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Trump Approves 30 Percent Tariff on Solar Panel Imports; Trade Industry ‘Disappointed’

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 23:02

President Donald Trump has agreed to a recommendation by the International Trade Commission to grant U.S. solar manufacturers relief from unfair trade practices in the form of tariffs on solar cells and modules imported to the U.S.

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Inside Renewable Energy: How Can Renewables, Climate Communities Make a Difference in 2018 US Elections?

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 21:07

In this episode of the Inside Renewable Energy podcast, we look at the issues the renewables and climate communities face before the midterms and the concrete actions they can take starting now to cause change.

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There Is Not Enough Transmission to Meet US Corporate’s Renewable Energy Demands

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 20:11

According to a report released on January 16 by the Wind Energy Foundation (WEF), U.S. corporations have committed to signing deals result in 60 GW of renewable energy capacity being added to the grid in coming years. However, transmission planners are not accounting for this large uptick of potential near-term procurement.


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Auto, Home, Grid Create Smart Energy Network in Audi Pilot Project

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 19:11

Audi last week said that it is participating in a pilot project that is testing a smart energy network that uses software to control solar and batteries and interact with the main power grid. Audi is working with the project’s partners to run the pilot project for homes in southern Germany and northern Switzerland.

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Landis+Gyr Provides Tech for Conway Corp’s Smart City Initiative

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 17:34

The utility plans to leverage the IPv6 communication capability of the network to streamline back-office management of multiple systems and expand consumer offerings in the future

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Fears for future of UK onshore wind power despite record growth

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 16:35

2.6GW of capacity built in 2017 before subsidies ban industry says will make generation dearer

A record amount of onshore wind power was built in the UK last year, but government policy has been stalling the sector and risked increasing energy bills for consumers, the industry has warned.

Turbines capable of generating 2.6GW were installed across Britain in 2017 as developers rushed to meet the government deadline for securing subsidies. The previous record was 1.3GW in 2013.

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Bitcoins and Hydropower: What’s the big deal?

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 16:30

There is so much buzz these days about bitcoin mining, particularly with regard to the high amount of energy required and how hydropower can help.

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'Every New Vehicle Will Be Electric' by 2025, Disruption Expert Says

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 15:29

A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and author has explained how electric vehicles will disrupt and change transportation across the world. But first, Tony Seba — who is an instructor in disruption and clean energy at Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program, explained to an audience at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, exactly what the nature is of a “disruptor.”

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Texas Cities, Businesses, and Schools Know the Economic Upside of Clean Energy

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 14:41

Recently, the message on Texas clean energy has been getting clearer — the market is driving the clean energy economy forward. And some of those spreading the message are making it loud and clear.

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San Francisco Startup Secures $55M to Expand Solar, Storage in Africa

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 14:28

Off Grid Electric, a San Francisco-based company that develops rooftop solar and battery systems in Africa, has raised $55 million as it expands into Ghana. The Series D round was led by Helios Investment Partners and included GE Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary of General Electric Co., Off Grid said in a statement Thursday. The company’s Ghana expansion is part of a partnership with Electricite de France SA.

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'It's a no-brainer': are hydrogen cars the future?

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 10:00

Inventor Hugo Spowers has a dream: to replace today’s cars with his own hydrogen prototype. Is the world ready?

In the mid-1990s, Hugo Spowers ran a Formula Three racing team. At the time, motorsport was in the pocket of big tobacco. Every weekend, Formula One cars emblazoned with cigarette brands – Marlboro, Camel, Silk Cut – raced on TV in front of millions. “It was pretty clear it was killing people,” Spowers says. “Meanwhile, the industry was portraying a link between smoking and winners. It was ludicrous. But nobody was going against it.”

So when, in 1995, Spowers’ team introduced a car decorated with an anti-smoking campaign, it caused a commotion. At a party the night before the car was set to debut at the British Grand Prix, the chairman of the British Racing Drivers’ Club summoned Spowers, outraged. “He bellowed at me for a full five minutes, about how motorsport needed its sponsors, and ‘not pinkos like you’,” Spowers says now, chuckling. But Spowers was unmoved: he knew he was right. Furthermore, he believed it made financial sense: the relationship with tobacco was tainting the sport for businesses that didn’t want to be associated with smoking.

Now, if the telephone rings and it starts with a 44, the EU won’t bother picking up

When you have a bright new idea, all the talk goes straight to the reason it can’t be done

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NSW's largest windfarm highlights power of community investment | Simon Holmes à Court

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 21:53

The Sapphire Wind Farm in northern NSW has invited the locals to invest in it – the first such co-investment project in Australia

In the early days of windfarming, carpetbaggers almost ruined it for everyone.

Opportunists scoured regional Australia looking for prospective project sites. Farmers were pressured to sign up to leases and planning applications were rushed through. As soon as the permit was in hand, the developer would flip the project and start again.

Related: Renewables will drive 'steep decline' in wholesale electricity price in Australia – report

Related: Wind power is now cheaper than nuclear – the energy revolution is happening | John Sauven

Related: A great year for clean energy in Australia ends, while bad news for coal continues | Simon Holmes à Court

Related: Drop in wind energy costs adds pressure for government rethink

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A Texas Renewable Energy Roundup As DistribuTECH Heads to San Antonio

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 20:40

On January 23, DistribuTECH, one of the fastest growing conferences and expos in the country is set to open. Affectionately called “DTECH” by those in the know, the show is designed to showcase innovation in the transmission and distribution space, which most Renewable Energy World readers know, is undergoing a mega-transformation as solar, energy storage and other forms of distributed energy resources have a growing presence on the grid

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Green Builder to Begin Covering Office Buildings with Perovskite Solar Cells

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:31

Sweden-based green builder Skanska this week said that it has secured a deal that will allow it to cover office buildings with perovskite solar cells on a commercial scale.

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Shell Buys Output of England’s Largest Solar Plant

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:43

Shell Global unit Shell Energy Europe has agreed to buy the power from the largest solar power plant in England.

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Canada Elevates Biomass Energy to Innovate on Forestry

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:39

The Canadian government has allocated funding to support research and development of biomass projects for heating and power in an effort to innovate the country’s forest sector and combat the effects of climate change.

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Federal Regulators Approve McGinness Hills Geothermal Project Expansion

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:59

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) yesterday said Ormat Technologies Inc. can move forward with its expansion plan for the McGinness Hills geothermal project in central Nevada.

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Massive Urban Growth Will Challenge Smart City Design

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:58

The World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi this week presented with some dizzying facts and figures that highlighted the challenge facing those who plan and build the smart cities of today and the future.

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Coral reefs 'at make or break point', UN environment head says

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 05:59

Erik Solheim cites ‘huge decline’ in world’s reefs but says shift from coal and new awareness of plastic pollution are good news

The battle to save the world’s coral reefs is at “make or break point”, and countries that host them have a special responsibility to take a leadership role by limiting greenhouse gas emissions, plastic pollution and impacts from agriculture, the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) has said.

Speaking to the Guardian after the launch of International Coral Reef Initiative’s international year of the reef, Erik Solheim said he expected governments to take their efforts on reef protection in 2018 beyond symbolic designation.

Related: Coral reef bleaching 'the new normal' and a fatal threat to ecosystems

Related: Great Barrier Reef tourism spokesman attacks scientist over slump in visitors

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Trump Says Section 201 Solar Trade Case Decision Coming Soon

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:51

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would announce a decision soon on whether to slap tariffs on imported solar panels, and quipped that when countries dump subsidized panels in the United States, "Everybody goes out of business."

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