NREL, Berkeley Lab unveil study: Prospective analysis of RE costs, benefits

Relying on well-vetted methods, the study evaluates the RE costs, benefits, and other impacts of renewable energy used to meet future RPS demand growth from 2015 to 2050.

Clean energy is on the rise at home and around the world, in four charts

There’s a lot in this year’s Data Book to be excited about. Let’s take a look at four charts that tell the story of the clean energy revolution.

The renewable energy progress in 6 charts

The Energy Department recently released a report called “Revolution… Now,” which details five booming clean energy technologies, plus other promising pieces of clean tech.

Computing America’s offshore wind energy potential

Our analysts calculate several different levels of the offshore resource assessment, each of which provides a more refined estimate of energy potential as more filters and assumptions are added.

Did you know Sept 10 to 18 is National Drive Electric Week?

This year’s Drive Electric celebration spans eight days from Sept. 10-18, with nearly 200 events across the country to familiarize people with the power, convenience, and widespread availability of electric vehicles.

Study shows U.S. Eastern Interconnection can accommodate more wind & solar power

Editor’s note: The U.S. Department of Energy recently commissioned the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) to perform an Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study (ERGIS), and the results are in. This scenario-based study was conducted on four wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) potential futures and predicted the associated operational impacts on the Eastern Interconnection. The Interconnection covers two-thirds

What might be the financial impact of a new wind farm on your community? The Jedi tells

By Paul Dvorak | Editor Windpower Engineering & Development With interest in the wind industry growing nationwide, localities in which the farms are considered would probably like to know their financial impact. You could hire an accountant for a few guesstimates, but the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory might have better answer and sooner

NREL readies new wind-turbine drivetrain for commercialization

The drivetrain sports a single-stage gearbox designed by Romax Technology, a medium-speed permanent-magnet generator, and a power converter developed by DNV Kema with high-efficiency modules developed by Cree (now Wolfspeed).

California’s Foothill Transit tests an electric bus

Foothill Transit has fully electrified one route in its service area and is investigating the feasibility of electrifying other routes as well.

NREL distributes round four funding for wind competitiveness improvement project

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory is awarding four subcontracts under the fourth round of funding through DOE’s Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project.