renewable energy http://wfpl.org en Another Question For Eastern Kentucky Biomass Plant: Is There Enough Water? http://wfpl.org/post/another-question-eastern-kentucky-biomass-plant-there-enough-water <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This story is part of a series from the&nbsp;<a href="http://kycir.org/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting</a>&nbsp;and WFPL. &nbsp;Read the other stories<a href="http://kycir.org/series/hazard-power-plant/"> here.</a></em><a href="http://kycir.org/series/hazard-power-plant/">&nbsp;&nbsp;</a></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 8921 at http://wfpl.org Another Question For Eastern Kentucky Biomass Plant: Is There Enough Water? Swiss Chemist Wins Inaugural Conn Prize for Solar Cell Discovery http://wfpl.org/post/swiss-chemist-wins-inaugural-conn-prize-solar-cell-discovery <p>The University of Louisville has announced the winner of the first <a href="http://conncenter.org/leigh-ann-conn-prize/" target="_blank">Leigh Ann Conn Prize</a> for Renewable Energy. The award goes to Swiss chemist Michael Graetzel for his work developing a new kind of solar cell that’s easier and less expensive to produce than traditional silicon-based cells.</p><p>The Leigh Ann Conn Prize was announced last year. &nbsp;&nbsp;It honors game-changing work in renewable energy and energy efficiency.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:31:21 +0000 Erica Peterson 7627 at http://wfpl.org Swiss Chemist Wins Inaugural Conn Prize for Solar Cell Discovery Louisville Solar Tour Scheduled for Saturday http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-solar-tour-scheduled-saturday <p>Louisville residents will have a chance to tour residential and commercial solar installations this weekend. The Louisville Solar Tour highlights 31 sites around town that are using the sun to meet their energy needs.</p><p>The tour stops are all over the city—from St. William Church in California to the Fairdale Branch Library to the far East End. Solar-powered Apocalypse Brew Works is on the tour, as is the Green Building in NuLu. At most of the stops, home and business owners will share information about the solar installations and how much energy they generate.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:52:31 +0000 Erica Peterson 6978 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Solar Tour Scheduled for Saturday Solar House at U of L Envisioned as Solution to Temporary Housing After Disasters http://wfpl.org/post/solar-house-u-l-envisioned-solution-temporary-housing-after-disasters <p>A solar-powered demonstration house will be open to the public tomorrow at the University of Louisville. A team of students from three universities has built the house to compete in an international competition.</p><p>In a nearly empty lot off Third Street, students are sawing, hammering, and putting the finishing touches on a two-bedroom house.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 6570 at http://wfpl.org Solar House at U of L Envisioned as Solution to Temporary Housing After Disasters New EPA Tool Estimates Potential for Renewable Energy on Kentucky's Contaminated Land http://wfpl.org/post/new-epa-tool-estimates-potential-renewable-energy-kentuckys-contaminated-land <p>The Environmental Protection Agency says there's significant potential for renewable energy projects on contaminated land in Kentucky.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 18:34:09 +0000 Erica Peterson 6356 at http://wfpl.org New EPA Tool Estimates Potential for Renewable Energy on Kentucky's Contaminated Land America's New Energy Export Is...Trees? http://wfpl.org/post/americas-new-energy-export-istrees <p>When we talk about exporting energy sources to other countries, the conversation tends to center on fossil fuels. Here in Kentucky, it's all about coal, and even as the nation cuts back on coal burning, many mines are hoping that burgeoning economies in Asia will help fill in the economic gaps.</p><p>But the BBC Newshour<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22630815" target="_blank"> had an interesting story this morning</a> about another fuel that America is exporting: wood. Trees that are grown in the Southeast are being sent to Europe to fuel biomass boilers, and there's a debate about whether that process actually helps the European Union further its stated goals of reducing carbon dioxide emissions.</p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 14:38:57 +0000 Erica Peterson 5568 at http://wfpl.org America's New Energy Export Is...Trees? New Law Clarifies Regulation of Biomass, But Doesn't Provide Any Guarantees http://wfpl.org/post/new-law-clarifies-regulation-biomass-doesnt-provide-any-guarantees <p>A new bill signed into law by Governor Steve Beshear last week clarifies the rules that regulate biomass plants in Kentucky.</p><p><a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/13RS/SB46.htm" target="_blank">The bill </a>gives additional guidance to the Public Service Commission on how to regulate biomass plants that sell power to a utility in Kentucky, with one particular project in mind: a biomass plant outside Hazard. Construction on the plant—owned by Lexington-based <a href="http://www.ecopg.com/" target="_blank">ecoPower</a>—is expected to begin on the plant sometime this year.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:04:41 +0000 Erica Peterson 4435 at http://wfpl.org New Law Clarifies Regulation of Biomass, But Doesn't Provide Any Guarantees New Deal Will Send Parks Department's Wood Waste to Rubbertown Biomass Boiler http://wfpl.org/post/new-deal-will-send-parks-departments-wood-waste-rubbertown-biomass-boiler <p>Metro Government will start selling landscaping debris gathered from Louisville parks to a Rubbertown facility that will burn it for energy.</p><p>Last fall, a company called <a href="http://www.recastenergy.com/index.html" target="_blank">Recast Energy</a> took <a href="http://www.recastenergy.com/documents/LOU%20-%20Recast%20Energy%20Press%20Conference.pdf" target="_blank">control of a boiler in Rubbertown </a>that supplies steam to the Lubrizol and Zeon Chemical plants. The boiler used to be coal-fired, but Recast engineered it to run on biomass.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:33:41 +0000 Erica Peterson 4081 at http://wfpl.org New Deal Will Send Parks Department's Wood Waste to Rubbertown Biomass Boiler Deadline is Fast-Approaching on Wind Energy Tax Credit http://wfpl.org/post/deadline-fast-approaching-wind-energy-tax-credit <p>Over the next few weeks, Congress will decide whether to extend a key tax credit to the wind industry. The wind production tax credit—or PTC—subsidizes wind production at 2.2 cents per kilowatt hour, and without action it will expire at the end of the year.</p> Sun, 25 Nov 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 2587 at http://wfpl.org Deadline is Fast-Approaching on Wind Energy Tax Credit Global Energy Outlook Predicts Gains for American Oil and Gas, and Renewable Energy http://wfpl.org/post/global-energy-outlook-predicts-gains-american-oil-and-gas-and-renewable-energy <p>The <a href="http://www.iea.org" target="_blank">International Energy Agency</a> has released<a href="http://iea.org/newsroomandevents/pressreleases/2012/november/name,33015,en.html" target="_blank"> its outlook on the world’s energy usage.</a></p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 22:19:01 +0000 Erica Peterson 2475 at http://wfpl.org