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US-Denmark Cooperation on Offshore Wind a Positive Sign from Trump Administration

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 19:49

Despite a huge potential, only a vanishingly small part of the United States power supply comes from offshore wind. A new collaboration, which the Minister of energy, supply and climate Lars Chr. Lilleholt has agreed with US Interior Minister Ryan Zinke, might help change.

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Commissioners Recommend Solar Tariffs and Quotas in Trade Case

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 17:12

In a hearing held today, October 31, the U.S. International Trade Commissioners announced their recommended tariffs, quotas and other recommendations for solar modules imported into the United States from anywhere else in the world. 

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This New Edge Device Will Transform Wind Turbine Condition Monitoring

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 12:21

One of the leaders in vibration monitoring technologies is working to bring the integration benefits of OSIsoft’s PI System to wind turbine condition monitoring—a process that traditionally requires a separate architecture to handle the high bandwidth coming from vibration sensors.

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What Happens When Solar Installers Get Frustrated with Loan Options?

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 12:00

Listen to Blake Jones and Aaron James discuss solar loans and the decisions consumers are making about financing today, new financing options and services, and the question of transparency in the solar loans market.

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UK Company Invests £500K to Switch from Oil to Biomass Boilers

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 16:00

Paper-product manufacturing company, Boardlink has invested £500,000 in biomass energy for its North Wales facility, installing wood-fueled boilers to fuel its 32,500-square meter site based in Hawarden. 

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What Will Influence Trump the Most on the Trade Case Remedy?

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 11:52

The International Trade Commission (ITC) is set to issue its decision tomorrow for a remedy in the Suniva/SolarWorld trade case, and send its report to President Donald Trump by mid-November.

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New data gives hope for meeting the Paris climate targets | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 10:00

Global carbon pollution appears to be close to peaking

Over the past half-century, growth in the global economy and carbon pollution have been tied together. When the global economy has been strong, we’ve consumed more energy, which has translated into burning more fossil fuels and releasing more carbon pollution. But over the past four years, economic growth and carbon dioxide emissions have been decoupled. The global economy has continued to grow, while data from the EU Joint Research Centre shows carbon pollution has held fairly steady.

As I read the agreement it requires the Chinese to do nothing at all for 16 years while these carbon emissions regulations are creating havoc in my state and around the country

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'Way off the planet': regional businesses use renewables to slash costs

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 23:00

From solar to running generators, some have quit the energy grid and several others are showing interest in ‘defecting’

In the heart of Queensland’s mining belt, a businessman who has grown his enterprise mostly off the back of the coal industry sees the energy sector going only one way.

“I think renewable energy is where the market’s going – what we class as the energy revolution,” says Jason Sharam.

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Hawaiian Utilities Enact Smart Inverter Requirements

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 14:51

Late last week the Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission (HPUC) approved two new programs that it hopes will lead to a more stable grid while also giving customers options to go solar. In addition, the HPUC clarified terms of existing programs.

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China Makes a Big Bet on Offshore Wind

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 13:59

In China, the year witnessed newly added wind power capacity of about 23 GW, decreasing 24 percent from a year earlier, according to data released by the Chinese Wind Energy Association. The country’s total installed wind power capacity reached 169 GW. 

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Getting Serious about Solar for Disaster Response and Recovery

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 13:32

The prospect of using solar power on a temporary basis, including for disaster response and recovery, is not new, of course. Indeed, Hurricane Hugo in 1988 is believed to be the first time that solar power was used for relief in the aftermath of a natural disaster. 

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3@3 on Solar PV: Attacks on Clean Energy, Hawaii, Consumer Protection

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:00

Today's topics include federal-level attacks on clean energy in both the U.S. and Australia. Plus, a new PUC ruling in Hawaii about PV + Storage and self-consumption. Finally, how do we make sure that consumers are protected in light of the interest from utilities to communicate with the inverter and the battery?

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New Connection Technology Is Cutting Cost of Solar Installation

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:25

Utility customers in Ohio and Nebraska are among those taking advantage of a new and simpler technique for connecting solar arrays and other renewable energy systems to the grid.

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Tesla Is Planning $340 Million Securitization With Solar Contracts

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:00

Tesla Inc. is preparing to bundle about $340 million of solar power purchase agreements and leases into a bond offering.

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Supply Update: Yes, Depending on the Country, There Is a Module Shortage

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:46

The solar PV industry is at a high degree of capacity utilization in 2017 driven by strong demand in China for PV deployment. Globally from 86 GWp to 92 GWp is on track to be installed in 2017. Currently the industry has 92 GWp of manufacturing capacity and at the beginning of the year there was 3 GWp of inventory on the supply and demand sides. 

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New York Takes the Spotlight for US Offshore Wind at AWEA Offshore WindPower 2017

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 19:20

On Tuesday October 24 at AWEA’s Offshore Wind Conference, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul highlighted three reasons that she believes New York will become the global hub for offshore wind and Statoil announced that it has named its project Empire Wind.

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How to Take a Forest Bath

Earth Easy - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 17:37

Forests bring a dose of calm to our stressed-out, overworked lives.

The post How to Take a Forest Bath appeared first on Eartheasy Blog.

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Caribbean Geothermal Assessment Gets Backing from Development Bank

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 17:10

The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved the use of USD325,500 by CDB for the benefit of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis to identify environmental and social impacts in the design of a geothermal energy (GE) exploratory test-drilling project.

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How to Address Over-Generation of Solar Energy

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 14:22

In 2013, the California Independent System Operator published a chart that is now commonplace in conversations about large-scale deployment of solar PV power. The duck curve—named after its resemblance to a duck—shows the difference in electricity demand and the amount of available solar energy throughout the day. 

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Largest US Grid Operator Opposes Perry’s Plan to Save Coal

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 14:03

The biggest U.S. grid operator is asking regulators to reject Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s plan to prop up ailing coal and nuclear plants. "I don’t know how this proposal could be implemented without a detrimental impact on the market," Andrew Ott, who heads up PJM Interconnection LLC, told reporters by phone Monday. 

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