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Rich countries pushing 'dirty energy' in Africa, report claims

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 05:00

Study finds that while wealthy nations advocate renewables at home, 60% of aid to African energy projects went on fossil fuels

Wealthy governments have been accused of promoting fossil fuel development in Africa at the expense of clean energy.

Analysis showed 60% of public aid for energy projects was spent on fossil fuels, compared with just 18% on renewables.

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'We have become guardians': Turkey's accidental forest protectors

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 05:15

Birhan Erkutlu and Tuğba Günal wanted to ‘get away from it all’ but are now leading a campaign to protect rivers and trees from hydropower plants

Birhan Erkutlu and Tuğba Günal moved into the forests of Antalya to get away from it all. They wanted a natural, peaceful life free of capitalism, consumer culture, social media, the internet, even electricity. Fate had other plans.

Fourteen years on, the two artists are now figureheads of a campaign to protect rivers and trees from a cascade of hydropower plants. Their tweets and Facebook posts attract hundreds of thousands of followers. They use drones to expose wrongdoing. And they have overcome threats, warning shots and a hostile political culture to lobby successfully for the creation of a new protected area.

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Fury at Plans to Scrap UK Renewables Subsidies

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 12:47

Renewables and sustainability groups have reacted with fury to proposals by the UK government to scrap subsidies for green energy projects.

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Subsidies for new household solar panels to end next year

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 16:23

Renewable energy installations will no longer benefit from feed-in tariff, ministers confirm

The renewables industry and green groups have accused ministers of striking a major blow against household solar power after the government said a green energy subsidy scheme would end next year without a replacement.

The closure of the feed-in tariff (FIT) to new applicants from next April marks the final chapter for the scheme, which has encouraged more than 800,000 households to install solar panels since it was launched in 2010.

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Agreement Signed to Advance 480-MW Majes Siguas II Hydro Project in Peru

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 15:31

The Arequipa regional government in Peru and power distributor Luz del Sur have signed a contract to advance development of the 480-MW Majes Siguas II hydro project.

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Report Forecasts 12 GW a Year of Windpower in Asia Pacific

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 14:18

Annual wind power capacity in the Asia Pacific (excluding China) will reach a peak of 12.1 GW by 2022.

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India Proposes Tariffs on China, Malaysia Solar Cells

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 14:34
India has recommended imposing a 25 percent safeguard duty on solar cells from China and Malaysia, saying the overseas supplies have caused or threatened “serious injury” to domestic manufacturers.
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How a “Friendly” Solar and Storage Microgrid is Increasing the Standard of Living in Tanzania

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 14:30
A 6-kW PV system, lead-acid batteries and an intelligent controller are providing power to more than 70 residents and businesses in a remote African village.
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Launch of Belgium’s Largest Onsite Energy Storage Battery

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:36

The largest energy storage battery of its kind in Belgium has been commissioned at a print binding works in Puurs.

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Pivot Power Plans Energy Storage and EV Superhub

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 10:43

UK company Pivot Power is to build a £25 million grid-scale battery and electric vehicle charging ‘superhub’ on the edge of the city of Southampton in England.

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Eelpower Buys Battery Project To Advance Storage Ambitions

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:43

UK energy storage firm Eelpower has acquired a recently-completed 20 MW battery scheme in England.


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LO3 Energy Brand joins Global Energy Blockchain Affiliates

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 18:42

Exergy, a brand of L03 Energy, has become an affiliate of the Energy Web Foundation, which is a joint venture between the Rocky Mountain Institute and Austria-based Grid Singularity.

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Coalition's national energy guarantee described as having 'no benefit' to emissions

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 18:00

Former head of Clean Energy Finance Corporation says governments should not support Neg in current state

Oliver Yates, the former head of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, says state and territory governments should not sign on to the Turnbull government’s national energy guarantee until such time as it contains meaningful emissions reductions.

Yates, a respected industry player now active in the renewables sector, and a board member of the Smart Energy Council – a solar group critical of the Neg – told Guardian Australia the Turnbull government’s policy “doesn’t do anything other than create a stable emissions profile for existing coal-fired power stations.”

Related: Malcolm Turnbull joins political brawl over 'gangs' but is he fair dinkum? | Katharine Murphy

Related: Matt Canavan says Nationals are not 'mandating' new investment in coal

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EPRI Wins $1.8 million for Solar Forecasting Technology Research

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 14:32

Solar Forecasting 2 projects are designed to enable electric utilities to better manage the variability and uncertainty of solar power and improve grid reliability

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Global Investments in Electricity Beat Investments in Oil and Gas for Second Year in a Row

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 14:13
IEA report reveals that more than US $750 billion went to the electricity sector while US $715 billion was spent on oil and gas supply globally as the world continues on the path to electrification.
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Tilt Renewables Looks to Cloud for Data Analysis

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:59

Australasian renewables company Tilt Renewables has signed a deal to use Cloud technology for data analysis of its wind, solar and hydropower plants.

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IEA warns of 'worrying trend' as global investment in renewables falls

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 07:00

Fossil fuels increased share of energy supply investment last year – the first time since 2014

The world’s energy watchdog has sounded the alarm over a “worrying” pause in the shift to clean energy after global investment in renewables fell 7% to $318bn (£240bn) last year.

The International Energy Agency said the decline is set to continue into 2018, threatening energy security, climate change and air pollution goals.

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Our phones and gadgets are now endangering the planet | John Harris

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 05:00

The energy used in our digital consumption is set to have a bigger impact on global warming than the entire aviation industry

It was just another moment in this long, increasingly strange summer. I was on a train home from Paddington station, and the carriage’s air-conditioning was just about fighting off the heat outside. Most people seemed to be staring at their phones – in many cases, they were trying to stream a World Cup match, as the 4G signal came and went, and Great Western Railway’s onboard wifi proved to be maddeningly erratic. The trebly chatter of headphone leakage was constant. And thousands of miles and a few time zones away in Loudoun County, Virginia, one of the world’s largest concentrations of computing power was playing its part in keeping everything I saw ticking over, as data from around the world passed back and forth from its vast buildings.

Most of us communicate with this small and wealthy corner of the US every day. Thanks to a combination of factors – its proximity to Washington DC, competitive electricity prices, and its low susceptibility to natural disasters – the county is the home of data centres used by about 3,000 tech companies: huge agglomerations of circuitry, cables and cooling systems that sit in corners of the world most of us rarely see, but that are now at the core of how we live. About 70% of the world’s online traffic is reckoned to pass through Loudoun County.

Related: ‘Tsunami of data’ could consume one fifth of global electricity by 2025

Related: Bitcoin’s energy usage is huge – we can't afford to ignore it

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Renewables will replace ageing coal plants at lowest cost, Aemo says

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 18:00

Forecast by energy market operator is a blow to Coalition MPs campaigning for new coal-fired generation

Australia’s energy market operator says the future of power generation in Australia will be renewables with storage, and gas, with those technologies able to replace the power currently supplied by coal generators at least cost.

A new forecast by the Australian Energy Market Operator (Aemo) notes 30% of Australia’s coal generators will approach the end of their technical life over the next two decades, and it says it is important to avoid premature departures if the looming transition in the national energy market is to be orderly.

Related: How Tesla's big battery is bringing Australia’s gas cartel to heel

Related: Energy policy would not be that hard if the government wasn’t hamstrung by ideologues | Simon Holmes à Court

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Last Word: Bifacial Plus Tracking Boosts Solar Energy Yield by 27 Percent

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 15:26
While U.S. solar developers may be worried about the Section 201 tariffs another trend could help offset their impact: high-efficiency modules.
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