NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, May 20: SENATE PLAYS POLITICS WITH WIND’S INCENTIVE; SHARP BACK IN #1 SOLAR PANEL MAKER SPOT; INVESTORS EYE GEOTHERMAL OPPORTUNITY (Pt 1)

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The challenge now: To make every day Earth Day.

YESTERDAY

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Climate Change Is Driving People Nuts
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-China Leading The Global Wind Boom
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Harvesting The Riches Of Africa’s Deserts
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Big Oil Faces Up To Cars With Plugs
  • THE DAY BEFORE

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, April 27:

  • TTTA Thursday-Inside The White House Fight On Climate
  • TTTA Thursday-New Energy Is The Jobs Engine
  • TTTA Thursday-Wind Industry Boom Getting Bigger
  • TTTA Thursday-Funding Better Transportation
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Mixed-ownership models spur utility investment in microgrids
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: How the wind industry can continue its boom into the 2020s
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Rhode Island targets a common perspective on DER values
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • TODAY’S STUDY: The Way To Grow EVs
  • QUICK NEWS, April 25: Private Sector Takes Over The Climate Fight; How Sea Level Rise Would Change The Map; Wind Jobs Top 100,000 As Wind Energy Booms
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • TODAY’S STUDY: The Risk Of Natural Gas Vs. The Risk Of Wind
  • QUICK NEWS, April 24: The Health Impacts Of Climate Change; New Energy Is Everywhere; Study Shows LA Does Not Need Aliso Canyon
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • Weekend Video: How To Win Friends For New Energy
  • Weekend Video: The Electric Vehicle Highway
  • Weekend Video: Wind And The Economy
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    Anne B. Butterfield of Daily Camera and Huffington Post, f is an occasional contributor to NewEnergyNews

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    Some of Anne's contributions:

  • Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT), November 26, 2013
  • SOLAR FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE ~ Xcel's Push to Undermine Rooftop Solar, September 20, 2013
  • NEW BILLS AND NEW BIRDS in Colorado's recent session, May 20, 2013
  • Lies, damned lies and politicians (October 8, 2012)
  • Colorado's Elegant Solution to Fracking (April 23, 2012)
  • Shale Gas: From Geologic Bubble to Economic Bubble (March 15, 2012)
  • Taken for granted no more (February 5, 2012)
  • The Republican clown car circus (January 6, 2012)
  • Twenty-Somethings of Colorado With Skin in the Game (November 22, 2011)
  • Occupy, Xcel, and the Mother of All Cliffs (October 31, 2011)
  • Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation (June 7, 2011)
  • The Plunging Cost of Renewables and Boulder's Energy Future (April 19, 2011)
  • Paddling Down the River Denial (January 12, 2011)
  • The Fox (News) That Jumped the Shark (December 16, 2010)
  • Click here for an archive of Butterfield columns

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  • WEEKEND VIDEOS, April 29-30:

  • Finding Common Ground
  • Go To Work In Wind
  • The Promise Of Robot Cars

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    QUICK NEWS, May 20: SENATE PLAYS POLITICS WITH WIND’S INCENTIVE; SHARP BACK IN #1 SOLAR PANEL MAKER SPOT; INVESTORS EYE GEOTHERMAL OPPORTUNITY (Pt 1)

    SENATE PLAYS POLITICS WITH WIND’S INCENTIVE U.S. Senate Blocks Bill With PTC Extension - What Now?

    Joseph Bebon, May 16, 2014 (North American Windpower)

    “The U.S. Senate has blocked a bipartisan tax extenders package that includes a two-year extension of the production tax credit (PTC) and the investment tax credit (ITC) election for wind…[The Senate voted 53-40] not to move the bill containing the tax extenders package forward. Sixty votes were necessary, and only one Republican voted yea…because of a battle with Democrats regarding whether [Republicans can] propose amendments…The PTC expired on Dec. 31, 2013, and the legislation would retroactively…[allow project developers who] start construction this year or by the end of 2015…to take advantage of the $0.023/kWh incentive…[or] choose a 30% ITC in lieu of the PTC…[T]he package also includes about 50 other expired U.S. tax breaks...Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., [and Senate Finance Committee ranking member Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, plan] to work with Republicans on an agreement and revive the bill on the Senate floor next week…[Insiders say] the bill will eventually pass both the Senate and the House, but not until after the midterm elections in November…” click here for more

    SHARP BACK IN #1 SOLAR MODULE MAKER SPOT After Five-Year Absence, Sharp Solar Returns as Number One PV Module Supplier in Q1’14, According to NPD Solarbuzz; Sharp’s resurgence due to its shift in outsourcing strategy and growth in the Japanese solar PV market

    May 14, 2014 (SolarBuzz)

    “Sharp Solar returned to the top of the solar photovoltaic (PV) module shipment rankings during Q1’14, after a five year absence, according to [Solarbuzz]…Sharp was the solar PV industry market leader for 45 years between 1963 and 2008, before manufacturing capacity was scaled up in China. Between 2009 and 2014, First Solar and Chinese-based solar PV suppliers dominated the top rankings within the industry…[This] was the first time a non-Chinese module supplier has taken the leading position in the solar PV industry since the fourth quarter of 2009…During its previous reign as the industry’s leading PV module supplier, Sharp pursued a vertically integrated strategy, manufacturing its own solar cells and modules. However, during the past few years, Sharp has shifted its emphasis to selling modules manufactured by outsourced partners located mainly in China and Taiwan…” click here for more

    INVESTORS EYE GEOTHERMAL OPPORTUNITY (Pt 1) Here's How Geothermal Energy Will Soon Heat Up Wall Street

    John Licata, May 2, 2014 (The Street)

    “The geothermal power community gets no respect since solar and wind tend to steal the public eye…[but it is] time to power your portfolio with geothermal energy…[A] typical geothermal heat pump system benefits from the constant temperature between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit of the upper 10 feet of the Earth's surface to heat a home in the winter, make hot water and produce electricity. At the same time, the system can extract heat from the building and then transfer it back to the relatively cooler ground in the summer…The downside to geothermal power is really the fear of the unknown…” click here for more

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