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IHA releases new sustainability guidelines to define good practice for hydropower

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:44

The Hydropower Sustainability Guidelines on Good International Industry Practice, released yesterday, present a definition of the processes and outcomes relating to good international practice in the hydropower sector.


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Siemens Gamesa Signs Second Russia Wind Deal with Enel

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 10:27

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has won an order from Enel Russia for 201 MW of wind turbines.

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Scientists Say Blockchain ‘Delivering on Energy Promises’

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:57

One of the first unbiased, major comprehensive reviews of blockchain has concluded that the technology is “actually delivering on its promises in a number of areas directly related to energy”.

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DNV GL Launches Mobile Solar PV Laboratory in India

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:47

Advisory and certification company DNV GL has launched a new mobile laboratory service for the onsite testing of PV modules in India.

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Geothermal-powered Italian Town Asks Why Populists Are Abandoning It

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:45
Italy’s Five Star Movement used to rave about towns like Montieri, a village in the verdant Tuscan foothills that burns little coal or natural gas. Instead, the local power plant harnesses steam rising naturally from hot springs deep underground to generate electricity.
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South Africa's Eskom Facing `Death Spiral' Driven by Distributed Solar Energy

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:28
Bloated by debt, bled by corruption and battered by structurally declining sales, South African power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. is facing what’s known in the industry as a “death spiral.”
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Trump’s Solar Tariffs Blamed for 15 Percent Decline in Large-Scale Solar Installations in Q3 2018

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:18
On Thursday, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reported results of their analysis of U.S. solar installations in the third quarter of 2018. While large-scale solar installations fell, the residential market continued to stabilize after falling in 2017, said the analysts. Overall, they said they expect 2018 growth to be flat.
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Mercedes-Benz Signs PPA with Statkraft for 46 MW of Unsubsidized Wind Power Capacity

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 16:18
This week Mercedes-Benz Cars together with Statkraft announced that it is taking the first step on the road to realizing a CO2-neutral energy supply for its German plants.
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Report: Smart Grid Upgrades Offer Less Risk, More Flexibility than Power Lines

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:46
A decade ago, Maine regulators faced dueling proposals to meet projected load growth north of Portland: upgrade a long-distance transmission line to carry more power, or strategically install batteries and distributed generation.
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France Will Save Billions By Investing in Renewables Instead of Nukes

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:33
France will save 39 billion euros ($44.5 billion) if it refrains from building 15 new nuclear plants by 2060, and bets instead on renewable energy sources to replace its all its aging atomic facilities, a government agency said.
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FERC releases after-action panel report on Oroville Dam spillway incident

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:53

Modifications in the Part 12 review process on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s part are warranted, and FERC needs to develop a list of the highest dams and spillways which could be of significant hazard to downstream populations.

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Report: More than 680 GW of new wind to come online over next decade

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:50

According to the Global Wind Power Market Outlook Update: Q4 2018, more than 680 GW of new wind power capacity will come online globally over the next 10 years.

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Mexican Steel Producer to Benefit from 130-MW Solar Farm

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 15:15
Solar PV developer Dhamma Energy said this week that it sold a 130-MW solar project located in the northern Mexican state of Sonora to French energy group ENGIE in September.
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Investors Sought for Community Wind Farm on an Island Near Northern Scotland

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:42
An urgent plea is being made to potential investors to buy shares in a small community wind farm in the Hebrides in order to help reach its fundraising target of £350,000 by the end of the year.
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The Yellow Vests Movement Isn’t Anti-Climate Action; It’s Pro-Social Justice

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:34
The Yellow Vests riots sweeping across France have grabbed headlines as governments gather in Katowice, Poland for the UN climate conference (COP24). This is the most widespread and violent protest in France since the 2005 suburban riots, and perhaps even 1968. While the unrest initially erupted as a protest against the latest rise in fuel taxes, which the government has now agreed to postpone, some are attributing the riots to a backlash against carbon taxes and climate action. This is a misguided conclusion.
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Texas Co-op Upping Solar Farm Procurement to 50-plus MW

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:02

The deal brings CoServ’s stake to 51.5 MW of the 100-MW Lapetus project. Brazos Electric Power Cooperative is the generation and transmission provider on the procurement.

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Biomass Market Harnesses Combined Heat and Power

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 18:56
Two big trends are converging in the world of power generation -- Combined Heat & Power (CHP) and biomass. CHP is gaining ground in many areas of the world due to the fact that its superior efficiency often results in major economic gains (CHP takes the waste heat from a turbine and uses it to generate steam which is often uses in district heating, or in industrial processes).
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Getting Renewables Strategy Right and Avoiding Pitfalls in Middle East

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:45
The outlook for renewables in the Middle East is encouraging. Recent tenders, such as in Saudi Arabia and neighboring Egypt, have demonstrated considerable investor appetite, competitive prices, and a strong market for clean energy.
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Rhode Island Encourages Brownfield Solar Projects

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:10
A Rhode Island program promoting solar development on polluted properties could help relieve tensions between the state’s fast-growing solar industry and conservationists concerned with preserving green space.
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Nevada National Security Site Installs Solar, Begins Era of Net-zero Energy Buildings

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:00
The Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) inaugurated the Mercury Solar Project late last month and moved it further down the path of sustainability, giving NNSA its first net-zero-energy building.
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