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Thursday, 26 May 2016

The Next ‘Green President’ – Which US Presidential Candidate Is the Best for Clean Energy?

http://interestingengineering.com/next-green-president-us-presidential-candidate-best-clean-energy/


The US presidential race is gaining pace, with only three candidates left in the running – two Democrats and the infamous Donald Trump. It’s fairly certain that Trump would be an absolute disaster for US clean energy and action on climate change, but just how bad would he be? However, if a Democrat won, which candidate, out of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders would be the most promising with regard to US renewables? Here’s where we find out.

Heat recovery from wastewater: An Interview with Lynn Mueller of International Wastewater

http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/heat-recovery-from-wastewater-an-interview-with-20160526



According to the US Department of Energy, 400 billion kilowatts of hot water goes down the drain annually in the US, roughly $40 billion worth of energy at an average cost of ten cents per kilowatt. Wastewater heat recovery is a process that can recover the heat energy from all that hot water and use it to heat buildings, and also to cool them. Such systems are currently being commercialised throughout the USA, Canada and the UK and one company that is actively engaged in installing them is International Wastewater Systems.  In a recent installation, in a 172-unit condominium complex, an installation now provides hot water for all the units with an efficiency of about 550 percent – saving the residents about 70 percent on their hot water heating bills. In addition, there is an estimated emissions reduction of 100 tonnes per year.

REM talked to the company’s founder and CEO, Lynn Mueller, to find out more about the technology, its future potential and how the company is taking advantage of the sizeable opportunities available.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Windpower 2016 opens in New Orleans

http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/windpower-2016-opens-in-new-orleans-20160524


Thousands of wind power developers, manufacturers, workers, executives, and more have arrived from around the world to New Orleans for a four-day conference and exhibition

Monday, 23 May 2016

The potential impacts of Brexit on energy: An interview with Vladimir Parail of Oxera

http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/the-potential-impacts-of-brexit-on-energy-20160523



The looming EU referendum has caused sweeping uncertainty across Britain, and one sector facing significant disruption from a ‘yes’ vote in June is the energy market. Today differences in carbon taxation and charges levied on generators between Britain and other EU markets amount to a subsidy on electricity imports into Britain. This creates a situation in which British electricity generators are not on a level playing field with regard to competition to their EU counterparts and creates distortions in trade in electricity. In light of this, Britain may choose to mitigate such distortions by imposing tariffs on imported electricity in the event of a Brexit, although this in turn would make any agreement on trade with the EU much more difficult to realise.

REM talked to Vladimir Parail of global economics consultancy, Oxera to find out more about the potential impacts of each of the two possible outcomes on energy in Britain, including potential impact on renewables and climate change.

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