A powerful combination

Renewable energy projects are no longer a novelty--around the world, governments, utilities and private energy concerns are pouring money into the sector. Despite all the cash they receive, renewable energy sources still represent only a small fraction of global power generation. This article discusses how renewables will play an increasingly larger role in energy portfolios and how governments and energy companies must find a balanced portfolio of old and new sources to keep the lights on in much of the world. In doing so, it looks at the complex internal and external pressures energy company executives face when choosing any new energy source. It details how an energy company is rebuilding its project portfolio by looking at various characteristics of resource generation and efficiency programs and its selection process for a third party to build a wind farm. Next, the article discusses the coal industry noting how it remains one of the least expensive and most accessible sources of fossil fuels. It summari
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