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Inside Renewable Energy: Taking a Stake in Energy Storage — What to Expect from Today’s Business Strategies

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 16:32

In this episode, Ron DiFelice of Energy Intelligence Partners puts the challenges and opportunities of entering the energy storage market into perspective for businesses interested in everything from energy markets to big solar plus storage pairings.

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NY Gov., Communities Question Environmental Justice of Proposed Waste-to-Energy Facility

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 16:16

A proposed waste-to-energy (WTE) facility in the New York Finger Lakes region has raised environmental justice issues for stakeholders, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Puerto Rico Gives Green Light to Microgrid Developers; Could Become a “Model of Sustainability”

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 13:08

Last week, the body that governs Puerto Rico’s energy sector, the Puerto Rico Energy Commission (PREC), issued final rules regarding microgrid development on the island. According to a fact sheet issued by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), the rules define microgrid owners and operators and divide microgrids into three classes. Owners purchase, lease or receive third-party financing for microgrid equipment; operators oversee the system and deliver electricity services to customers.

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3@3 on Solar PV: 201 & Module Supply, Reviving Coal Jobs, and Women in Power

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:06
Today’s topics include the impact of section 201 tariffs on module supply and prices. Will they go up? We’ll also talk about developing the next generation solar workforce based on a new report about energy jobs in the U.S.
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It's Time to Regulate the Lithium Cartel

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 11:31

Why is there so little noise about the emerging oligopoly in one of the hottest elements on the periodic table, lithium? Tianqi Lithium Corp. will pay $4.1 billion to buy Nutrien Ltd.’s 24 percent stake in Soc. Quimica & Minera de Chile SA, or SQM, in a deal that will entangle the biggest and fourth-biggest producers of the battery metal.

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Shell Makes Strategic Investment in Microgrid Company

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 08:34
Shell New Energies announced the acquisition of a majority share in microgrid company GI Energy. This comes on the heels of an investment by Shell in an ice energy storage company and several others. In April, Shell published its Energy Transition Report detailing its “intent to move in step with society toward a lower-carbon future.”
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To Save Coal Jobs, Trump Should Train Coal Workers to Perform Energy Audits, Install Solar and Maintain Wind Farms

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 16:06
A recent report by the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI), established by former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and the National Association of State Energy Officials confirms that the energy sector as a whole grew 2 percent last year, which is .3 percent more than the national job growth percentage of 1.7 percent.
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Energy Efficiency Leads in Job Growth as Energy Sector Adds Over 130,000 Jobs in 2017

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 16:06
The nation’s energy sector employed 6.5 million Americans in 2017, up 133,000 jobs from the year prior, according to a comprehensive report released today from the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO). This two percent growth rate exceeded the national average of 1.7 percent.
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Hydrogen is the energy future | Letters

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 15:39
Renewably generated hydrogen could supply energy storage at scales many times beyond which even the largest battery systems could attain, writes Mike Koefman; while John Ellis says it’s time for joined-up thinking on our future energy strategy

There is truth in Professor Underwood’s assertion (Letters, 16 May) that nothing can surpass the “round trip” efficiency of lithium-ion batteries from, for example, solar input to final user’s output. But in focusing on this undoubted advantage he omits the overriding issue of energy storage at very much larger scales. It is this concern which has driven the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (not in the “gas industry’s pocket”, by the way) to take a serious look at hydrogen, which used to be a substantial component of our former “town gas”, derived rather filthily from coal, but which can now can be derived very cleanly from solar and wind power, directed through the water-splitting magic of modern electrolytic machinery. Such renewably generated hydrogen could supply energy storage at scales many times beyond which even the largest battery systems could attain, and could do so both in the UK and in diverse economies throughout the world. Batteries will always be needed for specific uses, but in order to displace the carbon-laden fossil fuels which now imperil climate, ocean and the whole biosphere something rather different must be adopted – something storable at all scales, transmissible, fully functional as a fuel, and climate-neutral. Only hydrogen fills this particular bill.
Mike Koefman
Director, Planet Hydrogen, Manchester

• Professor Underwood correctly asserts that the efficiency of a Li-ion and heat pump system in terms of heat generation is far better than electrolysing water to make hydrogen. But the purpose of storing hydrogen was, it seems, to smooth out the supply of electricity from renewables in dead periods, not generate heat per se. Electricity generation is usually provided by turbines which are driven by steam at high temperatures. I may be wrong, but I thought heat pumps did not generally reach much above 80C and would not be suitable for electricity generation.

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Solar PV Manufacturer Completes 1-MW Microgrid in India

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 15:21

Solar PV manufacturer Central Electronics Ltd. in Uttar Pradesh, India, has commissioned India’s first 1-MW microgrid featuring a CPS-1000 inverter from Burlington, Vt.-based Dynapower.

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Trump Said to Mull 2015 Grid Emergency Law to Save Coal Plants

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 14:21
The Trump administration is weighing a broad array of strategies for keeping coal and nuclear power plants online as a matter of national security, with options ranging from invoking a 68-year-old law to a three-year-old one, according to a senior Energy Department official.
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Remote Australian Fishing Town Gets Battery to Stabilize Power Grid

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 10:49

A cutting edge energy storage system to support a town with wildly fluctuating electricity needs has been switched on in South Australia.

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US Appropriations Committee Approves $243M Cut for Renewable Programs, $58M Increase to Fossil Fuels Research

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 16:17

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee yesterday approved an energy and water funding bill that, as compared to fiscal year 2018, cuts energy efficiency and renewable energy programs by $243 million, and increases research and development funding for fossil fuels by $58 million.

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Women Volunteers Install Solar Panels for Family in San Diego

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 13:22

A group of all-women volunteers showed up at the home of a City Heights (San Diego) family to install solar panels for free. And it couldn't have come at a better time for the family. KUSI's Elizabeth Alvarez explains why this was a win/win for both the volunteers and the homeowner.

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Vivint Plans Solar Plus Storage Offering for US Customers in 2018

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 11:49

Vivint yesterday said it plans to offer LG Chem RESU batteries to its solar customers across the U.S. this year. The company launched the energy storage offering this week for its customers in California.

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Innergex announces acquisition of five hydro plants in Canada, Chile

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 19:36

Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. recently acquired interests in three hydro plants in British Columbia, Canada, and two in Chile.

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Wind Power Overtakes Nuclear for First Time in UK Across a Quarter

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 18:53

Britain's windfarms provided more electricity than its eight nuclear power stations in the first three months of 2018, marking the first time wind has overtaken nuclear across a quarter. The renewable energy industry hailed the milestone as a sign the UK was well on its way to an electricity system powered by cheap, domestic green energy.

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Grubby trade deals with strongmen now shape our foreign policy | Zoe Williams

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 15:58

Crowds gathered at Downing Street to object to President Erdoğan’s visit. This is what happens when you walk away from the world’s largest civilised trading bloc

There is usually a protest somewhere near Downing Street, and if I really get into the nitty gritty of reading the banners, I always agree with them. I, too, think that pigs should be treated humanely, vivisection should be banned, territorial disputes should be solved without violence and, in the main, when people are demonstrating about someone in prison, that person probably shouldn’t be in prison.

The demo against the visit of President Erdoğan, a man who has oppressed Kurds, imprisoned journalists and sent a creepy Big Brother-style voicemail celebrating himself to the mobile numbers of every Turkish citizen, was no different; except it was different.

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Bankable Wind + Storage Plants Coming Soon After DNV GL Verifies Spanish Wind Farm

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 15:38
Last week at the Windpower 2018 conference and expo, ACCIONA Energia received the first independent certification for its hybrid wind power and energy storage plant by DNV GL, an energy certification body. The plant is located at Barasoain in Navarra, northern Spain.
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Green Investing in Britain Falls to Lowest in Decade

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 14:52

Green investing in the U.K. fell 56 percent last year, sparking concerns in Parliament that the nation will not maintain its lead in clean energy or meet climate targets after leaving the European Union.

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