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Could Sustainable Clean Energy Securitization... The financial instrument that nearly collapsed the global economy is being re-engineered to create a new market with a lofty goal: to save the planet.

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Industry and Academia Partner To Train Next... Last week, Siemens and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) announced a new new academic partnership that they say will provide students with the skills needed to operate and advance the nation’s energy grid.

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Energy Storage in California is About to Get... California recently joined other leading states, provinces, cities, and corporations around the world by setting an ambitious 100 percent carbon-free electricity target. It’s a landmark, not because California was the first, but because it is the biggest. The state ranks as the fifth-largest economy in the world.

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Voith and Siemens to collaborate on hybrid...

Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG and the Siemens Energy Management Division have signed a letter of intent for collaborating on appropriate hybrid power projects containing hydropower.



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Global Electrification Goals Are Driving... According to the Microgrid Market Growth Potential - Industry Size Outlook Report 2024, the microgrid market is expected to reach $19 billion by 2024, nearly five times the original valuation of this business space in 2016.

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Denmark Does U-Turn on Electric Cars to Reach... Denmark plans to postpone tax increases on electric vehicles as part of a slew of new measures the government is seeking to consolidate the country’s reputation as a “green pioneer” and help it achieve its climate goals.

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Cybersecurity Pact for Europe’s Energy Sector

A European cybersecurity pact has been agreed that is intended to make “the tools of the energy transition safe for citizens and secure for providers”.



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SoCal Edison Selects esVolta for Energy Storage...

The projects, which are pending approval by the California Public Utilities Commission, include the Wildcat Energy Storage project (3 MW/12 MWh) near Palm Springs and the three Acorn Energy Storage projects (total combined capacity of 6.5 MW/26.5 MWh) in Thousand Oaks.



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Walmart Procures 233-MW Wind-Energy PPA from...

The deal with Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart includes three wind farms—all developed, owned and operated by EDP Renewables—in the states of Illinois and Indiana. 



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HSBC Pension Pledges $329 Million Investment in... HSBC Holdings Plc’s pension manager plans to invest 250 million pounds ($329 million) of its pension scheme into renewable energy infrastructure for wind and solar in the U.K., joining around 30 other firms making similar climate change pledges.

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8 Things You Need to Know About the IPCC 1.5˚C... While all countries committed under the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to 1.5˚C-2˚C (2.7-3.6˚ F), major questions remained: How can the world achieve this temperature goal? And what happens if it doesn’t?

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Drax to Buy U.K. Hydro and Gas Plants from... Drax Group Plc agreed to buy some of Iberdrola SA’s power plants for 702 million pounds ($923 million), boosting its clean energy assets in a further shift away from burning coal.

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IRENA: Egypt Could Meet Up to 53 Percent of... Egypt has the potential to meet up to 53 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Egypt Renewable Energy Outlook, released in Cairo last week in the presence of Egyptian government officials and regional decision makers, found that pursuing higher shares of renewable energy could reduce the country’s energy bill by up to $900 million annually in 2030.

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Centrica says distributed energy tech could...

The UK could meet a significant slice of carbon emissions’ target if it more widely deployed distributed energy technologies.



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Toward the Digital Power Plant: Siemens and... This week in London to kick off the Year in Infrastructure event, Siemens and Bentley Systems announced a further integration of their respective platforms with the combination of Bentley's and Siemens’ asset performance management (APM) software capabilities. The companies say that the integration will allow power plant owners to take full advantage of digitalization, which helps improve maintenance operations and planning.

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IEA: World Could Install 1.3 TW of Clean Energy... The world could install more than a trillion watts of renewable power over the next five years, more than the entire current generation capacity of the European Union.

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Renewable Hungry Companies need to get on the...

The report by recently rebranded Wind-Solar Alliance points out that more than 100 U.S. corporate buyers —members of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance — have set a goal of purchasing 60 GW of new U.S. renewable energy capacity by 2025. So far, since 2013, the companies have procured just over 13 gigawatts of renewable power.



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Britain's Battery Market Will Grow by $7.9... Britain’s power market will need investment of 6 billion pounds ($7.9 billion) between now and 2030 in flexible generation and storage such as batteries to support the transition toward an economy that emits less carbon, a study showed.

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IRENA Conducting Survey of Gender and Renewable...

The International Renewable Energy Agency is conducting a survey to gather quantitative and qualitative insights into the current status of women’s participation in the renewable energy sector.



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Schneider Electric Building Microgrid at Port...

Schneider Electric announced Wednesday that it has a $5.2 million contract to design, engineer and build a new microgrid at the Port of Long Beach in southern California. The port also is going to get a huge infusion of electric vehicle infrastructure from utility Southern California Edison.

 



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Reaching the Tipping Point: Why Investing in... While price is one of the key drivers to integrate renewables in mines, solar alone is no more the lone influencer

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E.ON Optimizes EV Charging with New IT Backbone E.ON has partnered with Finnish-based technology firm Virta to optimize its EV charging network across Europe.

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New York Has $40 Million for New Solar+Storage... New York’s Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has ambitious goals for renewable energy and energy storage. In his state of the state address this year, he announced the he wanted 1.5 GW of energy storage on the grid by 2025 and in June NYSERDA and the Department of Public Service, developed the New York State Energy Storage Roadmap to identify the best path toward the 2025 target. This week Cuomo is putting some money behind the goal, announcing that $40 million will be made available to support solar projects that integrate energy storage.

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Kickstarting the Energy Revolution: How... When innovators come up with the idea for the next great technological breakthrough, the first roadblocks to seeing that idea to fruition are typically funding. Among renewable energy inventions, this need is typically filled through wealthy private investors, venture capital firms, or government grants. But today, in the age of the Internet, budding entrepreneurs have taken their funding needs online through crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

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PECO Offers Financial Support for Commercial... PECO (formerly the Philadelphia Electric Company) announced that the utility will be offering a new incentive for commercial customers who install electric vehicle charging stations for public use. The incentive will be available to commercial customers who successfully apply for funding under the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) “Driving PA Forward” program.

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Bolivia looking to finance US$2 billion of...

Bolivian energy authorities are in the process of identifying about US$2 billion in financing for early stage hydro and wind power generation projects, which total 710 MW and 45 MW, respectively.



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U.S. Department of Energy To Bring $40B Cash to... After wallowing in limbo for the first part of 2018 awaiting re-authorization, the Loan Program Office (LPO) at the Department of Energy is back in business with about $40 billion burning a hole in its proverbial pocket. Mike Reed, Director and Chief Engineer of the Technical and Project Management Division of the LPO and his team are planning to hit POWER-GEN 2018 in Orlando, Florida in December to identify people and projects that might need financing.

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Maui Electric Adds Cheap Solar to its Grid Maui Electric Company said it turned on its second large-scale solar project on Tuesday, October 5. The 2.87-MW project spans 10.85 acres and was built in partnership with Kenyon Energy, the developer, and M+W Energy, which served as EPC for the project.

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Duke Energy Plans To Invest At Least Half a... This week Duke Energy said that it plans to deploy about $500 million of battery storage capacity over the next 15 years, which it estimates to be equivalent to about 300 MW of capacity. (MWh of capacity was not specified.) The storage capacity investment is written into its latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)

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WAPDA announces 1,410-MW Tarbela 4th Extension...

The Water and Power Development Authority in Pakistan says the third and last unit at its 1,410-MW Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project has been synchronized with the National Grid.



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China EV Funding Tops Clean Energy Deals in Q3

Equity raised by Chinese electric vehicle companies was the “conspicuous bright spot” in clean energy transactions in the third quarter of this year, which saw the total global deal value fall 6 per cent on 2017’s figure.



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Exxon Puts $1 Million Into Quest for Carbon... An effort to put a tax on carbon dioxide emissions just won an unlikely underwriter: a top producer of oil and gas.

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Wind and Solar Power Changing How Coal Plants... The Gentleman coal plant was once the linchpin of Nebraska’s electricity grid, its twin smokestacks visible for miles across the prairie. Now, the state’s biggest power source is routinely pushed aside to make room for more wind and solar energy.

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Orlando Utility Commission is Host Utility for...

In union with OUC’s role as host utility of POWER-GEN International, the utilities Board President Gregory D. Lee will be a keynote speaker on the conference’s first day. Lee was elected president of OUC’s governing body in 2016. He will kick off POWER-GEN International’s first keynote session on Tuesday, December 4.



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Report: $2.4 Trillion Clean Energy Investment... The world must invest $2.4 trillion in clean energy every year through 2035 and cut the use of coal-fired power to almost nothing by 2050 to avoid catastrophic damage from climate change, according to scientists convened by the United Nations.

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Ørsted Acquires Deepwater Wind for $510 Million On Monday, global offshore wind leader Ørsted announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire a 100 percent of Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind at a purchase price of US $510 million. Deepwater wind built the first U.S. offshore wind farm — the 30-MW Block Island Wind — and is currently constructing two additional facilities off Long Island, New York (South Fork at 90 MW) and Connecticut (Revolution Wind at 600 MW).

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SINN Power to conduct feasibility study of wave...

SINN Power is conducting a study to determine how a renewable energy mix of its wave technology, small wind farms, kinematic hydroelectric plants and solar energy can be used to secure a durable and stable power supply in Guinea.



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Iowa Looks to Take the Next Steps on Storage A $200,000 state grant will finance research into two solar-plus-storage projects aimed at better understanding the state’s energy storage potential.

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The Utility of the Future Will Provide More... Utilities that are concerned about eroding or changing business models have something to be very excited about, and that’s new technology that will allow them to increase their reach into areas that they have not had much of an impact on before.

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Trump's FERC Pick Could Tip Balance in Favor of... U.S. President Donald Trump tapped Energy Department staffer Bernard McNamee to join the nation’s top energy regulator, potentially smoothing the path for a brewing bailout of money-losing coal and nuclear plants.

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Solar PV + Energy Storage Systems Take Charge... The decreasing cost of solar PV and battery storage equipment coupled with high cost of electricity and grid outages are playing an increasingly important role in the future energy landscape of the Caribbean region. Most recently, Hurricane Maria devastated multiple islands including Puerto Rico, Dominica, USVI and BVI, amongst others, which left both urban and city dwellers without power for extended periods of time.

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Rolls-Royce Invests in Plug-and-Play Energy... Rolls-Royce announced that it is investing in Berlin-based start-up company Qinous GmbH, a provider of what it calls plug and play energy storage and control systems.

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Duke Plans Park & Plug EV Pilot Installing 530...

The EV charger installations are part of a pilot project, Park and Plug, that runs through 2022. Duke Energy is working with various communities and groups to install the units for public use at apartments, work sites and other venues with high traffic counts.



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Genex says declaration will advance development...

Genex Power Limited announces the 250-MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project (K2-Hydro) has been declared a Coordinated Project by the Queensland State Government.



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Why Machine Learning Could Improve Resiliency... Power grids across the United States are facing greater technical challenges as new technologies and needs place higher demands on an already overburdened system.

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For Now, at Least, the World Isn’t Making... Evidence of the battery-powered era is all around us. Electric vehicles are cruising down our freeways. Household appliances thrum with stored solar energy that was until recently a daytime-only power source. Governments from California to China and South Korea—even Donald Trump’s Washington—have taken steps that will make battery power more ubiquitous.

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Saudi Fund, SoftBank Deny $200B, 200-GW Solar... Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. both said they’re continuing to collaborate on solar energy plans after the Wall Street Journal said their $200 billion development was put on hold.

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Trump's Import Tariffs Will Make U.S. Wind... President Donald Trump’s trade war won’t wreck the U.S. wind industry, but it will raise the cost of power.

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Saudi Arabia Shelves Work on SoftBank's $200... Saudi Arabia has put on hold a $200 billion plan with SoftBank to build the world's biggest solar-power-generation project, setting back another eye-catching transformation project in the kingdom.

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From the Clean Power Plan to ACE: Why Not Much... Has the environment for electricity generation changed dramatically since the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan began its slow exit from public and regulatory consciousness several months ago? Not really!

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Informed Utility Customers Want More Renewable... On Monday during the Itron Utility Week (IUW) event in Scottsdale, Arizona, the company unveiled its 4th resourcefulness report, which measures how informed consumers (defined as energy consumers who think about their utility bill) and utility executives view how well their utility is wisely and carefully using water and energy resources.

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Solar Power Plant Operators: Are You Prepared... Solar reliability audits are intense and time-consuming. The energy facility operator bears the burden of demonstrating compliance with reliability standards that are continually evolving to keep up with technological and regulatory changes. Even so, with the fast-paced growth of solar energy development, some solar facility operators have yet to experience a reliability audit. Understanding the audit process and having the right strategy can ease the burden and help ensure that you are well-prepared.

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New Jersey's Planned $4.1B Clean Energy... New Jersey’s biggest utility says it can make money by getting its customers to use less of what it sells.

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How Renewables Lead to a World of Peak Energy It can be hard to get your head around just how much energy the world uses. Expressed in terms of oil, it was equivalent to almost 14 billion metric tons of the stuff in 2017. That’s like burning through all of Russia’s proved reserves in the space of 12 months, which is, in technical terms, a lot.

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Energy Poverty amidst Abundant Generation... Energy poverty is a challenge in many countries and continues to attract attention in international development discourses. Beside the inconveniences people and societies have to face, the lack of affordable and reliable energy supply is a social and economic tragedy with serious implications for many development outcomes.

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Massachusetts Regulators Approve New... More than a year after it was first announced, this week the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) approved the state’s newest solar incentive program, Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART), which provides declining incentives for up to 1600 MW of solar. The incentives are a fixed amount and vary by “block” and also decline over time. The program includes added incentives for systems that include features like energy storage, community solar and other location-based solar installations, such as brownfield developments.

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Tesla Tumbles on Worries of Musk-Less Future It’s nearly impossible to imagine Tesla Inc. without Elon Musk, its chairman, CEO, largest shareholder and public face.

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World Bank Offers $1 Billion for Batteries in... The World Bank Group committed $1 billion to finance battery-storage systems in developing and middle-income countries, and expects its participation to attract another $4 billion in backing from investors as well as public and private funds.

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US Production, Consumption of Non-Hydro... Non-hydro renewable energy sources (i.e., biofuels, biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) set new U.S. records for both production and consumption in the first half of 2018, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of data just released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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Renewables in UK Energy Mix Hit All-time High

The share of renewables in the UK’s electricity generation hit a record high of 31.7 per cent in the second quarter of 2018, while coal dropped to an all-time low of only 1.6 per cent.



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Statkraft Plans Annual Investments of US$1.2...

Statkraft has announced it is planning annual investments of about NOK10 billion (US$1.2 billion) in renewable energy from 2019 to 2025, including “large upgrades of Nordic hydropower.”



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Corbyn Vows to ‘Kickstart a Green Energy...

The Leader of the Opposition in the UK has vowed to “kickstart a green jobs revolution that will help tackle climate change, provide sustainable energy for the future and create skilled jobs in every nation and region” of Britain.

 



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Indian Solar Tariff Questions Answered: Will... India has imposed duties on imports of solar equipment from China and Malaysia lasting two years. The aim is to kick-start a domestic industry that’s failed to take off in the face of ever-cheaper imports of solar cells and modules. China accounted for 89 percent of imports in the last financial year. The protectionist move risks setting back India’s climate change commitments by slowing the buildup of renewable energy capacity, even as prices for solar power in the world’s second-most populous nation fall to record lows.

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Former Coal Plant Now Home to Community Solar +... On Tuesday, ENGIE North American and Holyoke Gas and Electric (HG&E) christened the largest grid-scale energy storage system in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. The 3-MW / 6-MWh system is integrated with the 5.6-MW Mt. Tom community solar farm, one of the largest community solar farms in the state. The solar farm went online in 2017.

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China Sets New Renewables Target of 35 Percent... China is stepping up its push into renewable energy, proposing higher green power consumption targets and penalizing those who fail to meet those goals to help fund government subsidies to producers.

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Rhode Island Charts a Course for a Cleaner Grid Rhode Island is a small state with big energy ambitions. Like many states, however, those ambitions are complicated by an outdated electric grid.

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Michigan Utilities Upgrade Pumped Storage Plant... The Ludington Pumped Storage Plant along Lake Michigan could play a bigger role on the grid as utilities use more variable renewables.

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U.S. Government Awards $27.7M for Long-duration... Last week the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced 10 projects that will receive funding through a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program called Duration Addition to electricitY Storage (DAYS). The projects seek to provide up to 100 hours of energy storage.

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Understanding Low-Cost, Long-Duration Energy... Energy storage has become an everyday element of grid planning and energy network management – driven by technology advances, proven benefits, and steadily falling prices. As storage goes mainstream, it’s no longer unusual to see deployments in the tens of MWh. Although about 95 percent of operational storage in the U.S. is in the form of pumped hydro, which can store massive amounts of energy cheaply for days, virtually all of the remaining storage resources are lithium-ion batteries.

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Need a Residential Solar or Storage Permit?... Solar industry unveils campaign to streamline solar permitting.

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Alabama Power Seeks Renewable Energy Alabama Power said last week that the utility is seeking proposals to meet future energy and reliability needs, including proposals for potential renewable energy projects.

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Future Robo-taxis Could Charge Themselves and...

Electric robo-taxis are a real possibility. Trends in transportation, energy, and demographics indicate that future vehicles will operate autonomously, run on electricity rather than fossil fuels, and be shared instead of privately owned. But before everyone can carpool in self-driving electric cars, we need places to charge them.



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California Clean Energy Mandate Comes at... California’s ambitious push for clean energy will be a tough lift for utilities and potentially their bondholders.

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DP Energy gets grant to advance tidal project...

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has awarded DP Energy a grant of C$29,750,000 (US$23 million) under the Emerging Renewable Power Program (ERPP) to support tidal energy development at the FORCE facility in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia.



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'Do It Yourselfers' Get Creative With Renewable...

In Oregon, Illinois, an old farmhouse just outside of town is a hotbed of alternative energy. It's primarily heated by wood and they have a wind generator, although it's mainly used for educational purposes.



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Total Buys Car Charging-Point Provider in New... Total SA bought a French operator of car-charging points, adding to its electricity investments as oil companies prepare for an influx of low-emission cars.

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Indiana Utility's 50-MW Solar Project Splits... Indiana consumer advocates are split over a solar proposal that would boost clean energy in the state but at a high cost-per-kilowatt to customers.

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Why Long Island Beats California for Solar... The best place to generate cash from a solar farm in the U.S. isn’t California or sunny Florida -- it’s Long Island.

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Florence Update: One GW of Solar Capacity Went... Duke energy issued a fact sheet on Thursday, September 20 outlining the damages that Hurricane Florence caused to the 3,000 MW (3 GW) of solar capacity connected to the Duke Energy system in North Carolina.

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Top Seven Ways Energy Regulators Should Prepare... This week industry association Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) noted that while EV adoption is still small, its growth rate is accelerating. As a result of this accelerating growth rate, public utility commissions (PUCs) are finding EVs on the agenda at their meetings.

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Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Infrastructure... This week, EVgo, a provider of public electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations in the U.S., said it was accelerating the pace at which it is constructing fast chargers and will add hundreds of EVgo fast chargers in California before the end of 2018.

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US Residential and Commercial Installed Solar... According to the latest edition of Lawrence Berkley National Lab’s (LBNL’s) “Tracking the Sun” report, the median installed price for a solar PV system in the first part of 2018 was $2.2/W for a large non-residential system (up to 5 MW in capacity), representing a 5 percent decline over the previous period.

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Ohio’s PowerForward Roadmap Aims to Shape the... A new roadmap for the future of Ohio’s electric grid can benefit all types of interest groups, but the next few years will be critical for the plan to achieve its goals.

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Analyst: We've Misunderstood Energy Efficiency According to energy expert, Amory Lovins, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute, the energy industry has vastly misunderstood the scope of the energy efficiency resource. Lovins claims that it’s design, not technology that can achieve incredibly energy efficiency gains. Using his own home in the Colorado Rocky Mountains as an example, Lovins shows how simple changes in design have allowed him to grow banana crops using only natural sunlight and reduce the amount of energy he uses significantly.

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Yves Rannou leaves hydro for wind

Yves Rannou, formerly president and chief executive officer of hydro for GE Renewable Energy, has taken a position as CEO of Senvion S.A., a manufacturer of wind turbines.



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SolarReserve Teams with Heliostat SA to Create... SolarReserve, a developer of large-scale solar power projects and solar thermal technology, announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Heliostat SA, a South Australian company focused on the manufacture and assembly of heliostats and heliostat components.

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Energy Poll: 8 out of 10 South Koreans Want... According to the survey of 1,003 South Koreans across the nation, 86.2 percent of respondents said they are in favor of the expansion of renewable energy, such as solar and wind power.

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ABB in Multi-million Philippines Geothermal Deal

ABB has won a multi-million-dollar retrofit deal to upgrade six geothermal units at two power plants in the Philippines.



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The 100 Percent Renewables Vision is Reachable...

“Smart technology is unlocking the 100 per cent renewables future,” said the boss of Wartsila Energy Solutions today.



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Hydrogen-powered Vehicles Seek Another Shot at... It’s lighter, abundant and finally ready to take on Tesla. Hydrogen-powered vehicles are gearing up to challenge electric vehicles again in the race for mass-market clean cars. This week, a much larger group of companies signed on to a global coalition aimed at drumming up government support for the technology that Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has derided as “ mind-bogglingly stupid” for cars. The firms also pledged to find a cleaner way to produce the gas.

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China’s EV Charging Infrastructure Sector... As of the end of 2017, there were nearly 450,000 installed charging stations (also called charging points or power points) across China, including 214,000 set up by the government for public use, up 51 percent since the end of the prior year. The remaining 232,000 were privately-owned units. At the time, the proportion of ownership of electric vehicles (EVs) to charging stations in the country was below 4:1.

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China Adds 9.46 GW of Installed Wind Power... China added 9.46 GW of installed wind power capacity for the first seven months of this year, up by 23 percent from the same period of last year, according to the latest statistics from China’s National Energy Administration (NEA). For the seven months, the average utilization of wind power equipment reached 1,292 hours, an increase of 174 hours from a year earlier.

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Asset Performance Optimization for Distributed... Globally, the energy markets continue to witness an increased proliferation of distributed renewable resources (DER). The onsite power and behind-the-meter market segments are probably the biggest applications of DER generation technologies. Instances of outages and equipment fails in off-grid locations, along with random surges in power demand, can cost millions of dollars per day in lost revenue to asset owners. Adverse weather conditions and inefficient performance can exponentially increase the risk profile of these projects, creating an imperative need to optimize asset performance.

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Global Climate Summit Celebrates Emission... On the premise that the nations of the world are not doing enough to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, Governor Jerry Brown, New York City’s former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other dignitaries convened a high-profile international gathering in San Francisco September 12-14 to inspire more ambitious action and showcase successful efforts.

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Spain Plans $116 Billion Energy Retrofit The Spanish government is exploring ways to persuade investors to finance a 100 billion-euro ($116 billion) transformation of its energy system as it tries to move beyond past policy mistakes that led to widespread losses and lawsuits.

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Australian Energy Storage Company Raises AU... South Australian energy storage company 1414 Degrees will start trading on the Australian Securities Exchange after raising $16.3 million as part of its IPO.

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Big Oil Aims to Exploit Brazil's Sun and Wind... European oil majors are looking for more than just deepwater gushers in Brazil. They also plan to profit from the country’s abundant wind and sunshine.

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Building America's Regional Offshore Wind... Atlantic States' commitment to OSW driving economies of scale & declining costs. Now they must cooperate as regional teams to empower market competition, enable industry supply chain & ensure share of 160,000 new U.S. jobs.

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Most Investors Are Going Green to Make Money,... Make money first, save the planet second. Those are the reasons for most investors to get into green finance, according to HSBC Holdings Plc.

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Europe Will Make Up a Quarter of Global Wind... Europe’s installed wind power capacity is seen ballooning to 258 gigawatts, or about a quarter of the world’s entire output, within five years.

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Clean Tech Hub Takes Shape on Chicago’s South... Two years after an ambitious clean energy campaign was announced for a South Side Chicago neighborhood, construction is moving forward on a clustered microgrid, a solar energy project at an affordable housing complex and a university-led clean tech center.

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Duke Energy Says Solar Assets at Risk of Flood... The utility is preparing for a ‘historic storm that will cause historic damage.’

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Can Blockchain Save the Energy Sector?

Interview with #EUW18 speaker Hervé Touati, chief executive of Energy Web Foundation.



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Renewables Predicted to Grab Bigger Share of...

South Africa is set for a dramatic shift in its energy mix in the coming years thanks to the government’s decision to restructure its energy output.



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Entura appointed owner’s engineer for Kidston...

Genex Power Limited has appointed power and water consulting firm Entura to be owner’s engineer for the Kidston Stage 2 project in Australia.



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Samsung and Hyundai Investing in Solid-State... Solid Power Inc., a Colorado-based maker of solid-state battery cells for cars and aircraft, arranged $20 million in financing to complete a manufacturing facility.

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ABB, EPRI, Universities Among Recipients of US... Last week the U.S. Department of Energy announced the winners of its Advanced Vehicles Technologies research program. DOE will invest a total of $80 million among 42 projects. The projects support advanced vehicle technologies that can enable more affordable mobility, strengthen domestic energy security, reduce our dependence on foreign sources of critical materials, and enhance U.S. economic growth.

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Update: California Governor Signs Historic 100... Yesterday another milestone was reached in California's march toward a 100 percent renewable energy mandate with the passing of SB100 by the Assembly. The bill will require the state to receive 50 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2026; 60 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2045.

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Subsidy-free Solar Farms Popping Up from... Next to a wheat field north of London, banks of solar panels in 35 neat rows are generating electricity without any support from the government.

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Delaware Joins 34 States in Passing C-PACE... Last month, Delaware Governor John Carney signed Senate Bill 113 into law, enabling Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing in Delaware. Once implemented, PACE will offer a new method for financing commercial energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

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Analysts Predict Surge in North American Wind... Operations and maintenance (O&M) expenses for wind power assets will cost the industry about $7.5 billion annually by 2021, according new analysis from IHS Markit. The firm estimates the current North American wind O&M market is valued at approximately $5-6 billion annually, but is expected to exceed $8.3 billion by 2027, an increase of nearly 40 percent.

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Is the Clean Energy Economy Overlooking SMBs? “Mind the Gap.” Whether you’ve visited London or not, you’re most likely familiar with the London Underground’s famous catchphrase. However, that well-known phrase may have implications related to clean energy based on a recent analysis. While Google, Apple, Facebook and other large corporations have lately garnered considerable attention for their commitments to renewable energy, electric utilities and companies like Nest, Tesla and Vivint Solar have also focused on providing innovative programs and technologies to residential energy customers.

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Thailand Unveils New Investment Package for EV... The Thailand Board of Investment has announced new investment packages and privileges for electric vehicle (EV) companies to establish operations in the Eastern Economic Corridor.

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Someday Soon Your Utility Will Help You Select...

Utilities are — and have been for a long time — seeking better ways through which they can engage with their customers. According to Jeff Hamel, director of energy and housing partnerships at Google, the Nest smart thermostat, which is part of the hardware product line that Google provides, is a good example of a simple way that utilities are partnering with their customers.



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Vattenfall Inaugurates Scottish Offshore Wind farm

The aim is to accelerate the wind power industry’s drive for competitive renewable



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August the ‘Cleanest Energy Month of the Year...

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Grid Resilience is the Key to a More Renewable... The whole energy landscape has, in only ten years, changed beyond all recognition. The popularity of using responsible and renewable energy sources is growing. And the movement is being backed by new remits for distribution operators that allow, amongst other things, more green energy to be integrated into the grid.

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Canada Invests in Net-zero Retrofit Program for... Bernadette Jordan, member of parliament for South Shore,St. Margarets, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, has announced a $374,830 investment to help homeowners bring their home energy use to the net-zero level.

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Utility-Backed Fund Raises $681 Million to... A private equity firm backed by some of the world’s largest utilities has raised $681 million to finance startups developing clean-energy technology.

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Powin Energy to Deliver 70 MWh in Energy...

The company has delivered or will deliver over 32.8 MW/70 MWh of projects



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Zambian Off-Grid Solar Market Expanding Rapidly... On Thursday, pay-go energy company Fenix International, part of global utility ENGIE, said that it has electrified 30,000 Zambian households 9 months after expanding into the country by leveraging its partnership with telecom MTN. This rate of growth exceeds the company’s initial expectations and outpaces the industry average, according to the company.

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Carlyle Group Affiliate Buys 612 MW of Wind...

Zephyr Wind Energy, Carlyle’s newly established affiliate, is buying the wind generation portfolio that includes six wind farms in three northern and western New York counties.



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EV Charging Infrastructure in UK on Cusp of...

Electric car charging infrastructure represents a ‘huge growth area’ for the UK, according to an expert at global certification expert Bureau Veritas.



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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens in UK

The world’s largest offshore windfarm was officially opened in the UK today.



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Bilfinger chosen to supply pipeline for 15.9-MW...

Bilfinger VAM Anlagentechnik has been chosen to deliver a distribution pipeline for use in the 15.9-MW pumped-storage power plant being built in Gaildorf, Germany.



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Mass Court Says State Can Order Electricity...

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled that Massachusetts has a right to make in-state electricity generators cut their carbon emissions dramatically over the next 30 years. It's the second time in two years that the state's highest court has recognized the science of climate change.



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German Utility Secures Consumer Management of... German-headquartered integrated energy company, Innogy, has selected distributed computing solutions provider, Intertrust, to help smart home consumers to securely manage data.

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France Names Pro-renewable Energy Minister Former green lawmaker, Francois de Rugy, has been named France’s energy and environment minister, replacing environmental activist Nicolas Hulot.

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Revival of UN Carbon Market Could Be Coming Soon After the United Nations’s first attempt to build a global carbon market fizzled from $33 billion to almost nothing, climate envoys from nearly 200 countries are meeting in Bangkok this week to give it another go.

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Residential Energy Storage Surging, No Longer... Demand for residential energy-storage is surging in the U.S., with more capacity installed in the second quarter than in all of 2017.

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To Add More Renewables to the Grid, We Need... The adoption of renewable energy is expected to increase across the U.S. Projections from the federal Energy Information Administration indicate that from 2020 to 2050 utility-scale wind capacity will grow by 20 gigawatts (GW) and utility-scale solar photovoltaic capacity will grow by 127 GW.

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100-MW Tidong hydropower project in India...

Statkraft has acquired the 100-MW Tidong hydropower project under construction in India, saying this is in line with the company’s strategy to develop renewable energy generation.



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Western States Proceed with Climate Legislation... Spurred by President Trump’s announcement that the United States will abandon commitments President Obama made in the Paris Climate Agreement, western seaboard elected officials are highly motivated to act on climate change, notwithstanding the Trump Administration’s actions to replace the Clean Power Plan. California has a well-established and functioning “cap and trade” program that has survived judicial challenge and been extended through 2030. As the fifth largest economy in the world, California’s efforts are a significant driver for similar programs throughout the nation.

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China Solar Giants Shrug Off Market Fall, Chase... The top solar manufacturers in China are boosting production capacity, betting higher output will help them seize a bigger chunk of the global market that is set for its first-ever annual contraction.

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California, Blockchain, Hydro Licenses and Data... Our weekly energy news wrap-up is brought to you by the Clarion Energy Content Managers. Have a look to see what we view as the most important news of the week.

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Renewables Take Bigger Bite as Global Energy...

The value of global power and utility merger and acquisitions reached an all-time high of $180bn in the first half of this year – and renewables accounted for almost half of all deals done in the second quarter.



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Nordex Wins Deal for 99 MW Windfarm in Argentina

German windpower group Nordex is to provide the turbines for a 99 MW wind farm in Argentina.



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Trump Foreign Policy Is Boosting African Solar...

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Solar deals could mark renewables shift in...

Eight solar projects worth a total of $1.65bn have been given the go-ahead in The Philippines.



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Chief ministers sign agreement to develop...

A memorandum of understanding has been signed for the construction of the 300-MW Lakhwar Multi-Purpose project in the Upper Yamuna Basin of India.



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Substation Milestone for UK Offshore Windfarm

The substation for a 714 MW offshore windfarm has been installed in the North Sea off England.



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UK Firm in Deal with Unilever to Deliver Kenya...

A UK provider of pay-as-you-go solar home systems has partnered with global consumer goods giant Unilever to deliver solar power to millions of off-grid homes in Kenya.



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New DERMS Partnership Helps Utilities Use... This week Autogrid announced that it entered into a partnership with Swell Energy to provide software for managing Swell’s growing fleet of distributed energy resources (DER).

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Better Real-Time Loss Analysis Tells Utilities...

Consumers who flip on lights and power up the ever-growing number of devices in their living rooms are receiving electricity from a grid that has to generate two Watts of electricity for every one Watt delivered. Put another way, the Department of Energy estimates that more than 60 percent of the source energy used to generate electricity is lost before it is consumed in our homes. Other estimates claim even larger losses. Other estimates claim even larger losses.



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Solar Energy in Mexico Gets a Boost Atlas Renewable Energy, a U.S.-based company that operates in Latin America, announced this week that financing for its first solar power plant in Mexico is complete with Banco de Comercio Exterior (Bancomext) having committed to finance the project.

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California One Step Closer to 100 Percent... Yesterday another milestone was reached in California’s march toward a 100 percent renewable energy mandate with the passing of SB100 by the Assembly. The bill will require the state to receive 50 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2026; 60 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2045. The current law requires the state to get 50 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2030.

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India Gets Solar, Wind and Storage Hybrid Plant

A 41 MW solar photovoltaic, wind, and battery storage hybrid plant is being built in India.



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Eversource finalizes sale of nine small...

Nine small hydroelectric facilities in New Hampshire will now operate under the ownership of an affiliate of Hull Street Energy, after Eversource completed their sale.



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A Carbon-Free California Requires a Lot More... California’s push to use only carbon-free electricity hinges on a big bet -- that battery costs will plunge.

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Solar Companies Flock to Illinois, Bringing... The family company Wellspring Components started four generations ago to fabricate metal for horse-drawn buggies for Amish families in Indiana. Today, its offshoot Wellspring Solar is among a growing number of national and Midwestern companies launching new solar operations in Illinois, thanks to incentives under the state’s Future Energy Jobs Act.

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South Africa Drops Nuclear, Adds Renewables in... South Africa has dropped proposals to boost supply from nuclear plants in its latest energy blueprint and will increasingly harness renewable sources as it trims a reliance on coal.

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Oil Major Exxon Reportedly Seeking Wind and... Exxon Mobil Corp. has been looking to buy renewable energy for delivery in Texas, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Colorado Regulators Green-light Xcel's Plan...

A plan by Xcel Energy Colorado to boost the share of power it gets from wind and solar and retire a third of its coal generation was green-lighted Monday by state regulators.



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EV Charging Firm to Use Blockchain Token...

UK blockchain solutions firm Energi Mine has entered into a partnership with electric vehicle charger start-up Solisco.



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US Army Installs Largest Battery Storage System The US' largest stand-alone battery energy storage system ever to be developed at an army base is being installed at Fort Carson, El Paso County in Colorado.

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Minnesota Could Reap $30 Billion Driving on... What would happen if millions of Minnesotans ditched gasoline and started to drive on cleaner, cheaper electricity? A new report from MJ Bradley & Associates answers that question, demonstrating that Minnesota could realize upwards of $30 billion in avoided expenditures on gasoline and maintenance, reduced utility bills, and environmental benefits by 2050.

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Trend Watch: Hydro plant to be fully dedicated...

A hydroelectric facility in New York State is being repowered specifically to serve as a fully-dedicated source of power for a new co-located cryptocurrency mining farm.



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The World’s Oldest Metal Ushers in Solar... When you examine the solar industry’s trajectory over the last decade, the growth is undeniable. According to a recent report by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), solar energy generation has grown annually by 59 percent on average during the last 10 years; generating enough electricity to power 10.1 million homes. With 1.6 million solar installations currently installed in the U.S. and 4 million expected to be installed by 2023, the nation stands to increase solar energy generation from 53 to 100 gigawatts (GW) of electric generating capacity within the next four years.

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Enel Begins Building Its First Solar Park in... An Enel SpA unit started construction of a 34-megawatt solar plant in Zambia, a first for the company in the African nation.

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Top 4 Trends in the U.S. Wind Market Wind power capacity in the United States continued to experience strong growth in 2017 due to the production tax credit, various state-level policies, and improvements in the cost and performance of wind power technologies, yielding low-priced wind energy for utility, corporate, and other power purchasers.

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Midwest Utility Turning to Cows, Landfills for... CenterPoint Energy Inc. wants to introduce a pilot program in Minnesota offering customers access to a renewable form of natural gas recovered from dairy farms and landfills.

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Delmarva and Delaware Electric Ratepayers Save... Delaware Electric Cooperative announced that its Beat the Peak program has saved members $27 million. The program recently celebrated its 10thanniversary. The cooperative serves customers in Kent and Sussex County. The territory has seen rapid growth as new homes are built in the two property ta

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First Telescopic Wind Turbine Installed...

The world’s first telescopic wind turbine has been installed in waters off Gran Canaria In Spain.



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DNV GL in World First for Solar PV

Testing and risk management company DNV GL has issued the world’s first project certificate for photovoltaic power plants.



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CPS Energy Plans Solar + Storage Project to... Later this fall, Renewable Energy Systems (RES) will begin constructing a 5-MW solar PV plant and a 10-MW/10MWh battery energy storage system for CPS Energy in San Antonio, Texas.

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New Mexico Ratepayers May Soon Enjoy Cheap... On Wednesday, August 22, 2018 the Public Service of New Mexico (PNM) requested approval from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission to join the energy imbalance market (EIM), a move that the utility says will save customers money and allow more renewable energy on its grid.

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How to Get EV Charging Infrastructure in the...

To face environmental changes head-on and meet greenhouse gas targets by 2030, three-fifths of our vehicles must be electric.



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Tidal stream turbine generates more than 3GWh...

A 2-MW floating tidal stream turbine deployed at the European Marine Energy Centre has generated more than 3 GWh of electricity in its first year of testing.



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Capital Dynamics Lines Up $1.2 Billion to Buy... Capital Dynamics, one of the biggest buyers of U.S. solar farms, closed a $1.2 billion fund to acquire even more clean-power plants.

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EPA Announces Roll Backs To Clean Power Plan;... Continuing on U.S. President Trump’s campaign promise to revive the coal industry, on Tuesday, August 21, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to significantly alter the Clean Power Plan (CPP), shrinking some of the emission reduction targets that were set in place under the CPP by former President Obama.

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Clean Energy Claims to Get More Scrutiny In late May, Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Co. claimed it was about to become the first U.S. utility with 100 percent renewable energy. It was a little premature and perhaps a bit misleading.

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Coal Subsidy, Solar Project Tangled in Case... The fate of a pair of 1950s-era coal plants and the largest solar project ever proposed in Ohio are entangled in a single case before the state’s Supreme Court.

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Wind Turbine OEM Consolidation on Full Display...

Each year, Navigant Research compiles and assesses the previous year’s wind installation activity, revealing a wide range of trends and insights on the wind energy market. This assessment provides visibility into changes in the annual rankings and market shares of all the major global wind turbine original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). 



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Project Update: Iberdrola reports work moving...

Iberdrola has announced that assembly of the first turbine unit for the 880-MW Gouvaes hydro plant has begun, signaling a key milestone in the construction of the 1,158-MW Tamega Hydroelectric Complex in Portugal.



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Details Announced for Billion Dollar Renewable... Earlier this week SIMEC ZEN Energy announced details of the first of many planned renewable energy projects for South Australia. The Cultana Solar Farm, a 280-MW solar power plant expected to generate 600 GW-hours of energy annually in Australia’s sunny climate is expected to begin construction in early 2019 according to details in a press release.

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How Chicago’s New Electric Buses Could Help... Chicago’s electric bus fleet will be capable of putting power back onto the grid when not in use.

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Most US Businesses See Onsite Energy in Their... Most businesses will take control of their own energy use by generating a quarter of their electricity onsite by 2025, with 81 percent of U.S. businesses predicting this change will take place in just seven years.

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Trump Tariffs Help Investors See Rooftop... Residential-solar companies have been on a tear this year, thanks in part to renewable-energy critic Donald Trump.

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Green Mountain Power Uses Tesla Powerwalls To... Green Mountain Power’s commitment to innovation delivered bigger savings to customers as New England recently hit a new yearly peak for power demand.

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What Next after Ontario Cancels Power Contracts? Recent headlines have captured the decision of the newly elected Ontario provincial government to cancel more than 700 renewable energy contracts in the province.

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Why 10 Renewable Powered Mini-Grids Would be... As we near the one-year anniversary of the devastation Hurricane Maria afflicted upon the residents of Puerto Rico, it’s concerning that post-hurricane efforts have been largely focused on restoring power with little progress on strengthening the already-weakened power grid against a future storm.

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Reports say Ranch Fire now largest wildfire in...

Active wildfires continue to burn across the U.S. state of California, most of them still only partially contained.



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European Wind Operators Face Wind Drought While... The current heatwave in Western Europe is also contributing to a ‘wind drought,’ negatively impacting wind farm operators across the region, which includes the U.K., France, Spain, Germany and much of Scandinavia. Meanwhile, solar power plant operators are seeing increased production of solar energy because irradiance is up in many of the same markets.

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Tesla Forms Special Committee to Explore... On Aug 14, Tesla announced that its Board of Directors formed a special committee comprised of three independent directors to act on behalf of the company in connection with Elon Musk’s previously announced consideration of a transaction to take the company private.

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Drones Help to Reduce Operating Costs for... Cheap drones are poised to boost output and cut operating expenses for the energy industry.

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Bloomberg Analyst: Battery Boom Could Burn... Some of the latest battery technologies may become obsolete before reaching the market because of the breakneck pace of advances in the industry.

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Can Solar Energy Save the Bees? In response to the population decline of pollinating insects, such as wild bees and monarch butterflies, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are investigating ways to use “pollinator-friendly solar power.”

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Energy Storage System Mitigates Rising Peak... Last week Peak Power announced that it had agreed to install up to 2.35 MW / 4.7 MWh of energy storage capacity at Bloor Islington Place in Toronto. Starlight Investments, a real estate and asset management company, owns the building.

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Hydro Tasmania Eyes Pumped Hydro To Shore Up... Chris Gwynne stands in a ravine below a towering dam in the Tasmanian wilderness and ponders whether the giant concrete structure can withstand the politics that may keep it from playing a key role in Australia’s clean energy future.

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Is Climate Change or Negligence Responsible for... It was California’s biggest fire yet. In late July and August, wildfires devastated an area north of San Francisco far bigger than New York City, destroying more than 100 homes and injuring 2 fire fighters. It’s just one in a rash of fast-spreading blazes that have killed at least 56 people this year and last in the Golden State.

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Australian Gas Peaker Plant To Get 4-MW Battery In an Australian first, Origin will install a 4-MW/4-MWh grid scale battery at its Mt Stuart Power Station in Townsville. Mt Stuart Power Station is a 414-MW open cycle gas power station, designed to supply electricity at times of peak demand and is the largest such facility in North Queensland. In the U.S., these plants are called “peakers.”

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Puerto Rico School Ready for the Next Hurricane... About 140 students, teachers, administrators, and neighboring community members this week celebrated the installation of a solar plus storage solution at the SU Manuel Ortiz school in the Yabucoa district of Puerto Rico, one of the regions hardest hit by Hurricane Maria last year.

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Ontario Power Generation signs agreement to...

Canadian provincial utility Ontario Power Generation has signed a purchase and sale agreement to acquire 100% of the equity of Eagle Creek Renewable Energy LLC in the U.S.



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The Long Unraveling of Tesla’s Master Plan While this week’s episode of Tesla Inc. has left us with several cliffhangers, it did show one thing: just how far the company has veered from Elon Musk’s secret “Master Plan” of 2006.

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Ørsted signs with Siemens Gamesa for...

Ørsted signed up Siemens Gamesa to supply turbines for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project that Dominion has planned since 2011. The wind farm 27 miles off the Virginia coast would the first such project in the U.S. mid-Atlantic.



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Xcel Energy breaks ground on 150-MW Foxtail...

Xcel Energy recently celebrated the groundbreaking of its 150-MW Foxtail Wind project in Fargo, North Dakota, U.S.



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Made In Space Proposes Printing Large Solar... LOGAN, Utah - Made In Space, the Silicon Valley startup focused on additive manufacturing in orbit, plans to boost the power available to small satellites with Archinaut, the company's in-space manufacturing and assembling technology. "Small satellites have solar panels that produce a kilowatt to a kilowatt and a half," said Andrew Rush, Made In Space chief executive.

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Solar Power + Salt Storage Project in South... South America’s only solar-thermal project is resuming construction just as the technology it uses risks being overtaken by a cheaper alternative.

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Trump Officials Helped Edit ‘Bomb Cyclone’... Trump administration officials pushed to highlight the value of coal-fired power plants in a government report on the “bomb cyclone” that plunged the Eastern U.S. into single-digit temperatures last January.

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