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Market rules for hybrid interconnections taking shape at MISO

MISO interconnection customers have the option of designating “hybrid” as fuel type when they submit an interconnection request before July 22, 2021, for the 2021 Definitive Planning Phase (DPP) cycle. In addition, there are nearly 5,000 MW of hybrid resources, mostly solar plus storage, waiting to be studied by MISO from the 2019 and 2020 […]

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  • June 22 @ 12:05 pm

Virgin Money supports SHIL’s acquisition of two small hydro schemes

Virgin Money has completed a deal supporting Scottish Hydro Investment Limited (SHIL) in the acquisition of two operational small hydro schemes from Guinness Asset Management. The £8 million (US$11.1 million) long-term loan provided by Virgin Money will support the acquisition, and upgrade, of the Glen Buck and Munergie hydro schemes, located in the Scottish Highlands. […]

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  • June 22 @ 11:40 am

Arkansas co-op adds 4.8-MW/9.6-MWh storage to its solar PV plants

Energy Toolbase today announced that it has commissioned two energy storage systems (ESS) with Today’s Power (TPI), a renewable energy company based in Little Rock, Arkansas that develops, owns, and operates renewable assets. TPI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based utility service cooperative owned by 17 Arkansas […]

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  • June 22 @ 10:45 am

Albania launches first tender for wind power

Albania launched its first tender for utility-scale onshore wind power plants today. Projects with a capacity of 10 MW to 75 MW can apply. Several projects will be chosen, according to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Total tendered capacity equals 100 MW, and this may be increased to 150 MW in the […]

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  • June 21 @ 11:30 am

Automated EV charging could help the US meet carbon reduction goals

A new study from Sense and Singularity Energy demonstrates the potential for significant carbon reductions from electric vehicle (EV) charging using a combination of smart home automation and location- and time-based carbon emissions data from the power grid. The study found that by automating charging to minimize carbon impact, carbon emissions from EV charging could be […]

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  • June 21 @ 9:26 am

Correcting 5 myths about hydropower

What is keeping the U.S. from fully embracing a new generation of hydropower? Explained below are 5 major myths about hydropower.

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  • June 21 @ 8:22 am

The United States consumed a record amount of renewable energy in 2020

Renewable energy was the only source of U.S. energy consumption that increased in 2020 from 2019; fossil fuel and nuclear consumption declined

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  • June 18 @ 9:30 am

Sappi North America selling hydroelectric assets to Dichotomy Power

Sappi North America Inc., a producer and supplier of paper, packaging products and pulp, announced it will sell its hydroelectric assets on the Presumpscot River in Maine to Dichotomy Power LLC, pending satisfactory completion of regulatory and other approvals. The move will allow Sappi to focus on its core competencies and is consistent with Sappi’s […]

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  • June 18 @ 9:05 am

RES and Cowessess First Nation plan 200-MW wind farm in Canada

RES (Renewable Energy Systems) and partner Cowessess First Nation are pleased to announce a tender award with SaskPower for a 200 MW-wind project located south of Kipling, in southeastern Saskatchewan, Canada.

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  • June 18 @ 8:30 am

Regulators join forces to remove barriers to clean energy transmission

Transmission is key if the US is serious about becoming a nation powered by more renewable energy; new taskforce will work to overcome obstacles and barriers to key infrastructure build-out. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) today announced the formation of a joint federal-state task force […]

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  • June 17 @ 1:13 pm

‘Say what we do, do what we say’: Behind the scenes on Nextracker’s ISO 9001:2015 certification journey

The International Organization for Standardization, better known by its acronym ISO, is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 165 national standards bodies.

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  • June 17 @ 9:31 am

New innovation lab launched to drive innovation in US renewable energy

The Blue Energy Studio will engage entrepreneurs, engineers, inventors, and corporate partners, beginning with Ørsted, to test and iterate innovative solutions to critical challenges across the renewable energy value chain.

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  • June 17 @ 9:07 am

Examining the emerging hydrogen industry in Australia

Countries are slowly diversifying their energy portfolio by including hydrogen in their future roadmap towards a low carbon economy. Today, several global trends and activities distinguish the renewed focus on hydrogen from what has been observed in the past. Countries like Germany, Japan, the UK, China, Australia, and others have already made plans targeting Hydrogen […]

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  • June 17 @ 8:35 am

Oil majors attracted by economic competitiveness of renewables

The expected decreased demand for fossil fuels, coupled with the falling costs associated with renewable energy projects, are driving major oil and gas companies – including bp, Total and Shell – to actively restructure their businesses to add more renewable power projects to their portfolios. This is according to the latest research from data and […]

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  • June 16 @ 10:44 am

MISO electric vehicle prospects increase (3 out of 3)

With the increase in Electric Vehicles’ availability in Midwest states, it is time to acknowledge the opportunities for charging EVs at MISO, the regional grid operator. Aggregated EVs can be a distributed energy resource (DER). Therefore, aggregators are ideally positioned to bid EVs into the MISO market. MISO and other grid operators can enable EV […]

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  • June 16 @ 10:31 am

NHPC signs MOU for implementation of 130.1-MW Dagmara hydroelectric project

NHPC Limited and Bihar State Power Holding Company (BSHPC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for implementation of the 130.1-MW Dagmara hydroelectric project in the Supaul district, Bihar State, India. The MOU was signed and exchanged by the signatories in the august presence of Shri R.K. Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) Power […]

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  • June 16 @ 7:54 am

EDP Renewables enters Chilean market with $38 million acquisition

EDP Renewables is expanding its presence within the Latin American and global clean energy market with two separate deals reached with Atacama Energy and Lader Energy in Chile. The two deals have a total consideration of $38 million for the acquisition of 628 MW of solar and wind energy projects in Chile. Commenting on the […]

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  • June 15 @ 9:15 am

Thursday’s eclipse reduced PV production

A partial solar eclipse last Thursday was expected to reduce solar energy production for a time. It underlines the importance of photovoltaic operators and utilities having backups, whether in the form of energy storage or alternative ways of getting energy to customers during an outage.  According to Astronomy, last week’s annular, or ring-shaped eclipse, was […]

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  • June 15 @ 7:57 am

Maine continues expansion of EV fast-charging network

Efficiency Maine last week announced seven awards to place new high-speed electric vehicle (EV) chargers at strategic locations on Interstate 95 to serve communities in central and eastern Maine. With these additions, Maine’s universally accessible, high-speed EV charger network will connect Bangor, mid-coast Maine, and Acadia to drivers traveling to and from southern New England […]

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  • June 15 @ 6:03 am

GE Renewable Energy and LafargeHolcim agree to develop circular wind industry

GE Renewable Energy and LafargeHolcim have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore circular economy solutions using materials from decommissioned wind turbines. The companies are exploring new ways of recycling wind blades, as well as how wind turbine blades can be turned into sustainable construction materials to build new wind farms. This research builds […]

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  • June 14 @ 9:37 am

DOE provides NYPA, EPRI $200,000 to research long-duration storage

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced this week that it will launch a project with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to explore the use of crushed rock thermal energy storage to provide reliable and effective energy storage in a market with significant renewable energy resources. The project will be led by EPRI and […]

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  • June 14 @ 7:43 am

10 things bus fleets need in order to electrify (part 2 of 2)

by Alison Wiley The electric bus world is growing rapidly, with more purchase orders being placed for them weekly, massive federal funding for them being proposed, and Lion’s announcement of going public and building a huge e-bus manufacturing plant in Illinois with capacity to produce 20,000 electric school buses per year. If you are working to keep up in this complex field, […]

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  • June 14 @ 6:40 am

ABB and SMC partner on 80-MW energy storage project in Philippines

SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. (SMC), a major supplier of power to the national grid in the Philippines, has partnered with ABB to install battery energy storage systems (BESS) as part of its BESS Project. In countries such as the Philippines, several challenges negatively impact grid performance, such as the length of power lines required […]

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  • June 11 @ 8:47 am

Charging forward with the EV revolution in the US

As individual states across the U.S. work towards increasingly ambitious net zero emissions targets, the logistics of how these targets can be achieved and where investment should be made is at the forefront of decision-makers’ minds.

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  • June 11 @ 7:00 am

Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park to use hydropower for operations

Work is under way at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska to tie into a hydropower network to provide renewable power to the headquarters complex. More than 20 years in the making, this project – known as the intertie – will connect the park’s existing power system with the 800-kW Falls Creek Hydroelectric […]

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  • June 11 @ 5:38 am

National Grid Renewables announces operations at Bingham and Temperance solar plants

Two new Michigan solar projects are now operational and delivering up to 40 MW of carbon free power to the region. National Grid Renewables announced work was completed at Bingham Solar and Temperance Solar, both part of the company’s MiSolar Portfolio. National Grid Renewables owns both projects, which will generate under power purchase agreements with […]

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  • June 10 @ 1:46 pm

Consumers Energy announces new EV program

Michigan-based Consumers Energy is accelerating the electric vehicle (EV) transformation with a new program to help businesses statewide transition to carbon-free EVs. The utility’s PowerMIFleet program will focus on Michigan businesses, offering expertise and $3 million in rebates for charging locations throughout the state. “Michigan was the birthplace of the American auto industry. Now, we […]

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  • June 10 @ 9:28 am

FPL reaches major solar installation milestone

Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) achieved a major milestone by surpassing 40% completion of its “30-by-30” plan to install 30 million solar panels by 2030. To date, FPL has installed more than 12 million solar panels in Florida, putting the company well on its way to achieving its “30-by-30” plan. FPL says this is […]

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  • June 10 @ 6:39 am

RWE’s 250-MW Scioto Ridge Wind Farm in Ohio now operational

Last week, RWE Renewables said it has started commercial operation on its 250-MW onshore Scioto Ridge Wind Farm, located in Hardin and Logan Counties in Ohio. The project uses 75 Siemens Gamesa turbines and represents RWE’s first wind project in Ohio. “The ongoing transition to lower carbon technologies and a more diverse energy portfolio represents […]

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  • June 10 @ 5:26 am

Enel Green Power pilots 3D printing to repair geothermal components

Enel Green Power has published an article noting the use of 3D printing in their flagship Geyser project at Santa Barbara metallurgy labs in Cavriglia, Italy. The idea to use 3D printing to repair essential components was spawned at a roundtable discussion organized by the project Geyser team. A group of technicians and experts from […]

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  • June 9 @ 9:39 am

Turbine installation complete at 604-MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm

On June 5, the last of 72 turbines was installed at the Kriegers Flak wind farm, 15 km to 40 km off the east coast of Denmark. The next steps will be to finalize testing and certification of the farm so that it can be inaugurated after summer. According to Swedish energy company Vattenfall, the […]

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  • June 9 @ 9:14 am

Albania’s first floating solar plant starts commercial operations

European renewable energy generator Statkraft, in collaboration with Norwegian supplier Ocean Sun, has started commercial operations at the first unit of its floating solar project in Albania. The project is placed at the Banja reservoir in Albania, where Statkraft is operating its 72-MW Banja hydropower plant. After the successful completion of the first floating solar […]

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  • June 9 @ 5:57 am

Inequalities must be addressed to provide universal access to sustainable energy

Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report says that during the past decade, a greater share of the global population gained access to electricity than ever before, but the number of people without electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa increased. Unless efforts are scaled up significantly in countries with the largest deficits, the world will still fall short […]

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  • June 8 @ 9:47 am

Drilling begun for Ethiopia Electric Power geothermal well

Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has begun drilling the first geothermal well at the Aluto site for Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP) company. This sets into motion Phase II of the $70.4 million contract. KenGen’s managing director and chief executive officer, Rebecca Miano, through a statement, said the works began over the last weekend in […]

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  • June 8 @ 8:24 am

Virginia advocates seek path forward for electric school buses despite lack of state funds

by Elizabeth McGowan, Energy News Network An ambitious measure to convert Virginia’s fleet of 17,000 diesel-powered school buses to quieter and cleaner electric models over a decade was praised by health and environmental advocates when it passed the General Assembly at the end of February. But transitioning from yellow to green is expensive. And that […]

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  • June 8 @ 7:00 am

Bechtel working with Drax to build biomass plants with carbon capture & storage

Power plant engineering and construction giant Bechtel is partnering with a renewable energies company to explore the potential of bioenergy production sites combined with carbon capture and storage. The EPC firm announced its strategic agreement with Drax to create Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) plants around the world. The focus for both companies working together […]

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  • June 7 @ 9:39 am

AEP OnSite Partners signs LOI to develop solar field to power cryptocurrency mining

Sangha Systems, developers of an 82-MW cryptocurrency mining facility at a former steel mill in Hennepin, Illinois announced that it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with AEP OnSite Partners to develop a 2 – 5-MW behind-the-meter solar power array to begin to migrate its electricity consumption towards clean energy.  Sangha Systems, through its […]

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  • June 7 @ 6:00 am

Ørsted announces commitment to recycling wind turbine blades

Ørsted has announced its new commitment to reuse, recycle or recover all the wind turbine blades in its global portfolio of onshore and offshore wind farms upon decommissioning. The commitment, made on the company’s Capital Markets Day, is part of Ørsted’s strategy to expand its sustainability position and work toward achieving a carbon-neutral footprint by […]

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  • June 4 @ 3:09 pm

Vermont clean energy jobs board aims to net more resumes from women

Advocates in Vermont hope a new clean energy jobs board and resume bank can help open doors and diversify a sometimes clubby, male-dominated sector. Renewable Energy Vermont’s clean energy resume bank, launched last month, lets employers post job listings and review resumes uploaded by job seekers. The goal is to help companies fill positions as they […]

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  • June 4 @ 8:15 am

POWERGEN International Announces 2022 event theme and partnerships to shape the future of energy

POWEGEN International, the world’s largest power generation event, is pleased to announce its 2022 theme of Destination 2050 as well as partnerships with the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA), Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA), Epicenter, and Green Hydrogen Coalition (GHC) for its 2022 event taking place January 26-28 in Dallas, Texas. For the first time, POWERGEN International will be co-located with DISTRIBUTECH […]

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  • June 4 @ 7:06 am

Eureden and Primeo Energie sign small hydro PPA in France

A hydroelectric power purchase agreement (PPA) has been signed between Primeo Energie France, Eureden and aventron. Primeo Energie France is committed to supplying Eureden with electricity production from two small hydroelectric facilities operated by the aventron group through its French subsidiary Birseck Hydro, from 2023 to 2025. The plants are the 5.2-MW Oche power station […]

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  • June 3 @ 10:02 am

Tri Global Energy selling 350 MW in Blackford wind & solar projects to Leeward

Dallas-based Leeward Renewable Energy is acquiring Indiana wind and solar projects from the original developer. Tri Global Energy is selling close to 2,000 MW of renewable generating capacity to Leeward. Both projects are based in Blackford County, Indiana, and were developed by Tri Global beginning in 2019. Blackford Wind will be capable of delivering up […]

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  • June 3 @ 9:10 am

Equinor installing private LTE for improved communications at offshore wind farms

Yesterday, Nokia announced it has collaborated with systems integrator, NetNordic, to enter into a frame agreement with Equinor, one of the world’s leading producers of oil, gas and wind power, to deliver a private 4G and 5G-ready solution for Equinor’s international operations. The eight-year frame agreement includes hardware, software, design, radio planning, implementation and support. Under the agreement, the […]

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  • June 3 @ 4:16 am

ACCIONA wins approval to build 188-MW Fleming County solar farm for Amazon

The project was the first to go through the public hearing process now required for projects in the state.

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  • June 2 @ 2:25 am

First turbine installed at Hornsea Two offshore wind farm

Ørsted has announced that the first wind turbine for the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm has been installed, a significant construction milestone for the project. Located 89km off the Yorkshire coast in the North Sea and adjacent to Hornsea One, the sister site is expected to be completed in 2022. The first load out of […]

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  • June 2 @ 2:14 am

State ROFR laws are holding back transmission buildout in MISO and must go away

There are multiple opportunities for transmission buildout at MISO but limited prospects for independent transmission companies. Opportunities in favor of transmission include policy planning projects to interconnect renewable projects, the need for reliability in the MISO South region, and additional proactive planning approaches to address the capacity needs of local resource zones at MISO. However, […]

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  • June 1 @ 4:41 pm

Biden seeks more money for DOI in 2022 budget to combat climate change, build renewables

Last week, the Biden-Harris administration submitted to congress the budget for fiscal year 2022. The Department of the Interior’s (DOI’s) 2022 budget proposal totals $17.6 billion — an increase of $2.5 billion, or 17 percent, from the 2021 enacted level. The significant investment will help DOI address the climate crisis while creating good-paying union jobs and investing […]

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  • June 1 @ 12:26 pm

NordLink hydro and wind transmission cable inaugurated

By jointly pressing a “digital button,” German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg commissioned NordLink on May 27. The “green cable” will exchange German wind energy with Norwegian hydropower and connect two optimally complementary systems, according to transmission system operator TenneT. “NordLink is a lighthouse project and an enormously important component […]

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  • June 1 @ 9:41 am

Are we finally in the death-throes of the fossil fuel era?

A new eye-catching report put together by London-based think tank Carbon Tracker, shows that we might’ve finally left fossil fuels in the ground for good by 2035.

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  • June 1 @ 8:08 am

Are we finally in the death-throws of the fossil fuel era?

A new eye-catching report put together by London-based think tank Carbon Tracker, shows that we might’ve finally left fossil fuels in the ground for good by 2035.

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  • June 1 @ 8:08 am

DISTRIBUTECH International announces Host Utility, partnerships to support navigation of the energy transition

DISTRIBUTECH International, the leading annual transmission and distribution event, is pleased to announce its Host Utility Oncor, as well as partnerships with the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA), Forth, Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC) and Vehicle-Grid Integration Council (VGIC), for its 2022 event taking place Jan. 26-28 in Dallas, Texas. DISTRIBUTECH will be co-located for the first time […]

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  • May 28 @ 8:41 am

New portfolio of solar canopies in California to help reduce urban heat island effect

The Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) in Southern California is working toward achieving its sustainability goals by adding solar canopies at 21 of its schools.

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  • May 28 @ 4:07 am

Signed PPA advances 40-MWac Khoumagueli solar project in Guinea

The 40-MWac Khoumagueli Solar IPP project in Guinea has marked a significant milestone with the signing of a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) between InfraCo Africa and Electricité de Guinée (EDG). A Concession Agreement for the project was signed in February 2019. The Khoumagueli Solar project will be Guinea’s first grid-connected solar photovoltaic plant. The […]

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  • May 27 @ 11:18 am

Koehler converts German CHP plant from coal to biomass

The Koehler Group has announced plans to fully convert its power plant at its Oberkirch location in Germany to a combined heat and power plant using biomass as a fuel. At its Oberkirch location, Koehler operates three paper machines, including the associated auxiliary systems. The paper processing and drying processes require enormous amounts of energy, […]

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  • May 27 @ 9:15 am

Uniper signs long-time PPA with Pattern for Western Spirit wind energy

Pattern Energy Group LP and international energy company Uniper this week announced they have signed a 15-year power purchase agreement for up to 219,000 MWh per year of wind energy generated in New Mexico. The power will be delivered from Pattern Energy’s 1,050-MW Western Spirit Wind project, which is currently under construction in New Mexico […]

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  • May 27 @ 3:56 am

NYPA approves three allocations of hydropower from Niagara Power Project

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the New York Power Authority’s Board of Trustees has approved three low-cost hydropower allocations that will create 102 jobs across Western New York and spur $145 million in private capital investments. The approved awards of 3.58 MW of hydropower from NYPA’s Niagara Power Project in Lewiston are to […]

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  • May 26 @ 9:05 am

Trackers selected for 766-MW Sol de Cerrado solar project in Brazil

Vale S.A., one of the largest mining companies in the world, said this week that it selected Nextracker to supply its bifacially optimized smart solar trackers for the Sol de Cerrado solar project in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The 766-MWp solar complex, which will be one of the largest in Brazil, will help power Vale’s mining operations […]

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  • May 26 @ 3:41 am

EDPR NA’s 209-MW Reloj del Sol Wind Farm in Texas begins commercial operation

EDP Renewables, through its subsidiary EDP Renewables North America LLC, has started commercial operation of the 209-MW Reloj del Sol wind farm in Zapata County, Texas. Reloj del Sol will help strengthen Texas’ grid and is estimated to provide about $36 million in direct payments to local governments and $100 million in payments to landowners […]

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  • May 25 @ 9:36 am

Electric grid sale presents rare opportunity for Rhode Island, clean energy advocates say

As the sale of Rhode Island’s largest electric distributor comes before state regulators for approval, a group of solar developers, policy specialists and energy consultants are calling on the governor and attorney general to seize what they see as a golden opportunity to force a faster grid transition.

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  • May 25 @ 7:58 am

Solar and wind generation in West Texas to be backed with more large-scale storage

Burns & McDonnell said on Monday that it was selected by LG Energy Solution and Sustainable Environmental Renewable (SER) Capital Partners to provide engineer-procure-construct (EPC) services for three 10-MW/20-MWh lithium-ion, stand-alone battery energy storage systems. The three facilities are located in the West Texas region. The project consists of owner-provided LG Chem battery racks populated […]

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  • May 25 @ 5:59 am

IHA paper: Couple green hydrogen with hydropower to create a net-zero future

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has released a research and policy paper that outlines how hydropower could be pivotal in supporting growth in green hydrogen. Green hydrogen is produced through electrolysis using decarbonized electricity and water, and it is set to be an important component of the transition to net-zero carbon economies, IHA said. Most […]

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  • May 24 @ 11:02 am

Will future fuel shortages and cyberattacks leave homeowners powerless?

Recently a ransomware attack shut down the Colonial Pipeline, which delivers 45% of fuel to the Eastern Seaboard. This time the temporary crisis mainly affected transportation.  But what if an attack like this happens again and it affects our power grid? Or what if there is another petroleum shortage?  Will your home end up powerless? […]

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  • May 24 @ 10:55 am

4 opportunities for gas utilities to accelerate the energy transition today

Several analyses make clear that electrification of commercial and residential buildings will play a predominant role in achieving state climate goals.

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  • May 24 @ 9:40 am

Silver Spring Networks founder sees in promise long-duration energy storage with iron-flow batteries

Iron-flow battery provider appoints Eric Dresselhuys as CEO; company expected to go public later this year, trading under the symbol GWH Last month ESS Inc., a manufacturer of long-duration iron flow batteries for commercial and utility-scale energy storage applications, announced the appointment of Eric Dresselhuys as Chief Executive Officer. Dresselhuys will guide the company through […]

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  • May 21 @ 4:05 pm

Silver Spring Networks founder sees promise long-duration energy storage with iron-flow batteries

Iron-flow battery provider appoints Eric Dresselhuys as CEO; company expected to go public later this year, trading under the symbol GWH Last month ESS Inc., a manufacturer of long-duration iron flow batteries for commercial and utility-scale energy storage applications, announced the appointment of Eric Dresselhuys as Chief Executive Officer. Dresselhuys will guide the company through […]

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  • May 21 @ 4:05 pm

How EVs can advance environmental justice

n my view, making EVs and charging infrastructure accessible to all drivers is crucial for achieving clean transportation and energy justice.

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  • May 21 @ 9:10 am

PNNL announces ‘deceptively simple’ innovation to make battery storage projects safer

According to a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a deceptively simple sensor system that the lab developed can prevent dangerous conditions from developing in outdoor battery cabinets. Supported by DOE’s Office of Electricity, the invention, called IntelliVent, is designed to be installed in cabinet-style battery enclosures, […]

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  • May 20 @ 10:46 am

Iberdrola and 50Hertz sign construction agreement for Baltic Eagle offshore substation

Substation to be shared by two offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of 826 MW. This week, Iberdrola and transmission system operator 50Hertz said they have signed an agreement to cooperate on the construction, installation and commissioning of the offshore substation (OSS) for 476-MW Baltic Eagle wind farm being developed in German waters of […]

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  • May 20 @ 8:21 am

EDPR NA embarks on Blue Canyon II wind farm repowering to increase output by 30%

EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA) has initiated its first North America repowering construction proceedings at the Blue Canyon II Wind Farm in Oklahoma. The repowering of Blue Canyon II, which is located in Caddo and Kiowa counties and is part of a four-phase project, ensures significant economic benefits and affordable energy will continue with […]

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  • May 20 @ 7:57 am

302-MW Lincoln Land Wind Farm moves along in development with selection of turbines

Wind farm will provide energy to McDonalds and Facebook through two separate PPAs. GE Renewable Energy announced today that it will provide 107 of it’s 2.82-127 onshore wind turbines for the 302-MW Lincoln Land Wind project in Morgan County, IL. The wind farm is owned by funds managed by the Infrastructure and Power strategy of […]

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  • May 19 @ 8:37 am

Making wind turbine blades fully recyclable

A coalition of industry and academic leaders has developed a new technology to enable circularity for thermoset composites, the material used to make wind turbine blades. The new technology delivers the final step on the journey toward a fully recyclable wind turbine value chain and was developed by a newly established initiative called CETEC (Circular […]

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  • May 19 @ 7:15 am

First unit operating at 84-MW La Virgen hydroelectric plant in Peru

The first of three units at the US$140 million, 84-MW La Virgen hydroelectric plant in Peru’s highland region of Junín has begun commercial operations. The unit came online Saturday, according to power grid coordinator COES. Special purpose company La Virgen, controlled by Brazil’s Alupar Investimento and Peruana de Energía, began construction of the plant in […]

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  • May 18 @ 10:58 am

50 MW of new solar capacity coming soon to Rhode Island

EPC says there is continued large-scale project growth in the Northeast Today, CS Energy announced that it is providing full turnkey EPC services for the largest portfolio of distributed generation solar projects to date in Rhode Island. When completed, this 50-MW portfolio will push CS Energy’s total to over 100 MW of clean power projects […]

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  • May 18 @ 9:23 am

New Hampshire Electric Cooperative and ENGIE complete largest battery project for NH

New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) this week announced the completion of its first utility-scale energy storage project. The 2.45-MW battery project was developed in partnership with ENGIE North America.  ENGIE will own and operate the battery, which is located on the site of NHEC’s 2-MW solar array in Moultonborough, NH, an area that experiences fairly […]

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  • May 18 @ 7:16 am

2021 kicks off with record growth for clean energy in the US

The Clean Power Quarterly Market Report, released last week by the American Clean Power Association (ACP), shows that U.S. project developers installed nearly 40 percent more wind power in the first three months of 2021 than in the first three months of 2020, the strongest year ever for clean power. This amount of development also […]

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  • May 17 @ 8:41 am

Solar + storage powered microgrid will enable Bad River Tribe to meet sustainability goals

Each facility will operate as an individual microgrid that will remain interactive with the utility and integrate with existing reciprocating generators as lower priority resources.

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  • May 17 @ 8:01 am

Iberdrola launches Agrovoltaics start-up challenge

This week Iberdrola group said it seeking ideas and solutions that would enable the roll-out of solar PV collocated with agriculture, horticulture, livestock, fish-farming or beekeeping which improve the land use in a sustainable way. The Iberdrola’s Renewables team of specialists is seeking innovative solutions that allow primary sector activities and solar photovoltaic facilities to […]

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  • May 14 @ 9:27 am

Residential solar prices hit record low in 2020, says EnergySage

“In 2020, people spent more time in their homes, but they also spent more on their homes,” said EnergySage CEO and founder Vikram Aggarwal.

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  • May 14 @ 9:03 am

EDP signs deal to provide wind energy to Portuguese telecommunications company

Portuguese telecommunications company NOS has signed a €32 million ($38.6 million) deal with utility EDP for the provision of renewable energy to power its operations over a period of 10 years. EDP Renewables will source the clean energy from a wind farm the company is developing in Spain to power NOS’ operations in the Iberian […]

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  • May 13 @ 3:25 pm

Argo Blockchain purchases two data centers powered by hydro in Quebec

Argo Blockchain, a cryptocurrency mining company, has completed the acquisition of two data centers in Quebec, Canada, powered almost entirely from hydropower. The acquisition is part of the company’s strategy to increase control over the mining facilities in which its machines are hosted, with a view to providing the company with long-term stability, according to […]

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  • May 13 @ 2:14 pm

California clean fuel standard sparks renewable gas boom in Midwest

Twenty years ago, Holsum Dairies installed the first anaerobic digester in Wisconsin. Part of a combined heat and power system, the digester mixed cow manure with heat and bacteria to produce biogas that fueled a generator. It was a novel experiment at the time. The digester, and another the dairy installed a few years later, […]

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  • May 13 @ 9:13 am

Hawaiian Electric needs to ramp up rooftop solar, seeks customer input

Release of the CER strategy follows a year of consultation and cooperation with the rooftop solar industry

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  • May 12 @ 9:49 am

Xcel New Mexico’s community solar program ready for subscribers

Xcel Energy’s New Mexico said that its customers can now choose electricity generated by the state’s most abundant resource – the sun. The utility’s Solar*Connect program has opened for enrollment, providing customers with the option to invest in solar energy by purchasing all or part of their monthly electricity needs from a newly constructed solar […]

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  • May 12 @ 8:41 am

Tri-state G&T getting greener with PPA for 104-MW Crossing Trails Wind Farm

Commercial operations have commenced at EDP Renewables North America’s 104-MW Crossing Trails Wind Farm. Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is the project’s sole offtaker, through a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with EDPR NA. The new wind farm is located 20 miles south of Seibert, Colo., within Kit Carson and Cheyenne counties, and is within […]

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  • May 12 @ 8:05 am

800-MW Vineyard Wind offshore wind farm to be first commercial-scale project in the US

Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), today passed the final major step in the federal review process, which means it will likely become the first commercial scale offshore wind farm in the United States.   This final major federal approval from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will enable […]

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  • May 11 @ 3:53 pm

Wanted – creative transmission owners willing to try alternatives to network upgrades!

Renewable energy project developers spend a lot of money in the generator interconnection queue for the queue position. This capital outlay is because the developer expects the transmission grid operator to study their request and approve it according to the tariff filed at FERC. With so many interconnection queue requests at most RTO’s that are […]

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  • May 11 @ 12:20 pm

How big utilities’ climate pledges fall short

Can a utility company be carbon neutral by 2050 if it builds a gas plant now? Maybe if it shuts off the gas plant well before its 40 years of useful life are complete, leaving electric customers to pay off millions in debt.

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  • May 11 @ 9:09 am

Fortum and Uniper team to manage operations of generating assets

Fortum and Uniper have finalized the first planning phase in three strategic cooperation areas: Nordic hydropower and physical trading optimization, wind and solar development, and hydrogen. Under the proposed plans, Fortum would lead the operations of both companies’ Nordic hydro assets while Uniper would take the lead in the development of both companies’ wind and […]

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  • May 11 @ 8:02 am

In Pictures: Building Canada’s largest remote solar + storage microgrid

Fort Chipewyan is an isolated community in Canada that is not connected to the main power grid. The community, which used to rely on diesel for power generation, is now home to the country’s largest community solar and storage microgrid project. Before the microgrid, diesel fuel was the source for all electricity production but since delivery of […]

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  • May 10 @ 1:43 pm

Catalyst Partners makes its HQ a living demo for sustainable buildings

Allen Austin, ABB Catalyst President Keith Winn is one of the founding members of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It’s not surprising, then, that his company helps clients to meet the requirements of LEED and other green building standards. Catalyst focuses on energy efficiency services including auditing, modeling, and incentives and aims to become […]

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  • May 10 @ 10:37 am

Why 2021 could be the perfect year to deploy your solar portfolio

Now that pandemic-related obstacles are lessening in many areas, what are the prospects for portfolio solar in 2021?

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  • May 10 @ 1:38 am

Solar and wind’s competitiveness over coal is accelerating, analysis shows

The report recommends that regulators, policymakers and others “critically examine each and every coal plant in their jurisdiction given the overwhelming amount of existing coal and the rapidly changing economics of possible alternatives.”

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  • May 7 @ 9:48 am

EU approves €400 million aid scheme to develop renewables in Denmark

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Danish aid scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources: onshore and offshore wind, wave power plants, hydroelectric power plants and solar PV. The measure will help Denmark reach its renewable energy targets without unduly distorting competition and will contribute to the European objective […]

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  • May 7 @ 9:22 am

Developer eyes economically distressed communities in rural Indiana for up to 1.6 GW of solar capacity

Hoosier Solar Holdings said last week that it is developing solar power facilities in economically distressed, rural communities across Indiana that have been designated as Qualified Opportunity Zones.  Several solar and battery storage projects that collectively have a potential capcity of more than 1,600 megawatts (1.6 GW) are currently in active development, said the company. Many […]

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  • May 7 @ 9:00 am

IRENA members commit to advance the global hydropower fleet

Members of the International Renewable Energy Agency and private sector representatives are joining forces to modernize and refurbish the existing hydropower fleet around the globe. This is one of the results of the third meeting of the Collaborative Framework on Hydropower organized by IRENA, which aims to expand collaboration and action between the agency’s global […]

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  • May 6 @ 1:12 pm

US DOE announces $12 Million for enhanced geothermal technology improvement

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last week announced up to $12 million for technologies that can make geothermal systems more efficient for clean, renewable energy production. The funding is designed to help scientists and engineers unlock the full potential of enhanced geothermal power to help tackle the climate crisis and achieve the Biden Administration’s […]

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  • May 6 @ 9:51 am

Solar industry employment dropped 6.7% in 2020, new report shows

The U.S. solar industry employed 231,474 workers in 2020, a 6.7% drop from 2019 due to pandemic restrictions and increased labor productivity, according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2020 released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), The Solar Foundation, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), and BW Research. On the flip side, total solar installed […]

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  • May 6 @ 8:59 am

Enel’s portfolio of renewable projects under construction tops 2 GW

Enel Green Power North America currently has over 2.3 GW of renewable generation under construction and by mid-year will have 606 MW of battery storage capacity under construction

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  • May 5 @ 1:44 pm

New tool empowers utilities to reduce emissions in investment planning

By Erin Murphy and Christie Hicks, EDF As the United States moves toward decarbonization, cities and states must use all means available to reduce climate pollution, and natural gas utilities should be at the forefront of this rapid energy transition. Gas utilities are the subject of increasing scrutiny because plans to expand and fortify their infrastructure could lock […]

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  • May 5 @ 9:51 am

AES pooling clean energy resources to power Google data centers

Virginia-based AES Corp. will supply nearly carbon-free electricity to power Google’s data centers in the state. The power generator announced it will become sole supplier of the tech giant’s data-center needs for clean energy. Under the agreement AES will start supply later this year. See our interview with AES Chief Operating Officer Bernerd Da Santos […]

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  • May 5 @ 9:36 am

We need more grid engineers to implement Biden’s plan (Part 2 of 2)

Hiring engineers via the H1B immigration process would make implementing Biden’s infrastructure plan more efficient. In part 1, we focused on the need for transmission planning engineers. In part 2, the focus is on the need for additional market systems and distribution planning engineers. Engineers should have the flexibility to move within an organization Engineers […]

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  • May 4 @ 1:03 pm

Mitsubishi, Powin to provide battery storage retrofits to California solar projects

The two-site utility-scale battery project is designed to enhance California’s grid reliability with additional and flexible resource capacity paired with renewable energies.

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  • May 4 @ 10:41 am

Massive solar + storage project receives federal approval to be built on US public lands

The approval gives developer Sonoran West a green light to go forward with the construction of the Crimson Solar Project, a 350-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic facility with a 350-MW energy storage system.

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  • May 4 @ 9:29 am

Repowered 160-kW Valatie Falls Hydro plant now operating

On April 26, the 160-kW Valatie Falls Hydro plant in New York began generating power for the first time since June 2018. Valatie Falls will provide direct energy to the Village of Valatie, as well as charge the electric vehicles of local business PlugIn Stations Online. Built along the shores of Kinderhook Creek in Valatie, […]

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  • May 4 @ 9:24 am

APS expands RFP to seek up to 150-MW of additional solar capacity

The addendum seeks an additional 100- to 150-MW photovoltaic solar resource to be owned by APS and in service by early 2023.

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  • May 4 @ 9:03 am

Installing solar panels over California’s canals could yield water, land, air and climate payoffs

As engineers working on climate-smart solutions, we’ve found an easy win-win for both water and climate in California with what we call the “solar canal solution.”

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  • May 3 @ 9:46 am

US state lawmakers should consider the benefits of community solar

As renewable energy continues to grow at a rapid pace, community solar will remain an incredibly powerful tool for policymakers to benefit local communities across their states

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  • May 3 @ 9:08 am

There are 30 times more jobs created from rooftop solar vs utility-scale solar, utility filing says

For every million the utility proposed spending on rooftop solar, it would create 30 times more jobs than $1 million spent on utility-scale solar.

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  • May 3 @ 8:15 am

MISO capacity price fizzles, but opportunities for standalone storage lie with utility resource plans

MISO planning resource auction prices for the 2021 planning year did not live up to their expectations from 2020 auction results. In the 2020 auction, the Michigan zone cleared at a cost of new entry of $250-per-MW-day. But in the latest auction results from April, MISO capacity prices were mostly in the $5-per-MW-day range, and […]

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  • April 30 @ 2:37 pm

Chinese conglomerate surges to top spot on global utility-scale solar developer list

This week Wiki-solar released its latest ranking of the top 32 utility-scale solar EPCs. The company ranks the developers by number of projects developed and cumulative capacity brought online.  This year, a new company tops that list. China’s State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) rose to number one thanks to the 2.2-GWAC project its subsidiary Huanghe Hydropower […]

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  • April 30 @ 11:57 am

Voith Hydro to supply pumped storage equipment for Idaho combined energy project

Cat Creek Energy and Water has chosen Voith Hydro to design, manufacture and install 720 MW of ternary pumped storage equipment for the Cat Creek Energy and Water (CCEW) Project planned near Mountain Home, Idaho. The overall project, on the South Fork of the Boise River, includes wind and solar generation parks and the pumped-storage […]

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  • April 30 @ 10:17 am

Michigan bill may unlock community solar and your state should follow suit

There are 2,600 megawatts of solar power capacity installed in the U.S. today that can be considered community solar, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). That is a little less than 5% of all solar capacity in the country, and it is also not very widespread—only three states, Minnesota, […]

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  • April 30 @ 8:41 am

Solar+storage for critical services providers: Barriers and opportunities

To gain more insight into the barriers of implementing solar+storage in under-served communities, Clean Energy Group conducted a survey of municipalities, community organizations, affordable housing developers, and technical service providers working in low-income communities.

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  • April 29 @ 4:34 pm

Upstate New York’s first utility-scale solar projects set to come online this year

This week developer CS Energy said it is working in partnership with the Goldman Sachs Renewable Power Group (GSRP) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), to develop and begin construction on a 216-MWdc portfolio of new utility-scale solar projects across New York. The projects are expected to achieve commercial operations […]

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  • April 29 @ 1:15 pm

Ørsted, Eversource commit $5 million to university’s offshore wind research initiatives

Ørsted and Eversource, developers of New York’s Sunrise Wind offshore wind farm, announced the launch of a research partnership with Stony Brook University. The $5 million commitment will underwrite research initiatives specific to advancing offshore wind through Stony Brook’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) in connection with the Sunrise Wind Project. The AERTC, […]

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  • April 29 @ 9:31 am

National lab, Idaho Falls Power test small hydro startup during power outage

Idaho National Laboratory is working with municipally owned utility Idaho Falls Power to test how small hydropower plants can serve as reliable sources of startup power during outages. The city of Idaho Falls owns five hydropower plants on the Snake River, from the Upper Power Plant north of the city to the Gem State Dam […]

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  • April 28 @ 9:28 am

Wind farms bring windfalls for rural schools, but school finance laws limit how money is spent

The spread of wind energy in rural America has been a financial boon to school districts such as the one in Blackwell. However, because of the complexity of how schools are financed, the impact on student achievement is limited, according to a new study that we conducted as researchers in public finance, education economics and […]

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  • April 28 @ 8:38 am

Duke vs. Duke: Electric and gas utilities at odds over efficiency rebates in N.C.

For nearly four years, Piedmont Natural Gas — one of Duke’s wholly owned subsidiaries — and the state’s other major gas distribution company have stymied incentives for new high-efficiency homes, claiming with scant evidence that the rebate scheme will lose them customers.

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  • April 28 @ 8:17 am

Wales goes to the polls with renewables firmly on the agenda

The ‘green economy’ has become a central proposition of all of the main parties. Given the practicality and the fiscal benefits of increasing renewables infrastructure across the country, it makes sense for campaigning politicians to focus on this area.

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  • April 27 @ 10:58 am

Saudi Arabia’s entrance into the hydrogen market makes perfect sense

Saudi’s entrance into the emerging global Hydrogen Market makes perfect sense.

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  • April 27 @ 10:38 am

Renewable-energy based microgrid in Patagonia to use iron flow battery

Long-duration iron flow battery manufacturer ESS Inc announced a new contract with Chilean utility, Edelaysen, a GRUPO SAESA company, to provide a flow battery system to support a renewable energy-based microgrid in Chile. Edelaysen will deploy ESS Inc.’s 300-kW/2-MWh Energy Warehouse, integrated with renewable resources in a microgrid system in the environmentally pristine Patagonia area […]

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  • April 27 @ 9:44 am

Vietnamese 500-MW floating solar and storage attracts investment from SEACEF

This week, Clime Capital, a Singapore-based investment management company that manages funds from SEACEF, announced that it has invested in an innovative floating solar and storage project in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, currently under development by Blueleaf Energy. Southeast Asia Clean Energy Facility (SEACEF) is a collaboration between leading international foundations, including Microsoft, who seek […]

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  • April 26 @ 11:06 am

The Panther Creek III wind farm in Texas to get a boost through repowering

RWE Renewables said this week that it has partnered with GE Renewable Energy to repower its Panther Creek III wind farm in West Texas. The Panther Creek III wind farm, which came online in 2009 is part of a mega-complex that includes the 142.5-MW Panther Creek I and 115.5-MW Panther Creek II, both of which […]

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  • April 26 @ 10:39 am

The US needs more grid engineers to implement Biden’s plan (1 of 2)

Hiring engineers via the H1B process would address the immediate need for high voltage engineers.

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  • April 26 @ 9:54 am

ACWA Power secures $114M to fund 200-MW Egyptian solar project

Saudi Arabia-based energy company ACWA Power has signed a deal with multiple international investors for the provision of funds to implement what is claimed to be the largest private-sector solar energy project in Egypt.

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  • April 26 @ 9:16 am

Bio-CHP provider selected to join Google’s climate change accelerator program

Enexor BioEnergy, LLC, said it has been selected as one of 11 companies in North America to participate in the inaugural Google for Startups Accelerator: Climate Change. Launching in June, the three-month program grants climate-change-focused start-ups access to Google programs, products, people and technology. Enexor’s patented Bio-CHP system converts almost any organic, plastic or biomass waste […]

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  • April 26 @ 7:52 am

GE turbines to power 110 MW of wind projects in India

Wind developer CleanMax has selected GE Renewable Energy to supply 42 of the 2.7-132 wind turbines for onshore wind projects in India. Product design will take place primarily at GE’s Technology Centre in Bengaluru, blades being manufactured in GE’s plants in Vadodara and Bengaluru and assembly at the GE Multi-modal Manufacturing Facility in Pune. GE’s […]

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  • April 23 @ 1:25 pm

Colorado Governor signs law to define some pumped hydropower as renewable

Colorado Governor Jared Polis has signed a HB21-1052, Define Hydroelectricity as Renewable Energy, concerning the inclusion of pumped hydroelectric energy generation in the definition of “eligible energy resources” for purposes of meeting Colorado’s renewable energy standard (RES). In summary, “The bill removes the existing restriction on pumped hydroelectric facilities as a source of recycled energy, […]

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  • April 23 @ 12:35 pm

JetBlue invests in Universal Hydrogen to help advance carbon-free flight

JetBlue Technology Ventures (JTV), the venture capital subsidiary of JetBlue Airways announced that it is one of the investors in Series A funding for Universal Hydrogen through which the company raised $20.5 million. Universal Hydrogen says it is fueling carbon-free flight and that the money will allow it to accelerate the development of its hydrogen […]

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  • April 23 @ 9:41 am

Nebraska’s largest privately owned behind-the-meter solar array is now online

At a ribbon cutting ceremony today, Valmont Industries, Inc., a provider of engineered products and services, celebrated the interconnection of its first one-megawatt solar field at its manufacturing facility in Valley, Nebraska. The new solar array is the largest privately-owned, behind-the-meter solar field in Nebraska, spanning 4.3 acres. Forty-five tracker tables supplied by Convert, a […]

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  • April 23 @ 8:45 am

Texas likely to add 10 GW of utility-scale solar capacity in the next two years

Texas, already the U.S. state with the most wind energy capacity, is catching up to California in utility-scale solar capacity

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  • April 22 @ 11:01 am

CPV says it has developed 400+ MW of renewable capacity on former coal mines

In honor of Earth Day, Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) announced that through the contributions of its employees, partners and shareholders, it has repurposed brownfield sites, including former coal mines, for utility-scale renewable development. As of April 2021, the company has more than 400 MWs of renewable energy projects in advanced development within the PJM region […]

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  • April 22 @ 10:32 am

A decidedly impartial review of Mark Jacobson’s 100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything

Happy Earth Day 2021! When you’ve followed the evolving research of a leading clean energy expert and become a supporter of his vision for a global clean energy transition, it should come as no surprise that I was eager to crack open Mark Jacobson’s 2021 book release, 100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything. […]

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  • April 22 @ 9:51 am

State and federal initiatives increasingly promote energy equity

For clean energy to succeed on a broad scale, it must benefit all communities, not just affluent ones.

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  • April 22 @ 9:35 am

Amazon buying output of 375-MW Birch solar project in Ohio

Lightsource bp said on Tuesday that it has executed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Amazon for a new 375-MWdc solar project under development in Ohio. Once complete, the solar facility is expected to deliver nearly 600,000 megawatt hours (MWh) annually of additional renewable energy for Amazon operations locally.  The project will be in Auglaize and […]

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  • April 21 @ 2:29 am

Southern Power acquiring 118-MW Oklahoma wind project developed by Vestas’ NA unit

The wholesale energy wing of Southern Co. has amped up its utility-scale wind project holdings again. Southern Power acquired its 15th wind power project. The 118-MW Glass Sands facility is located in Murray County, Oklahoma, and was developed by Steelhead Americas, the North American development arm of Vestas. “We are proud to announce this new addition to […]

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  • April 21 @ 2:10 am

The US electric power sector is halfway to zero carbon emissions

By Bentham Paulos, Dev Millstein, Joseph Rand, and Ryan Wiser, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Renewable energy’s rapid growth is accelerating a national shift to a carbon-free electric power system. So far 17 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have adopted laws or executive orders setting goals for reaching 100% clean electricity by 2050 or […]

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  • April 20 @ 12:22 pm

Chocolate maker, home improvement company show their love for solar energy

Home Depot and NRG have each executed individual 100-MW solar PPAs, and The Hershey Company has contracted for a 50-MW solar PPA.

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  • April 20 @ 10:54 am

National Grid Partners has fresh influx of cash to invest in energy technology startups

Since its launch less than three years ago, NGP has put $227 million to work in dozens of startups at the intersection of energy and information technology, it said in a press release.

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  • April 20 @ 9:57 am

OPG announces 20-year, $2.5 billion overhaul of hydropower generating units

Hydroelectricity has powered the lives of Ontarians for a century, and Ontario Power Generation is planning an extensive 20-year overhaul of its hydropower generating units to ensure clean, reliable hydropower continues to support the province’s wellbeing. The estimated $2.5 billion turbine/generator overhaul program aims to repair or replace key components in the generating units. This […]

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  • April 20 @ 9:30 am

OUC getting help from Burns & Mac on hydrogen demonstration project

Mitigating the effects of solar power intermittency is just one of the challenges the new system will provide

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  • April 19 @ 9:45 am

Unlocking the value of energy communities

We are witnessing the start of an unprecedented paradigm shift and a true revolution across the global energy sector.

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  • April 19 @ 8:28 am

Hosting Capacity Analysis Could simplify grid interconnection for distributed energy resources

While hosting capacity analysis can be valuable as a data point, it could be an even better tool for distributed solar adoption.

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  • April 19 @ 8:15 am

Thinking energy storage when you’re thinking 1500vdc PV

Utility-scale PV is going to 1500v–what does that mean for associated battery energy storage systems?

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  • April 19 @ 8:05 am

Axpo to produce hydrogen at 43.4-MW Eglisau-Glattfelden hydropower plant

Axpo plans to produce green hydrogen by building a production facility at its 43.4-MW Eglisau-Glattfelden hydropower plant on the Rhine River in Switzerland, the first of several hydrogen facilities Axpo will commission in the coming years. Scheduled to go onstream in autumn 2022, the 2.5-MW hydrogen production facility will produce about 350 tonnes of green […]

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  • April 16 @ 8:53 am

Mississippi Power building 1.5-MW solar, 5-MWh energy storage combo site

State utility regulators have approved plans by Mississippi Power to develop and build its first-ever stand-alone solar energy and battery storage system. The Mississippi Public Service Commission signed off on the utility’s project to construct and operate the new solar-storage site in Walnut Grove. The 1.5 MW-solar array will be paired with a 5-MWh battery […]

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  • April 16 @ 8:06 am

FERC clarifies how it will treat carbon pricing in organized wholesale markets

Wholesale market rules incorporating a state-determined carbon price can fall within the Commission’s jurisdiction

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  • April 16 @ 2:57 am

Wind power experts expect wind energy costs to decline up to 35% by 2035

xperts anticipate cost reductions of 17%-35% by 2035 and 37%-49% by 2050, driven by bigger and more efficient turbines, lower capital and operating costs, and other advancements

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  • April 15 @ 2:13 pm

Ocergy’s offshore floating wind solutions attract Series A equity funding

U.S.-based Ocergy announced it has secured investments from Moreld Ocean Wind (MOW) and Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) to fund offshore floating wind solutions. The Series A round will fund Ocergy’s commercialization of its offshore floating wind solutions, the OCG-Wind Floating Offshore Wind Turbine (FOWT) technology and OCG-Data environmental monitoring buoy. Successful close of this round […]

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  • April 15 @ 2:04 pm

Black & Veatch joins EPRI & GTI-led low carbon initiative

Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Black & Veatch has joined the Low Carbon Resources Initiative led by top energy research firms in the nation.

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  • April 15 @ 1:37 pm

Tennessee sunshine to power Jack Daniel’s

A little sunshine will soon be in your next glass of whiskey as Jack Daniel’s partners with the Tennessee Valley Authority, Duck River Electric Membership Corporation, and Nashville-based solar power producer Silicon Ranch to provide the iconic Tennessee whiskey maker’s Lynchburg distillery with 20 megawatts of solar energy. TVA signed a long-term power purchase agreement […]

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  • April 15 @ 10:01 am

Data center using innovative technology to track renewable energy hour by hour

The innovative structure will source 100% renewable energy aimed at matching the hourly usage of all Iron Mountain facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

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  • April 14 @ 9:27 am

33-MW of solar capacity installed across 10 projects in Portland, Oregon

Adapture Renewables will own and operate the portfolio and sell the generated electricity under a long-term power purchase agreement to Portland General Electric.

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  • April 14 @ 8:51 am

More electricity is generated in Georgia from biomass than in any state except California

Biomass may not be electricity fuel king in Georgia, but the state definitely is peachy keen on the resource.

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  • April 14 @ 7:07 am

ORPC, European partners to create new generation of marine energy turbines

ORPC Inc. and its subsidiary ORPC Ireland are partnering with a European consortium to create a new generation of marine renewable energy turbines that increase reliability and performance while reducing manufacturing costs. The ORPC team along with ÉireComposites of Galway and National University of Ireland Galway are collaborating with Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials, Germany, and […]

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  • April 13 @ 10:41 am

Statkraft to build first windfarms in Chile

Norwegian renewable generation company Statkraft is to build its first windfarms in Chile. The 102 MW Torsa project comprises three windfarms totaling 19 turbines supplied by German manufacturer Nordex. In total, the windfarms are expected to produce more than 300 GWh of energy annually, which Statkraft says is enough to power 100,000 households. The project is located […]

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  • April 13 @ 8:29 am

More wind and solar capacity could save some of the world’s most important rivers

While it’s broadly recognized that a dramatic expansion of renewables is necessary to attain climate goals, this expansion also holds great potential to reduce negative impacts on rivers, and the communities and resources, such as fisheries, that depend on healthy, connected rivers.

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  • April 13 @ 8:23 am

Landmark solar-battery hybrid plant goes live at Africa gold mine

What is said to be the world’s largest off-grid solar-battery hybrid system for the mining industry has been commissioned at a gold mine in Mali, West Africa.

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  • April 13 @ 7:52 am

New report sheds light on residential solar adoption in terms of access and equity

Solar-adopter incomes presently skew high in all states, but, as with the national trends, that skew has diminished over time in most states. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released a report last week that highlights income, demographic, and other socio-economic trends among U.S. residential rooftop solar adopters. Galen Barbose, Sydney Forrester, Eric O’Shaughnessy, and Naïm Darghouth […]

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  • April 12 @ 12:24 pm

Clean energy stock deflation and Biden’s infrastructure plan

Last month saw buying opportunities in some clean energy stocks as the bubble created from the euphoria over Biden’s election vanished as if it never happened. Clean energy stocks have simply returned to the general upward trendline from the second and third quarter of 2020.  Rather than bursting in a market panic, this seems to have been […]

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  • April 12 @ 2:54 am

U.S. Department of Energy announces Groundbreaking Hydro Prize winners

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) has announced two winners of the Groundbreaking Hydro Prize, which challenged innovators to come up with new solutions to support hydropower project development by starting at square one — the foundation. The foundation of a hydropower system provides structural stability, which is essential to […]

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  • April 9 @ 4:16 pm

FERC should reject MISO extension request for electric storage resource

On March 4, MISO filed a request to extend the deadline to implement a market participation model for electric storage resources at FERC. This new request moves the implementation date from June 2022 to March 2025. FERC should reject this request because the benefits of keeping wholesale rates just and reasonable with storage participation outweigh […]

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  • April 9 @ 10:30 am

The gas industry is trying to halt building electrification — let’s not let them succeed

Over the past two years, gas companies and other special interest groups have thrown their weight behind a series of bills across the country that would preempt efforts by local governments to limit the use of gas hookups in buildings.

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  • April 9 @ 3:54 am

Global wind industry to deploy 1 TW of new capacity through 2030

Research firm Wood Mackenzie says it anticipates the global wind power industry will install 1 TW of new capacity between 2021 and 2030. The world set a new record in wind installations in 2020 and saw a number of national and regional targets set for 2030, underscoring the important role of wind technology in the […]

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  • April 8 @ 4:17 pm

Virgin Group company to restore damaged 6.4-MW solar facility on St. Thomas

BMR Energy, a Virgin Group company and developer, owner, and operator of clean energy projects in the Caribbean and Latin America, announced today that it is starting construction of the 6.4-megawatt (MWp) Donoe Solar farm on St. Thomas. The facility is expected to be completed and enter service in the fourth quarter of this year […]

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  • April 8 @ 11:35 am

Move over, corn and soybeans: The next biofuel source could be giant sea kelp

Unlike today’s energy crops, such as corn and soybeans, growing kelp doesn’t require land, fresh water or fertilizer. And giant kelp can grow over a foot per day under ideal conditions.

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  • April 8 @ 8:42 am

Akuo acquires five small hydroelectric plants in Bulgaria

Akuo announces that it has completed the acquisition of five small hydroelectric plants in Bulgaria with total installed capacity of 15.5 MW.

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  • April 7 @ 10:15 am

Holy Cross Energy and Colorado Mountain College to benefit from new solar + storage project

Ameresco will design, build, operate and maintain the facilities and sell the energy to Holy Cross Energy through a PPA.

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  • April 7 @ 9:25 am

Blue Ridge Energy is building an 11-MW solar array for members

Blue Ridge Energy, a member-owned electric cooperative serving northwest North Carolina, said it picked Oriden LLC to develop an 11-MW solar project as part of its Brighter Future initiative. This project will provide a local generation source and allow Blue Ridge Energy to work towards its goals of achieving a 50 percent reduction in carbon […]

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  • April 7 @ 9:09 am

Energy jobs are key to economic recovery from the pandemic

Energy workers are paid more, their jobs came back more quickly, and they have greater growth opportunities than almost any other sector, new report finds. Putting people to work in the energy industry will reap more benefits for the U.S. economy than putting people to work in almost any other sector. That’s just one of […]

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  • April 7 @ 8:29 am

Room for renewables … If we do it right

By planning, siting and buying renewables right, we can get to a net-zero future – one in which people and nature thrive.

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  • April 7 @ 2:49 am

World adds record new renewable energy capacity in 2020

Despite COVID-19 pandemic, more than 260GW of renewable energy capacity added globally in 2020, beating previous record by almost 50%

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  • April 6 @ 8:47 am

Construction begins on 500-MW Aktina plant, the largest solar facility in the state of Texas

Project development team is made up of more than 30% women, an industry first. In southeastern Texas surrounded by farmland, Rosendin’s Renewable Energy Group (REG) has begun building the largest solar power project in the state. The 500-MWac/631-MWdc Aktina Renewable Power Project calls for the installation of 1.4 million solar modules across 4,000 acres in […]

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  • April 6 @ 8:18 am

RWE Renewables adding 40-MW / 80-MWh storage to its 200-MW solar project in Georgia

RWE Renewables said with the addition of the dispatchable storage solution, it will be able to sell nearly all of the 200 MW of generation from the solar PV to Georgia Power Company.

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  • April 6 @ 8:14 am

Private infrastructure fund for clean hydrogen projects launched

This week, Plug Power, Chart Industries, and Baker Hughes announced their intention to become cornerstone investors in the formation of the  FiveT Hydrogen Fund, a new clean-hydrogen-only private infrastructure fund dedicated to delivering clean hydrogen infrastructure projects at scale. Plug Power intends to commit €160 million ($200 million), and Chart Industries and Baker Hughes each […]

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  • April 6 @ 7:56 am

Japan’s JGC Holdings invests $40M into small modular nuclear reactor company NuScale Power

JGC Holdings Corporation of Japan invested $40 million into NuScale Power, a small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) technology company

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  • April 6 @ 7:50 am

The community solar program in Illinois

Looking forward, environmental advocates and organizers are pushing the State to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which would further expand the Illinois Solar For All program in low- and medium-income communities and promote renewable energy jobs. The post The community solar program in Illinois appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • April 5 @ 9:50 am

Build back better – with energy efficiency improvements

To have it all, to build back better, thrive economically and survive the worst impacts of the climate emergency, governments and businesses need to prioritize energy efficiency. The post Build back better – with energy efficiency improvements appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • April 5 @ 9:45 am

How ‘green’ are electric cars?

It is important to address the huge implications for our natural resources not only to produce green technologies like electric cars, but to keep them charged. The post How ‘green’ are electric cars? appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • April 2 @ 10:49 am

GE supplying turbines for three Oklahoma wind power farms totaling 1.48 GW

Wind project developer Invenergy has selected GE to provide a variety of turbines for three farms totaling 1.48 GW in Oklahoma. GE will deliver the turbines for the North Central Wind Energy facilities in north-central and northwest Oklahoma. Invenergy is developing the project in partnership with Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO), an American Electric […]

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  • April 2 @ 9:14 am

Brookfield Renewable, Plug Power partner on hydropower-fueled hydrogen plant

Plug Power Inc. and Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. announced plans to build a green hydrogen production plant, which would use 100% renewable energy from Brookfield Renewable’s 252-MW Holtwood hydroelectric facility. The post Brookfield Renewable, Plug Power partner on hydropower-fueled hydrogen plant appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • April 1 @ 11:51 am

Vestas supplying turbines for three wind farms in Greece

Vestas said turbine delivery will take place in the first half of 2022 and commissioning is scheduled for the second half of the same year, after which Iberdrola’s renewable energy capacity in Greece and Cyprus will reach 437 MW. The post Vestas supplying turbines for three wind farms in Greece appeared first on Renewable Energy […]

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  • April 1 @ 9:53 am

Vesta supplying turbines for three wind farms in Greece

Vestas said turbine delivery will take place in the first half of 2022 and commissioning is scheduled for the second half of the same year, after which Iberdrola’s renewable energy capacity in Greece and Cyprus will reach 437 MW. The post Vesta supplying turbines for three wind farms in Greece appeared first on Renewable Energy […]

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  • April 1 @ 9:53 am

Forget net-zero, businesses should be striving for true zero. Here’s why.

Green certificates, aka renewable energy credits (RECs), have played their role in identifying how much energy is produced by clean generation sources. Now traceability technology is disrupting the old model, allowing us to see the source, the time and the price. The post Forget net-zero, businesses should be striving for true zero. Here’s why. appeared […]

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  • April 1 @ 8:06 am

AEP Energy signs long-term PPA for 80-MW Opdenergy solar project

The competitive retail market subsidiary of American Electric Power is contracting with an independent firm which will develop an 80-MW solar plant in West Virginia. Under terms of the deal, Opdenergy will develop the solar project in Jefferson County. AEP Energy will take the energy generated to its customers through its Integrated Renewable Energy solution—a […]

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  • March 31 @ 3:03 pm

Here’s a short summary of energy industry gains through Biden’s infrastructure plan

Today in Pittsburgh, PA, US President Biden unveiled his new infrastructure plan for the country. The “American Jobs Plan” calls on Congress to pass legislation directing trillions of dollars of investment in rebuilding America. The plan is paired with the Made in America Tax plan, which he believes will pay for the bill over 15 […]

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  • March 31 @ 11:07 am

The US just set ambitious offshore wind power targets – what will it take to meet them?

 by Erin Baker, and Matthew Lackner, University of Massachusetts, Amherst The United States’ offshore wind industry is tiny, with just seven wind turbines operating off Rhode Island and Virginia. The few attempts to build large-scale wind farms like Europe’s have run into long delays, but that may be about to change. The Biden administration announced […]

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  • March 31 @ 9:21 am

The future of energy in the US could hinge on permitting reform and greater investment in R&D

Energy powerhouses, Ernest Moniz and Lynn Good, talk politics, R&D stakeholder engagement, transmission, EVs and a host of other topics around the future of energy in the US. The post The future of energy in the US could hinge on permitting reform and greater investment in R&D appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 31 @ 7:54 am

Wind farm pioneers system to protect birds in South Africa

In South Africa, BioTherm Energy’s Excelsior Wind farm is collaborating with conservation organizations to minimize the wind industry’s impact on local bird populations (avifauna). The 33-MW Excelsior Wind farm is constructed on 2,300 hectares in Swellendam, an area known as one of the largest agricultural-producing areas in the country and home to many species of […]

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  • March 30 @ 2:46 pm

260-MW Brazoria West solar project in Texas acquired by S&B USA

S&B USA (previously Shikun and Binui America) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of Brazoria West Solar Project with 260 megawatts (MWdc) (200 MWac) of planned solar energy capacity from Savion, part of Macquarie’s Green Investment Group. Construction of the project, located in Brazoria County, 40 miles southwest of Houston, Texas, will start […]

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  • March 30 @ 8:49 am

California commercial potato grower taps Concentric for a 5-MW microgrid

Microgrid developer Concentric Power announced this week that it has broken ground on a 5-MW microgrid for Tasteful Selections, a vertically integrated farmer-owned, farmer-driven bite-size potato growing, packing and shipping operation.    Combining 3.6 MW cogeneration firm power with 120-kW solar and 1.25-MW/625-kWh lithium-ion battery storage, the microgrid has approximately 5-MW total capacity with provisions to add additional […]

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  • March 30 @ 8:34 am

Offshore wind in the US advances with 30-GW commitment from government

During a government-sponsored forum today, the US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland joined the Secretaries of Energy, Commerce, and Transportation along with representatives from states, the offshore wind industry, and members of the labor community to identify solutions to the greatest challenges facing the development of U.S. offshore wind. The event included a commitment […]

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  • March 29 @ 1:44 pm

New survey shows solar installer confidence increased 60% in 2020

Installers expressed more confidence in the industry than in any previous Installer Survey, with just 18% of installers saying COVID-19 decreased their confidence. The post New survey shows solar installer confidence increased 60% in 2020 appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 29 @ 10:18 am

China’s PV plants are booming, but is that good news for the fight against climate change?

Without the proper volume of innovation that is needed to take the sector forward, global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions might fall short of those needed to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. The post China’s PV plants are booming, but is that good news for the fight against climate change? appeared first […]

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  • March 29 @ 9:22 am

Douglas PUD building 5-MW hydrogen facility to provide flexibility for Wells Hydroelectric

The Douglas County Public Utility District is building a 5-MW pilot renewable hydrogen production facility near Baker Flats, East Wenatchee in Washington. The post Douglas PUD building 5-MW hydrogen facility to provide flexibility for Wells Hydroelectric appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 29 @ 8:41 am

NYPA seeks developers to build more than 100 C&I solar and storage facilities in New York

Twenty-five municipalities and eight school districts have submitted more than 100 potential solar sites for consideration to date, and the program remains open for new applications. The post NYPA seeks developers to build more than 100 C&I solar and storage facilities in New York appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 26 @ 10:18 am

A FERC Order on managing transmission line ratings can provide alternatives to expensive network upgrades for renew

Renewable developers have another option to interconnect their projects sitting in the regional transmission organizations queue. LineVision’s dynamic line ratings and SmartWires’s SmartValve lead the charge on providing options to increase the existing transmission capacity by 40%. The trick is more transmission owners need to adopt these new technologies in place of transmission lines and […]

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  • March 26 @ 10:08 am

Apple supported the development of 1.2 GW of clean energy capacity in 2020

American multinational technology company Apple has announced that its 2020 green bonds will support the installation of 1.2 GW of renewable energy capacity. The company funded 17 green bond projects, from the $4.7 billion in green bond funding the company issued since 2016. From its green bond portfolio, Apple has so far allocated $2.8 billion to projects. […]

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  • March 26 @ 9:52 am

Who really benefits from solar net metering?

Solar powered homeowners help everyone in their community through net metering, even their neighbors who still depend on the grid. The post Who really benefits from solar net metering? appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 25 @ 2:43 pm

Transmission and RTOs play a pivotal role in a clean energy future

Guess what?  America is on the road to a clean energy transformation. Our lives and our economy are becoming more electrified, and cleaner, as a result of the growth of renewable energy generation. In 2019, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported 8.8 percent of utility-scale electricity was generated by wind and solar. With record capacity […]

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  • March 25 @ 9:11 am

The UK’s budget throws energy behind offshore wind

By stimulating a renewables manufacturing and supply chain base across the country, the UK will see regeneration in areas that have lost their intensive industries of the past, such as mining and ship building. By investing in green developments, the UK will clearly be taking a determined step in the right direction. The post The […]

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  • March 25 @ 9:03 am

Critics warn Massachusetts’ climate progress is headed for traffic jam

Massachusetts won’t meet its climate goals without getting people to drive less. That’s the unpopular message from climate advocates and analysts who say the state’s recent Clean Energy and Climate Plan draft places too much emphasis on vehicle electrification and all but ignores the critical need to also reduce driving miles. The number of vehicle miles traveled […]

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  • March 25 @ 8:50 am

Ameren planning 6-MW community solar project in Missouri

Missouri utility regulators have approved construction plans for what will be Ameren’s largest-ever solar power farm in the state. Ameren Missouri will build the new energy center in Montgomery County about 70 miles west of St. Louis. Once completed, the Montgomery County Solar Center will be the second community solar project serving the utility’s customers. News reports indicate […]

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  • March 25 @ 3:39 am

U.S. DOE releases Pumped Storage Hydropower Valuation Guidebook

DOE’s Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) funded development of the Pumped Storage Hydropower Valuation Guidebook to assess the value of pumped storage hydropower (PSH) plants. The post U.S. DOE releases Pumped Storage Hydropower Valuation Guidebook appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 24 @ 9:25 am

PPAs in place for Indiana Crossroads wind and solar parks with combined

The PPA will enable the construction of the 204-MW Indiana Crossroads II Wind Farm and the 200-MW Indiana Crossroads Solar Park both in White County The post PPAs in place for Indiana Crossroads wind and solar parks with combined appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 24 @ 8:58 am

A clean energy economy needs renewable thermal energy

At least 14 states have expanded their renewable portfolio standards (RPS) to include RTE for heat generation, but there remains a definitive absence of federal authority on the matter. The post A clean energy economy needs renewable thermal energy appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 24 @ 1:14 am

10 things bus fleets need in order to electrify (Part 1 of 2)

by Alison Wiley “I don’t understand this contract at all,” a Transportation Director of a medium-sized school district recently told me. Thad (not his real name) had been running buses for decades, almost all diesels, like most of his peers. He’d landed a grant for his first electric school bus and charging infrastructure, and the contract […]

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  • March 23 @ 2:20 pm

BayWa completes acquisition of High Constellation wind farm in Scotland

Global renewable energy developer BayWa r.e. has completed the acquisition of High Constellation Wind Farm in Scotland from Blue Energy. BayWa has added the wind farm to its growing portfolio of UK assets, which has installed capacity of 685 MW. High Constellation is a proposed 10-turbine wind farm on the Kintyre peninsula about 20 km […]

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  • March 23 @ 10:36 am

Pennsylvania government to source 50% of annual consumption from in-state solar

Sited across six Pennsylvania counties, 191 MW of solar projects expected to help state reduce its carbon emissions by more than 157,000 metric tons annually  Constellation, an Exelon company and a competitive energy provider, and Lightsource bp, a solar developer, announced today that agreements are in place to help the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania source approximately 50 […]

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  • March 23 @ 9:57 am

The North American Development Bank emerges as financier of renewable energy in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region

by Linda Allen, PhD, PE The North American Development bank, based in San Antonio, TX, has emerged as an unlikely but important source of financing for renewable energy projects in the U.S.-Mexico border region, a region of North America that is well-suited for the generation of both solar and wind energy. Over the past 10 […]

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  • March 23 @ 1:45 am

Australia’s Victoria doubles share of wind in generation mix in four years

Over the past four years, the wind contribution to the energy generation mix in the state of Victoria has grown significantly. In fact, research from Cornwall Insight Australia shows, on average, across the entire day in 2020, wind delivered 14% of the energy generation mix in the state, doubling its output from 7% in 2017. […]

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  • March 22 @ 11:32 am

Renewable natural gas is crucial to diversify our clean energy sources

One crucial green energy source that we should be capitalizing on is renewable natural gas (RNG) The post Renewable natural gas is crucial to diversify our clean energy sources appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 22 @ 9:47 am

Rhode Island Airport Corporation to be powered with solar energy

Installed on a former corn field, Ameresco’s Tiverton’s solar energy site comprises over 12,000 modules with an electricity generation capacity of 4.95 MW. The post Rhode Island Airport Corporation to be powered with solar energy appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 22 @ 8:53 am

Solar-powered remote grid will help California utility customers stay powered up during fire season

The first operational remote grid for California’s largest investor-owned utility will be made up of an integrated solar, battery, and generator system. If it works, the plan will be to roll out several hundred more across the state. The post Solar-powered remote grid will help California utility customers stay powered up during fire season appeared […]

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  • March 22 @ 7:14 am

FERC Order 2222-A continues to be good news for renewable project developers

States with demand response programs no longer have the ability to opt-out similar to DERA order 2222. The post FERC Order 2222-A continues to be good news for renewable project developers appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 19 @ 1:06 pm

A new plan is underway to equip ‘super rural’ households in Malawai with pay-as-you-go solar

SolarAid will equip every household in Ntchisi, a largely off-grid district in central Malawi, with pay-as-you-go solar home systems and provide access to a period of free lighting. The post A new plan is underway to equip ‘super rural’ households in Malawai with pay-as-you-go solar appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 19 @ 9:50 am

Solar project aims to deliver training and equity to North Minneapolis

Jacobson has partnered with multiple Black entrepreneurs on a plan to install solar on two dozen residential rooftops this year while also training neighborhood residents for clean energy industry jobs. The post Solar project aims to deliver training and equity to North Minneapolis appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 19 @ 7:05 am

NESPAK-led JV wins award for three small hydropower plants in Uzbekistan

Pakistan’s NESPAK, in a joint venture with Turkey’s DOLSAR, has won a contract for the Sustainable Hydropower Project in Uzbekistan, which involves the installation of three small hydropower plants on the Aksu River. Dr. Tahir Masood, managing director of NESPAK, said the plants will have a total capacity of 24 MW and will be located in […]

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  • March 18 @ 9:52 am

Black & Veatch to assess feasibility of world’s largest green hydrogen plant

The highly ambitious new-build hydrogen electrolysis facility will be powered entirely by renewable energy, initially 3.4 gigawatts of solar and onshore wind, which is why the hydrogen can be called “green.” The post Black & Veatch to assess feasibility of world’s largest green hydrogen plant appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 18 @ 8:58 am

New Yorkers now eligible for solar + storage systems from Swell in aggregated DER plan

This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with Con Edison to make our vision of Swell’s NYC Virtual Power Plant a reality for New Yorkers. The post New Yorkers now eligible for solar + storage systems from Swell in aggregated DER plan appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 18 @ 8:40 am

Wisconsin utilities planning $872M in solar & energy storage sites

Wisconsin utilities are jointly planning to build up 625 MW worth of combined solar and energy storage capacity in the state. The post Wisconsin utilities planning $872M in solar & energy storage sites appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 18 @ 4:29 am

Southeast Energy Exchange Market is the first step for renewable project developers

Regional planning is needed to identify the network upgrades that give the most benefit for renewables. The post Southeast Energy Exchange Market is the first step for renewable project developers appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 17 @ 11:12 am

Largest “agrivoltaic” research project underway in Colorado

Jack’s Solar Garden is a 1.2-MW community solar farm and the largest agrivoltaic research project in the U.S. The post Largest “agrivoltaic” research project underway in Colorado appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 17 @ 9:46 am

Illinois legislation could free towns from dirty power but not the payments

A controversial Illinois coal plant that has locked municipalities across the Midwest into financially crushing contracts could be forced to close within a decade under proposed state clean energy legislation. The post Illinois legislation could free towns from dirty power but not the payments appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 17 @ 9:04 am

RWE acquires majority stake in Rampion wind farm

RWE has taken over a further 20% stake from E.ON in the British offshore wind farm Rampion. RWE now holds a majority stake (50.1%) in the 400MW wind farm, which is already being operated by RWE Renewables. As part of its transaction with E.ON, a 30.1% stake was transferred to RWE in 2019. The closing […]

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  • March 16 @ 3:25 pm

Voices of 100%: Hanover Residents Raise Hands for Renewable Energy

Hosting an in-person community gathering may be unthinkable these days, but that is exactly how Hanover, N.H. endorsed its 100 percent renewable energy goal back in 2017: a show of hands in the high school gymnasium. The post Voices of 100%: Hanover Residents Raise Hands for Renewable Energy appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 16 @ 9:59 am

U.S. solar saw record growth during the pandemic year

The U.S. solar industry grew 43% and installed a record 19.2 gigawatts (GWdc) of capacity in 2020, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2020 Year-in-Review report, released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie. For the second year in a row, solar led all technologies in new electric-generating capacity added, […]

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  • March 16 @ 8:20 am

DOE awards ORPC more than $3.6 million for river-powered turbine technology

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) in Portland, Ore., has been awarded $3,615,260 to build, test and operate a modular current energy converter to improve the next generation of river-powered turbines. This competitive funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office. […]

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  • March 15 @ 12:02 pm

Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan starts Energy Transition Ventures group looking into CCUS, renewables

By Rod Walton, Power Engineering and POWERGEN+ Content Director A big-time fossil fuels player is jumping into the energy transition in a bolder, more focused way. Kinder Morgan Inc. has formed a new Energy Transition Ventures group to identify and pursue commercial opportunities within the low-carbon sector. The company is one of the biggest in […]

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  • March 15 @ 9:14 am

MISO Electric Vehicle prospects increase (Part 2 of 3)

With the increase in Electric Vehicles’ availability in Midwest states, it is time to acknowledge the opportunities for charging EVs at MISO, the regional grid operator. MISO has an established transmission planning process for incorporating future industry trends, including EV growth. The regional grid operator estimates both electrification and EVs add almost 50% to the […]

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  • March 15 @ 7:43 am

Wärtsilä to supply two major interconnected energy storage systems for Texas grid services

The technology group Wärtsilä announced today that it will supply its energy storage technology for two 200-MW projects in southern Texas, USA. The megawatt-hour rating of the facilities was not available at press time. Wärtsilä has also signed ten-year guaranteed asset performance agreements for the installations. The order was placed by Able Grid Energy Solutions, […]

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  • March 15 @ 6:14 am

First vehicle-to-grid charging pilot in the US Midwest underway

EV Connect, a California-based software-as-a-service company, announced that it is collaborating with the Indiana-based Battery Innovation Center (BIC) and Energy Systems Network (ESN) to deploy Indiana’s first large-scale Vehicle-to-Grid capable charging system to support school bus fleet, HD truck, and other customer segment applications. EV Connect provided the electric vehicle charging management and a 500-kW […]

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  • March 15 @ 4:03 am

Wind-powered hydrogen production plant commissioned in Germany

Salzgitter AG, subsidiary Avacon and Linde have announced commissioning of the “Wind Hydrogen Salzgitter – WindH2” project, which will use wind energy to produce hydrogen. This project is the only one of its kind in Germany, according to the companies. WindH2 is a central component of Salzgitter AG’s SALCOS, a Salzgitter low CO2 steelmaking technology project. […]

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  • March 12 @ 4:28 pm

EPM to offset 2 million tons of CO2 with auction of Emission Reduction Certificates

Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) in Colombia will hold a public auction to sell 2 million certificates of carbon credits from three hydroelectric plants and one wind farm. According to BNamericas, the credits will come from EPM’s x-MW La Vuelta and x-MW La Herradura mini hydroelectric plants and the 19.5-MW Jepírachi Wind Farm, which are […]

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  • March 12 @ 4:17 pm

Clean energy is hot: how industry employers can find the best people in a growing and competitive job market

By Eden Higgins Sunny optimism about the expansion of a clean-energy U.S. economy is gathering steam, as the Biden Administration commits to creating 10 million green jobs to help address climate change and consumer demand for it swells. Rapid employment growth is expected through 2026 in many eco-friendly jobs, according to projections by the Bureau […]

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  • March 12 @ 3:51 pm

California center launches to help e-mobility early-stage companies achieve commercialization

The anticipated launch of the California Mobility Center (CMC) was made official last week as it formally shifted into full commercial operations in support of its mission to accelerate the pace of future mobility commercialization in California and the world, announced CMC’s Board Chair, Arlen Orchard.  The CMC helps early-stage companies and industry incumbents intelligently navigate the […]

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  • March 12 @ 3:43 pm

Retailers can capitalize on energy management and see ROI as high as 30 percent

by Michael Lotfy, Senior Vice President for Smart Building Solutions, ABB Multi-site retailers are under tremendous pressure to increase sales, cut costs, and provide shareholders with consistent revenue and earnings growth year-over-year. They are expected to deal with competitive, political, and socio-economic conditions that threaten margin by reducing differentiation and affecting costs. At the same […]

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  • March 12 @ 9:45 am

National Grid in JV to build New York green hydrogen storage, delivery project

Atlantic U.S. utility National Grid is partnering to demonstrate a multi-use renewable hydrogen-based energy storage and delivery system in New York. The venture with Standard Hydrogen Corp. will focus around developing what National Grid called the first such hydrogen storage and delivery system in New York’s Capital Region. The project is expected to be completed late next […]

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  • March 11 @ 4:36 pm

New solar roadmap shows how Long Island can produce more electricity than the region uses each year

New report and mapping tool shows huge potential on Long Island for developing solar energy in areas that have been built on before, such as commercial building rooftops, parking lots, and capped landfills. The post New solar roadmap shows how Long Island can produce more electricity than the region uses each year appeared first on […]

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  • March 11 @ 5:36 am

Grid Storage R&D Center planned for Pacific Northwest National Lab by 2025

The first phase of planning work is underway on a $75 million research and development center focused on accelerating development and deployment of long-duration, low-cost energy storage. The U.S. Department of Energy announced the beginning of design and construction of the Grid Storage Launchpad located at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. The facility will […]

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  • March 11 @ 4:48 am

Global wind industry reached nearly 100 GW of new installed capacity in 2020

According to recent analysis by BloombergNEF, in last year’s record-setting year, the wind market commissioned nearly 100 gigawatts (GW) of new build in 2020. Undeterred by COVID-19, installations grew 59% year-on-year. Developers commissioned 96.3 GW of wind turbines globally in 2020, compared with 60.7 GW the previous year, said BNEF. Most of these were on […]

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  • March 11 @ 4:00 am

3 cost-effective steps President Biden can take to accelerate a clean energy revolution

While it’s clear now that renewables are making unprecedented progress, the new administration must work to solidify policy so we can help simplify and accelerate the creation of jobs and our energy transition. Here are my thoughts. The post 3 cost-effective steps President Biden can take to accelerate a clean energy revolution appeared first on […]

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  • March 11 @ 4:00 am

How to make the most of the bifacial solar module opportunity

By Leonardo Botti, FIMER Without doubt, the solar PV industry is one of the most exciting sectors to be working in at the moment. With the International Energy Agency (IEA) reporting a huge 18-fold increase in the amount of installed solar PV capacity between 2010 and 2020, and IEA executive director Fatih Birol, stating that […]

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  • March 10 @ 4:58 pm

Tips for utilities making the transition to renewables

By Allen Austin, ABB Renewable energy has arrived, and it makes up the majority of new generating capacity being added in the United States. The US Energy Information Administration projects renewables’ share of the national generation mix will rise from 21 percent in 2020 to 42 percent in 2050, even as the federal tax credits […]

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  • March 10 @ 8:39 am

New energy storage deployment topped record 3,500 MWh in 2020, ESA report shows

Energy storage installation grew nearly 200 percent and totaled an all-time operational record in fourth quarter 2020, according to a new report. The report released by analytics and research firm Wood MacKenzie and the U.S. Energy Storage Association’s latest U.S. Monitor report indicated that about 2,156 MWh of new energy storage was brought online in the last […]

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  • March 10 @ 5:28 am

Red Rocket’s 4-MW Kruisavallei hydropower plant now operating

The 4-MW Kruisvallei hydropower plant reached commercial operations in late February 2021, according to project developer Red Rocket. Construction of this small hydro plant, on the Ash River between Clarens and Bethlehem in the Free State Province of South Africa, began in March 2019. Kruisvallei Hydro is the third hydropower project procured under South Africa’s Renewable […]

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  • March 9 @ 3:58 pm

The oil industry says it might support a carbon tax – here’s why that could be good for producers and the publi

The oil industry’s lobbying arm, the American Petroleum Institute, suggested in a new draft statement that it might support Congress putting a price on carbon emissions to combat climate change, even though oil and gas are major sources of those greenhouse gas emissions. The post The oil industry says it might support a carbon tax […]

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  • March 9 @ 10:51 am

Rooftop solar skyrockets if an alternative to monopoly utility models is employed

In over 30 states, monopoly utilities submit plans for new power plants to public regulators without adequately considering how customers will serve themselves. The post Rooftop solar skyrockets if an alternative to monopoly utility models is employed appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • March 9 @ 9:21 am

Solar Energy for Kids

The solar specialists at Palmetto Solar have found that when a family decides to install rooftop solar panels on their home, their children understandably become interested in solar energy and solar power systems. We want to help parents explain solar power and the benefits of solar energy systems to their kids. However, the complexities of […]

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  • March 9 @ 7:30 am

The 800-MW Vineyard Wind 1 moves closer to starting construction

The Department of the Interior today announced that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has completed the environmental analysis of the proposed Vineyard Wind I offshore wind project. This is the final analysis that BOEM needs to either approve the project or request additional modifications. Vineyard Wind is proposing what is expected to be […]

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  • March 8 @ 12:18 pm

Jigar Shah to head up U.S. DOE loan programs office

Longtime renewable energy expert and founder of Generate Capital, Jigar Shah, has been appointed to head up the Loan Programs Office (LPO) of the US Department of Energy (DOE).   According to the website, LPO manages a portfolio comprising more than $30 billion of loans, loan guarantees, and conditional commitments covering more than 30 projects. […]

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  • March 8 @ 11:23 am

A deeper dive into BP and Chevron’s backing of a Canada-based geothermal startup

by Jane Marsh, Blogger Renewable energy businesses can be promising investments for larger companies looking to improve their carbon footprints. Sometimes, what some might assume to be the least likely investors will pour funds into renewables. That’s the case with Eavor Technologies’ most recent round of fundraising. Oil giants BP and Chevron were among the […]

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  • March 8 @ 10:55 am

Meet the UK’s female innovators who are disrupting business

Visionary British female entrepreneurs are receiving government backing to drive forward their novel innovations and business ideas. Announced today by Science Minister Amanda Solloway to mark International Women’s Day, 40 of the country’s top female innovators will be awarded a cash injection of £50,000 ($69,000) each, as well as bespoke mentoring, to scale up and […]

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  • March 8 @ 9:36 am

Renewable developers are bearing the brunt of siloed transmission planning

Renewable project developers are bearing the burden of decades of transmission planning focused on transmission owner needs. Renewable projects are dropping out of generator interconnection queues because of the high cost of transmission upgrade costs. PJM, MISO, SPP are all dealing with the same issue – high volume of renewables projects in their interconnection queue. […]

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  • March 5 @ 3:08 pm

Cleaning up renewable energy

A University of South Australia researcher is helping establish a lifetime stewardship scheme to manage renewable energy waste from solar panels. by Sezen Bakan, The Lead, Australia Australia has the highest proportion of household photovoltaic (PV) systems in the world, with more than 21 percent of homes — or around 2.59 million — now possessing […]

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  • March 5 @ 10:24 am

FedEx says it will be carbon-neutral by 2040

Company is going all-electric and funding a new Yale center for applied research focused on carbon-negative technologies. FedEx Corp. announced this week that it wants to achieve carbon-neutral operations globally by 2040. The company laid out three key areas it will focus on via a $2B investment: vehicle electrification, sustainable energy, and carbon sequestration.  This includes a pledge […]

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  • March 5 @ 8:56 am

Carbon-negative bioenergy project underway with Chevron, Microsoft and Schlumberger

Big name corporations Chevron and Microsoft are joining Schlumberger on a plan to develop a bioenergy project that will include carbon capture and sequestration. As a result, the energy produced would be carbon negative. The project will be located in Mendota, California and will use an idled bioenergy plant. The plant will convert agricultural waste […]

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  • March 5 @ 5:32 am

7.39-MW wind power plant in Japan begins operation

On March 2, sustainable infrastructure company Ichigo announced the completion of its 52nd power plant, Ichigo Yonezawa Itaya ECO Power Plant (Ichigo Yonezawa). Ichigo Yonezawa is the company’s first wind plant, with all of its other projects being solar. The project is located near the border of Yamagata and Fukushima prefectures in Japan. Ichigo Yonezawa […]

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  • March 5 @ 4:00 am

Don’t despair about climate change, instead put your capital where it counts

By Gail Whiteman and Fred van Beuningen Every major economy has an industrial zone like the Port of Rotterdam, a place where smokestacks, pipes, and tanks tell one story of climate change. Anything that can be made of crude oil is made at the Port. It is a complicated place. On the one hand, it […]

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  • March 4 @ 2:49 pm

More US wind power capacity was installed in 2020 than in any other year

According to recent data released from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), in both 2019 and 2020, project developers in the United States installed more wind power capacity than any other generating technology. In its Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, annual wind turbine capacity additions in the United States set a record in 2020, totaling 14.2 […]

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  • March 4 @ 12:13 pm

Oceanus and EDF advance pumped hydro and reverse osmosis system in Latin America

Oceanus Power & Water LLC, through its subsidiary Oceanus Energia y Agua de Sudamerica SpA, announces a cooperation agreement with EDF to explore various possibilities and conditions for the implementation of the world’s first Integrated Pump Hydro Reverse Osmosis Clean Energy System (IPHROCES) in Latin America, with primary focus in the Andean Region. IPHROCES technology […]

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  • March 4 @ 10:00 am

Retail electricity provider Peninsula Clean Energy now offering 100% emission-free power

Peninsula Clean Energy said it has begun providing 100 percent carbon-free electricity to all of its nearly 300,000 customers, which is ahead of California’s 2045 zero-emission power generation mandate and a step in helping the agency achieve its ultimate goal of providing all customers 100 percent renewable power on a 24/7 basis. Since large hydropower […]

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  • March 3 @ 10:51 am

2020 tipped the balance for British renewable energy

Annual figures show that renewable supply outpaced fossil fuels for the first time. New research by Drax Electric Insights shows that the UK broke all records last year for renewable energy consumption. 42% of all energy used across the country through 2020 came from wind, solar, tidal and hydro. Conversely, energy produced by fossil fuels […]

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  • March 3 @ 10:27 am

CSI and Pineapple Energy merging to focus on residential DER market and VPPs

Communications Systems, Inc. (CSI), an IoT intelligent edge products and services company, announced that it entered into a definitive merger agreement with privately held Pineapple Energy, an operator and consolidator of residential solar, battery storage, and grid services solutions. Upon closing, CSI will commence doing business as Pineapple Energy, with a business model focused on […]

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  • March 3 @ 9:05 am

Evolugen and Gazifère announce hydrogen injection projects to be powered by hydro

Evolugen, the Canadian operating business of Brookfield Renewable, and Gazifère Inc., an Enbridge company, announced a green hydrogen project for injection into a natural gas distribution network in Quebec, Canada, to be powered by hydro. The Quebec-based companies, as part of a collaboration formed to advance the development and use of green hydrogen, announced plans […]

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  • March 2 @ 11:21 am

What is driving record rooftop solar volumes in Australia?

The number of solar installations in Australia has passed 2.5 million in 2020. Solar power has become a mass market product and is driven by a strong financial and environmental return. The exceptional growth in 2020 has been bolstered by the below 3 drivers. The post What is driving record rooftop solar volumes in Australia? […]

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  • March 2 @ 9:13 am

New ‘decade that matters’ report shows shifting attitudes about renewables and climate change

Over the past ten years, vocabulary moved from ‘global warming’ to ‘climate change’ to ‘climate crisis.’ On March 1, BayWa r.e. launched its new “Decade That Matters” report, a deep dive into online climate discussions over the past 10 years and what these may tell us about where we are heading over the next 10 […]

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  • March 2 @ 4:00 am

Should big utilities pay for their bad choices?

Originally published at ILSR.org An advocacy group in Boulder, Colo. has made the case for why utilities, not customers, should be responsible for the cost of retiring fossil fuel assets. For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Leslie Glustrom, an advocate with Clean Energy Action in Boulder. They […]

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  • March 2 @ 1:35 am

Mitsubishi gas turbine being developed to burn ammonia commercially by 2025

Mitsubishi Power is developing a 40-MW gas turbine that would be fueled 100 percent by ammonia. The Japan-based power equipment giant, which already is hard at work adapting its natural gas-fired turbines to burn hydrogen, now is aiming at another potential carbon-free power resource. The company hopes to guide the ammonia-fired technology toward commercialization by 2025. […]

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  • March 1 @ 10:30 am

2020 was a record-setting year for global offshore wind investment

Global financial investment for offshore wind capacity set records in 2020, according to new research released last month. Data from the Renewables Consulting Group’s (RCG’s) Global Renewable Infrastructure Projects (GRIP) database shows that the total capacity financed for offshore wind last year reached 8,370 megawatts (MW) across the European, Americas and Asia Pacific (excl. China) […]

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  • March 1 @ 9:48 am

Granholm sworn in as 16th Secretary at U.S. Department of Energy

Jennifer M. Granholm was sworn in Feb. 25 as the 16th Secretary of Energy by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, after a confirmation vote of 64-35 in the U.S. Senate. Secretary Granholm is only the second woman to lead the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). “I am humbled by the faith President Biden has placed […]

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  • February 26 @ 10:19 am

Clothing retailer signs 13-year renewable energy supply deal with AEP Energy

The competitive retail wing of American Electric Power has signed a clean energy supply deal with apparel firm Abercrombie & Fitch Co. AEP Energy will supply the retailer’s corporate headquarters and two distribution centers in New Albany, Ohio with clean energy through an Integrated Renewable Energy (IRE) solution – a long-term, fixed price retail energy […]

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  • February 26 @ 10:16 am

Australian brewery reduces carbon footprint with rooftop solar

Moon Dog Brewing, an independent Australian craft brewery based out of Melbourne, is exploring ways to reduce its carbon footprint and drive environmental sustainability. To this end, the Moon Dog team selected Energis, a residential and commercial energy solutions company, to design a solar system that would reduce their reliance on using energy from the […]

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  • February 26 @ 8:47 am

Xcel Energy – Colorado plans to deliver 80% renewable energy by 2030

Xcel Energy – Colorado today announced details of its upcoming Clean Energy Plan that will result in an estimated 85% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2030. The plan will double renewable energy and battery storage on the Xcel Energy Colorado system, providing customers with electricity derived from approximately 80% renewable sources […]

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  • February 26 @ 3:29 am

EIA: Levelized cost of onshore wind, solar PV dropping below gas-fired and conventional generation by 2026

Within a decade, if not a few years, the levelized cost of electricity is coming way down for new utility-scale onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to levels below all fossil or conventional fuels including combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants, according to new figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The EIA’s […]

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  • February 25 @ 7:22 am

Xcel celebrates milestone as utility is now halfway to 100% carbon free electricity

For the second year in a row, Xcel Energy has hit a significant milestone in its quest to deliver 100% carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050. Xcel reported that it broke its own record for a single-year drop in emissions in 2020, cutting carbon emissions company-wide by approximately six million tons, a 12% reduction over […]

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  • February 25 @ 6:15 am

Isagén in Colombia acquires two small hydro plants from Generadora Luzma

Colombian power generator Isagén has completed the acquisition of two small hydroelectric plants with a total capacity of 39.8 MW from Generadora Luzma. In a statement, the Medellín-based firm did not provide details of the transaction but said the Luzma I and Luzma II facilities in northwestern Antioquia department formed part of its clean energy strategy. “With […]

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  • February 24 @ 12:00 pm

National Grid and Cargill’s 200-MW Prairie Wolf solar project in Illinois under construction

National Grid Renewables, which includes the renewables development company formerly known as Geronimo Energy, announced today the start of construction on the 200-MW Prairie Wolf Solar Project in Coles County, Illinois. The project is poised to generate tax revenue, landowner income and charitable initiatives, all while adding more clean energy to the electric grid. As […]

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  • February 24 @ 10:14 am

RP Global has 1-GW pipeline of renewable projects to develop in Poland

Renewable energy developer RP Global announced that it is investing in the development of PV and wind power projects across Poland. Wojciech Glocko, former EPA Wind and utility manager, has been hired to head up project development together with a team of senior local experts from Poland’s leading public and private renewable energy organizations.  The first […]

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  • February 24 @ 10:05 am

The grid needs $14T to support full decarbonization

At least $14 trillion needs to be invested in the grid worldwide by 2050 to support an evolved power system, according to BloombergNEF’s new Power Grid Long-Term Outlook 2021 published this week. The transition to electric heating and transport will drive up electricity demand, while the tremendous growth of wind and solar add additional strain on the grid. […]

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  • February 24 @ 9:59 am

The lesson of Texas – and a new program states can use to quickly fund the distributed energy storage solution

If we learn anything from the Texas blackouts, and the death and suffering that have resulted, it should be this: distributed resilient solar+storage systems are no longer a luxury – they are an essential tool to protect citizens from power outages, and modernize the grid so outages become less frequent and severe. The post The […]

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  • February 23 @ 9:00 am

Customers are driving the push towards renewables and digitalization

For us at ABB, it’s an exciting time. Our customers are pushing us to help them maximize their efficiencies and increase long-term sustainability with digital and cloud-connected technologies. The post Customers are driving the push towards renewables and digitalization appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • February 23 @ 8:48 am

Sunnova secures 85 MW in most recent ISO New England forward capacity auction

Last week, US residential solar and storage installer Sunnova announced it has secured a position of 85 megawatts in the recent ISO-New England Forward Capacity Auction (FCA15). Sunnova’s aggregated residential solar portfolio will offer competitive renewable energy capacity to help meet the region’s future energy needs. The company expects the complete portfolio to begin participating […]

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  • February 23 @ 5:05 am

GWEC: Nearly 30GW of new wind energy capacity was auctioned in 2020

According to new analysis by GWEC Market Intelligence in its latest Q4 2020 Wind Energy Auction Update, nearly 30GW of new wind power capacity was awarded globally through auctions in the second half of 2020, which is a slight increase compared to the 28GW awarded during H2 2019. This surge in new auctioned capacity is […]

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  • February 22 @ 12:56 pm

I don’t believe renewables are the main cause for Texas blackouts

Record low temperatures, including snow in Texas, have led Texas electric grid operator to ration electricity. Even before the winter event is done, misinformation is spreading that wind turbine blades froze, and hence, renewables are the leading cause for Texas blackouts. The fact is, due to cold weather, a lot of generators, including nuclear, coal, […]

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  • February 22 @ 9:06 am

Where are we with the safer nuclear option known as nuclear fusion?

World’ largest NUCLEAR FUSION reactor is in the making with an estimated cost of over 22 billion. The post Where are we with the safer nuclear option known as nuclear fusion? appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • February 22 @ 9:03 am

To maximize emission cuts, this Boston campus gets its power from the Midwest

Boston University prioritized impact over location in deciding to buy electricity from a South Dakota wind farm. Boston University has started sourcing all of its electricity from a newly built wind farm in South Dakota, a move intended to maximize the university’s greenhouse gas reductions and hopefully provide a model for how other large institutions can […]

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  • February 22 @ 6:53 am

Iberdrola plans first industrial-scale floating offshore wind farm in Spain with an investment of more than €1 bi

Iberdrola is planning what it says will be the first industrial scale floating offshore wind farm in Spain. The 300-MW project will cost more than €1 billion said the company. It will be located off the Spanish coast. The renewable facility could become a driver of the country’s industrialization and job creation, said Iberdrola, estimating […]

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  • February 19 @ 9:39 am

Government and private funding – we need both for the energy transition

by Jill Feblowitz These days, companies and governments alike are making commitments to net zero emissions. While commitments are good, making progress requires investment. That means putting money on deploying existing technology in the near term, while continuing to fund innovation to deliver cost-effective approaches in the future. The current picture looks promising, but there […]

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  • February 19 @ 8:00 am

UGI Utilities to distribute renewable natural gas from Pennsylvania landfill

An electric and gas utility in Pennsylvania and Maryland has signed a deal to bring renewable natural gas from a landfill into its distribution system. UGI Utilities Inc.’s agreement with Archaea Energy is the company’s first RNG supply interconnect agreement. The utility will accept RNG from the Keystone Landfill located in Dunmore, PA. The RNG supply […]

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  • February 19 @ 3:31 am

90 MW community solar plus energy storage to be completed in New York by 2025

This week, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced plans to help local governments and state agencies build 40 distributed solar systems that will bring renewable energy to surrounding communities. The projects will help meet the New York Power Authority (NYPA) 2025 community solar target that sets a goal of 75 megawatts (MW) of renewable capacity, including 15 […]

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  • February 18 @ 5:20 pm

4.5 GW of pumped-storage hydro could save UK up to £690 million annually

A new study by independent researchers from Imperial College London has found that just 4.5 GW of new long duration pumped hydro storage, with 90 GWh of storage, could save up to £690 million per year in energy system costs by 2050, as the UK transitions to a net-zero carbon emission system. Commissioned by SSE […]

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  • February 18 @ 10:40 am

New Sustainable Energy Factbook shows 2020 was ‘blockbuster’ year for renewables in America

Faced with COVID-19 pandemic and sharp economic contraction, the U.S. clean energy sectors showed strong resilience in 2020, continuing a decade-long growth trend, BloombergNEF (BNEF) and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) find in their annual joint report. The ninth edition of theSustainable Energy in America Factbook tells the story of American energy efficiency, […]

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  • February 18 @ 10:37 am

Statkraft and Aquila Capital sign 5-year PPA for 50MW Spanish park

Renewable energy firm Statkraft and Aquila Capital, the German real asset investment manager, have signed their first PPA in Spain for the Albeniz solar plant located in Andalusia on behalf of Aquila’s client. This is a 5-year power purchase agreement starting in 2022 with an innovative price structure in which Aquila Capital will provide Statkraft with 100% green electricity […]

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  • February 18 @ 8:17 am

Des Moines looks for leverage to push MidAmerican on carbon-free power

The city is exploring several strategies to cut emissions, but will depend on its investor-owned utility to achieve much of its ambitious new clean energy goal. As Des Moines leaders begin drafting plans for achieving the city’s ambitious new clean energy goals, one challenge looms above all: getting buy-in from the city’s investor-owned utility. Iowa’s […]

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  • February 17 @ 1:39 pm

Commentary: I’ve had it up to here. Fire the climate leaders now!

The Texas governor is calling for the resignation of Ercot leaders in the wake of the frigid temps and subsequent blackouts that ensued. Dangerous cold temps and no electricity are not a combination that anyone should have to endure. Well you know what? I think we should go higher. Let’s go above the head of […]

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  • February 17 @ 12:09 pm

South Korea announces ambitious 8.2GW wind complex

South Korea has unveiled a KRW 48.5 trillion ($43.2 billion) project to develop an 8.2GW wind complex offshore the Sinan County, South Jeolla Province. The project is said to be the world’s largest of its kind and forms part of the country’s efforts to support a green recovery. The agreement is said to involve 33 […]

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  • February 17 @ 9:51 am

Madison Gas and Electric seeks approval to invest in solar and storage

Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), in partnership with We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service (WPS), subsidiaries of WEC Energy Group, is seeking approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to purchase solar energy and battery storage from the Paris Solar-Battery Park. If approved, MGE will own 20 megawatts (MW) of solar energy and […]

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  • February 17 @ 9:37 am

Hitachi ABB Power Grids is supporting world’s largest wind farm with third interconnect contract

Hitachi ABB Power Grids announced that the owners/developers of the 3.6-GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm have selected it to connect the third transmission link from Dogger Bank to the UK mainland.  The link is 130 km. Hitachi ABB Power Grid is already delivering the interconnects for Dogger Bank A and B and the new contract is for the third phase, Dogger Bank C. Dogger Bank […]

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  • February 17 @ 9:19 am

Pumped storage hydro, utility-scale batteries return about 80% of the electricity they store

Pumped-storage hydroelectric facilities in the U.S. operated with an average monthly round-trip efficiency of 79%, and the utility-scale battery fleet operated at 82%, according to 2019 data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Round-trip efficiency is the percentage of electricity put into storage that is later retrieved. The higher the round-trip efficiency, the less energy is […]

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  • February 16 @ 2:23 pm

Appalachian Power seeks up to 300 MW of renewable generation capacity

Yesterday, Appalachian Power issued a Request for Proposals (RFPs) for up to 300 megawatts (MWs) of solar and/or wind generation resources. The request for bids is the first in a series of RFPs Appalachian Power will issue this year to comply with the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA).  Under the VCEA, Appalachian Power must meet […]

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  • February 16 @ 11:32 am

Hawaiian Electric hits nearly 35% renewable energy, exceeding RPS

Driven by higher solar energy and wind production and lower consumer demand, Hawaiian Electric said that achieved a 34.5 percent consolidated renewable portfolio standard (RPS) in 2020. The 34.5 percent is the consolidated RPS for Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi Island and Maui County, up from 28.4 percent in 2019. Hawaiian Electric exceeded the state requirement to reach […]

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  • February 16 @ 3:44 am

Jay Egg wins award for proposing a renewable solution over a gas-fired project planned for NYS Capitol

Renewable Energy World contributor is being awarded a Constellation Prize for Policy Impact in response to a new heating/cooling solution he proposed for the 50-year-old Plaza in Albany, NY. Just after the holidays I heard from an old friend, Jay Egg, who heads up a geothermal consulting firm, EggGeo. Jay has written articles for RenewableEnergyWorld.com […]

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  • February 15 @ 1:01 pm

Jay Egg wins award for proposing a renewable solution over a gas-fired project planned for NY building

Renewable Energy World contributor is being awarded a Constellation Prize for Policy Impact in response to a new heating/cooling solution he proposed for a 100-year-old building in Albany, NY. Just after the holidays I heard from an old friend, Jay Egg, who heads up a geothermal consulting firm, EggGeo. Jay has written articles for RenewableEnergyWorld.com […]

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  • February 15 @ 1:01 pm

Siemens Energy to build novel waste heat-to-power facility in Canada

Siemens Energy has signed an agreement with Canada-based TC Energy Corporation (TC Energy) to commission what is said to be a first-of-its-kind waste heat-to-power pilot installation in Alberta. The facility will capture waste heat from a gas-fired turbine operating at a pipeline compression station and convert it into emissions-free power. The electricity produced will be […]

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  • February 15 @ 10:22 am

Why doesn’t every homeowner go solar? Top 5 reasons may surprise you

Based on posts seen on Facebook and in other places, these are the top 5 reasons people who would otherwise qualify for solar decide it isn’t worth looking into. This article attempts to address these concerns and common misperceptions. The post Why doesn’t every homeowner go solar? Top 5 reasons may surprise you appeared first […]

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  • February 15 @ 10:12 am

Renewables now account for 24% of US’ total energy generation capacity

Renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) strongly dominated new US energy generation capacity additions in 2020, according to the SUN DAY Campaign of data released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Combined, renewables accounted for 22,451MW, or more than three-quarters (78.09%) of the 28,751MW of new utility-scale capacity reported to have […]

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  • February 15 @ 6:00 am

BASF to add 90 MW total of wind and solar power contracts in Texas

German chemical company, BASF, and EDF Energy North America signed a 35-MW wind power purchase agreement (PPA) that will bring 25 MW of wind power to BASF’s Verbund site in Freeport, Texas, and 10 MW of wind power to the Pasadena, Texas, site. The agreement adds to another recent PPA that will supply the Freeport […]

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  • February 15 @ 4:00 am

Hydro Review: Commercializing a New Small Hydropower Technology

Natel Energy has developed a new small hydropower turbine technology that offers an environmentally friendly and compact, modular hydro generation system. This article discusses the technology and its potential future applications. The post Hydro Review: Commercializing a New Small Hydropower Technology appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • February 12 @ 3:33 pm

Intel, PGE and Avangrid work together to advance new 138-MW Daybreak Solar facility

Portland General Electric today announced that Intel has joined PGE’s Green FutureSM Impact program. Intel’s participation enables PGE to enter into a 15- year agreement with Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc., to purchase the energy from a new 138-megawatt solar facility that will be developed in Wasco County, Oregon. Intel’s purchase is the […]

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  • February 12 @ 10:15 am

Organizations urge US congress to enact legislation that will lead to 30 million solar homes

Yesterday, a national coalition made up of more than 220 organizations launched the 30 Million Solar Homes campaign. The campaign’s goal is to add enough rooftop and community solar energy to power 30 million homes across the U.S. within the next five years. The coalition estimates the plan will create three million good-paying jobs, lower […]

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  • February 12 @ 4:00 am

How virtual power plants will help the UK meet its net zero targets

By pulling together the output of disparate power generating/using units such as small, decentralized power producers and on-site renewable sources such as wind and solar, VPPs are carving themselves a key role in bringing higher efficiency and more flexibility to the UK’s energy supply. The post How virtual power plants will help the UK meet […]

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  • February 11 @ 2:25 pm

MISO report concludes upwards of 50% renewables is achievable with careful planning

Yesterday, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) published the Renewable Integration Impact Assessment (RIIA), an analysis that evaluates increasing amounts of wind and solar resources within the MISO grid and the broader bulk electric system. RIIA represents the culmination of more than four years of analysis as well as significant input from stakeholders. RIIA will […]

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  • February 11 @ 12:33 pm

Study shows homeowners with PV are subsidizing their neighbors

Value estimations for grid-tied photovoltaic systems prove solar panels are beneficial for utility companies and consumers alike. The post Study shows homeowners with PV are subsidizing their neighbors appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • February 11 @ 10:36 am

EV prospects increasing in MISO region, Part 1 of 3

With the increase in Electric Vehicles’ availability in Midwest states, it is time to acknowledge the opportunities for charging EVs at the MISO regional grid operator level. Compared to other grid operators, MISO is unique due to its decreasing fossil-fueled power generation output and increasing the renewable output. Unlike California, MISO does not have a […]

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  • February 10 @ 3:55 pm

Ohio geologists study potential for geothermal in abandoned coal mines

The research at Ohio University could help transform old fossil fuel sites into clean energy assets, though much work remains to be done. Geologists at Ohio University are exploring the potential to turn abandoned coal mines into sources of carbon-free heating and cooling. Ohio is home to thousands of abandoned coal mines, which have become […]

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  • February 10 @ 4:00 am

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professors contribute to DOE hydropower research

Two professors at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are contributing research to the Submarine Hydrokinetic and Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems (SHARKS) program of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) project. This project aims to speed up the process of making hydrokinetic turbine designs for tidal and riverine currents economically viable. Hydroelectric power accounts for […]

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  • February 9 @ 12:18 pm

AES details $154M financing for sPower’s Luna Storage project in southern California

AES Corp. announced that a recently acquired subsidiary has closed on $154.2 million in debt financing for 400-MWh energy storage project in Los Angeles County. sPower had closed on the funding for Luna Storage late last year. In January, AES merged with sPower and incorporated it into the AES clean energy business in the U.S. […]

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  • February 9 @ 10:18 am

Developer NTE Energy has a 5-GW pipeline of solar and storage projects

NTE Energy said on Tuesday that it plans to develop more than 5 GW of clean energy projects in the next five years. The company is currently working with investment partners to advance development of a clean energy project pipeline that includes 1.2 GW of solar and 3.9 GW of battery energy storage systems (BESS), […]

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  • February 9 @ 10:13 am

Amazon gets into offshore wind via 380-MW PPA with Shell and Eneco

Shell Energy Europe BV (Shell) and Amazon signed an agreement through which Shell will provide Amazon with 50% of the capacity (~380 MW) of the energy generated by the Amazon-Shell HKN Offshore Wind Project. The offshore wind farm is operated by the Crosswind Consortium, a joint venture between Shell and Eneco. It is scheduled for […]

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  • February 9 @ 5:12 am

50-MW Eolica Coromuel wind farm to get battery storage to help meet code requirements

The technology group Wärtsilä said last week that it has been contracted to provide a project-critical energy storage system for the 50-MW-Eolica Coromuel, S. de R. L (ECO) Wind Farm in La Paz, Mexico. The energy storage system is designed to deliver a power output of 10 MW for the operational life of the project. […]

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  • February 8 @ 10:46 am

BOEM to resume environmental review of 800-MW Vineyard Wind

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced last week that it intends to resume the environmental review of Vineyard Wind’s proposed offshore wind project. “Offshore wind has the potential to help our nation combat climate change, improve resilience through reliable power, and spur economic development to create good-paying jobs,” said BOEM Director Amanda Lefton. “BOEM is […]

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  • February 8 @ 10:39 am

GE awarded DoE grant to research 3D printing of wind turbine blades

GE Research, GE Renewable Energy, and LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy business were recently selected by the US Department of Energy (DoE) to research the design and manufacture of 3D printed wind turbine blades. The GE business units will partner with the Oakridge National Lab and the National Renewable Energy Lab on a […]

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  • February 8 @ 10:24 am

Oklahoma school districts receive $105,000 from ALLETE Clean Energy and partners

ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of ALLETE, in partnership with five other entities, announced its contribution of $105,000 in grants to the Roff, Sulphur and Tishomingo school districts near the company’s 303-MW Diamond Spring wind site in Mill Creek, Oklahoma. The wind site supplies Walmart, Starbucks and Smithfield Foods with renewable energy. The […]

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  • February 8 @ 4:00 am

Innovative policy will help America lead the transition to electric transportation

Transitioning the transportation sector to electricity is going to be transformative, and not just to the incumbent industry; it will create new companies, jobs, and change how we interact with our cars, trucks, buses, trains and ships. The post Innovative policy will help America lead the transition to electric transportation appeared first on Renewable Energy […]

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  • February 5 @ 2:30 pm

Mosaic surpasses $4B in residential PV and energy efficiency funding

U.S. residential solar and energy-efficient home improvement financing agency Mosaic this week announced it has surpassed $4 billion in loans funded through the company’s platform. The company has also added new features to its financing program including no payments for 18-months and a 25-year term loan, which it says will make it even easier for homeowners to […]

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  • February 5 @ 9:20 am

NYSERDA selects developer for 110-MW Rutland Center Solar 1

EPC and O&M provider Borrego (formerly Borrego Solar) this week announced it has been selected to develop a 110-MW-AC utility-scale solar project as part of the solicitation for large-scale renewables by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The project will be Borrego’s largest development announced to date. The solar project is one of […]

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  • February 5 @ 9:02 am

EBCE’s resilient home program aims to deploy over 1,000 battery backup systems in California

California is suffering its worst fire season ever, with over 4 million acres burned this year alone. In EBCE’s service area, PG&E is continuing to implement Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events, proactively shutting off power to thousands of customers to prevent accidental wildfires. While power shutoff events may reduce community risk to wildfires they […]

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  • February 5 @ 4:00 am

From the CEO’s Desk Newsletter

By Ben Paulos Resilient home California is suffering its worst fire season ever, with over 4 million acres burned this year alone. In EBCE’s service area, PG&E is continuing to implement Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events, proactively shutting off power to thousands of customers to prevent accidental wildfires. While power shutoff events may reduce […]

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  • February 5 @ 4:00 am

SCE PPA moves Southern Power to add 160 MW energy storage to California solar projects

By Rod Walton, Power Engineering and POWERGEN+ content director The wholesale energy subsidiary of Southern Co. is adding battery storage capacity to two of the solar facilities it operates in California. Southern California Edison awarded Southern Power two 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs). The wholesale producer is adding the energy storage to the Tranquility and Garland solar farms. “These […]

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  • February 4 @ 3:34 pm

Eco Wave Power named winner of Smart Port Challenge in Morocco

Eco Wave Power (EWPG Holding AB) announces it was one of three winners of the Smart Port Challenge Competition, held by Morocco’s National Ports Agency and National Single Window for foreign trade- PORTNET, together with the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation and Morocco’s port community. The goal of the challenge was to find disruptive solutions […]

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  • February 4 @ 10:32 am

Wind developers are retrofitting newer projects with bigger, better blades

Xcel Energy recently received approval to repower a pair of wind farms originally built in 2015 to take advantage of improved technology and expiring tax credits. Utilities and developers are repowering wind turbines with bigger, better blades years ahead of the end of their original life expectancies as they look to take advantage of technology […]

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  • February 4 @ 10:30 am

EDC selects turbine for 29-MW geothermal expansion project in the Philippines

Turboden S.p.A., a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group Company and provider of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology, said that the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) selected its turbine for the 29-MW Palayan Bayan geothermal expansion project. The plant is to be built at the Bacon-Manito geothermal facility located in Luzon Island, Philippines. EDC, a vertically integrated […]

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  • February 4 @ 5:30 am

U.S. wind generation sets new daily and hourly records at end of 2020

In the final months of 2020, electricity generation from wind turbines in the United States set daily and hourly records. Hourly data collected in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Hourly Electric Grid Monitor show an hourly record set late in the day on December 22 and a daily record set on the following day. On April […]

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  • February 4 @ 4:56 am

Nearly 100 solar arrays to be installed at Wells Fargo locations in seven U.S. states

Today, Ameresco and Wells Fargo announced a collaboration to develop and install approximately 30 megawatts (MW) of new, onsite solar photovoltaic (PV) generation assets at corporate and retail locations in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Iowa, New Jersey, North Carolina and Texas. Construction will begin in April 2021 and is expected to be finished in 2022. The onsite […]

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  • February 3 @ 6:00 am

Minnesota PUC fines Xcel Energy $1M for DER interconnection failures

Minnesota utility Xcel Energy was fined one million dollars in late January for exceeding a maximum number of customer service complaints as a result of significant delays in its processing of interconnection requests for solar projects. A ruling from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission affirms the right of consumers to reasonable customer service in the […]

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  • February 3 @ 5:09 am

FERC Order 845’s ‘option to build’ impacts renewable developers as much as the PTC and ITC

Although the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order 845 a few years ago, developers of renewable generation are still discovering how it affects them and can provide greater flexibility and control for their projects. The post FERC Order 845’s ‘option to build’ impacts renewable developers as much as the PTC and ITC appeared first […]

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  • February 3 @ 4:39 am

Standard Solar builds 17 community solar plants in Mass and Michigan

Standard Solar, Inc. has announced the financing and operation of 17 community solar projects in Minnesota and Massachusetts totaling 24.6 MW of capacity. Tax equity financing for these projects was secured in a partnership with Crestmark, a division of MetaBank. Massachusetts and Minnesota account for about half of cumulative capacity of community solar throughout the […]

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  • February 3 @ 4:00 am

EPC hopes to help advance women in renewable energy via employee-led effort

Renewable energy EPC firm CS Energy has launched an employee-led effort to support and increase the number of women on its team and within the broader renewable energy industry. A group of female employees launched CS Energy’s Women in Renewable Energy (CS Energy WiRE) program in the spring of 2020. CS Energy WiRE aims to […]

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  • February 2 @ 10:35 am

Allegheny County signs 35-year PPA for energy generated at new hydropower facility

Allegheny, Pa., County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced in late January that the county entered into a 35-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Rye Development for renewable energy generated by a 17.8-MW hydropower facility the company will construct on the Ohio River. For each year that the agreement is in effect, the county will offset emissions equivalent to […]

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  • February 2 @ 10:24 am

Sustainable Marine Energy reveals plans for 9-MW Pempa’q Tidal Energy Project

Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) and Minas Tidal LP have agreed to co-develop their adjacent berths at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) in Canada and will use SME’s PLAT-I floating in-stream tidal energy technology to deliver up to 9 MW of capacity to the Nova Scotia grid. The combined project is to be […]

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  • February 2 @ 10:09 am

Australian firm partners with French giant to reduce carbon emissions in Japan

A company from Adelaide, South Australia is partnering with one of the world’s biggest energy utilities to provide renewable wood pellets for the Japanese electricity market. The post Australian firm partners with French giant to reduce carbon emissions in Japan appeared first on Renewable Energy World.

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  • February 2 @ 9:00 am

EDF Renewables acquires EnterSolar; capitalizing on growth in C&I solar market

EDF Renewables North America (EDFR) announced that it has acquired 100-percent of EnterSolar, a provider of solar solutions to corporate commercial and industrial (C&I) customers. EDFR previously held a 50-percent interest in EnterSolar in a partnership announced in September 2018. As a wholly owned subsidiary of EDFR, EnterSolar will operate as a part of the Distributed Solutions […]

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  • February 2 @ 4:00 am

California-based Desert Harvest 1 & 2 solar projects completed by EDF Renewables

Today, EDF Renewables North Americaannounced the completion and commercial operation of the Desert Harvest 1 (114 MWdc) and Desert Harvest 2 (100 MWdc) solar projects. Desert Harvest 1 will provide electricity to MCE under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), while Desert Harvest 2 will supply energy and renewable attributes to Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) under a […]

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  • February 1 @ 1:04 pm

Four key considerations for the development of U.S. offshore wind projects

Recent Congressional action extends tax credits, reach of “Jones Act” by David Cole, Debra Duncan, Shay Kuperman, John Michael, and Danielle Patterson at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. Today, the U.S. has one offshore wind project in commercial operation – the 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island – but there are […]

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  • February 1 @ 9:15 am

US DOE funding research on how artificial intelligence could improve PV power plant efficiencies

Case Western Reserve University last week announced that computer scientists and energy technology experts are teaming up to leverage the diagnostic power of artificial intelligence (AI) to make solar-power plants more efficient. “Solar is now the cheapest form of electricity in the world, but the efficiency of the actual power plants is being analyzed one […]

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  • February 1 @ 7:55 am

New Jersey to see uptick in EV charging infrastructure thanks to new utility program

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approved a settlement that will enable PSE&G to develop electric vehicle charging infrastructure in New Jersey. The approval means that the state’s largest utility could invest $166 million over an expected six years to support the infrastructure for about 40,000 EV chargers at single-family homes, as well as […]

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  • February 1 @ 7:35 am

Rooftop solar booming in Hawaii as utility launches ‘Quick Connect’

Hawaiian Electric announced that rooftop solar installations increased by 55% in 2020 despite the global pandemic. In 2020, 5,965 new rooftop solar systems were installed across Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi Island and Maui County, up from the 3,840 systems in 2019. Of the new systems, 4,624, or 78 percent, include battery storage, it said. Hawai‘i leads the […]

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  • February 1 @ 12:21 am

Consortium awards $2.6M to enable large-scale offshore wind turbines in the US

Boston, MA-based National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium this week announced Round One awards in the Offshore Wind Solicitation 1.0 for offshore wind technology research and development projects. “On behalf of the Consortium, I am excited to announce these awards,” said Carrie Cullen Hitt, Executive Director of the Consortium. “The awards reflect critical topics […]

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  • January 29 @ 6:26 am

Advocacy group E2 says Biden’s climate orders will ‘supercharge’ job opportunities

This week, President Biden announced sweeping climate plans that include a moratorium on new federal oil and gas leases on public land; a directive that the government ramp up procurement of EVs; and addresses environmental justice issues in low-income and communities of color. Read More: Biden aims for most ambitious US effort on climate change […]

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  • January 29 @ 6:14 am

Construction begins on world’s largest integrated solar-powered battery system

Florida Power & Light Company announced that construction has begun on the FPL Manatee Energy Storage Center, which is expected to become the world’s largest integrated solar-powered battery system, according to the company. Located in Parrish, Fla., the 409-MW/900-MWh FPL Manatee Energy Storage Center is expected to begin serving customers in late 2021 by storing […]

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  • January 28 @ 3:54 pm

Fast Track Process is available for renewable projects under 5 MW at MISO and SPP

With hundreds of renewable projects sitting in the regional grid operator interconnection queue, developers should investigate the fast track process at Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and Southwest Power Pool (SPP) for project less than 5 MW in capacity. There are similarities and differences in both MISO and SPP fast track processes. Both processes need […]

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  • January 28 @ 12:54 pm

Kelly Speakes-Backman appointed to leadership position in US government

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last week announced new Biden-Harris Administration senior leadership appointees. The new leaders will direct policy at DOE, coordinate across the Administration, and enact President Joe Biden’s vision for bold action on the climate crisis and on safeguarding the Americans most affected by it. Among the appointed include Kelly Speakes-Backman, […]

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  • January 28 @ 11:47 am

Bechtel-Reed JV guiding EPC work on 115-MW Black Rock wind farm

A joint venture of engineering, procurement and construction firms Bechtel and Reed & Reed will build a wind power farm in coal-rich West Virginia. Developer Clearway Energy Group selected the joint venture to lead construction on the Black Rock wind farm in Grant and Mineral counties. The Bechtel-Reed & Reed partnership will handle the project […]

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  • January 28 @ 6:00 am

Real estate developer adds 3.7 MW of solar to shopping centers in NY and Mass

This week, real estate developer Kimco Realty Corp. announced that it has initiated five new solar projects. Four of the projects will be at Kimco properties in the New York metropolitan region, including the company’s new headquarters in Jericho, Long Island, as well as Greenridge Plaza, Forest Avenue Shopping Center and Richmond Shopping Center, all […]

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  • January 28 @ 4:00 am

Intersect Power receives more than $600M to accelerate clean energy growth

Utility-scale renewable energy developer Intersect Power, LLC announced that it secured $127 million in equity funding from Climate Adaptive Infrastructure, LLC and Trilantic North America In addition, the company said it has also closed on a $482 million debt facility with Generate Capital and CarVal Investors. “The Intersect Power team has developed 3.7 GW DC […]

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  • January 27 @ 11:31 am

Hydro-Quebec chooses thyssenkrupp to install 88-MW water electrolysis plant

Hydro-Quebec has awarded an engineering contract to the Green Hydrogen product division of thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers to install an 88-MW water electrolysis plant to produce hydrogen. Previously, thyssenkrupp completed a feasibility study for the project. The water electrolysis plant will be built in Varennes, Quebec, and will use hydroelectric power to produce 11,100 metric tons […]

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  • January 27 @ 11:17 am

Global corporate clean energy purchasing up 18% in 2020

Corporations purchased a record of 23.7 GW of clean energy in 2020, up from 20.1GW in 2019 and 13.6GW in 2018, according to new research published by BloombergNEF (BNEF). The increase came despite a year devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic, a global recession and uncertainty about U.S. energy policy ahead of the presidential election. The […]

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  • January 27 @ 9:54 am

Californians to benefit from 400-MWh AES battery system

The AES Corporation said today that it has commenced operations of the Alamitos battery energy storage system (BESS), which it says is one of the world’s largest battery storage systems in operation at the moment. The BESS, a stand-alone energy storage facility for local capacity, will provide up to 400 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy to […]

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  • January 27 @ 9:18 am

The curious case of the Cumbrian coal mine: UK decision stuns environmentalists

Last week, the Government’s chief planning officer, Joanna Averley, was forced to defend the recent decision to permit a new coal mine in Cumbria. This regressive step has sent shockwaves through environmentalist networks, with many warning that the “decision will diminish the UK’s credibility.” The post The curious case of the Cumbrian coal mine: UK […]

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  • January 26 @ 3:49 pm

New onshore and offshore wind training facility open in Maryland

A new wind training center in Maryland that supports both onshore and the burgeoning offshore wind industry is open for business after receiving approval from the Global Wind Organization (GWO). The new center was developed by ARCON Training Center, along with the UK’s leading wind trainer, AIS Training – part of the 3T Energy Group. […]

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  • January 26 @ 12:32 pm

To build or not to build: TVA asks public to weigh in on construction of large solar farm

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is asking for public input on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the North Alabama Utility-Scale Solar Project in Lawrence County. In January 2019, TVA announced that it holds a two-year purchase option on 3,000 acres in Lawrence County to study the feasibility of building a large solar farm in […]

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  • January 26 @ 4:21 am

DOE and NREL launch spring 2021 geothermal collegiate competition

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Geothermal Technologies Office today announced the launch of the Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition, managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition features a new theme: community direct use of geothermal heat. College and university teams will identify sites that could leverage local geothermal energy […]

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  • January 26 @ 4:16 am

Shell, Mitsubishi and Vattenfall partner on Hamburg hydrogen project

Shell, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Vattenfall and municipal company Wärme Hamburg are exploring a plan to jointly produce hydrogen from wind and solar power at the Hamburg-Moorburg power plant site and utilise it in its vicinity. To this end, the four companies have signed a letter of intent. In addition to the construction of a […]

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  • January 26 @ 4:08 am

U.S. DOE releases hydropower value study

To reveal the current landscape and prospective role and influence of hydropower operations on the electric grid in the U.S., the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) commissioned the Hydropower Value Study (HVS): Current Status and Future Opportunities. The newly released HVS explores current hydropower operations and resulting value in examples across […]

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  • January 22 @ 11:20 am

Minneapolis Health Department splits the bill with green investors

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell talks with Patrick Hanlon, Director of Environmental Programs for the Minneapolis Health Department. They discuss Green Cost Share: a program that promotes public health by matching investments in solar and energy efficiency projects. The post Minneapolis Health Department splits the bill with green […]

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  • January 22 @ 1:03 am

US rejoins Paris Agreement

As promised, on the first day he took office US President Joe Biden rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement via an executive order. In his inaugural address he said that the planet itself is crying for survival and vowed to make fighting climate change on his top priorities. The International Hydropower Association (IHA) welcomes the new […]

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  • January 21 @ 11:03 am

NJ landfill repurposed as community solar garden

This week solar developer Navisun announced that it has acquired the 4.5-megawatt Linden Hawk Rise Solar Project, a community solar project under construction in Linden, New Jersey.  The solar project is located on the City of Linden’s landfill, in Union County, New Jersey. CS Energy was instrumental in developing the project and is currently constructing […]

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  • January 21 @ 10:23 am

Clir Renewables selected to optimize Africa’s largest wind farm

Kenya-based renewable energy company Lake Turkana Wind Power has partnered with energy solutions firm Clir Renewables to enhance its wind farm performance tracking. Clir Renewables will analyze data from each of Lake Turkana’s 365 turbines in the context of available resource, geospatial features, and nearby turbines.  Machine learning data analytics will be leveraged to see […]

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  • January 20 @ 5:37 pm

150-MW Hardin solar generating facility acquired by Dominion Energy

Dominion Energy announced that one of its subsidiaries has acquired the 150 MW Hardin solar generating facility, which recently entered service in Hardin County, Ohio, from Chicago-based renewables developer Invenergy. Facebook will take the electricity generated at the facility as well as the renewable energy credits, under a long-term agreement signed prior to the project’s construction. This marks Dominion […]

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  • January 20 @ 2:01 pm

Operations achieved at 290-MW Nam Ngiep 1 hydropower plant between Laos and Thailand

Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc. announces that the 290-MW Nam Ngiep 1 hydropower plant has begun commercial operations.

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  • September 11 @ 3:23 pm

Holtec, Eos create battery manufacturing JV

Eos Energy Storage and energy equipment firm Holtec International are creating a joint venture to produce Eos’ next generation of large-scale zinc batteries.

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  • September 11 @ 9:06 am

Australia in planning for multiple massive battery projects

France’s Neoen SA has outlined plans to build a giant renewables complex in South Australia, including battery storage with up to nine times more capacity than the Tesla Inc. design at its nearby Hornsdale plant, which is billed as the world’s largest lithium-ion battery.

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  • September 11 @ 8:39 am

UK closes in on first geothermal power after successful drilling outcome

The U.K. could be producing electricity from a geothermal plant for the first time early next decade after drilling at a site in southwest England showed it could become a viable part of the renewable energy mix.

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  • September 11 @ 8:13 am

Australia hits 2020 large-scale renewables target

The Clean Energy Regulator of Australia has approved enough capacity to guarantee that the large-scale Renewable Energy Target of 33,000 GWh of additional renewable energy will be met in 2020.

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  • September 10 @ 9:52 am

Fifth GE wind turbine collapse leaves worker injured

A utility worker at the Delta 6 wind park in Brazil has been injured following yet another collapse of a General Electric (GE) turbine, bringing the total number of turbines to have failed in the America’s to five in 2019.  

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  • September 10 @ 9:00 am

Clean energy investment set to hit $2.6 trillion this decade

The global energy supply is turning greener.

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  • September 9 @ 10:12 am

Xcel Energy seeks changes as ‘value of solar’ rate spike looms in Minnesota

Minnesota’s largest utility wants to change how the state calculates its trailblazing “value of solar” rate as it faces a potential spike in payments to community solar operators.

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  • September 9 @ 8:05 am

New POWERGEN award program seeks inspirational women of excellent character

In recognition of the widely acknowledged studies that show that organizations with gender equality perform better financially, this year POWERGEN International, along with partner UL, is launching a new awards program that seeks out women of good character.

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  • September 6 @ 9:25 am

NorthWestern Energy plans to upgrade 8-MW Madison powerhouse

NorthWestern Energy has announced plans to upgrade its 8-MW Madison Powerhouse with the installation of four new turbine-generator units.

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  • September 6 @ 8:31 am

California aims to fix low-income storage program and deliver new resilience incentives

California’s energy storage incentive program has been a great success, with more than 11,000 battery storage systems installed to-date. The problem is, it’s not reaching the state’s most vulnerable communities. A new proposal from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) aims to fix some of the barriers preventing disadvantaged communities from participating in the program, […]

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  • September 6 @ 8:11 am

Lincoln Clean Energy to build 230-MW wind farm in Nebraska

Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE), Ørsted’s U.S. onshore company, issued the final notice to proceed on its 230-MW Plum Creek wind facility in Wayne County, Nebraska. This follows the final investment decision from Ørsted’s Board of Directors.

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  • September 5 @ 10:12 am

Democratic presidential hopefuls take on climate change, tout goals

Even as they touted ambitious proposals to reduce carbon emissions to a national audience, Democratic candidates for president tried to balance the boldness of their plans with the need for simplifying a complex scientific problem to make it palatable to voters.

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  • September 5 @ 5:16 am

220-MW Grady Wind power facility in New Mexico now operational

New Mexico’s newest wind power facility is now up and running. Pattern Energy Group 2 LP (Pattern Development) announced it has completed construction and begun operations at its 220-MW Grady Wind facility located in Curry County, New Mexico. This is the third and final phase of a 544-MW suite of wind projects, which now represent […]

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  • September 4 @ 9:46 am

New Zealand to receive first ever floating solar

It will be used to supplement electricity from the grid, as well as cogeneration from biogas, which is already generated on-site from wastewater treatment

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  • September 4 @ 5:00 am

Ameren Missouri to bring customers solar energy at night

Ameren Missouri, a unit of Ameren Corp., filed plans with the Missouri Public Service Commission to build three solar + storage facilities across Missouri

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  • September 4 @ 4:30 am

Take control of energy usage with LG’s residential solar offerings

In conjunction with North America’s Smart Energy Week, LG Electronics (LG) is underscoring its role as a top player within the U.S. residential solar market at the 2019 Solar Power International Conference.

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  • September 3 @ 11:57 am

FERC issues license for 5-MW Grant Lake Hydroelectric Project in Alaska

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the U.S. has issued an original operating license to Kenai Hydro LLC for its proposed 5-MW Grant Lake Hydroelectric Project in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska.

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  • September 3 @ 11:22 am

Houston Mayor selects developer for 70-MW urban solar array in revitalization plan

Last week, Houston, TX Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that Sunnyside Energy, led by developer Dori Wolfe of Wolfe Energy LLC, has won a competition to be considered to repurpose a 240-acre former landfill in Sunnyside. Subject to meeting certain terms and conditions, the team will construct one of the largest urban solar farms in Texas., […]

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  • September 3 @ 10:06 am

Renewable energy takes center stage at POWERGEN ASIA and Asian Utility Week

In a region of the world where coal is still king, there is room for renewables. This was a takeaway from the Ministerial Address and Joint Opening Keynote at POWERGEN Asia and Asian Utility Week. The two annual events kicked off Tuesday, Sept. 3, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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  • September 3 @ 9:14 am

Study shows rooftop solar could power 25 percent of Europe

Europeans can massively expand low-cost solar generation just by tapping the space over their heads.

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  • September 3 @ 8:24 am

Company trying to tackle renewable energy curtailment enters European market

This week, Scottish software company Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) announced that it will be expanding into Europe after completing successful trials with a utility company in Germany.

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  • August 30 @ 5:46 am

Covering Climate Now signs on more than 170 news outlets

MORE THAN 170 NEWS OUTLETS from around the world have now signed up for Covering Climate Now, a project co-founded by CJR and The Nation aimed at strengthening the media’s focus on the climate crisis.

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  • August 30 @ 5:21 am

Hydro Tasmania accelerating site investigations for pumped storage hydropower

Hydro Tasmania says it is accelerating detailed investigation of three key opportunities for pumped storage hydro development in the state as part of the Battery of the Nation initiative. Work has begun on a full feasibility assessment of pumped hydro development opportunities at Lake Cethana and Lake Rowallan in the northwest and near Tribute Power Station on […]

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  • August 29 @ 9:35 am

ABB delivers solar plant at Antarctic research base

The Uruguayan government agency Instituto Antarctico Uruguayo (IAU) is collaborating with ABB, Uruguayan utility company UTE and the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining (MIEM) to provide a second solar power installation at the IAU’s research base in the Antarctic.

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  • August 29 @ 8:46 am

More Tesla solar-panel fire incidents emerge in wake of Walmart suit

One evening last year, David Burek noticed charred wood and a burning smell in his attic, near his young sons’ bedroom. He climbed a ladder and saw a melted connector wire from the solar panels installed on the roof of his North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, home. Firefighters rushed over and discovered that flames had burned through […]

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  • August 29 @ 8:19 am

Are regional transmission organizations the future for renewables in the Southeast?

Renewable energy, particularly solar, is poised for significant growth in the southeastern United States. The Southeast has also mostly retained a vertically integrated utility model, and most utilities in the region have not joined a Regional Transmission Organization or Independent System Operator (collectively known as, RTO). Recent developments have led stakeholders and policymakers in the […]

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  • August 28 @ 11:17 am

Trump says he’s unwilling to risk US energy wealth for windmill ‘dreams’

President Donald Trump said he was not willing to sacrifice the abundant fossil energy wealth of the U.S. on “dreams” such as renewable power.

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  • August 28 @ 8:24 am

Brazil to support construction of four new hydropower plants

Brazil has included four hydropower plants among the projects that will receive support as part of the country’s investment partnerships program, called Programa de Parcerias de Investimentos or PPI. 

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  • August 27 @ 10:30 am

Hawaiian Electric Companies issue largest clean energy procurement to date; aim to end coal use, replace oil

Last week, the Hawaiian Electric Companies began Hawai‘i’s largest procurement effort for renewable energy resources to end the use of coal and reduce reliance on imported oil for power generation, moving the state closer to its goal of using 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.

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  • August 27 @ 9:32 am

World’s largest hospital solar PV project online now in Aman, Jordan

This week Aman, Jordan-based Philadelphia Solar announced that the 8.2-MW solar PV project that it installed at the Abdali Medical Center in Jordan has entered commercial operation.

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  • August 27 @ 9:01 am

SolarEdge founder and co-chairman dies at 54

In a statement, SolarEdge Technologies announced that the company’s founder and co-chairman, Guy Sella has passed away.

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  • August 26 @ 9:17 am

BNEF finds that hydrogen’s plunging price could boost its role in a carbon-free future

The cost of producing hydrogen gas with renewables is likely to plummet in the coming decades, making one of the most radical technologies for reducing greenhouse gases economical.

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  • August 26 @ 8:51 am

DOE: U.S. onshore wind projects achieving record capacity, employment

The U.S. land-based wind industry installed 7,588 MW of capacity last year, bringing the overall utility-scale total to more than 96 GW. 

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  • August 26 @ 8:42 am

Re-Powering underway at NextEra’s 150-Megawatt Osceola County Wind Farm

With its original commissioning dating back to 2008, NextEra’s 150-megawatt (MW) Endeavor Wind Energy Center I & II projects in Osceola County are undergoing a prudent re-powering process. Blattner Energy construction crews moved into the Osceola County wind farm area this spring and started work. Blatter Energy is an Avon, Minnesota based heavy construction contractor.

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  • August 26 @ 8:19 am

Hydrogen is expected to account for 10% of China’s energy network by 2050

The Chinese government recently issued a whitepaper on the status and prospects of the hydrogen fuel and fuel cell sectors, indicating that energy derived from hydrogen will become an important part of the Chinese energy network.

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  • August 26 @ 7:44 am

Largest Cherokee County wind farm now under construction

After a 23-year wind farm construction hiatus, work on a 2nd Cherokee County wind farm has begun. Developed by San Diego based EDF Renewables, the 200-megawatt (MW) Glaciers Edge Wind Project north of Marcus is scheduled to be on line by the end of 2019.

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  • August 23 @ 7:31 am

Nine solar projects go live in Georgia

Duke Energy Renewables, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, announced that nine solar projects developed with SolAmerica Energy totaling 14.1 megawatts (MW) have begun commercial operations across central Georgia under Georgia Power’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative. These projects bring Duke Energy Renewables, operating through its REC Solar business unit, to 27.4 MW of solar projects in […]

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  • August 23 @ 6:45 am

Can Italy strike twice?

Italy’s National Energy Strategy aims to increase wind and solar power’s share of gross final energy consumption by 2030. The country boasts a track record of meeting past renewables targets, but can it be successful once more? Stefania Belisario, associate director, Infrastructure, S&P Global Ratings, assesses the factors either driving or impeding progress.

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  • August 23 @ 6:34 am

Lekela reaches financial close for its West Bakr Wind project

Lekela announced that it has reached financial close on its first wind project in Egypt, West Bakr Wind. Construction will begin shortly, delivering 250 MW of clean, reliable power at a highly competitive price.

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  • August 22 @ 10:43 am

Bernie Sanders’ ‘Green New Deal’ aims to have renewables power homes by 2030

Bernie Sanders wants renewable energy to power U.S. homes and vehicles by 2030 — and he wants to do it by enlisting the federal government in building and running new solar, wind and geothermal electricity projects.

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  • August 22 @ 8:56 am

Ireland’s renewables expansion to attract massive investment says report

Ireland is set to add 5.8 GW of non-hydro renewable power capacity over the next decade to reach a total 9.6 GW by 2030.  

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  • August 22 @ 8:01 am

The IEA’s hydrogen report doesn’t miss the point. It just buries It.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently released a major new report on hydrogen, underscoring the remarkable political and business momentum surrounding the fossil fuel alternative, and touting its potential as a vital component of global efforts to build a “clean, secure, and affordable energy future.” The report takes a bold and prescient stance, and has […]

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  • August 21 @ 11:26 am

Walmart sues Tesla over fires linked to rooftop solar systems

Walmart Inc. sued Tesla Inc., claiming it failed to live up to industry standards in the installation of solar panels on top of hundreds of stores, resulting in multiple fires across the U.S.

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  • August 21 @ 8:08 am

University of Notre Dame breaks ground on 2.5-MW hydroelectric generation facility

The University of Notre Dame and South Bend’s Venues Parks & Arts have broken ground on a 2.5-MW hydroelectric generation facility at an existing city-owned dam on the St. Joseph River in downtown South Bend, Ind.

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  • August 20 @ 2:15 pm

Norwegian battery startup with $4.5B plan has vision for Nordic hub

Freyr AS, a startup planning to build one of Europe’s first battery gigafactories in Norway, has a bigger vision for the region: a “Nordic Battery Belt.”

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  • August 20 @ 8:56 am

New study shows benefits of local renewable energy marketplaces

The financial benefits of buying and selling locally produced energy from rooftop solar, wind turbines and batteries within communities have been revealed in a test case run by energy tech firm LO3 Energy.

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  • August 19 @ 10:24 am

Virginia looks to New York green bank for possible clean energy financing

Virginia’s energy office is exploring whether to align the state with a billion-dollar New York clean energy financing program.

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  • August 19 @ 8:32 am

Europe’s wind potential is 100 times higher, could power the world

Europe can potentially generate 100 times the current amount of energy generated, and produce enough power to power the world until 2050, if it were to maximize land use for onshore wind capacity.

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  • August 16 @ 1:55 pm

Softbank invests $110M in new energy storage system

Energy Vault, the creator of a new way to perform utility-scale energy storage, announced that SoftBank Vision Fund (Vision Fund) invested $110 million in its Series B funding round. Energy Vault will use the funds to accelerate global deployment of its technology, which enables renewables to deliver baseload power for less than the cost of […]

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  • August 16 @ 9:30 am

The energy transition is underway: 10 charts tell the story

The renewable energy transition promises to reduce carbon emissions, but it’s happening at different speeds around the world. Read on for some key insights from BloombergNEF’s New Energy Outlook 2019, which provides a detailed road map to the future.

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  • August 16 @ 8:54 am

ARENA to provide $40 million funding for South Australia’s first pumped hydro plant

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), on behalf of the Australian government, has announced up to $40 million in funding towards the deployment of a pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) project in South Australia.

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  • August 15 @ 9:16 am

Stanford researchers develop technology to harness energy from mixing of freshwater and seawater

A new battery made from affordable and durable materials generates energy from places where salt and fresh waters mingle. The technology could make coastal wastewater treatment plants energy-independent and carbon neutral.

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  • August 15 @ 7:04 am

Net zero carbon emissions ‘impossible’ without hydrogen says UK energy alliance

The UK’s North West Hydrogen Alliance (NWHA) is calling for government investment in hydrogen projects to meet ambitious carbon reductions targets in Britain.

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  • August 15 @ 4:53 am

London finds no easy answers after once-in-a-decade blackout

When two U.K. power plants shut down almost simultaneously in London’s first major blackout for a decade, it triggered a storm of questions about how to avoid another failure.

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  • August 14 @ 9:29 am

Who will benefit from the surge in behind-the-meter battery installations?

The electric utility industry has been buffeted by two recent trends that threaten to upend the profitability, and in some cases the future viability of, those companies that are slow to adapt to a new, rapidly changing landscape. Specifically, in the past decade, the industry has had to grapple with both waning demand and the […]

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  • August 14 @ 9:09 am

On the brink of blackouts, Texas makes case for power plant boom

It may be time to start building power plants in Texas again.

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  • August 14 @ 8:38 am

What is the future of the utility?

Many of us are somewhat familiar with what an electric utility does. Our house receives electricity, and we get a bill in the mail each month for it. Here in North Carolina, that bill is likely coming from Duke Energy. In other parts of the country it may be PG&E or Dominion Power. For at […]

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  • August 13 @ 4:27 pm

U.S. wind energy prices are at historical lows, DOE report says

The national average price of wind power purchase agreements dropped to below 2 cents/kWh in 2018, according to the annual Wind Technologies Market Report released by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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  • August 13 @ 1:24 pm

U.S. announces changes to implementing regulations of the Endangered Species Act

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has unveiled changes to the implementing regulations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that Interior says is “designed to increase transparency and effectiveness and bring the administration of the Act into the 21st century.”

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  • August 13 @ 11:45 am

BNEF says corporate energy market is strong

Coming on the heels of Gap’s announced 90-MW PPA with Enel Green Power, BloombergNEF released its 2H 2019 corporate energy market outlook in which it said that corporations signed contracts to purchase 8.6 GW of clean energy in 2019 through July, up from 7.2 GW at the same time last year.

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  • August 13 @ 12:14 am

Gap signs PPA for 90 MW of wind

Global apparel retailer Gap Inc. announced that it has signed a 90-MW virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for the Aurora Wind Project with Enel Green Power North America, marking one of the largest offsite renewable energy contracts by an apparel retailer.

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  • August 12 @ 12:12 pm

Vattenfall combines wind, solar, batteries in Netherlands energy park

According to Vattenfall, the project will help provide less pronounced energy peaks and an overall more efficient use of energy infrastructure

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  • August 12 @ 10:24 am

First major US offshore wind farm delayed by government

The Trump administration cast the fate of the nation’s first major offshore wind farm into doubt by extending an environmental review for the $2.8 billion Vineyard Wind project off Massachusetts.

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  • August 12 @ 7:49 am

100 MW of solar and 10 MW of battery storage coming to San José CCA in 2022

This week, San José’s Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) which is called San José Clean Energy (SJCE) and EDP Renewables SA (EDPR), through its fully owned subsidiary EDP Renewables North America LLC (EDPR NA), signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for 100 MW of new solar energy capacity and 10 MW of battery storage at […]

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  • August 9 @ 8:07 am

Australian brewer eyes thermal energy storage system

South Australian energy storage company 1414 Degrees and Stone & Wood Brewing Company have agreed to undertake a feasibility study for the integration of 1414 Degrees’ electrically charged Thermal Energy Storage System (TESS-IND).

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  • August 9 @ 7:11 am

Report covers costs of various storage technologies, including pumped storage hydro

A report recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy defines and evaluates cost and performance parameters of six battery energy storage technologies (BESS) and four non-BESS storage technologies.

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  • August 8 @ 2:21 pm

In battle to break up utilities, Arizona steps to the front line

Of all the efforts to break up utility monopolies in the U.S., the one unfolding in Arizona may be the most important to watch.

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  • August 8 @ 8:01 am

Dominion Energy plans four energy storage pilot studies in Virginia

The four proposed central Virginia lithium-ion projects will cost about $33 million to build and offer 5-years’ worth of test data, according to Dominion.

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  • August 8 @ 6:00 am

Sunverge raises $11 million for utility distributed energy resource controls

The round was led by Ecosystem Integrity Fund with participation from Equinor Energy Ventures and Evergy Ventures

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  • August 7 @ 12:24 pm

Forecast shows continued decline for coal

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released its Short Term Energy Outlook for 2019 and we have summarized the key highlights for you below.

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  • August 7 @ 4:56 am

The hydrocarbon era’s spectacular end

Dustin Yellin, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based artist whose intricate 3D photomontages adorn the likes of New York’s Lincoln Center, wants to draw your gaze to climate change. Not in a subtle way, either. He plans to stand an oil supertanker on its end in the ground—a structure soaring 1,000 feet into the air.

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  • August 7 @ 4:47 am

A modern Cinderella story: California’s record on wholesale distributed generation leaves much room for improveme

California, long a progressive leader on renewable energy and climate change mitigation, has neglected a key market segment for renewable energy: the “community-scale,” or “wholesale distributed generation” (DG), market. This market segment is defined as projects below 20 megawatts that connect to the distribution grid and export power to the grid for sale.

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  • August 7 @ 4:23 am

Dominion plans $33 million battery storage pilot

Dominion executives said in an interview this week that battery storage has the potential to improve the resiliency of the electrical grid

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  • August 6 @ 9:31 am

IEA, EDF unit to build 300 MW wind farm in Nebraska

The project award is valued at about $98 million, according to IEA, and will be able to power up to 115,000 average homes

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  • August 6 @ 9:06 am

648 MW of wind power capacity to be purchased by AES Colombia

This week, DNV GL said that it acted as a technical advisor to the energy company AES Colombia during its planned purchase of the Jemeiwaa Kai portfolio of wind power projects. DNV GL carried out an independent analysis of the La Guajira wind farms wind and power generation regime.

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  • August 6 @ 6:55 am

How the tech giants are fueling a solar revolution

From the way we shop to the way we socialize, the internet affects nearly everything we do these days. This dramatic change in our way of life has been fueled by a handful of large tech companies, companies that are increasingly going all in on solar.

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  • August 6 @ 4:41 am

A deluge of batteries is about to rewire the power grid

A pale orange-and-gold sunset bathes the macadamia plantations and avocado orchards that sweep down to Australia’s Byron Bay. The coming dusk is a cue for two sleek Tesla battery packs in the garage at Amileka, a secluded holiday villa nearby. They stir silently into action—powering the appliances in the five-bedroom home’s twin kitchens, recharging a […]

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  • August 5 @ 11:27 am

US wind farm activity by Fortune 500 breaks records

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has released data for Q2, indicating activity rose to new heights in the wind development sector.

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  • August 5 @ 8:47 am

Fabric-based solar cells on the horizon

New textile-based solar cells developed by Fraunhofer researchers, semitrailers could soon be producing the electricity needed to power cooling systems or other onboard equipment. In short, textile-based solar cells could soon be adding a whole new dimension to photovoltaics, complementing the use of conventional silicon-based solar cells.

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  • August 5 @ 6:55 am

Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, NextEra plan combined wind, solar, energy storage project

The Skeleton Creek project will be located in three Oklahoma counties

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  • August 2 @ 9:57 am

NY governor announces $1.1 billion project to extend life of Niagara Power Project

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that the New York Power Authority is launching a 15-year modernization and digitization program to significantly extend the operating life of the Niagara Power Project.

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  • August 2 @ 9:13 am

Six more electric utilities commit to delivering content at POWERGEN 2019

The latest crop of utility participants includes NRG Energy, Cleco Corp., Entergy, Louisville Gas & Electric/Kentucky Utilities, AEP’s distributed energy ventures group AEP OnSite Partners and Hindustan Power from India.

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  • August 2 @ 1:00 am

Digitalisation and the transformation of the energy value chain

Digitalisation is one of the biggest enablers of the global transition to clean energy. From intelligent asset management, to Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things. Find out how digitalisation is transforming the management, operation and maintenance of renewable energy assets, and driving a more efficient renewable world.

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  • August 1 @ 3:00 am

Energy storage sites provide unique wholesale market participation

ENGIE Storage has announced it will supply and operate a 19 MW/38 MWh portfolio of six energy storage sites that will contribute to the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program and participate in ISO-New England wholesale markets.

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  • August 1 @ 1:00 am

In Michigan, Consumers sees strong interest in charging station rebates

Consumers Energy says it’s happy with the launch of its electric vehicle charging station program and open to expanding the three-year, $10 million pilot.

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  • August 1 @ 12:16 am

BNEF: Energy to storage increase 122X by 2040

According to the latest forecast by BloombergNEF (BNEF), energy storage installations (not including pumped hydropower) around the world will multiply exponentially, from 9GW/17GWh deployed as of 2018 to 1,095GW/2,850GWh by 2040.

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  • July 31 @ 1:41 pm

Democratic debate 2019 takeaways

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders stuck together, Pete Buttigieg took the middle path, Marianne Williamson took on racism and Beto O’Rourke faded into the background.

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  • July 31 @ 12:10 pm

Energy industry mourns the death of Global Wind Energy Council’s Steve Sawyer

Steve Sawyer, 63, Senior Policy Advisor and former Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council, passed away on July 31, 2019 of a sudden and aggressive lung cancer.

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  • July 31 @ 11:40 am

Foreign firms look to make India a global wind turbine export hub

Global wind turbine makers are expanding manufacturing capacity in India to boost exports from the South Asian nation even as the country’s domestic industry faces headwinds.

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  • July 30 @ 11:01 am

Energy CEOs extol virtues of hydropower while bemoaning its lack of public support

Last week at the HydroVision International plenary session, a panel of three CEOs — Darrel T. Anderson, President and CEO IDACORP and Idaho Power, Mitch Davidson, CEO and Managing Partner, Brookfield Renewable Power, and Paul Jacob, President and CEO, Rye Development — along with moderator Elizabeth Ingram, Content Director, Clarion Energy, discussed both the merits […]

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  • July 30 @ 10:03 am

Utility device and data management technologies revenue could exceed $22 billion by 2027edit

A new report from Navigant Research released this week says that revenue from device and data management technologies could grow from approximately $14.8 billion in 2018 to more than $22.1 billion in 2027 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.6%.

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  • July 30 @ 8:53 am

Glendale Water & Power to repower Grayson power plant with solar plus storage

Last week, California’s Glendale Water & Power (GWP) received approval from the Glendale City Council to move forward with a plan to repower the aging Grayson Power Plant with a combination of renewable energy resources, energy storage and a limited amount of thermal generation.

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  • July 29 @ 10:34 am

Louisiana’s military families to benefit from ground-source geothermal and modern energy-saving devices

Last week, Corvias announced that it had entered the final phase of its geothermal installation and energy upgrades effort at the U.S. Army’s Fort Polk in West-Central Louisiana, a milestone that once complete will not only modernize the aging infrastructure but save the Army significant money and benefit military families.

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  • July 29 @ 10:21 am

Small Missouri utility proposes big pivot to clean energy in latest resource plan

Missouri’s smallest investor-owned utility is charting a dramatically different course two years after being acquired by new owners.

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  • July 29 @ 9:30 am

Energy storage plant set for southeast Asia

Finnish energy technology group Wärtsilä has signed an EPC contract for a 100 MW/100 MWh total capacity energy storage project in southeast Asia.

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  • July 26 @ 9:27 am

Saudi Arabia set to build first wind farm

Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, is poised to start generating wind power within three years as part of an effort to harness renewable energy to cut local demand for fossil fuels.

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  • July 26 @ 8:41 am

Lincoln Clean Energy: Texas’ Lockett Wind project commercially operational

The Lockett Wind farm in Wilbarger has the potential to generate more than 700,000 MWh of renewable energy per year, enough to power the equivalent of 70,000 homes. 

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  • July 25 @ 9:02 am

Namibia announces $338M, 5-year renewable energy strategy

Namibia’s state-run utility will build four plants powered by renewable energy over the next five years as the southern African nation seeks to guarantee local supplies and cut its use of fossil fuels.

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  • July 25 @ 8:36 am

New York plans to install 1700 MW of offshore wind

New York has signed the biggest-ever deals for offshore wind power in U.S. history, a key part of the state’s plan to get all of its power from emissions-free sources by 2040.

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  • July 25 @ 8:32 am

GE Renewable Energy announces two hydropower services contracts in the US

GE Renewable Energy announced at HydroVision that it has signed two hydropower contracts in the U.S. one for FirstLight’s Northfield Mountain project and one for PG&E’s Caribou One hydropower station.

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  • July 24 @ 5:29 pm

The role of retail in renewables

Regulators in a number of states are ratcheting up investigations into competitive retailer behavior and proposing new consumer protection rules. Some states with aggressive carbon emission reduction goals implemented through regulated utility contracts are wondering whether retail competition has a place where a growing portion of energy supply is locked and loaded. 

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  • July 24 @ 11:03 am

Envisioning the future of hydropower: What do you see?

On Tuesday, July 23 at the HydroVision International keynote, Vice President Marla Barnes asked the audience to close their eyes and envision their next vacation. “Are you sitting on a beach? Are you packing your family into the car for a wild adventure? What do you see,” she asked.

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  • July 24 @ 9:10 am

The Lewis River Merwin Dam: harvest, habitat, hatcheries and hydro

On Tuesday, July 23, about 30 HydroVision attendees had to privilege of touring the 136-MW Lewis River hydropower plant located at the Merwin Dam in Ariel, Washington. The dam was constructed in 1931 and has four penstocks, which today feed three turbines. The turbines were installed in 1931, 1949 and 1958, respectively. The fourth penstock, […]

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  • July 24 @ 8:05 am

Farmers Irrigation District hydropower facility offers sustainable solution to a growing challenge

On Monday, July 22, about 30 HydroVision attendees visited the beautiful Hood River Valley outside of Portland, Oregon to tour in-conduit hydropower projects and learn how modernizing irrigation districts is a sustainable solution to help combat a changing climate.

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  • July 23 @ 8:24 am

German clean-energy fund sees promise in US distributed solar development

Germany-based clean-energy fund Hep Kapitalverwaltung AG agreed to invest $50 million to $80 million annually in a partnership to develop small solar projects in the U.S.

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  • July 23 @ 5:56 am

HydroVision International kicks off in Portland, Ore., U.S.

The HydroVision International event is now under way in the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, with more than 3,000 hydropower professionals from around the world coming together for four days of learning and networking.

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  • July 22 @ 10:00 am

4.5-MW solar plant goes live in Brittany, France

Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH said it supplied its almost 15,000 solar modules to a large ground-mounted solar farm in western France.

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  • July 22 @ 5:59 am

Study: Fossil fuels are far less efficient than previously thought

Fossil fuels, long regarded for their high-energy return on investment, are not as efficient as once thought. In fact, their final yields are not much better than those of renewable options, according to a new study.

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  • July 22 @ 5:53 am

LIHI certifies two low-impact hydroelectric facilities

The Low Impact Hydropower Institute recently announced it had awarded low-impact certification status to two hydroelectric facilities:

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  • July 19 @ 9:39 am

Freak weather events pose new risk to India’s renewables goals

India’s ambitious plan to take the leadership position among nations as one of largest producers of renewable energy may have run into some unfavorable weather.

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  • July 19 @ 6:48 am

The 150,000-square-meter sky bridge of Shanghai’s ‘Rafael Gallery’ will be covered in solar

Solar company Hanergy announced that its thin-film solar modules will cover the 150,000 square meter roof of the ‘Rafael Gallery’ located at a Tech City in Shanghai.

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  • July 19 @ 5:40 am

Turkeler and RT Enerji choose supplier for five onshore wind farms in Turkey

Turkeler and RT Enerji have chosen GE Renewable Energy to supply equipment for five onshore wind farms being built in Turkey.

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  • July 18 @ 11:37 am

Fantasy Energy League Draft follow-up: breaking down the first round

In late 2018, I put out the call to see how many fellow energy nerds I could gather to indulge me in combining my passion for energy analysis and clean power policy with my love of fantasy sports. By the end of January 2019, I had my cast of characters who somehow thought this idea […]

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  • July 18 @ 9:15 am

GE sells solar-business stake to BlackRock

General Electric Co. agreed to sell a majority stake in a solar-energy business to BlackRock Inc., giving the investment giant footing in a growing market as the ailing manufacturer shifts its focus elsewhere.

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  • July 18 @ 8:40 am

Stay chilled: Lessons for district cooling from the Gulf Cooperation Council

Global demand for air-conditioning is projected to triple over the next 30 years, as the planet warms and urban populations grow, particularly in emerging markets. Meeting that demand will call for significant investments in new cooling infrastructure and the electrical generating capacity necessary to power it. Although traditional cooling technologies are expected to become more […]

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  • July 17 @ 7:54 am

AEP units looking to invest $2B in 1,500 MW of Oklahoma wind projects

The projects include a 999-MW wind facility being built north of Weatherford, a 287-MW wind facility being built southwest of Enid, and a 199-MW facility being built south of Alva. They are being developed by Invenergy.

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  • July 17 @ 12:00 am

Shell to install ultrafast EV chargers in the Netherlands in e-mobility push

Global infrastructure services firm AECOM said that Shell Retail has hired it to deliver ultrafast electrical vehicle (EV) chargers across the Netherlands. A total of 200 fast chargers – under the brand name Shell Recharge – will be available at Shell forecourts (filling stations).

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  • July 16 @ 12:44 pm

Minnesota utilities weigh energy storage as substitute for peaker plants

Gas peaker plants may be among the first casualties of a new Minnesota law requiring utilities to include energy storage as part of their long-range plans.

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  • July 16 @ 10:12 am

National Grid purchases wind and solar developer, Geronimo Energy

Yesterday, National Grid, through its competitive non-regulated unit National Grid Ventures (NGV), completed its $100 million acquisition of Geronimo Energy – a wind and solar developer in North America. The deal, which was announced on March 7th, 2019, has now satisfied all regulatory requirements and closing conditions.

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  • July 16 @ 9:29 am

Ontario Power Generation announces plans to rebuild century-old Calabogie Generating Station

Plans are under way to rebuild one of Ontario Power Generation’s oldest hydroelectric generating stations, which was damaged by a tornado in 2018. Constructed in 1917, the 5-MW Calabogie Generating Station has produced renewable, low-cost electricity on the Madawaska River for decades.

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  • July 16 @ 8:54 am

Long-term financing for solar is possible and critical for supporting continued industry growth

Installed solar capacity in the United States exceeded 10 GW for the third year in a row in 2018, and the pace of growth is expected to continue. The first quarter of 2019 was the strongest in the history of the U.S. solar market, according to a recent report from Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) […]

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  • July 15 @ 9:18 am

US tribes turn to solar as new revenue source

Dozens of new solar and wind projects are sprouting up on tribal lands across the U.S. as Native Americans seek new ways to boost their economies beyond casinos and untaxed cigarettes.

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  • July 12 @ 10:17 am

GE steps up offshore wind operations in China

GE Renewable Energy has taken a major step to cement its offshore wind operations in China.

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  • July 12 @ 10:12 am

Wednesday webcast to reveal what’s new about POWERGEN 2019 in NOLA

Clarion Energy’s Teresa Hansen, vice president of global content, for a webcast Wednesday  will be making some important announcements regarding this year’s event in New Orleans. Hansen also will offer key details on content, the exhibit floor and resources available to attendees.

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  • July 12 @ 8:36 am

VPPs with smart inverters offer crucial flexibility to the changing grid

Energy generation and consumption is rapidly transforming into a decentralized, decarbonized, and digitized model due to a number of market forces. The declining costs of solar energy systems, as well as the increasing price of energy from the grid has led to grid parity. This has caused PV proliferation to accelerate to such an extent […]

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  • July 12 @ 8:09 am

75 MW of community solar coming to Illinois in Ameren, ComEd territories

Arlington, VA based Summit Ridge Energy (SRE) announced that it will acquire 11 projects from Pivot Energy in Illinois totaling 29 MWs, increasing SRE’s portfolio of community solar projects in the state to more than 20.

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  • July 11 @ 9:23 am

Driven by China, global investment in clean energy falls

Worldwide investments in clean energy projects have hit a six-year low.

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  • July 11 @ 8:39 am

Utility partners with climate experts on new carbon emission goals

Community stakeholders and climate experts from the University of Arizona are helping Tucson Electric Power to build an energy portfolio that supports reliable, affordable and increasingly sustainable service over the next 15 years.

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  • July 11 @ 8:33 am

GE Renewable Energy wins order for 138 MW windfarm in Turkey

A 138 MW windfarm in Turkey is to be powered by 27 turbines from GE Renewable Energy.

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  • July 10 @ 5:57 am

POWERGEN India 2020 to support energy transition in India

Clarion Energy & iTEN Media announce the launch of POWERGEN India 2020 co-located with Indian Utility Week & DISTRIBUTECH India

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  • July 9 @ 11:00 pm

Voith to provide equipment for new Ritom pumped storage powerhouse

Voith has received an order for the Ritom pumped storage power plant in Switzerland, which began operating in 1920 and will be replaced with a new facility.

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  • July 9 @ 10:56 am

AI-powered storage company enters Northeast market with “front-of-the-meter” solution

This week artificial intelligence (AI)-driven energy storage services provider Stem said that it had formed a partnership with New York-based private equity company Syncarpha Capital to build 28.2 megawatt-hours (MWh) of large-scale storage projects co-sited with solar in Massachusetts.

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  • July 9 @ 9:06 am

EON switches all U.K. customers to 100% renewable power

EON SE is now supplying all of its 3.3 million residential customers in Britain with 100% renewable electricity, the first of the U.K.’s “Big Six” utilities to do so.

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  • July 9 @ 7:01 am

FERC revises three-year forecast to reflect rapid growth of renewable energy

According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), within the past month, the agency has dramatically revised its three-year forecast for changes in the U.S. electrical generating capacity mix. Sharp declines are foreseen for fossil fuels and nuclear power while accompanied by even […]

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  • July 8 @ 11:52 am

Natural Gas beat coal in the US. Will renewables and storage beat gas?

In April 2019, in the heart of coal country, Indiana regulators rejected a proposal by its electric and gas utility, Vectren, to replace baseload coal plants with a new $900 million, 850 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant. Regulators were concerned that with the dramatic decline in the cost of renewable energy, maturation of energy […]

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  • July 8 @ 8:00 am

Hanergy to deliver 400 MW of solar to Democratic Republic of Congo

Chinese solar company Hanergy Thin Film Power Group has won a deal to build the first solar PV plants in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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  • July 8 @ 5:16 am

It’s time for energy freedom in Alabama

Alabama is ranked 13th in the nation as having the greatest solar potential, yet only 0.26% of its energy comes from solar, leaving the state far behind others when it comes to total installed solar capacity. According to an annual report produced by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Alabama ranked 29th in the United […]

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  • July 4 @ 6:55 am

Clean Power Alliance signs PPA for 12-MW Isabella small hydro project in California

The Clean Power Alliance (CPA) has signed three long-term power purchase agreements, including two new solar projects and one existing small hydro project.  

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  • July 3 @ 2:00 pm

Dominion Energy begins construction on Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project

Dominion Energy has begun construction on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project, which will feature two 6-MW wind turbines and power about 3,000 homes.

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  • July 3 @ 11:00 am

Massachusetts incentivizes energy storage systems for commercial property owners

Commercial property owners with existing energy storage systems, or owners considering implementing an energy storage system, may be able to benefit from a recent order by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) allowing utility companies to pay customers who agree to rely upon their energy storage systems and dispatch the energy during peak events.

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  • July 3 @ 6:44 am

Educating today’s utilities about tomorrow’s innovations

Last week in San Antonio, Texas, about 150 DISTRIBUTECH stakeholders convened to discuss industry trends, best practices for marketing and sales in the utility industry and set the educational agenda for the 2020 event.

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  • July 2 @ 10:01 am

How a perfect storm is driving microgrids into the mainstream

Given the diverse benefits that microgrids provide – reductions in energy costs, business risk, and carbon emissions, and increases in resiliency and power reliability – one wonders why discussion of microgrids has only started to take off recently.

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  • July 2 @ 6:36 am

The number of public charging stations for EVs in China surges 50.5% in May

According to data recently released by the China Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Promotion Association, the number of public charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) owned and operated by its members totaled 401,000 units as of May 2019, of which 229,000 were AC charging stations, 171,000 were DC and 500 AC/DC were integrated, representing a year […]

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  • July 2 @ 5:32 am

Air conditioning is the world’s next big threat

The vast majority of Americans have air conditioning but in Germany almost nobody does. At least not yet.

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  • July 2 @ 5:13 am

PNM plans early retirement of coal plant with massive addition of solar + storage

On July 1, Public Service of New Mexico filed a plan with regulators in the state for how it plans to get to a 100 percent emission-free power by 2040. The utility reviewed four scenarios, all of which involved the early retirement of the San Juan Coal Plant, to arrive at its recommended path forward.

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  • July 1 @ 4:42 pm

Clearway Energy sets up blockchain test to trade renewable energy credits

Clearway Energy Group, one of the U.S.’s largest clean power developers, is launching a pilot electronic marketplace for renewable energy credits as more states push for solar and wind projects.

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  • July 1 @ 11:00 am

New solar permit software could reduce costs and expand residential markets

Solar Foundation and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) are joining the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), several national residential solar companies, and other nonprofit organizations to develop new automated permit software for distributed solar and storage, reducing the cost of solar installations and saving resources for local governments and taxpayers.

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  • July 1 @ 10:48 am

China drops electricity subsidy price for offshore wind power

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (the NDRC) issued a Circular on Policies of Improving the Electricity Price for On-Grid Wind Power (the Circular) at the end of May 2019. According to the Circular, the price of electricity from offshore wind power projects is cut to 0.8 yuan per kWh [US $0.12 per kWh] in […]

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  • July 1 @ 10:29 am

Massachusetts approves contracts for hydroelectricity through NECEC project

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities has issued an order approving long-term contracts for 9,554,940 MWh annually of hydropower between H.Q. Energy Services (U.S.) Inc. and the Commonwealth’s electric distribution companies through the New England Clean Energy Connect 100% Hydro project (NECEC Hydro).

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  • June 28 @ 11:24 am

Builder of Saudi Aramco oil rigs plans to expand into wind power

An Abu Dhabi-based company that builds drilling platforms for oil giant Saudi Aramco plans to diversify into renewable energy by supplying gear for offshore wind farms.

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  • June 28 @ 10:12 am

BlackRock unit aims to boost Asian renewables to $5 billion

BlackRock Real Assets is aiming to boost its renewables power portfolio in Asia by as much as 10-fold as it seeks to keep pace with the world’s fastest-growing region for green energy.

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  • June 28 @ 9:54 am

India wins trade dispute with US over solar-panel incentives

A series of U.S. renewable energy incentives violated international trade rules, according to the World Trade Organization, threatening to stoke tensions between the two countries as President Donald Trump prepares to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

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  • June 28 @ 8:54 am

San Diego Airport installs 2 MW/4 MWh storage system to complement existing PV array

Yesterday, ENGIE Storage announced that San Diego International Airport (SAN) installed a 2 MW/4 MWh GridSynergy energy storage system. Paired with the airport’s existing 5.5 MW of solar capacity, the new energy storage system will reduce energy charges during peak demand, which according to ENGIE equate to approximately 40 percent of the airport’s monthly electricity […]

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  • June 27 @ 8:25 am

Global offshore wind installed capacity up 21 percent since 2013

This week the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) launched the first edition of its Global Offshore Wind Report, which provides a comprehensive analysis of the prospects for the global offshore wind market, including forecast data, market-level analysis and review of efforts to lower costs.

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  • June 27 @ 8:21 am

November fest: POWERGEN University offerings now on tap

POWERGEN International Week truly begins Monday, Nov. 18 with POWERGEN University. This year’s set of three, four and eight-hour PGU classes include detail educations on crucial power generation topics such as effective project management, gas turbine long-term service agreements, safety processes, digitalization, business plans for emerging markets, microgrids, cogeneration, machine learning, boiler technologies, building the […]

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  • June 26 @ 3:30 pm

Ontario Power Generation to buy U.S.-based Cube Hydro

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has entered into an agreement to acquire Cube Hydro, an operator of small and medium-sized hydropower facilities in the northeast and southeast U.S.

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  • June 26 @ 8:52 am

Q&A with an oil and gas executive turned EV charging infrastructure champion

Miriam Gozalo is an electrification project development manager at BP, one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world. Her work is squarely focused on the energy transition. Read what she has to say about her role working on ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations in a company that most people associate with drilling […]

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  • June 26 @ 7:52 am

The failure of privatization in the energy sector and why today’s consumers are reclaiming power

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, the twin forces of privatization and deregulation of public infrastructure services ascended to a global paradigm of progress and development. Government management of services such as telecommunications, transportation, water, and energy was deemed inefficient, underperforming, and monopolistic. Private industry – accountable to the profits and losses of an open […]

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  • June 26 @ 7:44 am

NV Energy’s new 540-MWh storage and 475-MW solar project comes at a very low price

8minute Solar Energy, NV Energy and the Moapa Band of Paiutes announced that NV Energy selected 8minute to develop the largest solar plus storage project ever built in Nevada and one of the largest in the world.

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  • June 25 @ 8:39 am

Power companies in New England tapping residential batteries to reduce peak demand

Here’s the latest wrinkle in the battery boom: National Grid Plc is paying consumers to tap electricity from their power-storage systems.

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  • June 25 @ 8:18 am

Here’s how a bird started a fire at a California solar farm

It may be safe for a bird to land on a wire, but not on two of them at once.

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  • June 25 @ 8:14 am

Google spending billions on data centers in renewable energy rich regions

Alphabet Inc.’s Google said it would invest 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) to expand its data center infrastructure in the Netherlands.

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  • June 25 @ 8:10 am

Too much water or too little: hydropower fights wild weather

The Kariba Dam has towered over one of Africa’s mightiest rivers for 60 years, forming the world’s largest reservoir and providing reliable electricity to Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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  • June 25 @ 8:02 am

Giant offshore wind farm takes further steps toward construction in New Jersey

Last week, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities announced it selected Ocean Wind, an offshore wind energy project proposed by Ørsted with support from PSEG, to develop an 1,100 MW offshore wind farm. Ocean Wind will be located 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City. Construction is expected to commence in the early […]

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  • June 24 @ 11:55 am

Nigerian renewable energy solutions provider Arnergy closes Series A financing

Nigerian distributed utility company, Arnergy, announced it has raised $9 Million in a Series A round of funding led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures with participation from the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund), EDFI ElectriFI and All On.

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  • June 24 @ 8:03 am

Vermont electric vehicle incentives provide a ‘symbolic’ boost

Vermont joined the ranks of other New England states that provide incentives for electric vehicles with Gov. Phil Scott’s signature on June 14 on a yearly transportation bill.

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  • June 21 @ 9:23 am

EWF launches world’s first open source blockchain for the energy industry

The Energy Web Foundation (EWF) this week announced that it has launched the world’s first public, open-source, enterprise-grade blockchain tailored to the energy sector: the Energy Web Chain (EW Chain). As a refresher, blockchain allows for peer-to-peer energy market transactions.

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  • June 21 @ 7:12 am

Integrating rooftop solar just got easier for utilities

Homeowners and businesses may now have an easier time getting solar panels on rooftops thanks to software developed at Sandia.

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  • June 21 @ 6:52 am

Women are missing out on the clean energy job boom in America

While the industry is welcoming more women leaders, its rank-and-file workforce is still a lot like those at fossil-fuel companies: white and dominated by men. The lack of gender diversity is being driven by manufacturing jobs, and that means women are now missing out on the biggest jobs boom America has to offer.

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  • June 20 @ 10:07 am

EPA finalizes Affordable Clean Energy rule, repeals Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule and simultaneously repealed the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

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  • June 20 @ 9:58 am

Corani seeking financing to develop 147-MW Banda Azul hydro project in Bolivia

Jose Maria Romay, general manager of Corani (a subsidiary of Ende), has announced the company is seeking financing from Latin American development bank CAF and French development agency AFD for the 147-MW Banda Azul hydro project.

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  • June 20 @ 8:27 am

Solar industry, advocates hail New York passage of ambitious climate bill

New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act passed the Assembly early in the morning of June 20 and will now await the governor’s signature. Solar advocates praised the state legislature’s adoption of long anticipated legislation that will require at least 70 percent of electric generation come from renewable sources by 2030 and providing needed […]

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  • June 20 @ 7:25 am

Bloomberg predicts wind and solar will power half the world and bag $9 trillion investment

Wind or solar now represent the least expensive option for adding new power generation capacity in approximately two-thirds of the world.

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  • June 20 @ 5:07 am

Eos supplying non-lithium batteries for Duke, UCSD storage projects

Eos Energy Storage is manufacturer and supplier of the zinc-based Aurora 2.0 battery system for Duke Energy’s McAlpine substation and as a behind-the-meter solution at the University of California, San Diego. 

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  • June 19 @ 10:52 am

Energy storage company Saft buys Go Electric

Go Electric Inc. is a specialist in energy resiliency solutions for microgrids and commercial & industrial customers integrating renewables and generators

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  • June 19 @ 9:38 am

New York to pass ‘one of the most aggressive clean energy mandates in the country’

New York is poised to pass its own version of the Green New Deal with a climate bill that would more than triple the state’s solar capacity and aggressively promote development of wind farms off the state’s coast.

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  • June 19 @ 6:30 am

U.S. solar market soars in Q1 2019

In the first three months of the year, the U.S. installed 2.7 gigawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV), making it the most solar ever installed in the first quarter of a year. With the strong first quarter, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables forecasts 25% growth in 2019 compared to 2018, and it expects more than 13 […]

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  • June 18 @ 12:00 am

Legislation introduced to encourage marine energy research in the U.S.

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Angus King (I-Maine), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), have reintroduced The Marine Energy Research and Development Act, intended to increase production of low-carbon, renewable energy from the natural power in ocean waves, tides and currents.

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  • June 17 @ 4:00 pm

Top 5 ways the UK government can support onshore wind and meet net-zero emissions by 2050

In early June, the UK enshrined into law a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, making Britain the first major economy to do so. Meeting this target will require substantial reliance on renewable energy from solar, tidal, hydro, and wind sources, both onshore and offshore.

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  • June 17 @ 5:08 am

Hydrogen is the fuel of the future. For real this time, IEA Says

Hydrogen, which has been touted as the fuel of the future much of the past five decades, may finally be on the verge of converting its potential to reality.

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  • June 14 @ 10:26 am

Argentina opens 122.4-MW Bicentennial Wind Farm

The 122.4-MW Bicentennial Wind Farm has been inaugurated in the Santa Cruz province of Argentina and is currently the largest wind farm in the country, according to BNamericas.

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  • June 14 @ 9:14 am

Renewable energy market employs 11 million in 2018 – IRENA

Eleven million people were employed in renewable energy worldwide in 2018 according to the latest analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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  • June 14 @ 5:27 am

Iowa officials consider energy storage tax credit, ‘value of storage’ study

Iowa economic development officials are tentatively endorsing a tax credit for battery storage to complement the state’s wind and solar generation.

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  • June 14 @ 2:21 am

California Energy Commission gives $3M grant to pair energy storage and fast EV charging

Natron Energy said that the California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded it a $3 million grant for “Advanced Energy Storage for Electric Vehicle Charging Support.” Natron will use the money to manufacture and install a high powered, long cycle life energy storage system at an EV Fast Charging station.

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  • June 13 @ 4:14 pm

New White Paper explores grid parity and the solar renaissance

Today, solar power has become cheaper than the production cost of any other existing conventional power generation technology. The arrival of grid parity heralds a milestone in the history of energy production. It means solar energy being commercially viable without any subsidies or state support; producing energy with the lowest possible environmental impact.

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  • June 13 @ 1:40 pm

Target commits to 100 percent renewables; signs PPAs to purchase wind and solar energy

On June 12, Target corporation said it was increasing its renewable energy goals by committing to source 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The goal applies to all of Target’s domestic operations.

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  • June 13 @ 1:00 pm

Trump exempts bi-facial solar modules from import tariffs

In an announcement that was celebrated by the solar industry, yesterday U.S. trade officials said that bi-facial solar modules, which are solar modules that produce energy on both sides of the panel, would be exempt from import tariffs.

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  • June 13 @ 10:50 am

Statkraft announces plans to build 51.6-MW Los Lagos hydropower plant in Chile

Statkraft announces it has decided to start construction of the 51.6-MW Los Lagos hydropower plant in Chile. The construction is planned to commence in August and completion is scheduled for second half of 2022.

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  • June 13 @ 10:30 am

Six Flags Great Adventure now powered by 23.5-MW solar array

On Wednesday in New Jersey, the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America said that its New Jersey park, Six Flags Great Adventure, is now powered by solar energy.

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  • June 13 @ 10:11 am

Sweden’s EV boom under threat as electricity demand outstrips capacity

Sweden’s ambitious plan to drastically cut emissions from transport by bringing millions of electric cars onto the road could be derailed by a lack of power capacity for new charging stations in major cities.

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  • June 12 @ 10:38 am

Remote Chinese region looks to set new clean-power record

A sparsely populated Chinese province that’s home to the headwaters of the Yangtze and Yellow rivers is attempting to set a new record for clean energy use, serving as a test bed for the entire country.

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  • June 12 @ 9:43 am

Siemens inaugurates world’s largest electrothermal energy storage system

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) said that is has begun operation of its electric thermal energy storage system (ETES), a milestone in the development of energy storage solutions, according to the company.

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  • June 12 @ 9:29 am

Scottish Power to install biggest battery in Europe at windfarm

The Scottish government has given utility Scottish Power the go-ahead to install Europe’s biggest industrial-scale battery to date to store energy generated at the 539MW Whitelee onshore wind farm.

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  • June 12 @ 6:06 am

President inaugurates Bolivia’s 69-MW San Jose II Hydroelectric Plant

Bolivian President Evo Morales has inaugurated the 69-MW San Jose II Hydroelectric Power Plant in the municipality of Colomi, department of Cochabamba.

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  • June 11 @ 10:00 am

Tower sections of GE’s 12-MW offshore wind turbine shipped to prototype site

GE Renewable Energy announced the shipment of the four tower sections that will be part of GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW prototype to be installed later this summer in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam (NL). The four segments at tower manufacturer GRI’s site in Seville, will be arriving in the Netherlands before the end of the month.

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  • June 11 @ 8:10 am

China’s Jinko Solar sees more foreign sales as domestic market shaky

JinkoSolar Holding Co., the world’s biggest solar panel maker, sees China’s photovoltaic power additions slumping this year and a greater share of its revenue coming from overseas amid uncertainties over Beijing’s new policies.

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  • June 11 @ 6:30 am

EnBW acquires French renewables firm VALECO

German utility EnBW has acquired French wind and solar developer and operator VALECO.

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  • June 11 @ 4:00 am

FERC’s data shows US renewable generating capacity has surpassed coal

According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), U.S. electrical generating capacity by renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) has now – for the first time – surpassed that of coal.

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  • June 10 @ 8:43 am

In quest for bigger batteries, California mulls pumped hydro

As the sun sets on California’s solar farms, a backup energy source deep in the Sierra Nevada Mountains springs to life.

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  • June 10 @ 6:15 am