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How Fast Can a Utility Deploy Energy Storage?

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-01-31 09:26

The question of fast-tracking energy storage was discussed during DistribuTECH 2018 in San Antonio Texas last week in a session called “Fast Tracking Energy Storage: A Look at the Projects that Fulfilled the Aliso Canyon RFP.”


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Zimbabwe to Become a Global Lithium Player

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-01-31 08:40
ZIMBABWE is expected to be one of the major global players in the production of processed lithium, a main component in the manufacturing of electric car batteries with Australian (ASX) listed Zimbabwean mining concern, Prospect Resources having set sights at extracting and processing the mineral this year.
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Trump Mum on Clean Energy, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Climate Change

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-01-31 05:36

In what should have been a surprise to no one, U.S. President Trump, in his State of the Union speech, made no mention of climate change, advanced energy, clean energy, renewable energy or energy efficiency.

He mentioned energy in only two sentences during his 80-minute speech, recapping what he views as his accomplishments over the year in office.

“We have ended the war on American energy and we have ended the war on beautiful clean coal,” he said.

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Wind-plus-Storage Is Taking Shape in Australia

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-01-30 14:22

As Australia begins to expand its plans for more wind farms backed up by batteries, Singapore-based Nexif Energy has broken ground on a 212-MW wind farm in South Australia that will include fast-response storage capacity.

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Solar Tariffs Could Be Driving Up Solar Manufacturing in the United States

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-01-30 13:56

Yesterday JinkoSolar announced that it had signed an agreement to supply 1.75 GW of high efficiency modules to a U.S. counterparty. The announcement also stated that the company’s board of directors had authorized JinkoSolar to finalize planning for the construction of an advanced solar manufacturing facility in the U.S. 

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New York Reveals Offshore Wind Master Plan; Eyes 7 Ways to Procure Offshore Power

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-01-30 13:24

New York this week released its much-anticipated Offshore Wind Master Plan, moving the state forward in its work to develop 2.4 GW of offshore wind by 2030.

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Trust, Facebook, Renewables and Republicans: Recapping the 2017 Energy Report

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-01-30 11:13

Fake news, politics and social media impact more than elections. There is no question that the credibility of American institutions and news sources has suffered in the past year, from the combined influence of continued vilification of the media, retracted news stories and the ever-growing use of social media platforms. But by how much? 

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Former Obama Energy Secretary Cold on Energy Storage Potential

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-01-30 03:49

The ex-head of the Obama administration’s energy department believes energy storage will remain too expensive to meet long term urban power storage needs, and believes chemical alternatives will need to be found.

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New Jersey Rejoins “RGGI,” the U.S. Northeast Carbon Cap and Trade Program

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-01-29 11:38

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced his state is rejoining the multi-state, bipartisan effort to reduce carbon pollution, known as the regional greenhouse gas initiative (RGGI).

RGGI launched in 2007 as a partnership of ten states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.  Gov. Christie pulled New Jersey out of the multi-state partnership nearly seven years ago.

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Trump’s Solar Tariffs Will Have a Minimal Effect on Residential Solar Panel Costs In 2018

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-01-29 11:29

The rationale for imposing tariffs is complete bunk. Most, if not all, of government support for the solar industry in China has now been withdrawn. President Trump is pretending to protect U.S. manufacturing jobs, though in reality the decision will cost nearly 23,0000 U.S. jobs in the downstream segments of the industry, according to estimates by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

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Can Mirrors Boost Solar Panel Output — and Help Overcome Trump’s Tariffs?

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-01-29 10:36

Falling costs for solar power have led to an explosive growth in residential, commercial and utility-scale solar use over the past decade. The levelized cost of solar electricity using imported solar panels — that is, the solar electricity cost measured over the life of the panels – has dropped in cost so much that it is lower than electricity from competing sources like coal in most of America.

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Duke Energy Aiding Solar Expansion in North Carolina

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-01-29 10:19

So far in January, Duke Energy filed three renewable energy programs with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to expand renewable energy options for its 3.2 million customers in the state.

The Solar Rebate, N.C. Shared Solar and Green Source Advantage programs are part of a portfolio of customer offerings the company is proposing as part of the Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina law – sometimes referred to as HB 589. 

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New Discovery Could Improve Organic Solar Cell Performance

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-01-29 10:13

While there is a growing market for organic solar cells ­­- they contain materials that are cheaper, more abundant, and more environmentally friendly than those used in typical solar panels - they also tend to be less efficient in converting sunlight to electricity than conventional solar cells.

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France Ready to Shutter All Coal Power Stations by 2021

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-01-29 09:28

France takes a hard stance on coal; Trump talks renegotiation, again; and portal opens for the UNFCCC’s international conversation on climate change.

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Online portal now available for water quality assessment worldwide

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-01-26 14:14

The IIWQ World Water Quality Portal is now available online to “assist with global water quality assessment and capacity building for streams, lakes and rivers.”

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Test to Begin for Peer-to-Peer Renewable Energy Transaction Payments

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-01-26 10:00

Blockchain web services provider BlockCypher said it will work with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory on a demonstration project for renewable energy peer-to-peer payments using the open-source cryptocurrency Dash.

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Electric Vehicle ‘Clustering Effect’ Could Cause Problems for the Power Grid

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-01-26 08:15

A clustering effect of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging among homeowners, known as uncoordinated charging, could require future upgrades to electricity distribution infrastructure, according to research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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Construction Begins at England’s 1.2-GW Hornsea One Offshore Wind Farm

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-01-26 07:43

Orsted today said that it has started construction on the Hornsea One offshore wind farm with the installation of 174 monopiles off England’s east coast.

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Best-Performing Battery Metal of the Past Year Isn't What You Think

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-01-26 06:35

A metal that’s in demand for batteries is surging, and it’s not the one everyone’s talking about. Vanadium has soared more than 130 percent in the past year, outperforming better-known battery components like cobalt, lithium and nickel. 

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Wind Power Curtailment in China on the Mend

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-01-26 06:13

China’s wind power industry is expected to rally in 2018. Since July 2017, wind power projects in Inner Mongolia and Ningxia, which, in the aggregate, are scheduled to deliver an installed capacity of about 2.9 GW, have received governmental approval for construction, signaling a substantial loosening of restrictions on the construction of new plants.

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