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Hydro, wind and solar: Undeniable synergies

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:45

“There is no technical or economic barrier to transitioning the entire world to 100 percent clean, renewable energy with a stable electric grid at low cost,” said Mark Z. Jacobson with Stanford University. This is the key finding of research completed and published in early 2018.

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Here's What It Takes to Be a Leader in the US Offshore Wind Supply Chain

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:36

Virginia is taking the next step in growing the infrastructure necessary to support the offshore wind supply chain with the release of an RFP seeking an expert to develop a plan to strengthen the state’s existing assets.

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Why More Solar and Wind on the Grid Should Be Driving Today’s Investment Decisions

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 09:27
A new LBNL report offers concrete suggestions about what investments today will be most beneficial in tomorrow’s renewable energy future.
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Report: Renewables, Energy Efficiency in New England Will Replace the Need for Gas Pipelines

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 09:27
A report that examines statements about rolling blackouts made by regional grid operator ISO-New England, shows that sustained growth of renewables, and not more gas, will boost reliability of New England’s electric power system.
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Pakistani delegation pushing World Bank to hold court on India's Kishanganga

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 20:21

Pakistan is hoping to convince the World Bank to call for a court of arbitration following the inauguration of India's 330-MW Kishanganga plant last week.

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4-MW Solar Project Will Transform a Landfill in Ohio

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 20:09

Construction has begun on a 4-MW solar PV project that New Jersey-based EPC firm Conti Solar says will be the largest landfill solar project in Ohio.

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BOEM Extends Deadline for Comment on New York Bight Offshore Wind Areas

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 16:48

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is extending the comment period for information and nominations for offshore wind energy development in an area of shallow water between Long Island and the New Jersey coast called the New York Bight.

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Big Battery Boom Hits Another Roadblock: Fire-Fearing Cities

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 16:45

The new era of big batteries has already drawn scrutiny after fiery electric-car crashes across America and Europe. Now, U.S. city planners are worried about the same risk of hard-to-control blazes as these power-storage units make their way into basements and onto rooftops.

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FERC announces plans to eliminate Form 80 recreation report

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 14:09

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the U.S. issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking last week that would eliminate Form 80 and revise regulations on recreational opportunities and development at licensed hydropower projects.

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Snowy 2.0 can 'out-compete' any new coal plants, chief says

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 06:16

Market shift to renewables means scheme’s economic case stacks up, senators told

The head of the government’s Snowy 2.0 project says the expanded scheme would be able to “out-compete” any new coal-fired power.

Snowy Hydro’s managing director and chief executive, Paul Broad, told a Senate estimates hearing on Tuesday the project would perform better than any new coal plants, including those being pushed for by government backbenchers , because of the increasing market shift toward renewables.

Related: Snowy Hydro 2.0 is viable but will cost billions more than predicted, study says

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

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Inside Renewable Energy: Taking a Stake in Energy Storage — What to Expect from Today’s Business Strategies

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 16:32

In this episode, Ron DiFelice of Energy Intelligence Partners puts the challenges and opportunities of entering the energy storage market into perspective for businesses interested in everything from energy markets to big solar plus storage pairings.

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NY Gov., Communities Question Environmental Justice of Proposed Waste-to-Energy Facility

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 16:16

A proposed waste-to-energy (WTE) facility in the New York Finger Lakes region has raised environmental justice issues for stakeholders, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Puerto Rico Gives Green Light to Microgrid Developers; Could Become a “Model of Sustainability”

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 13:08

Last week, the body that governs Puerto Rico’s energy sector, the Puerto Rico Energy Commission (PREC), issued final rules regarding microgrid development on the island. According to a fact sheet issued by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), the rules define microgrid owners and operators and divide microgrids into three classes. Owners purchase, lease or receive third-party financing for microgrid equipment; operators oversee the system and deliver electricity services to customers.

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3@3 on Solar PV: 201 & Module Supply, Reviving Coal Jobs, and Women in Power

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:06
Today’s topics include the impact of section 201 tariffs on module supply and prices. Will they go up? We’ll also talk about developing the next generation solar workforce based on a new report about energy jobs in the U.S.
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It's Time to Regulate the Lithium Cartel

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 11:31

Why is there so little noise about the emerging oligopoly in one of the hottest elements on the periodic table, lithium? Tianqi Lithium Corp. will pay $4.1 billion to buy Nutrien Ltd.’s 24 percent stake in Soc. Quimica & Minera de Chile SA, or SQM, in a deal that will entangle the biggest and fourth-biggest producers of the battery metal.

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Shell Makes Strategic Investment in Microgrid Company

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 08:34
Shell New Energies announced the acquisition of a majority share in microgrid company GI Energy. This comes on the heels of an investment by Shell in an ice energy storage company and several others. In April, Shell published its Energy Transition Report detailing its “intent to move in step with society toward a lower-carbon future.”
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To Save Coal Jobs, Trump Should Train Coal Workers to Perform Energy Audits, Install Solar and Maintain Wind Farms

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 16:06
A recent report by the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI), established by former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and the National Association of State Energy Officials confirms that the energy sector as a whole grew 2 percent last year, which is .3 percent more than the national job growth percentage of 1.7 percent.
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Energy Efficiency Leads in Job Growth as Energy Sector Adds Over 130,000 Jobs in 2017

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 16:06
The nation’s energy sector employed 6.5 million Americans in 2017, up 133,000 jobs from the year prior, according to a comprehensive report released today from the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO). This two percent growth rate exceeded the national average of 1.7 percent.
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Hydrogen is the energy future | Letters

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 15:39
Renewably generated hydrogen could supply energy storage at scales many times beyond which even the largest battery systems could attain, writes Mike Koefman; while John Ellis says it’s time for joined-up thinking on our future energy strategy

There is truth in Professor Underwood’s assertion (Letters, 16 May) that nothing can surpass the “round trip” efficiency of lithium-ion batteries from, for example, solar input to final user’s output. But in focusing on this undoubted advantage he omits the overriding issue of energy storage at very much larger scales. It is this concern which has driven the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (not in the “gas industry’s pocket”, by the way) to take a serious look at hydrogen, which used to be a substantial component of our former “town gas”, derived rather filthily from coal, but which can now can be derived very cleanly from solar and wind power, directed through the water-splitting magic of modern electrolytic machinery. Such renewably generated hydrogen could supply energy storage at scales many times beyond which even the largest battery systems could attain, and could do so both in the UK and in diverse economies throughout the world. Batteries will always be needed for specific uses, but in order to displace the carbon-laden fossil fuels which now imperil climate, ocean and the whole biosphere something rather different must be adopted – something storable at all scales, transmissible, fully functional as a fuel, and climate-neutral. Only hydrogen fills this particular bill.
Mike Koefman
Director, Planet Hydrogen, Manchester

• Professor Underwood correctly asserts that the efficiency of a Li-ion and heat pump system in terms of heat generation is far better than electrolysing water to make hydrogen. But the purpose of storing hydrogen was, it seems, to smooth out the supply of electricity from renewables in dead periods, not generate heat per se. Electricity generation is usually provided by turbines which are driven by steam at high temperatures. I may be wrong, but I thought heat pumps did not generally reach much above 80C and would not be suitable for electricity generation.

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Solar PV Manufacturer Completes 1-MW Microgrid in India

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 15:21

Solar PV manufacturer Central Electronics Ltd. in Uttar Pradesh, India, has commissioned India’s first 1-MW microgrid featuring a CPS-1000 inverter from Burlington, Vt.-based Dynapower.

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