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Taxing Carbon — Letting Markets Work

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-06-29 12:33

A new business-based climate advocacy group stepped into the CO2 spotlight this summer. The Climate Leadership Council took center stage with op-eds in the nation’s biggest dailies and a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal. The topic: supporting a carbon tax to reduce CO2 emissions. Admittedly, a tax is not a new idea but it became newly important considering the stature of the group’s Fortune 100 corporate and political membership, including BP, ExxonMobil, P&G and Johnson&Johnson.

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China Set to Put 120 GWh of Battery Capacity into the Market by 2021

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-06-29 10:44

As Elon Musk races to finish building the world’s biggest battery factory in the Nevada desert, China is poised to leave him in the dust. Chinese companies have plans for additional factories with the capacity to pump out more than 120 GWh a year by 2021, according to a report published this week by Bloomberg Intelligence. 

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Dominion Energy Wants to Build Pumped Hydro Storage Facility in Coalfields

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-06-29 10:26

Following the passage of bills in the Virginia General Assembly this year, Dominion Energy is searching for sites in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia where it can build a pumped hydroelectric storage facility. In December 2016, Virginia Sen. Ben Chafin, R-Lebanon, and Dels.

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2017 Class of the Hydro Hall of Fame Announced During HydroVision International

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-06-29 06:52

The Hydro Hall of Fame Class of 2017 features four new inductees, honored June 27 during the opening keynote session of HydroVision International 2017 being held in Denver, Colo.

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CEO: US Solar Trade Case is a Job Killer

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-06-28 09:43

There’s another solar trade war brewing and if the US solar manufacturing companies that have brought it to the forefront are successful, it’s estimated that up to $.78 per watt could be added to solar panel costs in the United States.

For background, earlier this spring, bankrupt Georgia-based manufacturer Suniva filed a complaint about its inability to compete with cheap solar imports from Asia. In May, SolarWorld became a co-petitioner. The U.S. International Trade Commission should rule on the matter in September and send its recommendations to U.S. President Trump.

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Former SunEdison Solar Team Lands Funding for New Venture

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-06-28 07:47

Summit Ridge Energy, a new solar company led by former employees of bankrupt SunEdison Inc., obtained funding to build, finance and acquire solar power plants across the U.S.

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Court Sides with FERC, Against Consumers and Clean Energy

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-06-28 07:32

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval of controversial new rules for America’s largest power market. We are disappointed because these rules unnecessarily funnel money from electricity consumers to fossil and nuclear power plants while largely excluding competition from reliable, economical wind and solar power and demand response.

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German Utility Planning Storage Project in Salt Caverns

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-06-28 06:45

German utility EWE plans to build a battery in underground salt caverns in collaboration with Friedrich Schiller University. The project, called brine for power (b4p), will be based on redox flow battery technology, according to EWE.

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Consortium Supports Flow Battery Installation in Hawaii for Research

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-06-28 06:15

The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA), Hawaii Electric Light Co., Ulupono Initiative, and UniEnergy Technologies (UET) are working together to install a 100kW/500kWh advanced vanadium flow battery this year at the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park (HOST Park) administered by NELHA.

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ACP-EU Cooperation Program in Higher Education Enhances Capacity for Sustainable Energy Engineering in East Africa

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-06-28 05:08

The paradox in the African energy sector has been of increasing concern to stakeholders at various levels. Africa is energy-resources rich yet energy poor. Statistics of energy supply and utilization may best describe the conditions of energy access on the continent. 

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Massachusetts Regulators Direct Utilities to Shorten Offshore Wind Bid Evaluation Timeline

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-06-27 13:45

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) in a June 21 order directed National Grid, Unitil and Eversource Energy to shorten their proposed evaluation and contract negotiation periods for offshore wind bids.

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The Solar PV Industry Cosmos — Linking Cost and Physics

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-06-27 10:11

In a competition between physics and finance (profitability), physics always wins. The smart money will always be on the side of physics. Understanding this dynamic may be the single biggest advantage in solar PV.


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3@3 on Solar PV: Upsides, Downsides and Potential Challenges

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-06-27 09:52

Today's topics include the good news recently out about solar's penetration into the U.S. electricity supply as well as the bad news that it's still such a small amount. Then we'll look at a serious FERC ruling that could start to chip away at progress.


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Electrify Europe Unveiled in Cologne

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-06-27 09:39

POWER-GEN Europe today marked its 25 anniversary by opening a new chapter in the history of European energy industry trade shows. Today the show’s owner, PennWell Corporation, unveiled Electrify Europe, the world’s first event dedicated to the convergence in the power generation and transmission and distribution sectors.

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The $123 Billion Question: Are Green Bonds Really Working?

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-06-27 09:26

The green-bond market has boomed on the allure of investments that help the environment. Now, the industry is trying to show that the reality matches these ambitions. Advisers and rating companies are starting to track the environmental effect of projects funded by green bonds, such as the impact on air pollution.

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World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Sets Sights on New Markets

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-06-27 09:04

The chief executive officer of Vestas Wind Systems A/S says the world’s biggest wind turbine maker wants to expand in the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region as it taps into growing demand for renewable energy in new markets.

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US Conference of Mayors Approves Resolution Calling for 100 Percent Renewable Energy in American Cities

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-06-27 05:29

The U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami yesterday approved a resolution calling for 100 percent renewable energy in cities across the U.S. by 2035.

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CSP Eyes Strong Growth with Thermal Energy Storage to Compete Against PV

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-06-26 06:11

Concentrating solar power (CSP) has existed since 1866, but for the last couple of decades, photovoltaic (PV) has been the dominant solar technology. Now with technological advancements and energy storage, CSP is poised to make a significant comeback. 

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Solar Now Third Largest Renewable Source of Electricity in US

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-06-26 05:44

In April, solar reached a new milestone, providing more than 2.3 percent of U.S. electrical supply, according to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information's (EIA) Electric Power Monthly, with data through April 30, 2017. Consequently, solar has now moved into third place among renewable sources — behind hydropower and wind but ahead of biomass and geothermal.

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New York Moves to Establish Energy Storage Procurement Target for 2030

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-06-26 05:19

The New York State Legislature has sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo companion bills that would lead to the development of an energy storage procurement target for the state.

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