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New York Readies Environmental Impact Statement for Offshore Wind Plan

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 21:32

New York is preparing an environmental baseline that it will use to support the state’s offshore wind plans. The New York Department of Public Service approved the release of a draft generic environmental impact statement (GEIS) for public comment, according to a webcast of a Feb. 22 commission meeting.

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Are There New Tariff Shocks Coming Soon for Solar?

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 20:04

As the solar industry works to adjust to solar tariffs set by the Trump Administration in January on imports of crystalline silicon PV cells, the industry must now consider other possible new tariffs that could affect solar’s supply side.

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Inside Renewable Energy —The Business of Blockchain: Where Cryptotech Fits for Renewables Today and into the Future

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 18:32

Businesses are asking how much attention they should be paying to blockchain now and what the opportunities are for this crypto-technology in the future. In this podcast episode, Dan Wellers, Global Lead for Digital Futures for SAP, ventures into the coming possibilities of blockchain for renewables and the entire energy value chain.

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3@3 on Solar PV: Unintended Consequences That Could Destroy Solar (And Already Are)

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:45

Today’s topics include why Indian villagers would take hammers to a large-scale solar array; what happens when developers cut corners in order to install solar at the lowest price possible and what are the unintended consequences of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 which is currently being considered as a reason to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imported into the United States.

 

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Tesla battery 'taking straw off camel's back' for South Australia energy demand

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 19:09

Expert finds pattern of battery charging up overnight to hit grid at peak times

The big Tesla battery in South Australia is consistently working to serve the peak energy demand each day, taking the “straw off the camel’s back,” according to the Australia Institute’s latest national energy emissions audit.

The report also finds emissions from the National Electricity Market [NEM] continued to drop in January, falling to their lowest levels since 2004, driven by the federal large-scale renewable energy target.

Related: Five renewable energy trends to watch in 2018

Related: How Tesla's big battery is bringing Australia’s gas cartel to heel

Related: All in on renewable energy: Jay Weatherill to ramp up SA target to 75%

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Utilities, Customers in US Southeast Embrace Community Solar

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:22

The growth of consumer purchases of solar power via community-based systems is accelerating throughout the Southeast as more utilities develop or roll out offerings.

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Sonnen Turns to South Australia for Solar Storage Manufacturing

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 13:58

Leading global battery and solar energy company Sonnen will move its Australian headquarters from Sydney to Adelaide where it will also establish a manufacturing hub.

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24 UK Solar Plants Fetch $267 Million in Asset Sale

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:52

Canadian Solar Inc. today said that it has sold a 142-MWp solar portfolio in the U.K. to London-based asset manager Greencoat Capital LLP in an asset sale worth about US$267.7 million.

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Weatherwatch: floating windfarms prove their worth

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:30

Potential for floating windfarms is huge, as many countries have windy sites close to shore

Floating windfarms are likely to be the next large-scale development in renewable energy. The first Hywind Scotland, developed by the Norwegian state oil giant, Statoil, has proved a greater success than its designers hoped. The five giant six-megawatt turbines, 25 miles east of Peterhead, produced more power than expected in the first three months and withstood hurricane-force winds and giant waves.

The potential for this technology is hard to overstate. Few countries have shallow continental shelves like the UK to build offshore windfarms on the sea bed, but many have windy sites close to shore where floating windfarms could be anchored to provide power for coastal cities.

Related: Fears for future of UK onshore wind power despite record growth

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PG&E Meets California's 2020 Renewable Energy Goals

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:46

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has reached California’s 2020 renewable energy goal three years ahead of schedule, and now delivers nearly 80 percent of its electricity from greenhouse-gas free resources.

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Europe Can Double Renewable Energy Share by 2030, IRENA Says

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:34

The European Union can boost the share of renewables to 34 percent of its energy mix by 2030, triggering hundreds of billions euros in investment and accelerating reduction of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.

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Alberta Leads the Pack With Cheap Wind Power; More to Come

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:28

When the winning bids for Alberta’s renewable power auction were announced in December, jaws dropped. The winning projects were approved at a record-breaking low price of C3.7 cents per kilowatt hour — the lowest price for electricity anywhere in Canada.

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All in on renewable energy: Jay Weatherill to ramp up SA target to 75%

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:52

South Australian premier also promises country’s first renewable energy storage target in a ‘rejection of the federal government’s approach’

The South Australian premier, Jay Weatherill, has gone all in on the state’s transition to renewable energy, promising to lift the state-based renewable energy target from 50% to 75% by 2025 and to introduce the country’s first renewable energy storage target.

A re-elected Labor government would set a target that 25% of the state’s peak demand be met by stored renewable energy, equating to about 750MW of storage. The target would be met with subsidy arrangements, the premier said.

Related: South Australia election: Jay Weatherill criticised over fossil fuel expansions

Related: How Labor's energy spending spree has electrified the South Australian election

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Icelandic hydro project assessed using Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:49

The 690-MW Karahnjukar hydroelectric project, in Fljotsdalur Valley of eastern Iceland has achieved “best practice scores” in several categories of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP), according to the International Hydropower Association.

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Homeowners Get New Tesla Batteries in Utility Trial

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:59

Nova Scotia Power has installed Tesla Powerwall batteries at 10 of its customers’ homes in a trial that the utility says will help it meet a 40 percent renewables by 2020 goal.

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How to Make Corporate Sustainability a Priority

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:33

The attitude towards corporate sustainability is shifting. What once started as “greenwashing” annual reports, is increasingly framing and shaping operating models, business processes, and even core products — sometimes driving the enterprise to new markets with unexplored opportunities.

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Australian Renewable Giant Snowy Hydro Mulls Raising A$2 Billion

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 17:00

Snowy Hydro Ltd., Australia’s largest hydropower producer, is considering raising as much as A$2 billion ($1.6 billion) by the end of 2018 for a project expansion, which will boost its 4,100 megawatt capacity by as much as 50 percent.

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The Future of Power-to-Gas Couldn’t Be Brighter

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:13

The objective of PtG technology is to enable the balance of supply and demand for power in electricity networks with renewable energy. Importantly, as the use of renewable energy continues to grow there will be an ever-increasing need to support ramping and smoothing of renewables and to enable storage of the over-production via transfer of PtG on an as-needed basis.

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Ikea joins Big Clean Switch to offer 100% renewable energy tariff

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 07:01

Joint venture claims cheaper green power could save UK households £300 a year

Ikea is calling for households to join its latest joint venture – a collective energy switch that promises an exclusive 100% renewable electricity tariff.

The furniture retailer has joined forces with the “Big Clean Switch” campaign to use a collective switch to secure cheaper green power for the households that sign up.

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France looking to become major player in global marine energy market

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 22:02

France is hoping to send a message about its potential role in the world's hydropower sector with the announcement of preliminary studies that will ultimately lead to the launch of tidal energy tenders.

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