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South Africa's Eskom Facing `Death Spiral' Driven by Distributed Solar Energy

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2018-12-13 08:28
Bloated by debt, bled by corruption and battered by structurally declining sales, South African power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. is facing what’s known in the industry as a “death spiral.”
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Trump’s Solar Tariffs Blamed for 15 Percent Decline in Large-Scale Solar Installations in Q3 2018

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2018-12-13 08:18
On Thursday, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reported results of their analysis of U.S. solar installations in the third quarter of 2018. While large-scale solar installations fell, the residential market continued to stabilize after falling in 2017, said the analysts. Overall, they said they expect 2018 growth to be flat.
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Mercedes-Benz Signs PPA with Statkraft for 46 MW of Unsubsidized Wind Power Capacity

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-12-12 09:18
This week Mercedes-Benz Cars together with Statkraft announced that it is taking the first step on the road to realizing a CO2-neutral energy supply for its German plants.
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Report: Smart Grid Upgrades Offer Less Risk, More Flexibility than Power Lines

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-12-12 08:46
A decade ago, Maine regulators faced dueling proposals to meet projected load growth north of Portland: upgrade a long-distance transmission line to carry more power, or strategically install batteries and distributed generation.
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France Will Save Billions By Investing in Renewables Instead of Nukes

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-12-12 08:33
France will save 39 billion euros ($44.5 billion) if it refrains from building 15 new nuclear plants by 2060, and bets instead on renewable energy sources to replace its all its aging atomic facilities, a government agency said.
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FERC releases after-action panel report on Oroville Dam spillway incident

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-12-12 07:53

Modifications in the Part 12 review process on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s part are warranted, and FERC needs to develop a list of the highest dams and spillways which could be of significant hazard to downstream populations.

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Report: More than 680 GW of new wind to come online over next decade

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-12-12 07:50

According to the Global Wind Power Market Outlook Update: Q4 2018, more than 680 GW of new wind power capacity will come online globally over the next 10 years.

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Mexican Steel Producer to Benefit from 130-MW Solar Farm

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-12-11 08:15
Solar PV developer Dhamma Energy said this week that it sold a 130-MW solar project located in the northern Mexican state of Sonora to French energy group ENGIE in September.
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Investors Sought for Community Wind Farm on an Island Near Northern Scotland

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-12-11 07:42
An urgent plea is being made to potential investors to buy shares in a small community wind farm in the Hebrides in order to help reach its fundraising target of £350,000 by the end of the year.
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The Yellow Vests Movement Isn’t Anti-Climate Action; It’s Pro-Social Justice

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-12-11 07:34
The Yellow Vests riots sweeping across France have grabbed headlines as governments gather in Katowice, Poland for the UN climate conference (COP24). This is the most widespread and violent protest in France since the 2005 suburban riots, and perhaps even 1968. While the unrest initially erupted as a protest against the latest rise in fuel taxes, which the government has now agreed to postpone, some are attributing the riots to a backlash against carbon taxes and climate action. This is a misguided conclusion.
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Texas Co-op Upping Solar Farm Procurement to 50-plus MW

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-12-11 07:02

The deal brings CoServ’s stake to 51.5 MW of the 100-MW Lapetus project. Brazos Electric Power Cooperative is the generation and transmission provider on the procurement.

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Biomass Market Harnesses Combined Heat and Power

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-12-10 11:56
Two big trends are converging in the world of power generation -- Combined Heat & Power (CHP) and biomass. CHP is gaining ground in many areas of the world due to the fact that its superior efficiency often results in major economic gains (CHP takes the waste heat from a turbine and uses it to generate steam which is often uses in district heating, or in industrial processes).
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Getting Renewables Strategy Right and Avoiding Pitfalls in Middle East

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-12-10 10:45
The outlook for renewables in the Middle East is encouraging. Recent tenders, such as in Saudi Arabia and neighboring Egypt, have demonstrated considerable investor appetite, competitive prices, and a strong market for clean energy.
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Rhode Island Encourages Brownfield Solar Projects

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-12-10 10:10
A Rhode Island program promoting solar development on polluted properties could help relieve tensions between the state’s fast-growing solar industry and conservationists concerned with preserving green space.
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Nevada National Security Site Installs Solar, Begins Era of Net-zero Energy Buildings

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-12-10 10:00
The Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) inaugurated the Mercury Solar Project late last month and moved it further down the path of sustainability, giving NNSA its first net-zero-energy building.
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Residential Batteries in Germany To Provide Primary Balancing Power for Grid Operator

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-12-10 09:57
Last week residential battery provider sonnen and its technology partner, tiko Energy Solutions, said that they have obtained pre-qualification from the transmission system operator TenneT to provide primary balancing power using its Germany-wide network of residential battery storage systems.
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Western Australia’s Horizon Power Embarks on DERMS Project To Manage PV & Batteries

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-12-10 09:52
Last week, PXiSE Energy Solutions, LLC a subsidiary of Sempra Energy and Mitsui & Co. Ltd., announced that Horizon Power would be installing the company’s Active Control Technology (ACT) as the distributed energy resources management system (DERMS) in Western Australia.
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Forecasting the Energy Community: Open Call for the Inaugural Season of a Fantasy Energy League

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-12-07 05:23
Fantasy sports and the energy industry might not have much in common on the surface, but I’ve always personally approached these two passions of mine in similar ways: obsessively reading the breaking news, following my favorite experts in the community on social media, and diving deep into the available statistics to create graphs and try to come up with hot takes. I think the fantasy sports model can be used to encourage an academic and educational exercise in the energy industry, so it struck me—I should establish the first fantasy league for the energy sector!
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Siemens Secures Landmark UK Grid Project for 950 MW Windfarm

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-12-07 02:23

Siemens has won its largest ever UK grid access contract with a deal to connect a 950 MW offshore windfarm.

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U.S. Senate confirms McNamee to FERC by narrowest of margins

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2018-12-06 12:37

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Bernard L. McNamee to join the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, with a vote of 50:49.

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