Sustainable Living

Report: Solar Downstream Companies Grab a Large Portion of VC Funding in Q2 2018

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 16:00
Total corporate funding (including venture capital funding, public market, and debt financing) into the solar sector in Q2 2018 rose 12.5 percent quarter-over-quarter to $2.8 billion from the $2.5 billion raised in Q1 2018, according to a report by Mercom Capital.
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AEP Kills Plan for Largest U.S. Wind Farm After Texas Rebuff

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 15:45
American Electric Power Co.’s $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project was done in by shaky economics, and may become a teaching moment for other developers planning big clean-energy projects.
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900-MW Wind Farm to Power Bitcoin Mining Operation

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 15:39
The rise of cryptocurrencies as assets attractive to fund managers is breathing life into a spit of land the size of Manhattan located on the southern coast of Morocco.
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Gas 'Peakers' Seeing New Life as Temps Increase and Renewables Fluctuate

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 15:25
Europe’s heat wave is hastening the rise of the “peaker,” a natural gas-fired power plant that can switch on and off quickly and runs only when there’s high demand.
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Our scorched Earth needs voters to put more heat on their politicians | Andrew Rawnsley

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sun, 07/29/2018 - 07:00

Britain won’t be unscathed by global warming. You can’t run from climate change and you can’t hide

Over the course of Britain’s sweltering summer, the landlord of the building inhabited by the Observer periodically informs us that our air conditioning is undergoing an “automated controlled shutdown” because the weather has become so hot and humid that the system is at risk of damaging itself. So just when you really need cooling air, you can’t have it. One to be filed under: you couldn’t make it up.

This is not uncommon. The offices, factories, homes, roads and railways of Britain were designed on the assumption that it is a country of blessedly temperate conditions, immune to extremes of heat and cold. When people say that Britain is not built to withstand a sizzling summer, this is more literally true than they may know.

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Dominion Energy Files 1st Plan under Grid Transformation & Security Act

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 14:13
US utility Dominion Energy has filed grid modernization plans with the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
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If You Are Part of the US Energy Storage Industry, Your Regional ISO Should Know You

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 13:50
Back in January, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a new rule that applies to energy storage projects. Known as Order 841, the rule allows energy storage to participate in wholesale energy markets for the first time ever. Many in the industry believe that this move could be a “game-changer” for energy storage.
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U.S. Government Has $4.5B to Lend to Renewable Energy Project Developers

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 13:48
Michael Reed, Director, Technical and Project Management Division at the U.S. Department of Energy is eager to put the money he has in his budget to work building out the next generation of large renewable energy projects.
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What Other States Can Learn from California’s Solar Mandate

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 11:36
State energy policymakers can achieve their economic and environmental goals only from carefully designed solar mandates.
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South Australia on track to meet 75% renewables target Liberals promised to scrap

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 01:38

Liberal energy minister, who inherited policy criticised as a mix of ‘ideology and idiocy’, says he’ll ensure it does not come at too high a price

South Australia’s energy minister says the state is on track to have 75% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025 – the target set by the former Labor premier Jay Weatherill and once rejected by his Liberal government.

And Dan van Holst Pellekaan pledged to ensure it does not come at too high a price.

Related: Sanjeev Gupta: Coal power is no longer cheaper – and we'll prove it

We must transition away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy ... And we need to do it sensibly.

Related: Life after coal: the South Australian city leading the way

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Renewables jobs at risk unless emissions reduction target ramped up

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 18:00

Analysis suggests 15,000 jobs at risk because of lack of new renewable projects under national energy guarantee

Activist groups are intensifying efforts to persuade Australia’s states and territories to demand the 26% emissions reduction target in the national energy guarantee be ramped up, with new analysis suggesting jobs in renewable energy will be lost.

A new projection from Green Energy Markets, funded by GetUp, says up to 15,000 jobs in large scale renewables projects in Queensland and Victoria are at risk unless the Neg’s emissions reduction targets are increased.

Related: Architects of energy policy tell states they can sign up even if they don't agree with emissions targets

Related: Sanjeev Gupta: Coal power is no longer cheaper – and we'll prove it

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Vattenfall Places First Turbine in New Wind Power Farm off Danish Coast

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 14:26

The wind farm will increase Danish annual electricity production from wind by about 12 percent.

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Tesla Trauma Shows Lithium Market Needs to Chill

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 12:52
Isn’t lithium meant to be a mood stabilizer? That’s certainly not what’s happening in the stocks of companies that produce the element used in rechargeable batteries and psychiatric medications. News this week that Tesla Inc. sent a memo to some suppliers asking them for payment rebates to help it become profitable shook shares in lithium miners.
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China's Silk Road Fund Takes 24 Percent Stake in Concentrating Solar Power Plant

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 12:37
hina’s Silk Road Fund will acquire a 24.01 percent interest in the world’s largest single-site solar thermal plant, which is being built in the United Arab Emirates. The 700-megawatt project will be developed along with Dubai Electricity & Water Authority and Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power Barka SAOG, ACWA said in a statement on Sunday. The plant will combine a central tower and parabolic trough technology to harvest energy from the sun, store it in molten salt and produce steam to generate power during the day and throughout the night.
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Bids Compete for Saudi 400 MW Windfarm

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 11:57

Saudi Arabia today opened final bidding for its first utility-scale windfarm.

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'The US government has checked out on renewables': can cities fill the gap?

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 11:00

Burlington, the first US city to run entirely on clean power, is inspiring other cities to make progress on climate change

Burlington in Vermont has already given the world Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and provided the political launchpad for Bernie Sanders. Now the city’s successful switch to 100% renewable electricity is spurring US mayors to fill the gaping void on climate change action left by the Trump administration.

Burlington didn’t make a fuss when it switched on a new hydropower plant in late 2014 and became the first US city to run entirely on clean power. “We didn’t have parades. I don’t know why in retrospect we didn’t make more of it,” says Miro Weinberger, the wire-haired mayor of Burlington.

The job of every elected official in this country changed the day Donald Trump was elected

Related: More than 100 cities now mostly powered by renewable energy, data shows

The city council began to shift to reflect a progressive point of view and they brought along the private sector

Related: Plight of Phoenix: how long can the world’s 'least sustainable' city survive?

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UK Islands Used To Test $14M Storage and Renewables Model

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 09:30

An energy storage and renewables project on the UK’s Isles of Scilly is aiming to become a low carbon energy model for island communities worldwide.

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Manufacturing Solar Modules with Solar Energy: One Company’s Vision

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 18:00
In July at Intersolar North America, Lee Zhenguo, President of LONGi Group laid out his “solar for solar” vision and explained how one day he believes solar will be so cheap that it will be used to help fix some of the monumental environmental issues that plague the world today.
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UK Offshore Wind Power Capacity Could Nearly Double by 2030

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 14:09
The UK's offshore wind power capacity is set to nearly double over the next decade, as a result of a new government initiative, according to the industry. It said that by 2030, between a fifth and a third of the UK's electricity could come from offshore wind power. Thanks to plummeting costs, offshore wind has become an increasingly affordable source of clean energy.
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Should California Opt-In to One Large Regional Power Grid?

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 14:01

Late last year, Renewable Energy World published articles and a video to explain the energy imbalance market to readers. This is the market that was created as a result of the fact that California often has excess solar, wind and hydropower and must “curtail” those energy sources, which means turn them off completely. Instead of curtailing them, through the energy imbalance market, those solar, wind, and hydropower plant owners can sell their power over the border to neighboring states.  

Now the state is mulling an even larger opportunity, in which it would dissolve its current grid operator, the California ISO (Cal-ISO) and form one large regional grid, which would have oversight from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The move could lead to lower electricity rates and cleaner energy for all regions, some say. Others worry that giving up state oversight and letting FERC take control could lead to California at some point propping up coal-fired power plants in Wyoming and Utah. After all, FERC has been considering proposals from Secretary Perry on how to keep coal and nuclear power plants alive — the latest move being one related to national security. The articles below outline some of the issues in play. What do you think the state should do? -- JMR  

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