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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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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

Related: Scott Morrison will change the law to ban religious schools expelling gay students

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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.

MORE: #SpeersonSunday

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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Britain's Battery Market Will Grow by $7.9 Billion by 2030

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 23:37
Britain’s power market will need investment of 6 billion pounds ($7.9 billion) between now and 2030 in flexible generation and storage such as batteries to support the transition toward an economy that emits less carbon, a study showed.
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Weatherwatch: the UK's climate is ideal for renewable energy

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 20:30

Britain is a leader in offshore wind but lacks political will to invest in other emerging technologies

A maritime climate with wind, sun and waves and an island surrounded by shallow seas with a high tidal range makes the UK probably the best-placed country in the world to take advantage of renewable energy.

Britain is already a world leader in offshore wind but has been reluctant to invest in other promising technologies. Underwater sea turbines in particular, wave power and various forms of tidal barrage have failed to be given the political support needed to get them into the mainstream.

Related: Fears for future of UK onshore wind power despite record growth

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IRENA Conducting Survey of Gender and Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 13:47

The International Renewable Energy Agency is conducting a survey to gather quantitative and qualitative insights into the current status of women’s participation in the renewable energy sector.

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Schneider Electric Building Microgrid at Port of Long Beach

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:00

Schneider Electric announced Wednesday that it has a $5.2 million contract to design, engineer and build a new microgrid at the Port of Long Beach in southern California. The port also is going to get a huge infusion of electric vehicle infrastructure from utility Southern California Edison.


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Reaching the Tipping Point: Why Investing in Solar+Storage Makes Economic Sense for Mines

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:46
While price is one of the key drivers to integrate renewables in mines, solar alone is no more the lone influencer
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E.ON Optimizes EV Charging with New IT Backbone

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 15:58
E.ON has partnered with Finnish-based technology firm Virta to optimize its EV charging network across Europe.
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New York Has $40 Million for New Solar+Storage Projects

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 15:52
New York’s Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has ambitious goals for renewable energy and energy storage. In his state of the state address this year, he announced the he wanted 1.5 GW of energy storage on the grid by 2025 and in June NYSERDA and the Department of Public Service, developed the New York State Energy Storage Roadmap to identify the best path toward the 2025 target. This week Cuomo is putting some money behind the goal, announcing that $40 million will be made available to support solar projects that integrate energy storage.
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Kickstarting the Energy Revolution: How Crowdfunding is Pushing the Renewable Energy Transition

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 15:49
When innovators come up with the idea for the next great technological breakthrough, the first roadblocks to seeing that idea to fruition are typically funding. Among renewable energy inventions, this need is typically filled through wealthy private investors, venture capital firms, or government grants. But today, in the age of the Internet, budding entrepreneurs have taken their funding needs online through crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
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PECO Offers Financial Support for Commercial Installation of EV Charging Stations

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 15:36
PECO (formerly the Philadelphia Electric Company) announced that the utility will be offering a new incentive for commercial customers who install electric vehicle charging stations for public use. The incentive will be available to commercial customers who successfully apply for funding under the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) “Driving PA Forward” program.
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Bolivia looking to finance US$2 billion of hydro, wind projects

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 15:04

Bolivian energy authorities are in the process of identifying about US$2 billion in financing for early stage hydro and wind power generation projects, which total 710 MW and 45 MW, respectively.

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U.S. Department of Energy To Bring $40B Cash to POWER-GEN International

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 16:47
After wallowing in limbo for the first part of 2018 awaiting re-authorization, the Loan Program Office (LPO) at the Department of Energy is back in business with about $40 billion burning a hole in its proverbial pocket. Mike Reed, Director and Chief Engineer of the Technical and Project Management Division of the LPO and his team are planning to hit POWER-GEN 2018 in Orlando, Florida in December to identify people and projects that might need financing.
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