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How Labor's energy spending spree has electrified the South Australian election

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 17:00

Labor’s energy spend may be the most popular thing an unpopular government has done

During last week’s campaigning for the South Australian election, Labor promised to install free solar panels and Tesla batteries in 50,000 homes, earmarked $8.7m in funding for pumped-hydro storage and announced a new solar farm and another big battery.

That renewable energy should take centre stage in the campaign should come as no surprise. The battle lines were drawn in 2016, when a statewide blackout turned South Australia’s energy policy into a crucible for the national debate.

Related: South Australia experiences dramatic fall in energy costs after gas deal

The reason why the blackout occurred had nothing to do with renewables at all.

Related: How Tesla's big battery is bringing Australia’s gas cartel to heel

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Maryland Launches Energy Storage Tax Credit Pilot Program

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 16:37

In what is being called a first for the U.S., Maryland has committed $750,000 to an energy storage tax credit program for 2018. The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) yesterday said that it now is accepting applications for the program.

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Unpacking the Value Stack: The 2018 Challenge Facing the Energy Storage Industry

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 21:43

Even though energy storage was one of the hottest topics in 2017, the industry has a long way to go before utilities recognize (and compensate) storage assets for all of the benefits they can offer. 

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Legal Pushback Takes Shape on Trump’s Solar Tariffs

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 20:45

Countries and entities negatively affected by solar tariffs set by the Trump Administration in January on imports of crystalline silicon PV cells are beginning to seek redress — with the latest action taking the form of a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of International Trade.

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How One Florida Utility Will Use Storage to Capture 'Lost' Solar

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:11

Florida Power & Light last week said that it has installed a battery system at its Citrus Solar Energy Center that will allow the utility to get more energy from solar panels at the project.

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South Australia awards A$8.7 million in grants for new pumped storage hydro

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:10

The Government of South Australia has awarded A$8.7 million (US$6.8 million) in grants to four companies planning to build pumped storage hydro projects.

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Mix of Solar and Batteries Is Beating Natural Gas

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 16:22

Natural gas is getting edged out of power markets across the U.S. by two energy sources that, together, are proving to be an unbeatable mix: solar and batteries.

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Scottish engineering yards set to close once windfarm work ends

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 23:50

Shutdown of BiFab operations in two locations would mean loss of hundreds of jobs

Hundreds of workers at the BiFab marine engineering yards are to be made redundant, union leaders have said.

Management at the yards told trade unions on Monday they will be issuing redundancy notices to the core workforce on Tuesday, giving 45 days’ notice of the closure of the yards. Unions said 260 jobs at yards in Fife and Arnish on Lewis are to go by early summer, with the possible total closure of the yards by the end of June.

Related: UK built half of Europe's offshore wind power in 2017

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Connecting to the Cloud Will Revolutionize Off-Grid Solar

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 19:19

By connecting off-grid solar-powered systems to the cloud, a city or utility official can monitor, control and manage street lights, telecom systems, security cameras, and other critical infrastructure from a smartphone — anywhere, anytime. 

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Modernizing Rooftop Solar with Tandem Solar Panels

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 17:22

Did you know there are alternatives to standard silicon solar panels? Or that someday soon, you might be able install a solar panel that is 50 percent more efficient than the average silicon PV solar panel?

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Environment Not a Winner in Trump’s New Infrastructure Plan

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 16:50

A new infrastructure rebuilding plan released this morning by the Trump Administration puts current environmental safeguards in serious jeopardy, but it is not entirely without inroads for support of clean energy.

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Robust Market Conditions Support 10-MW Solar Asset Sale in US

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 15:30

Missouri-based Greenbacker Renewable Energy Co. has purchased six operational solar facilities in California and Colorado with a total generating capacity of 10 MW.

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How Important Is City Leadership to the Paris Agreement?

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 13:09

In this minicast, local and regional governments call for global conversation on urban planning for climate change, and the European Commission releases the biggest database on cities ever published.

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The EPA debunked Administrator Pruitt’s latest climate misinformation | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:00

Until Pruitt deleted the EPA climate webpages.

Last week, a Las Vegas news station interviewed Trump’s EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. The interviewer brought up the topic of climate change, and virtually everything Pruitt said in response was wrong, and was often refuted on his own agency’s website, until he started deleting it.

Our activity contributes to the climate changing to a certain degree. Now measuring that with precision, Gerard, I think is more challenging than is let on at times.

Research indicates that natural causes do not explain most observed warming, especially warming since the mid-20th century. Rather, it is extremely likely that human activities have been the dominant cause of that warming.

The Earth is getting warmer because people are adding heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere, mainly by burning fossil fuels … People are causing these changes, which are bigger and happening faster than any climate changes that modern society has ever seen before.

Analysis: Why scientists think 100% of global warming is due to humans | @hausfath @_rospearce https://t.co/9DqrYVMnBj pic.twitter.com/oGN5J8a1PO

I think there’s assumptions made that because the climate is warming, that that necessarily is a bad thing.

Scientific studies indicate that extreme weather events such as heat waves and large storms are likely to become more frequent or more intense with human-induced climate change.

The negative impacts of global climate change will be less severe overall if people reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we’re putting into the atmosphere and worse if we continue producing these gases at current or faster rates.

Is it an existential threat - is it something that is unsustainable, or what kind of effect or harm is this going to have? We know that humans have most flourished during times of, what, warming trends? … Do we know what the ideal surface temperature should be in the year 2100 or year 2018? It’s fairly arrogant for us to think we know exactly what it should be in 2100.

There is no one perfect temperature for the earth, but there is for us humans, and that’s the temperature we’ve had over the last few thousands of years when we built our civilization, agriculture, economy, and infrastructure. Global average temperature over the last few millennia has fluctuated by a few tenths of degrees; today, it’s risen by nearly 1°C and counting.

Why do we care? Because we are perfectly adapted to our current conditions…

Renewables need to be part of our energy mix, but to think that’s going to be the dominant fuel, or dominant energy source on how we generate electricity, I think is simply fanciful … There was a declared war on coal. The EPA was weaponized against certain sectors of our economy – fossil fuels generally - and that’s not the role of a regulator.

[Paris] was a bad business deal for this country … it was not about CO2 reduction. If it was about CO2 reduction, they would not have let China and India take until 2030 to reduce their CO2 footprint.

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3@3 on Solar PV: The Trump Effect on Manufacturing, Jobs, Solar R&D

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:00

Today’s topics include how the Trump administration is affecting solar manufacturing in the United States – Will the 30 percent solar tariffs drive it up? We’ll also look at the recently released solar jobs census, which shows a drop in solar employment numbers for the first time in seven years. Is Trump to blame? Lastly, we’ll look at the proposed budget for the U.S. government.

 

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Australia's solar power boom could almost double capacity in a year, analysts say

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 17:00

Solar farm approvals and record rooftop installations expected to ‘turbo-boost’ production

A record-breaking month of rooftop installations and a flood of large-scale solar farms could almost double Australia’s solar power capacity in a single year, industry analysts say.

A massive solar energy boom is being predicted for 2018, after an unprecedented number of industrial solar farms were approved by the New South Wales and Queensland governments last year.

Related: South Australia announces grants worth $8.7m for pumped hydro storage

Related: How Tesla's big battery is bringing Australia’s gas cartel to heel

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Lack of women in energy ‘holding back fight against climate change’

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 12:01

Gender imbalance at energy firms and industry events is slowing transition to greener power, claims expert

The lack of women in energy companies is holding back the sector’s efforts to tackle climate change, a leading industry watcher has warned.

Catherine Mitchell, a professor of energy policy at the University of Exeter, said poor gender diversity meant the industry was less open to new ideas, in particular the move to a lower-carbon energy system.

Related: Energy sector faces struggle to find the female engineers of the future

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Holden Commodore: first foreign model ‘missed opportunity’ to be hybrid

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 21:33

Environmentalists say car could have been powerful statement to promote electric cars in Australia

The new Holden Commodore – the first to be made overseas – is a “missed opportunity” to launch a high-profile electric or hybrid car in Australia, according to pro-renewables groups.

The 2018 Commodore has been launched after the last operational Holden plant in Australia, in Elizabeth, South Australia, closed on 20 October last year.

Related: British billionaire eyes electric car plan for former Holden factory

Related: Stuck in first gear: how Australia's electric car revolution stalled

Related: Queensland to build one of the world's longest electric vehicle highways

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Why America’s Tech Talent Should Reconsider Africa

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 19:19

With aspects of the Silicon Valley model coming under question, where can the next generation of young, aspiring and talented data scientists, coders and entrepreneurs look to?

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Inside Renewable Energy: Inspiring Future Engineers – One Solar Car at a Time

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 17:47

Motivating young people to take an interest in renewable energy and engineering is critical to our sustainable, long-term energy future. In this episode, hear how one program provides that inspiration with remote controlled solar cars, with guests Noah Davis, executive director of Solar Rollers, and Jayvin Krzych, a Solar Rollers alumn and engineering student.

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