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What Is the Business Case for Energy Storage in Africa?

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:57

A common element of the energy storage discussion is that the growth of storage projects appears unstoppable, while their cost will continue dropping. So, has the time arrived to start developing African energy storage projects and what are the current opportunities and barriers to overcome?

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35 GW of Storage Can Save US $4 Billion by 2025

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 15:38

If the U.S. can deploy 35 GW of new energy storage by 2025, the Energy Storage Association (ESA) estimates that the return in operational savings from those deployments could surpass $4 billion.

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CHP Project for Empire State Plaza Misses the Mark

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 18:10

An associate in New York recently sent me a copy of the “Empire State Plaza CHP and Microgrid Project Overview, October 26, 2017,” found on the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA’s) website.

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New Discovery Makes Wood Pellet Storage Safer

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:43

The benefits of bio-based sources for heat and power systems are sometimes called into question, but a new discovery is helping make wood pellets better for the environment.

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4 Job Sectors You Need to Watch in US Offshore Wind

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 14:21

Which job sectors have the highest potential for growth under the foreseeable development path for offshore wind projects on the U.S. East Coast? A new report has the answers.

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New Fed chair Jerome Powell was the best choice … for Trump

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:41

The lawyer’s main qualification for leading the world’s most powerful central bank seems to be his lack of strong views

Jerome Powell was Wall Street’s choice to run the Federal Reserve. Given Donald Trump’s record on doing the unexpected, there was always the chance the president would pick another candidate, but for once he did not make waves.

Powell was the business-as-usual candidate. Nothing he has said or done since he first joined the Fed’s board five years ago suggests he intends to make life difficult for Trump or rattle the financial markets. Well, not deliberately at least, for while Powell is the boring choice, he may not necessarily prove to be the safe choice.

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How India’s battle with climate change could determine all of our fates

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 08:36

India’s population and emissions are rising fast, and its ability to tackle poverty without massive fossil fuel use will decide the fate of the planet

“It’s a lucky charm,” says Rajesh, pointing to the solar-powered battery in his window that he has smeared with turmeric as a blessing. “It has changed our life.”

He lives in Rajghat, a village on the border of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh states, and until very recently was one of the 240 million Indians who live without electricity. In the poverty that results, Rajghat has become a village of bachelors, with just two weddings in 20 years.

Related: Suicides of nearly 60,000 Indian farmers linked to climate change, study claims

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Import Dispute Is Putting India Solar in a Bind

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 15:44

Several solar projects in India are facing delays and inflated costs as customs officials have blocked more than 900 containers of panel shipments for more than a month by demanding higher import duties.

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Unparalleled Leadership: The 2017 Power-Gen Woman of the Year Finalists

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 14:01

In early 2013, a group of industry women, dubbed the Women in Power committee, assembled in Orlando, Fla., to figure out how to honor women who have dedicated their careers to the power industry. The industry is dominated with men making up more than 75 percent of the workforce, according to estimates.

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Two California Biomass Plants Win Power Contracts

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 20:34

Pacific Gas & Electric has awarded power purchase agreements to two forest-based biomass gasification plants in California. Developer Phoenix Energy yesterday said that contracts for the two projects — North Fork Community Power in North Fork, Calif., and Blue Mountain Electric Company in Willseyville, Calif. — were awarded under the state’s Bioenergy Feed-in Tariff Program.

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South Australia Eyes Big Wave of New Solar, Storage

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 17:58

Meeting in the state capital of Adelaide yesterday, the Board of ZEN Energy approved a strategic plan to establish 1 GW of additional dispatchable renewable generation assets. The assets will support long-term electricity supply contracts with South Australia’s large industrial users to provide access to lower cost, reliable and low emission energy.

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This Is How One Firm Is Promising a Solar Performance Boost

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 17:27

Solar entrepreneur Bill Gross, the CEO of Edisun Microgrids, has successfully penetrated the commercial and industrial solar market segment with dual-axis trackers, promising a 30 percent performance boost for a cost increase of only 10 percent compared with a standard fixed-tilt PV installation, at optimal U.S. locations, he says.

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Musk Says Solar Roof Tiles Market Is Going to Be a 'Behemoth'

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 12:16

Since unveiling its solar roof tile designs a year ago, Tesla has been testing the product, which CEO Elon Musk says is going to be a significant part of the company’s business down the road.

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Huge private sector investment puts Paris climate target in reach, says report

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 05:30

Global investment could hold the key to fighting climate change, with one trillion dollars already invested in solutions such as renewables and energy efficiency, says International Finance Corporation


At least one trillion dollars are being invested globally in ways to reduce the threat of climate change, including renewable power, energy efficiency, and public transport around the world.

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4 Signs to Watch at COP23

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 19:16

Two years after the world joined together to forge the Paris Agreement on climate change, representatives from around the globe will convene in Bonn, Germany, on Nov. 6 for the next round of United Nations talks. The summit marks a critical stepping stone for global climate action.

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Listen Up: Designing a Reliable Electric Grid

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 18:25

Over the past few months we’ve experienced a solar eclipse, several devastating hurricanes, another under-construction nuclear plant shutdown, and a backwards-looking Department of Energy Grid Reliability study.

 

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NY Power Authority, National Lab Scale Up Solar Forecasting Research

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 17:05

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) last week said that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office has allocated $500,000 in matching funds to step up joint research into solar power forecasting.

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Tesla Asks, 'Where’s Storage in Perry’s NOPR?'

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 15:22

Many people with their finger on the pulse of the U.S. energy industry read the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) on grid resiliency from Energy Secretary Rick Perry and wondered why energy storage didn’t merit more attention. Tesla, in its comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on the NOPR, made its surprise about the omission very clear.

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Texas Engineers Develop New Material for Better Lithium-Ion Batteries

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 13:47

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered a family of anode materials that can double the charge capacity of lithium-ion battery anodes — a breakthrough that opens the door to cheaper, smaller and lighter batteries in the future.

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Oregon Utility to Propose $50M-$100M in Energy Storage Projects

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 20:46

Portland General Electric will file an official energy storage proposal with the Oregon Public Utility Commission by mid-November, according to PGE President and incoming CEO Maria Pope.

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