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Solar Power Plant Operators: Are You Prepared for a Reliability Audit?

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 08:19
Solar reliability audits are intense and time-consuming. The energy facility operator bears the burden of demonstrating compliance with reliability standards that are continually evolving to keep up with technological and regulatory changes. Even so, with the fast-paced growth of solar energy development, some solar facility operators have yet to experience a reliability audit. Understanding the audit process and having the right strategy can ease the burden and help ensure that you are well-prepared.
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New Jersey's Planned $4.1B Clean Energy Investment includes $180M for Storage

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 08:00
New Jersey’s biggest utility says it can make money by getting its customers to use less of what it sells.
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How Renewables Lead to a World of Peak Energy

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 05:59
It can be hard to get your head around just how much energy the world uses. Expressed in terms of oil, it was equivalent to almost 14 billion metric tons of the stuff in 2017. That’s like burning through all of Russia’s proved reserves in the space of 12 months, which is, in technical terms, a lot.
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PM claims Australia will meet Paris target 'in a canter' despite emissions climbing

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 03:38

Morrison says rate of increase not as high as previous years and renewables investment will ensure Australia meets commitment

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have continued to rise, but Scott Morrison seized on the silver lining, maintaining Australia would meet its Paris commitment, despite the government having no legislated instrument to help it get there.

Figures released on Friday showed Australia’s emissions increased 1.3% in the year to March 2018, up all sectors – except land use and electricity, where renewable technologies were having an impact on the latter.

Related: Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions climb again amid climate policy vacuum

Related: Business council faces negative ad blitz over criticism of 45% emissions target

Related: Steep emissions reductions targets won't drive up power bills, modelling shows

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Energy Poverty amidst Abundant Generation Capacity: Africa in Perspective

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 19:18
Energy poverty is a challenge in many countries and continues to attract attention in international development discourses. Beside the inconveniences people and societies have to face, the lack of affordable and reliable energy supply is a social and economic tragedy with serious implications for many development outcomes.
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Massachusetts Regulators Approve New ‘SMART’ Solar, Storage Program

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 19:09
More than a year after it was first announced, this week the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) approved the state’s newest solar incentive program, Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART), which provides declining incentives for up to 1600 MW of solar. The incentives are a fixed amount and vary by “block” and also decline over time. The program includes added incentives for systems that include features like energy storage, community solar and other location-based solar installations, such as brownfield developments.
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Tesla Tumbles on Worries of Musk-Less Future

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 16:27
It’s nearly impossible to imagine Tesla Inc. without Elon Musk, its chairman, CEO, largest shareholder and public face.
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World Bank Offers $1 Billion for Batteries in Emerging Markets

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 16:08
The World Bank Group committed $1 billion to finance battery-storage systems in developing and middle-income countries, and expects its participation to attract another $4 billion in backing from investors as well as public and private funds.
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US Production, Consumption of Non-Hydro Renewables Hit Record High in 1H 2018

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 13:36
Non-hydro renewable energy sources (i.e., biofuels, biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) set new U.S. records for both production and consumption in the first half of 2018, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of data just released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
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Renewables in UK Energy Mix Hit All-time High

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 12:42

The share of renewables in the UK’s electricity generation hit a record high of 31.7 per cent in the second quarter of 2018, while coal dropped to an all-time low of only 1.6 per cent.

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Statkraft Plans Annual Investments of US$1.2 Billion in Renewable Energy, including Hydropower

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 11:00

Statkraft has announced it is planning annual investments of about NOK10 billion (US$1.2 billion) in renewable energy from 2019 to 2025, including “large upgrades of Nordic hydropower.”

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Corbyn Vows to ‘Kickstart a Green Energy Revolution’ in the UK

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 08:20

The Leader of the Opposition in the UK has vowed to “kickstart a green jobs revolution that will help tackle climate change, provide sustainable energy for the future and create skilled jobs in every nation and region” of Britain.


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Business council faces negative ad blitz over criticism of 45% emissions target

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 18:00

Australia Institute will launch advertising campaign debunking assertion that 45% target would wreck economy

The Business Council of Australia will find itself the target of a negative advertising campaign for declaring that an emissions reduction target of 45% would wreck the Australian economy.

With Labor planning to go to the federal election with an emissions reduction target of 45%, and the Coalition spoiling for a partisan fight, the progressive thinktank the Australia Institute will invest campaign resources in debunking a claim from the BCA that the proposed target is “economy-wrecking”.

The emissions target of 26% is appropriate and achievable. 45% is an economy wrecking target. #auspol

Related: Energy minister's electorate backs higher emissions reduction target, poll shows

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Abandoning nuclear power plans 'would push up carbon emissions'

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 17:07

Report due to be published on Thursday warns of ‘folly of technological tribalism’

Abandoning the UK’s ambitions for a number of new nuclear power stations would cause carbon emissions to spike and push up energy costs, according to lobbyists led by a former Conservative MP.

The New Nuclear Watch Institute warned against what it called the “folly of technological tribalism” of pursuing a future powered by renewables and gas-fired power stations, rather than any new nuclear plants.

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Indian Solar Tariff Questions Answered: Will They Delay Modi's Goals?

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 14:47
India has imposed duties on imports of solar equipment from China and Malaysia lasting two years. The aim is to kick-start a domestic industry that’s failed to take off in the face of ever-cheaper imports of solar cells and modules. China accounted for 89 percent of imports in the last financial year. The protectionist move risks setting back India’s climate change commitments by slowing the buildup of renewable energy capacity, even as prices for solar power in the world’s second-most populous nation fall to record lows.
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Former Coal Plant Now Home to Community Solar + Storage Facility

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 14:32
On Tuesday, ENGIE North American and Holyoke Gas and Electric (HG&E) christened the largest grid-scale energy storage system in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. The 3-MW / 6-MWh system is integrated with the 5.6-MW Mt. Tom community solar farm, one of the largest community solar farms in the state. The solar farm went online in 2017.
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China Sets New Renewables Target of 35 Percent by 2030

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 14:28
China is stepping up its push into renewable energy, proposing higher green power consumption targets and penalizing those who fail to meet those goals to help fund government subsidies to producers.
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Corbyn vows to end 'greed-is-good' capitalism in UK

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 21:30

In conference speech Labour leader to lay out plans to change direction of economy

Jeremy Corbyn will on Wednesday attack the “greed-is-good” capitalism that he claims has resulted in large swaths of the UK being left behind, promising a raft of new policies including a “green jobs revolution” that will create 400,000 new positions.

The Labour leader will attempt to reset the theme of the Labour conference which has so far been dominated by deep divisions over its Brexit stance and return to his core argument about the failure of the broken economic system.

Related: Labour delegates back Keir Starmer push for public vote on Brexit

Related: Has Labour's stance on Brexit changed?

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Arlene Foster: Martin McGuinness knew of 'cash for ash' warnings

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 18:41

DUP leader claims deputy first minister at time was aware of concerns about energy scheme

Arlene Foster, the Democratic Unionist party leader, has claimed Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness knew of warnings about a botched green energy scheme that cost the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds.

A public inquiry into the “cash for ash” scandal heard evidence from Foster on Tuesday that she had told the late deputy first minister about a note from a whistleblower that claimed people were abusing the system for financial gain.

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Rhode Island Charts a Course for a Cleaner Grid

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 15:45
Rhode Island is a small state with big energy ambitions. Like many states, however, those ambitions are complicated by an outdated electric grid.
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