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Waterpower Week in Washington 2018 to feature new FERC chairman

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 21:02

Waterpower Week in Washington 2018 is scheduled for April 30 through May 2, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., and this year the event will see an industry first.

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Design Optimization of Solar Photovoltaics — Increasing Profit Generation

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 18:21

Solar PV saw its lowest levelized cost of energy (LCOE) — 1.78 US cents/kWh — in a bidding contest in October 2017 to Saudi Arabia's first 300 MWp utility-scale solar PV Plant in Sakakah. 

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Blockchain + Renewables = Red Tape?

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 14:20

Blockchain technology, and the variety of accompanying cryptocurrencies and tokens, appears to be a 21st century gold rush, replete with miners and speculation, and opening a new virtual frontier. Like the California Gold Rush, blockchain is luring villains as well as heroes, and fraudsters as well as entrepreneurs.

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Will Storage Be at the Heart of Residential Communities of the Future?

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 13:56

One of the biggest homebuilders in North America is hoping energy storage can help create sustainable homes that are the foundation of residential communities in the future.

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How Renewables Coupled with Batteries, Diesel- or Gas-Fired Generators are Bringing Firm Power to the Most Remote Locations on Earth

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 21:16

Pairing renewables with diesel and gas-fired generators to power remote and hard-to-access regions all over the world is rising trend for 2018 and beyond. 

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Subsidy-free renewable energy projects set to soar in UK, analysts say

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 18:00

Falling cost of wind and solar will unlock £20bn of investment, Aurora Energy Research says

The UK is well on the way to a new era of subsidy-free renewable energy projects that will largely kill off prospects for new gas power stations, according to industry analysts.

The falling cost of wind and solar projects combined with advances in battery storage technology will unlock about £20bn of investment in the UK between now and 2030, Aurora Energy Research said. Onshore wind and solar will both be viable without subsidies by 2025 in the UK, it added.

Related: Global energy giants forced to adapt to rise of renewables

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Companies Collaborate for Massive Planned US Offshore Wind Storage Project

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 16:22

Leaders in the U.S. offshore wind market have teamed up with Massachusetts-based storage provider NEC Energy Solutions to accelerate energy storage in Massachusetts and ultimately, develop a 55-MW/110-MWh storage system for offshore wind.

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European Wind Turbine Manufacturers Flock to Argentina

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 14:26

European wind turbine manufacturers, hungry for growth, have set their sights on Argentina’s booming renewable energy market.

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Does a new government in South Australia spell doom for renewables?

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 02:42

Premier Steven Marshall has vowed to end Labor’s energy ‘experiments’, but the green energy industry is strong in the state

The new Liberal government in South Australia has pledged to end Labor’s taxpayer-funded “experiments” in energy, but faces a renewables sector full of momentum and a potentially difficult upper house.

Under 16 years of Labor government, South Australia became a world leader in adopting the renewable energy technologies necessary to avert the existential threat of climate change, from the Rann government’s windfarm rollout in the 2000s to the Weatherill government’s commitment to energy storage systems and solar this decade.

Related: Port Augusta can show the world what just transition for workers looks like | Sharan Burrow

Related: SA Best vows to crack down on attack ads after 'dirty' election campaign

Related: Turnbull's national energy guarantee a step closer after Jay Weatherill's exit

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Why the Renewable Energy Industry Must Enable Platform Thinking in Order to Enter the Next Phase of the Energy Transformation

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 21:49

A combination of physical hardware and assets, software, products and services, and networked actors, Energy Cloud platforms sit at the confluence of highly disruptive technologies and enable new business models supporting multi-sided value exchanges.

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How to Compost in the Desert

Earth Easy - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 19:41

Successful composting secrets for one of the planet’s most challenging climates.

The post How to Compost in the Desert appeared first on Eartheasy Blog.

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Lithium Seen as Lifeline for Oil Majors in Clean Energy Future

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 19:06

Lithium could be a lifeline for oil majors as the energy industry shifts toward lower-polluting alternatives to fossil fuels, said Jeff McDermott of Greentech Capital Advisors LLC.

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New Solar Finance Options Will Target 10 GW for African Sahel

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 15:20

A partnership between the African Development Bank and International Solar Alliance will create finance instruments for solar deployments in Africa’s Sahel region.

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Japan Funds Upgrade of Olkaria Geothermal Facility in Kenya

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 15:14

The Kenyan National Treasury on Mar. 16 secured financing from Japan to upgrade the Olkaria 1 geothermal plant in Naivasha, Kenya.

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Inside Renewable Energy: The Language of Climate and Energy—How to Find Common Ground in Today’s Energy Transition

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 13:59

How we talk about climate-related energy issues drives a wedge between stakeholders, but people with differing opinions do meet on some issues, and it’s possible to maximize the benefits of that common ground.

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Global energy giants forced to adapt to rise of renewables

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 07:51

Companies face world where falling cost of solar and wind power pushes down prices

Seven years after an earthquake off Japan’s eastern coast led to three meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, the aftershocks are still being felt across the world. The latest came last Saturday when E.ON and RWE announced a huge shakeup of the German energy industry, following meetings that ran into the early hours.

Under a complex asset and shares swap, E.ON will be reshaped to focus on supplying energy to customers and managing energy grids. The company will leave renewables. RWE will focus on power generation and energy trading, complementing its existing coal and gas power stations with a new portfolio of windfarms that will make it Europe’s third-biggest renewable energy producer.

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Contractors named for Site C civil works, associated infrastructure construction

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 20:17

Canadian utility BC Hydro has awarded three contracts associated with the construction and supply of its 1,100-MW Site C hydroelectric plant.

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Do Electrified Villages in Developing Regions Need Microgrids?

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 17:25

A new video produced with support from international development agency USAID takes a closer look at microgrid development in India and the need to bring these independent solar and battery-based systems to villages already connected to the main grid.

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Clean Energy Issues Highlight “New Hampshire Energy Week”

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:43

At a breakfast during “NH Energy Week,” Governor Sununu said that its time to take the politics out of energy. His office is set to release a long-term energy plan in the next few weeks that lays out the direction that the state should be going regarding energy.

“What we do today should be different than what we did five years ago,” he said, adding that the “old school” way of pitting renewables against cost-savings is no longer valid.


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