Author Archives: Silvio Marcacci

Online Map Guides Great Lakes Climate Change Adaptation Planning

August 15th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

The growing effects of climate change make adaptation more important every day, but without accurate data to guide planning, government action risks being ineffective or insufficient. That’s where a new interactive map from the University of Michigan comes into the picture, combining economic, infrastructure, and population data for 225 counties in the Great Lakes region


Iowa Will Add 1.05GW New Wind Energy Capacity By 2015

August 14th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

Iowa will add 1.05 gigawatts of new wind energy capacity by 2015, thanks to the Iowa Utilities Board’s approval of a $1.9 billion proposal from MidAmerican Energy. Regulatory approval of the Wind VII project paves the way for construction to start as soon as September 2013, bringing hundreds of green jobs and millions in revenue to landowners and the government


HyRef Technology Revolutionizes Renewable Energy Forecasting

August 12th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

BM has long been known for building some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, but what happens when it applies advanced modeling to solving the intermittency of renewable energy? The answer is “Hybrid Renewable Energy Forecasting,” a new technology already online in China that produces accurate local weather and renewable energy forecasts as far as one month in advance, down to 15-minute increments.


633 Energy Storage Projects Now Underway Worldwide

August 10th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

633 advanced energy storage projects encompassing 865 separate systems are currently in operation or under development worldwide, according to Navigant Research’s “Energy Storage Tracker 3Q13.” The industry added 38 new projects during the first half of


California Cap And Trade Isn’t A Game — Except When It Is.

August 8th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

California’s cap-and-trade market is serious business, with high stakes for the future of our planet – it’s no game. Except when it is. Gamification is often used to simplify complex concepts and make them easily understood, and that’s just what the San Francisco Public Press has done with “Make Money, Save The Planet,” a theoretical cap-and-trade board game


Rollercoaster Policy Threatens US Wind Energy’s Record-Setting Pace

August 6th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

America’s wind energy industry may be coming off a record-setting 2012 but could potentially soar even higher – if federal policy uncertainty is resolved in time to help overcome the natural gas boom and fast-closing state renewable energy targets. This outlook from the US Department of Energy’s “2012 Wind Technologies Market Report,” underlines how important stable government policy is to growing a clean energy economy and reveals the economic potential of a future powered by wind energy


Wind Energy Research Facility Launched To Boost Wind Farm Output

August 5th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

A new research facility could help solve one of the biggest limiting factors to wind energy – the slowing effect multiple turbines have upon wind strength within large farms. The Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility recently launched at Texas Tech University to study how turbine spacing within a wind farm affects turbulence, aerodynamic losses, equipment damage, and overall generation efficiency


Deepwater Wind Wins America’s First Offshore Wind Competitive Lease Sale

August 1st, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

Deepwater Wind has won the Interior Department’s first-ever competitive offshore wind lease auction, totaling 164,750 acres near Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Deepwater’s $3.8 million bid wins it the right to build the Deepwater Wind Energy Center, a 1,000MW utility-scale wind farm with 200 turbines and a regional transmission system linking to New York State and southeastern New England.


Dazzling Dozen US States Illuminate Path To Solar Energy Future

July 26th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

A solar energy revolution is dawning in America, led by the "Dazzling Dozen" - twelve states whose progressive policies dominate the solar industry with 85% of all US solar capacity but just 28% of the total population. Environment America’s “Lighting the Way” report outlines their successful policies and illuminate the path forward to a nationwide clean energy economy


Maryland Governor Unveils Strongest US Plan To Fight Climate Change

July 25th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

If Governor Martin O’Malley gets his way, Maryland may soon lead America in the fight against climate change and transition toward a clean energy future. Today, O’Malley announced an aggressive plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions 25% and boost renewable energy 25% by 2020 - both up from current 20% targets.



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