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Ceasefire urged in Coalition's climate and energy wars

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 18:00

2017 was a standout year for renewables, the Clean Energy Council says as it calls for ‘policy certainty’ in 2018

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The emissions reduction target in the national energy guarantee is too low to encourage the development of renewable energy projects on a scale sufficient to drive down power prices as Australia’s ageing coal plants retire, according to the Clean Energy Council.

A new report from the council, to be released on Wednesday, says 2017 was a standout year for the renewable energy industry, with the largest domestic rollout of rooftop solar in history, and 16 large-scale renewable energy projects completed, adding 700 megawatts of new generation to the mix.

Related: Frydenberg and Abbott bump heads over energy policy

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Amazon’s Onsite Solar Just Went Up a Notch

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 17:25

Amazon today said it has completed another solar installation in its growing portfolio of onsite rooftop solar projects. The 1.1 MW installation on Amazon’s North Las Vegas fulfillment center in Nevada represents the company’s 17th completed rooftop solar project in the U.S. over the past 14 months. 

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Siemens Will Give Proposed Battery Factory in Sweden a Digital Backbone

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 16:34

Siemens and Northvolt AB have entered a technology partnership that will deliver solutions to digitize the value chain for NorthVolt’s proposed battery factory in Sweden.

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Fluence Collaborates on Utility-Scale Energy Storage Roll Out in Asia

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 15:07

Fluence — the energy storage joint venture of Siemens and AES — has agreed to collaborate on new utility-scale energy storage development and investment opportunities in Asia Pacific markets.

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Asia Offshore Wind Boom Lures Japanese Trading Houses

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 13:32

Untapped offshore wind is luring Japan’s biggest commodity houses to invest in projects in Taiwan and at home, buoyed by favorable government policies that support development of the clean power.

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'Unfortunate' the carbon tax coincided with soaring network costs, Rod Sims says

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 05/28/2018 - 06:26

ACCC chair says electricity price spike due to network charges, not carbon tax or renewables

The timing of the carbon tax was “unfortunate” because it coincided with soaring electricity network costs that have underpinned increases to household bills, the head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has told a forum in Brisbane.

The ACCC is next month due to hand to government its final report on the electricity market. The body’s chairman, Rod Sims, said on Monday he was unable to reveal specific details but gave some hints about the direction the inquiry had taken.

Related: Australia's household power prices rose 63% in past decade, says watchdog

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Clean Energy Leadership Emerging in Washington, DC

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 19:26
About a month ago, legislators for the District of Columbia introduced a bill that, if passed, could revolutionize how utilities deliver power to customers. The bill is known as the Distributed Energy Resources Authority Act. It would establish an independent body that ensures DC utilities look at non-wires alternatives whenever they propose to spend more than $25M on construction to expand capacity or enhance reliability. The independent body would determine if any of the capacity or reliability requirements could be met with energy efficiency, demand response or distributed energy resources (DERs) like solar and storage.
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Now May Be the Best Time to Give Your Wind Turbine a Makeover

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 18:30

Wind farm operators can earn an 11 percent rate of return for replacing turbine nacelles, hubs or rotors this year, and that’s even after a key federal tax break was reduced from last year, according to a report Wednesday from the consulting company ICF Inc.

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As Apple, Google and Others Promote Renewables, What Is the Best Way to Evaluate Corporate Energy Leadership?

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 17:53

At 62 percent of U.S. retail electric sales, commercial and industrial electricity consumers can substantially influence the demand for renewable energy and accelerate the pace of electric sector decarbonization.

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Siemens Gamesa Installs Pioneering Energy Storage System in Spain

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 16:20

Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa has installed a redox flow energy storage system for testing at its La Plana research and development (R&D) site near Zaragoza in Spain. 

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BP Invests in Tech to Charge Cars as Quickly as Filling Gas Tank

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 05/25/2018 - 11:47

BP Plc agreed to invest $20 million in a developer of ultra-fast charging for batteries, a technology the oil major believes is key for accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles.

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Global hydropower growth strong in 2017, according to IHA's most recent survey

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 20:01

2017 was a banner year for hydroelectric power, with a record 4,185 TWh generated worldwide, according to the International Hydropower Association's most recent Hydropower Status Report.

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Why California’s Rooftop Mandate Isn’t Good Enough for Some Solar Enthusiasts

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 16:23

You might expect the debate over California's new rooftop solar mandate to pit two well-defined camps against each other. But there are more than two sides.

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China, India Lead Global Solar Power Expansion

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 16:08

India and China are driving a rapid global expansion in large-scale, solar power developments as the cost of building new projects falls, according to an analysis by Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.

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Renewable Energy and DERs Are a Better Deal than New Gas Generation Almost Every Time

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 15:41
Utilities and independent power producers (IPPs) plan to invest $110 billion through 2025 to build new, natural gas-fired power plants. They, their shareholders and society would be better served were that capital invested in new, distributed, renewable power generation and distributed energy resources (DERs), including utility-customer demand response and energy efficiency programs, the Rocky Mountain Institute says.
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Canada Is Ready to Demonstrate the Power of Its Geothermal Resource

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 15:32

Drilling for initial production and injection wells will begin next month for a geothermal energy demonstration project in southern Saskatchewan. Once built, the facility will be the first geothermal power plant in Canada.

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Home Finance Options are Adapting to Meet California’s Solar Landscape

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 14:31

As California continues to push aggressive policies for the advancement of solar deployment in the state, options for homebuyers to finance solar also are growing to meet their needs.

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Clean Energy Laws Signed in New Jersey: Offshore Wind, Efficiency, Solar, Storage and Nuclear Benefit

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 19:47
Clean energy advocates rejoiced as legislation was passed today in New Jersey that will support the development of a massive amount of renewable energy, specifically community solar, energy storage, offshore wind and energy efficiency. The bill also props up nuclear power in the state with the establishment of zero-emission certificates.
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In Landmark Day, East Coast States Secure 1.2 GW of Offshore Wind for US

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 19:42

Massachusetts and Rhode Island today selected two offshore wind projects for development, securing a total of 1.2 GW of offshore generating capacity along the East Coast.

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New Fast-charging EV Infrastructure Will Lessen Grid Strain with Batteries

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 17:28
Accelerating the roll-out of EV charging infrastructure is widely seen as a key step towards furthering the widespread advent of electric transportation but isn’t without challenges. To address some of these challenges, Nidec Industrial Solutions, has unveiled a battery-based, ultra-fast charger (UFC) for electric vehicles (EVs).
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