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Three Key Points Emerge from BOEM Offshore Wind Listening Session

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-04-20 08:48

On Wednesday immediately preceding the opening of the 2017 International Partnering Forum, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held a listening session to gather input from stakeholders about where to open up potential areas for offshore wind area leases.

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National Lab Recaptures Record for Solar Hydrogen Production

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-04-20 06:34

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) last week said that its scientists have recaptured the record for highest efficiency in solar hydrogen production via a photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting process.

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Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Ending Wind Tax Credit in July

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-04-20 06:14

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday signed legislation that reduces the time frame in which wind power projects can qualify for the state’s clean energy tax credit.

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Wood Biomass CHP Project Wins $100K in National Forest Foundation Contest

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-04-20 05:51

A proposal for a wood biomass combined heat and power facility in California received recognition last week from the National Forest Foundation.

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Washington State Pioneers New Model for Utility-Scale Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-04-19 11:39

Many businesses in Washington state want to use renewable energy. Starbucks, REI and Microsoft are all iconic brands in the Pacific Northwest making big commitments to wind and solar.

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Solar Refinancing: When Asset Management Steals the Show

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-04-19 11:19
We all know that asset management is in many respects the under-loved function within a solar company. Solar asset management involves the ongoing management of financial, commercial, and administrative tasks necessary to ensure the optimal financial performance of a solar PV plant or portfolio of plants. 

 

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The Paris Climate Agreement—Should We Stay or Should We Go?

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-04-19 07:02

Predictably there’s been a lot written over the last few weeks about the Paris Climate Agreement and whether the Trump administration will continue to sit with other nations. There has been a substantial increase in tweets, polls, studies, press conferences, anonymous reports and mutterings going into and coming out of the Easter weekend.

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New Online Tool Speeds Development of Energy Storage Systems

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-04-19 05:35

Energy storage and solar+storage developers now have an online tool to help them pick the right systems for their commercial and industrial projects.

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Maryland’s Energy Storage Tax Credit: Gaining Momentum Across America?

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-04-19 05:02

The General Assembly of Maryland just passed a bill that would provide a 30 percent tax credit to those who chose to utilize energy storage technology, making it the first state in the country to pass such legislation. The funds provided by the bill would last from 2018 to 2022.

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Renewables Developments in Alberta and Saskatchewan: Market Update and Perspectives

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-04-19 04:27

Energy experts and policy makers around the globe are following developments in Alberta and Saskatchewan as they begin the first round of their competitive procurements for renewable electricity. These procurement programs aim to help the provinces achieve their renewable energy targets for 2030.

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Trump’s Plan for Clean Energy Will Damage Economy, National Security

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-04-18 12:01

President Donald Trump recently issued an executive order to start the process of reviewing and, ultimately, attempting to disassemble the Clean Power Plan and its supposedly job-killing mandates.

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Solar Module Manufacturer Suniva Files for Bankruptcy

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-04-18 11:33

The Board of Directors of Shunfeng International Clean Energy Ltd. (SICE) yesterday said that Atlanta-based solar cell and module manufacturer Suniva filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition for relief under the U.S. bankruptcy code.

 

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GE, SCE Debut Unique Battery-Gas Turbine Hybrid in California

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-04-18 11:00

At the heart of the Hybrid EGT is a control system which blends output between the battery and the gas turbine. The energy storage capacity is designed to provide enough time to allow the gas turbine to start and reach its designated power output, thus dispatching power immediately when required and without burning fuel at first.

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Tidal Turbine Deployed at EMEC Reaches Rated Capacity

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-04-18 10:40

Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd. reports its SR2000 floating tidal turbine deployed for testing at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland, achieved its rated 2 MW export capacity on April 12.
 

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Minnesota Cities Learn from Buying Community Solar Together

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-04-18 09:00

The nation’s first ever attempt to have municipal governments collectively buy power from community solar gardens was a modest success, according to a new report.

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Offshore Wind Farms Offer Subsidy-Free Power for First Time

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-04-18 08:40

German’s electricity grid regulator approved bids to build what will be the first offshore wind farms that depend entirely on market prices instead of government support and subsidy.

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Canadian-Based Enbridge Embarks on Geothermal Plan

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-04-18 04:41

According to Malini Girdhar, vice president, market development, public government affairs at Enbridge Gas Distribution, her company is interested in developing geothermal heating and cooling solutions in Ontario and offering those solutions to homeowners. There are two key drivers for the company’s interest. First, Ontario has aggressive carbon-reduction goals and second, there is a significant heating load in the region.

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Walmart Secures 40 MWh of Energy Storage for Southern California Stores

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-04-17 12:46

Walmart is continuing its foray into energy storage ownership with new installations for its stores in Southern California. Advanced Microgrid Solutions last week said it will install 40 MWh of energy storage at 27 Walmart stores in the region.

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3@3 on Solar PV: Leases, Yieldcos and Microgrids

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-04-17 11:49

Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the global solar industry for three minutes each. Today’s topics include the demise of the solar lease, the fall of the yieldco and microgrids. Check it out!

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Massachusetts Readies for First Offshore Wind Procurement in June

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-04-17 08:41

Massachusetts is drawing closer to its first solicitation for wind energy in state waters, with a call for bids due in June. The first solicitation of the 1,600 MW mandated in state legislation could be anywhere from 200 MW to 800 MW, according to Bill White, senior director, offshore wind development, for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).

 

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