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  • Three companies join forces to bid for Dunkirk offshore wind farm
    on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 8:06 PM

    Total, Orsted, and Elicio have announced the creation of an industrial consortium to submit a joint bid for the Dunkirk offshore wind farm project, with a generating capacity of up to 600 MW. […]

  • Genex reaches agreement to commence early works on 250-MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro
    on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 4:45 PM

    Genex Power Limited announces it has entered into an agreement with the joint venture of McConnell Dowell/John Holland (MDJH-JV) to immediately commence an early works program on the 250-MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project (K2-Hydro) at Genex’s Renewable Energy Hub at Kidston in North Queensland. […]

  • Residential PV + batteries as wholesale energy market suppliers are just the ‘tip of the spear’
    on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Last week, Sunrun announced that its bid to supply 20 MW of residential solar + storage capacity into the New England ISO Forward Capacity Market for 2022-2023 was approved. According to Chris Rauscher, Director of Policy and Storage Market Strategy for Sunrun, this is not a pilot project or an experiment in any way. […]

  • Saft deploying energy storage system to Bermuda
    on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    The deal calls for Saft to deliver a turnkey order for up to 10 MW capacity for spinning reserves and frequency response to maintain grid stability. […]

  • 2018 solar installer survey reveals more than one-third of homeowners also want batteries
    on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 2:09 PM

    EnergySage and NABCEP today released the results of the fourth annual Solar Installer Survey, which gathered responses from more than 870 local, regional and national residential and commercial solar installers from across the United States. […]

  • First national lithium-ion battery recycling R&D center launched
    on Monday, February 18, 2019 at 4:27 PM

    With lithium-ion battery technology expanding across the world, through electronics, Electric Vehicles and stationary storage, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have launched the first lithium-ion battery recycling center, called the ReCell Center, at Argonne National Laboratory. DOE says the center will help the U.S. grow a globally competitive recycling industry and reduce the country’s reliance on foreign sources of battery materials. […]

  • Alberta government signs PPA for 94 MW of subsidy-free solar
    on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7:43 PM

    This week, Canadian Solar said that it has won three solar power contracts with Alberta’s Ministry of Infrastructure, for a total of 94 megawatts (MWp) of solar power system in southeast Alberta, with an average contracted PPA price of 48.05 Canadian dollars [US 36.27] per MWh. When in operation in 2021, these solar plants will provide 55 percent of the electricity needs for Alberta provincial government. […]

  • 2,115-MW Rufiji hydro project construction launched in Tanzania
    on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7:13 PM

    The government of Tanzania has officially handed over the area around the 2,115-MW Rufiji hydro project to joint venture contractors Arab Contractors Company and Elsewedy Electric Company. This marks the start of project construction. […]

  • Shell buys sonnen batterie
    on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 6:56 PM

    Residential energy storage provider sonnen batterie said today that Shell New Energies will be its new owner. […]

  • World's biggest battery to boost solar in Texas
    on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    The world’s largest battery could soon be storing solar energy deep in the heart of Texas oil country. […]

  • 6 key trends in sustainable and renewable energy
    on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 3:38 PM

    The 2019 Sustainable Energy in America factbook was released this week by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BloombergNEF) and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE). The factbook highlights a number of key trends in sustainable and renewable energy growth, emissions and jobs in the sector. Take a glance at the six charts below to learn more. […]

  • India energy storage milestone as battery plant goes live
    on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    India’s first grid-scale battery energy storage system is now operational. […]

  • Despite 2018 slowdown, 2019 is expected to be a big year for wind power
    on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 5:38 PM

    Global commissioning of onshore wind turbines declined 3 percent in 2018, partly due to a slowdown in India and Germany. Growth is expected to bounce back in 2019, with a 32 percent jump to 60 GW. […]

  • Opinion: In Germany, the Green New Deal actually works
    on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 5:21 PM

    Opponents of the U.S. congressional Democrats’ Green New Deal point to Germany as an example of a country where similar policies have backfired. They should take a closer look; the U.S. could do well to imitate Europe’s largest economy. […]

  • California municipal utility will phase out three natural gas power plants in favor of renewables
    on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 4:39 PM

    This week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that rather than investing in the Haynes, Harbor and Scattergood natural gas power plants to meet the requirements of a 2010 law related to a practice known as once through cooling, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will phase them out in favor of renewable energy. […]

  • Portland General Electric, NextEra announce unique solar-wind-energy storage project in Oregon
    on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Details on the solar and battery storage components are still up in the air, but the wind farm itself was comfirmed to include 120 turbines manufactured by GE Renewable Energy Inc. […]

  • First blade built for 714-MW UK windfarm
    on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    The first blade has been manufactured for the 714 MW offshore windfarm East Anglia One in the UK. […]

  • Sempra Renewables Selling Wind and Energy Storage Assets to AEP for $1.05B
    on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 10:18 PM

    Sempra Renewables jointly owns all of part of seven wind farms and one battery installation in seven states.&nbs […]

  • UK announces £10 million available through Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund
    on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 8:00 PM

    A £10 million (US$12.9 million) fund will target support to achieving commercial deployment of tidal energy generation in Scottish waters through driving innovation and reduction in the cost of electricity generated, according to the Scottish Government. […]

  • FERC Data Shows Substantial Renewable Growth Coming but Gas Still Dominating Today
    on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 3:31 PM

    According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), natural gas dominated new electrical generating capacity in 2018. However, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) seem poised to swamp fossil fuels as new generating capacity is added over the next three years. […]

  • Solar Tariffs Blamed (Again) for Decline in Solar Jobs
    on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    The U.S. solar industry employs 242,343 workers as of 2018, a decline of nearly 8,000 jobs (3.2 percent) compared to 2017, according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2018 released today by The Solar Foundation. […]

  • Gridmates, GridX and Extensible Energy Win Initiate, A Start-up Challenge at DistribuTECH
    on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 9:01 PM

    For the first time in history, DistribuTECH – the largest annual event for the transmission and distribution industry – hosted 12 start-ups in New Orleans and gave them each a chance to pitch their companies to a panel of judges. […]

  • 140,000-Strong EV Smart Charging Trial Complete
    on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 6:37 PM

    Last week, an organization called Electric Nation said that it had concluded data collection from more than 140,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging events in what it called the largest smart charging trial in the world. The trail lasted 18 months. […]

  • Puerto Rico’s Draft IRP Seeks Unprecedented Amounts of Solar and Battery Storage
    on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 4:21 PM

    Last week when utilities and other energy stakeholders were attending DistribuTECH in New Orleans, LA, a bit farther south, Puerto Rico’s utility PREPA was releasing a draft version of its 2019 integrated resource plan (IRP). […]

  • Australian Renewable Hydrogen Power Plant One Step Closer To Completion
    on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 3:23 PM

    Australian hydrogen infrastructure developer H2U confirmed today that it will use Baker Hughes NovaLT gas turbine generators at its South Australian Renewable Hydrogen and Ammonia Supply Chain Demonstrator in Port Lincoln. […]

  • Residential Solar and Storage to Participate in New England Wholesale Energy Capacity Market
    on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 4:49 PM

    Solar is breaking into a power market that’s long been the domain of big, conventional generators. A key reason: batteries. […]

  • Top 7 Ways To Make Sure Your Business Saves Money with Solar (Hint: Act Now)
    on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    The solar investment tax credit (ITC) is one of the most lucrative ways to reduce the investment costs of your solar installation, but in order to maximize this incentive, it’s important to include solar power in your 2019 planning. Follow this guide to ensure your business is able to take advantage of the ITC before it starts to ramp down. […]

  • World’s Largest Solar + Storage Microgrid To Power Gold Mine in Australia
    on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    This week Aggreko said it signed an agreement with Gold Fields Australia (Gold Fields) to design, build and operate a hybrid renewable-energy-plus-battery-storage system at the Granny Smith gold mine in Western Australia. The system, one of the world’s largest hybrid off-grid microgrids according to Aggreko, will comprise 8 MW of solar power generation capacity plus 2-MW/1-MWh battery system, integrated with 24.2 MW of existing natural-gas generation. Construction is expected to begin in May and be completed by year-end. […]

  • US Congresswoman Unveils Sweeping Green New Deal
    on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released a sweeping package of environmental measures Thursday that has pitted progressives in the House Democratic caucus against moderates over how far to go in pursuit of resetting the climate change debate. […]

  • Betting $1 Million on Offshore New Jersey Wind Paid Off Big Time
    on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Over the past year, U.S. Wind got calls “every day” to sell a lease the energy company bought for $1 million in 2015 in its push to build a wind farm off the New Jersey coast. […]

  • Consumer Demand Drives Record Year for Wind Energy Purchases, AWEA Says
    on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 6:23 PM

    Fortune 500 brands and a range of other non-utility entities are catalyzing America’s growing demand for renewable energy by purchasing a record amount of wind power in 2018, according to a recent report by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Consumer demand combined with policy stability and low, stable prices helped wind power capacity installations rise to the third strongest quarter in the industry’s history. […]

  • The Caribbean’s Untapped Renewable Energy Potential
    on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 11:54 AM

    The global strategy for mitigating climate change is no secret. Most countries have embarked on an initiative to transition to clean energy sources. According to a study by scientists from the universities of Oxford and Utrecht, we will almost certainly pass a point of no return for dealing with global warming if governments worldwide don’t transition away from fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas, towards renewable energy by 2035. This would mean that renewables would need to see their total share of power generation increase by at least two percent per year. […]

  • FERC issues NOPR on expedited hydro licensing process
    on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Late last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the U.S. proposed to expedite the issuance of original hydropower licenses for certain qualifying facilities at existing non-powered dams and closed-loop pumped storage projects. […]

  • SEPA Explores DERMS at #DTECH2019
    on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 12:34 PM

    Just the number of acronyms in the headline for this article ought to offer a tiny glimpse into the complexity surrounding the deployment of Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS). On Monday, during DistribuTECH, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) held a grid management working group meeting to discuss what requirements are necessary for successful DERMS deployment. […]

  • China’s Wind Industry Installs More than 20 GW of Capacity in 2018 and Curtailment Decreases
    on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 11:36 AM

    Analysts at Huajin Securities in China said they expect newly installed capacity nationwide for 2018 to be somewhere between 21 and 22 GW, and that the wind power curtailment rate would continue to drop. Newly installed capacity for wind power is expected to continue to grow steadily over the next two years, while the proportion of the country’s total power sourced from wind is expected to continue to increase as well. […]

  • Tour Highlight: Pilot Solar Farm Offers Lessons Learned
    on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 7:32 PM

    It is a bit ironic to visit a solar farm on a foggy, overcast morning, but you have to take whatever weather you are given – in New Orleans in early February. At least it wasn’t raining, which was definitely in the forecast just the day before. […]

  • Tesla to Buy Battery-Tech Firm Maxwell for $218 Million in Stock
    on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Tesla Inc. agreed to acquire battery-technology company Maxwell Technologies Inc. for about $218 million in stock, as Elon Musk’s electric car maker adds expertise in energy storage and power delivery. […]

  • Top 5 Disruptions Utility Execs Are Probably Worrying about Right Now
    on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 12:47 PM

    If you are one of the almost half-million people who work in the utility industry, no doubt you know that the industry is changing, and fast. Lucky for you, DistribuTECH offers you an in-depth look at every single aspect of the utility business and how all of those changes will affect you and the work that you do every day. […]

  • Demand Charges Could Jeopardize Rooftop Solar in New York
    on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 11:38 AM

    In New York, and cities around the world, extreme weather events have become the new norm. Even six years later as we prepare for the L train shutdown for storm-related repairs, we’re still seeing the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which knocked out power to more than eight million households. […]

  • Chinese Solar Manufacturers Increased Production, Export in 2018 While Domestic Installations Fell
    on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 11:32 AM

    In 2018, 43 GW of new PV installation capacity was added to the grid in China, a decline of 18 percent from the prior year. Accumulated PV installed capacity surpassed 170 GW. Of the total, 20 GW were distributed PV, up 5 percent. Some 23 GW were centralized PV, down 31 percent. The country’s PV sector showed dramatic growth in electricity production last year. The curtailment rate of PV power systems declined from a double-digit number to around 3 percent. […]

  • How Utilities and Consumers Can Join Forces to Power the Sustainable Future
    on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    Since 1996, the World Bank reports we have massively reduced our energy consumption per capita from 3879kg to 2775kg oil equivalent. However, since 2014 progress has plateaued somewhat, and with some ways towards meeting minimum environmental goals, we have taken all the easiest steps towards greater efficiency and the need to shift our attention to significant minimal gains. Initiatives from the smart meter roll out to environmental levies peron suppliers are bringing attention to the way we generate and consume energy. Meanwhile in the retail sector, ‘all green’ energy tariffs from the likes of Bulb and Ovo are gaining market share. […]

  • Clean Energy Group Says Georgia Power’s New IRP Falls Short on Solar, Energy Efficiency
    on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 3:08 PM

    On January 31, 2019, Georgia Power, the largest utility in the state submitted its newest integrated resource plan (IRP) to the state utility commission for approval. […]

  • LaFleur Will Not Seek a Third Term as FERC Commissioner
    on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 2:27 PM

    Federal energy regulatory commissioner Cheryl LaFleur announced on Twitter on January 31 that she will not be seeking a third term and will be leaving the commission later in 2019. She said in the tweet that this is not the outcome she had hoped for but that she felt very lucky to have served on FERC for more than 8 years. She said she plans to serve out the rest of her term, which is up at the end of June. […]

  • ABB Signs Storage and Microgrid Financing Pact
    on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    ABB and fellow Swiss company SUSI Partners have signed a pact to promote the deployment of microgrids and energy storage. […]

  • Consumers Energy to Study Energy Storage on its Grid with New NEC System
    on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 3:55 PM

    NEC Energy Solutions announced today the completion of an energy storage system for Consumers Energy. The system includes two independent 280kW/340kWh DSS energy storage systems and NEC’s AEROS controls software. The energy storage system will enable Consumers Energy to investigate how energy storage can be used to avoid further system upgrades, smooth renewable energy production and support load/energy management. The storage system has been designed with the flexibility to increase the energy capacity to 1MWh or more, according to NEC. […]

  • PowerGen World Mourns Sudden Passing of McCallum
    on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    McCallum began serving on the POWERGEN International advisory committee in 2018 and chaired one session during the December conference in Orlando.&nbs […]

  • 4.2-MW Solar Project Planned for Rhode Island Town
    on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Standard Solar Inc. announced an agreement with the town of Burrillville, Rhode Island for the ground-mount solar system. It is planned to contain more than 11,000 solar modules and produce 5.3 GWh of electricity. […]

  • Why Community Solar Is the Future of the Industry
    on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 9:00 AM

    If you haven’t been paying attention to the solar industry, you’re probably surprised at how much publicity community solar is currently getting. It would appear its popularity has been a recent development that has come out of nowhere — so quickly, in fact, that people are just beginning to understand exactly what the whole concept of community solar is. […]

  • PG&E Seeks Court Protection From Federal Regulators on Renewable Energy PPASs
    on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 8:39 PM

    PG&E Corp. is seeking court protection to amend or cancel power purchase agreements with suppliers as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. […]

  • The Politics Behind Ocasio-Cortez and the ‘Green New Deal’
    on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 8:36 PM

    Hundreds of young activists stormed Nancy Pelosi’s office after Democrats won the House in November, inspired by the new hero of the left, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who briefly joined them in a live-streamed protest to demand passage of a radical plan to fight climate change. […]

  • FERC issues final EIS for 393.3-MW Swan Lake North Pumped Storage Project
    on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff have issued a final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the licensing of Swan Lake North Hydro LLC’s proposed 393.3-MW Swan Lake North Pumped Storage Project. […]

  • GE Combines Renewable Generation and Grid Businesses to Increase Efficiency
    on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    GE announced today that it sees a future in housing its renewable generation businesses (onshore and offshore wind, hydropower) alongside its grid businesses which include substations and transformers plus solar, storage and distributed energy resource (DER) control software. GE Renewable Energy CEO Jerome Pecresse said in a press conference that the move will simplify the lives of GE’s customers by giving them one point of contact for all of their renewable energy power needs. […]

  • DistribuTECH Highlights Growing Importance of Utility/Solar Partnerships
    on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 6:33 PM

    Next week thousands of utility executives and energy industry stakeholders will flock to New Orleans to participate in DistribuTECH 2019 — a show predominantly for distribution utilities — and for the first time, a handful of solar equipment companies will be among the hundreds of exhibitors in the exhibit hall. […]

  • Report says offshore wind could beat onshore wind on cost
    on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Onshore wind is one of the cheapest sources of renewable power. However, without change to planning restrictions, Cornwall Insight estimates offshore wind is likely to surpass onshore wind power to be the new source of cheap renewable energy in less than 10 years. […]

  • Facebook's Data-Center Landlord Strikes Deal to Add Solar Power
    on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 12:07 PM

    Facebook Inc. is boosting its clean-energy efforts with a deal to help run a Virginia data center where it leases space with solar power. […]

  • Vermont Solar-storage Projects Aim to Lower Costs During Peak Demand
    on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 11:57 AM

    A Vermont utility is adding solar panels and battery storage in hopes of lowering costs and improving reliability on hot summer days when electricity demand — and prices — tend to spike. […]

  • Near-Bankrupt PG&E Pulls Plug on a Hydropower License Renewal
    on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 2:41 PM

    PG&E Corp., the beleaguered California utility giant that’s days away from a potential bankruptcy filing, just scrapped plans to renew the license for a small hydropower project, citing “challenging financial circumstances” among other things. […]

  • Corporations More than Doubled Commitment to Renewable Energy in 2018
    on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 2:36 PM

    Corporations signing PPAs with renewable energy power producers have been on the rise for quite some time but in 2018, the group as a whole purchased more than double the clean energy they purchased in 2017. […]

  • Google Energy Head: Renewable Energy PPAs make best Business Sense
    on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 10:18 PM

    Since 2010—one year after Google began focusing intently on the value of long-term, fixed-price PPAs for renewable energy—the company has signed to offset the cost of more than 30 solar and wind projects across the Americas and Europe. Google now touts itself as the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy. […]

  • Germany to Auction Even More Offshore Wind
    on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 4:07 PM

    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is set to hold more auctions for offshore wind power, plugging a current gap in tenders for the next three years that the industry has said would harm turbine makers and hamper green targets. […]

  • Siemens Working with DOE Labs on Solar, Energy Storage and EVs
    on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 2:57 PM

     They could collaborate on technologies to help integrate innovative power electronic devices with the electric grid, including smart inverters for solar panels, batteries, and electrical vehicles that are capable of supporting the nation’s power system. […]

  • Caribbean Island Gets 6 MW Energy Storage System
    on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    A 6 MW energy storage project is being installed on the Caribbean island of Bonaire by Finnish technology company Wartsila. […]

  • Putting the “I” in HVI (HydroVision International) 2019
    on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7:58 PM

    With HydroVision International always located somewhere in the U.S. – minus our one foray to Canada more than a decade ago – people often have the impression that we are not truly an international event. […]

  • 128-MW Rio Grande Wind Farm Will Use Siemens Gamesa Turbines
    on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    This week Siemens Gamesa said it signed its third contract in so many years with Voltalia in Brazil to supply wind turbines for wind farms the company is building. […]

  • GE Digitizes Tata Power Fleet in India
    on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Tata Power in India has this week started utilizing a digital asset management system from GE to optimize its thermal fleet. […]

  • $25M Approved for Renewable Energy Projects Across Sub-Saharan Africa
    on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    The board of directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved an equity investment of up to $25 million in ARCH Africa Renewable Power Fund (ARPF), a $250 million private equity fund for renewable energy projects across sub-Saharan Africa. […]

  • Tata Power Seeks to Install EV Charging Stations as Demand Growth Slows
    on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 3:41 PM

    Tata Power Co. is seeking to set up electric vehicle chargers in the Indian capital, a company official said, as one of the most polluted cities on earth plans an ambitious push toward cleaner vehicles. […]

  • What Does the Nuclear Power Phase-Out Mean for Energy Storage?
    on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 3:38 PM

    The power industry is facing a nuclear power dilemma, according to a report published by The Union of Concerned Scientists. UCS assessed the economic viability and performance of nuclear power plants operating in the United States and concluded that the retirement of these plants will likely result in the adoption of coal and natural gas for baseload power generation, two energy sources that contribute to carbon dioxide emissions. […]

  • New Fund Betting on Clean-Tech Startups
    on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 2:17 PM

    A California incubator that houses and nurtures clean-energy startups is expanding into venture capital. […]

  • How Will PG&E’s Bankruptcy Impact the CleanTech Industry?
    on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 12:44 PM

    On January 14, 2019, California’s largest utility, PG&E, filed a bankruptcy notice stating that it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy by the month end on January 29th. Given its business situation, PG&E must proceed with the bankruptcy process unless lawmakers step in because PG&E’s current liabilities from California’s 2017 and 2018 fires are about 10 times PG&E’s current market cap of $3.5 billion, which is down 90% since last Fall. Obviously, this is a big issue for the cleantech industry since PG&E covers a territory that runs from Eureka to Bakersfield, including 106,000 miles of electric grid. […]

  • Treadmills That Generate Electricity May Be Headed For Your Gym
    on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 3:50 PM

    As scientists seek more ways to harness nature’s power to produce renewable energy, there’s one energy source burned naturally every day that isn’t being harnessed: calories. […]

  • Digitalizing Wind Power: Myths, Challenges and Approaches
    on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 3:41 PM

    Digitalization has become a worldwide focus and the race to become the global leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly competitive, with many countries, including Canada, China, and the UK releasing strategies in the last twenty months to promote the use and development of AI. […]

  • Offshore Wind: Is The Future In Taiwan At Risk?
    on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Recent political changes have shaken Taiwan, and could put at risk the development and growth of its nascent offshore wind market. […]

  • Snowy Hydro chooses contractors for 2-GW Snowy 2.0 project
    on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Snowy Hydro Limited in Australia recently announced it has chosen several contractors to work on the 2-GW Snowy 2.0 project. […]

  • EIA Sees Strong Renewable Growth Over Next Two Years
    on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    EIA expects non-hydroelectric renewable energy resources such as solar and wind will be the fastest growing source of U.S. electricity generation for at least the next two years. EIA’s January 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) forecasts that electricity generation from utility-scale solar generating units will grow by 10 percent in 2019 and by 17 percent in 2020. According to the January STEO, wind generation will grow by 12 percent and 14 percent during the next two years. EIA forecasts total U.S. electricity generation across all fuels will fall by 2 percent this year and then show very little growth in 2020. […]

  • Germany Adds Almost 1 GW of New Offshore Wind in 2018
    on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 8:59 PM

    This week in Berlin, Germany, key offshore wind industry associations presented total offshore wind installation numbers for 2018, while urging the government to put in place more favourable offshore wind policies. […]

  • New York Sets Out to Beat California; Mandates 100 Percent Renewables by 2040
    on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 6:38 PM

    In an address last week, New York Governor Andrew M Cuomo laid out plans for his “Green New Deal,” which includes aggressive mandates and goals for clean energy, money for offshore wind development, and much more. […]

  • PG&E's Woes Have Spread to New York's ConEd, 3,000 Miles Away
    on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 4:21 PM

    PG&E Corp.’s woes are spreading to the East Coast. […]

  • The Inaugural Fantasy Energy League’s Official Draft Preview: Game On!
    on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 3:21 PM

    In early December, I put out a call to the online energy professionals community to find participants for the world’s first Fantasy Energy League. Perhaps I saw the pending end of the 2018 fantasy football season and I wanted something to fill the coming void, or maybe I was just curious to see who else wanted to approach energy projections from a gamified lens. Either way, I put out my energy-industry bat signal for the Fantasy Energy League only to see my email inbox and my Twitter feed blow up. […]

  • FPL Aims for Record-breaking 30 Million Solar Panels by 2030
    on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 6:01 PM

    The initiative aims to install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030 and the project will be the largest including solar installation by a regulated utility in the world. […]

  • Bloomberg Opinion: PG&E Reneging On Renewables PPAs Makes No Sense
    on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 5:54 PM

    Utilities and renewable-energy advocates have long had a complicated relationship. Yet the prospect of PG&E Corp. tipping into bankruptcy by the end of January has sent shivers through the solar-and-wind sector. […]

  • Threat to PG&E Renewable PPAs Affects US DOE Loans
    on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 5:49 PM

    The fallout from California power giant PG&E Corp.’s looming bankruptcy has been both sudden and widespread: Its electricity suppliers have seen their debt cut to junk. Banks are facing liabilities as buyers of last resort for more than $760 million of bonds the utility issued through California. And the rest of the state’s utilities have tumbled. […]

  • Global Clean Energy Spending Dips in 2018 But Installations Rise on Lower Prices
    on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 5:35 PM

    Global funding for clean-energy projects sagged in 2018 after China’s decision to curb subsidies dragged down installations in the world’s biggest solar market. […]

  • Brief: China to build 2,000-MW Lawa hydropower station on Jinsha River
    on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 4:45 PM

    China has approved construction of the 2,000-MW Lawa hydropower station on the Jinsha River, multiple news agencies are reporting. […]

  • 100 Percent Clean Energy Goals: What Will It Take To Get There?
    on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 4:39 PM

    Here we are in 2019, with more than 100 U.S. cities and 140 large corporations having established 100 percent clean, carbon-free and/or renewable energy goals. In several states, newly seated governors campaigned on goals of 100 percent renewable energy, and congressional representatives have arrived in Washington positioning for a like-minded national proposal. […]

  • Five Companies You’ve Definitely Heard of Join Up to Buy Solar Energy in Aggregation Deal
    on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 3:32 PM

    It’s hard to find a common thread between the business models of Gap, Bloomberg, Cox, Salesforce and Workday but today they are announcing that they all have one big thing in common: their desire to clean up their organizations’ energy supply by using renewable energy. […]

  • Ameresco Acquiring Maximum Solar to Increase Commercial-Scale Services
    on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    As part of its acquisition of Maximum Solar, Ameresco said, it will further develop in-house services to operate and maintain solar facilities. Maximum Solar currently manages about 150 MW of solar throughout the northeastern U.S. […]

  • The POWERGEN Call for Abstracts is Open
    on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 9:07 PM

    Abstracts that include and guarantee utility participation are going to get higher consideration than those that do not.&nbs […]

  • Construction Set to Begin on Largest Australian Solar Power Plant
    on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 3:49 PM

    Edify Energy and Octopus Investments selected Signal Energy Australia to build the 333-MWdc/275-MWac Darlington Point Solar Plant on 2,000 acres in western New South Wales (NSW), Australia. […]

  • World’s Largest Offshore Wind Turbine Prototype To Be Installed In Rotterdam
    on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 3:31 PM

    GE Renewable Energy and Future Wind said this week that they have signed an agreement to install the first Haliade-X 12-MW wind turbine prototype in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam this summer. The deal includes five years of testing and a 15-year full service Operation and Maintenance agreement. […]

  • Abundance raises £7 million for Orbital Marine Power’s tidal stream turbine
    on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 8:00 PM

    UK peer-to-peer ethical investment company Abundance announced it closed its largest fund raise to date, raising £7 million (US$8.9 million) for Scottish tidal energy company Orbital Marine Power. […]

  • Blockchain to Shape New Trends in Energy Trading
    on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 6:59 PM

    The recent trends in the energy industry such as the rise in prosumerism and increasing deployment of smart meters have resulted in better data analytics, storage and communication solutions to the energy industry. […]

  • MidAmerican Energy’s New Utility-Scale Storage System Complete and Operating
    on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 6:37 PM

    This week, clean energy developer Invenergy said that it completed, in just four months, the construction of a 4-MWh battery storage system in Knoxville, Iowa for MidAmerican Energy. The system began commercial operation in December. […]

  • Energy Storage Outlook for 2019: E-Mobility, Clean Energy Technologies and Lithium Batteries
    on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 2:47 PM

    2018 was another defining year for the lithium supply chain as the global population continued to make remarkable strides towards the implementation of clean energy and transportation. Although the clean energy and transportation industries are only in their early days, it has become apparent that renewables and electrification of transportation are an irreversible trend, one that has begun to disrupt many established industries. […]

  • EDF and Masdar Build First Saudi Arabian Wind Farm
    on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 4:29 PM

    Last week EDF Renewables and Masdar (the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) announced that they won the bid to build the 400-MW Dumat al Jandal wind farm, located 560 miles from north of Riyadh in the Al Jouf region of north-western Saudi Arabia. […]

  • ASU Researchers Break Solar-cell Efficiency Record at 25.4 Percent
    on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 4:28 PM

    Arizona State University researchers have set a new record for solar efficiency, 25.4 percent. Working with tandem photovoltaics, or stacking different materials in a solar cell, the ASU team has continued to improve solar efficiency and lower costs. […]

  • A Study in Emissionality: Why Boston University Looked Beyond New England for Its First Wind Power Purchase
    on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    While it’s well known that corporations were some of the earliest trailblazers of large-scale renewable energy purchasing — they’ve closed over 14 gigawatts of deals in the past six years, according to tracking by Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center — higher education has also made impressive strides. In fact, a report released last fall showed that the top 30 renewable energy-buying universities are using around 3 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually. That’s enough to power 276,000 homes. […]

  • PG&E Likely Seeking Bankruptcy by Jan. 29
    on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    The San Francisco-based utility is under investigation for any role its equipment might have played in the deadly wildfires of late 2018, only one year after getting blamed for an earlier, devastating rash of blazes. […]

  • IRENA: Transition to Renewable Energy May Create an Entirely Different World
    on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 10:19 PM

    This week at the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), political and business leaders from around the world outlined the far-reaching geopolitical implications of an energy transformation driven by the rapid growth of renewable energy. […]

  • Smart City Roadmap for Public Power Utilities Released
    on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 8:56 PM

    Last week the American Public Power Association and SmartEnergy announced the release of a new whitepaper called “Creating a Smart City Roadmap for Public Power Utilities.&rdquo […]

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