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Trump Said to Mull 2015 Grid Emergency Law to Save Coal Plants

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 14:21
The Trump administration is weighing a broad array of strategies for keeping coal and nuclear power plants online as a matter of national security, with options ranging from invoking a 68-year-old law to a three-year-old one, according to a senior Energy Department official.
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Remote Australian Fishing Town Gets Battery to Stabilize Power Grid

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 10:49

A cutting edge energy storage system to support a town with wildly fluctuating electricity needs has been switched on in South Australia.

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US Appropriations Committee Approves $243M Cut for Renewable Programs, $58M Increase to Fossil Fuels Research

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 16:17

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee yesterday approved an energy and water funding bill that, as compared to fiscal year 2018, cuts energy efficiency and renewable energy programs by $243 million, and increases research and development funding for fossil fuels by $58 million.

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Women Volunteers Install Solar Panels for Family in San Diego

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 13:22

A group of all-women volunteers showed up at the home of a City Heights (San Diego) family to install solar panels for free. And it couldn't have come at a better time for the family. KUSI's Elizabeth Alvarez explains why this was a win/win for both the volunteers and the homeowner.

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Vivint Plans Solar Plus Storage Offering for US Customers in 2018

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 11:49

Vivint yesterday said it plans to offer LG Chem RESU batteries to its solar customers across the U.S. this year. The company launched the energy storage offering this week for its customers in California.

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Innergex announces acquisition of five hydro plants in Canada, Chile

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 19:36

Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. recently acquired interests in three hydro plants in British Columbia, Canada, and two in Chile.

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Wind Power Overtakes Nuclear for First Time in UK Across a Quarter

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 18:53

Britain's windfarms provided more electricity than its eight nuclear power stations in the first three months of 2018, marking the first time wind has overtaken nuclear across a quarter. The renewable energy industry hailed the milestone as a sign the UK was well on its way to an electricity system powered by cheap, domestic green energy.

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Grubby trade deals with strongmen now shape our foreign policy | Zoe Williams

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 15:58

Crowds gathered at Downing Street to object to President Erdoğan’s visit. This is what happens when you walk away from the world’s largest civilised trading bloc

There is usually a protest somewhere near Downing Street, and if I really get into the nitty gritty of reading the banners, I always agree with them. I, too, think that pigs should be treated humanely, vivisection should be banned, territorial disputes should be solved without violence and, in the main, when people are demonstrating about someone in prison, that person probably shouldn’t be in prison.

The demo against the visit of President Erdoğan, a man who has oppressed Kurds, imprisoned journalists and sent a creepy Big Brother-style voicemail celebrating himself to the mobile numbers of every Turkish citizen, was no different; except it was different.

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Bankable Wind + Storage Plants Coming Soon After DNV GL Verifies Spanish Wind Farm

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 15:38
Last week at the Windpower 2018 conference and expo, ACCIONA Energia received the first independent certification for its hybrid wind power and energy storage plant by DNV GL, an energy certification body. The plant is located at Barasoain in Navarra, northern Spain.
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Green Investing in Britain Falls to Lowest in Decade

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 14:52

Green investing in the U.K. fell 56 percent last year, sparking concerns in Parliament that the nation will not maintain its lead in clean energy or meet climate targets after leaving the European Union.

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Meet 3 Energy Innovators Getting a Lift from Argonne National Laboratory

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 14:01

Erika Boeing is developing a small wind turbine she hopes can someday find a home alongside solar panels on the rooftops of big-box stores, factories and other large commercial and industrial buildings.

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City Utility Trials Voltage Optimization in First for Western Canada

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 12:15

The city utility for Lethbridge, Alberta is starting a voltage optimization trial that is expected to deliver energy savings for customers while reducing overall energy usage in the city’s electricity distribution system.

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UK must secure billions in investment to meet climate targets, MPs warn

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:47

Influential committee says collapse in low-carbon investment is endangering jobs and threatening climate commitments

Investment in the UK’s low-carbon economy has fallen dramatically, endangering jobs and putting in doubt the government’s commitments on climate change, an influential committee of MPs has warned.

Funds going into renewable energy, the mainstay of the low-carbon economy, fell more than 50% in 2017, having dropped by 10% in 2016, bringing annual investment in the sector to its lowest since the financial crisis in 2008.

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Leaked report warns Cambodia's biggest dam could 'literally kill' Mekong river

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 06:00

Government-commissioned report says proposed site at Sambor reach is the ‘worst possible place’ for hydropower due to impact on wildlife

A Chinese-backed plan to build Cambodia’s biggest dam could “literally kill” the Mekong river, according to a confidential assessment seen by the Guardian which says that the proposed site at Sambor is the “worst possible place” for hydropower.

The report, which was commissioned by the government in Phnom Penh, has been kept secret since it was submitted last year, prompting concerns that ministers are inclined to push ahead regardless of the dire impact it predicts on river dolphins and one of the world’s largest migrations of freshwater fish.

Related: The Mekong river: stories from the heart of the climate crisis

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Wind power overtakes nuclear for first time in UK across a quarter

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 05:01

News of milestone comes as MPs say policy changes have caused collapse in investment in renewables

Britain’s windfarms provided more electricity than its eight nuclear power stations in the first three months of 2018, marking the first time wind has overtaken nuclear across a quarter.

The renewable energy industry hailed the milestone as a sign the UK was well on its way to an electricity system powered by cheap, domestic green energy.

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Illinois Strikes Path To Midwest Solar Leadership

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 19:37

Two years ago, Illinois legislators passed the Future Energy Jobs Act in an effort to transition the state from its fossil-fueled industrial past into a future where solar and wind created jobs, cleaned the environment and saved electric ratepayers money.

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Offshore Wind Farms Are Planned for California — But the Navy Says No to Large Sections of the Coast

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 18:55

Fans of renewable energy anticipate a bonanza blowing off the coast of California. But a map released by the U.S. Navy puts large swaths of the state off limits to future offshore wind farms - including all of San Diego and Los Angeles, extending up to the Central Coast.

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More EV Fast Chargers Will Enhance New York’s Thruway System

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 17:59

New York is investing $4.2 million to expand fast charging electric vehicle stations along the state’s thruway system.

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Batteries included in energy storage ideas | Letters

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 17:28
Whatever the WWF says, peak demand for gas-fired generation will be larger, says Steve Bolter, while Chris Underwood pours cold water on the IMechE’s hydrogen proposal

The WWF has been oversimplistic in its argument that no further gas-fired power stations are needed (Report, 14 May). The forecast increase in annual renewable electricity production is only just sufficient to balance the closure of coal-fired electricity generation and the fall in nuclear generation resulting from the retirement of many of our nuclear power stations (most of which are already working beyond their design lives). However, this does not mean more no more gas generation capacity is needed. Electricity demand varies, and renewables are intermittent. There has to be enough capacity to meet demand at all times.

While pump storage systems and batteries are able to store enough energy to cope with short-term variations in demand and the availability of renewable generation, it would not be environmentally friendly, efficient or cost-effective to use such systems to store energy from summer to winter, or even to store enough to survive a long midwinter period of high pressure over the North Sea.

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NRDC Helping to Seed Resilient Energy in Puerto Rico

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 16:01

Last September, Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico destroying most of the island’s energy infrastructure. Puerto Ricans then had to endure the largest and longest blackout in U.S. history.

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