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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 Most, if not all, of government support for the solar industry in China has now been withdrawn.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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China's Sinovel Convicted in US of Stealing Trade Secrets

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2018-01-25 13:20

A Chinese wind turbine maker’s conviction in Wisconsin over the theft of software code is threatening to ratchet up already tense trade negotiations between the U.S. and China. It also sent the shares of U.S. software maker American Superconductor Corp. surging.

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Putting the ‘Farm’ Back in Solar Farms

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2018-01-25 12:49

Minnesota will be included in a study to help federal researchers test the potential of pollinator-friendly habitat and fruit and vegetable crops around solar arrays.

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If You Want to Advance in the Energy Industry, Don't Be Afraid to Wave Your Flag

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2018-01-25 07:27

On Wednesday, January 24 during a DistribuTECH networking breakfast, panelists — 3 women from the energy industry — described how they had overcome challenges and made sure that their careers advanced in the directions that they wanted to go.

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Boost for Renewables Transmission: DOE Transmission Siting Authority Upheld

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-01-24 12:47

DOE’s authority to engage in transmission line siting and development has now survived its first legal challenge, but the future of the Plains & Eastern project remains uncertain.

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BP Weighs Bid for $1.8BN Italian Solar Company

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-01-24 08:46

BP Plc is considering a bid for one of Italy’s largest collection of solar assets, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Ormat Buys US Geothermal for $110 Million

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-01-24 08:35

Nevada-based geothermal developer Ormat Technologies Inc. today said it will buy U.S. Geothermal Inc. for about $110 million.

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3@3 on Solar PV: What Will and Won’t Happen as a Result of the Solar Tariffs

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-01-23 11:53

Today the focus is completely on the solar tariffs, approved by President Trump on Monday January 22. We’ll discuss what we know will happen now that the U.S. will be adding tariffs to imported solar modules and we’ll discuss what won’t happen as a result of these tariffs. What will pricing look like at the end of 2017? Will the solar industry crash and burn? Watch and find out.

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