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EV Sales in China Are 142 Percent Higher than Same Time Last Year

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 16:57
Data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAC) revealed that in May 2018, 96,000 electric vehicles (pure electrics and hybrids combined, comprising what the Chinese government and media refer to as “new energy vehicles”) rolled off assembly lines, while 102,000 units were sold, increases of 85.6 percent and 125.6 percent, respectively, over the same period last year. Production of pure electrics reached 77,000, while sales amounted to 82,000 units, increases of 75.9 percent and 112.8 percent year-on-year. Chinese automakers produced 19,000 plug-in hybrids and sold 20,000 units, up 138.8 percent and 196.8 percent.
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China’s Wind Power Industry Aims To Keep Wind And Solar Curtailment Rate Under 9 Percent

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 16:52
According to data released by the National Energy Administration of China, the country added wind power grid-connected capacity of 3.94 GW during the first quarter of this year, a year-over-year increase of 12 percent. The country’s average wind curtailment rate had decreased to 8.5 percent as of the end of the quarter, down 8 percentage points from a year earlier.
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PG&E Proposes Plan For 567 MW of Energy Storage

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 16:37
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) this week requested approval of four energy storage projects totaling approximately 567 megawatts (MW), in a filing at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
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MHI Vestas to Use Taiwan as Export Hub for Asia Offshore Wind

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 16:24
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S, the world’s second-biggest offshore wind turbine maker, is planning to use Taiwan as a hub to assemble and export turbines as it aims to extend its footprint in Asia.
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Here’s Where 3 Million EV Batteries Will Go When They Retire

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 16:15
The first batches of batteries from electric and hybrid vehicles are hitting retirement age, yet they aren’t bound for landfills. Instead, they’ll spend their golden years chilling beer at 7-Elevens in Japan, powering car-charging stations in California and storing energy for homes and grids in Europe.
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LG Electronics Announces Plans For U.S. Solar Panel Assembly Plant

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 19:55
LG Electronics announced plans for a new solar module assembly plant in Huntsville, Ala. The new factory will create about 160 new full-time jobs, increasing LG's Huntsville employment by 60 percent to more than 400 workers.
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Solar Developers May Be Able to Avoid Solar Tariffs Under New IRS Tax Credit Guidance

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 19:27

At the end of June, the U.S internal revenue service (IRS) clarified the rules surrounding when solar developers are allowed to take the 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar projects. The 30 percent tax credit is available until the end of 2019, at which time it will step down incrementally for 4 years, finally settling at 10 percent.

 

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Energy Storage Saves the Day During Heat Wave in Vermont

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 19:25
As usual hot weather descended on New England in late June/early July but Vermont utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) was undaunted by peak demand. That’s because the utility turned to stored energy to reduce demand on the grid. There is a network of Tesla Powerwall batteries in Vermonters’ homes, stored solar power from GMP’s Stafford Hill Solar Facility in Rutland, and GMP’s new battery storage project in Panton. All combined that’s enough to power about 5,000 homes during the peak.
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World's One-Time Biggest Solar Manufacturer Delisted From NYSE

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 19:08
Yingli Green Energy Holding Co., once the world’s biggest solar-panel manufacturer, has been delisted from the New York Stock Exchange as its value has plummeted.
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Arizona Public Service Issues RFP to Retrofit Solar Plants with Battery Storage

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 14:26
Arizona Public Service (APS) is looking to equip existing APS solar plants with battery storage and has issued an RFP to add up to 500 megawatts (MW) of energy storage to its system over the next 15 years via battery energy storage.
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A California Startup That Cools With Ice Raises $40 Million

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 14:15
Ice Energy, a California firm that uses chunks of ice to cool buildings, has secured $40 million in financing from private equity group Argo Infrastructure Partners LLC.
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Grid Operators to Pumped Hydro Storage Companies: Talk to Us

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 12:57
On Monday and Tuesday, June 25-26 in Charlotte, NC at the Grid-Scale Storage Summit, grid operators from ISO New England, PJM, and California ISO explained that now is the time that all energy storage companies need to be attending meetings and adding their voices to the mix because grid operators are currently in the process of defining rules around how they will meet FERC’s Order 841, which allows energy storage to participate in wholesale markets.
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Pumped Hydropower Plus Wind, Solar Is Path To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 12:57
If you want to build pumped storage hydropower plants, don’t talk about pumped storage hydropower. That was the message delivered by Adam Rousselle, president of Renewable Energy Aggregators (REA) during the first Grid-Scale Storage Summit, which took place on June 25-26 in Charlotte, NC.
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