million tons of carbon pollution can be eliminated per year in 2020 compared to 2012 levels.
03/25 Berkeley Lab Calculates ‘Cost of Saved Energy’ Energy Manager Today Energy efficiency programs that are paid for by utility customers cost, on average, about two cents per kilowatt-hour saved.
03/25 Alberta, Canada Pumping US $58 Million into GHG Reduction Projects Clean Edge News The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) is inviting funding submissions for projects that will help Alberta to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
03/24 Bipartisan Group Pushes for Wind PTC and ITC Extensions Fox News The 144 House and Senate members say the tax credit has created thousands of jobs and expanded the role wind energy is playing in producing renewable energy.
03/24 NASDAQ OMX Clean Edge Smart Grid Infrastructure Index Updated Clean Edge News The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NDAQ) has announced the results of the semi-annual evaluation of the NASDAQ® Clean Edge® Smart Grid Infrastructure Index (NASDAQ: QGRD), which will become effective prior to market open on Monday, March 24, 2014.
03/21 CO2 Allowances Sold at $4.00 at 23rd RGGI Auction Clean Edge News The cap-and-trade auction netted nearly $94 million that will be used for energy efficiency, renewable energy, direct bill assistance, and greenhouse gas abatement programs.
03/21 African Renewable Energy Fund Launches With $100 Million Sustainable Business "$200 million isn't the end of it. The whole idea is that this is supposed to catalyze and crowd in other investors, so I can assure you that in a few years' time we may be looking at $500 million to $1 billion," says Gabriel Negatu, regional director of African Development Bank.
03/20 Renewables Provide 92% of New U.S. Generating Capacity for First Two Months of 2014 Clean Edge News According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, wind and solar provided 80.9% of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity for the month of February.
03/20 Smart Grid Firm Aclara Sold at a $50 Million Loss Utility Dive Private equity firm Sun Capital Partners will buy smart grid subsidiary Aclara for $150 million at a $50 million loss for parent company ESCO Technologies.
03/19 Minnesota Becomes First State to Set ‘Value of Solar’ Tariff Renewable Energy World The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted 3-2 in favor of a proposal aimed at settling the perennial debate over how much solar power is worth to a utility and its ratepayers, as well as to society and the environment.
03/19 Vestas Replaced GE as World’s Top Wind Turbine Installer in 2013 Greentech Media The world’s biggest wind turbine maker, Vestas Wind Systems, is now also the world’s leading installer of wind turbines, with newly released data showing the Danish company installed 13.2 percent of all wind energy in 2013, nearly a third more than its closest competitor, GE.
03/18 78,600 Clean Energy, Transportation Jobs Reported in 2013 Clean Edge News More than 78,600 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced in 2013 at 260 projects tracked by the nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).
03/18 Efficiency, Clean Energy To Help Replace California Nuke Plant National Resources Defense Council The California Public Utilities Commission has made official its strategy to address the loss of the huge nuclear plant, which had been offline since January 2012 and was officially retired last year.
03/17 NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy Index Updated Clean Edge News The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. has announced the results of the semi-annual evaluation of the NASDAQ® Clean Edge® Green Energy Index (NASDAQ: CELS), which will become effective prior to market open on Monday, March 24, 2014.
03/17 What New Jersey’s Tesla Motors Sales Ban Means ABC News Tesla is now forced to sell through independent franchise dealerships like mainstream automakers, essentially barring all sales in the state for now.
03/17 Smart Thermostats Are Now an $86 Million Annual Market Globally The Dallas Morning News Parks Associates, a Dallas market research firm, estimates about 1 in 10 U.S. homes with a broadband connection now own a smart thermostat.
03/14 Best Buy Stores To Offer SolarCity Leases Los Angeles Times Solar panel installer SolarCity Corp. is partnering with electronics chain Best Buy to guide homeowners and other customers through the process of going solar.
03/14 DOE Investing $10 Million in Wave Energy Energy Manager Today The Energy Department is looking for promising marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy projects and has $10 million to invest in the industry.
03/13 Toyota Said To Issue $1.75 Billion of Green Asset-Backed Bonds Bloomberg Toyota Motor Corp.’s in-house lender issued $1.75 billion of bonds linked to auto loans, marking one of the first asset-backed deals designed to be environmentally friendly.
03/13 Homeowners Want the Option To Go Solar Greentech Media The survey found that 75 percent of U.S. homeowners opposed utilities limiting their access to alternative sources of electricity.
03/12 Austin Energy Buys PV From SunEdison at 5 Cents per kWh Greentech Media Texas utility Austin Energy is going to be paying 5 cents per kilowatt-hour for solar power, and it could mean lower customer rates.
03/12 Torrefied Biomass Production Started in the U.S. Environmental Leader Solvay has started producing torrefied biomass at an industrial scale in the US, using sawmill waste from the timber industry in managed forests.
03/11 Iowa, South Dakota Get More Than 25% of Power from Wind Clean Edge News American wind power topped 4 percent of the U.S. power grid for the first time last year and has delivered 30 percent of all new generating capacity for the last five years, according to the Energy Information Administration.
03/11 E85 Fueling Station Availability Is Increasing in the U.S. Clean Edge News
03/10 National Poll Finds U.S. Homeowners Overwhelmingly Want Energy Choice Clean Edge News The poll found that a majority of homeowners, 69 percent, want more choices when it comes to their energy and electricity supply.
03/10 Reversing Course, Japan Makes Push to Restart Dormant Nuclear Plants The New York Times The new Basic Energy Plan, which states that Japan will push to restart reactors that were closed after the disaster in 2011 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, overturns a promise made by a previous government to phase out the country’s nuclear reactors.
03/10 PJM Grid Can Handle 30% Renewables, Says GE Utility Dive PJM can reliably integrate up to 30% of wind and solar energy, assuming the grid operator adds about $14 billion in transmission and additional regulation reserves, according to a final PJM study conducted by GE.


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