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ENGIE Signs 25-year Solar Deal in Senegal

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 11:38

ENGIE has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement for two solar photovoltaic projects in Senegal, Africa.

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Woodside Petroleum joins BHP and Rio Tinto to call for carbon price

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 01:35

‘By the time the science is proven, it will be too late to act,’ chief Peter Coleman says

Woodside Petroleum chief executive, Peter Coleman, has joined mining giants BHP and Rio Tinto in calling for a price on carbon to help with emissions reduction targets and the transition to renewable energy.

But the energy minister, Angus Taylor, has claimed Australia doesn’t need a carbon price as emissions levels are coming down – a position at odds with the government’s official emissions data and independent modelling.

Related: Half of Australia's emissions increase linked to WA's Gorgon LNG plant

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Digital Future Carries the day at Schneider Electric Innovation Summit

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 20:11

And CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire, the French CEO of Schneider Electric, said it was fitting to focus so much on digital in North America. “This is the birthplace,” he said in the opening keynote at the Hilton Atlanta downtown. “This is where it all started.”

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California Moves to Replace Gas Plants With Battery Storage

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 18:02
PG&E Corp. plans to replace three natural gas-fired power plants in California with battery-storage systems as the state continues its push to squeeze fossil fuels out of the electricity mix.
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Energy minister declares Snowy Hydro expansion 'fundamental' to Australia

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 17:00

Angus Taylor speech leads into crucial board decision on whether or not to proceed

The energy minister Angus Taylor has backed Malcolm Turnbull’s pet project, the expansion of the Snowy Hydro scheme, ahead of critical deliberations on the project due next month.

Taylor will use a speech on Wednesday to express confidence that Snowy “will be a fundamental part of our future energy needs for many generations”. The board is due to decide in mid-December whether to proceed with additional generation capacity of 2,000MW.

Related: Angus Taylor fails to get price cut commitment from energy retailers

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The Blue Circle partners with Ayala Group to develop wind projects in Southeast Asia

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 15:57

The Blue Circle Pte Ltd has signed a strategic partnership with AC Energy Inc., power subsidiary of Ayala Corporation, to jointly develop and construct a pipeline of projects providing about 1,500 MW of wind capacity across Southeast Asia, including more than 700 MW in Vietnam.

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Spain plans switch to 100% renewable electricity by 2050

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 15:13

Ambitious scheme also aims to fully decarbonise country’s economy shortly after

Spain has launched an ambitious plan to switch its electricity system entirely to renewable sources by 2050 and completely decarbonise its economy soon after.

By mid-century greenhouse gas emissions would be slashed by 90% from 1990 levels under Spain’s draft climate change and energy transition law.

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Major Energy Storage Consolidation: C&D Technologies Acquires Trojan Battery

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 15:11
When two battery companies with almost 100-year histories combine, the result is one huge battery player, ready to meet the growing demand for energy storage solutions. That’s the idea at least behind Trojan Battery Company’s announcement last week that it is being acquired by C&D Technologies.
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120-MW Pulichintala hydroelectric project commissioned in India

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 15:00

The fourth and final 30-MW hydro generating unit has been commissioned at the 120-MW Pulichintala Hydro-Electric Project in Telangana State, India.

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Global report highlights Australia’s renewables potential amid mixed signals for coal

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 05:55

Australia singled out for possible hydrogen boom, but also forecast to increase coal production

Australia is singled out as a country with strong potential for new hydrogen production facilities in the latest World Energy Outlook, which paints an uncertain future for coal exports and strong projected growth for solar power.

The new stocktake from the International Energy Agency (IEA) says in resource-rich countries such as Australia, hydrogen facilities could be built to sit alongside solar photovoltaic and wind facilities. The report says under such a set-up, Australia “could provide nearly 100m tonnes of oil equivalent of hydrogen, equivalent to 3% of global gas consumption today.”

Related: Australia should be 'exporting sunshine, not coal', economist Jeffrey Sachs tells Q&A

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10 Options and 5 Case Studies Show How to Reform Utility Business Models

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 16:18
Experts from Rocky Mountain Institute, the Advanced Energy Economy Institute and America’s Power Plan have released a new report that shows why new utility business models are key to the energy transition.
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Wind Turbine Manufacturers Hit Turbulence

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 15:27
The shakeout in wind turbine manufacturing industry is starting to produce winners and losers after increasing competition gutted margins. Wind is one of the lowest-cost forms of energy generation and getting cheaper, with turbine prices down more than 50 percent in the past decade. That has hurt profit and spurred gloomier market outlooks from wind machinery makers from General Electric Co. to Vestas Wind Systems A/S.
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Putting PURPA Under a Microscope

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 15:01
A 40-year-old law that’s been key to the growth of renewable energy in the U.S. may be due for an overhaul.
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Michigan Utilities Have a $7B Grid Modernization Plan

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 14:45
Michigan’s two largest utilities plan to spend $7.2 billion over the next five years to improve electric reliability while preparing for more electric vehicles and distributed generation.
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Moorside’s atomic dream was an illusion. Renewables are the future

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 07:00
The collapse of Toshiba’s project underlines the fact that new nuclear is a more unreliable proposition than wind and solar

Toshiba’s decision to pull out of building a nuclear power station in Cumbria last week will cause shockwaves far beyond the north-west of England.

The outcome is a disaster for the surrounding area, which is heavily reliant on the nuclear industry for jobs and prosperity. Local politicians admit it is a blow and a disappointment for Cumbrians hoping for roles at the proposed Moorside plant. They say they genuinely believe a new buyer for the site will come forward. But that looks like wishful thinking.

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How Digitalization and Blockchain Can Unlock an Energy Trading Revolution

Renewable Energy World - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 02:45

Digital solutions could revolutionize energy trading if they were adopted more widely across the market.

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Research Center for a Smarter Grid Opens in NYC

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 15:53
This week, distributed energy resource management (DERMs) software provider Smarter Grid Solutions announced the official opening of its new research and development laboratory in New York City.
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Duke Carolinas Completes $1B Green Bonds Issue to Finance Renewables and Energy Storage

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 15:43

Duke is focused on emissions reduction by retiring coal-fired plants, increasing nuclear generation capacity and has add close to 650 MW of built or purchased solar energy.

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Solar + Storage ‘Net-Zero Plus’ Residential Community Launching in Florida

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 15:32
When Florida lawmakers approved key solar legislation last year, they unleashed a tidal wave of residential solar potential. Yesterday’s announcement from energy storage company sonnen and homebuilder Pearl Homes is another example of the how solar is taking off in the sunshine state.
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Victorian election roundup: Andrews pushes solar while Guy backs coal

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 23:42

Labor’s solar rebate for renters; Liberals not contesting Richmond, and the dangers of shearing shed press conferences

The Andrews government has announced a rooftop solar rebate for renters and pledged to extend its renewable energy target in an effort to push its environmental credentials ahead of the 24 November state election.

The proposed $82m solar rebate will allow 50,000 renters to share the cost of installing solar panels or solar hot water on their rental home with the state government, which would pay 50%, and their landlord, who would pay 25%. The cost borne by renters would be spread out over four years and paid incrementally through monthly rent.

Related: 'Stick to the plan': major parties at odds over Victoria's family violence strategy

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