Sustainable Living

South Carolina AFB Homes get Rooftop Solar PV Makeover

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 13:52

Shaw Air Force Base, partner Hunt Southern Group and affiliate Hunt Alternative Energy Investments worked with Duke Energy on installing 5,865 solar panels on 284 homes at the complex. This solar energy—estimated at about 2.4 million kWh per year—is expected offset approximately 40 percent of electricity consumption in Shaw military housing.

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Fueling the Future: How Batteries are Improving, in Three Ways

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 13:49
In the race for the next generation battery, lithium-ion technology has made huge leaps in recent years. But the power packs continue to have drawbacks: they use raw material mined in unstable countries, they’re dangerous if they break and they could pack more power.
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ISO-New England Offers Preview of Pending Energy Storage Market Changes

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 11:35
Excitement over storing electricity, and expectations for new market rules in the U.S. promise great changes in energy. Instead of hype and speculation, this blog offers a preview of those market changes. For those who are waiting for FERC Order 841 to sort things out, ISO-New England has published something you might want to see.
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What Can We Learn from Failed Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Initiatives?

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 19:53
After surveying how crowdfunding is kickstarting the renewable energy transition, it’s important to note that for every successful project on Kickstarter or Indiegogo an average of two go unfunded. The reasons behind such failures vary from project to project: too ambitious of a funding goal, unrealistic projects, an overall lack of exposure, or countless others.
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Trump Administration Announces Offshore Wind Progress

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 15:24
Last week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced three major developments in American offshore wind energy spanning from coast to coast. Continuing with the Trump Administration's all-of-the-above energy policy, the Secretary spoke at the American Wind Energy Association’s Offshore Wind Conference and announced 1.) much-anticipated wind auction in federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts; 2.) the environmental review of a proposed wind project offshore Rhode Island; and 3.) the next steps to a first-ever wind auction in federal waters off of California.
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Europe's Biggest EV Markets Need $17B in Infrastructure Investment

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 15:17
The growth of electric cars in Europe’s two biggest vehicle markets will require billions of dollars of investment in ways to keep them charged.
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Regulations, Not Resource Determine Wind Energy Costs in Northern Europe

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 14:58
Regulations governing the construction of wind farms vary considerably between countries. Indeed, these differences can have a stronger impact on generation costs than differences in wind resources. In the future, northern European cross-border renewable energy auctions should take diverging regulatory conditions into account, a new study argues.
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A Solar Movement Grows in New York City

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 14:45
New York, a city of soaring towers and ever-changing shadows, has designs on something that requires open skies: solar power.
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E.ON Pilots Efficiency Funding Scheme for UK Consumers

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 14:35
Integrated energy company E.ON and BNP Paribas Personal Finance are piloting a new energy efficiency financing scheme for UK consumers.
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'Ultra rapid' electric car charging network coming to Australia

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 02:13

Chargefox stations will allow drivers to charge electric vehicles in just minutes

Drivers travelling between Australia’s major cities could soon charge their electric vehicles in just 15 minutes with a super-fast network being rolled out across the country.

The 21 sites on highways between Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane will be powered entirely by renewable energy. Sites are also planned for Western Australia.

Related: How much does it cost to power an electric car around Australia? $150

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28,000 jobs at risk in north of England over low-carbon economy

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 23:01

Thinktank says transition to low-carbon economy could result in ‘local deprivation’

As many as 28,000 jobs will be lost in the north of England in the next 12 years under the government’s drive towards a low-carbon economy, a thinktank has warned.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said in its report that the region could be at the heart of a “clean energy revolution” – with a potential for 46,000 new green jobs – but instead faced economic decline under current plans.

Related: The legacy of leaving old industrial Britain to rot is becoming clear | Larry Elliott

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Migrants building £2.6bn windfarm paid fraction of minimum wage

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 14:51

Workers on Beatrice project in Scotland have included irregular migrants on under £5 an hour

Workers hired to build the flagship £2.6bn Beatrice offshore windfarm in Scotland have included migrants without proper immigration documents paid a fraction of the UK minimum wage, the Guardian can reveal.

Offshore windfarming is one of the UK’s biggest growth industries, hailed by both the Conservatives and Labour as a priority for investment that will create thousands of jobs while also producing clean energy.

Related: World's largest offshore windfarm opens off Cumbrian coast

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£7m crowdfunding bid for Orkney tidal energy turbine launches

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sat, 10/20/2018 - 11:21

Scheme launched by ethical investment platform Abundance offers 12% interest

A “green” investment that pays 12% interest and involves putting your money into a major tidal energy project was launched this week.

But that high rate indicates this is a great deal riskier than putting your money into a high street savings account, with no compensation if things go wrong. So this is not one for the risk-averse.

Related: ‘Huge mistake’: Britain throwing away lead in tidal energy, say developers

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Astaldi receives stop work order for 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydro project in Canada

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 16:30

Nalcor Energy has issued a stop work order to Astaldi Canada Inc., the main contractor on its 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydro project, and is arranging for the company’s about 500 workers in Labrador to return home.

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Scottish Power to invest in solar energy for the first time

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 15:19

Big six firm to focus exclusively on renewables, adding solar power to its windfarms

Scottish Power, one of Britain’s biggest energy companies, has said it will invest in solar power for the first time as part of its move away from fossil fuels.

The big six firm sold off its last gas-fired power stations to Drax Group this week to focus exclusively on renewables, which today consists of onshore and offshore windfarms.

Related: Weatherwatch: the UK's climate is ideal for renewable energy

Related: Labour wants green energy to power most UK homes by 2030

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New Partnership Explores V2G Solutions for Europe

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 10:00
Last week San Diego-based Nuvve Corporation and European-based EDF Group announced a strategic partnership that will leverage Nuvve’s expertise in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technologies in support of EDF Group’s Electric Mobility Plan on “smart charging.”
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Could Sustainable Clean Energy Securitization Save the Planet?

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:19
The financial instrument that nearly collapsed the global economy is being re-engineered to create a new market with a lofty goal: to save the planet.
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Industry and Academia Partner To Train Next Generation of Digital Grid Experts

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:00
Last week, Siemens and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) announced a new new academic partnership that they say will provide students with the skills needed to operate and advance the nation’s energy grid.
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Energy Storage in California is About to Get MUCH Cleaner. Here’s How.

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 16:47
California recently joined other leading states, provinces, cities, and corporations around the world by setting an ambitious 100 percent carbon-free electricity target. It’s a landmark, not because California was the first, but because it is the biggest. The state ranks as the fifth-largest economy in the world.
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Voith and Siemens to collaborate on hybrid plants that include hydropower

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 16:00

Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG and the Siemens Energy Management Division have signed a letter of intent for collaborating on appropriate hybrid power projects containing hydropower.

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