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New Bill Seeks to Repeal Trump’s Solar Tariffs

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 19:45

Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) yesterday introduced a bill to repeal the solar tariffs that President Donald Trump imposed in January. According to Rosen’s office, if passed, the legislation would allow duties and tariffs to default back to previous rates, and companies that imported any affected solar products under this new tariff would receive retroactive reimbursement.

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Michigan to Replace Net Metering Program with Avoided-Cost Tariff

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:53

Michigan utility customers who put surplus electricity they generate back onto the power grid will be paid a lower, avoided-cost rate after June 1.

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Banks Are Sweetening Their Terms for Solar as Confidence Rises

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:28

Interest rates are rising, making debt much more expensive for capital-intensive industries across America. But there’s at least one exception: the solar business.

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What steps can the UK take to reach net zero emissions by 2050?

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:24

The government has pledged to review its long-term climate targets. Renewable energy, housing and and transport are just some areas where new policies could cut emissions fast

More wind farms, solar power and electric cars: these are likely to be the future of the UK, under government plans announced this week to seek a zero-carbon economy in the next 30 years.

Some of the less obvious effects could be just as transformative, however, involving innovations such as smart houses and smart roads, widespread changes to the countryside wrought by new tree-planting and new farming practices designed to conserve soils.

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7 Pro-Earth Actions You Can Take on Earth Day

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:53

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, and while it’s easy to appreciate a day that celebrates the importance of environmental protection, it’s not as easy to figure out what actions you can take on Earth Day to show your support for the movement.

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Morocco Ready for Another Solar Project to Curb Energy Imports

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 17:41

Morocco plans to build plants to produce another 800 MW of solar power, just months after attracting bids for its Midelt project as the North African country moves to curb energy imports.

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The UK Just Went 55 Hours Without Using Coal for the First Time

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 17:25

Coal, which fueled the world’s biggest economies for more than a century, is increasingly losing out to renewables. The latest example of how one of the dirtiest fossil fuels is being squeezed out of the market came this week in Britain.

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Why Adaptation Is the New Reality for Offshore Wind Energy Logistics

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 15:32

Everything about the wind energy business is getting bigger. For example, current turbines averaging 4.1 MW with a hub height of 90 meters will soon be replaced by 11-MW giants with hubs 125 meters off sea level and blades spanning 190 meters. Their blade tips will cut the air at well over twice the height of the London Eye.

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Japan's renewable energy puzzle: solar push threatens environment

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 04:08

As the country rushes to cut carbon emissions by 26%, campaigners worry that forests and wildlife are being trampled

The tens of thousands of solar panels resting on the surface of the Yamakura dam reservoir have finally begun to earn their keep.

This floating solar farm in Chiba prefecture is the biggest of its kind in Japan – and one of the largest in the world – covering 180,000 square metres, or roughly equivalent to 25 Wembley stadium pitches.

Related: Is Fukushima doomed to become a dumping ground for toxic waste?

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SunPower to Buy SolarWorld Americas

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:37

SunPower Corp.’s new strategy: If you can’t beat them in the tariff game, buy them. The panel maker, which spent more than a year fighting U.S. import tariffs, announced Wednesday it was buying a rival that was instrumental in pushing for them.

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Labor states 'won't compromise' on renewable targets as energy fight looms

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:00

Victoria’s energy minister warns Canberra ‘we’ve got thresholds’ ahead of meeting on proposed national energy guarantee
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The Labor states will seek a watertight undertaking that their renewable energy schemes and targets will remain undisturbed by the Turnbull government’s proposed national energy guarantee at a critical meeting on Friday.

The Victorian energy minister, Lily D’Ambrosio, told Guardian Australia she would work constructively towards achieving a national consensus on energy policy “but we’ve got thresholds – red line issues – that we are not going to compromise on”.

Related: Turnbull's national energy guarantee could have 'no meaningful emission reduction'

Related: National energy guarantee will 'lock in' poor climate outcomes, ACT says

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Utilities Can Choose Whether Blockchain Is a Threat or an Opportunity

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:26

Blockchain has been in the news a lot lately. Much of the noise is a result of the soaring valuation of the digital currencies it supports like Bitcoin and Ethereum. However, digital currencies are just one application for blockchain technology. 

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Clean energy projects stifled by Tory reforms, says Labour

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:14

‘Outrageous financial demands will have serious repercussions across the renewables sector’

Labour has accused the government of holding back clean energy projects in the UK by allowing energy networks to impose “outrageous” charges on renewables developers.

This week, two of the six companies that run the country’s local electricity grids began making green energy firms pay for an estimate of how much it will cost to connect their solar and windfarms.

Related: Warming climate to nearly double demand for cooling appliances

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Domestic Vehicle-to-Grid Charger Goes Commercial for Nissan EV Drivers

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:18

In what London-based OVO Energy is calling a world first, owners of Nissan electric vehicles now will have access to a commercially available domestic vehicle-to-grid charger.

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Balkan dam projects could result in loss of one in 10 European fish species

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:07

Exclusive: Plans for a network of hydropower plants in three countries would cause ‘chain reaction’ for endangered species, report warns

Nearly one in 10 of Europe’s fish species will be pushed to the brink of extinction by a constellation of hydropower plants planned in the western Balkans, new research has found.

Eleven endemic species would be wiped out, seven more would be critically endangered, four types of sturgeon would be devastated and the number of endangered species would double to 24, according to the University of Graz report.

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$24M Dedicated to Reducing Cost of Concentrated Solar Thermal Technology

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:42

The Solar Energy Technologies Office will put $24 million into research and development that will help the industry reach the DOE’s levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) targets for concentrated solar thermal systems by 2030.

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Alberta May Soon Have Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:42

A bill was introduced last week in Alberta, Canada, that could give municipalities in the province the option to create Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs.

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New Jersey Gets 40 MWh of New Utility-Scale Energy Storage

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:51

Two new 20-MW/20-MWh stand-alone utility-scale energy storage installations are set to come online in New Jersey this year.

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US$88 million in funds awarded to rehabilitate 126-MW Qairokkum hydro plant in Tajikistan

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:41

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Green Climate Fund are providing a US$88 million financing package to complete rehabilitation of the 126-MW Qairokkum hydro plant.

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Power production begins at Pakistan's 969-MW Neelum Jhelum

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:08

Power generation has begun at Pakistan's 969-MW Neelum Jhelum as the hydropower plant's first turbine unit is now undergoing trial runs.

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