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Energy Storage in California is About to Get MUCH Cleaner. Here’s How.

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 16:47
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 plants that include hydropower

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 16:00

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 Microgrid Market

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 15:05
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 Fossil-Free Future

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:08
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

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:57

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 Projects

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 09:00

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 EDP Renewables

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 20:30

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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Be brave, UK business leaders and say why you're not going to the Saudi Davos

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 18:52

City firms have hardly covered themselves in glory over the Jamal Khashoggi affair

It should be an easy decision for a board of directors to make: after the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, it would be obscene to send a corporate representative to next week’s “Davos in the Desert” event in Riyadh. What’s more, it should not be difficult to say so.

The list of high-profile dropouts is growing but, sad to report, the British financial establishment has not led the way to the exit. Big-name chief executives from the US – the likes of Jamie Dimon from JP Morgan – pulled out on Monday but the Brits followed only on Tuesday, leaving the impression they jumped only once it was less embarrassing, or commercially safer, to do so.

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HSBC Pension Pledges $329 Million Investment in Green Energy

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:30
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 Report

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:19
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 Iberdrola in Coal Shift

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:07
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 Electricity Demand with Renewables

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:00
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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Australia should be 'exporting sunshine, not coal', economist Jeffrey Sachs tells Q&A

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 20:47

US analyst criticises successive governments for defending coal in wake of alarming IPCC report on climate change

Economist Jeffrey Sachs has criticised successive Australian governments for “defending a 19th or 20th century industry” rather than taking decisive action on climate change, saying Australia should be “exporting sunshine, not coal”.

“Make a plan, make a timeline, tell the world how you’re going to decarbonise, and then we’ll all be happy to hear from Australia that there’s really a plan,” Sachs said on the ABC’s Q&A program on Monday night. “All we see is one PM after another falling over this issue.

Related: Australian government backs coal in defiance of IPCC climate warning

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Centrica says distributed energy tech could slash UK emissions

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 15:35

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 Bentley Close the Gap on Design, Build, Operate and Maintain

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 15:30
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 by 2023

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 10:16
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 RTO ASAP

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 02:00

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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UK scientists turn coffee industry waste into electricity

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 15:34

Fuel cell could help Colombian farmers by using microbes to eat waste and develop energy

Scientists have turned coffee waste into electricity for the first time, in research that could help farmers and curb pollution in the developing world.

The coffee industry generates a huge amount of liquid waste during the process of turning the raw material of the tree – the coffee cherries – into the 9.5m tons of coffee the world produces each year.

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Forget coal wars, says Alan Finkel – look at emission outcomes

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 03:41

Chief scientist says Australia must use all available technologies

Australia’s chief scientist says the question facing the nation’s energy future is not about renewables versus coal but how best to create “a whole-of-economy emissions reduction strategy”.

In a prerecorded interview with Sky released on Sunday, Dr Alan Finkel responded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report, which warned that greenhouse gas pollution needs to reach zero by 2050 if the world is to have any hope of stopping global warming at 1.5C.

Related: Australia's climate idiocracy must end – and there's no time to waste | Greg Jericho

Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel: People paint themselves into an anti-coal corner or a pro-coal corner. The only question of relevance is to look at the atmospheric emissions.

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Related: In a canter? Climate experts say Australia will not meet emissions targets

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Cuadrilla is to start fracking in Lancashire. But we will not give in | Caroline Lucas

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 06:00

The high court’s decision in favour of the shale gas giant will not deter the mass movement fighting the industry all the way

A whole new fossil fuel industry will launch in the UK on Saturday when energy giant Cuadrilla starts fracking for shale gas. This follows the defeat of Lancashire resident Bob Dennett’s attempt to block fracking in his local area with a court injunction – and comes just six days after a landmark report from the UN’s IPCC warning that we have just 12 years to prevent catastrophic climate breakdown.

I can’t deny the fracking decision is a devastating blow for everyone in the UK who cares about our future and our democracy.

Related: Fracking protesters blockade site where UK work due to restart

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