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Microgrid on California Tribal Reservation Among Projects of Year Winners at DistribuTECH

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-01-23 11:52

A microgrid at Blue Lake Rancheria, a tribal reservation in northern California, was the winner of the Distributed Energy Resource Integration 2018 POWERGRID International and DistribuTECH Project of the Year in San Antonio, Texas, today.

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Globally, marine energy feasibility studies and equipment development continue

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-01-23 11:35

SBS Intl. Ltd. announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with PT. Indonesia Power to conduct a feasibility study to expand the 12 MW Phase I, currently being constructed, of the planned 150-MW tidal array project at the island of Lombok, in Indonesia.

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UK’s Hive Energy Aims to Open Cuba’s First Fully Foreign-Owned Solar Park

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-01-23 11:28

Cuba is preparing to open its first solar park 100 percent-owned by foreign investors. Hive Energy of the United Kingdom aims to start construction mid-2018 on a 50-MW project in the Mariel Special Economic Development Zone, one of the largest solar ventures on the island.

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SEPA, Collaborators Tackle DERMS Standards Prior to DistribuTECH

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-01-23 07:23

The march to develop industry-agreed standards for Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS) took a major leap forward Monday as utilities and vendors connected in the effort and offered thoughts on the best path ahead

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New Offering Will Help Utilities Better Manage DERs on Their Power Systems

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-01-23 06:00

At DistribuTECH 2018, Bentley Systems and Siemens are presenting their new applications for power utilities and industrial power facilities as part of the partnership, which the entities announced last year.

The newly released applications will aid users by enhancing Bentley’s OpenUtilities network management, design, and operations applications with new integrated analysis, design optimization, and distributed energy resource (DER) decision support capabilities enabled by Siemens’ PSS SINCAL, according to the companies.

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The Trump Decision on US Tariffs and the Trolley Problem

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-01-23 05:22

Much government and bureaucratic decision making is made in a vacuum, that is, the effect of the decision on the decision maker is small or nonexistent. In terms of the final tariff decision, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) made recommendations based on biased arguments.

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Report: Companies Need to Think Beyond Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-01-23 02:00

On the first day of DTECH, Schneider Electric released the findings of a new report that shows that while 85 percent of major corporations are thinking about reducing energy use through energy efficiency programs and more than 50 percent plan to implement renewable energy in the near future, the vast majority of the companies surveyed were not considering how to actively participate in the incredible disruption that the energy industry is undergoing, such as microgrids, energy storage, and demand response strategies.

According to the report, just 30 percent have implemented or are actively planning to use energy storage, microgrids, combined heat and power, or some mix of the technologies and only 23 percent have demand response strategies or plan to in the near term.

Schneider views this as a problem because it says that companies need to understand now how to be active participants the way that energy is consumed and generated on their premises.

 
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Trump Approves 30 Percent Tariff on Solar Panel Imports; Trade Industry ‘Disappointed’

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-01-22 16:02

President Donald Trump has agreed to a recommendation by the International Trade Commission to grant U.S. solar manufacturers relief from unfair trade practices in the form of tariffs on solar cells and modules imported to the U.S.

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Inside Renewable Energy: How Can Renewables, Climate Communities Make a Difference in 2018 US Elections?

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-01-22 14:07

In this episode of the Inside Renewable Energy podcast, we look at the issues the renewables and climate communities face before the midterms and the concrete actions they can take starting now to cause change.

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There Is Not Enough Transmission to Meet US Corporate’s Renewable Energy Demands

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-01-22 13:11

According to a report released on January 16 by the Wind Energy Foundation (WEF), U.S. corporations have committed to signing deals result in 60 GW of renewable energy capacity being added to the grid in coming years. However, transmission planners are not accounting for this large uptick of potential near-term procurement.

 

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Auto, Home, Grid Create Smart Energy Network in Audi Pilot Project

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-01-22 12:11

Audi last week said that it is participating in a pilot project that is testing a smart energy network that uses software to control solar and batteries and interact with the main power grid. Audi is working with the project’s partners to run the pilot project for homes in southern Germany and northern Switzerland.

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Landis+Gyr Provides Tech for Conway Corp’s Smart City Initiative

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-01-22 10:34

The utility plans to leverage the IPv6 communication capability of the network to streamline back-office management of multiple systems and expand consumer offerings in the future

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Bitcoins and Hydropower: What’s the big deal?

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-01-22 09:30

There is so much buzz these days about bitcoin mining, particularly with regard to the high amount of energy required and how hydropower can help.

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'Every New Vehicle Will Be Electric' by 2025, Disruption Expert Says

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-01-22 08:29

A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and author has explained how electric vehicles will disrupt and change transportation across the world. But first, Tony Seba — who is an instructor in disruption and clean energy at Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program, explained to an audience at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, exactly what the nature is of a “disruptor.”

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Texas Cities, Businesses, and Schools Know the Economic Upside of Clean Energy

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-01-22 07:41

Recently, the message on Texas clean energy has been getting clearer — the market is driving the clean energy economy forward. And some of those spreading the message are making it loud and clear.

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San Francisco Startup Secures $55M to Expand Solar in Africa

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-01-22 07:28

Off Grid Electric, a San Francisco-based company that develops rooftop solar and battery systems in Africa, has raised $55 million as it expands into Ghana. The Series D round was led by Helios Investment Partners and included GE Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary of General Electric Co., Off Grid said in a statement Thursday. The company’s Ghana expansion is part of a partnership with Electricite de France SA.

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A Texas Renewable Energy Roundup As DistribuTECH Heads to San Antonio

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-01-19 13:40

On January 23, DistribuTECH, one of the fastest growing conferences and expos in the country is set to open. Affectionately called “DTECH” by those in the know, the show is designed to showcase innovation in the transmission and distribution space, which most Renewable Energy World readers know, is undergoing a mega-transformation as solar, energy storage and other forms of distributed energy resources have a growing presence on the grid

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Green Builder to Begin Covering Office Buildings with Perovskite Solar Cells

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-01-19 11:31

Sweden-based green builder Skanska this week said that it has secured a deal that will allow it to cover office buildings with perovskite solar cells on a commercial scale.

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Shell Buys Output of England’s Largest Solar Plant

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-01-19 10:43

Shell Global unit Shell Energy Europe has agreed to buy the power from the largest solar power plant in England.

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Canada Elevates Biomass Energy to Innovate on Forestry

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-01-19 09:39

The Canadian government has allocated funding to support research and development of biomass projects for heating and power in an effort to innovate the country’s forest sector and combat the effects of climate change.

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