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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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Maui Electric Adds Cheap Solar to its Grid

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 14:45
Maui Electric Company said it turned on its second large-scale solar project on Tuesday, October 5. The 2.87-MW project spans 10.85 acres and was built in partnership with Kenyon Energy, the developer, and M+W Energy, which served as EPC for the project.
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Duke Energy Plans To Invest At Least Half a Billion in Energy Storage in the Carolinas

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 14:22
This week Duke Energy said that it plans to deploy about $500 million of battery storage capacity over the next 15 years, which it estimates to be equivalent to about 300 MW of capacity. (MWh of capacity was not specified.) The storage capacity investment is written into its latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)
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We must win the battle to limit global warming | Letters

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 17:28
Readers including Fawzi Ibrahim and Caroline Lucas MP discuss ways to combat greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change

The “final tick box” to limit global warming is not just political (Global warming must not exceed 1.5C, landmark UN report warns, 8 October), it is also economic. Capitalism, the cause of global warming, cannot be its remedy. Industrial production came about when commodity production became dominant – an economic system in which commodities are produced for the sole purpose of being sold, upon which they return more money to the investors than their original outlay.

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The need to invest in renewables | Letters

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 17:24

Feed-in tariff subsidies must not be abandoned, writes Sandra Walmsley, while Gaynor Adey says the UK government should look again at the Swansea Bay tidal project

Nicholas Stern suggests that strong political will is needed if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change (All leaders must recognise the choice: act decisively now or suffer the consequences later, Analysis, 8 October). Unfortunately, there no evidence of such will, and the rollercoaster of policy for renewables means that potentially thriving industries have faced uncertainty.

82% of UK citizens support renewables, yet the management of subsidies has already reduced the number of registered PV installers by more than 60%. Current proposals on abandoning feed-in tariff (FiT) subsidies will cause even more job and skills losses. Maintaining the current export tariff on FiTs is essential. Proposals for all suitable new buildings to have renewable energy systems would have a major effect on carbon emissions for a very small proportion of the costs.

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WAPDA announces 1,410-MW Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project completed

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 16:15

The Water and Power Development Authority in Pakistan says the third and last unit at its 1,410-MW Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project has been synchronized with the National Grid.

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China EV Funding Tops Clean Energy Deals in Q3

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 14:51

Equity raised by Chinese electric vehicle companies was the “conspicuous bright spot” in clean energy transactions in the third quarter of this year, which saw the total global deal value fall 6 per cent on 2017’s figure.

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Exxon Puts $1 Million Into Quest for Carbon Tax-and-Rebate Plan

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 13:46
An effort to put a tax on carbon dioxide emissions just won an unlikely underwriter: a top producer of oil and gas.
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Wind and Solar Power Changing How Coal Plants Operate

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 13:30
The Gentleman coal plant was once the linchpin of Nebraska’s electricity grid, its twin smokestacks visible for miles across the prairie. Now, the state’s biggest power source is routinely pushed aside to make room for more wind and solar energy.
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Orlando Utility Commission is Host Utility for POWER-GEN International

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/08/2018 - 17:56

In union with OUC’s role as host utility of POWER-GEN International, the utilities Board President Gregory D. Lee will be a keynote speaker on the conference’s first day. Lee was elected president of OUC’s governing body in 2016. He will kick off POWER-GEN International’s first keynote session on Tuesday, December 4.

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