Microgrids Can Be A Complement To A Utility

December 19, 2013 12:16 by Bill Conway in Energy, Energy Efficiency, Renewables, Utilities  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
Microgrids are not new and can be a nice complement to utilities.  All too often, microgrids have been considered to be a threat to the utility world.  However, microgrds can save money for both customers and utilities.     Click HERE for more information.  

A Solar & Natural Gas Partnership?

December 5, 2013 14:05 by Bill Conway in Cooperatives, Energy, Regulation, Renewables, Utilities  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)
A Solar & Natural Gas Partnership? [More]

Advanced Power Components Acquisition: A Sign of Things to Come

As reported in the Wall Street Journal, UK based Advanced Power Components has announced the completion of the acquisition of 25% of Invisible Systems Limited (ISL).  ISL provides cloud-based, end-to-end monitoring and control solutions which are designed to increase the energy efficiency within the built environment using its own battery powered, wireless communications technology.  This provides a quick, simple, non-obtrusive energy monitoring and control capability that is coveted in the power sector.  The technology is proven to enable average savings of between 15-30%, with an ROI between 12-18 months. Mr. Mark Robinson, the chief executive officer of APC, said during the release: "ISL's wireless technology and innovative approach to product development have created a product portfolio which offers clear commercial advantages on which we have no doubt that [we] ... can capitalize on both in the UK and internationally." The advent of wireless technology in the power sector is exciting for market participants.  As energy efficiency continues to increase, and efficient installations are augmented by microgrids and wireless solutions, expect companies like ISL to be considered buys for larger energy players.  All of these moves point to the increasing need of organizations to understand their energy consumption and carbon footprint to attempt to stay ahead of ever restrictive government regulations. Click here to read the entire article.

Kansas Is Top 10 In Wind

April 12, 2013 14:04 by Bill Conway in Energy, Energy Efficiency, Renewables  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
The State of Kansas is one of the top ten states in the country for wind generation, with generating capacity of 2,713 MW according to the American WindEnergy Association.  Kansas is certainly open for business!    Click here for full article. 

New Financing Options for Renewable Energy?

January 31, 2013 11:15 by Bill Conway in Energy, Energy Efficiency, Financing, Renewables  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
The discussion around allowing renewable energy resources, primarily solar and wind, to be held in Master Limited Partnerships or Real Estate Investment Trusts will certainly enhance the future economic viability of these resources. The question remains whether the current "tug-of-war" over taxes and spending in Washington, will allow for this change to occur. [More]

Ethanol Mandates Debated as Corn Reaches Record Prices

August 6, 2012 14:23 by Stephanie Siders in Agriculture, Energy, Renewables  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)
The Renewable Fuel Standard mandates that ethanol make up 9 percent of the U.S. gasoline supply in 2012, which would use nearly 40 percent of the nation’s corn production.  In the face of record corn prices due to lower than expected corn production, livestock groups went to the EPA asking that the mandate be curbed or suspended.  Likewise, Cargill CEO Gregory Page publicly pled for changes to the Standard last week. Livestock producers argue that if the mandate is waived, more corn will be available for feed which would keep meat prices down for consumers. 

Wind Energy Headed for a Fall Regardless of Tax Policy

July 23, 2012 10:57 by Capital Advisors in Accounting & Tax, Renewables  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)
Bill Opalka, energybiz.com | March 29, 2012 Senate Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure  “Even with an extension of a tax credit for wind development, installations will fall precipitously in 2013, a renewable energy investment expert told a Senate committee. And if the production tax credit (PTC) is allowed to expire at the end of 2012, wind development will practically disappear next year," said Ethan Zindler, head of policy analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a market research firm.  Read more

Wind Power Faces Taxing Headwind

July 19, 2012 08:40 by Capital Advisors in Accounting & Tax, Renewables  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)
Renewal of the tax credits for wind is caught in the political crossfire and the future will likely not be known until after the November presidential election and has some contemplating layoffs.  Read More:

Past Posts