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DOE Grid Reliability Report 'Treats Wind Power Fairly,' Grassley Says

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-08-25 05:31

Now that the US Department of Energy staff has released its report to Secretary Perry on Electricity Markets and Reliability, Renewable Energy World has received many comments from industry that seem to generally favor the results

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RGGI States Propose Additional 30 Percent Emissions Cap Decline by 2030

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-08-24 12:03

The nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) yesterday said that they have proposed a regional emissions cap trajectory that will provide an additional 30 percent cap reduction by the year 2030, relative to 2020 levels.

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It’s Out: A Quick Review of the Just Released US Department of Energy Grid Reliability Study

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-08-24 10:59

In April, newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry called for a study of the U.S. electricity grid. He wanted the study to reveal why so many coal plants were retiring and whether or not energy policies (renewable folks, think the ITC, PTC, RPS) were distorting the market and making the grid unstable.

As most in the energy industry knew, the answer is incredibly nuanced. The 187-page report, released today, details the many reasons impacting the retirement of coal plants – the fact that they are old, in need of upgrades, costlier to run than natural gas plants, and not running at full capacity – are just some of them. 

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Solar, Batteries, Smart Inverters and EVs To Make Up “Customer Grid” of the Future

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-08-24 04:00

Forward-looking utilities such as San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) are piloting projects that will help them figure out not just how to use them to strengthen the grid but also how to compensate those DER owners for the use of their equipment.

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Achieving Sustainability with Solar at the National Museum of Bermuda

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-08-23 10:44

As locations for large-scale solar deployment go, Bermuda is a pretty good one. The climate guarantees plenty of sun and the potential for significant generation of clean energy. The National Museum of Bermuda has capitalized on the advantageous conditions with the recent launch of the largest ground-mounted solar project in the country. 

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Thinking Beyond Trump: Why Power Companies Should Be Investing Now in Carbon-free Electricity

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-08-23 09:30

When utility executives make decisions about building new power plants, a lot rides on their choices. Depending on their size and type, new generating facilities cost hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. They typically will run for 40 or more years — 10 U.S. presidential terms. Much can change during that time.

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Sungevity Brand Returns Via Solar Spectrum-Horizon Merger

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2017-08-23 04:51

Solar Spectrum, a clean-energy company backed by private equity firm Northern Pacific Group, bought residential system provider Horizon Solar Power.

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Energy Storage Firm Alevo Shutters Operations

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-08-22 11:53

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A startup company is giving up plans to build boxcar-sized batteries that help power companies save energy or shift to wind and solar power. Alevo Manufacturing Inc. informed state officials Friday that it was immediately shutting down its factory inside a massive, former Philip Morris USA cigarette plant and filing for bankruptcy protection.

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Solar Plus Storage Trial Set for Remote Australian Community

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-08-22 11:45

The remote Australian Northern Territory community of Daly River is set to be powered by solar and energy storage under the $55 million (US$43.5 million) Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP), according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

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Reliance Said to Mull India Energy Storage With BP

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-08-22 09:59

Reliance Industries Ltd., owned by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, is considering entering the energy storage business with its partner BP Plc. to expand into the country’s growing renewable energy sector, according to two people with knowledge of the plan.

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3@3 on Solar PV: Global Solar Market Growth, Energy Storage, Eclipse

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-08-21 12:35

Today’s topics an update on the growth of the global solar market, the future of energy storage and how utilities learned from and prepared for the solar eclipse. Plus an update on the trade case.

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Argentina Eyes Slower Renewable Growth as Infrastructure Lags

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-08-21 10:55

Argentina’s next renewable power auction will be half the size of last year’s because of an infrastructure bottleneck slowing down the ability to add capacity.

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Rising Chinese Solar Panel Prices May Put Indian Projects At Risk

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-08-21 10:43

Solar power projects bid at low tariffs may be at risk as the prices of photovoltaic panels have risen amid a push in the U.S. to impose anti-dumping duty on cheaper imports from China.

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Home Depot to Lease 50 Store Rooftops for Solar Power

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-08-21 10:25

The Home Depot last week said that it will use power purchase agreements to lease rooftop space for 50 of its stores. The company is working with GE subsidiary Current and Tesla on the project.


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Investor Group to Buy Calpine for $5.6 Billion

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-08-21 09:48

Calpine Corp. on Friday said that a consortium of investors will buy the geothermal and natural gas electricity supplier for $5.6 billion. Energy Capital Partners along with a consortium of investors led by Access Industries and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board have agreed to pay $15.25 per share in cash for the company.

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5 Key Takeaways for Engineers Interested in Designing Platforms for Offshore Wind Farms

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-08-21 08:18

To say the engineering that goes into the platform design for an offshore wind farm is “complicated” would be laughable at best. “Complicated’ barely scratches the surface of the hundreds of hours of work that goes into designing a structure to support a tower that will stand some 100-200 meters high in the ocean for 20+ years, be subjected to enormous wave and wind loads over those two and half decades and oh, not to mention, generate electricity all the while.

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All Coast to Build Jones-Act Compliant Liftboat

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-08-18 11:41

All Coast LLC recently said it will build a Jones Act-compliant liftboat for U.S. wind farm installation and support activities (WTIV). 

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100 Percent Renewable Powered Microgrid in Illinois Islands from the Grid for 24 Hours

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-08-18 10:43

On Thursday, Ameren Corporation and S&C Electric Company announced that they had successfully conducted a 24-hour islanding test at the recently deployed Ameren microgrid in Champaign, Illinois. 

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Mexico City Company Turns Prickly Pear Cactus Waste Into Energy

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-08-18 10:39

A startup called Energy and Environmental Sustainability is taking cactus waste from the Milpa Alta neighborhood of the capital and turning it into biogas.

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Potential Partners Considered for Greek Geothermal Development

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2017-08-18 09:57

The first phase has been completed in the selection process for partners in PPC Renewable’s geothermal development work in Greece.

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