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  • UK Cuts Red Tape for Commercial Rooftop Solar
    A change in the rules for permitted development rights in the UK has increased the development threshold for rooftop solar panels on commercial property by a factor of 20. Under the new rules, installations up to 1 MW no longer require full planning permission for development.

  • Split Decision on Ormat?s Motion to Dismiss Ex-Employees? Claims of Cash Grant Fraud
    The March 24 opinion from the U.S. District Court for Nevada granted in part and denied in part Ormat?s motion to dismiss an action brought by ex-Ormat employees under the False Claims Act. The ex-employees are alleging fraud by Ormat in its preparation of three Section 1603 cash grant (Cash Grant) applications for geothermal projects. In theory, either party could appeal, but that seems unlikely.

  • Focus on Digester Health for Efficient Biogas Operations
    Turning organic waste, such as manure, food scraps or expired food products into biogas is a modern type of alchemy that uses process-based technologies including an anaerobic digester, the organic waste feedstock, bacteria and by maintaining the proper temperature and pressure levels.

  • New York Launches Innovation Lab To Study Renewable Energy and the Advanced Grid
    This week New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the signing of an agreement between the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Polytechnic) that aims ?to create a world-class facility devoted to energy technology innovation and the rapid deployment of smart-grid technology to modernize New York's electric grid.?

  • Clean Energy Makes Up Record Share of UK Power with Coal-to-Biomass Conversions
    U.K. electricity from low-carbon sources accounted for almost a quarter of the country?s generation in the fourth quarter as Drax Group Plc converted a second coal-power plant to burn wood.


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