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140,000-Strong EV Smart Charging Trial Complete

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2019-02-11 11:37
Last week, an organization called Electric Nation said that it had concluded data collection from more than 140,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging events in what it called the largest smart charging trial in the world. The trail lasted 18 months.
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Puerto Rico’s Draft IRP Seeks Unprecedented Amounts of Solar and Battery Storage

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2019-02-11 09:21
Last week when utilities and other energy stakeholders were attending DistribuTECH in New Orleans, LA, a bit farther south, Puerto Rico’s utility PREPA was releasing a draft version of its 2019 integrated resource plan (IRP).
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Australian Renewable Hydrogen Power Plant One Step Closer To Completion

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2019-02-11 08:23
Australian hydrogen infrastructure developer H2U confirmed today that it will use Baker Hughes NovaLT gas turbine generators at its South Australian Renewable Hydrogen and Ammonia Supply Chain Demonstrator in Port Lincoln.
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Residential Solar and Storage to Participate in New England Wholesale Energy Capacity Market

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2019-02-08 09:49
Solar is breaking into a power market that’s long been the domain of big, conventional generators. A key reason: batteries.
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Top 7 Ways To Make Sure Your Business Saves Money with Solar (Hint: Act Now)

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2019-02-08 09:40
The solar investment tax credit (ITC) is one of the most lucrative ways to reduce the investment costs of your solar installation, but in order to maximize this incentive, it’s important to include solar power in your 2019 planning. Follow this guide to ensure your business is able to take advantage of the ITC before it starts to ramp down.
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World’s Largest Solar + Storage Microgrid To Power Gold Mine in Australia

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2019-02-08 08:47
This week Aggreko said it signed an agreement with Gold Fields Australia (Gold Fields) to design, build and operate a hybrid renewable-energy-plus-battery-storage system at the Granny Smith gold mine in Western Australia. The system, one of the world’s largest hybrid off-grid microgrids according to Aggreko, will comprise 8 MW of solar power generation capacity plus 2-MW/1-MWh battery system, integrated with 24.2 MW of existing natural-gas generation. Construction is expected to begin in May and be completed by year-end.
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US Congresswoman Unveils Sweeping Green New Deal

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2019-02-08 07:12
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released a sweeping package of environmental measures Thursday that has pitted progressives in the House Democratic caucus against moderates over how far to go in pursuit of resetting the climate change debate.
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Betting $1 Million on Offshore New Jersey Wind Paid Off Big Time

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2019-02-07 07:10
Over the past year, U.S. Wind got calls “every day” to sell a lease the energy company bought for $1 million in 2015 in its push to build a wind farm off the New Jersey coast.
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Consumer demand drives record year for wind energy purchases, AWEA says

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2019-02-06 11:23

Fortune 500 brands and a range of other non-utility entities are catalyzing America’s growing demand for renewable energy by purchasing a record amount of wind power in 2018, according to a recent report by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Consumer demand combined with policy stability and low, stable prices helped wind power capacity installations rise to the third strongest quarter in the industry’s history.

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The Caribbean’s Untapped Renewable Energy Potential

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2019-02-06 04:54
The global strategy for mitigating climate change is no secret. Most countries have embarked on an initiative to transition to clean energy sources. According to a study by scientists from the universities of Oxford and Utrecht, we will almost certainly pass a point of no return for dealing with global warming if governments worldwide don’t transition away from fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas, towards renewable energy by 2035. This would mean that renewables would need to see their total share of power generation increase by at least two percent per year.
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FERC issues NOPR on expedited hydro licensing process

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2019-02-05 07:30

Late last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the U.S. proposed to expedite the issuance of original hydropower licenses for certain qualifying facilities at existing non-powered dams and closed-loop pumped storage projects.

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SEPA Explores DERMS at #DTECH2019

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2019-02-05 05:34
Just the number of acronyms in the headline for this article ought to offer a tiny glimpse into the complexity surrounding the deployment of Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS). On Monday, during DistribuTECH, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) held a grid management working group meeting to discuss what requirements are necessary for successful DERMS deployment.
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China’s Wind Industry Installs More than 20 GW of Capacity in 2018 and Curtailment Decreases

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2019-02-05 04:36
Analysts at Huajin Securities in China said they expect newly installed capacity nationwide for 2018 to be somewhere between 21 and 22 GW, and that the wind power curtailment rate would continue to drop. Newly installed capacity for wind power is expected to continue to grow steadily over the next two years, while the proportion of the country’s total power sourced from wind is expected to continue to increase as well.
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Tour highlight: Pilot solar farm offers lessons learned

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2019-02-04 12:32

It is a bit ironic to visit a solar farm on a foggy, overcast morning, but you have to take whatever weather you are given – in New Orleans in early February. At least it wasn’t raining, which was definitely in the forecast just the day before.

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Tesla to Buy Battery-Tech Firm Maxwell for $218 Million in Stock

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2019-02-04 07:02
Tesla Inc. agreed to acquire battery-technology company Maxwell Technologies Inc. for about $218 million in stock, as Elon Musk’s electric car maker adds expertise in energy storage and power delivery.
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Top 5 Disruptions Utility Execs Are Probably Worrying about Right Now

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2019-02-04 05:47
If you are one of the almost half-million people who work in the utility industry, no doubt you know that the industry is changing, and fast. Lucky for you, DistribuTECH offers you an in-depth look at every single aspect of the utility business and how all of those changes will affect you and the work that you do every day.
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Demand Charges Could Jeopardize Rooftop Solar in New York

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2019-02-04 04:38
In New York, and cities around the world, extreme weather events have become the new norm. Even six years later as we prepare for the L train shutdown for storm-related repairs, we’re still seeing the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which knocked out power to more than eight million households.
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Chinese Solar Manufacturers Increased Production, Export in 2018 While Domestic Installations Fell

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2019-02-04 04:32
In 2018, 43 GW of new PV installation capacity was added to the grid in China, a decline of 18 percent from the prior year. Accumulated PV installed capacity surpassed 170 GW. Of the total, 20 GW were distributed PV, up 5 percent. Some 23 GW were centralized PV, down 31 percent. The country’s PV sector showed dramatic growth in electricity production last year. The curtailment rate of PV power systems declined from a double-digit number to around 3 percent.
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How Utilities and Consumers Can Join Forces to Power the Sustainable Future

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2019-02-04 04:27
Since 1996, the World Bank reports we have massively reduced our energy consumption per capita from 3879kg to 2775kg oil equivalent. However, since 2014 progress has plateaued somewhat, and with some ways towards meeting minimum environmental goals, we have taken all the easiest steps towards greater efficiency and the need to shift our attention to significant minimal gains. Initiatives from the smart meter roll out to environmental levies peron suppliers are bringing attention to the way we generate and consume energy. Meanwhile in the retail sector, ‘all green’ energy tariffs from the likes of Bulb and Ovo are gaining market share.
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Clean Energy Group Says Georgia Power’s New IRP Falls Short on Solar, Energy Efficiency

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2019-02-01 08:08
On January 31, 2019, Georgia Power, the largest utility in the state submitted its newest integrated resource plan (IRP) to the state utility commission for approval.
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