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  • Largest Cherokee County wind farm now under construction
    on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 12:31 PM

    After a 23-year wind farm construction hiatus, work on a 2nd Cherokee County wind farm has begun. Developed by San Diego based EDF Renewables, the 200-megawatt (MW) Glaciers Edge Wind Project north of Marcus is scheduled to be on line by the end of 2019.

  • Nine solar projects go live in Georgia
    on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 11:45 AM

    Duke Energy Renewables, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, announced that nine solar projects developed with SolAmerica Energy totaling 14.1 megawatts (MW) have begun commercial operations across central Georgia under Georgia Power’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative. These projects bring Duke Energy Renewables, operating through its REC Solar business unit, to 27.4 MW of solar projects in Georgia.

  • Can Italy strike twice?
    on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 11:34 AM

    Italy’s National Energy Strategy aims to increase wind and solar power’s share of gross final energy consumption by 2030. The country boasts a track record of meeting past renewables targets, but can it be successful once more? Stefania Belisario, associate director, Infrastructure, S&P Global Ratings, assesses the factors either driving or impeding progress.

  • Lekela reaches financial close for its West Bakr Wind project
    on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 3:43 PM

    Lekela announced that it has reached financial close on its first wind project in Egypt, West Bakr Wind. Construction will begin shortly, delivering 250 MW of clean, reliable power at a highly competitive price.

  • Bernie Sanders’ ‘Green New Deal’ aims to have renewables power homes by 2030
    on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 1:56 PM

    Bernie Sanders wants renewable energy to power U.S. homes and vehicles by 2030 -- and he wants to do it by enlisting the federal government in building and running new solar, wind and geothermal electricity projects.

  • Ireland’s renewables expansion to attract massive investment says report
    on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 1:01 PM

    Ireland is set to add 5.8 GW of non-hydro renewable power capacity over the next decade to reach a total 9.6 GW by 2030. &nbs

  • The IEA’s hydrogen report doesn’t miss the point. It just buries It.
    on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently released a major new report on hydrogen, underscoring the remarkable political and business momentum surrounding the fossil fuel alternative, and touting its potential as a vital component of global efforts to build a “clean, secure, and affordable energy future.” The report takes a bold and prescient stance, and has rightfully inspired a torrent of press coverage about the future of hydrogen and its role in the renewable energy mix.

  • Walmart sues Tesla over fires linked to rooftop solar systems
    on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 1:08 PM

    Walmart Inc. sued Tesla Inc., claiming it failed to live up to industry standards in the installation of solar panels on top of hundreds of stores, resulting in multiple fires across the U.S.

  • University of Notre Dame breaks ground on 2.5-MW hydroelectric generation facility
    on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 7:15 PM

    The University of Notre Dame and South Bend’s Venues Parks & Arts have broken ground on a 2.5-MW hydroelectric generation facility at an existing city-owned dam on the St. Joseph River in downtown South Bend, Ind.

  • Norwegian battery startup with $4.5B plan has vision for Nordic hub
    on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 1:56 PM

    Freyr AS, a startup planning to build one of Europe’s first battery gigafactories in Norway, has a bigger vision for the region: a “Nordic Battery Belt.&rdquo

  • New study shows benefits of local renewable energy marketplaces
    on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    The financial benefits of buying and selling locally produced energy from rooftop solar, wind turbines and batteries within communities have been revealed in a test case run by energy tech firm LO3 Energy.

  • Virginia looks to New York green bank for possible clean energy financing
    on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    Virginia’s energy office is exploring whether to align the state with a billion-dollar New York clean energy financing program.

  • Europe’s wind potential is 100 times higher, could power the world
    on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 6:55 PM

    Europe can potentially generate 100 times the current amount of energy generated, and produce enough power to power the world until 2050, if it were to maximize land use for onshore wind capacity.

  • Softbank invests $110M in new energy storage system
    on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Energy Vault, the creator of a new way to perform utility-scale energy storage, announced that SoftBank Vision Fund (Vision Fund) invested $110 million in its Series B funding round. Energy Vault will use the funds to accelerate global deployment of its technology, which enables renewables to deliver baseload power for less than the cost of fossil fuels 24 hours a day, said the company. As part of the investment, Andreas Hansson, Partner for SoftBank Investment Advisers, will join the Energy Vault board of directors.

  • The energy transition is underway: 10 charts tell the story
    on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    The renewable energy transition promises to reduce carbon emissions, but it’s happening at different speeds around the world. Read on for some key insights from BloombergNEF’s New Energy Outlook 2019, which provides a detailed road map to the future.

  • ARENA to provide $40 million funding for South Australia’s first pumped hydro plant
    on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 2:16 PM

    The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), on behalf of the Australian government, has announced up to $40 million in funding towards the deployment of a pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) project in South Australia.

  • Stanford researchers develop technology to harness energy from mixing of freshwater and seawater
    on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 12:04 PM

    A new battery made from affordable and durable materials generates energy from places where salt and fresh waters mingle. The technology could make coastal wastewater treatment plants energy-independent and carbon neutral.

  • Net zero carbon emissions ‘impossible’ without hydrogen says UK energy alliance
    on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    The UK’s North West Hydrogen Alliance (NWHA) is calling for government investment in hydrogen projects to meet ambitious carbon reductions targets in Britain.

  • London finds no easy answers after once-in-a-decade blackout
    on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 2:29 PM

    When two U.K. power plants shut down almost simultaneously in London’s first major blackout for a decade, it triggered a storm of questions about how to avoid another failure.

  • Who will benefit from the surge in behind-the-meter battery installations?
    on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 2:09 PM

    The electric utility industry has been buffeted by two recent trends that threaten to upend the profitability, and in some cases the future viability of, those companies that are slow to adapt to a new, rapidly changing landscape. Specifically, in the past decade, the industry has had to grapple with both waning demand and the growth of distributed energy generation.

  • On the brink of blackouts, Texas makes case for power plant boom
    on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 1:38 PM

    It may be time to start building power plants in Texas again.

  • What is the future of the utility?
    on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 9:27 PM

    Many of us are somewhat familiar with what an electric utility does. Our house receives electricity, and we get a bill in the mail each month for it. Here in North Carolina, that bill is likely coming from Duke Energy. In other parts of the country it may be PG&E or Dominion Power. For at least a century, these utility monopolies have built power plants, installed transmission and distribution lines, billed customers for their electricity use, and the utility made a predictable margin for their work.

  • U.S. wind energy prices are at historical lows, DOE report says
    on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 6:24 PM

    The national average price of wind power purchase agreements dropped to below 2 cents/kWh in 2018, according to the annual Wind Technologies Market Report released by the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • U.S. announces changes to implementing regulations of the Endangered Species Act
    on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 4:45 PM

    U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has unveiled changes to the implementing regulations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that Interior says is “designed to increase transparency and effectiveness and bring the administration of the Act into the 21st century.&rdquo

  • BNEF says corporate energy market is strong
    on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 5:14 AM

    Coming on the heels of Gap’s announced 90-MW PPA with Enel Green Power, BloombergNEF released its 2H 2019 corporate energy market outlook in which it said that corporations signed contracts to purchase 8.6 GW of clean energy in 2019 through July, up from 7.2 GW at the same time last year.

  • Gap signs PPA for 90 MW of wind
    on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 5:12 PM

    Global apparel retailer Gap Inc. announced that it has signed a 90-MW virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for the Aurora Wind Project with Enel Green Power North America, marking one of the largest offsite renewable energy contracts by an apparel retailer.

  • Vattenfall combines wind, solar, batteries in Netherlands energy park
    on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    According to Vattenfall, the project will help provide less pronounced energy peaks and an overall more efficient use of energy infrastructur

  • First major US offshore wind farm delayed by government
    on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 12:49 PM

    The Trump administration cast the fate of the nation’s first major offshore wind farm into doubt by extending an environmental review for the $2.8 billion Vineyard Wind project off Massachusetts.

  • 100 MW of solar and 10 MW of battery storage coming to San José CCA in 2022
    on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 1:07 PM

    This week, San José’s Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) which is called San José Clean Energy (SJCE) and EDP Renewables SA (EDPR), through its fully owned subsidiary EDP Renewables North America LLC (EDPR NA), signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for 100 MW of new solar energy capacity and 10 MW of battery storage at the Sonrisa Solar Park in Fresno County, California. The project is anticipated to be operational in 2022.

  • Australian brewer eyes thermal energy storage system
    on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    South Australian energy storage company 1414 Degrees and Stone & Wood Brewing Company have agreed to undertake a feasibility study for the integration of 1414 Degrees’ electrically charged Thermal Energy Storage System (TESS-IND).

  • Report covers costs of various storage technologies, including pumped storage hydro
    on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7:21 PM

    A report recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy defines and evaluates cost and performance parameters of six battery energy storage technologies (BESS) and four non-BESS storage technologies.

  • In battle to break up utilities, Arizona steps to the front line
    on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 1:01 PM

    Of all the efforts to break up utility monopolies in the U.S., the one unfolding in Arizona may be the most important to watch.

  • Dominion Energy plans four energy storage pilot studies in Virginia
    on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM

    The four proposed central Virginia lithium-ion projects will cost about $33 million to build and offer 5-years’ worth of test data, according to Dominion.

  • Sunverge raises $11 million for utility distributed energy resource controls
    on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 5:24 PM

    The round was led by Ecosystem Integrity Fund with participation from Equinor Energy Ventures and Evergy Ventures

  • Forecast shows continued decline for coal
    on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released its Short Term Energy Outlook for 2019 and we have summarized the key highlights for you below.

  • The hydrocarbon era’s spectacular end
    on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Dustin Yellin, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based artist whose intricate 3D photomontages adorn the likes of New York’s Lincoln Center, wants to draw your gaze to climate change. Not in a subtle way, either. He plans to stand an oil supertanker on its end in the ground—a structure soaring 1,000 feet into the air.

  • A modern Cinderella story: California’s record on wholesale distributed generation leaves much room for improvement
    on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    California, long a progressive leader on renewable energy and climate change mitigation, has neglected a key market segment for renewable energy: the “community-scale,” or “wholesale distributed generation” (DG), market. This market segment is defined as projects below 20 megawatts that connect to the distribution grid and export power to the grid for sale.

  • Dominion plans $33 million battery storage pilot
    on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Dominion executives said in an interview this week that battery storage has the potential to improve the resiliency of the electrical grid

  • IEA, EDF unit to build 300 MW wind farm in Nebraska
    on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    The project award is valued at about $98 million, according to IEA, and will be able to power up to 115,000 average homes

  • 648 MW of wind power capacity to be purchased by AES Colombia
    on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    This week, DNV GL said that it acted as a technical advisor to the energy company AES Colombia during its planned purchase of the Jemeiwaa Kai portfolio of wind power projects. DNV GL carried out an independent analysis of the La Guajira wind farms wind and power generation regime.

  • How the tech giants are fueling a solar revolution
    on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    From the way we shop to the way we socialize, the internet affects nearly everything we do these days. This dramatic change in our way of life has been fueled by a handful of large tech companies, companies that are increasingly going all in on solar.

  • A deluge of batteries is about to rewire the power grid
    on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 4:27 PM

    A pale orange-and-gold sunset bathes the macadamia plantations and avocado orchards that sweep down to Australia’s Byron Bay. The coming dusk is a cue for two sleek Tesla battery packs in the garage at Amileka, a secluded holiday villa nearby. They stir silently into action—powering the appliances in the five-bedroom home’s twin kitchens, recharging a $100,000-plus Model X SUV, driving a filter pump for an 18-meter swimming pool sparkling in the shade of a century-old native black bean tree.

  • US wind farm activity by Fortune 500 breaks records
    on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has released data for Q2, indicating activity rose to new heights in the wind development sector.

  • Fabric-based solar cells on the horizon
    on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    New textile-based solar cells developed by Fraunhofer researchers, semitrailers could soon be producing the electricity needed to power cooling systems or other onboard equipment. In short, textile-based solar cells could soon be adding a whole new dimension to photovoltaics, complementing the use of conventional silicon-based solar cells.

  • Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, NextEra plan combined wind, solar, energy storage project
    on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    The Skeleton Creek project will be located in three Oklahoma counties

  • NY governor announces $1.1 billion project to extend life of Niagara Power Project
    on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that the New York Power Authority is launching a 15-year modernization and digitization program to significantly extend the operating life of the Niagara Power Project.

  • Six more electric utilities commit to delivering content at POWERGEN 2019
    on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 6:00 AM

    The latest crop of utility participants includes NRG Energy, Cleco Corp., Entergy, Louisville Gas & Electric/Kentucky Utilities, AEP’s distributed energy ventures group AEP OnSite Partners and Hindustan Power from India.

  • Digitalisation and the transformation of the energy value chain
    on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 8:00 AM

    Digitalisation is one of the biggest enablers of the global transition to clean energy. From intelligent asset management, to Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things. Find out how digitalisation is transforming the management, operation and maintenance of renewable energy assets, and driving a more efficient renewable world.

  • Energy storage sites provide unique wholesale market participation
    on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 6:00 AM

    ENGIE Storage has announced it will supply and operate a 19 MW/38 MWh portfolio of six energy storage sites that will contribute to the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program and participate in ISO-New England wholesale markets.

  • In Michigan, Consumers sees strong interest in charging station rebates
    on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 5:16 AM

    Consumers Energy says it’s happy with the launch of its electric vehicle charging station program and open to expanding the three-year, $10 million pilot.

  • BNEF: Energy to storage increase 122X by 2040
    on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 6:41 PM

    According to the latest forecast by BloombergNEF (BNEF), energy storage installations (not including pumped hydropower) around the world will multiply exponentially, from 9GW/17GWh deployed as of 2018 to 1,095GW/2,850GWh by 2040.

  • Democratic debate 2019 takeaways
    on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders stuck together, Pete Buttigieg took the middle path, Marianne Williamson took on racism and Beto O’Rourke faded into the background.

  • Energy industry mourns the death of Global Wind Energy Council’s Steve Sawyer
    on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    Steve Sawyer, 63, Senior Policy Advisor and former Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council, passed away on July 31, 2019 of a sudden and aggressive lung cancer.

  • Foreign firms look to make India a global wind turbine export hub
    on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Global wind turbine makers are expanding manufacturing capacity in India to boost exports from the South Asian nation even as the country’s domestic industry faces headwinds.

  • Energy CEOs extol virtues of hydropower while bemoaning its lack of public support
    on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Last week at the HydroVision International plenary session, a panel of three CEOs — Darrel T. Anderson, President and CEO IDACORP and Idaho Power, Mitch Davidson, CEO and Managing Partner, Brookfield Renewable Power, and Paul Jacob, President and CEO, Rye Development — along with moderator Elizabeth Ingram, Content Director, Clarion Energy, discussed both the merits and the challenges of hydropower development in the United States and Canada.

  • Utility device and data management technologies revenue could exceed $22 billion by 2027edit
    on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 1:53 PM

    A new report from Navigant Research released this week says that revenue from device and data management technologies could grow from approximately $14.8 billion in 2018 to more than $22.1 billion in 2027 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.6%.

  • Glendale Water & Power to repower Grayson power plant with solar plus storage
    on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 3:34 PM

    Last week, California’s Glendale Water & Power (GWP) received approval from the Glendale City Council to move forward with a plan to repower the aging Grayson Power Plant with a combination of renewable energy resources, energy storage and a limited amount of thermal generation.

  • Louisiana’s military families to benefit from ground-source geothermal and modern energy-saving devices
    on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 3:21 PM

    Last week, Corvias announced that it had entered the final phase of its geothermal installation and energy upgrades effort at the U.S. Army’s Fort Polk in West-Central Louisiana, a milestone that once complete will not only modernize the aging infrastructure but save the Army significant money and benefit military families.

  • Small Missouri utility proposes big pivot to clean energy in latest resource plan
    on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Missouri’s smallest investor-owned utility is charting a dramatically different course two years after being acquired by new owners.

  • Energy storage plant set for southeast Asia
    on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 2:27 PM

    Finnish energy technology group Wärtsilä has signed an EPC contract for a 100 MW/100 MWh total capacity energy storage project in southeast Asia.

  • Saudi Arabia set to build first wind farm
    on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 1:41 PM

    Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, is poised to start generating wind power within three years as part of an effort to harness renewable energy to cut local demand for fossil fuels.

  • Lincoln Clean Energy: Texas' Lockett Wind project commercially operational
    on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    The Lockett Wind farm in Wilbarger has the potential to generate more than 700,000 MWh of renewable energy per year, enough to power the equivalent of 70,000 homes.&nbs

  • Namibia announces $338M, 5-year renewable energy strategy
    on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    Namibia’s state-run utility will build four plants powered by renewable energy over the next five years as the southern African nation seeks to guarantee local supplies and cut its use of fossil fuels.

  • New York plans to install 1700 MW of offshore wind
    on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    New York has signed the biggest-ever deals for offshore wind power in U.S. history, a key part of the state’s plan to get all of its power from emissions-free sources by 2040.

  • GE Renewable Energy announces two hydropower services contracts in the US
    on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 10:29 PM

    GE Renewable Energy announced at HydroVision that it has signed two hydropower contracts in the U.S. one for FirstLight’s Northfield Mountain project and one for PG&E’s Caribou One hydropower station.

  • The role of retail in renewables
    on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    Regulators in a number of states are ratcheting up investigations into competitive retailer behavior and proposing new consumer protection rules. Some states with aggressive carbon emission reduction goals implemented through regulated utility contracts are wondering whether retail competition has a place where a growing portion of energy supply is locked and loaded.&nbs

  • Envisioning the future of hydropower: What do you see?
    on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    On Tuesday, July 23 at the HydroVision International keynote, Vice President Marla Barnes asked the audience to close their eyes and envision their next vacation. “Are you sitting on a beach? Are you packing your family into the car for a wild adventure? What do you see,” she asked.

  • The Lewis River Merwin Dam: harvest, habitat, hatcheries and hydro
    on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 1:05 PM

    On Tuesday, July 23, about 30 HydroVision attendees had to privilege of touring the 136-MW Lewis River hydropower plant located at the Merwin Dam in Ariel, Washington. The dam was constructed in 1931 and has four penstocks, which today feed three turbines. The turbines were installed in 1931, 1949 and 1958, respectively. The fourth penstock, which was the focus of much of the tour, is for fish passage.

  • Farmers Irrigation District hydropower facility offers sustainable solution to a growing challenge
    on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    On Monday, July 22, about 30 HydroVision attendees visited the beautiful Hood River Valley outside of Portland, Oregon to tour in-conduit hydropower projects and learn how modernizing irrigation districts is a sustainable solution to help combat a changing climate.

  • German clean-energy fund sees promise in US distributed solar development
    on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 10:56 AM

    Germany-based clean-energy fund Hep Kapitalverwaltung AG agreed to invest $50 million to $80 million annually in a partnership to develop small solar projects in the U.S.

  • HydroVision International kicks off in Portland, Ore., U.S.
    on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    The HydroVision International event is now under way in the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, with more than 3,000 hydropower professionals from around the world coming together for four days of learning and networking.

  • 4.5-MW solar plant goes live in Brittany, France
    on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH said it supplied its almost 15,000 solar modules to a large ground-mounted solar farm in western France.

  • Study: Fossil fuels are far less efficient than previously thought
    on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    Fossil fuels, long regarded for their high-energy return on investment, are not as efficient as once thought. In fact, their final yields are not much better than those of renewable options, according to a new study.

  • LIHI certifies two low-impact hydroelectric facilities
    on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 2:39 PM

    The Low Impact Hydropower Institute recently announced it had awarded low-impact certification status to two hydroelectric facilities:

  • Freak weather events pose new risk to India's renewables goals
    on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 11:48 AM

    India’s ambitious plan to take the leadership position among nations as one of largest producers of renewable energy may have run into some unfavorable weather.

  • The 150,000-square-meter sky bridge of Shanghai’s 'Rafael Gallery' will be covered in solar
    on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Solar company Hanergy announced that its thin-film solar modules will cover the 150,000 square meter roof of the ‘Rafael Gallery’ located at a Tech City in Shanghai.

  • Turkeler and RT Enerji choose supplier for five onshore wind farms in Turkey
    on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 4:37 PM

    Turkeler and RT Enerji have chosen GE Renewable Energy to supply equipment for five onshore wind farms being built in Turkey.

  • Fantasy Energy League Draft follow-up: breaking down the first round
    on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    In late 2018, I put out the call to see how many fellow energy nerds I could gather to indulge me in combining my passion for energy analysis and clean power policy with my love of fantasy sports. By the end of January 2019, I had my cast of characters who somehow thought this idea was as fun as I did (isn’t the Internet the greatest tool for finding people who share your interests?) and I released my Draft Preview. Coordinating this draft among 14 different teams with different time zones and schedules chock-full of actually helping to save the planet proved no easy task, but by the end of March we had conducted 5 rounds of picks for a total of 70 selections in this Inaugural Fantasy Energy League!

  • GE sells solar-business stake to BlackRock
    on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 1:40 PM

    General Electric Co. agreed to sell a majority stake in a solar-energy business to BlackRock Inc., giving the investment giant footing in a growing market as the ailing manufacturer shifts its focus elsewhere.

  • Stay chilled: Lessons for district cooling from the Gulf Cooperation Council
    on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 12:54 PM

    Global demand for air-conditioning is projected to triple over the next 30 years, as the planet warms and urban populations grow, particularly in emerging markets. Meeting that demand will call for significant investments in new cooling infrastructure and the electrical generating capacity necessary to power it. Although traditional cooling technologies are expected to become more efficient in coming years, countries will need to plan for these additional loads, which will be expensive. Emerging markets can also make use of district cooling, an approach that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which consists of six Middle Eastern countries — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman — have successfully adopted.

  • AEP units looking to invest $2B in 1,500 MW of Oklahoma wind projects
    on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 5:00 AM

    The projects include a 999-MW wind facility being built north of Weatherford, a 287-MW wind facility being built southwest of Enid, and a 199-MW facility being built south of Alva. They are being developed by Invenergy.

  • Shell to install ultrafast EV chargers in the Netherlands in e-mobility push
    on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 5:44 PM

    Global infrastructure services firm AECOM said that Shell Retail has hired it to deliver ultrafast electrical vehicle (EV) chargers across the Netherlands. A total of 200 fast chargers – under the brand name Shell Recharge - will be available at Shell forecourts (filling stations).

  • Minnesota utilities weigh energy storage as substitute for peaker plants
    on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Gas peaker plants may be among the first casualties of a new Minnesota law requiring utilities to include energy storage as part of their long-range plans.

  • National Grid purchases wind and solar developer, Geronimo Energy
    on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 2:29 PM

    Yesterday, National Grid, through its competitive non-regulated unit National Grid Ventures (NGV), completed its $100 million acquisition of Geronimo Energy - a wind and solar developer in North America. The deal, which was announced on March 7th, 2019, has now satisfied all regulatory requirements and closing conditions.

  • Ontario Power Generation announces plans to rebuild century-old Calabogie Generating Station
    on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Plans are under way to rebuild one of Ontario Power Generation’s oldest hydroelectric generating stations, which was damaged by a tornado in 2018. Constructed in 1917, the 5-MW Calabogie Generating Station has produced renewable, low-cost electricity on the Madawaska River for decades.

  • Long-term financing for solar is possible and critical for supporting continued industry growth
    on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    Installed solar capacity in the United States exceeded 10 GW for the third year in a row in 2018, and the pace of growth is expected to continue. The first quarter of 2019 was the strongest in the history of the U.S. solar market, according to a recent report from Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Yet inefficient and costly project financing inhibits many solar developers from tapping into the market’s true potential.

  • US tribes turn to solar as new revenue source
    on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Dozens of new solar and wind projects are sprouting up on tribal lands across the U.S. as Native Americans seek new ways to boost their economies beyond casinos and untaxed cigarettes.

  • GE steps up offshore wind operations in China
    on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    GE Renewable Energy has taken a major step to cement its offshore wind operations in China.

  • Wednesday webcast to reveal what's new about POWERGEN 2019 in NOLA
    on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    Clarion Energy’s Teresa Hansen, vice president of global content, for a webcast Wednesday  will be making some important announcements regarding this year’s event in New Orleans. Hansen also will offer key details on content, the exhibit floor and resources available to attendees.

  • VPPs with smart inverters offer crucial flexibility to the changing grid
    on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 1:09 PM

    Energy generation and consumption is rapidly transforming into a decentralized, decarbonized, and digitized model due to a number of market forces. The declining costs of solar energy systems, as well as the increasing price of energy from the grid has led to grid parity. This has caused PV proliferation to accelerate to such an extent that in the past five years alone, PV installed capacity has increased by 300%. Simultaneously, the EV market is also on the rise and is expected to reach the electrification tipping point by 2030. This is due to support from governments trying to limit the effects of climate change, thus leading to automotive manufactures transitioning their fleets from standard petrol- and diesel-powered cars to EVs. As a result of the acceleration of both of these markets, EV charging has created demand patterns causing an even steeper and faster ramp-up in the evenings than the PV duck curve. , This is causing the grid’s balancing act to be increasingly complex. In order to support this new energy dynamic, advanced management software is required to ensure grid stabilization and to unlock the value of these energy resources.

  • 75 MW of community solar coming to Illinois in Ameren, ComEd territories
    on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Arlington, VA based Summit Ridge Energy (SRE) announced that it will acquire 11 projects from Pivot Energy in Illinois totaling 29 MWs, increasing SRE’s portfolio of community solar projects in the state to more than 20.

  • Driven by China, global investment in clean energy falls
    on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 1:39 PM

    Worldwide investments in clean energy projects have hit a six-year low.

  • Utility partners with climate experts on new carbon emission goals
    on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Community stakeholders and climate experts from the University of Arizona are helping Tucson Electric Power to build an energy portfolio that supports reliable, affordable and increasingly sustainable service over the next 15 years.

  • GE Renewable Energy wins order for 138 MW windfarm in Turkey
    on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    A 138 MW windfarm in Turkey is to be powered by 27 turbines from GE Renewable Energy.

  • POWERGEN India 2020 to support energy transition in India
    on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    Clarion Energy & iTEN Media announce the launch of POWERGEN India 2020 co-located with Indian Utility Week & DISTRIBUTECH India

  • Voith to provide equipment for new Ritom pumped storage powerhouse
    on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 3:56 PM

    Voith has received an order for the Ritom pumped storage power plant in Switzerland, which began operating in 1920 and will be replaced with a new facility.

  • AI-powered storage company enters Northeast market with “front-of-the-meter” solution
    on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    This week artificial intelligence (AI)-driven energy storage services provider Stem said that it had formed a partnership with New York-based private equity company Syncarpha Capital to build 28.2 megawatt-hours (MWh) of large-scale storage projects co-sited with solar in Massachusetts.

  • EON switches all U.K. customers to 100% renewable power
    on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 12:01 PM

    EON SE is now supplying all of its 3.3 million residential customers in Britain with 100% renewable electricity, the first of the U.K.’s “Big Six” utilities to do so.

  • FERC revises three-year forecast to reflect rapid growth of renewable energy
    on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 4:52 PM

    According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), within the past month, the agency has dramatically revised its three-year forecast for changes in the U.S. electrical generating capacity mix. Sharp declines are foreseen for fossil fuels and nuclear power while accompanied by even stronger growth in renewable energy (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) than earlier projected.

  • Natural Gas beat coal in the US. Will renewables and storage beat gas?
    on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    In April 2019, in the heart of coal country, Indiana regulators rejected a proposal by its electric and gas utility, Vectren, to replace baseload coal plants with a new $900 million, 850 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant. Regulators were concerned that with the dramatic decline in the cost of renewable energy, maturation of energy storage and rapidly changing customer demand, such a major gas plant investment could become a stranded, uneconomic asset in the future. Regulators are now pushing Vectren to consider more decentralized, lower-carbon resources such as wind, solar and storage that would offer greater resource diversity, flexibility and cost effectiveness.

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