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Back to square one in energy policy: we now have a plan to produce a plan | Simon Holmes à Court

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 00:48

Details are scant about the national energy guarantee. From what we know so far, battles are looming on several fronts

A year and a day — that’s how long it took Frydenberg to kill off “Finkel”.

On 7 October 2016, just nine days after a series of tornados took out at least 22 transmission pylons in South Australia and set off a cascading series of events resulting in a state-wide blackout, federal environment and energy minister John Frydenberg commissioned chief scientist professor Alan Finkel to review the stability of our energy system. Finkel’s expert team met with regulators around the world, considered 390 submissions, held 120 meetings and commissioned modelling from multiple experts.

Related: What is the national energy guarantee and is it really a game changer?

Related: A shift to clean energy will come but politics remain vile until the next election | Simon Holmes à Court

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MHI Vestas Selects US Facility to Test 9.5-MW Offshore Wind Turbine Nacelle

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 17:45

On Tuesday October 24, 2017 at the AWEA Offshore Wind Conference, wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas announced that it is making a $35 million investment with Clemson University to test its newest 9.5-MW gearbox at Clemson’s facility in Charleston, SC. The investment comes with a five-year contract and is an important first step for the manufacturer as it eyes the U.S. market.

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Li-ion Tech Gets First Testing Platform for Battery Lifetime

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 16:46

DNV GL yesterday said that it has created the first testing-based verification of battery lifetime for lithium-ion batteries.

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Governments of Spain and Bolivia agree to cooperate on dam safety issues

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 16:14

Representatives of the governments of Spain and Bolivia have signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation on the issue of dam safety.

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Virginia Seeks First Wind Farm in Region With Slowest Breezes

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 13:47

Anchored by General Electric Co.’s turbine factory in Pensacola, Florida, the southeast is home to more than 100 manufacturing sites supplying the U.S. wind industry.

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Ørsted Makes Headway on New Jersey Offshore Wind Farm

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 13:25

19 October 2017 - Aqualis Offshore, a sister company to Offshore Wind Consultants Limited (OWC), has been awarded a contract by Ørsted (Formerly DONG Energy) to provide geotechnical site investigation supervision services at their Ocean Wind offshore wind farm.

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The Flawed Analysis Behind the Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 19:21

The Trump Administration’s proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP) is based on flawed analysis that understates its benefits. This action is part of this administration’s unfortunate pattern of dismantling sensible policies and rejecting the underlying science of climate change. Repealing the CPP would remove another federal protection meant to help Americans avoid damages from a changing climate.

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Everything You Need to Know about Wind Turbine Technicians

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 19:13

Want to hover hundreds of feet in the air on an average work day? Then being a wind technician may be just for you. It’s the fastest growing occupation of the decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and employment numbers are expected to more than double over the next 10 years.

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FERC Commissioner Gives Perspective on the Energy Markets in Light of NOPR

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:19

On Friday at the Pierce Atwood Energy Infrastructure Symposium, keynote speaker and FERC commissioner Cheryl LaFleur offered insight into how she would be considering the recently proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that the secretary of Energy issued last month.

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First Look at Sono Motors' Solar and Battery-Powered Electric Car

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 15:25
Considering the reputation of crowdfunding and also the state of the EV startup scene, which hasn't delivered in a while, it's pleasantly surprising to see some actual progress with a new electric car concept. After a successful crowdfunding effort, German startup Sono Motors has unveiled the Sion, a battery-electric car partly powered by solar power with onboard solar cells, earlier this year.
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SunPower Obtains $53 Million Financing for Residential Solar

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 14:51

SunPower Corp., the second-largest U.S. panel manufacturer, arranged more than $53 million in financing for residential-solar installations.

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Americans want a tax on carbon pollution, but how to get one? | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 10:00

A new study finds that Americans are willing to pay an extra $15 per month on energy bills to tackle climate change.

According to a new study published by Yale scientists in Environmental Research Letters, Americans are willing to pay a carbon tax that would increase their household energy bills by $15 per month, or about 15%, on average. This result is consistent with a survey from last year that also found Americans are willing to pay an average of $15 to $20 per month to combat climate change. Another recent Yale survey found that overall, 78% of registered American voters support taxing and/or regulating carbon pollution, including 67% of Republicans and 60% of conservative Republicans.

Policy elites sometimes have ideological stances quite different than their constituents, even of their own party (e.g., background checks on gun purchases in the US which is overwhelmingly favored by Democrats and Republicans).

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UK energy firms call on chancellor to boost carbon tax

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 05:01

SSE and Drax tell Philip Hammond they need longer-term clarity on price floor if they are to replace coal power plants

Two of Britain’s biggest energy companies have called on Philip Hammond to strengthen a carbon tax that has driven a dramatic collapse in coal power generation, arguing it is essential for the shift to cleaner energy.

SSE, the UK’s second largest energy supplier, and Drax, which runs the country’s biggest power station in North Yorkshire, urged the chancellor to use his autumn budget to shed light on the tax’s fate into the 2020s.

Related: The war on coal is over. Coal lost | Dana Nuccitelli

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Labor’s environmental lobby warns bipartisan energy deal comes with conditions

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 02:54

Any support for Coalition’s national energy guarantee needs to defend ‘50% renewable energy target by 2030’

Labor’s major environmental lobby group has endorsed the ALP reaching a bipartisan position with the Turnbull government on energy policy, but warned that a deal should not be at any price.

The Labor Environment Action Network, which exerts considerable influence over the ALP’s climate and environment policies, has written to Bill Shorten and Labor’s climate spokesman, Mark Butler, setting out its principles for any agreement with the Coalition.

Related: Labor states won't solve PM's ‘political problems’ on energy, Weatherill says

Related: 'Malcolm Turnbull intends to kill renewables' – Australian politics live podcast

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Turnbull, Frydenberg and Abbott's electorates back 50% renewables target

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 06:09

ReachTel poll finds majority in three Liberal-held seats support carbon pricing, and more ambitious renewable policy

Voters in the electorates held by Malcolm Turnbull, Josh Frydenberg and Tony Abbott would be more likely to support the government’s new energy policy if it ensured Australia had at least 50% renewable energy by 2030, according to a new opinion poll.

The ReachTel poll, commissioned by progressive thinktank the Australia Institute, shows a majority of voters in those Liberal-held seats support carbon pricing, and would support more policy ambition in driving renewable energy into the power grid.

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National energy guarantee is ‘innovative’, says Bloomberg analysis

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:36

Bloomberg New Energy Finance says proposed guarantee could be ‘template for policy makers worldwide’

The Turnbull government’s proposed national energy guarantee has been given enthusiastic support by the renewable energy analysis firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which has described the concept as “innovative and elegant” and said it could be “a template for policy makers worldwide”.

Earlier this week Malcolm Turnbull persuaded the Coalition to support an energy policy that includes measures intended to drive down emissions (the “emissions guarantee”) and ensure reliability of the grid (the “reliability guarantee”).

Related: What is the national energy guarantee and is it really a game changer?

Related: Labor says it will reach 50% renewable energy regardless of PM's guarantee

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Meet the SEA-3250-LT: Innovation in Offshore Wind Installations

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:36

GustoMSC is targeting the burgeoning U.S. offshore wind energy market with an innovative jack-up design that it claims will help to reduce risk and increase efficiency when installing units offshore: the SEA-3250-LT installation jack-up.

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Enel to Seek More Deals in Energy Storage Business, CEO Says

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:48

Enel SpA is seeking acquisitions in the energy storage business, as developments in battery technology are set to play a key role for the wider adoption of renewable sources.

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Solar Wants to Help Fix a Power-Grid Problem It Helped Create

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:10

Big solar farms helped create a power-grid predicament in California. And now they’re offering to help solve it. Solar panels have proliferated in the Golden State, flooding the grid with power supplies in the middle of the day when the sun’s out — and then quickly vanishing after sunset. 

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Notes from the Solar Underground: Highly Competitive Industries and Their Highly Expected Mergers

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:45

In 2012, NSP and Del Solar merged, claiming that at 1.5-GWp the new company would be the largest cell manufacturer in the world. In 2015, Motech Solar merged with Top Cell announcing that at 3-GWp the new entity would be the largest cell manufacturer in the world.

 

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