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UK climate change masterplan – the grownups have finally won

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 12:32

Government’s clean growth strategy unequivocally states that tackling climate change and a prosperous economy go hand in hand

The grownups have finally won and everyone in the UK, from those in cold homes to those on polluted streets and in flooded towns, will benefit. The most important aspect of the UK government’s new clean growth strategy is its unequivocal statement that tackling climate change and a prosperous economy are one and the same thing.

This has been clear to many for some time, including Philip Hammond, if not his predecessor George Osborne. There is no long-term, high-carbon economic strategy because the impacts of unchecked climate change destroy economies, as Lord Nicholas Stern puts it.

Related: Draughty homes targeted in UK climate change masterplan

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

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Stanford Team Takes Ambitious Car to the World Solar Challenge

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 20:24

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge has occurred every two years for three decades, is the oldest solar-powered car race, spanning more than 1,800 miles across the entire Outback from Darwin to Adelaide.

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Can Storage Expand Wind's Share of the Energy Mix?

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 19:48

Leading wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is looking toward energy storage solutions in a bid to improve wind power economics and grid integration.

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A shift to clean energy will come but politics remain vile until the next election | Simon Holmes à Court

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 17:00

The Coalition is fighting battles against each other, the opposition, consumers, facts and future. It can’t end well for them or for us

In a mid-January op-ed, former prime minister Tony Abbott gushed about Australia’s bountiful “clean coal”. I fired off an email to Abbott’s office asking for more information about this promising new form of coal — I mean, if “clean coal” exists, all our problems are solved, right?

After sending nine polite emails over four months, all unanswered, I called Abbott’s office and spoke to a lovely, yet understandably haggard, office manager, who explained that the former prime minister’s priority was his Warringah electorate. I asked if I could speak with his energy advisor and was told that, as a backbencher, Tony Abbott doesn’t have the luxury of an energy advisor.

Related: Tony Abbott says climate change is 'probably doing good'

Related: 'Climate change is real': energy minister hits out at Tony Abbott

Related: Energy policy would not be that hard if the government wasn’t hamstrung by ideologues | Simon Holmes à Court

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Despite Trump, American companies are still investing in renewable energy | John Abraham

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:00

Surveyed corporations stated that Trump’s election had no impact on their decision to buy renewable energy

After the election of Donald Trump, many of us in the climate and energy fields were rightfully fearful. What would happen to international agreements to cut greenhouse gases? What would happen to funding for climate research? What would happen to the green energy revolution?

In most instances, Trump is worse than we could have imagined. But in one special area, Trump may not matter. That is in the growth of corporate purchasing of renewable energy. It turns out there are factors that even Trump cannot stop that make choosing renewable energy an easy decision for many companies.

Companies that are seeking to buy renewables aren’t just looking for the easiest way to cut costs. They are making a strategic investment to diversify their energy portfolio and secure long-term sustainability.

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This Is the Microsoft Deal That Will Boost Wind-Turbine Battery Tech

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 16:44

Microsoft Corp. yesterday said it is supporting a new project in Ireland that will be the first European wind farm to integrate batteries in each wind turbine.

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Are Batteries Destined for Explosive Growth in the EU?

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 16:27

Investors seeking exponential growth may want to take a look at batteries, according to the European Union’s top energy official.

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All PV Predictions Were Wrong

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 15:29

At the Intersolar Middle East Conference, which took place on September 26 and 27 in Dubai, 86 international speakers presented past, present and future solar PV market developments. A total of 408 attendees made the Intersolar conference in Dubai the biggest standalone PV conference in the region.

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Company investing in two hydro plants in move toward green business

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 15:20

In hydro business news in Laos, Padaeng Industry Public Company Limited (PDI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with EDL-Generation Public Company to jointly invest in the 69-MW Nam San 3A and 45-MW Nam San 3B hydropower plants.

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Who Will Fight the Repeal of the Clean Power Plan?

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 15:07

As word spread yesterday that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt will officially begin the process of repealing the Clean Power Plan, others vowed to fight back.

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3@3 on Solar PV: The Solar Vortex, Renewables, and Puerto Rico

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 18:10

Today's topics include an examination of how two large and looming events in the U.S. power industry could seriously undermine the growth of renewables. Plus, how the industry is mobilizing to offer new hope to hurricane-damaged islands. 

 

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Mega-battery plant to come online in Sheffield

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 17:54

Facility run by E.ON, to be followed by many more, will help UK grid cope with fast-growing amount of renewable energy

Britain’s switch to greener energy will take another significant step forward this week with the opening of an industrial-scale battery site in Sheffield.

E.ON said the facility, which is next to an existing power plant and has the equivalent capacity of half a million phone batteries, marked a milestone in its efforts to develop storage for electricity from windfarms, nuclear reactors and gas power stations.

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World Solar Challenge is an Amazing Adventure in Engineering

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 16:41

In its 30th year, the organizers of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge have made the journey even more challenging in 2017 by reducing the size of the solar array that powers the cars.

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Will Solar, Storage Arrival In Puerto Rico Be a Breakthrough?

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 15:12

The U.S. solar industry is about to airlift rooftop solar panels and batteries to Puerto Rico, where more than 90 percent of homes and businesses remain without electricity after Hurricane Maria destroyed the grid. The first plane of supplies is set to leave this week.

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The Truth About GE's Latest Wind Tech Patent Lawsuit

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 13:27

Which way is the wind blowing? If you are a wind energy manufacturer or a developer looking to implement or expand wind energy farm operations, this is a question you must be asking yourself when it comes to the potential effects recent litigation between major manufacturers will have on the wind power industry.

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Trump’s plan to bail out failing fossil fuels with taxpayer subsidies is perverse | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 10:00

Coal can no longer compete in the free market, so the Trump administration wants to prop it up with taxpayer subsidies

The conservative philosophy of allowing an unregulated free market to operate unfettered often seems to fall by the wayside when the Republican Party’s industry allies are failing to compete in the marketplace. Trump’s Energy Secretary Rick Perry recently provided a stark example of this philosophical flexibility when he proposed to effectively pull the failing coal industry out of the marketplace and instead prop it up with taxpayer-funded subsidies.

Most of the common metrics for grid reliability suggest that the grid is in good shape despite the retirement of many baseload power plants … The power system is more reliable today due to better planning, market discipline, and better operating rules and standards

However, [Perry’s proposal] conveniently fails to mention that nearly 14 gigawatts (GW) of coal capacity was forced offline during the Polar Vortex, roughly 25 percent of all coal capacity in [the region]. 1.4 GW of nuclear was forced offline as well. Most of these generator outages were due to temperatures below the operating limit of power plant equipment ... Additional coal capacity was unavailable due to frozen coal piles.

At the price of US$50 per barrel, we find that a bit more than half (53%) of subsidy value (in net present value terms) goes to projects that would have proceeded anyway. That fraction rises to nearly all (98%) of subsidy value at US$100 per barrel. As others have found, regardless of the oil price, the majority of taxpayer resources provided to the industry end up as company profits.

by Congress’ own Joint Committee on Taxation analysis (post-Trump), the tax subsidies to oil and gas outweigh the tax subsidies for all charitable giving to health and education.

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Frydenberg signals government poised to abandon clean energy target

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 00:16

Energy minister says electricity sector wants stability, ‘not necessarily handouts’ suggesting renewables won’t be subsidised after 2020

The energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, says Australia’s electricity sector is looking for stability, “not necessarily” for handouts, in a signal the Turnbull government is poised to abandon the clean energy target.

In comments to an energy summit on Monday, Frydenberg pointed to the falling costs of renewable energy as one of the calculations in the government’s consideration of the clean energy target recommended by the chief scientist, Alan Finkel.

Related: Tony Abbott says dumping clean energy target would help Coalition win election

Related: Alan Finkel urges Turnbull to adopt clean energy target before states act

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How green is Britain’s record on renewable energy supply?

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 15:19

About half of the power generated in the UK comes from low-carbon sources – here’s a breakdown of the four main sources of electricity

As one of the UK’s renewable energy chiefs has pointed out, electric cars won’t tackle climate change if they run off fossil fuels. Matthew Wright, managing director of Dong Energy UK, said that although plug-in cars could cut local air pollution, it would be a “pyrrhic victory” if they increased greenhouse gases from coal and gas power stations.

“The fit between renewable energy and electric is a natural [one],” he argued. E.ON, one of the big-six energy suppliers, agrees: its dedicated new electric car tariff is supplied with 100% renewable power.

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Grid Resiliency is a Problem, But Stockpiling Coal isn’t the Answer

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 20:42

The U.S. Department of Energy’s recently proposed rulemaking, which directs FERC to “properly value” coal and nuclear power plants for their ability to be “resilient” by having a 90-day pile of fuel onsite, totally misunderstands the problem of grid resiliency. 

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How To Shine In The Solar Village

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 16:39

At noon Eastern Standard Time today — the second day of competition for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in Denver — the Northwestern University team was sitting in first place, according to scores released on the competition website.

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