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Michigan Utilities Upgrade Pumped Storage Plant ahead of Renewable Push

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 15:30
The Ludington Pumped Storage Plant along Lake Michigan could play a bigger role on the grid as utilities use more variable renewables.
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U.S. Government Awards $27.7M for Long-duration Storage Projects, Research, and Prototypes

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 15:18
Last week the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced 10 projects that will receive funding through a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program called Duration Addition to electricitY Storage (DAYS). The projects seek to provide up to 100 hours of energy storage.
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Understanding Low-Cost, Long-Duration Energy Storage Technology: A Primer

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 12:08
Energy storage has become an everyday element of grid planning and energy network management – driven by technology advances, proven benefits, and steadily falling prices. As storage goes mainstream, it’s no longer unusual to see deployments in the tens of MWh. Although about 95 percent of operational storage in the U.S. is in the form of pumped hydro, which can store massive amounts of energy cheaply for days, virtually all of the remaining storage resources are lithium-ion batteries.
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Labour wants green energy to power most UK homes by 2030

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 21:00

Party committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by middle of the century

Almost all of Britain’s homes and businesses would be powered by wind, solar and nuclear power by 2030, under bold new green energy plans being outlined by Labour.

Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow business secretary, will declare on Tuesday that the party is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the middle of the century. The UK’s current goal is an 80% cut by 2050.

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Need a Residential Solar or Storage Permit? Soon There May be ‘an App for That’

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 14:54
Solar industry unveils campaign to streamline solar permitting.
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Alabama Power Seeks Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 13:51
Alabama Power said last week that the utility is seeking proposals to meet future energy and reliability needs, including proposals for potential renewable energy projects.
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Future Robo-taxis Could Charge Themselves and Help Balance the Electric Grid

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 11:00

Electric robo-taxis are a real possibility. Trends in transportation, energy, and demographics indicate that future vehicles will operate autonomously, run on electricity rather than fossil fuels, and be shared instead of privately owned. But before everyone can carpool in self-driving electric cars, we need places to charge them.

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California Clean Energy Mandate Comes at Utilities' Expense

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 10:00
California’s ambitious push for clean energy will be a tough lift for utilities and potentially their bondholders.
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DP Energy gets grant to advance tidal project development in Canada

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 20:00

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has awarded DP Energy a grant of C$29,750,000 (US$23 million) under the Emerging Renewable Power Program (ERPP) to support tidal energy development at the FORCE facility in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia.

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'Do It Yourselfers' Get Creative With Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:40

In Oregon, Illinois, an old farmhouse just outside of town is a hotbed of alternative energy. It's primarily heated by wood and they have a wind generator, although it's mainly used for educational purposes.

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Total Buys Car Charging-Point Provider in New Power-Market Foray

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:26
Total SA bought a French operator of car-charging points, adding to its electricity investments as oil companies prepare for an influx of low-emission cars.
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Indiana Utility's 50-MW Solar Project Splits Consumer Advocates

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:11
Indiana consumer advocates are split over a solar proposal that would boost clean energy in the state but at a high cost-per-kilowatt to customers.
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Why Long Island Beats California for Solar Revenue Generation

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:08
The best place to generate cash from a solar farm in the U.S. isn’t California or sunny Florida -- it’s Long Island.
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Florence Update: One GW of Solar Capacity Went Offline after Historic Storm

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 16:21
Duke energy issued a fact sheet on Thursday, September 20 outlining the damages that Hurricane Florence caused to the 3,000 MW (3 GW) of solar capacity connected to the Duke Energy system in North Carolina.
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Top Seven Ways Energy Regulators Should Prepare for EV Surge

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:10
This week industry association Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) noted that while EV adoption is still small, its growth rate is accelerating. As a result of this accelerating growth rate, public utility commissions (PUCs) are finding EVs on the agenda at their meetings.
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Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Infrastructure Provider Picks Up the Pace

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:49
This week, EVgo, a provider of public electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations in the U.S., said it was accelerating the pace at which it is constructing fast chargers and will add hundreds of EVgo fast chargers in California before the end of 2018.
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US Residential and Commercial Installed Solar PV Prices Still Dropping

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 15:44
According to the latest edition of Lawrence Berkley National Lab’s (LBNL’s) “Tracking the Sun” report, the median installed price for a solar PV system in the first part of 2018 was $2.2/W for a large non-residential system (up to 5 MW in capacity), representing a 5 percent decline over the previous period.
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Ohio’s PowerForward Roadmap Aims to Shape the Grid of the Future

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 14:51
A new roadmap for the future of Ohio’s electric grid can benefit all types of interest groups, but the next few years will be critical for the plan to achieve its goals.
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Analyst: We've Misunderstood Energy Efficiency

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 14:22
According to energy expert, Amory Lovins, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute, the energy industry has vastly misunderstood the scope of the energy efficiency resource. Lovins claims that it’s design, not technology that can achieve incredibly energy efficiency gains. Using his own home in the Colorado Rocky Mountains as an example, Lovins shows how simple changes in design have allowed him to grow banana crops using only natural sunlight and reduce the amount of energy he uses significantly.
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Only 20% of rich Britons hold ethical assets, study finds

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 05:01

UBS says Britons were second-least likely to buy into sustainable investments after Americans

Only one in every five of the UK’s super-rich have even a tiny fraction of their assets held in sustainable investments, according to research which reveals that wealthy Britons are lagging behind Chinese and Brazilian millionaires in investing their money ethically.

Research by UBS Global Wealth Management found that just 20% of British high net worth individuals (HNWIs) – classed as those with more than $1m (£760,000) in investable assets – hold at least 1% of their fortunes in sustainable investments. This compared with an average of 39% of HNWIs across the world.

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