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100-MW Tidong hydropower project in India acquired by Statkraft

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 09/04/2018 - 20:15

Statkraft has acquired the 100-MW Tidong hydropower project under construction in India, saying this is in line with the company’s strategy to develop renewable energy generation.

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Western States Proceed with Climate Legislation Regardless of Trump’s “ACE” Rule

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 09/04/2018 - 15:14
Spurred by President Trump’s announcement that the United States will abandon commitments President Obama made in the Paris Climate Agreement, western seaboard elected officials are highly motivated to act on climate change, notwithstanding the Trump Administration’s actions to replace the Clean Power Plan. California has a well-established and functioning “cap and trade” program that has survived judicial challenge and been extended through 2030. As the fifth largest economy in the world, California’s efforts are a significant driver for similar programs throughout the nation.
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China Solar Giants Shrug Off Market Fall, Chase Growth Plans

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 09/04/2018 - 14:24
The top solar manufacturers in China are boosting production capacity, betting higher output will help them seize a bigger chunk of the global market that is set for its first-ever annual contraction.
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California, Blockchain, Hydro Licenses and Data Breaches in this Week’s Energy News Wrap-Up

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 09/04/2018 - 12:50
Our weekly energy news wrap-up is brought to you by the Clarion Energy Content Managers. Have a look to see what we view as the most important news of the week.
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Renewables Take Bigger Bite as Global Energy Deals Hit All-time High

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 09/04/2018 - 10:58

The value of global power and utility merger and acquisitions reached an all-time high of $180bn in the first half of this year – and renewables accounted for almost half of all deals done in the second quarter.

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Nordex Wins Deal for 99 MW Windfarm in Argentina

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 09/04/2018 - 10:40

German windpower group Nordex is to provide the turbines for a 99 MW wind farm in Argentina.

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Angus Taylor condemns us to another round of energy stupidity | Simon Holmes a Court

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 09/04/2018 - 03:18

It’s not that Taylor is a climate change denier, it’s just that he’d rather work against effective climate policy

Just as we begin to imagine life without Tony Abbott undermining every sensible interaction between climate and energy policy, his “energy brain” in the form of the new energy minister, Angus Taylor, is now calling the shots.

Taylor has been fighting against the wind industry since the late 1990s, when developers came knocking, wanting to build a windfarm on his parents’ Monaro Plains property. The Taylor family turned down the opportunity, and the Boco Rock windfarm was instead built on the next ridgeline. Last year the windfarm generated enough zero-emissions electricity to power more than 70,000 average New South Wales households, and pumped $6.7m through the local economy.

Related: Options on energy policy leave Coalition in a sticky situation | Katharine Murphy

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Queensland could reap $24bn renewables boom if it phases out coal generators

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 20:00

Analysts say sector could expand sixfold if all planned projects proceed and government focuses on carbon reduction policies

Regional Queensland is on the verge of a $24bn renewable energy boom, but the “vast majority” of projects will never be built without the phaseout of existing coal-fired power stations and government policy to reduce emissions in the energy sector.

A new report by analysts Green Energy Markets, commissioned by Solar Citizens, finds the renewable industry could expand sixfold – employing 34,000 people in construction and 1,500 people in ongoing jobs – if all projects under planning were to proceed.

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Solar deals could mark renewables shift in Philippines

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 13:15

Eight solar projects worth a total of $1.65bn have been given the go-ahead in The Philippines.

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California's response to record wildfires: shift to 100% clean energy | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Mon, 09/03/2018 - 10:00

California’s Democratic leaders are determined to fight the climate change that’s ravaging their state

In America today, it’s rare to see political leaders respond to a threat with an appropriate evidence-based policy solution. At the national level, more often we see actions that aggravate existing problems or create new ones. California – the country’s most populous and economically powerful state – has been a welcome exception.

California has been battered by extreme weather intensified by climate change. From 2012 to 2016 the state was scorched by its worst drought in over a millennium. Weather whiplash struck in 2017, when much of the state broke precipitation records. This combination led to devastating mudslides and created the conditions for the most destructive and costly wildfire season on record in 2017, followed by the state’s largest-ever wildfire in 2018, which broke the previous record (set in 2017) by more than 60%.

"Our state is one big tinderbox," says @kdeleon in closing on #SB100. "Wildfires are not longer seasonal." @HunterCutting, in case you're still wondering whether #cawildfires affect #SB100 debate.

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Chief ministers sign agreement to develop 300-MW Lakhwar Multi-Purpose project in India

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 18:00

A memorandum of understanding has been signed for the construction of the 300-MW Lakhwar Multi-Purpose project in the Upper Yamuna Basin of India.

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Substation Milestone for UK Offshore Windfarm

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 11:16

The substation for a 714 MW offshore windfarm has been installed in the North Sea off England.

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UK Firm in Deal with Unilever to Deliver Kenya Offgrid Solar

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 10:41

A UK provider of pay-as-you-go solar home systems has partnered with global consumer goods giant Unilever to deliver solar power to millions of off-grid homes in Kenya.

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Low-cost, printable solar panels offer ray of hope amid energy gridlock

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 03:01

Australian physicist says technology could make signing up for energy accounts as easy as a mobile phone subscription

An Australian physicist is leading a push to pioneer a new type of low-cost solar energy he believes could make signing up for energy accounts as straightforward as taking up a mobile phone plan.

In May last year, the University of Newcastle professor Paul Dastoor used organic printed solar cells to power screens and displays at an exhibition in Melbourne.

Related: Subsidies for new household solar panels to end next year

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New DERMS Partnership Helps Utilities Use Residential Batteries as Virtual Power Plants

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 17:27
This week Autogrid announced that it entered into a partnership with Swell Energy to provide software for managing Swell’s growing fleet of distributed energy resources (DER).
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Better Real-Time Loss Analysis Tells Utilities Where Solar and Storage DER Make Sense

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 16:50

Consumers who flip on lights and power up the ever-growing number of devices in their living rooms are receiving electricity from a grid that has to generate two Watts of electricity for every one Watt delivered. Put another way, the Department of Energy estimates that more than 60 percent of the source energy used to generate electricity is lost before it is consumed in our homes. Other estimates claim even larger losses. Other estimates claim even larger losses.

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Solar Energy in Mexico Gets a Boost

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 16:48
Atlas Renewable Energy, a U.S.-based company that operates in Latin America, announced this week that financing for its first solar power plant in Mexico is complete with Banco de Comercio Exterior (Bancomext) having committed to finance the project.
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Angus Taylor signals further taxpayer investment in existing coal and gas

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 01:30

New energy minister says government still committed to energy-market interventions if needed

The new energy minister, Angus Taylor, says he’s not a sceptic about climate science, just the economics of green schemes, and he’s declared renewables are “in my blood” and have an important role in the energy system.

But while overtly backing solar and hydro, but not wind – a technology he’s long opposed – Taylor has also signalled he wants to encourage new investment extending the life of existing coal and gas plants, and upgrading ageing facilities, with an objective of boosting supply.

Related: Renewables forecast to halve wholesale energy prices over four years

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Renewables forecast to halve wholesale energy prices over four years

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 18:00

Analysis shows 7,200MW of renewables added to grid after closures of coal-fired plants

While the Morrison government has identified lowering power prices as a key early priority, a new analysis says wholesale prices will almost halve over the next four years because of the technology many Coalition conservatives oppose – renewables.

The latest renewable energy index compiled by Green Energy Markets confirms analysis by the Energy Security Board that wholesale electricity prices are on the way down because of an addition of 7,200 megawatts of extra large-scale supply from renewable energy.

Related: South Australia rides renewables boom to become electricity exporter | Giles Parkinson

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