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EIA: Solar, Wind Investment Flourishes, but Gas-fired Biggest Bargain

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 13:54

New wind and solar installations accounted for nearly 9,000 and 8,000 MW of capacity two years ago, respectively, while natural gas was close behind at more than 7,900 MW. The EIA used complete data from 2016 installations and will release 2017 generator cost data next year.

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Electric Utilities Will Soon Be Digital and Even More Focused on Clean Energy

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 13:43
At the recently held POWER-GEN and DistribuTECH Africa conference, which took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, Ashley Theron, senior content editor for Renewable Energy World’s sister website Smart Energy International, interviewed Vera Kriel, Founding Director of Utility Coach about the utility of the future.
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Yet Another Sorry Epilogue for Sinovel Wind(华锐风电)

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 13:35
On July 30, 2018 the controlling shareholder of Sinovel Wind, the publicly traded wind turbine manufacturer, whose Shakespearian rise to prominence and subsequent ignominious fall from grace was chronicled in Renewable Energy World over the last ten years, made a filing with securities regulators that presaged yet another humiliating epilogue for Sinovel.
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Drones Plus AI Making Headway as Solar Asset Management Technology

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 13:31
Utility-scale solar asset management took a leap forward last week with the announcement that Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) is teaming up with Raptor Maps, a company that uses drones and machine-to-machine learning / artificial intelligence (AI). The companies hope that the solution will cut solar operations and maintenance (O&M) costs.
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Negative Electricity Pricing Abounds As Wind, Solar Flood the Grid

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 12:03
Bright and breezy days are becoming a deeper nightmare for utilities struggling to earn a return on traditional power plants. With wind and solar farms sprouting up in more areas -- and their power getting priority to feed into the grid in many places -- the amount of electricity being generated is outstripping demand during certain hours of the day.
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Most Australians want more renewables to help lower power prices – poll

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 18:00

Survey comes as Victoria and Queensland urged to block national energy guarantee and business groups call for deal to be approved

More than 70% of Australians want the government to set a high renewable energy target to put downward pressure on power prices, according to a new poll.

The ReachTel poll, commissioned by Greenpeace, was released on Monday as progressive campaign group GetUp and environmentalists stepped up pressure on the Victorian and Queensland governments to block the national energy guarantee and business groups called for it to be approved.

Related: What is the national energy guarantee and why is it taking so long?

Related: A virus of odious ignorance has infected conservative thinking - and politics | Greg Jericho

Related: ACT under pressure to 'succumb to politics' of energy guarantee, minister says

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Hawaii OKs Molokai island solar, battery storage project

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 18:59

The project will include 4.88 MW of solar panels. Its battery system will store energy and discharge up to 2.6 MW during peak hours

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Demand for Clean Energy Coming from Businesses, not Politics

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 15:13

American firms have accounted for 4.2 GW, or 60 percent, of global corporate clean energy procurements so far in 2018, already setting a record over 2017’s previous benchmark pace, according to Bloomberg NEF report. 

 

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5,500 UK churches switch to renewable energy

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 23:01

Churches estimated to have diverted £5m from fossil fuels to clean energy providers

More than 5,500 churches including some of the UK’s most famous cathedrals have converted to renewable power to help tackle climate change.

Church of England places of worship, along with Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Quaker and Salvation Army congregations, have made the switch to 100% renewable electricity, and faith leaders are urging more to follow suit.

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Report: California Power System Shifting Dramatically through DER, EVs and CCA

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 15:25
With California’s grid facing an era of rapid change as access to renewable energy grows, three new reports from the nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank Next 10 examine key issues involving the state’s power system. The reports take a deep dive into how the grid might be challenged or helped by the rise of electric vehicles; the increase in distributed energy resources (DER), such as rooftop solar panels; and the growth of community choice aggregation (CCA), which allows cities and counties to join together to purchase electricity on behalf of their community members.
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EPM to raise US$1.4 billion from asset sales to remain solvent after 2.4-GW Ituango hydro crisis

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 15:09

Empresas Publicas de Medellin in Colombia has announced it plans to raise up to US$1.4 billion from asset sales in a bid to remain solvent in the wake of the crisis at the 2.4-GW Ituango hydro facility.

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Singapore-based Blockchain Company Sparks Interest from TEPCO

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 14:48
According to Martin Lim, COO of Electrify.Asia, a company facilitating peer-to-peer energy trading across the distribution grid, blockchain technology doesn’t take utilities out of the equation, but rather it adds another layer of potential revenue for them and helps reduce the cost of delivering energy to homes and businesses.
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US Offshore Wind Farm to Sell Power for 6.5 Cents per kWh

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 19:17
Massachusetts electricity users will reap $1.4 billion in benefits over 20 years from the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the U.S. Avangrid Inc. and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, joint developers of the 800-megawatt project south of Martha’s Vineyard, expect to provide power and renewable energy credits at a levelized price of 6.5 cents per kilowatt hour, in 2017 dollars, over the term of the contracts, according to a letter Wednesday from the State Department of Energy Resources.
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The Future of Energy Infrastructure in Africa

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 14:48
Utility experts flocked to Johannesburg last month and talked how the skies the limit for the future opportunities and challenges of grid expansion and modernization in Africa.
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Nearly 10-MW Solar Farm Operational in Gallup, NM

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 14:18

The Allison Road solar farm is made up of nearly 29,000 panels in a single-axis tracker array. The Gallup farm is expected to generate more than 20 million kWh annually.

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Five Technology Trends That Are Already Improving the Utility Customer Experience

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 17:38
When we take a look back to see what new technologies have been talked about as challenging the accepted ways at utility companies, we can identify certain trends that are rising to the top. Typical among the technologies cited by utility stakeholders are cloud computing, digital transformation and IoT, electric vehicles, distributed/renewable energy sources and security. This article offers an analyst's perspective on how utilities can make the most of these technology trends and use them to improve the customer experience.
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There's a Hidden Battery Play in the ‘Extremes’ of Power Prices

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 17:35
There’s an energy-storage opportunity hidden in plain sight -- and it has little to do with electric vehicles. As batteries go mainstream, the “deepest potential” for them is likely to be in arbitrage, according to a Bloomberg NEF report Tuesday.
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Energy Absolute Plans Thai 'Gigafactory' to Seize Battery Storage Market

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 14:41
A Thai-based renewable energy technology company, Energy Absolute, plans to invest $3 billion in a battery 'gigafactory', hedging on Southeast Asia’s uptake of electric vehicles and smart grids.
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How Wind and Hydro Power Plus Energy Storage Are Paving the Way to 100 Percent Renewables in Alaska

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 14:18
While most of the world struggles with stabilizing renewables on the grid, a small island in Alaska has it all figured out. Kodiak Island, a place where you’ll find a self-sufficient community encircled by expanse wilderness, is known for its wild bears, its fish processing industry, and — of most interest to those in the energy storage sector —f or its nearly 100 percent clean energy microgrid. Wind, water and energy storage are the elements that have almost completely sunk fossil fuels, enabling the island’s affordable energy rates and miniscule carbon footprint: two achievements many grid operators strive to attain for their own networks.
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Acquisition Action in the Solar Asset Management and Monitoring Space

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 17:15
Last week renewable energy monitoring, controls, and asset management providers AlsoEnergy and skytron energy announced a merger. In addition, AlsoEnergy said that it was acquiring the assets of floundering Draker and will honor and support the contracts for the 2 GW worth of solar assets that Draker had been monitoring for its customers.
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