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US Energy Storage Caucus Launched to Educate Congress

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-05-09 10:40

U.S. Reps. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) and Mark Takano (D-Calif.) yesterday launched the Advanced Energy Storage Caucus in Congress to educate Members of Congress regarding the benefits of storage to the U.S. electric system and investigate ways to accelerate job growth and investment in U.S. advanced energy storage industries.

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European Wind Power Investments Expected to Slow in 2017

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-05-09 10:24

Investment in new wind farms in Europe rose by more than a fifth last year, but activity is expected to slow in 2017 as governments revise subsidy policies and prices fall.

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New Virginia Law Expands Solar Energy Development Authority to Include Energy Storage

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-05-09 09:20

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe yesterday signed a bill authorizing the expansion of the state’s Solar Energy Development Authority to include energy storage.

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Today's Top Wind Energy Challenges and What We Can Do About Them

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-05-09 06:24

The statistics are clear: Wind energy is on the rise, with a 20 percent increase in wind energy jobs in 2016, compared to the year before. Wind infrastructure is becoming more commonplace and so are the benefits free power gives to landowners, investors and everyday Americans.

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The Green Bank — Government Contractors Will Want to Watch This Trend Carefully!

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-05-08 10:23

A bank located in the U.S. Northeast has drawn the attention of state officials nationwide. The three-year-old bank, however, is not your typical loans, checking account and cash services bank.

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Pro-Solar Bill Heads to Florida Governor’s Desk for Signature

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-05-08 08:19

The Florida Senate last week passed SB 90, a bill to implement the ballot initiative Amendment 4 approved by voters on the state’s August 2016 primary ballot, according to the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

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Solar on Former Strip Mines? It’s Not as Simple as It Sounds

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-05-08 06:54

Developers of a solar farm atop a former Kentucky coal mining site hope their work will inspire similar projects — putting abandoned land to use and helping revive the Appalachian economy.

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China's Solar Output Increased 80 Percent in 1Q17

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-05-08 06:20

China electricity output from solar PV plants rose 80 percent in 1Q17 after the world’s biggest solar power market increased installed capacity.

 
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USTDA and Power Africa Initiative Award $1.1M for Solar Energy Storage in Africa

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-05-08 06:06

Africa’s first utility-scale battery storage installation has been agreed upon this week thanks to the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and Obama’s Power Africa Initiative.

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Top Five Reasons Fossil Fuel Companies Should Diversify into Renewables Now

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-05-08 04:00

According to Amory Lovins a consultant to Shell Oil for the past 45 years and Chief Scientist and Co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, little attention is being paid to the work that traditional energy companies are doing in the renewable energy industry.

“I think a lot of groups promoting efficiency and renewables are so busy working with innovation and insurgency in the business world that they don’t pay enough attention to the incumbents,” he said during an interview at Shell’s Powering Progress Together forum in Detroit, Michigan at the end of April. 

“It's like a yin-yang balance,” he said, jokingly adding that if you aren’t part of the problem, how can you be part of the solution?

However, fossil fuel companies are well-equipped with the skills and expertise to transition into new business lines, he said.

“These are companies with immense and unique skills, some of which will be useful for a long time.”

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Blowback Seen for Wind and Other Renewables In Event of a Le Pen Victory in French Runoff Elections

Renewable Energy - Sat, 2017-05-06 05:23

Much has been said about the differences of the two candidates in the upcoming French Presidential runoff elections this Sunday, May 7. The candidate of extreme right National Front Party, Marine Le Pen, and centrist Emmanuel Macron of the En Marche! Party have starkly different worldviews.

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Drone Service Provider Secures First License Agreement for Wind Turbine Blade Inspection in Brazil

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-05-05 12:32

Portugal-based Pro-Drone, S.A., a provider of automated drones for wind turbine blade surveys, recently signed its first licensing agreement with Brazilian wind energy company Arth-Wind to provide inspections of wind blades to the Brazilian market.

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Japanese Firm Acquires Stake in Ormat

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-05-05 07:08

Japanese firm ORIX Corp. will acquire an approximately $627 million ownership stake in Nevada-based geothermal company Ormat Technologies, the companies said on May 4.

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New Solar Plane Completes First Test Flight in Switzerland

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-05-05 06:13

The team behind the SolarStratos solar airplane project had a successful test flight today.

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UK University Helps Indian Government Plan Waste-to-energy Plant for New Delhi

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-05-05 05:36

Researchers from Sheffield Hallam University in the U.K. are working with the Indian government to build a new power plant which will process a third of New Delhi's waste.

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Listen Up: How Often Should I Clean My Solar Panels

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-05-05 05:12

When someone gets a new rooftop solar installation, the second question they always ask is “how often do I need to clean my solar panels.” We’ll answer that question on this week’s show — taking into account the different effects of rain, dust and electric rates (BTW, the first question people always ask is “how do I read my electric bill,” but that’s a topic for another show).

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The Solar PV Life Cycle Dilemma

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-05-05 04:44

Historically and in essence, electric utilities simply do not buy 20- to 25-year energy generation technologies. In fact, utilities and public works organizations seldom if ever build on such a short time schedule. It is simply not practical or profitable to build a 25-year coal, nuclear, oil, gas or hydro project. 

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San Diego Water Board Looking into Pumped Storage Hydro

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-05-04 10:40

The San Diego County Water Authority board of directors on Thursday authorized the Water Authority, in conjunction with the city of San Diego, to begin seeking detailed proposals for a potential energy storage facility at San Vicente Reservoir.

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ANEEL Releases New Rules for Small Hydropower Operators in Brazil

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-05-04 10:08

In an effort to streamline the permitting process, ANEEL (Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica) has published new rules governing operators of small hydropower plants in Brazil.

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China’s Wind Power Sector Shifting Development Focus to Southern China

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-05-04 08:45

Average utilization hours for wind power facilities in China has been declining for several years in a row, according to an analysis conducted by China ZhongDian Media, a business consulting firm. 

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