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UNFCCC says hydropower can “help climate action”

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 14:00

People in the hydroelectric power industry have long known that this clean, reliable, renewable generating technology has an important role to play in meeting vital goals related to the environment and climate change. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change agrees, as evidenced by an article published on its website last week.

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Australia isn't on track to meet its 2030 emissions target, UN report says

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 01:51

About half of the G20 countries will fall short of their Paris agreement pledges, scientists warn

• Hundreds of students striking over climate change descend on parliament

Australia is not on track to meet its 2030 emissions reduction targets and global greenhouse gas emissions are showing no signs of peaking, a new UN report has warned.

In its annual emissions gap report, which looks at the gap between carbon reduction policies countries have in place and what is required to keep global warming to well below 2C, the UN says global emissions have reached record highs.

Related: World must triple efforts or face catastrophic climate change, says UN

Related: Hundreds of students striking over climate change descend on parliament

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Op-ed: POWER-GEN at 30 Strives for Simply Irresistible

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 23:38

POWER-GEN International will celebrate its 30th birthday when it begins next week in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center’s West Halls. Like most 30-somethings, PGI is vastly more educated, both of the hard-knocks and academic kind, carries more responsibility and yet remains ever more uncertain of what the future holds.

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Clean Power Sees First Win Over Fossil Fuels in Emerging Markets

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 15:40
Developing countries have added more clean power capacity than fossil fuel generation for the first time ever, charging ahead of wealthier nations in the global green energy push, according to Bloomberg NEF.
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2 GW of Solar Capacity Headed for the US Midwest

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 15:36
This week Capital Dynamics announced that its Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI) business signed an agreement with Tenaska to develop a portfolio of 14 greenfield solar projects with a total generating capacity of 2,000 MW (2 GW) in the in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) market.
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POWER-GEN International Explores the Competitive Advantages of Power Generation Technologies

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 14:16
When California voted to get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045, it sent a signal to the market about which types of power generation technologies will remain competitive into the future. And according to Mike Ferguson, Director, North America Energy Infrastructure and Sustainable Finance with S&P Global Ratings, what California does, other states may soon follow.
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Kansas City Firm Buys Rights to 21.8 MW in North Carolina Solar Projects

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 14:00

The three farms, totaling 21.8 MW, are under construction and expected to reach commercial operation early next year. Once completed, the SE Solar Portfolio will sell all the power generation to a utility off-taker through a 15-year fixed-price PPA.

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South Africa Solar and Storage Plant Reaches Milestone

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 09:22

A 100 MW solar and storage plant in South Africa has generated its first power to the national grid.

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Arsenal leads charge into battery power at Emirates Stadium

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 13:00

Club is first in UK to use large-scale system with capacity to last an entire match

Arsenal has become the UK’s first football club to install large-scale battery energy storage, in a bid to cut electricity costs and support green energy.

Tucked in the basement of the Emirates, the system is capable of powering the 60,000-seat stadium for an entire match, or the equivalent of 2,700 homes for two hours.

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Homeowners trapped by 25-year solar panel contracts

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 08:00

Householders who lease their roofs to power firms find it hard or costly to move home

Julie Griffiths* wanted to reduce her carbon footprint by installing solar panels. The cost would have been a prohibitive £12,000, so she signed a deal to lease part of her roof to a solar power company, which would fit the panels for free. It would pocket the newly introduced feed-in tariffs (FITs) – subsidies paid by the government for the electricity generated. She, meanwhile, would have lower energy bills. At the end of the 25 years, the panels and the tariffs would be hers.

It seemed a win-win situation until recently, when she needed to sell the house. Her buyer’s mortgage application was refused because of the lease agreement, which had effectively signed over a large part of the roof to the solar company.

I am retired with MS and need to sell my house, but the buyer is refusing to go ahead unless I have the panels removed

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‘Everyone wants employment’: Morwell waits for 'white knight' in divided election

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 17:00

Locals say jobs are their priority in the Victoria election: but does the town’s future lie in renewables or its coal-fired heyday?

When Andy McCarthy moved to the Latrobe Valley to start a solar power business eight years ago, he was tentative about what he said about renewable energy. Even the idea of renewables was threatening for many locals, an emotional topic for a region dependent on coal for generations.

Related: Victorian election 2018: on the ground in Morwell, part one

Related: ‘I wasn’t rusted to either side’: Ricky Muir returns for a run at Morwell

Related: Victorian election debate: Daniel Andrews forced to defend bail for Melbourne attacker

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Swap gas boilers for hydrogen or miss emission targets, UK told

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 11:17

Households need electric and hydrogen hybrid boilers sooner rather than later, climate advisers warn

Millions of gas boilers will need to be replaced with hydrogen alternatives and coupled with electric heating devices if Britain is to hit its carbon targets at the lowest cost, according to the government’s climate advisers.

In a report on the role hydrogen could play in the energy system, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) spelt out the huge but necessary cost the country faces to switch to green heating.

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Joint venture to launch French tidal energy project

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 09:52

A collaboration has been launched to bring 2 GW of tidal energy to northern France.

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Siemens Gamesa sells Spanish solar PV plants

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:12

Renewable energy investment and asset management firm Aurea Capital has bought three solar PV plants in Spain from Siemens Gamesa in a deal worth $113m.

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University Spin-off’s Small Packets Are a Big Deal for Energy Industry

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 08:24

It’s been a whirlwind year for Packetized Energy, the Vermont-based clean energy sector start-up spun off from a U.S. Department of Energy project in 2016 by three University of Vermont electrical engineering faculty, Paul Hines, Mads Almassalkhi and Jeff Frolik.

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Labor to keep national energy guarantee in bid for climate truce

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 03:26

Shadow cabinet keeps Turnbull policy with a higher target, and formulates a plan B for renewables

Labor has resolved to keep the Coalition’s national energy guarantee with a higher emissions reduction target, and will propose a detailed plan B for renewables in the event it can’t be legislated.

The shadow cabinet on Wednesday took the decision to stick with the Neg developed by Malcolm Turnbull and Josh Frydenberg, with an emissions reduction target for electricity of 45% by 2030, in an attempt to see whether the Liberals could be persuaded to vote for their own mechanism post-election.

Related: Instead of 'fair dinkum' power, how about some 'fair dinkum' action? | Katharine Murphy

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Canada’s NEB approves Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 15:15

In a recent ruling, Canada’s National Energy Board said, “The [Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission] Project is and will be required by the present and future public convenience and necessity.” Therefore, the board recommends that the Governor in Council approve the board’s issuance of a certificate.

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Electric Vehicles Are Already Impacting Oil Demand

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 12:07
The International Energy Agency published its World Energy Outlook this week, its annual effort at revising assessments of future demand for and supply of fuels and electricity. There’s a familiar theme within it: The IEA expects more renewable-energy use in the future than it did in last year’s outlook, which was more than it forecast in the 2016 outlook. There’s also something noteworthy on transportation: The IEA is calling the top on oil demand from cars.
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Australia’s Biggest Behind-the-meter Storage Project Goes Live

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 09:30

UK energy storage company redT has switched on a 1 MW facility at Australia’s largest university – marking the country’s largest behind-the-meter commercial and industrial installation to date.

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Importing gas to replace domestic supply could push emissions up 20%, AGL says

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 17:00

Energy company says importing LNG will firm up renewable energy projects but critics say gas is already more expensive than clean alternatives

Controversial plans to import liquefied natural gas into Australia to fill a shortfall as domestic gas is exported to Asia would significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions, AGL has conceded.

Energy companies have proposed four LNG import terminals for the east coast to ensure gas supply and ease high prices. The imported natural gas would effectively replace the two-thirds of gas sold overseas from export plants in Queensland.

Related: 'Nothing to hide?' Oil and gas lobby pushes to limit data on its emissions

There’s no scenario where [importing gas is] in the public interest or a good outcome for the environment.

Related: Half of Australia's emissions increase linked to WA's Gorgon LNG plant

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