Sustainable Living

A Second Act for Wind Farms: Repowering for Capacity and Efficiency New Life for Wind Turbines: The Age of Repowering Is Here

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 05:00
The global wind turbine fleet, which, according to data from the Global Wind Energy Council, currently stands at about 341,000, faces an important reality as the years go by – many of its units are getting old.
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Editor's Letter: States Are Leading the Way (Again) on the Utility of the Future

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 05:00

In April, we witnessed two historic new laws that go further than ever before on changing utility business models, once again showcasing state leadership on clean energy. Hawaiian legislators passed the Ratepayer Protection Act, which directs utilities and the PUC to come up with mechanisms to reward utility performance such as affordability, reliability, customer engagement, integration of renewable energy and timely executive of competitive procurement.

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When the sweet turns sour: Queensland split between sugar and solar

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sun, 06/03/2018 - 02:30

As solar farms spread across the central agricultural regions of the sunshine state, opponents are becoming increasingly vocal

Colin Ash has spent a working lifetime in the cane fields near the Pioneer River in central Queensland, out past Marian, where the mill has processed sugar for more than 130 years.

“You can’t get sentimental about things,” he says from the front seat of his truck as he drives slowly around the boundary of his property. “You’ve got to pay your bills.”

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Who’s Who in US Offshore Wind: A Look at the Key Developers and Major Projects in the U.S. Offshore Wind Pipeline

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 14:00

While it is still early days for steel in the water, the U.S. offshore wind industry is ripe with activity. As of April 2018, there were 30 active offshore wind sites in the U.S. with three very close to beginning construction.

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China Strives to Speed Up Development of EV Charging Stations

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 11:50
China plans to build a network of 12,000 charging stations to meet the power demands of 5 million EVs by 2020.
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Nevada Utility Is Putting $2 Billion into Solar Power and Storage

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 11:50
Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary NV Energy is planning to invest $2 billion on solar power from six new projects in Nevada representing 1 GW of capacity.
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Future Operations at Puna Geothermal Are Uncertain Following Lava Damage

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 11:50
In a May 30 update, Ormat Technologies said that damage to the Puna Geothermal complex caused by lava from the Kilauea volcanic eruption in Hawaii has made it difficult for the company to determine when the plant will resume operations.
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Should New Solar Investors Worry About Tax Credit Recapture? Not So Much.

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 10:00
New sponsors/investors often ask whether a solar investment tax credit (“ITC”) can be clawed back. This is important because these investors are often asked to backstop the ITC. The short answer is that the “unvested” portion of the credit can be clawed back where the project is sold or turned off permanently. The real risk, however, is whether the ITC was miscalculated. Let us first set the stage.
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Understanding Disruptions and the Unintended Consequences of Solar, Wind and Energy Storage Distributed Energy Resources in Microgrids

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 04:15

Distribution grid operators are concerned that high penetration of connected distributed energy resources (DERs) could lead to grid instability and create outages at end-user sites, such as commercial buildings or industrial plants. “Today, we don’t fully understand grid behavior under varying DER conditions."

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Dutch fishermen to sail fleet into Amsterdam in wind turbine protest

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 04:00

Workers say they are taking action in response to vast amount of windfarms being constructed in their waters

The Netherlands may be the land of the windmill, but fishermen are planning a major protest on Saturday against the Dutch government’s latest wind turbine construction in the North Sea, with an armada of fishing boats sailing into Amsterdam.

After alighting from at least 15 boats at the back of Amsterdam’s central station, it is understood that hundreds of fishermen will march to the capital’s Damrak canal, where they will upend bags of small fish deemed too small for sale by the EU, and cover them with red dye.

Related: Full tilt: giant offshore wind farm opens in North Sea

Related: Full tilt: giant offshore wind farm opens in North Sea

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China’s PV Industry Is Facing Downward Pricing Pressure

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 15:30
As of the end of February 2018, China was home to 24 polysilicon makers — including those that had shut down production lines in order to undertake regular maintenance — with an effective production capacity totaling 293,000 metric tons a year.
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New Charging Networks are Furthering Utilities’ E-Mobility Plans for Europe

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 15:30
Two utilities serving European markets this week said they are expanding their e-mobility plans with the launch of new electric vehicle charging networks.
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Blockchain-based Democratization of Energy Making Gains on Three Continents

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 20:48
Pioneering blockchain company LO3 Energy is gearing up for international projects set to lay foundations for future of its distributed ledger system, Exergy. Scott Kessler, LO3 business development manager, said in an interview that the three projects involve novel local energy trading market places based around the Exergy platform in Texas, the UK and Australia and that while “all projects are a little different in scope, application and intention, the unifying goal is demonstration of the Exergy platform and its benefits not just for consumers but for distribution utilities, retailers and all existing actors on the grid.”
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Dealing with quality control issues during hydropower asset replacements

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 19:52

There is concern in the hydroelectric industry about quality control issues when it comes to hydropower asset replacements and repairs. 

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Connecticut Plans $15M in Port Upgrades to Support Offshore Wind Industry

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 18:46

Connecticut will invest $15 million to update one of its major ports to help in the deployment of equipment and workers for offshore wind projects on the East Coast.

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Clean Energy Groups Appeal Approval of DTE Energy’s Proposed $1 Billion Gas Plant

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 14:45

A coalition of clean energy organizations have asked the Michigan Court of Appeals to reverse the decision of the Michigan Public Service Commission to approve a massive new natural gas power plant to be built by DTE Energy.

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UK Energy Industry Launches Coalition on Gender Diversity

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 14:26
A new initiative has been launched to boost the number of women at senior levels and middle management in the UK energy industry. The Energy Leaders’ Coalition comprises eight of the leading chief executives from the UK’s energy sector – of which only two are women – who are making a public declaration to improve gender diversity in their companies and in the sector as a whole.
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As More Solar and Wind Come onto the Grid, Prices Go Down But New Questions Come Up

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 14:12

Wind and solar energy are growing rapidly in the U.S. As these energy sources become a bigger part of the electricity mix, their growth raises new questions: How do solar and wind influence energy prices? 

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Loans Worth $40 Million Will Spur First Utility-Scale Solar for Indonesia

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 13:48

New private financing from the Asian Development Bank will support the development of Indonesia’s first utility-scale solar PV plants.

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Hanwha Q CELLS to Build Solar PV Manufacturing Facility in US

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 12:41

South Korea-based Hanwha Q CELLS Korea Corp. today said it will begin building a solar module manufacturing facility in the U.S. this year.

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