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Solar-plus-Storage Goes Community-Scale in Massachusetts

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 16:26

A small Massachusetts town already well-known for its solar-plus-storage microgrid, now will get a boost from the installation of a community solar-plus-storage project.

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Ethiopian Geothermal Is Private Equity’s Next $4-Billion Bet

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 15:29

U.S. private equity and hedge funds are backing an effort by Ethiopia to turn itself into an exporter of electricity to the region, channeling at least $4 billion into geothermal projects across the nation.

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Tesla Tapped by Australia for Solar-plus-Storage Virtual Power Plant Plan

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 14:49

South Australia plans to roll out solar panels and Tesla Inc. batteries to at least 50,000 homes to form what its government says will be the world’s largest virtual power plant.

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Could ‘No Paris, No Trade’ Be the New Global Position on Climate?

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 13:35

In this minicast, countries talk Paris Agreement compliance as a cornerstone for trade agreements, and coal’s downtrend makes a visible symbol for addressing climate change.

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Crofters on Lewis fight EDF and Wood Group's windfarm proposal

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 14:09

Energy giants hope Scottish court will permit development of 36 turbines on moorland

Hundreds of crofters are fighting an attempt by the energy giants EDF and Wood Group to build a windfarm on the island of Lewis.

More than 200 crofters have objected to proposals to build on communal land close to Stornoway, the biggest town in the Outer Hebrides. The crofters want to build their own development, with the profits going to the local community.

Building our own windfarms would be transformational to the islands

Related: Scotland's rocky road: a journey to the edge of Lewis – a photo essay

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Labor offers solar panels and Tesla batteries for 50,000 South Australia homes

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 03:39

‘Virtual’ power plant will cut bills, premier says, as Turnbull attacks renewable policy at Liberal campaign launch

A network of at least 50,000 home solar systems backed up by battery storage will create the world’s largest “virtual” power plant to cut energy bills, Jay Weatherill has said.

The South Australian premier said a trial was already under way to install solar panels and Tesla batteries on 1,100 Housing Trust homes. The cost would be financed by the sale of electricity. The power generated by the solar panels and the batteries would not be owned directly by the households.

Related: Coal lobby ads biggest third-party political expenditure in Australia

Related: Nick Xenophon criticised for shielding South Australian candidates from media

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Wind, Solar, Biomass Overtake Coal Power in EU for First Time

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 15:52

Power generated by wind, solar and biomass in the European Union overtook coal for the first time in 2017, a report by Germany’s climate lobbyist Agora Energiewende and U.K. think tank Sandbag showed.

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Tesla Expands Solar Product Sales at Home Depot

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 15:14

Tesla Inc. is planning a major expansion of its solar division at Home Depot Inc., embarking on a critical test of the mainstream appeal of its renewable energy products.

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Inside Renewable Energy: The Coming V2G Uptrend — Where’s the Value in Grid Friendly Electric Vehicles?

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 14:38

Rajit Gadh of the Smart Grid Energy Research Center breaks down the sectors involved in vehicle-to-grid technology, identifying the path to widespread adoption for V2G and the resulting benefits to the power grid.

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Challenging, changing hydropower market addressed in BPA Strategic Plan

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 02:13

In the face of what it calls “challenging industry dynamics and other risks that could otherwise hinder its commercial performance,” the Bonneville Power Administration has released the BPA 2018-2023 Strategic Plan to help it adjust to the changing hydropower market.

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Energy guarantee protects coal sector from renewable competition – analysis

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 17:00

Report says Neg will also undermine efficiency of renewable investment

The Turnbull government’s proposed national energy guarantee will protect coal generators from competition provided by renewables and batteries and undermine the efficiency of investment in renewable generation capacity, according to a new analysis.

The analysis of the government’s policy by Carbon and Energy Markets for the Australian Conservation Foundation also floats the idea that the Neg – which imposes new reliability and emissions reduction guarantees on Australia’s energy retailers and large energy users from 2020 – could mean the existing spot market will need to be disbanded.

Related: Coal lobby ads biggest third-party political expenditure in Australia

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Related: Victoria's blackouts, Hazelwood's closure and the search for someone to blame

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Is There a More Efficient Way to Generate Clean Energy with Concentrating Solar Power?

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 16:35

Ali Mani, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford, is doing computer simulations to test what could be a more efficient way to use concentrated sunlight as a heat source. 

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White House Seeks 72 Percent Cut to Clean Energy Research

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 15:08

The Trump administration is poised to ask Congress for deep budget cuts in the Energy Department's renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, slashing them by 72 percent overall in fiscal 2019, according to draft budget documents obtained by The Washington Post.

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New Jersey Gets the Spark It Needs to Move Offshore Wind Forward

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 13:56

New Jersey finally has the impetus it needs to move forward on a plan to develop offshore wind that was placed into law eight years ago.

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Enel Plans Solar, Wind Power Sales to Miner of Cryptocurrency

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 13:27

Enel SpA, Europe’s largest utility, is in talks to sell power from wind, solar and other renewable energy plants to the Swiss cryptocurrency company Envion AG, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter.

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Ireland and U.S. governments collaborating to deploy wave energy converter in 2018 at WETS in Hawaii

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 19:58

Vigor, based in the state of Oregon on the U.S. northwest coast, will construct the Ocean Energy OE Buoy hydrokinectic wave energy convertor for deployment in 2018 at the U.S. Navy Wave Energy Test Site (WETS).

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Maximizing Profit with Software that Optimizes the Stacked Values of Distributed Energy Resources

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 17:52

The tools that utilities are using to try to understand the value of distributed energy resources (DERs) such as batteries and solar PV along their grids was a hot topic in all five sessions in the Energy Storage Track at DistrbuTECH 2018. 

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Younicos Equips Hawaii Wind Farm with Energy Storage

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 16:45

Younicos signed an agreement with TerraForm Power to install and commission a 10 MW battery-based energy storage system upgrade at the site of the Kaheawa wind farm on the island of Maui, Hawaii.

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How Fast Can a Utility Deploy Energy Storage?

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 16:26

The question of fast-tracking energy storage was discussed during DistribuTECH 2018 in San Antonio Texas last week in a session called “Fast Tracking Energy Storage: A Look at the Projects that Fulfilled the Aliso Canyon RFP.”


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