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Tidal Turbine Deployed at EMEC Reaches Rated Capacity

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-04-18 10:40

Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd. reports its SR2000 floating tidal turbine deployed for testing at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland, achieved its rated 2 MW export capacity on April 12.
 

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Minnesota Cities Learn from Buying Community Solar Together

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-04-18 09:00

The nation’s first ever attempt to have municipal governments collectively buy power from community solar gardens was a modest success, according to a new report.

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Offshore Wind Farms Offer Subsidy-Free Power for First Time

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-04-18 08:40

German’s electricity grid regulator approved bids to build what will be the first offshore wind farms that depend entirely on market prices instead of government support and subsidy.

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Canadian-Based Enbridge Embarks on Geothermal Plan

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2017-04-18 04:41

According to Malini Girdhar, vice president, market development, public government affairs at Enbridge Gas Distribution, her company is interested in developing geothermal heating and cooling solutions in Ontario and offering those solutions to homeowners. There are two key drivers for the company’s interest. First, Ontario has aggressive carbon-reduction goals and second, there is a significant heating load in the region.

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Walmart Secures 40 MWh of Energy Storage for Southern California Stores

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-04-17 12:46

Walmart is continuing its foray into energy storage ownership with new installations for its stores in Southern California. Advanced Microgrid Solutions last week said it will install 40 MWh of energy storage at 27 Walmart stores in the region.

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3@3 on Solar PV: Leases, Yieldcos and Microgrids

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-04-17 11:49

Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the global solar industry for three minutes each. Today’s topics include the demise of the solar lease, the fall of the yieldco and microgrids. Check it out!

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Massachusetts Readies for First Offshore Wind Procurement in June

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-04-17 08:41

Massachusetts is drawing closer to its first solicitation for wind energy in state waters, with a call for bids due in June. The first solicitation of the 1,600 MW mandated in state legislation could be anywhere from 200 MW to 800 MW, according to Bill White, senior director, offshore wind development, for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).

 

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Electric Grid Study Ordered by US Energy Chief to Boost Baseload Resources

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-04-17 07:32

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is ordering a study of the U.S. electric grid, with an eye to examining whether policies that favor wind and solar energy are accelerating the retirement of coal and nuclear plants critical to ensuring steady, reliable power supplies.

 

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Saudis Seek 30 Solar, Wind Projects in $50 Billion Pledge

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-04-17 07:12

Saudi Arabia will develop 30 solar and wind projects over the next 10 years as part of the kingdom’s $50 billion program to boost power generation and cut its oil consumption.

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Listen Up: How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-04-17 06:17

It may seem counter-intuitive, but you can have too many solar panels on your roof. With conventional net metering, your utility will not reimburse you at the end of the year if you produce more power than you consume.

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Geothermal Makes Breakthrough in Canada's Federal Budget — Now What?

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2017-04-17 04:56

For more than a decade, advocates of geothermal energy have pushed for the same kind of treatment other energy producers receive from Canada’s federal government — with little progress. But with the release of the federal budget on March 22, that changed.

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What Will Remain of the Climate Challenge Conference? Part Two

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-04-13 11:45

If global warming is planetary, its negative impacts and consequences are visible everywhere, but are different in nature from region to region. It is more destructive for poor countries, especially African countries which contribute less than 4 percent of global GHG emissions. 

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Clean Energy and the Environment: Part Two — Victor or Victim or a Most Uncivil War?

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-04-13 11:13
No politician—not even The Donald—can expect to stay in power without being able to point to some accomplishments. Dystopian visions will only get you so far. Surrogates can only rationalize for so long.

 

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EPA Seeks Public Comments on Environmental Regulation Reform

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-04-13 09:06

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published a notice in the Federal Register that it is seeking public comments on regulations that may be repealed, replaced or modified, in accordance with President Donald Trump’s executive order “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.”

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What Are the Top 10 States for Clean Energy Jobs?

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-04-13 07:11

The solar, wind and energy efficiency industries already employ millions of people in the U.S., and they’re poised to grow. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are 374,000 American jobs in solar energy, 102,000 in wind energy and more than 2.2 million related to energy efficiency. 

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India Gets Record Low Bid to Build Solar Power, Minister Says

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-04-13 06:48

The price of solar power in India fell to a record low of 3.15 rupees (5 U.S. cents) a kilowatt-hour in a competitive tender where French firm Engie SA’s local arm won rights to develop 250 MW.

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Mitsubishi Supports Conversion of Generation Plant from Oil to Biomass in Japan

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-04-13 06:23

Mitsubishi Corporation Power Ltd. (MCP) recently joined with The Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO) in a joint venture, Aioi Bioenergy Corp., to develop biomass power generation in Japan.

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From Moo to Goo: Cooperating Microbes Convert Methane to Alternative Fuel Source

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-04-13 05:42

Oil and gas wells and even cattle release methane gas into the atmosphere, and researchers are working on ways to not only capture this gas but also convert it into something useful and less-polluting.

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No Heat? No Problem: This Ultrasonic Dryer Dries Clothes in Half the Time

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-04-13 05:10

We spend $9 billion each year powering our clothes dryers. That’s a lot of money and energy (up to 4 percent of America’s residential energy use) we’re wasting.

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Clean Energy Investment Drops 17 Percent as China, US Scale Back

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2017-04-13 04:30

Clean-energy investment fell 17 percent in the first quarter, keeping pace with last year’s decline, as the U.S. and China both scaled back support for wind and solar farms.

 

 

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