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Section 201 Solar Trade Case Killed Jobs Before It Was Even Implemented

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 16:33

According to job numbers released this week by The Solar Foundation (TSF), the solar industry employed just about 4 percent less people in 2017 than it did in 2016. The Solar Jobs Census found that 250,271 Americans work in solar as of 2017, representing a 3.8 percent decline, or about 9,800 fewer jobs, since 2016. This is the first year that jobs have decreased since the Solar Jobs Census was first released in 2010. 

 

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US Tax Credits Finally Extended for ‘Orphaned’ Clean Energy Tech

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 15:46

Representatives of what have been dubbed “orphaned” clean energy technologies breathed easier knowing they finally won tax credit extensions as part of the spending bill passed today.

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Creating and Maintaining a Microgrid: Tools to Get You from Concept to Reality to O&M

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 21:22

If the energy industry learned anything in 2017, it was that energy systems are highly vulnerable to damage from hurricanes, wild fires and other natural disasters and work should be done to make the world’s electric grids much more resilient. 

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Offshore Wind Success Continues through 2017

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:20

The offshore wind market does not see as much capacity installed in a given year as its onshore counterpart. Despite that, the sector is showing higher growth rates and steady success at reducing financial risk and cost.

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Digitalization Is Revolutionizing the Renewable Energy Sector

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 13:47

Renewable energy capacity increases faster than any other technology, as clean energy has never seen such high demand. A decline in investment is not due to a lack of interest, but more significantly, a considerable drop in the costs of green energy technology. 

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World's Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Pivots to Solar and Batteries

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 13:03

Vestas Wind Systems A/S will offer solar power and storage, allowing the world’s biggest turbine maker to sell hybrid renewable plants that generate electricity around the clock.

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Solar PV Market Outlook 2018: Cheaper and Bigger — Continuing to Break Records

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 20:49

Top industry experts say that in 2018, high efficiency mono c-Si modules and high-voltage inverters will take more market share, and distributed generation will start to pick up.

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When We Talk about the Future of Renewables, We’re Only Right About Half the Time

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 18:37

When I started at Renewable Energy World in the fall of 2007 as a part-time news editor, the year 2020 seemed eons away. At that time, it was easy to write about how much of a particular region’s electricity would be supplied by renewable energy by 2020, because even though the numbers were very small in 2008, with 2020 so far away, predictions seemed easily plausible.

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New Horizons for Renewable Energies in Morocco and Africa

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 18:17

Morocco adopted a new energy strategy in 2009 to reduce its dependence on energy from abroad, in addition to the limitation of its greenhouse gas emissions, thus contributing to the preservation of the environment.

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Why You Should Stop Using Road Salt Around Your House

Earth Easy - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 17:39

Studies show the cumulative harms of road salt on our health and waterways. So what can you do about it?

The post Why You Should Stop Using Road Salt Around Your House appeared first on Eartheasy Blog.

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Compound Could Transform Energy Storage for Large Grids

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 15:07

In order to power entire communities with clean energy, such as solar and wind power, a reliable backup storage system is needed to provide energy when the sun isn’t shining and the wind doesn’t blow.

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What Cape Town can learn from Australia’s millennium drought

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 01:02

As Day Zero looms and the South African city gets set to run out of water, experts say lessons learned during Melbourne’s brush with a similar fate may help avert a global crisis

In December 2017, Seona Candy drove through the vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley near Cape Town towards the banks of the Sonderend river. In the late 1970s, the waterway was dammed to create the biggest reservoir in South Africa’s Western Cape. Behind the thick walls of the Theewaterskloof dam lay the capacity to hold 480 million cubic metres of water, nearly half of Cape Town’s water supply.

“When I got there, it was mostly dust,” Candy says.

Related: Cape Town faces Day Zero: what happens when the city turns off the taps?

Related: Climate change: 90% of rural Australians say their lives are already affected

Urban water scarcity is a problem produced by social institutions. It is an issue of transition

Related: Day Zero: how Cape Town is running out of water

Related: Let Cape Town revolutionise the way we think about water | Anne Van Loon

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Marine energy project research and development continues in Europe

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 18:15

Similar to January, February is seeing several marine energy researches and development companies throughout the world move forward with their respective projects after receiving funding support.

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Rhode Island Prepares for 400-MW Clean Energy Tender; Offshore Wind Welcome

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 18:05

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo yesterday directed Rhode Island's utilities to issue a procurement for up to 400 MW of clean energy, including offshore and onshore wind, solar and hydro resources.

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Macquarie Joins with Venture Firm to Target Storage, EV Charging Tech

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 17:18

Macquarie’s new program will help develop so-called infratech companies. Eligible projects include those focused on energy storage and electric-vehicle charging networks. Applications will be accepted throughout the year starting this week.

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BP aims to invest more in renewables and clean energy

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 16:01

Boss says his industry is changing but ‘the world is going to need oil and gas for decades’

BP has declared it is looking to acquire more green energy firms, as the British oil giant pledged to set carbon targets for its operations.

However, while the chief executive, Bob Dudley, said the industry was in a period of major change, he made clear that hydrocarbons would remain the core of BP’s business.

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UK built half of Europe's offshore wind power in 2017

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 10:48

Capacity is growing fast and turbines getting bigger – some almost as large as the Shard

Britain accounted for more than half of the new offshore wind power capacity built in Europe last year, as the sector broke installation records across the continent.

The windfarms out in the North Sea and other shallow European waters are getting bigger in every sense. Soon turbines will almost be as large as the Shard, Europe’s tallest building.

Offshore windfarms in the UK supplied 3.95 terawatt hours of power from the start of July to the end of September, the latest period for which data is available. That was 5.3% of all electricity generation. 

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How Tesla's big battery is bringing Australia’s gas cartel to heel

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 02:40

South Australia’s big gamble on grid-scale battery storage may pay for itself in just a year if it continues to prevent massive price spikes

• Giles Parkinson is editor of RenewEconomy

On Sunday 14 January something very unusual happened.

The Australian Energy Market Operator called – as it often does – for generators in South Australia to provide a modest amount of network services known as FCAS, or frequency control and ancillary services.

Related: Australia needs Tesla battery to prevent summer blackouts, regulator says

Related: South Australia turns on Tesla's 100MW battery: 'History in the making'

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Wind Farm Derivative Accounting and Dodd-Frank Reporting Considerations

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 19:53

For corporate power purchase agreements and other hedging alternatives to securing predictable cash flows for wind farms, what are the derivative accounting and Dodd-Frank reporting requirements?

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Blockchain Energy Venture Gains Utility Partners, Financing

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 18:34

A joint venture started by the Rocky Mountain Institute and an Austrian company exploring the potential of blockchain on energy transactions has attracted a new round of partners and financing in the past six months.

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