Sustainable Living

PG&E's Wildfire Crisis Could Impact California's Ambitions Clean Energy Targets

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 16:45
California’s ambitious drive to combat climate change may hinge on the fate of its biggest utility owner.
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Gravity-Based Energy Storage Hits the Market

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 14:43
Earlier this month, Energy Vault, an Idealab company, announced the commercial availability of its energy storage solution that is based on the principles that underpin traditional gravity-based pumped hydro plants.
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Hawaiian Ranch Partnering to Build Microgrid

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 14:30

Parker Ranch, one of the largest cattle operations in the U.S., has award Go Electric with a contract to design and construct a 400-kW microgrid on-site. 

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Solar and Wind Now the Cheapest Power Source Says BloombergNEF

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:25

Unsubsidised solar and onshore wind are now the cheapest source of new bulk power in all major economies except Japan thanks to falling technology costs.

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Rugeley coal plant to be transformed into a sustainable village

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:01

Energy firm plans to build 2,000 homes powered by solar panels on the Staffordshire site

An old coal power station is set to be transformed into a “sustainable village” of 2,000 homes powered by solar panels, in the biggest redevelopment yet of a former UK power plant.

French firm Engie said it had decided against selling off the Rugeley site in Staffordshire and would instead build super efficient houses on the 139-hectare site as part of its bid to “move beyond energy”.

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Buildings Are Becoming Energy Hubs: How Utilities Can Adapt

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 11:13
As utility customers invest more in advanced energy technologies, buildings are becoming dynamic energy hubs. Anywhere, anytime, a building could be a consumer, storage point, or generator of energy. And a building’s energy profile could change instantaneously as it responds to signals from internal controls, the grid operator, or third parties to deploy assets like controllable water heaters, smart equipment, solar, and storage.
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Victoria's forestry fight: how the election is raising the environmental stakes

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 02:09

Major parties want ‘sustainable logging’ in native forests, but experts warn of ‘endgame’ for endangered species and drinking water

To understand the campaign to save Victoria’s old growth forests, ecologist David Lindenmayer says, you just need to turn on a tap in Melbourne.

Forget about the critically endangered Leadbeater’s possum, a species in which Lindenmayer is a global expert, or the vulnerable greater glider. Forget, too, about the carbon value of the mountain ash forests of the Victorian central highlands, which are among the most carbon-dense forests in the world.

Related: States may go it alone on clean energy target, says Victoria's energy minister

Related: Australian government backs coal in defiance of IPCC climate warning

Related: Victoria's renewable energy boom set to create thousands of jobs

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Utilities Offering Community Solar Programs Can Consult New Checklist to Ensure Success

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 16:16
Coming on the heels of Salt River Project’s announcement that it will procure up to 1 GW of solar capacity by 2025 and will seek to offer some community solar projects to its customers, this week two organizations released a new checklist intended to help regulators and interested stakeholders evaluate and improve community solar across the country.
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California CCAs Double Renewable Energy Commitment, Adding 1 GW Capacity, in One Year

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:57
The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) announced this week that community choice aggregators (CCAs) in the state have signed long-term contracts with new renewable energy facilities totaling more than 2,000 MW (2 GW), reflecting a strong commitment by CCAs to drive clean energy and economic development in California and help the state achieve ambitious decarbonization and climate change goals.
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SRP Adding 1,000 MW of Utility-Scale Solar Capacity by 2025

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:35
Salt River Project (SRP) this week announced that it plans to add 1,000 MW of new utility-scale solar energy to its system by the end of fiscal year 2025, accelerating the pace of development and total solar capacity that it had previously announced by 700 MW.
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Green energy subsidies fuel rise of Northern Ireland mega-farms

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:46

Huge expansion of agri-food industry is harming environment, say investigators

Green energy subsidies are fuelling the rise of poultry mega-farms across Northern Ireland, with owners accused of contaminating sensitive habitats with emissions from chicken faeces.

An alliance of agri-food companies enlisted the support of Northern Ireland politicians to unlock an estimated £800m in subsidies for contractors. This has paved the way for industry expansion at the expense of the environment, according to an investigation by the not-for-profit journalism group SourceMaterial.

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FERC provides deadlines for implementing elements of America’s Water Infrastructure Act

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 20:00

FERC announced Nov. 14 it has begun the process to implement the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018.

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First U.S. Residential Solar Projects Turn to Output Insurance

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 18:07
A tool designed as an insurance policy for solar-power generation will be used to manage the risk associated with U.S. residential systems for the first time as part of a financing agreement backing 4,000 projects in the Northeast.
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Extreme heat and drought could cause summer blackouts, energy market operator says

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 17:00

Heatwaves can limit generator capacity and lead to equipment failures, Aemo warns

Extreme weather over summer could reduce the output of coal, gas and hydro power generators and cause problems with the reliability of electricity supply, according to the Australian Energy Market Operator.

While there has been extensive political debate in Australia about the reliability of various forms of energy supply, the market operator will make the point on Friday that extreme weather imposes significant stress on the supposed ramparts of the system – thermal generators and transmission infrastructure.

Related: Energy minister declares Snowy Hydro expansion 'fundamental' to Australia

Related: Clean energy is cheap, surging – and headed for a fall

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The UK’s First Deep Geothermal Electricity Plant Starts Drilling in Cornwall

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 14:24
Geothermal Engineering Ltd. (GEL) announced that drilling for the UK’s first deep geothermal electricity plant at the United Downs Industrial Estate near St Day in Cornwall began last week. The aim of the initiative is to demonstrate the potential of the geothermal resource in the UK to produce electricity and renewable heat. The plant will have a capacity of up to 3 MW.
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Monsoon Winds Help Indian Wind Farm Owners in 2018

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:56
Wind speeds in India during the 2018 monsoon season were significantly higher than normal, and up to 20 percent higher than long-term averages in some regions, according to wind performance maps Vaisala published today. These higher wind speeds will benefit wind farm production; this is welcome news for wind energy operators and investors, who have faced several years of lower-than-normal wind energy production during the monsoon period.
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California ‘Smart Home Study’ Underway

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:48
The California Energy Commission (CEC) is funding a study that it hopes will result in lower utility bills for customers and more control over electricity load for utilities. The project will involve 100 homeowners in Southern California who will install various types of distributed energy resources (DER) such as thermostats, load control switches, batteries, water heaters and eventually electric vehicle chargers.
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Inventors of spinning wind turbine win James Dyson award

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 06:00

Lancaster students win £30,000 prize for O-Wind turbine after scooping UK equivalent

A spinning turbine that can capture wind travelling in any direction and could transform how consumers generate electricity in cities has won its inventors a prestigious international award and £30,000 prize.

Nicolas Orellana, 36, and Yaseen Noorani, 24, MSc students at Lancaster University, scooped the James Dyson award for their O-Wind Turbine, which – in a technological first – takes advantage of both horizontal and vertical winds without requiring steering.

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Governors Urge FERC To Consider the Renewable Benefits of One Unified Electricity Grid

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 15:30
The so-called “Seams Study” conducted by NREL and presented at POWER-GEN International in December 2017 during a session called #RocktheGrid is the basis of a new proposal put forth by a group of 18 U.S. governors. The bipartisan Governor’s Wind and Solar Energy Coalition sent a letter on November 9 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging commissioners to consider the benefits to the entire country of one unified electricity grid.
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Electricity is the ‘New Fuel of Choice’ Says IEA

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 14:30

According to the International Energy Agency, “2018 is the year of electricity” and global electricity supply “is being transformed by the rise of renewables”.

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