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Clean Energy Laws Signed in New Jersey:... Clean energy advocates rejoiced as legislation was passed today in New Jersey that will support the development of a massive amount of renewable energy, specifically community solar, energy storage, offshore wind and energy efficiency. The bill also props up nuclear power in the state with the establishment of zero-emission certificates.

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In Landmark Day, East Coast States Secure 1.2...

Massachusetts and Rhode Island today selected two offshore wind projects for development, securing a total of 1.2 GW of offshore generating capacity along the East Coast.



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New Fast-charging EV Infrastructure Will Lessen... Accelerating the roll-out of EV charging infrastructure is widely seen as a key step towards furthering the widespread advent of electric transportation but isn’t without challenges. To address some of these challenges, Nidec Industrial Solutions, has unveiled a battery-based, ultra-fast charger (UFC) for electric vehicles (EVs).

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Hydro, wind and solar: Undeniable synergies

“There is no technical or economic barrier to transitioning the entire world to 100 percent clean, renewable energy with a stable electric grid at low cost,” said Mark Z. Jacobson with Stanford University. This is the key finding of research completed and published in early 2018.



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Here's What It Takes to Be a Leader in the US...

Virginia is taking the next step in growing the infrastructure necessary to support the offshore wind supply chain with the release of an RFP seeking an expert to develop a plan to strengthen the state’s existing assets.



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Why More Solar and Wind on the Grid Should Be... A new LBNL report offers concrete suggestions about what investments today will be most beneficial in tomorrow’s renewable energy future.

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Report: Renewables, Energy Efficiency in New... A report that examines statements about rolling blackouts made by regional grid operator ISO-New England, shows that sustained growth of renewables, and not more gas, will boost reliability of New England’s electric power system.

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4-MW Solar Project Will Transform a Landfill in...

Construction has begun on a 4-MW solar PV project that New Jersey-based EPC firm Conti Solar says will be the largest landfill solar project in Ohio.



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BOEM Extends Deadline for Comment on New York...

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is extending the comment period for information and nominations for offshore wind energy development in an area of shallow water between Long Island and the New Jersey coast called the New York Bight.



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Big Battery Boom Hits Another Roadblock:...

The new era of big batteries has already drawn scrutiny after fiery electric-car crashes across America and Europe. Now, U.S. city planners are worried about the same risk of hard-to-control blazes as these power-storage units make their way into basements and onto rooftops.



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FERC announces plans to eliminate Form 80...

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the U.S. issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking last week that would eliminate Form 80 and revise regulations on recreational opportunities and development at licensed hydropower projects.



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Inside Renewable Energy: Taking a Stake in...

In this episode, Ron DiFelice of Energy Intelligence Partners puts the challenges and opportunities of entering the energy storage market into perspective for businesses interested in everything from energy markets to big solar plus storage pairings.



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NY Gov., Communities Question Environmental...

A proposed waste-to-energy (WTE) facility in the New York Finger Lakes region has raised environmental justice issues for stakeholders, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.



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Puerto Rico Gives Green Light to Microgrid...

Last week, the body that governs Puerto Rico’s energy sector, the Puerto Rico Energy Commission (PREC), issued final rules regarding microgrid development on the island. According to a fact sheet issued by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), the rules define microgrid owners and operators and divide microgrids into three classes. Owners purchase, lease or receive third-party financing for microgrid equipment; operators oversee the system and deliver electricity services to customers.



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3@3 on Solar PV: 201 & Module Supply, Reviving... Today’s topics include the impact of section 201 tariffs on module supply and prices. Will they go up? We’ll also talk about developing the next generation solar workforce based on a new report about energy jobs in the U.S.

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It's Time to Regulate the Lithium Cartel

Why is there so little noise about the emerging oligopoly in one of the hottest elements on the periodic table, lithium? Tianqi Lithium Corp. will pay $4.1 billion to buy Nutrien Ltd.’s 24 percent stake in Soc. Quimica & Minera de Chile SA, or SQM, in a deal that will entangle the biggest and fourth-biggest producers of the battery metal.



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Shell Makes Strategic Investment in Microgrid... Shell New Energies announced the acquisition of a majority share in microgrid company GI Energy. This comes on the heels of an investment by Shell in an ice energy storage company and several others. In April, Shell published its Energy Transition Report detailing its “intent to move in step with society toward a lower-carbon future.”

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Energy Efficiency Leads in Job Growth as Energy... The nation’s energy sector employed 6.5 million Americans in 2017, up 133,000 jobs from the year prior, according to a comprehensive report released today from the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO). This two percent growth rate exceeded the national average of 1.7 percent.

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To Save Coal Jobs, Trump Should Train Coal... A recent report by the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI), established by former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and the National Association of State Energy Officials confirms that the energy sector as a whole grew 2 percent last year, which is .3 percent more than the national job growth percentage of 1.7 percent.

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Solar PV Manufacturer Completes 1-MW Microgrid...

Solar PV manufacturer Central Electronics Ltd. in Uttar Pradesh, India, has commissioned India’s first 1-MW microgrid featuring a CPS-1000 inverter from Burlington, Vt.-based Dynapower.



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Trump Said to Mull 2015 Grid Emergency Law to... The Trump administration is weighing a broad array of strategies for keeping coal and nuclear power plants online as a matter of national security, with options ranging from invoking a 68-year-old law to a three-year-old one, according to a senior Energy Department official.

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Remote Australian Fishing Town Gets Battery to...

A cutting edge energy storage system to support a town with wildly fluctuating electricity needs has been switched on in South Australia.



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US Appropriations Committee Approves $243M Cut...

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee yesterday approved an energy and water funding bill that, as compared to fiscal year 2018, cuts energy efficiency and renewable energy programs by $243 million, and increases research and development funding for fossil fuels by $58 million.



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Women Volunteers Install Solar Panels for...

A group of all-women volunteers showed up at the home of a City Heights (San Diego) family to install solar panels for free. And it couldn't have come at a better time for the family. KUSI's Elizabeth Alvarez explains why this was a win/win for both the volunteers and the homeowner.



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Vivint Plans Solar Plus Storage Offering for US...

Vivint yesterday said it plans to offer LG Chem RESU batteries to its solar customers across the U.S. this year. The company launched the energy storage offering this week for its customers in California.



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Innergex announces acquisition of five hydro...

Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. recently acquired interests in three hydro plants in British Columbia, Canada, and two in Chile.



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Wind Power Overtakes Nuclear for First Time in...

Britain's windfarms provided more electricity than its eight nuclear power stations in the first three months of 2018, marking the first time wind has overtaken nuclear across a quarter. The renewable energy industry hailed the milestone as a sign the UK was well on its way to an electricity system powered by cheap, domestic green energy.



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Bankable Wind + Storage Plants Coming Soon... Last week at the Windpower 2018 conference and expo, ACCIONA Energia received the first independent certification for its hybrid wind power and energy storage plant by DNV GL, an energy certification body. The plant is located at Barasoain in Navarra, northern Spain.

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Green Investing in Britain Falls to Lowest in...

Green investing in the U.K. fell 56 percent last year, sparking concerns in Parliament that the nation will not maintain its lead in clean energy or meet climate targets after leaving the European Union.



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Meet 3 Energy Innovators Getting a Lift from...

Erika Boeing is developing a small wind turbine she hopes can someday find a home alongside solar panels on the rooftops of big-box stores, factories and other large commercial and industrial buildings.



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City Utility Trials Voltage Optimization in...

The city utility for Lethbridge, Alberta is starting a voltage optimization trial that is expected to deliver energy savings for customers while reducing overall energy usage in the city’s electricity distribution system.



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Illinois Strikes Path To Midwest Solar Leadership

Two years ago, Illinois legislators passed the Future Energy Jobs Act in an effort to transition the state from its fossil-fueled industrial past into a future where solar and wind created jobs, cleaned the environment and saved electric ratepayers money.



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Offshore Wind Farms Are Planned for California...

Fans of renewable energy anticipate a bonanza blowing off the coast of California. But a map released by the U.S. Navy puts large swaths of the state off limits to future offshore wind farms - including all of San Diego and Los Angeles, extending up to the Central Coast.



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More EV Fast Chargers Will Enhance New York’s...

New York is investing $4.2 million to expand fast charging electric vehicle stations along the state’s thruway system.



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NRDC Helping to Seed Resilient Energy in Puerto...

Last September, Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico destroying most of the island’s energy infrastructure. Puerto Ricans then had to endure the largest and longest blackout in U.S. history.



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Tesla to FERC: Energy Storage, DERs Enhance...

Tesla last week stood up for energy storage and distributed energy resources (DER), telling the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it should consider these assets carefully as it looks to define what makes a resilient power grid.



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Hawaii Volcano Spawns New Fissure Near...

NBC reports that workers at Ormat Technologies' Puna Geothermal Plant on the Big Island of Hawaii are taking precautionary measures after a new volcanic fissure opened up near the facility. Earthquakes started on the island April 30, and it was soon followed by volcanic activity.



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55-MW Masrik-1 Project Launches Utility-Scale...

A new market for utility-scale solar is opening up in Armenia with a successful round of bidding that led to an award for the 55-MW Masrik-1 solar plant.



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Alstom Confirms JV Exit in $3 Billion Deal with GE

General Electric Co. will be required to buy Alstom SA’s stakes in three energy joint ventures for 2.59 billion euros ($3.1 billion), closing a lengthy chapter in the massive 2015 tie-up that has become a headache for the beleaguered U.S. manufacturer.



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Clean Energy vs. the Environment: A Cautionary...

Traditional alliances are being broken, and new ones are slow to form. Dealmaking has taken on the airs of a zero-sum game in which there can only be one winner.



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India's Tata Power Plans $5BN Push to Boost...

Tata Power Co., one of India’s largest private power utilities, is planning to invest as much as $5 billion to ramp up its renewable capacity fourfold, according to its top executive.



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GOP Senators Want to Exempt Giant Solar Farm...

Republican senators from five states with big solar farms are asking the Trump administration to exempt the workhorse of industrial solar panels from tariffs imposed earlier this year.



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Himachal Pradesh new approach to hydro could...

The State Cabinet of Himachal Pradesh, India, approved amendments to the state’s hydropower policy intended to ensure about 737 stalled hydro projects with a capacity of about 5,100 MW can move forward.



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Climate Talks Stall as Detail Sought on $100...

Two weeks of climate talks organized by the United Nations finished with developing countries demanding more clarity from their richer counterparts on when a promised package of $100 billion in aid will materialize.



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Blockchain Companies Take Aim at Clean Energy...

Power Ledger co-founder David Martin said that as utilities move from a one-way flow of electricity to a distributed platform, the blockchain software can help manage and verify what will be many more transactions.



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These Water-Stressed Countries Have the Most...

Although growth is generally a good thing for the economy, it challenges nations—particularly ones that are water-stressed—to better manage their limited water resources and invest in the right energy systems.



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Shell Joins Tesla Exec as Investor in Ice Storage

Shell Ventures this week co-led a $7.6 million Series-A round of funding for ice storage provider Axiom Energy, joining previous investor Telsa CTO JB Straubel.



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The EPA Says Burning Wood to Generate Power Is...

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt recently told a group of forestry executives and students that from now on the U.S. government would consider burning wood to generate electricity, commonly known as forest or woody biomass, to be “carbon neutral.”



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Hydrogen May Rival Batteries for UK’s...

Hydrogen stored in Britain’s gas grid could be more effective for making use of excess renewable power than batteries.



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California Says New Residential Buildings Must...

Energy efficiency building standards officially adopted by California yesterday will require new homes in the state to have solar PV systems starting in 2020.



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New Companies Are Helping Maintain, Analyze,...

As the wind industry continues its march toward becoming a mainstream source of electricity, some new entrants are poised to help it along its path.



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Storage, Wind, Solar Companies Are Recruiting...

When a California battery company officially moved its headquarters and manufacturing to Kentucky coal country last week, generous state tax subsidies certainly played a role — but so did something often lost in the debate about coal.



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Sarulla Geothermal Plant in Indonesia Reaches...

The Sarulla geothermal power plant in Indonesia has reached commercial operation, bringing the project to its full 300-MW capacity.



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U.S. Department of Energy announces funding...

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has unveiled a program that will provide up to $23 million for the research and evaluation of next-generation wave, tidal and current system technology.



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AWEA Takes Strategic Focus on Growing the Wind...

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the American Wind Energy Association’s WindPower 2018 conference and expo, Tom Kiernan, President and CEO used baseball analogies to explain how he sees the industry growing over the next few decades.



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Development approval granted for 230-MW Goat...

Delta Electricity has received development approval from the South Australian government for the 230-MW Goat Hill pumped hydro project.



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If You Build It, They Will Come: The Deal...

It is no surprise that the growth in corporate renewables has continued at a record pace, because what were once transactions driven almost purely by “go green” ideals or achieving sustainability targets have now also become driven by the bottom line.



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Barriers to Microgrid Development Spur Bill for...

The Hawaii legislature last week sent a bill to Gov. David Ige’s desk that directs the state’s regulators to open a proceeding to create a microgrid services tariff.



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Blockchain May Soon Be Helping Puerto Rico Keep...

Solar panels. Batteries. Emergency fossil fuel-fired generators. They’ve all been deployed across Puerto Rico to help get the lights back on in the months following devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria.



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China’s Solar PV Market to Usher in First...

It has almost become a foregone conclusion that China’s solar PV market will see its first year of negative growth in new installed capacity in 2018. 



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6 Ways to Engage at WINDPOWER 2018

Here are 6 great ways to learn more about the market and engage at WINDPOWER 2018 to enhance your experience.



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Inside Renewable Energy: To the Elections and...

In this podcast episode, guest Joel Stronberg gives a U.S. midterms election update; and outlines what might happen in Washington D.C. before November, and what the renewables industry should be thinking about beyond election day.



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Taxes, Trump and Tariffs: 7 Takeaways From the...

The Trump administration’s tariffs have loomed over the U.S. solar industry all year, and they were a reoccurring topic at this week’s Midwest Solar Expo in Minneapolis.



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Inverter Company Launches Solar Plus Storage... Technology company, SolarEdge, is looking toward the future of distributed energy and now providing tools to enable the aggregation and control of distributed energy resources like solar and storage.

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Solar PV Provider Now Selling Batteries To... Hanwha Q CELLS announced plans to enter the solar rooftop market in the UK and Ireland with two new products: the 330-Wp Q.PEAK DUO-G5 module with half-cut cells, round wires and six bus-bars, which came out earlier this year and the Q.HOME+ ESS-G1, a 4.6 kW/3.6kWh storage solution for residential customers.

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U.S. Added 2,000 Wind Turbines in 2017—AI... The American Wind Energy Association’s new report on the U.S. wind market says the U.S. added around 2,000 wind turbines last year. What if the U.S. could add another 2,200 turbines’ worth of clean energy without putting a single turbine in the ground?

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5 Fast Facts About the Collegiate Wind Competition

It's more important than ever to prepare America’s future workforce with the real-world skills they need through efforts like the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition, which challenges undergraduates to design and build a wind turbine. Teams also develop a business plan to market their project.



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Uzbekistan Takes Giant Leap for Climate Goals... Toronto-based SkyPower said it has reached an agreement to build 1 GW of solar power generation throughout Uzbekistan, bringing the country’s renewable generation to 10 percent of total generating capacity.

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US Offshore Wind Can Realize 25 GW through...

Energy experts highlighted the explosive growth potential of the U.S. offshore wind industry and the expertise its supply chain will leverage from the U.S. offshore oil and gas sector during a panel discussion hosted this week at the Offshore Technology Conference.



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NYSERDA Collecting Ocean, Weather Data for...

Metocean data collection allows smarter development of projects to increase energy production while reducing project footprint



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U.S. DOE seeks technical assistance for pumped...

The U.S. Department of Energy's Water Power Technologies Office has issued a Notice of Opportunity for Technical Assistance to perform a number of reviews associated with the long-term benefits and costs of two pumped storage hydroelectric plants.



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The Asia-Pacific Offshore Wind Sector Just...

Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs this week released the results of an offshore wind auction that will add 3.8 GW of capacity to its grid.



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20 Years of Solar PV — Changes, Challenges...

Industries are made up of things that can be categorized and counted. However, there are many things to count and many ways to count things. 



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Extreme Weather — The Business Risks and...

Here’s a question for leaders of corporations and municipalities: What was the impact of extreme weather on your bottom line last year? And how are you mitigating this threat to your company’s operations and finances in the future?



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Australian Energy Storage Firm Launches Bid to...

South Australian energy storage company 1414 Degrees has launched a bid to go public and raise up to A$50 million (US$38 million) to fast track its operations.



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3@3 on Solar PV: SolarWorld, Sunpower, DERs and...

Today’s topics include the news that Sunpower is going to buy SolarWorld and how that will affect Sunpower’s influence in the global solar industry. Hint: it has to do with the solar tariffs. We’ll also delve into the “utility of the future” and discuss some interesting news about a new law in Hawaii that will force utilities to completely change their business models going forward.

 



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Index Launches for Battery Metals and Mining

EQM Indexes today launched a Battery Metals and Mining Index — Bloomberg: BATTIDX — to track the combined performance of global companies in the metal and material supply chain for advanced battery technologies used in portable devices, electric vehicles, and grid storage for renewable energy.



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Are Public Objections to Wind Farms Overblown?

While most surveys suggest that the public generally supports wind and solar power, opposition from local communities and residents sometimes blocks or delays specific new projects.



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Dubai Adds 200 MW of Solar Power in Renewables...

Dubai took another step toward completing what it says will be the largest solar park of its kind, inaugurating a 200-MW facility with partners Electricite de France SA and Abu Dhabi-based renewables company Masdar.



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Could Dairy Farmers Become Energy Traders with...

Dairy farmers in Australia may have the chance to begin buying and selling renewable energy on a peer-to-peer energy trading platform for the first time ever next year.



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Global Offshore Wind Leader Steps into Grid...

Offshore wind developer Orsted is planning its first grid-scale energy storage project near Liverpool, England. The company said that the Carnegie Road battery storage project will be operational by the end of the year.



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Water-Based Battery Offers New Option for...

Stanford University researchers have developed a water-based battery that could provide a cheap way to store wind or solar energy generated when the sun is shining and wind is blowing so it can be fed back into the electric grid and be redistributed when demand is high.



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Greece Kicks Off $3.6 Billion Program for...

Greece is preparing to auction 2.6 GW of solar and wind projects to attract investment and beef up the Mediterranean country’s clean-energy credentials.



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Solar Plus Multi-Storage Restores Power to...

In an Aug. 2 Renewable Energy World article, we reported “Achieving 100 Percent Residential Renewables in Hawaii with Solar+Multi-Storage” since April 2017, 500 hours off-grid and 220 hours grid-tied, using Tabuchi Electric hybrid solar inverter with single embedded battery (10 kWh) and an ROI of three years. 



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Perovskite Solar Firm Secures $11 Million...

U.K.-based Oxford PV last week secured a new round of funding totaling US$11 million from existing investors for its perovskite-on-silicon tandem solar cell technology.



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DOE Undersecretary Menezes kicks off Waterpower...

Reaffirming hydroelectric power's role in President Donald Trump's energy policy, the Hon. Mark Menezes, Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, said the emphasis for the federal government is funding research and streamlining licensing.



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3-D Printing Tech Recognized for Possibilities...

The team that produced the first wind turbine blade from a 3-D printed mold has been recognized for a design that could help shorten the time and expense of developing new wind technologies.



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Building on the Promise of Solar+EV Charging

A group of organizations led by the Great Plains Institute will work together to assess the potential value of treating renewable energy generation and controlled EV charging as a single linked technology that benefits utilities and consumers.



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Rural Pakistanis Take to Solar After Power Cuts...

Rural Pakistanis are increasingly turning to renewable energy to circumvent the country’s notoriously unreliable power supply. Deficient generation and distribution shave an estimated 2 percentage points off Pakistan’s economic growth annually and faults in the national grid are exposed every summer as demand increases. 



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Blockchain’s Potential for Managing the...

Blockchain has the potential to change the business world as we know it today. Entire value chains can be shortened by it — including in the energy industry.



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Climate Pledges of the World Are Not...

Speaking at the start of a new round of climate talks in Bonn, Germany, today, Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said the current climate pledges put forth by signatories of the Paris Agreement “simply aren’t ambitious enough.”



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First Solar Plans 1.2-GW Solar PV Manufacturing...

Solar PV provider First Solar yesterday said it will build a new solar module manufacturing facility near its existing Perrysburg, Ohio plant.



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The US Has Millions of Tons of a Low-Carbon...

The U.S. generates millions of tons of food scraps; inedible fats, oils and greases; sewage and manure. Some of this organic waste is used for energy or fertilizer, but most of it—around 50 million tons a year—is sent to landfills, incinerated, or otherwise left to decompose.



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US DOE Puts Up $14.5 Million for Innovative...

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last week said it is making up to $14.5 million in new funding available to advance geothermal energy development. 



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Global Wind Energy Insight: The Knowns, Known...

Every year at about this time we at the Global Wind Energy Council release our ‘Global Wind Report: Annual Market Update,’ updating our preliminary annual market statistics, surveying the global market, giving snapshots of the most important markets, delving into some key issues facing the wind sector and laying out our projections for the next five years.



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Unirac Acquires Residential Attachments...

Solar PV mounting systems provider Unirac Inc. today said that it has acquired certain assets of SolarHooks, a manufacturer of residential solar roof attachments.



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17-Year-Old Wind Farms in Texas Set for Repowering

Three wind farms in Texas with a combined installed capacity of 508 MW will undergo repowering this year to improve operational efficiencies and extend the projects’ lifespan.



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California State Senator: 100 Percent Renewable...

Whereas research reports by the world’s most eminent climatologists seem almost daily to bring foreboding climate news, renewable energy proponents who met at UC Berkeley in mid-April were decidedly upbeat about clean energy prospects.



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Hawaii Takes Historic First Step Toward...

In what could be the beginning of the new way forward to utilities, on Tuesday, Hawaiian Gov. David Ige signed the Ratepayer Protection Act, a new law that directs utilities in Hawaii to change their business models and fully decouple revenue and capital expenditures.



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JV Targets New Funds for Green Investments in...

A new joint venture will create a fund management platform that will focus on green energy infrastructure in India. The new platform, called EverSource Capital, is a new initiative of investment firm Everstone Group and renewable energy developer Lightsource BP.



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Atlantis announces plans to deliver 1 GW of...

Atlantis Resources Limited has submitted a strategic plan to the French government that includes a goal to deliver 1 GW of tidal power by 2025 at Le Raz Blanchard in France.



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NY Gov. Cuomo Names New Energy Efficiency Target

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced an acceleration of energy efficiency in New York, including a plan to achieve a new target for greenhouse gas emission reductions, decrease consumer energy costs and create job opportunities.



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Climate Change May Scuttle Caribbean’s...

Puerto Rico lost electricity again on April 18, seven months after Hurricane Maria first knocked out the island’s power grid. For people in some remote rural areas, the blackout was more of the same. Their power had yet to be restored.



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ABB Launches 8-minute Charger for Electric...

This week at Hannover Messe, ABB launched what it says is the world’s fastest e-vehicle charger.

The Terra High Power charger can charge up to 350 kilowatts, which translates to about 200 kilometers of range for an EV, in just 8 minutes, according to the company.

ABB said that its chargers are being installed around the world, and they have recently been selected for use by Electrify America, the biggest electric vehicle infrastructure project to date in the United States.

The new charger is ideally suited for use at highway rest stops and gas stations.

 



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Inside Renewable Energy: Training and Recovery...

In this episode, representatives of Blue Planet Energy discuss their work in Puerto Rico helping communities deliver on the value of energy storage and solar power through training and education.



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US Wind Power Achieves 30 Percent in Four States

Wind power is now supplying more than 30 percent of the electricity in four states — Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota — according to data recently released in the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report 2017.



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Australian Water Utility Seeks Net-Zero Costs...

Adelaide, South Australia, water utility SA Water is planning to achieve net-zero electricity costs by building a solar portfolio paired with energy storage.



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Wind, Solar Provide 98 Percent of New US...

Wind and solar accounted for more than 98 percent of all new U.S. electrical generation placed into service in the first two months of this year.



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Convenience at Heart of New US Ultra-Fast EV...

Electrify America today said it will install a network of ultra-fast charging stations at locations across the U.S. that have been chosen specifically for everyday charging convenience.



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Advocates Seek More Momentum for Massachusetts...

Coastal Massachusetts is blustery enough that a robust offshore wind system could power a residential and commercial electricity load that is 20 times larger than exists today.



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Florida Regulators Approve Solar Lease Option...

Sunrun last week won the right to offer solar leases to homeowners in Florida. Rules on the structure of solar lease offerings were previously unclear, and homeowners, therefore, have not had a lease option for solar to date. 



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Jordan Eyes Energy Storage as Next Step in...

Jordan is pressing ahead with its first electricity storage project to bolster its expansion in solar and wind generation. The Middle Eastern kingdom expects to sign a contract for a 30-megawatt battery in the third quarter, according to Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Saleh Al Kharabsheh. 



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Finding Island Grid Resilience with Advanced...

Grid operators on the islands of O'ahu and Puerto Rico are working with advanced software providers to help them understand how their transmission and distribution systems function with increasing amounts of distributed energy resources (DER), as they seek a cleaner, more resilient power infrastructure.



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Permit request denied for 152-MW Piedra del Sol...

Anla has upheld its decision to reject the permit request for the 152-MW Piedra del Sol hydro project in Colombia, citing deficiencies in information related to the project’s impact on water supply and fragile ecosystems in northern Santander department, among other factors.



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New Bill Seeks to Repeal Trump’s Solar Tariffs

Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) yesterday introduced a bill to repeal the solar tariffs that President Donald Trump imposed in January. According to Rosen’s office, if passed, the legislation would allow duties and tariffs to default back to previous rates, and companies that imported any affected solar products under this new tariff would receive retroactive reimbursement.



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Michigan to Replace Net Metering Program with...

Michigan utility customers who put surplus electricity they generate back onto the power grid will be paid a lower, avoided-cost rate after June 1.



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Banks Are Sweetening Their Terms for Solar as...

Interest rates are rising, making debt much more expensive for capital-intensive industries across America. But there’s at least one exception: the solar business.



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7 Pro-Earth Actions You Can Take on Earth Day

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, and while it’s easy to appreciate a day that celebrates the importance of environmental protection, it’s not as easy to figure out what actions you can take on Earth Day to show your support for the movement.



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Morocco Ready for Another Solar Project to Curb...

Morocco plans to build plants to produce another 800 MW of solar power, just months after attracting bids for its Midelt project as the North African country moves to curb energy imports.



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The UK Just Went 55 Hours Without Using Coal...

Coal, which fueled the world’s biggest economies for more than a century, is increasingly losing out to renewables. The latest example of how one of the dirtiest fossil fuels is being squeezed out of the market came this week in Britain.



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Why Adaptation Is the New Reality for Offshore...

Everything about the wind energy business is getting bigger. For example, current turbines averaging 4.1 MW with a hub height of 90 meters will soon be replaced by 11-MW giants with hubs 125 meters off sea level and blades spanning 190 meters. Their blade tips will cut the air at well over twice the height of the London Eye.



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SunPower to Buy SolarWorld Americas

SunPower Corp.’s new strategy: If you can’t beat them in the tariff game, buy them. The panel maker, which spent more than a year fighting U.S. import tariffs, announced Wednesday it was buying a rival that was instrumental in pushing for them.



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Utilities Can Choose Whether Blockchain Is a...

Blockchain has been in the news a lot lately. Much of the noise is a result of the soaring valuation of the digital currencies it supports like Bitcoin and Ethereum. However, digital currencies are just one application for blockchain technology. 



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Domestic Vehicle-to-Grid Charger Goes...

In what London-based OVO Energy is calling a world first, owners of Nissan electric vehicles now will have access to a commercially available domestic vehicle-to-grid charger.



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The Solar Energy Technologies Office will put $24 million into research and development that will help the industry reach the DOE’s levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) targets for concentrated solar thermal systems by 2030.



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Alberta May Soon Have Property Assessed Clean...

A bill was introduced last week in Alberta, Canada, that could give municipalities in the province the option to create Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs.



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New Jersey Gets 40 MWh of New Utility-Scale...

Two new 20-MW/20-MWh stand-alone utility-scale energy storage installations are set to come online in New Jersey this year.



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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Green Climate Fund are providing a US$88 million financing package to complete rehabilitation of the 126-MW Qairokkum hydro plant.



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Power generation has begun at Pakistan's 969-MW Neelum Jhelum as the hydropower plant's first turbine unit is now undergoing trial runs.



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3@3 on Solar PV: How Much Solar Capacity Exists...

Today we spend the entire show talking about the size of the solar market. How much solar generating capacity is installed; how much solar manufacturing capacity exists; and how much solar is held in China, the largest solar market in the world.

 



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Commercial Rooftop Agreement Takes Finland’s...

Finnish energy company Fortum today said that it won a bid to build a network of commercial rooftop solar systems that will boost Finland’s total solar power capacity from 35 MW to 45 MW.



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Inside Renewable Energy: Being Cyber Secure —...

In this second episode of our cybersecurity series, Brian Wrozek with Optiv Security discusses realistic cybersecurity concerns for renewable energy system owners as they look at a future that includes an ever-increasing digital backbone for their operations.



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Green Investments Needed to Help Africa...

About 800 delegates from 59 countries gathered at Africa Climate Week in Nairobi, Kenya, last week to discuss challenges and responses to climate change for inclusion in the international climate negotiation process.



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Graphene Could Be Next Battery Breakthrough

Remember graphene? The advanced material — made up of a lattice of carbon atoms — may be poised for a comeback, albeit a quiet one, Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst Julia Attwood said in a presentation at the BNEF Future of Energy Summit on Tuesday. 



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Pro-Solar Legislative Actions: Progress in New...

Legislation that would support solar energy deployments met with success in New Jersey this week following a blow for other pro-solar legislation that was making headway in South Carolina.



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Legislators Send Bill to NJ Governor to Revive...

New Jersey legislators yesterday approved a bill that would allow the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to consider an amended application for the 24-MW Fishermen’s Energy offshore wind project.



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Lease Sale Proposed for Two Massachusetts...

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke last week announced the proposed lease sale for two new areas off the coast of Massachusetts for commercial wind energy leasing, totaling nearly 390,000 acres.



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Geothermal Resource Assessments Get Support for...

A group of global organizations have come together to standardize the way resource assessments are conducted, reviewed and reported to help identify the real value of geothermal prospects.



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Duke University Takes a Closer Look at Biogas...

Duke University last week said it will delay indefinitely plans to build a combined heat and power plant and focus on displacing natural gas used on campus with biogas from pig farms in North Carolina.



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Wireless Charging Seen as a Game Changer for EV...

Wireless electric vehicle charging may soon be changing the shape of the growing EV charging infrastructure.



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Introducing Solar Farm Insurance for Cloudy Days

Insurance giants like Swiss Re AG, with the help of a San Francisco firm, now have a way of guaranteeing production from solar farms — not an easy feat considering supplies from these plants rise and fall with the sun. The product that at least one insurance company is now offering is called a solar revenue put. 



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Solar Jobs Are Rising, Despite Trump's Tariffs

After all the dire warnings that Donald Trump’s solar tariffs would be a job killer, it’s possible that employment may tick up this year.



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Illinois Blazes New Trail for Private...

Imagine you and your neighbors have solar panels on your roofs. You want to create a mini-power grid so that your neighborhood can operate solely on your panels’ electricity, even sending excess power from one home to another. And if there’s a storm that affects the main power grid, your homes can disconnect and stay powered.



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Apple Now Globally Powered by 100 Percent...

The company also announced nine additional manufacturing partners have committed to power all of their Apple production with 100 percent emission-free energy.



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Scotland Breaks Offshore Wind Records with...

According to Vattenfall, two offshore wind industry firsts have been achieved over the past two weeks in Scotland. On Monday, April 9 the company announced that it successfully installed the world’s most powerful single turbine – an 8.8-MW behemoth standing 191 meters from base to blade tip and boasting a nacelle that is larger than the London Eye. The turbine is one of 11 that will be installed at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), also known as Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm.

 



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How Blockchain Is Threatening to Kill the...

If utilities think rooftop solar panels and batteries are bad for business, blockchain should scare the bejeezus out of them. That’s because in addition to helping more people slap panels on their rooftops — which eats into power sales and taxes grids — the distributed, digital ledger that’s proliferated across industries can also be used to trade electricity without a utility even knowing it.



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Wind Plus Storage for Smart Farming Moves Ahead...

Clean energy developer Neoen Australia has selected Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to support development of a wind power plus energy storage facility that will power a smart crop farm in Western Victoria, Australia.



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Notes from the Solar Underground: Marketing...

Price, place, product, promotion — the four Ps of marketing are drummed into every marketing and business school student as the basics of market strategy. True…but everything is relative and as the energy industry remains subsidized, mandated and subject to government manipulation, it can be difficult to get the four Ps to work in concert with each other.



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Montana utility commissions energy recovery...

A newly-commissioned hydropower project is allowing Montana-Dakota Utilities to reclaim energy it would have otherwise lost.



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Gigafactories for Cooking: Massive Potential...

Cooking based on solar powered batteries is the next frontier for renewable energy. Consider this: If India’s 275 million households and restaurants, street vendors, and tea-sellers were to use solar plus battery based cooking, the demand for batteries would amount to ~1,000 GWh.



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Which Energy Products Are Capturing the...

A majority of people in the U.S. who are shopping for solar are also thinking about energy storage products and services, according to a new report from online solar marketplace EnergySage.



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To Be a True Climate Leader, California Must...

California is a renowned global leader on climate and clean energy policy, but risks becoming a follower and falling short. To achieve the state’s long-term deep greenhouse gas reduction goals and to continue setting the strong example the rest of the world needs, California must set a clear target to end fossil fuel dependence and transition to 100 percent renewable, non-polluting sources for all energy uses by mid-century.



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Without R-PACE Financing, Some People Just...

A new study of residential property assessed clean energy finance (R-PACE) programs in California found that without this financing option, a majority of solar PV deployed with it likely would not have occurred.



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3@3 on Solar PV: Refuting the Anti-Solar...

Today we focus on one topic that has a lot of spokes. And it’s this: refuting the claim that when people go solar, everyone else’s bills increase. We’ll take three of the age-old arguments about how residential solar increases rates for non-solar customers and explain why those arguments do not hold water.

 



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Concentrated Solar Thermal Projects See Forward...

Two concentrated solar thermal power projects located in Africa and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have made progress toward commercial operation in recent weeks.



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Leveraging Energy Efficiency Tools to Plan...

As utilities transition to cleaner energy sources and plan for increasing numbers of electric vehicles and rooftop solar panels, their need to know their customers better, engage with them more effectively and entice them to sign up for demand side management (DSM) programs is greater than ever.



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24-MW New Jersey Offshore Wind Farm May Be...

EDF Renewable Energy yesterday said that it is moving forward with a plan that will enable the company to bring online a 24-MW offshore wind farm in New Jersey waters by 2020.



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China's GCL, SoftBank Plan $930 Million Solar...

A Chinese energy conglomerate and SoftBank Group Corp. signed a $930 million agreement to produce and sell solar equipment in India, a country that is trying to bolster local manufacturing and curb reliance on clean energy imports.



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Los Angeles Takes Top Spot for Solar Among US...

Los Angeles is celebrating after taking back its position as the U.S. city with the most installed solar PV capacity. In a report released yesterday, Environment America said that first-place Los Angeles had 349.3 MW-DC of solar PV installed by the end of 2017, followed by San Diego with 287.2 MW-DC, and Honolulu with 287.2 MW-DC. Los Angeles held the No. 1 spot from 2013-2015 and was overtaken by San Diego in 2016.

 



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Solar Leads Record Renewables Investment

Solar investments eclipsed all other forms of electricity generation in 2017 as China’s green boom accelerated. Investors worldwide plowed a record $161 billion into solar energy last year, more than half the investment in all renewables apart from large hydroelectric projects, according to a report jointly published by the United Nations and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Total investment in renewables rose 2 percent to $280 billion.



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Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia hold summit on...

A two-day summit currently under way between Ethiopia, Egypt and host country Sudan is intended to foster more collaboration between the African countries as work on the 6,000-MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam continues.



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First Floating US Wind Farm May Be Built Off...

A project off Northern California’s coast is vying to become America’s first commercial-scale floating wind farm.



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South African Renewable Energy Sector Enjoys...

The South African government today signed power purchase agreements for renewable energy projects that have been delayed for years.



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Inside Renewable Energy: Toward a Cyber Secure...

In this first episode of our cybersecurity series, Joe Sullivan with FMC GlobalSat discusses the communications backbone of renewable energy IoT and how companies can secure their data in the future.



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Where Do EVs Fit in the Urban Energy Outlook?

As the world’s biggest cities work to understand how their infrastructure can help them build clean and sustainable economies, a group of companies is helping in the effort with a study of what they’re calling vehicle-to-everything (V2X) charging.



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Russian Tycoon Chases Next-Gen EV, Grid-Scale...

Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska is investing in research into next-generation batteries to replace the lithium-ion units that are currently used in phones and cars, and to store power from solar plants.



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China’s Wind Power Industry Expected to Rebound

China’s demand for wind turbines slowed down in 2017, partly due to lower subsidies. With the nation’s clean and low-carbon energy strategy settling into place, prospects for the wind power industry look better for 2018.



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Austrian Developer of Solar + Storage “Smart...

Late in 2017, the company that developed the innovative “Smart Flower,” a solar+storage product that comes to life when the sun rises, tracks the sun all day and then stores some of the energy captured for later use, announced it was going insolvent.

 



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Report: U.S. hydro can quintuple its value with...

Opportunity exists in the U.S. to increase the market value of hydro storage plants by 200% to 500%, according to a recent study by The Brattle Group.



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Siemens Teaming Up with ComEd to Manage...

ComEd’s plan to construct a microgrid in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side will create an opportunity for Siemens to work with ComEd in the testing and implementation of the software that will operate within the Siemens Microgrid Management System.



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New Biomass Plant Boosts French Guiana...

Construction has begun on a new biomass energy generation station in French Guiana, helping the South American French territory move closer to its renewable energy goals for 2023.



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Does the UK Need a Net Zero Target?

A new report released this week is calling for the UK to establish a supplemental net zero target by 2020.



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Crowdfunding Campaigns Give Nonprofits Access...

Mission of Mary is on its way to going solar thanks to RE-volv, a national nonprofit organization that is enlisting “solar ambassadors” at colleges to raise money to put solar on nonprofits, and creating a revolving seed fund to buy solar for more nonprofits in the future.



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How a First Nation Bargained to Build B.C.’s...

Plans are afoot to harness the sun’s power to build B.C.’s largest solar farm on the Upper Nicola Band's Quilchena reserve.



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Florida Will Be Home to New 400-MW Solar Module...

JinkoSolar announced last week that it plans to build a 400-MW capacity solar module manufacturing plant in Jacksonville, Florida. NextEra Energy announced that it plans to buy a significant portion of the modules from the facility over the next four years.

 



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Saudis, SoftBank Plan World's Largest Solar...

Saudi Arabia and SoftBank Group Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding to build a $200 billion solar power development that’s exponentially larger than any other project.



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Why a Small Alberta Oil and Gas Town is...

Like many towns across Alberta, the landscape around Hinton is a pincushion of oil wells. At the bottom of some of the deeper wells, temperatures can reach upwards of 120 degrees Celsius, and that geothermal heat could be about to spur the town on to its next energy windfall.



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College in Maui Reaches for Net-Zero Status...

The University of Hawai'i Maui College says it will be capable of generating 100 percent of its energy from on-site solar PV systems coupled with battery storage next year. The effort is part of a goal for the 10-campus UH system to be net-zero by 2035.



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20K Solar Kits Headed to Africa for Off-Grid...

Orange SA plans to distribute as many as 20,000 solar kits in four African countries in partnership with U.K.-based renewable-energy firm BBOXX as an increasing number of companies seek to roll out off-grid solar power on the continent.



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Operators of 10-MW Namewaminikan Waterpower...

Namewaminikan Hydro Inc. (NHI), owner of the 10-MW Namewaminikan Waterpower Project (NWP) near Thunder Bay in Geraldton, Ontario, Canada, pleaded guilty on March 27 in two separate matters resulting in fines of $187,500.



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How California Taught China to Sell Electric Cars

California wants 5 million emission-free cars on the road by 2030. China, with a far larger population, wants 7 million electric vehicles by 2025. California has a cap-and-trade program to limit emissions from power plants, factories and fuel suppliers. China is launching a cap-and-trade system to lower fuel consumption and cut reliance on oil imports.

 



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Installer: New Solar Projects May Soon Include...

On Tuesday March 26, Lockheed Martin and Cypress Creek Renewables announced that they commissioned 12 MWh of Lockheed Martin’s GridStar lithium energy storage systems for 12 solar-plus-storage projects.

The solar-plus-storage system will provide clean electricity to communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) in southeastern North Carolina.

 



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Deepwater’s Offshore Wind Plans Could...

On Tuesday, March 27, Deepwater Wind announced that it plans to assemble the wind turbine foundations for its “Revolution Wind,” a 400-MW offshore wind farm, on the south coast of Massachusetts. Assembly activities will include welding, painting, commissioning and related work for the 1,500-ton steel foundations supporting the turbine tower.  

 



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US 2018 Budget and Climate Finance: It's Bad,...

Last year, we looked at the extreme cuts to international climate financethe Trump administration put forward in their fiscal year 2018 budget proposal. Based on Trump's announcements, one might assume that U.S. climate finance has fallen to zero.



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Lithium Sector Surge Is Poised to Ignite New Deals

The tripling in lithium prices over three years is poised to fuel a multi-billion dollar rush of deals as major players jostle for dominance to supply the metal needed for the electric vehicle battery revolution.



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Steel Tariffs May Hurt Growing Energy Storage...

The burgeoning battery-storage industry may become the latest to feel the sting of President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum.

 



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From Billions to Trillions: Pledge Calls for...

The Climate Bonds Initiative annual conference in London on March 20 provided the backdrop for the launch of a new pledge for the use of green bonds for infrastructure investment.



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Aquila Capital announces launch of fund to...

Aquila Capital is launching a new fund called Energy Transition Infrastructure Fund “to invest in energy infrastructure assets that are essential to Europe’s energy transition,” including hydro.



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ViZn Energy Lays off Employees, Ceases Operations

ViZn Energy Systems has laid off all of its 70 employees, with roughly 60 based in the Flathead Valley, and ceased operations at its facility on U.S. Highway 2 south of Columbia Falls, in what company officials are hoping is a temporary furlough while they seek investors and get their finances in order.



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Editor's Letter: Questioning Low-Priced...

Globally, the cost of renewable energy has been dropping like a stone for many years. Records are set with each and every tender. (Tenders are reverse auctions where a government requests a set amount of capacity and developers bid their best price.)



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Doosan Supports Offshore Wind Plus Storage Demo...

South Korean wind turbine manufacturer Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (DHIC) last week said it has reached an agreement to support development of an offshore wind plus energy storage demonstration project in Vietnam.



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Powerpack Selected for Victoria’s First...

The government of Victoria, Australia, has chosen a Tesla Powerpack for integration with a 50-MW solar farm recently placed into commercial operation in the state.



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Tesla Pushes Energy Storage in Resolution of...

Tesla and Arizona utility Salt River Project (SRP) last week reached an agreement that resolves a lawsuit filed by SolarCity before its purchase by Tesla.



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How to unlock the potential of pumped storage...

Across the U.S., state and local governments continue to set aggressive renewable energy goals. Solar and wind power are often used to help meet these new standards — whether because of favorable tax incentives or quick deployment timeframes. But as the growth of intermittent resources increases, it is clear that these resources need to be combined with a reliable backup.



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Microsoft Tops US Corporate Solar Purchases...

Microsoft Corp. yesterday said that it made the largest corporate purchase of solar in the U.S. from two projects in Virginia. According to the company, it will buy 315 MW from the Pleinmont I and II solar projects, which are part of sPower’s larger 500-MW Pleinmont project. sPower is an AES and AIMCo company.

 



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Chinese Solar Company Seeks Incentives for...

The largest publicly traded Chinese solar manufacturer is close to winning an incentive package for the first U.S. panel plant since President Donald Trump slapped tariffs on photovoltaic imports.



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