New Report Breaks Down State-Level Renewable Energy Siting Policies & Permitting Authorities Across the USA

Credit to Author: US Department of Energy| Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2024 10:45:26 +0000

State and/or local government involvement in renewable energy development varies widely across the United States. A new report funded by DOE, in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Regulatory Assistance Project, Clean Air Task Force, and others, inventories and simplifies the complex state-level policies of all 50 states, plus … [continued]

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DuraMAT Forecasts How New Photovoltaic Module Technologies Might Perform Over 20, 30, Or 50 Years

Credit to Author: US Department of Energy| Date: Tue, 21 May 2024 12:54:33 +0000

As the Solar Industry Grows Rapidly, Materials, Designs, and Solar Panels Are Changing Quickly For the solar photovoltaics (PV) industry, rapid growth can produce rapid—and sometimes unpredictable—changes. As the industry continued to see a major period of growth in 2023, the Durable Module Materials (DuraMAT) Consortium seized the opportunity to … [continued]

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U.S. Electric Power Sector Reported Fewer Delays for New Solar Capacity Projects in 2023

Credit to Author: US Energy Information Administration| Date: Thu, 09 May 2024 07:24:24 +0000

The U.S. electric power sector reported fewer delays to install new utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in 2023 than in 2022. In 2023, solar developers pushed back the scheduled online date for an average of 19% of planned solar capacity compared with an average of 23% in 2022. Although the … [continued]

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Groundbreaking Microcapacitors Could Power Chips of the Future

Credit to Author: US Department of Energy| Date: Tue, 07 May 2024 14:09:09 +0000

Scientists developed microcapacitors with ultrahigh energy and power density, paving the way for on-chip energy storage in electronic devices In the ongoing quest to make electronic devices ever smaller and more energy efficient, researchers want to bring energy storage directly onto microchips, reducing the losses incurred when power is transported … [continued]

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U.S. DOE Releases 1st-Ever Roadmap to Accelerate Connecting More Clean Energy Projects to the Nation’s Electric Grid

Credit to Author: US Department of Energy| Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2024 00:27:55 +0000

Report Details Recommendations to Streamline Interconnection with Near- to Long-Term Solutions to Add Clean Energy Resources to the Transmission Grid and Boost Our Clean Energy Economy WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a new roadmap outlining solutions to speed up the interconnection of clean energy onto the nation’s transmission grid and … [continued]

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NAWI Awarded Funding To Continue To Accelerate Research & Development For A Secure Water Future

Credit to Author: US Department of Energy| Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2024 00:06:33 +0000

A research consortium led by Berkeley Lab, along with three other national labs, will continue to lead a DOE desalination hub to drive innovation for sustainable water security The National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI), which is led by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), has … [continued]

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In A Warming World, Climate Scientists Consider Category 6 Hurricanes

Credit to Author: US Department of Energy| Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2024 00:57:39 +0000

For more than 50 years, the National Hurricane Center has used the Saffir-Simpson Windscale to communicate the risk of property … [continued]

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Impacts & Benefits of Hosting Large-Scale Solar — Stakeholder Perceptions

Credit to Author: US Department of Energy| Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2024 18:09:46 +0000

A new journal article draws insights from 54 interviews of residents, developers, and policy makers around seven large-scale solar projects … [continued]

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Solar On Businesses, Schools, & Other Non-Residential Buildings Affect Residential Adoption Trends

Credit to Author: US Department of Energy| Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2024 03:01:29 +0000

Previous research has shown that social influence can drive rooftop solar adoption. Research to date has primarily focused on influence … [continued]

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How Will Future Larger Turbines Impact Wind Project Electricity Output & Surrounding Community Sound Levels?

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2023 14:00:27 +0000

New Berkeley Lab study finds a dramatic increase in estimated project output coupled with a decrease in surrounding sound levels for future turbines as compared to those installed in the past.  Multiple technological, social, and market factors of wind power are evolving rapidly. Most notably, significant wind turbine scaling in height and size is occurring […]

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