Archive for Renewable Energy

Sutter-Energy
16 May 2017

Early Retirement: More Challenging Than It Sounds

As our energy mix becomes increasingly decarbonized, regulators and grid operators face new challenges from many directions. A growing concern in regions with high penetration of renewables is the risk of uneconomic retirement of flexible capacity, such as natural gas-fired power plants. Many agree that natural gas will continue to play a critical role in […]

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15 March 2017

Building Our Energy Future: The Path Forward

Jim Rogers, Former CEO of Duke Energy, addresses cleantech professionals, academics and students at the BERC Energy Summit. “Cleantech opportunity today is as great as it has ever been.” That’s how Jim Rogers, Former CEO of Duke Energy, kicked off this year’s BERC Energy Summit on Friday, February 24. Unfortunately, a bright future does not […]

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22 February 2017

The Energy Blockchain – Believe The Hype, Just Don’t Forget The Physics

The analogy of blockchain to jazz was made more than once at Event Horizon, the first major conference on blockchain technology in the energy industry held last week in Vienna. Decentralized, free-form, and without a conductor, blockchains have the potential to transform incumbent centralized power structures. While this may be true for purely digital systems […]

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23 January 2017

BERCU Co-Pres. Brooke Maushund authors report, Speaks at COP22

I always tell my younger friends when they’re thinking about getting involved with BERC that it’s been one of the best parts of my time at Cal, and not just professionally. Getting to just hang out, and pick the brains of the graduate students in BERC, and having people to nerd out with about energy […]

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7 October 2016

Early Stage Cleantech Funding – If VCs won’t do it, who will?

In the past year, Venture capital (VC) funding for early-stage cleantech companies seems to have mostly dried up. The good news is that other cleantech investors are stepping up to fill the void- including UC Berkeley through the Cleantech University Prize.

wind + solar
20 April 2016

2015 – How important was the year for Renewable Energy?

2015 was a breakout for the Renewable energy industry, with the investments and capacity addition surpassing previous records despite falling oil, gas, and coal prices. Here are some of key figures and highlights about renewable energy in 2015, covered in a UNEP report.

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19 April 2016

Will community solar be the next rooftop solar?

Green power has traditionally been a product that consumers have paid a premium for above their basic utility rates. With the emergence of rooftop solar and now community solar – and in step with those sector’s available subsidies – consumers are now purchasing green power at a discount to utility rates.

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6 April 2016

How a social enterprise is changing fuel-efficient cooking stove technology in India

Cooking stoves may not be a product many of us think about, but cooking still remains a major energy consumer especially in the developing world. Inefficient cooking stoves that run on dirty fuels can cause various health and environmental problems prompting an Indian entrepreneur to design an innovative solution.