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Tesla to FERC: Energy Storage, DERs Enhance Grid Resilience

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

Tesla last week stood up for energy storage and distributed energy resources (DER), telling the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it should consider these assets carefully as it looks to define what makes a resilient power grid.

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Almost half of Australian big business moving to renewables

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 18:00

Climate Council says capacity of firms to generate solar power has doubled in less than two years

Almost half of Australia’s large businesses are actively transitioning to cheaper renewable energy, including many going off the grid by building their own generators and battery storage, as power bills threaten their bottom line.

A new report by the Climate Council details the increased speed of a business-led transition to renewables as power bills have increased.

Related: Renewables generated more electricity than brown coal over summer, report finds

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Hawaii Volcano Spawns New Fissure Near Geothermal Plant

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 14:56

NBC reports that workers at Ormat Technologies' Puna Geothermal Plant on the Big Island of Hawaii are taking precautionary measures after a new volcanic fissure opened up near the facility. Earthquakes started on the island April 30, and it was soon followed by volcanic activity.

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55-MW Masrik-1 Project Launches Utility-Scale Solar for Armenia

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 14:01

A new market for utility-scale solar is opening up in Armenia with a successful round of bidding that led to an award for the 55-MW Masrik-1 solar plant.

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Alstom Confirms JV Exit in $3 Billion Deal with GE

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 13:14

General Electric Co. will be required to buy Alstom SA’s stakes in three energy joint ventures for 2.59 billion euros ($3.1 billion), closing a lengthy chapter in the massive 2015 tie-up that has become a headache for the beleaguered U.S. manufacturer.

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Clean Energy vs. the Environment: A Cautionary Tale

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:28

Traditional alliances are being broken, and new ones are slow to form. Dealmaking has taken on the airs of a zero-sum game in which there can only be one winner.

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India's Tata Power Plans $5BN Push to Boost Renewables

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 11:18

Tata Power Co., one of India’s largest private power utilities, is planning to invest as much as $5 billion to ramp up its renewable capacity fourfold, according to its top executive.

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GOP Senators Want to Exempt Giant Solar Farm Panels From Tariffs

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 11:03

Republican senators from five states with big solar farms are asking the Trump administration to exempt the workhorse of industrial solar panels from tariffs imposed earlier this year.

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California, battered by global warming’s weather whiplash, is fighting to stop it | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 10:00

Hit by record droughts and rainfall and wildfires, California leads the way in tackling global warming

In 1988 – the same year Nasa’s James Hansen warned Congress about the threats posed by human-caused global warming – water expert Peter Gleick wrote about the wet and dry extremes that it would create for California:

California will get the worst of all possible worlds – more flooding in the winter, less available water in the summer.

most of California will likely experience a 100 – 200% increase in the frequency of very wet November-March “rainy seasons” … California will likely experience an increase of anywhere from 50% to 150% (highest in the south) in the frequency of very dry November-March periods … Since California is so dependent on precipitation during its relatively brief winter rainy season, even a single dry winter can quickly lead to adverse drought impacts upon agriculture and the environment.

The most dramatic impacts include wildfires that are larger and more frequent, and the most severe drought since recordkeeping began. Underlying these events is a long-term warming trend that has accelerated since the mid-1970s. In addition, spring snowmelt runoff is decreasing, sea levels are rising, glaciers are shrinking, lakes and ocean waters are warming, and plants and animals are migrating.

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'From coal to clean' – UK does not need to turn to gas, says WWF

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 11:09

Report suggests renewables, battery storage and flexible technologies can replace coal plants

The UK has no need to build new large gas-fired power stations to replace the coal plants that the government has pledged to switch off by 2025, the World Wide Fund for Nature has argued.

The gap can instead be filled by renewables, battery storage and flexible technologies, allowing the UK to go from “coal to clean” and skip new gas completely, according to a report by the environmental group.

Related: Balearic Islands bank on their sun to kickstart power drive | Adam Vaughan

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Bigger mortgages for greener homes? Yep, that's right | Adam Vaughan

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 09:30

Welsh scheme will factor in home’s energy efficiency into lenders’ affordability calculations

Borrowers will be able to take out a bigger mortgage when buying greener properties for the first time, under a pioneering scheme to encourage energy efficiency.

Research has found that factoring in the efficiency of a home into lenders’ affordability calculations could allow them to increase loans by £11,500 because buyers’ electricity and gas bills will be lower.

Related: UK buyers need more help to find cheaper mortgage deals, says FCA

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Himachal Pradesh new approach to hydro could move 5,100 MW of capacity forward

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 16:05

The State Cabinet of Himachal Pradesh, India, approved amendments to the state’s hydropower policy intended to ensure about 737 stalled hydro projects with a capacity of about 5,100 MW can move forward.

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Climate Talks Stall as Detail Sought on $100 Billion Finance

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 11:58

Two weeks of climate talks organized by the United Nations finished with developing countries demanding more clarity from their richer counterparts on when a promised package of $100 billion in aid will materialize.

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Blockchain Companies Take Aim at Clean Energy Transaction Costs

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 11:36

Power Ledger co-founder David Martin said that as utilities move from a one-way flow of electricity to a distributed platform, the blockchain software can help manage and verify what will be many more transactions.

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These Water-Stressed Countries Have the Most Solar and Wind Potential

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 11:04

Although growth is generally a good thing for the economy, it challenges nations—particularly ones that are water-stressed—to better manage their limited water resources and invest in the right energy systems.

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Shell Joins Tesla Exec as Investor in Ice Storage

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 19:58

Shell Ventures this week co-led a $7.6 million Series-A round of funding for ice storage provider Axiom Energy, joining previous investor Telsa CTO JB Straubel.

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The EPA Says Burning Wood to Generate Power Is 'Carbon-Neutral.' Is That True?

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 19:27

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt recently told a group of forestry executives and students that from now on the U.S. government would consider burning wood to generate electricity, commonly known as forest or woody biomass, to be “carbon neutral.”

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Hydrogen May Rival Batteries for UK’s Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 13:16

Hydrogen stored in Britain’s gas grid could be more effective for making use of excess renewable power than batteries.

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California Says New Residential Buildings Must Have Solar

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 12:10

Energy efficiency building standards officially adopted by California yesterday will require new homes in the state to have solar PV systems starting in 2020.

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California poised to be first state to require solar panels on new homes

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 20:04

State commission approves plan, saying consumer energy savings would outweigh higher building costs

California is set to require solar panels on new homes and low-rise apartment buildings starting in 2020, the first such mandate in the country and the state’s latest step to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

“Adoption of these standards represents a quantum leap in statewide building standards,” said Robert Raymer, technical director for the California Building Industry Association. “You can bet every other of the 49 states will be watching closely to see what happens.”

Related: Japan's renewable energy puzzle: solar push threatens environment

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