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Pennsylvania Moves to Protect REC Prices

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 20:51

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf this week signed into law a provision that will support strong renewable energy credit prices in the state. According to the governor’s office, the legislation requires that renewable energy facilities only generate RECs if the power from the facility is delivered to an electricity distributor operating within the commonwealth.

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Subsidizing Coal, Nuclear Could Drive Customers Off-Grid

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 17:52

Within the next month, energy watchers expect the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to act on an order from Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would create new pricing rules for certain power plants that can store fuel on site to support grid resilience. This initiative seeks to protect coal-fired and nuclear power plants that are struggling to compete with cheaper energy sources.

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Solar Companies Scramble to Find a Critical Raw Material

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 17:38

Solar manufacturers are being battered by higher costs and smaller margins after an unexpected shortage of a critical raw material. Prices of polysilicon, the main component of photovoltaic cells, spiked as much as 35 percent in the past four months after environmental regulators in China shut down several factories.

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New North Sea Wind Atlas to Inform Future Offshore Developments

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 17:24

Wind farm operators in the North Sea will have a new atlas for wind resources in the region to help them identify how much power they can generate and how robust turbines should be.

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Wind Energy Feels the Force of World Markets

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 16:44

Vestas Wind Systems A/S lost about a fifth of its stock market value after the Danish company said it was squeezing less profit out of sales of equipment and services compared with a year ago because of increased competition. Before last week’s plunge, the shares had risen 15 percent this year.  

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Enel to Bid in Mexico Power Auction After Raising $1.35 Billion

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 21:20

Enel Green Power SpA, the renewable-energy unit of Europe’s largest utility, plans to bid in Mexico’s power auction this month after raising $1.35 billion with a deal to sell stakes in eight wind and solar projects in the country in October.

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West Africa's Off-Grid Market Drives Pay-As-You-Go Firm

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 20:46

West Africa’s booming off-grid solar industry is drawing international investors eyeing expansion. Lumos Global, a Dutch off-grid developer that raised $90 million last year to start business in Nigeria, said it’s expanding in Ivory Coast this month.

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The UK's Biggest Solar Farm Will Be Built Without Government Help

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 18:21
Cleve Hill is set to become the UK's biggest solar farm when it is built in 2020. At a capacity of 350 MW, it will be able to produce more than five times the power as the country's current leader. And all this could happen without government help.
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Clean Energy Is Overtaking Coal in This Competitive Electricity Market

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:58

Look around the U.S. and you’ll find plenty of examples of smart policy that is driving the adoption of cleaner, more efficient energy resources. In particular, California, New York, and Illinois are all leveraging policy to reduce carbon pollution and transition to a 21st century electric grid.

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Why Solar Microgrids Are Not a Cure-All for Puerto Rico’s Power Woes

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:27

In addition to its many other devastating human consequences, Hurricane Maria left the island of Puerto Rico with its power grid in ruins. Power was knocked out throughout the island, with an estimated 80 percent of its transmission and distribution wires incapacitated. When hospitals and other critical users could not get backup power and water supplies ran low, an extended outage became a humanitarian crisis that has yet to be resolved.

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Where Does CSP Fit on the US Power Grid?

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:00

Every day our power needs fluctuate, causing grid operators to make quick decisions to balance the U.S. grid. This can happen on hot summer days when people are turning on their air conditioners or in the middle of winter when they crank up the heat. Either way, grid operators must find a way to meet rapid spikes in energy demands.

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3@3 on Solar PV: Pricing, Grid Defection, Disaster Relief

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 15:19

Today's topics include PV module pricing and how the trade case is already impacting prices despite that fact that nothing has been made official yet. As Paula says, “no news is bad news.”


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The Microgrid Imperative

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:00

The Microgrid 2017 conference, which ran from November 6-8 in Boston, kicked off with a list of events that point to a desperate need for microgrids, and I bet you’ve heard of them: 

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Listen Up: Home Backup Power System Primer

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 18:37

This week, we review the spectrum of backup power solutions from generators to home battery backup power systems connected to solar. I’ve been installing home battery backup power systems on and off for 20 years. 

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Innovate UK Conference Highlights the Work of Two Storage Tech Firms

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 17:17

Two energy storage firms yesterday were recognized at the Innovate UK conference for their work in liquid air and copper/zinc technologies. In a keynote speech at the conference in Birmingham, England, Business Minister Claire Perry announced the winners of the first phase of an energy innovation competition looking into the feasibility of energy storage.

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SEPA Requests Industry Players’ Input for DERMS Development

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:24

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) will release on Monday, Nov. 13, a draft comprehensive requirements document for distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS). The organization is soliciting immediate input and comments from electric utilities and vendors. Interested parties will have their first opportunity to meet in person and discuss the requirements document at DistribuTECH 2018. The meeting will occur on Jan. 22 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas

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California's Plans for Offshore Wind Run into Navy Opposition

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:05

As California pushes forward in its transition to clean energy, the state faces hard choices in its most futuristic initiative yet: offshore wind power. State and federal officials are engaged in an intensive planning process for the first auction of zones for development of giant wind farms in the Pacific.

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Solar Installers Are Getting Closer to Profitability

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 15:22

There’s long been a Catch-22 about residential solar: despite staggering market demand, it’s been hard to make money doing it—until now. Sunrun Inc. said Wednesday that it’s cash-flow positive. And Blackstone Group LP-backed Vivint Solar Inc. expects to hit that mark next year.

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Geothermal Auction Receives Bids for 19,000 Acres in Nevada

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 22:22

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in late October said that it received bids on geothermal leases in Nevada for about $78,000 in an online auction. Geothermal developer Ormat Technologies won a 5,078-acre parcel in Esmerelda County, Nev., paying about $20,000.

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How Modern is Your State's Grid?

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 20:34
A successful transition to a 21st Century Electricity System requires careful consideration of a range of issues that will ultimately redefine the regulatory framework and utility business model while creating new opportunities for third-party providers and customers to contribute to the operation of the electricity system.
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