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Listen Up: Home Backup Power System Primer

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 18:37

This week, we review the spectrum of backup power solutions from generators to home battery backup power systems connected to solar. I’ve been installing home battery backup power systems on and off for 20 years. 

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Innovate UK Conference Highlights the Work of Two Storage Tech Firms

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 17:17

Two energy storage firms yesterday were recognized at the Innovate UK conference for their work in liquid air and copper/zinc technologies. In a keynote speech at the conference in Birmingham, England, Business Minister Claire Perry announced the winners of the first phase of an energy innovation competition looking into the feasibility of energy storage.

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US switches focus of its Bonn event from clean energy to fossil fuels

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:41

One of US’s only public events, originally billed as promoting clean energy, has since been changed to favour coal and nuclear power

The US has changed the focus of one of its few public events at the Bonn climate talks to emphasise coal and nuclear power, in a sign of the Trump administration’s goals at the talks.

An event next Monday, opening the second week of the ongoing UN negotiations, was originally billed as promoting clean energy. However, it has since been changed to emphasise coal and nuclear power.

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SEPA Requests Industry Players’ Input for DERMS Development

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:24

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) will release on Monday, Nov. 13, a draft comprehensive requirements document for distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS). The organization is soliciting immediate input and comments from electric utilities and vendors. Interested parties will have their first opportunity to meet in person and discuss the requirements document at DistribuTECH 2018. The meeting will occur on Jan. 22 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas

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California's Plans for Offshore Wind Run into Navy Opposition

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:05

As California pushes forward in its transition to clean energy, the state faces hard choices in its most futuristic initiative yet: offshore wind power. State and federal officials are engaged in an intensive planning process for the first auction of zones for development of giant wind farms in the Pacific.

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Solar Installers Are Getting Closer to Profitability

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 15:22

There’s long been a Catch-22 about residential solar: despite staggering market demand, it’s been hard to make money doing it—until now. Sunrun Inc. said Wednesday that it’s cash-flow positive. And Blackstone Group LP-backed Vivint Solar Inc. expects to hit that mark next year.

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Geothermal Auction Receives Bids for 19,000 Acres in Nevada

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 22:22

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in late October said that it received bids on geothermal leases in Nevada for about $78,000 in an online auction. Geothermal developer Ormat Technologies won a 5,078-acre parcel in Esmerelda County, Nev., paying about $20,000.

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How Modern is Your State's Grid?

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 20:34
A successful transition to a 21st Century Electricity System requires careful consideration of a range of issues that will ultimately redefine the regulatory framework and utility business model while creating new opportunities for third-party providers and customers to contribute to the operation of the electricity system.
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What a Waste! The Big Problem of Heat Loss in UK Cities

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 17:45

It's encouraging to see U.K. policy makers getting to grips with tackling heat loss, which is one of the biggest sources of energy waste in our towns and cities. Heat network expansion is among 50 policies proposed by the U.K. government in its recently published Clean Growth Strategy. 

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UK's biggest solar farm planned for Kent coast

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 15:55

Subsidy-free plant would cover 900 acres of farmland near Great Expectations marshes at Faversham, dwarfing output of UK’s current largest solar site

An enormous solar power station is planned for the north Kent coast that would be the UK’s biggest and dwarf existing solar farms, providing a significant boost to an industry that has stalled since ministers halted subsidies 18 months ago.

Cleve Hill, a mile from the historic town of Faversham, would have five times the capacity of the UK’s current largest solar farm and provide enough power for around 110,000 households if it comes online in 2020 as proposed.

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Modernization Efforts Are Poised to Dramatically Reconfigure the Electric Grid

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 14:11

It’s been nearly two years since the release of the GridWise Alliance’s last Grid Modernization Index (GMI-3). The results of the just-released GMI-4, GridWise’s latest tracking of grid modernization efforts across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, demonstrates increased participation in and acceleration of grid modernization efforts across the nation – as clean energy, distributed resources, smart meters, and other technology adoption expands.

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The Smartest Money for C&I Solar Is Coming from Inside the House

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 13:48

Investment banks aren’t interested, and neighborhood banks just don’t understand. So where is someone who has a great commercial solar project supposed to get funding?

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China's Tongwei to Spend $1.8 Billion on Solar-Cell Factories

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 19:15

Tongwei Co. plans to spend 12 billion yuan (US$1.8 billion) to build two solar-cell factories that would make the Chinese firm the world’s biggest manufacturer of products that generate electricity from the sun.

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How to Make Delicious, Healing Bone Broth

Earth Easy - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 18:10

Fortify your meals with this rich and comforting liquid.

The post How to Make Delicious, Healing Bone Broth appeared first on Eartheasy Blog.

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New Democratic Governor in New Jersey Could Ignite State’s Offshore Wind Sector

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 17:19

Control of the governor’s seat in New Jersey is moving to a Democrat — a shift that could be a big win for wind power in the state’s waters.

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Telsa, Green Charge Help PG&E Learn How to Control Aggregated DERs

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 14:46

Over the summer about 33 customers in Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E’s) territory started a new journey with their utility. PG&E is hoping that through this and other pilot projects, it will learn how responsive batteries, solar PV and smart inverters are when they receive a signal from the utility. 

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What Happens if My Utility Breaks My Solar Inverter or Battery?

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 14:04

As distributed energy resources (DERs) including solar PV and batteries begin to proliferate throughout the world, the services they could provide if coupled with the right technology go beyond simple energy generation and storage. Utilities are waking up to how they might use these technologies to bring about a cleaner, stronger, resilient and “smarter” grid.

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'Wind Champion' Congressman Arrington Will Defend Wind on Capitol Hill

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 13:38

Congressman Jodey Arrington, a republican member of congress from Texas, recently received the American Wind Energy Association’s “U.S. Wind Champion Award” at Southern Power’s Bethel Wind Farm. AWEA hasn’t given out the award in more than five years. 

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The seven megatrends that could beat global warming: 'There is reason for hope'

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 07:00

Until recently the battle to avert catastrophic climate change – floods, droughts, famine, mass migrations – seemed to be lost. But with the tipping point just years away, the tide is finally turning, thanks to innovations ranging from cheap renewables to lab-grown meat and electric airplanes

‘Everybody gets paralysed by bad news because they feel helpless,” says Christiana Figueres, the former UN climate chief who delivered the landmark Paris climate change agreement. “It is so in our personal lives, in our national lives and in our planetary life.”

But it is becoming increasingly clear that it does not need to be all bad news: a series of fast-moving global megatrends, spurred by trillion-dollar investments, indicates that humanity might be able to avert the worst impacts of global warming. From trends already at full steam, including renewable energy, to those just now hitting the big time, such as mass-market electric cars, to those just emerging, such as plant-based alternatives to meat, these trends show that greenhouse gas emissions can be halted.

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South Australia experiences dramatic fall in energy costs after gas deal

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 06:49

Expert says analysis shows need for more orderly transition from fossil fuels, with more notice of closure of coal plants

South Australia’s renewables-heavy electricity market has been turned upside down, moving from importing power to exporting it, and from having some the most expensive wholesale prices in the country to having some of the cheapest.

And all that appears to be a result of one gas deal secured by a generator that was blamed by many as a major cause of a blackout in South Australia in February.

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