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  • EU approves €385 million renewable energy scheme for Lithuania
    on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    The European Commission has approved a €385 million (US$429.7 million) renewable energy scheme to support renewables generation in Lithuania, including hydroelectric power. […]

  • Tesla continues to lose marketshare in U.S. rooftop solar market
    on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 1:10 PM

    A year ago, Tesla Inc. lost its throne as king of the U.S. rooftop solar business to Sunrun Inc. Now, it may get relegated to third place. […]

  • General Mills inks 200-MW Clean Energy PPA for Texas wind power
    on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    The wind farm will produce renewable energy credits that, combined with the company’s previous agreement, should equal 100 percent of electricity used annually at General Mill’s domestic facilities. […]

  • Machine learning, AI aiding Sempra utilities in solar energy management on the grid
    on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 8:00 AM

    This week Sempra Energy subsidiary PXiSE Energy Solutions announced that Sempra-owned development company Infraestructura Energetica Nova (IEnova) would be using its software at the 110-MW Pima Solar facility located in Mexico to help manage the integration of renewable power to the electric grid. […]

  • Xcel Energy finalizes purchase of two wind projects
    on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7:42 PM

    Xcel Energy has completed the purchase of two wind energy projects in the Upper Midwest: 200-MW Blazing Star 2 in southwest Minnesota and 300-MW Dakota Range 1 and 2 in eastern South Dakota.&nbs […]

  • Innovative arrangement produces renewable natural gas and helps Monarch Butterflies
    on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7:34 PM

    Today, Smithfield Foods and Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) announced that they have formed a joint venture called Monarch Bioenergy to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) across Smithfield’s hog farms in Missouri. […]

  • Demystifying bank solar asset management with U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, and kWh Analytics
    on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 6:08 PM

    Bank asset management is known to be an opaque subject. Thankfully, Diana Weis and Sarah Disch, each co-heads of the Solar Asset Management groups at their organizations, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo Bank respectively, shared their expertise with me at SAMNA 2019. They each have over a decade of experience in solar finance. Here are three key takeaways bank asset management experts Weis and Disch shared: […]

  • Ford invests $500 million into battery company Rivian
    on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Through a strategic partnership, Ford will develop an all-new, next-generation battery electric vehicle for Ford's growing EV portfolio using Rivian's skateboard platform […]

  • Iowa pork producers stall utility efforts to upend solar net metering
    on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 1:42 PM

    In their push to upend the economics of rooftop solar, Iowa’s major electric utilities are up against an opponent as politically potent as they are: the state’s pork producers. […]

  • DTECH asks experts to share what they know about the future of energy delivery
    on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 6:13 PM

    Utilities and other energy experts convene each year at DISTRIBUTECH International (DTECH) to discuss the future of energy and this week Clarion Energy, organizer of the event, announced that the call for abstracts for the 2020 event is open. […]

  • Nevada is the fourth US state to commit to 100 percent clean energy
    on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 4:49 PM

    Nevada is joining the growing list of U.S. places that aim to ban fossil fuels from its electricity supply. […]

  • APS battery energy storage facility explosion injures four firefighters; industry investigates
    on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 2:24 PM

    Last Friday evening in Surprise, Arizona a storage facility owned by Arizona Public Service (APS) exploded, injuring four firefighters. Reporter for azfamily.com, Maria Hechanova, visited the scene yesterday and reported that the explosion happened while four hazmat firefighters from Peoria were working to extinguish a battery fire at the facility. […]

  • Duke Energy unit buys 150 MW California solar power project
    on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    The North Rosamond solar project is Duke Energy Renewables’ sixth solar generation facility in Kern County […]

  • The world’s longest wind turbine blade rolled off the assembly line last week
    on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Last week, LM Wind Power said it had successfully manufactured the world’s first wind turbine blade to surpass 100 meters in length. […]

  • FERC finalizes expedited licensing process for hydropower projects
    on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a final rule establishing an expedited licensing process for original hydropower licenses for certain qualifying facilities at existing non-powered dams and for closed-loop pumped storage projects. […]

  • In Michigan, developer cancels plan for large Upper Peninsula wind project
    on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Citing planning delays, a global renewable energy developer has canceled plans for a major wind project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. […]

  • Mayor: PG&E assets are ‘great’ opportunity to bring clean energy to San Francisco
    on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 1:39 PM

    San Francisco Mayor London Breed wants to use PG&E Corp.’s bankruptcy to take over some of the company’s assets for the city’s power needs, a move that would shake up California’s largest utility and remake the state’s energy landscape. […]

  • Duke Energy to build North Carolina solar estimated at $404M
    on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Duke Energy Corp. will develop six utility-scale solar power projects in North Carolina that may cost up to $404 million as part of the state’s bid to boost renewable energy. […]

  • California college invests in 1-MW solar carport to offset 100 percent of its energy use
    on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 8:01 AM

    Yuba College, a community college part of the Yuba Community College District, this week completed a 1-MW solar carport installation that it says could result in $10 million of avoided utility costs over the life of the system. The District purchased the solar outright, which resulted in optimal savings. […]

  • Three strategies for building solar and wind energy systems on potentially contaminated lands
    on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7:23 PM

    Building solar and wind energy projects on potentially contaminated lands can be a golden opportunity, both effective and cost-effective, for developers. The 120-acre Reilly Tar & Chemical Corporation Superfund site was recently redeveloped with a utility-scale solar farm and is a prime example of the reuse potential inherent in thousands of Superfund sites, brownfields, retired power plants, and landfills. […]

  • IREC’s career map shows climate change related employment opportunities on the rise
    on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    A new career map, Careers in Climate Control Technology, provides a first-of-its-kind interactive, visual tool to showcase the employment opportunities that exist in the swiftly growing HVAC/R industry – Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. The sector is on track for projected growth of 15 percent from 2016 to 2026. […]

  • In Northeast, more research needed on offshore wind’s impact on fishing
    on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 3:10 PM

    As plans for wind farms across New England’s waters progress, fishermen continue to express concerns about the impact of the burgeoning offshore wind industry on their livelihoods. […]

  • SEPA helps demystify transactive energy in new report
    on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 1:35 PM

    This week the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) released a report that is says will help utilities and other industry stakeholders understand and prepare for the grid of the futur […]

  • Vermont utility launches vision for 100 percent renewable energy by 2030
    on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 12:39 PM

    This weekend at its “Earth Day Every Day Fair,” Green Mountain Power announced an energy vision to have a 100 percent carbon free energy supply by 2025 and 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. The utility said the move is among the most aggressive carbon targets for a utility of GMP’s size in the country. […]

  • Green new deal electricity – what really bothers the feds
    on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 6:47 PM

    For more than 100 years, electricity has been reliably provided to end users through a centralized generation and transmission model. Large coal, hydro and (later) nuclear generating facilities produced huge amounts of electricity and, through a spider’s web of high voltage transmission lines, sent the power to distribution substations which in turn, through a secondary set of lower voltage feeders, distributed the power out to the end users. And when the end user flipped the switch, their lights would go on. This system was very reliable. […]

  • Starbucks makes 'two-sided' investment in Texas solar farms
    on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Starbucks Corp. is boosting its investments in clean power. […]

  • Siemens Gamesa signs major French offshore wind deal
    on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 11:53 AM

    France’s plans to develop its offshore wind industry have taken a significant step forward with the signing of a deal with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE). […]

  • PSC approves 5-fold solar expansion in Wisconsin
    on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 4:17 PM

    Last week at its Open Meeting, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission approved five interrelated cases that will lead to a five-fold expansion of solar energy in Wisconsin. […]

  • Can the US government stop utilities from attempting to kill solar in Montana?
    on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 3:42 PM

    In the years since its passage, Section 210 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) has provided one of the few options for small producers of renewable energy to access electric generation markets controlled by monopoly utilities. The law requires a monopoly utility to purchase the output of certain small power producers known as “qualifying facilities” (QFs) at the utility’s “avoided cost”—that is, the cost the utility would incur to generate or purchase power in the absence of the purchase from the QF. […]

  • Clean energy industry applauds Puerto Rico’s new 100 percent clean energy law
    on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    On Thursday, Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló signed into law the Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Act which lays the groundwork for the island’s transition to 100 percent clean energy by 2050. […]

  • Get ‘renewable therapy’ during next week’s Solar Education Week
    on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 2:07 PM

    The Redford Center, a California-based non-profit co-founded in 2005 by Robert Redford and his son, James, announced that every morning, from April 15-22, 2019, the organization will post an episode a day of "Renewable Therapy for Climate Anxiety," a conversational mini-series featuring Filmmaker, James Redford, and Matthew Nordan, clean energy investor and managing partner at MNL Partners. In each two-minute installment, the pair explores questions that nag environmentalists when it comes to renewable energy. Watch the first episode below. […]

  • Vattenfall pilots salt technology with 10x the capacity of water storage
    on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 12:49 PM

    Experiments have shown the ability to store ten-times the capacity of water, and for months on end. It is hoped the technology will help overcome any weather-related fluctuations in renewable generation from wind or solar. […]

  • Saudi windpower market set for 6 GW growth
    on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Saudi Arabia will become a regional heavyweight in windpower by the early 2020's, according to new research. […]

  • AES refinances solar portfolio with help of insurance against underperformance
    on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 3:41 PM

    kWh Analytics, a leader in solar risk management, this week announced the first refinancing supported by the Solar Revenue Put. The portfolio of 41 projects, owned by AES, totaling approximately 28 MW DC of capacity is located in Arizona and Massachusetts. The portfolio is being funded by Silicon Valley Bank and a Japanese financial services company. Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, a leading global corporate insurer, is providing capacity for the Solar Revenue Put. […]

  • Apple says 44 of its suppliers have made clean energy commitments
    on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    Global manufacturer Apple today announced it has nearly doubled the number of suppliers that have committed to run their Apple production on 100 percent clean energy, bringing the total number to 44. Because of this partnership between Apple and its suppliers, Apple will exceed its goal of bringing 4 gigawatts of renewable energy into its supply chain by 2020, with over an additional gigawatt projected within that timeframe. […]

  • Three ways utilities can partner with smart renewable cities to deliver on their objectives
    on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Cities and renewable electricity have, respectively, become the habitat and energy of choice globally. The two are increasingly inseparable. Urbanization and electrification trends have turned cities and the grid into leading platforms for human activity, presenting unique opportunities for today’s utilities to partner with municipalities to achieve their smart city goals. […]

  • Malpass named new World Bank Group president
    on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 1:59 PM

    The executive directors of the World Bank have selected David R. Malpass to be the new president of the World Bank Group, for a five-year term that began April 9. […]

  • Global partnership to make sense of the energy transition
    on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Enel Foundation has signed a landmark agreement to become the exclusive Global Knowledge Partner of the 2019 Clarion Power and Energy series of events. […]

  • U.S. wind capacity grew 8% in 2018, AWEA says
    on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 3:36 PM

    U.S. wind power capacity increased 8% in 2018 to 96,433 MW of installed capacity — more than double the capacity in 2010, according to the U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, Year Ending 2018. […]

  • Climate change helping solar, hurting hydro in Europe, say scientists
    on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Climate change is picking up pace in Europe, thrusting farmers and power generators onto the front lines of a battle with nature that threatens to upend the lives of the half billion people who occupy the world’s biggest trading bloc. […]

  • Michigan revisits policy that limits solar development on farmland
    on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    As states consider the compatibility of utility-scale solar projects on farmland, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration is revisiting a state policy that the industry says has acted as a barrier. […]

  • More solar for California’s first CCA
    on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 2:41 PM

    Solar developer Renewable Properties said it broke ground yesterday on a 3-MW solar array that it is building in Napa County. Marin Clean Energy (MCE), California’s first community-choice aggregator (CCA) will purchase the energy produced by the array, called the American Canyon Solar Project, through a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). […]

  • Understanding ‘safe harbor’ for extending your 30 percent solar ITC qualification
    on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    Just after the midnight hour of New Year’s Eve 2020, more than confetti will be abandoned on America’s sidewalks and parlors. Somewhere around $130 million dollars of Investment Tax Credit (ITC) from that year’s anticipated Commercial & Industrial solar projects will fall out from any hope of reaching the proverbial pocket books of the nation’s infrastructure investors (assuming 2000MW of C&I and Community solar, and a $2/w installation cost). On 1/1/20, the ITC drops to 26 percent, a first step to further decrease the following year. […]

  • Corporate funding for solar up 10 percent year-over-year in Q12019
    on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 4:30 PM

    Mercom Capital Group released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the global solar sector in the first quarter of 2019 and found that total corporate funding (including venture capital funding, public market, and debt financing) into the solar sector in Q1 2019 came to $2.8 billion. Year-over-Year (YoY) funding in Q1 2019 was about 10 percent higher compared to the $2.5 billion raised in Q1 2018. […]

  • Genex Power receives final environmental approval for 250-MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro
    on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 3:11 PM

    Genex Power Limited has secured all environmental approvals required to develop the 250-MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project (K2-Hydro). […]

  • Maryland lawmakers pass Clean Energy Jobs Act
    on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 2:19 PM

    Clean industry leaders celebrated the passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) by state lawmakers yesterday. The bill now goes to the governor’s desk for signature. […]

  • A 'Green New Deal' for Central America would present business opportunities for renewable power generators
    on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 8:10 AM

    Recently there has been a great deal of interest in a ‘Green New Deal’ for the United States. It is seen as a way to solve pressing environmental, employment and economic problems with a single comprehensive plan. Modeled on Roosevelt’s New Deal, which created jobs, invested in large infrastructure projects, and pulled the US out of the Great Depression, the Green New Deal is a modern version of that program, but with green energy investments, 21st century job training, and deficit reduction as the key components. […]

  • UK power grid to be 'zero-carbon-capable' says operator
    on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 4:19 PM

    Two years after Britain had its first coal-free day since the Industrial Revolution, the nation’s network operator is readying itself for life without any fossil fuels. […]

  • Hawaii Electric selects grid services supplier
    on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    Hawaii Electric has named OATI as the supplier of grid services which will work closely with the utility and the members of the Energy Alliance to connect DERs with the main grid. […]

  • Amazon to purchase energy from wind farms in Ireland, Sweden and US
    on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Amazon.com announced today that it plans to purchase the energy produced by three new renewable energy projects as part of its long-term goal to power all Amazon Web Services (AWS) global infrastructure with renewable energy. These projects – a 91.2-MW wind farm in Donegal Ireland, a 91-MW wind farm in Bäckhammar, Sweden, and a 47-MW wind farm in Tehachapi, California – will deliver an expected 670,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of renewable energy annually. […]

  • MAN Energy Solutions latest power generator to consider hydrogen option
    on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    MAN Energy Solutions, VERBUND and New Brunswick Power are all experimenting with zero-carbon hydrogen as a future fuel source. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems is also considering the alternative. &nbs […]

  • 22 million GWh of pumped hydro energy storage potential identified worldwide
    on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 6:45 PM

    There are a total of about 530,000 potentially feasible pumped hydro energy storage sites worldwide, with a total storage potential of about 22 million GWh. These astonishing numbers come from a report recently released by Professor Andrew Blakers and other researchers with Australian National University’s RE100 Group. […]

  • Tax credits for independent energy storage projects introduced in US congress
    on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 5:49 PM

    On Thursday, US Congressman from Pennsylvania Mike Doyle introduced a bill that would establish a federal investment tax credit (ITC) for energy storage. The legislation would allow energy storage project developers, both commercial and residential, to receive a 30 percent tax credit for large-scale, commercial-scale and residential-scale storage projects through 2021. […]

  • Ultra-fast EV chargers coming ultra soon as e-mobility manufacturers ramp up
    on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    The viability of electric vehicles depends in part on a manufacturing plant in eastern Australia, where gleaming white cabinets the size of large refrigerators are loaded onto shipping crates. They’re among the most advanced car chargers available, promising to deliver a full tank of juice in minutes. […]

  • NEC helps develop three energy storage sites in China
    on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    Through its exclusive distributor in China, Puxing Energy, NEC developed two 9-MW battery facilities providing frequency regulation for the Hang-Jin and Feng-Run power plants located in Ordos City, Neimongol Province and Tanshan City. […]

  • GWEC says more than 300 GW of wind power capacity to come online by 2024
    on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    Yesterday, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) unveiled the 14th edition of its Global Wind Report, which it says has been completely revamped. […]

  • Multi-millions of dollars available for wind, solar energy research
    on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 3:32 PM

    Over the past week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced multiple funding opportunities to renewable energy research including $130M for early-stage solar and $28M for wind. Further, the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium announced up to $7M in funding for offshore wind. […]

  • ENGIE delivers first-time electricity with Zambia mini-grid
    on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 11:17 AM

    ENGIE has inaugurated its first mini-grid in Zambia which will bring electricity for the first time to a village pf 1500 people. […]

  • ArcelorMittal Energy signs landmark PPA for Spanish solar farms
    on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Infrastructure and private equity investment manager Foresight Group has agreed a 10-year corporate power purchase agreement with the energy arm of global steel and mining giant ArcelorMittal for two solar farms in Spain. […]

  • Arizona Public Service issues RFP for large solar + storage plant to provide ‘solar after sunset’
    on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    After announcing nearly a gigawatt of new clean-energy projects in February, APS is now seeking proposals to build two of them in different parts of the state. The first request for proposals (RFP) seeks partners to add batteries to existing APS solar plants in rural Arizona, storing their power for use after the panels stop producing each day. A second partner is being sought to develop a large (100-MW) solar plant paired with an equal amount of storage, to bring more clean energy to customers after dark. Both of these projects will provide APS customers with more solar after sunset, serving their evening energy needs with an even cleaner resource mix. […]

  • Why lithium-ion technology is poised to dominate the energy storage future
    on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    Clean-energy visionaries have long argued that the world needs a better battery capable of selling skeptical consumers on electric cars and running the grid on renewable power. And yet the battery of the future—at least for the coming decade—will almost certainly be the battery of the past. […]

  • Investment group says solar energy could see “popularity boost” in UK due to Brexit
    on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 1:07 PM

    Solar energy companies could fill the void created by the lack of secure energy transfer between UK and EU, the group says. […]

  • BlackRock beefs up its bet on renewables with small-scale solar
    on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 2:01 PM

    BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest money manager, is boosting its bet on clean energy. […]

  • ABB and Rolls-Royce partner to further global growth of microgrids
    on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    ABB and Rolls-Royce on Tuesday announced a global partnership on microgrid technology and advanced automation. Together the two companies will offer a microgrid solution for utilities, commercial and industrial entities. […]

  • Germany generated more than 50 percent of electricity from renewables in March
    on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    In a first for the country, Germany generated 54.5 percent of electricity from renewable energy in March 2019. This is according to data collected by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. […]

  • Italy needs energy storage to shore up 40 GW of renewables coming online in next decade
    on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 9:15 PM

    Italy must more than double its capacity to store electricity if it wants to slash pollution from burning fossil fuels, the head of the nation’s power transmission network said. […]

  • Duke Energy seeks approval for a $76M EV charging infrastructure pilot program
    on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 6:46 PM

    On Monday, Duke Energy announced a proposal to make what it says is the largest investment in electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure ever in the Southeast – a $76 million initiative to spur EV adoption across the state. […]

  • Can this online startup change how companies buy renewable power?
    on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    It was a milestone deal, not for its size but for the number of parties. In January, five big companies, each with differing energy requirements and renewable strategies, agreed to pool their investment and collectively purchase 42.5 megawatts from a North Carolina solar project. […]

  • Marine energy textbook released
    on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 7:12 PM

    A new textbook on offshore renewable energy has been released by M. Reza Hashemi with the University of Rhode Island, in collaboration with Simon Neill with Bangor University in Wales, the United Kingdom. […]

  • FPL building world's largest solar-storage combo facility in Florida
    on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 7:05 PM

    The unit of NextEra Energy announced plans to build a 409-MW energy storage facility in Manatee County. FPL says the Manatee Energy Storage Center will be the world’s largest solar-power battery system by four-fold. […]

  • Ameren, Opus One Solutions partner on DER, transactive energy markets
    on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    Illinois microgrid to test transactive energy markets as a part of the company's commitment to innovation and clean energy […]

  • Idaho Power sets goal for 100-percent clean energy by 2045; signs record-low solar PPA
    on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 2:33 PM

    Idaho Power unveiled a goal Tuesday to provide 100-percent clean energy by 2045 on the heels of an announcement that it will purchase 120-MW of solar energy through a PPA with Jackpot Holdings at a price of less than US $0.022 cents per kWh. […]

  • Tucson Electric Power hires EDF to build its largest wind farm to date
    on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 1:59 PM

    Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is building a 247-MW wind farm that will help the company more than double its use of renewable energy by 2021. The company hired EDF Renewables North America to construct it in a Build and Transfer Agreement (BTA) worth approximately $370 million. […]

  • Report: US solar development activity steady in spite of tariff impacts
    on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 1:56 PM

    Despite the impact of Section 201 solar module tariffs, the US solar market has remained an attractive investment proposition, with a steady flow of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity throughout 2018, and robust demand expected for 2019 as the ITC-driven installation pipeline progresses. […]

  • Study: Texas investment in distributed energy resources growing steadily
    on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    According to ERCOT reports highlighted in the paper, DER has seen steady growth in Texas over the past two years […]

  • Survey reveals offshore wind failing to embrace digitalisation
    on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    The offshore wind market in the is lagging behind other areas of the energy sector when it comes to embracing – and understanding – the potential of digital technologies. […]

  • Mercury commits to begin construction of 119-MW Turitea wind farm
    on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 7:05 PM

    Mercury has committed to construction of the first 33 of 60 consented wind turbines at Turitea near Palmerston North, representing a key milestone in New Zealand’s renewable energy development. […]

  • Enel Green Power buys Tradewind Energy, 13 GW of renewable projects
    on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Enel Green Power North America is acquiring the renewables developer that has partnered with it on several projects […]

  • Clean Energy BC releases response to Zapped report
    on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 1:30 PM

    Clean Energy British Columbia has issued an information bulletin and report in response to the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources report issued Feb. 14 that said Crown provincial utility BC Hydro overpaid for electricity obtained through purchase agreements. […]

  • Phasing out coal in Denmark via bioenergy-based CHP
    on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 9:24 AM

    Denmark in many ways is the poster child for the generation mix of the future. It led the way for decades in wind generation. It has continued to set ever-more ambitious targets for renewable penetration. And it has shown in the real world how to make a grid work that includes a heavy presence of renewable assets. Along the way, though, it has faced many challenges. […]

  • Shell makes aggressive move into U.K. retail power market
    on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Royal Dutch Shell Plc took a step forward in its aim to become the world’s biggest power company with an aggressive move into the U.K. retail market by offering one of the cheapest tariffs available. […]

  • Mitsubishi Hitachi launches renewable energy services provider
    on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 3:32 PM

    Oriden – a play on the English word “origin” and the Japanese word “denki” meaning ‘electricity’ – is the start of a new type of power generation organization.  &nbs […]

  • New Mexico Governor Grisham signs law requiring 100 percent renewable energy by 2045
    on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    On Friday, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the state’s groundbreaking Energy Transition Act (ETA) into law, meaning that by 2045, the state should be fully powered by clean, carbon-free electricity. […]

  • Wind sector needs to take initiative on off-taker risks to drive European PPA surge
    on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 6:00 AM

    In order for wind energy power purchase agreements (PPAs) to see sustained uptake in central Europe, sellers need to take a lead in managing long-term risks including power price forecasting, covenant strength and buyer inexperience. […]

  • NextEra, Con Ed warn patent dispute could roil US solar sector
    on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7:13 PM

    Two of America’s biggest solar-farm owners are warning that a patent dispute between panel makers could roil a sector already shaken by President Donald Trump’s import tariffs. […]

  • Collaborating for a more resilient energy future in Puerto Rico
    on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 2:07 PM

    Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) this week unveiled a vision to collaborate with communities, technical experts, businesses and investors to build low-carbon microgrids in Puerto Rico, and bring reliable, clean and affordable electricity to rural areas of the island. As described at the “BlackStart 2019: Future of Energy Summit” in San Juan, the new initiative will help modernize Puerto Rico’s electric grid and improve the system’s resilience. […]

  • Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure, Desjardins acquire Regional Power hydroelectric plants
    on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure (CC&L Infrastructure) and Regime de Rentes du Mouvement Desjardins, Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company, and Certas Home and Auto Insurance Company (together, Desjardins) have acquired Regional Power Inc. from The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (Manulife). […]

  • New York Governor Cuomo unveils $30 million zero-carbon buildings initiative
    on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 12:53 PM

    New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched an initiative to advance the design, construction and operation of low- or zero-carbon emitting buildings in the state. […]

  • Forming joint ventures to construct US offshore wind farms
    on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    The U.S Jones Act affects the construction of U.S. offshore wind farms by limiting certain activities in U.S. waters to U.S.-registered vessels owned and operated by qualified U.S. citizens. Much of the expertise in the construction of offshore wind farms is European based. The logical mechanism for marrying European expertise with U.S. firms qualified to operate where the U.S. Jones Act applies are joint ventures. Such joint ventures must take into account the stringent U.S. citizenship requirements applicable to the ownership and operation of Jones Act vessels. […]

  • EIA: Renewables double U.S. generation over 10 years; gas still reigns
    on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 4:38 PM

    Renewables-including biomass and other resources-accounted for 17.6 percent of electricity generation in the U.S. last year. Natural gas prices, however, will continue to dictate the overall direction of the U.S. power generation market. […]

  • Bill to boost renewable energy advances in Maryland
    on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 4:35 PM

    The Senate voted 34-12 for the amendment before giving the bill preliminary approva […]

  • Norsk Hydro recuperating from cyberattack
    on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 4:30 PM

    Norsk Hydro has suffered from a cyberattack that has crippled some of its infrastructure. Norsk Hydro is primarily an aluminum manufacturer, but the company also owns and operates 17 hydroelectric power stations in Norway. […]

  • Missouri regulators OK Midwest wind energy power line
    on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 4:24 PM

    The transmission line also would need regulatory approval in Illinois […]

  • Entergy New Orleans pilots residential rooftop solar program
    on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    The Residential Rooftop Solar Program is a way for New Orleans customers in need to participate in the benefits of distributed renewable energy&nbs […]

  • Event Focus: SolarVision highlights Asia renewables potential
    on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 12:26 PM

    Southeast Asia is poised for a long-overdue and much-needed boom in solar. […]

  • North Carolina’s solar power output grew 36 percent in 2018
    on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 11:40 AM

    Annual solar energy production in North Carolina jumped 36 percent in 2018, according to the latest government data – firmly placing North Carolina as the No. 2 solar-producing state in the nation. […]

  • Chile tests floating solar power island
    on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    The 12,917-square-foot array of solar panels was inaugurated Thursday by Chilean Mining Minister Baldo Prokurica […]

  • Juhl Energy pairs wind and solar power in hybrid project
    on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    The pairing is expected to start producing power this mont […]

  • Prysmian to connect floating offshore wind farm to local power grid
    on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    All submarine cables will be produced by Prysmian&nbs […]

  • Energy storage firm Highview Power partnering with TSK on global projects
    on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 1:50 PM

    The partners will work together to develop projects in Spain, the Middle East and South Africa. The projects could add several gigawatt hours of storage capacity by 2022. […]

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