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Delaware Researchers Discover How to Cut Offshore Wind Construction Costs by $1.6B

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:00

Working closely with industry partners, University of Delaware researchers have developed a new method for constructing offshore wind farms and proven that it is cheaper, faster and could make possible offshore wind deployment at a scale and pace able to keep up with the region’s scheduled retirements of nuclear and coal-fired power plants.

The researchers calculated that their innovative process will cost up to $1.6 billion less per project than conventional approaches and take half the construction time.

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Egypt Draws $1.8B To Develop 1.4 Gigawatts of Solar Capacity

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:20

Egypt’s fledgling solar industry attracted $1.8 billion of investment, largely from the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank’s International Finance Corp.

The EBRD is backing 16 photovoltaic projects, and the IFC is financing 13 in the sunny North African nation with a combined capacity of 1.4 gigawatts. They are writing loans for $380 million and $203 million, respectively, and have mobilized the rest from co-investors.

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Tesla and Vestas Partner in $160 Million Australian Project

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:07

A novel $160 million renewable energy project combining wind, solar and storage technologies reached financial close.

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UK Will Be Vulnerable Outside of the EU's Energy Market

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:00

Britain’s divorce from the EU is less than 18 months away yet the arguments become more fractious and uncertainties over trading relationships seem no nearer to resolution. Among the big unknowns is what fate lies in store for the UK’s energy market and its relationship with Europe.

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Coalition's energy plan hurts renewables more than no action – Greens

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 17:00

Adam Bandt says sector could reach as little as 28% of the energy mix compared with 35% under business-as-usual

The Greens say the Turnbull government’s national energy guarantee will be more detrimental to the renewables sector than if the Coalition did nothing.

The Greens’ climate spokesman, Adam Bandt, said a comparison of the analysis in the Finkel review of the national electricity market with the new advice provided by the Energy Security Board shows the policy the government has unveiled this week is detrimental to renewables.

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

Related: Turnbull admits 'many impacts' on energy bills in response to Labor attack

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sonnen To Build Innovative Residential Energy Storage Community in the US

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:30

Each home in the new community will have solar PV and a sonnenBatterie installed, enabling every household to produce and consume most of its own electricity, according to sonnen.

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UK's First Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Up and Running

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:46

Today the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, officially opened Hywind Scotland, which the company is touting as the first floating wind farm in the world. The long awaited Statoil Hywind floating offshore wind farm is a 30-MW project located at Bucham Deep, which is 25 km from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. The project is operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar and uses Siemens 6-MW turbines. Through this pilot project Statoil hopes to drop the cost of offshore wind energy to a range of €40-60 €/MWh by 2030. 

 

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Nigeria Asks World Bank, IMF to Scale up Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:16

Nigeria has asked the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to scale up the provision of and access to renewable energy in order to deliver development results and meet global climate goals. Nigeria's position on renewable energy and regional integration was presented by the Minister of Finance, Mrs.

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Turnbull admits 'many impacts' on energy bills in response to Labor attack

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:13

Opposition leaves itself room to move on Coalition’s national energy guarantee while zeroing in on promised price reductions

Malcolm Turnbull has acknowledged there are “many impacts” on a household energy bill after being pursued by Labor about whether he could guarantee the power price reductions floated under his proposed energy policy.

Labor has zeroed in on the price impacts associated with the national energy guarantee, unveiled by the Turnbull government on Tuesday, after the policy was ticked off on by the Coalition party room.

Related: Greens vow to protect ABC from 'blatant ideological attack' – as it happened

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

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Web of Australian Adani solar companies leads to offshore tax havens

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 01:01

Three companies are ultimately owned in the Cayman and British Virgin islands, raising questions about the tax implications of profits generated by solar assets

Adani has spread its use of offshore tax havens to its Australian solar projects, providing another avenue that could allow the wealthy Indian family behind the transnational to legally minimise tax paid on income from local operations.

Six companies linked to Adani’s renewables business, which chairman Gautam Adani wants to make the biggest in Australia by 2022, were registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission on 3 August.

Related: Most Australians oppose Adani mine, poll shows, amid national protests

Related: Adani needs Carmichael mine to stave off income crash, report says

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The Effect of Natural Disasters on Electricity Prices

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 20:14

Solar leasing promoters have long claimed that electricity costs will keep rising, but we haven’t see this happening – yet.  Actually, almost all of the standard generation sources are benefiting from lower costs – natural gas is low, coal is low, and nuclear is… well it’s not dramatically more expensive than it has been. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that prices are going to go up.

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Listen Up: Running a Successful Local Solar Business

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:47

Large companies are predominant in most industries. But when it comes to rooftop solar installations, small is beautiful. Although there have been several large national-scale solar installers, in the aggregate the smaller, local companies dominate. 

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Itaipu welcomes heavy rains as Brazil's drought continues

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:59

Heavy rains along its western border are giving Brazil's Itaipu plant a boost in its power production just when the South American country needs it most.

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Three Technology Trends and Their Effects on Data and Software

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:54

Companies using OSIsoft’s PI system gathered this week in London at the OSIsoft EMEA Users Conference to talk about the realities of what Martin Otterson calls the velocity, variety and volume of data in the modern business world.

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Winds have generated power for centuries | Brief letters

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:17
Walsall’s heyday | Wind power | Elon Musk’s Hyperloop | Today programme | Worst deal ever

“Walsall was never a pretty town”, according to Roy Boffy (Letters, 16 October); this may be true now but has not always been the case. Its handsome villas and public buildings were remarked on in 1834 by William White in The History, Gazeteer and Directory of Staffordshire and he believed it needed to yield to no other town in Staffordshire in beauty and elegance. During the 19th century, Walsall added more civic buildings, many built to help improve the life of working people. The 20th and 21st century have not been kind to the town but that is not a reason to forget its history.
Cathy Schling
London

• Regarding Paula Cocozza’s article on “the resource that could power the world” (G2, 15 October), let us not forget that wind has indeed already powered the world in the political and economic sense, powering the sailing ships of naval and merchant fleets that set up the European empires that dominated the pre-20th-century globe.
Beth Cresswell
Hightown, Merseyside

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A Helpful Roadmap for California's Certified “Smart Inverters”

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:45

Solar inverters are becoming more intelligent this year. California’s Rule 21, which is now partially in effect, governs the safety of PV arrays and their interconnection communications with the local investor-owned utility. 

The rule has three basic phases, of which the first came into effect Sept. 8 under a draft resolution of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The effective date for the other two phases has not yet been set, however a CPUC vote on the draft resolution is set for October 12, and a California Smart Inverter Working Group (SWIG) workshop on Phases 2 and 3 is scheduled for Nov. 17.

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It’s Time to Stop Federal Fiddling with Electricity Markets

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:00

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt On Oct. 8 in Kentucky announced the Trump Administration’s plan to repeal the Clean Power Plan, and stated that the solar, wind and other renewable energy tax credits should be eliminated so the industry can compete on its own against coal and other energy sources.

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Malcolm Turnbull convinces party to unite on energy policy

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 06:41

Prime minister wins party room backing despite Tony Abbott bid for delay, but policy may be resisted by states

Malcolm Turnbull has secured party room backing to impose new reliability and emissions reduction guarantees on energy retailers and large energy users from 2020.

But the emissions reduction trajectory, the most internally sensitive component of the reform, will require new legislation, and the government has been advised to implement the new scheme with the support of state governments passing complementary laws – which could render Turnbull’s reworked proposal dead on arrival.

Related: Tony Abbott's climate frolic is strange and sad – and all about politics | Katharine Murphy

Related: Coalition defends energy plan by attacking Labor's record – politics live

Govt announcement an important step, keen to work together to make it work. With bipartisan support, it will provide investment certainty

The Govt's plan, if well implemented, has the potential to provide greater investor confidence than a more complex CET may have.

Related: Malcolm Turnbull is playing a losing hand on energy policy | Peter Lewis

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The Guardian Essential Report, 17 October results

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 01:27

This report summarises the results of a weekly poll conducted by Essential Research with data provided by Your Source. Some questions are repeated regularly (such as political preference and leadership approval), while others are unique to each week and reflect current media and social issues

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Swiss Solar Decathlon House Scores a Perfect 100 in Engineering

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 18:31

The Swiss Team took first place in engineering with a perfect score of 100 possible points. For the Engineering Contest, each competing house was evaluated by a group of prominent engineers who determined which house best exemplifies excellence in innovation, system functionality, energy efficiency, system reliability, and documentation through their project manual and construction drawings.

Bob Dixon, presenting the award said, “The jury believes the first-place house in the Engineering Contest offers comprehensive performance modeling that sports clear graphs, detailed explanations and a variety of representations. The quality of the thermal envelope is exceptional and carefully calibrated to the target climate with very good resistance to heat flow, a solid focus on airtightness, and high-quality components such as triple-glazed windows and sliding doors.”

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