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A Solar Game-Changer for Nonprofits

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 11:51
In a groundbreaking decision, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal utility in the U.S., recently granted to CollectiveSun the right to market its proprietary Solar Purchase Agreement (SPA) in the LADWP service area.
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Why We Should Make Wind Turbine Technician Safety a Global Priority

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 05:00

Last year nearly 44,000 wind turbine technicians around the world completed or refreshed their standardized basic safety and technical training and early indications suggest at least 20 percent more will do so in 2018. Why does this matter? Put simply, we need standardization.

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Record Low Solar Prices May Return to India Thanks to China Reforms

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 20:04
India may be the biggest beneficiary of solar industry reforms in China that are poised to reduce prices for photovoltaic panels. China announced last week it was halting approvals of some new solar projects this year and cutting subsidies to developers to ease its pace of expansion.
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California Goes Big On Transportation Electrification Hoping To Spur More EV Adoption

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 17:29
Late last week, California’s three largest investor owned utilities (IOUs), which provide service to over 30 million people, agreed to a five-year, $738 million plan to invest in transportation electrification. The plan was formally approved in a unanimous vote by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC), the culmination of a process required by California’s 2015 Senate Bill 350, which set a timeline and pathway for transportation electrification to help advance CA’s clean air and greenhouse gas reduction goals. (CA’s smaller IOUs are on a different timeline.)
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Unpacking the Energy Storage Opportunity in America

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 16:17

Storage is rightfully one of the hottest topics in the energy industry right now. The potential benefits and profitability has prompted plenty of excitement — and questions — among industry leaders. 

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Pay-As-You-Go Solar Provider Raises $2 Million for Myanmar Expansion

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 11:51
More than 40,000 homes in rural Myanmar will have access to solar by the end of the year thanks to a new investment in Singapore-based pay-as-you-go provider SolarHome.
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ABCs of NDT: Understanding Nondestructive Testing Techniques that Are Essential to Keeping Wind Turbines Generating Electricity

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 05:00

Non-destructive testing is a broad category of inspection methods that technicians use to highlight cracks, corrosion, and irregularities that are too small to see with the naked eye but nonetheless can compromise the integrity of gears, bearings, blades, and other structural pieces that make up wind turbines.

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Pumped hydro projects unveiled as Tasmania bids to be 'battery of the nation'

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 22:22

State and federal governments to confirm that 14 lake sites have been earmarked

Pumped hydro projects generating energy at twice the scale of the much-vaunted Snowy 2.0 scheme will be identified across Tasmania on Wednesday, with modelling suggesting the proposal could deliver thousands of jobs between now and 2028.

The Turnbull and Hodgman governments will confirm that 14 pumped hydro sites have been earmarked across the state with a combined potential generation capacity of up to 4,800 megawatts.

Related: Australia's largest windfarm wins planning approval

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First Grid-Scale Energy Summit Will Highlight Storage "Beyond Batteries"

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 21:04
In the 2019 FY Budget, the office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) included a $90M request to fund a new initiative it calls “Beyond Batteries.” The initiative is part of the DOE Grid Modernization Initiative, and focuses on new approaches to energy storage, which could include hybrid technologies such as pairing hydropower with solar or wind energy in order to provide a stable, dispatchable energy supply.
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South Africa Plans to Add Up to $4 Billion of Renewable Projects

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:41
South Africa plans to invite bidders for additional renewable power projects that may amount to as much as 50 billion rand ($4 billion) of investment and help stimulate local and black-owned business.
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First Grid-Scale Liquid Air Energy Storage Plant Commissioned

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 12:41
U.K.-based Highview Power today commissioned what it says is the world’s first demonstration of grid-scale liquid air energy storage technology.
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Pioneering 'liquid air' project can help store excess electricity

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 05:00

Scheme in north-west England could aid grids as wind and solar power grows

A pioneering project in north-west England will turn air into liquid for energy storage to help electricity grids cope with a growing amount of wind and solar power.

The world’s first full-scale “liquid air” plant is based on a technology that advocates say is cheaper and able to provide power for longer periods than lithium-ion batteries.

Related: Wind and solar make more electricity than nuclear for first time in UK

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Utility Green Tariffs Are a New Way for Fortune 500 Companies to Buy Clean, Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 05:00

Utilities know their larger corporate customers want clean energy to fulfill their sustainability goals and help their bottom line. Rather than contracting directly with developers, many corporations are finding a new way forward through so-called “Green Tariffs” designed by the utilities themselves.

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Australia's largest windfarm wins planning approval

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 02:07

$1bn project in Queensland’s Bowen basin to consist of almost 200 turbines

The Queensland government has approved the country’s largest windfarm, a $1bn project to build almost 200 turbines in the shadow of the Bowen basin’s coalmines.

The 800-megawatt Clarke Creek project, in cattle country north-west of Rockhampton, received planning approval on Tuesday morning. The company behind the project, Lacour Energy, says it will create about 350 jobs during three years of construction and has the capacity to provide 3% of the generation required to power the entire state. It also includes a solar component.

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The Electricity Sector Is Dominating the Modern Energy Transition; Heating/Cooling and Transport Must Catch Up

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 19:45
New data on the world’s transition to renewable energy are in, and the results are clear — the electricity sector’s uptake of renewables is well underway, but the transition for the heating/cooling and transport sectors has “barely begun,” according to the REN21 Renewables 2018 Global Status Report.
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South Australia rides renewables boom to become electricity exporter | Giles Parkinson

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 18:00

State reverses decades of importing power, while solar continues to grow nationally and emissions fall, audit shows

The politics may not change much, but Australia’s electricity grid is changing before our very eyes – slowly and inevitably becoming more renewable, more decentralised, and challenging the pre-conceptions of many in the industry.

The latest national emissions audit from The Australia Institute, which includes an update on key electricity trends in the national electricity market, notes some interesting developments over the last three months.

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FERC releases draft environmental impact statement for 361.9-MW Yuba River relicensing

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 16:19

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the U.S. has prepared a draft environmental impact statement for relicensing of the 361.9-MW Yuba River Development Project in California.

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Trump Orders Action to Stem Coal, Nuclear Plant Shutdowns

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 12:48
President Donald Trump ordered his energy secretary to take immediate action to stem power plant closures, arguing that a decline in coal and nuclear electricity is putting the nation’s security at risk.
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The latest weak attacks on EVs and solar panels | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 10:00

The powerful few who benefit from the fossil fuel status quo are exerting their influence

Over the past two weeks, media attacks on solar panels and electric vehicles have been followed by Trump administration policies aimed at boosting their fossil fueled rivals.

#BREAKING VIDEO: Sinking barge spilling coal into the Monongahela River in Pennsylvania

Video via WTAE-TV

I eagerly await the administration’s regulations protecting pagers, fax machines, and Blockbuster.

The terrible idea is that electric cars are the wave of the future, at least for the mass market. Gasoline has advantages in energy density, cost, infrastructure and transportability that electricity doesn’t and won’t for decades.

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