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Replacing Liddell coal plant with clean energy $1.3bn cheaper – analysis

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 22:53

A clean energy package will have a zero pollution outcome compared with 40m tonnes under Coalition’s plan to extend the NSW plant, UTS modelling reveals

Renewables could reliably contribute 50% to power grid, Finkel report finds

Replacing the Liddell coal power station with clean energy technologies would slash pollution and be at least $1.3bn cheaper than the Turnbull government’s plan to extend the life of the New South Wales plant by five years, a new analysis has found.

A second report released on Monday also found Australia has the potential to lead the world in developing large and home-scale energy storage systems if public uncertainty can be overcome.

Related: Renewables could reliably contribute 50% to power grid, says Finkel report

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Putting Solar+Storage to Work for Africa’s Farmers

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 20:22

BayWa r.e. renewables subsidiary successfully commissioned its first project in Southern Africa, a combined solar PV plant and battery system in the Zambian province of Chisamba in October.

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Massachusetts Opens RFP for the First 100 MW of “Smart” Solar

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:27

On November 13, utilities in Massachusetts announced that they would begin to accept bids pursuant to the new “Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target or SMART” program, which seeks to ultimately add up to 1,600 MW of solar capacity.

The SMART program was voted into law in April and explained in great detail by Renewable Energy World contributor John Farrell in this post. Farrell likens the program to the California solar incentive and Germany’s long-expired Feed-in Tariffs, which kick started solar in each region. 

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DERs and Grid Optimization — The Next Phase of the Grid Modernization Journey

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:44

The call for grid modernization is occurring across the world and utilities are positioned at the forefront of this industry transformation. While some states and countries are moving at a more rapid pace than others, grid modernization is a necessary outcome for utilities to ensure long-term sustainability.

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Orsted Green Bond Bets on the Future of the Planet

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:41

Orsted A/S, the Danish company built on oil and gas extraction, will issue its first green bonds as it moves toward completing a transition to renewable energy.

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Pennsylvania Moves to Protect REC Prices

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 20:51

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf this week signed into law a provision that will support strong renewable energy credit prices in the state. According to the governor’s office, the legislation requires that renewable energy facilities only generate RECs if the power from the facility is delivered to an electricity distributor operating within the commonwealth.

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Subsidizing Coal, Nuclear Could Drive Customers Off-Grid

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 17:52

Within the next month, energy watchers expect the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to act on an order from Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would create new pricing rules for certain power plants that can store fuel on site to support grid resilience. This initiative seeks to protect coal-fired and nuclear power plants that are struggling to compete with cheaper energy sources.

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Solar Companies Scramble to Find a Critical Raw Material

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 17:38

Solar manufacturers are being battered by higher costs and smaller margins after an unexpected shortage of a critical raw material. Prices of polysilicon, the main component of photovoltaic cells, spiked as much as 35 percent in the past four months after environmental regulators in China shut down several factories.

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New North Sea Wind Atlas to Inform Future Offshore Developments

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 17:24

Wind farm operators in the North Sea will have a new atlas for wind resources in the region to help them identify how much power they can generate and how robust turbines should be.

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Wind Energy Feels the Force of World Markets

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 16:44

Vestas Wind Systems A/S lost about a fifth of its stock market value after the Danish company said it was squeezing less profit out of sales of equipment and services compared with a year ago because of increased competition. Before last week’s plunge, the shares had risen 15 percent this year.  

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An Inconvenient Sequel – the science, history, and politics of climate change | John Abraham

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:00

Al Gore’s new film is worth watching

Al Gore’s new movie ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ is, in some ways, similar to his groundbreaking Inconvenient Truth project, but different in other ways. Those key differences are why I recommend you watch it.

This movie successfully accomplishes a number of interweaving tasks. First, it gives some of the science of climate change. Gore gets his science right. I remember his first movie, which I thought was more steeped in science and data than this one, so based on my recollection this new picture is somewhat abbreviated. That’s a good thing because the science is settled on climate change. That is, the science is settled that humans are causing current climatic changes and the science is settled that we are observing these changes throughout the natural world.

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Enel to Bid in Mexico Power Auction After Raising $1.35 Billion

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 21:20

Enel Green Power SpA, the renewable-energy unit of Europe’s largest utility, plans to bid in Mexico’s power auction this month after raising $1.35 billion with a deal to sell stakes in eight wind and solar projects in the country in October.

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West Africa's Off-Grid Market Drives Pay-As-You-Go Firm

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 20:46

West Africa’s booming off-grid solar industry is drawing international investors eyeing expansion. Lumos Global, a Dutch off-grid developer that raised $90 million last year to start business in Nigeria, said it’s expanding in Ivory Coast this month.

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The UK's Biggest Solar Farm Will Be Built Without Government Help

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 18:21
Cleve Hill is set to become the UK's biggest solar farm when it is built in 2020. At a capacity of 350 MW, it will be able to produce more than five times the power as the country's current leader. And all this could happen without government help.
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Clean Energy Is Overtaking Coal in This Competitive Electricity Market

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:58

Look around the U.S. and you’ll find plenty of examples of smart policy that is driving the adoption of cleaner, more efficient energy resources. In particular, California, New York, and Illinois are all leveraging policy to reduce carbon pollution and transition to a 21st century electric grid.

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Why Solar Microgrids Are Not a Cure-All for Puerto Rico’s Power Woes

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:27

In addition to its many other devastating human consequences, Hurricane Maria left the island of Puerto Rico with its power grid in ruins. Power was knocked out throughout the island, with an estimated 80 percent of its transmission and distribution wires incapacitated. When hospitals and other critical users could not get backup power and water supplies ran low, an extended outage became a humanitarian crisis that has yet to be resolved.

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Where Does CSP Fit on the US Power Grid?

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:00

Every day our power needs fluctuate, causing grid operators to make quick decisions to balance the U.S. grid. This can happen on hot summer days when people are turning on their air conditioners or in the middle of winter when they crank up the heat. Either way, grid operators must find a way to meet rapid spikes in energy demands.

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3@3 on Solar PV: Pricing, Grid Defection, Disaster Relief

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 15:19

Today's topics include PV module pricing and how the trade case is already impacting prices despite that fact that nothing has been made official yet. As Paula says, “no news is bad news.”

 

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The Microgrid Imperative

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:00

The Microgrid 2017 conference, which ran from November 6-8 in Boston, kicked off with a list of events that point to a desperate need for microgrids, and I bet you’ve heard of them: 

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It’s true, wind turbines are monstrous. But I have learned to love them | Alice O’Keeffe

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 06:00
At first I resented the way they blocked the view. But now the towers look like part of a brighter future

Over the last few months I have been watching with mixed feelings as the Rampion wind farm emerges like a great monster from the sea off Brighton beach. It has happened so quickly: one morning in the early summer a few small grey stumps appeared on the previously flat horizon. Only weeks later, the first turbines were up, instantly giving the familiar sea view a new, industrial edge. Since then more and more have appeared, row upon row of them. Though they are eight miles offshore, they dominate the view from the beach now, and create strange optical illusions; in some weathers they look close, and in others very far away. Occasionally, on a seemingly clear day, they inexplicably disappear from view.

Over the summer I mourned the glorious, uninterrupted horizons that used to beckon

Related: Wild is the wind: the resource that could power the world

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