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Construction Begins at England’s 1.2-GW Hornsea One Offshore Wind Farm

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 14:43

Orsted today said that it has started construction on the Hornsea One offshore wind farm with the installation of 174 monopiles off England’s east coast.

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Best-Performing Battery Metal of the Past Year Isn't What You Think

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 13:35

A metal that’s in demand for batteries is surging, and it’s not the one everyone’s talking about. Vanadium has soared more than 130 percent in the past year, outperforming better-known battery components like cobalt, lithium and nickel. 

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Wind Power Curtailment in China on the Mend

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 13:13

China’s wind power industry is expected to rally in 2018. Since July 2017, wind power projects in Inner Mongolia and Ningxia, which, in the aggregate, are scheduled to deliver an installed capacity of about 2.9 GW, have received governmental approval for construction, signaling a substantial loosening of restrictions on the construction of new plants.

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China's Sinovel Convicted in US of Stealing Trade Secrets

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 20:20

A Chinese wind turbine maker’s conviction in Wisconsin over the theft of software code is threatening to ratchet up already tense trade negotiations between the U.S. and China. It also sent the shares of U.S. software maker American Superconductor Corp. surging.

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Putting the ‘Farm’ Back in Solar Farms

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 19:49

Minnesota will be included in a study to help federal researchers test the potential of pollinator-friendly habitat and fruit and vegetable crops around solar arrays.

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If You Want to Advance in the Energy Industry, Don't Be Afraid to Wave Your Flag

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 14:27

On Wednesday, January 24 during a DistribuTECH networking breakfast, panelists — 3 women from the energy industry — described how they had overcome challenges and made sure that their careers advanced in the directions that they wanted to go.

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Boost for Renewables Transmission: DOE Transmission Siting Authority Upheld

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 19:47

DOE’s authority to engage in transmission line siting and development has now survived its first legal challenge, but the future of the Plains & Eastern project remains uncertain.

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Wind and solar success shows spirit of Snowy resides with renewable energy | Tristan Edis

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 17:00

Instead of saying we can’t do it, imagine if our leaders, like those behind Snowy Hydro, showed how great things can be done

When Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced he wanted to massively expand the Snowy Hydro-Electric Scheme, he was on a political winner.

The Snowy Hydro Scheme is an icon in Australia’s history, driven by leaders across both Labor and Liberal Governments. For many Australians it is a symbol of what we’re capable of achieving as a country when we put our mind to something.

Related: Malcolm Turnbull pledges more funds for Snowy Hydro 2.0 as Labor attacks 'gas crisis'

Related: Abbott singles out Turnbull's Snowy Hydro 2.0 plan in call for new coal plant

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BP Weighs Bid for $1.8BN Italian Solar Company

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 15:46

BP Plc is considering a bid for one of Italy’s largest collection of solar assets, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Ormat Buys US Geothermal for $110 Million

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 15:35

Nevada-based geothermal developer Ormat Technologies Inc. today said it will buy U.S. Geothermal Inc. for about $110 million.

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Donald Trump's tariffs on panels will cost US solar industry thousands of jobs

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 07:33

Trump’s decision to impose a 30% tariff will cost the US around 23,000 jobs and risks slowing the growth of clean energy, advocates warn

Donald Trump’s decision to impose a tariff on imported solar panels will cost the US solar industry about 23,000 jobs this year and risks slowing the growth of clean energy that would help address climate change, renewable energy advocates warned.

Trump has imposed a 30% tariff on foreign-made solar cells and modules, with the White House expressing alarm at a huge rise in imported components “spurred on by artificially low-priced solar cells and modules from China”.

Related: Trump imposes steep tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines

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3@3 on Solar PV: What Will and Won’t Happen as a Result of the Solar Tariffs

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:53

Today the focus is completely on the solar tariffs, approved by President Trump on Monday January 22. We’ll discuss what we know will happen now that the U.S. will be adding tariffs to imported solar modules and we’ll discuss what won’t happen as a result of these tariffs. What will pricing look like at the end of 2017? Will the solar industry crash and burn? Watch and find out.

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Microgrid on California Tribal Reservation Among Projects of the Year Winners at DistribuTECH

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:52

A microgrid at Blue Lake Rancheria, a tribal reservation in northern California, was the winner of the Distributed Energy Resource Integration 2018 POWERGRID International and DistribuTECH Project of the Year in San Antonio, Texas, today.

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Globally, marine energy feasibility studies and equipment development continue

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:35

SBS Intl. Ltd. announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with PT. Indonesia Power to conduct a feasibility study to expand the 12 MW Phase I, currently being constructed, of the planned 150-MW tidal array project at the island of Lombok, in Indonesia.

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UK’s Hive Energy Aims to Open Cuba’s First Fully Foreign-Owned Solar Park

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:28

Cuba is preparing to open its first solar park 100 percent-owned by foreign investors. Hive Energy of the United Kingdom aims to start construction mid-2018 on a 50-MW project in the Mariel Special Economic Development Zone, one of the largest solar ventures on the island.

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SEPA, Collaborators Tackle DERMS Standards Prior to DistribuTECH

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:23

The march to develop industry-agreed standards for Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS) took a major leap forward Monday as utilities and vendors connected in the effort and offered thoughts on the best path ahead

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New Offering Will Help Utilities Better Manage DERs on Their Power Systems

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 13:00

At DistribuTECH 2018, Bentley Systems and Siemens are presenting their new applications for power utilities and industrial power facilities as part of the partnership, which the entities announced last year.

The newly released applications will aid users by enhancing Bentley’s OpenUtilities network management, design, and operations applications with new integrated analysis, design optimization, and distributed energy resource (DER) decision support capabilities enabled by Siemens’ PSS SINCAL, according to the companies.

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The Trump Decision on US Tariffs and the Trolley Problem

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:22

Much government and bureaucratic decision making is made in a vacuum, that is, the effect of the decision on the decision maker is small or nonexistent. In terms of the final tariff decision, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) made recommendations based on biased arguments.

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Trump imposes steep tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:52

Restrictions aim to boost US manufacturing, but critics warn they will slow shift to renewable energy and increase consumer costs

The US president, Donald Trump, has announced steep tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels, giving a boost to Whirlpool Corp and dealing a setback to the renewable energy industry in the first of several potential trade restrictions.

The decisions in the two “Section 201” safeguard cases followed findings by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) that both imported products “are a substantial cause of serious injury to domestic manufacturers,” US trade representative Robert Lighthizer said.

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Report: Companies Need to Think Beyond Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 09:00

On the first day of DTECH, Schneider Electric released the findings of a new report that shows that while 85 percent of major corporations are thinking about reducing energy use through energy efficiency programs and more than 50 percent plan to implement renewable energy in the near future, the vast majority of the companies surveyed were not considering how to actively participate in the incredible disruption that the energy industry is undergoing, such as microgrids, energy storage, and demand response strategies.

According to the report, just 30 percent have implemented or are actively planning to use energy storage, microgrids, combined heat and power, or some mix of the technologies and only 23 percent have demand response strategies or plan to in the near term.

Schneider views this as a problem because it says that companies need to understand now how to be active participants the way that energy is consumed and generated on their premises.

 
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