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Rhode Island Encourages Brownfield Solar Projects

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:10
A Rhode Island program promoting solar development on polluted properties could help relieve tensions between the state’s fast-growing solar industry and conservationists concerned with preserving green space.
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Nevada National Security Site Installs Solar, Begins Era of Net-zero Energy Buildings

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:00
The Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) inaugurated the Mercury Solar Project late last month and moved it further down the path of sustainability, giving NNSA its first net-zero-energy building.
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Australia’s renewables sector doubles output in boom year

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:00

Clean Energy Council warns surge ‘could come to an end if the energy policy debate is left to languish unresolved’

Australia’s renewables sector has doubled its output over the past 12 months, with more than $20bn of projects now under construction, but the current boom will not last without policy certainty, according to the Clean Energy Council.

The council, which represents solar, wind, energy efficiency, hydro, bioenergy, energy storage, geothermal and marine businesses, along with more than 5,000 solar installers, has released new figures claiming a record year for Australia’s renewables industry – with more than 80 wind and solar farms under construction, and rooftop solar installations now topping two million homes.

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Residential Batteries in Germany To Provide Primary Balancing Power for Grid Operator

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:57
Last week residential battery provider sonnen and its technology partner, tiko Energy Solutions, said that they have obtained pre-qualification from the transmission system operator TenneT to provide primary balancing power using its Germany-wide network of residential battery storage systems.
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Western Australia’s Horizon Power Embarks on DERMS Project To Manage PV & Batteries

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:52
Last week, PXiSE Energy Solutions, LLC a subsidiary of Sempra Energy and Mitsui & Co. Ltd., announced that Horizon Power would be installing the company’s Active Control Technology (ACT) as the distributed energy resources management system (DERMS) in Western Australia.
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Forecasting the Energy Community: Open Call for the Inaugural Season of a Fantasy Energy League

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 12:23
Fantasy sports and the energy industry might not have much in common on the surface, but I’ve always personally approached these two passions of mine in similar ways: obsessively reading the breaking news, following my favorite experts in the community on social media, and diving deep into the available statistics to create graphs and try to come up with hot takes. I think the fantasy sports model can be used to encourage an academic and educational exercise in the energy industry, so it struck me—I should establish the first fantasy league for the energy sector!
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Siemens Secures Landmark UK Grid Project for 950 MW Windfarm

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 09:23

Siemens has won its largest ever UK grid access contract with a deal to connect a 950 MW offshore windfarm.

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U.S. Senate confirms McNamee to FERC by narrowest of margins

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 19:37

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Bernard L. McNamee to join the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, with a vote of 50:49.

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Experts Agree: There is No Clear Winner or Loser in Power Generation Technologies

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:19
At a mega-session during POWER-GEN International, a panel made up of utility resource planners, transmission operators and generation technology experts all seemed to come to the same conclusion: when it comes to picking energy generation technologies for the future, there is no standout technology. Each technology comes with a series of pros and cons that must be weighed in order to set a course for the future.
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Surprised by Cheap Clean Energy, Coal Stalwart Adds Renewables

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 22:40
Marubeni Corp., the Japanese trading house for whom coal makes up about a quarter of its power generation, never expected renewable energy prices to plunge as much as they have.
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EV + Clean Energy Microgrid Partnership Explored

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 22:21

On Wednesday, eMotorWerks, a subsidiary of the Enel Group’s new business line Enel X, and LO3 Energy said they have launched a partnership to use JuiceNet’s smart-grid control technology for a series of microgrid + EVs projects with the joint goal of exploring high-value use cases for local energy markets.

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Tesla 50-MW Battery Sparks New Projects After Promising Run

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 22:15
A year after Elon Musk rolled out what was then the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery to aid South Australia’s blackout-prone power grid, more projects are set to follow in its footsteps at home and abroad.
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Solar Goals Stymied in India as Investors Shun Chance to Build

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 22:12
India’s effort to spur its own solar power equipment industry seems to be failing, with only one company so far bidding for the nation’s tender to set up a factory.
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Italian Innovation on Display at POWER-GEN International

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 20:10

The panel explored Electric Vehicles in particular, with an emphasis on how the coming transition to an electrified transportation sector will affect the utility grid and the demand curve

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The Guardian view on climate change: too much, too soon | Editorial

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 18:28
We are losing the war against climate change; the use of fossil fuels is driving higher carbon emissions when they need to be coming down

Outside of the desperate and the deluded, everyone knows that the world is in the early stages of a truly catastrophic climate change. As Sir David Attenborough told the UN climate change conference in Poland, “the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon”. We have even worked out, with scrupulous care, what we must do to avoid this or to mitigate the effects of climate change. We know what to do. We can see how to do it. There’s only one problem: we do almost nothing.

Figures released today by the University of East Anglia for the conference in Katowice show that global carbon emissions will be higher than ever before this year. In fact they will rise by nearly 3%, an astonishing and terrifying annual figure at a time when the need to diminish them has never been more urgent. The main driver of this growth has been the increased use of coal, which is rapidly approaching its previous peak level, from 2013. There is a particular irony in that this conference is being held in Poland, a country that still derives 80% of its electricity from coal, even if this is less grossly polluting than it was in the Communist era. In fact emissions there are down 30% from their peak in 1988. But far more must be done. To limit global warming to the Paris agreement goal of 1.5C, CO2 emissions would need to decline by 50% by 2030 and reach net zero by around 2050.

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Xcel Becomes First Big U.S. Utility to Swear Off Greenhouse Gas

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 15:43
Xcel Energy Inc. became the first major U.S. utility owner to pledge to fully phase out carbon-dioxide emissions that cause global warming.
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Nordex wins biggest ever wind turbine deal

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:22

Windpower group Nordex has won its largest order to date in a deal with E.ON and Credit Suisse for 114 turbines at a 475 MW project

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China Hopes to Lessen Solar, Wind Curtailment in 2019

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 19:06
China set three-year targets for allowing more wind and solar power onto the power grid after the rapid addition of panels and windmills forced some electricity distributors to partly block that energy from flowing into their systems.
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Wind Power Operations and Maintenance is Focus of POWER-GEN International Technical Tour

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 18:47
Attendees from utilities, insurance, vendors and consultants attended a pre-conference technical tour on Monday, December 3, 2018 in Orlando, Florida as POWER-GEN International kicked off.
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A billion people without electricity ‘missing out on pledged climate funds’

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 13:03

UN climate summit in Poland will hear public money available is not enough to provide clean energy for those living off-grid

The world’s 1 billion people who live without electricity are not benefiting from climate change money promised by governments to help them develop.

In theory, there has never been a better time for developing countries to install renewable energy such as solar or wind to combat climate change. The UN’s Green Climate Fund (GCF), along with the World Bank and regional development banks, have all said they intend to significantly increase their green energy financing, offering developing countries cheap loans and grants. Many donor countries like Britain and Japan have also pledged to help poorer nations switch to clean energy.

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