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How Solar Power Is Helping Redefine This Alberta First Nation

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2018-01-11 09:01

In 2015, seven young people died in Beaver Lake Cree Nation — a tiny community in northeast Alberta with an on-reserve population of only 345 people.

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Taking on Storage Part One: Understanding the Drivers

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2018-01-11 06:58

Deployment of energy storage, especially batteries, will increase substantially in the next few years. Three underlying trends in the energy markets will drive the growth. They are favorable federal and state regulations on energy storage, falling costs for batteries due to advances in technologies, and an improved ability by energy storage owners to tap into multiple revenue streams.

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SolarReserve Granted Approval for 150-MW Solar Thermal Project

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-01-10 10:07

SolarReserve’s 150-MW solar thermal power plant has been granted development approval by the South Australian Government, paving the way for construction to begin this year.

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India Proposes 70 Percent Duty on China, Malaysia Solar Imports

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-01-10 09:38

India, the largest importer of Chinese solar equipment, proposed a 70 percent safeguard duty on cells and modules shipped from China and Malaysia, citing “threat of serious injury” to the domestic industry.

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Changing Energy Market Behind Delay of Contract for Maine’s 12-MW Floating Offshore Wind Project

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-01-10 08:53

Citing changes in the energy market, utility regulators in Maine have delayed a decision for a power contract that would allow development to move forward on a 12-MW floating wind farm in Maine waters.

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Victoria Government to Build Wind Plus Storage for Advanced Agriculture Facility

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-01-09 13:47

The government of Victoria, Australia, recently completed an agreement that supports the development of a wind plus storage facility for a crop farm in Western Victoria.

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Tesla's New York Gigafactory Kicks Off Solar Roof Production

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-01-09 11:54

Tesla Inc. has kicked off production of its long-awaited electricity-producing shingles that Elon Musk says will transform the rooftop solar industry.

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Federal Regulators Shut Down Perry’s Proposed Rule for Grid Resilience

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-01-09 06:57

In an order issued late yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission determined that Secretary Rick Perry’s Sep. 29 notice of proposed rulemaking on grid resilience does not meet the statutory requirements of the Federal Power Act.

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How to Make Waste-to-Energy Community Friendly

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-01-08 10:43

The owners of a waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen have released their design for making the roof of the plant into a community park, complete with a ski slope.

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Geothermal Resources Council, Geothermal Energy Association Agree to Combine

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-01-08 10:15

The Geothermal Resources Council and the Geothermal Energy Association today said that they will combine their organizations, with activities of the GEA transitioning into the GRC this year.

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Rooftop Solar PV Market in Thailand 'Largely Untapped'

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-01-08 09:34

Rooftop solar in Thailand faces several challenges that have left the industry “largely untapped,” according to a recent report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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Ice Loss and the Polar Vortex: How a Warming Arctic Fuels Cold Snaps

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-01-08 09:19

When winter sets in, "polar vortex" becomes one of the most dreaded phrases in the Northern Hemisphere. It's enough to send shivers even before the first blast of bitter cold arrives. New research shows that some northern regions have been getting hit with these extreme cold spells more frequently over the past four decades, even as the planet as a whole has warmed.

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3@3 on Solar PV: Predictions, Predictions, Predictions!

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-01-08 08:49

Today’s topics include predictions about what will happen with the U.S. solar trade case – will there be tariffs? If there are tariffs, how will they affect the solar market? Caution: distributors and system integrators. We’ll also look at supply chain issues for solar and batteries. 

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Brazil Vows to End Amazonian Mega-Dam Construction; Moves Toward Wind and Solar Energy

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-01-05 14:56

After years of criticism, the government of Brazil announced in January that it will end the era of building big hydropower dams in the Amazon. In an article in the O Globo newspaper, Paulo Pedrosa, Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, said that the government has no prejudice against big hydro but that the costs and risks now outweigh the benefits. 

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US Utility-Scale Solar, Wind Capacity Could Double by 2020

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-01-05 13:57

Proposed net additions to generating capacity by utility-scale wind and solar in the U.S. could total 116 GW by December 2020 — effectively doubling their current installed capacity of 115.5 GW, according to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Energy Infrastructure Update, with data through Nov. 30, 2017.

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This Is What Microgrids for Resilience in Emergencies Look Like

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-01-05 10:18

A new group of microgrids has been proposed to help support Connecticut’s critical facilities in the event of an emergency. The proposals are part of the latest round of applications that were due Jan. 1 for funding under the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) microgrid program.

 

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Puerto Rico Report 'Build Back Better' Falls Short on Microgrids

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-01-05 07:38

In December 2017, a steering committee constituted in the wake of Hurricane Maria that devastated Puerto Rico wrote a report, "Build Back Better: Reimagining and Strengthening the Power Grid of Puerto Rico," for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, Puerto Rico, and William Long, Administrator of the U.S.

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