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First Grid-Scale Energy Summit Will Highlight Storage "Beyond Batteries"

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-06-05 15:04
In the 2019 FY Budget, the office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) included a $90M request to fund a new initiative it calls “Beyond Batteries.” The initiative is part of the DOE Grid Modernization Initiative, and focuses on new approaches to energy storage, which could include hybrid technologies such as pairing hydropower with solar or wind energy in order to provide a stable, dispatchable energy supply.
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South Africa Plans to Add Up to $4 Billion of Renewable Projects

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-06-05 06:41
South Africa plans to invite bidders for additional renewable power projects that may amount to as much as 50 billion rand ($4 billion) of investment and help stimulate local and black-owned business.
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First Grid-Scale Liquid Air Energy Storage Plant Commissioned

Renewable Energy - Tue, 2018-06-05 06:41
U.K.-based Highview Power today commissioned what it says is the world’s first demonstration of grid-scale liquid air energy storage technology.
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The Electricity Sector Is Dominating the Modern Energy Transition; Heating/Cooling and Transport Must Catch Up

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-06-04 13:45
New data on the world’s transition to renewable energy are in, and the results are clear — the electricity sector’s uptake of renewables is well underway, but the transition for the heating/cooling and transport sectors has “barely begun,” according to the REN21 Renewables 2018 Global Status Report.
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FERC releases draft environmental impact statement for 361.9-MW Yuba River relicensing

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-06-04 10:19

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the U.S. has prepared a draft environmental impact statement for relicensing of the 361.9-MW Yuba River Development Project in California.

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Trump Orders Action to Stem Coal, Nuclear Plant Shutdowns

Renewable Energy - Mon, 2018-06-04 06:48
President Donald Trump ordered his energy secretary to take immediate action to stem power plant closures, arguing that a decline in coal and nuclear electricity is putting the nation’s security at risk.
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China Strives to Speed Up Development of EV Charging Stations

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-06-01 05:50
China plans to build a network of 12,000 charging stations to meet the power demands of 5 million EVs by 2020.
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Nevada Utility Is Putting $2 Billion into Solar Power and Storage

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-06-01 05:50
Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary NV Energy is planning to invest $2 billion on solar power from six new projects in Nevada representing 1 GW of capacity.
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Future Operations at Puna Geothermal Are Uncertain Following Lava Damage

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-06-01 05:50
In a May 30 update, Ormat Technologies said that damage to the Puna Geothermal complex caused by lava from the Kilauea volcanic eruption in Hawaii has made it difficult for the company to determine when the plant will resume operations.
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Should New Solar Investors Worry About Tax Credit Recapture? Not So Much.

Renewable Energy - Fri, 2018-06-01 04:00
New sponsors/investors often ask whether a solar investment tax credit (“ITC”) can be clawed back. This is important because these investors are often asked to backstop the ITC. The short answer is that the “unvested” portion of the credit can be clawed back where the project is sold or turned off permanently. The real risk, however, is whether the ITC was miscalculated. Let us first set the stage.
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New Charging Networks are Furthering Utilities’ E-Mobility Plans for Europe

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2018-05-31 09:30
Two utilities serving European markets this week said they are expanding their e-mobility plans with the launch of new electric vehicle charging networks.
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China’s PV Industry Is Facing Downward Pricing Pressure

Renewable Energy - Thu, 2018-05-31 09:30
As of the end of February 2018, China was home to 24 polysilicon makers — including those that had shut down production lines in order to undertake regular maintenance — with an effective production capacity totaling 293,000 metric tons a year.
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Blockchain-based Democratization of Energy Making Gains on Three Continents

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-05-30 14:48
Pioneering blockchain company LO3 Energy is gearing up for international projects set to lay foundations for future of its distributed ledger system, Exergy. Scott Kessler, LO3 business development manager, said in an interview that the three projects involve novel local energy trading market places based around the Exergy platform in Texas, the UK and Australia and that while “all projects are a little different in scope, application and intention, the unifying goal is demonstration of the Exergy platform and its benefits not just for consumers but for distribution utilities, retailers and all existing actors on the grid.”
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Dealing with quality control issues during hydropower asset replacements

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-05-30 13:52

There is concern in the hydroelectric industry about quality control issues when it comes to hydropower asset replacements and repairs. 

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Connecticut Plans $15M in Port Upgrades to Support Offshore Wind Industry

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-05-30 12:46

Connecticut will invest $15 million to update one of its major ports to help in the deployment of equipment and workers for offshore wind projects on the East Coast.

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Clean Energy Groups Appeal Approval of DTE Energy’s Proposed $1 Billion Gas Plant

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-05-30 08:45

A coalition of clean energy organizations have asked the Michigan Court of Appeals to reverse the decision of the Michigan Public Service Commission to approve a massive new natural gas power plant to be built by DTE Energy.

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UK Energy Industry Launches Coalition on Gender Diversity

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-05-30 08:26
A new initiative has been launched to boost the number of women at senior levels and middle management in the UK energy industry. The Energy Leaders’ Coalition comprises eight of the leading chief executives from the UK’s energy sector – of which only two are women – who are making a public declaration to improve gender diversity in their companies and in the sector as a whole.
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As More Solar and Wind Come onto the Grid, Prices Go Down But New Questions Come Up

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-05-30 08:12

Wind and solar energy are growing rapidly in the U.S. As these energy sources become a bigger part of the electricity mix, their growth raises new questions: How do solar and wind influence energy prices? 

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Loans Worth $40 Million Will Spur First Utility-Scale Solar for Indonesia

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-05-30 07:48

New private financing from the Asian Development Bank will support the development of Indonesia’s first utility-scale solar PV plants.

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Hanwha Q CELLS to Build Solar PV Manufacturing Facility in US

Renewable Energy - Wed, 2018-05-30 06:41

South Korea-based Hanwha Q CELLS Korea Corp. today said it will begin building a solar module manufacturing facility in the U.S. this year.

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