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How Renewables Lead to a World of Peak Energy

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 05:59
It can be hard to get your head around just how much energy the world uses. Expressed in terms of oil, it was equivalent to almost 14 billion metric tons of the stuff in 2017. That’s like burning through all of Russia’s proved reserves in the space of 12 months, which is, in technical terms, a lot.
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Energy Poverty amidst Abundant Generation Capacity: Africa in Perspective

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 19:18
Energy poverty is a challenge in many countries and continues to attract attention in international development discourses. Beside the inconveniences people and societies have to face, the lack of affordable and reliable energy supply is a social and economic tragedy with serious implications for many development outcomes.
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Massachusetts Regulators Approve New ‘SMART’ Solar, Storage Program

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 19:09
More than a year after it was first announced, this week the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) approved the state’s newest solar incentive program, Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART), which provides declining incentives for up to 1600 MW of solar. The incentives are a fixed amount and vary by “block” and also decline over time. The program includes added incentives for systems that include features like energy storage, community solar and other location-based solar installations, such as brownfield developments.
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Tesla Tumbles on Worries of Musk-Less Future

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 16:27
It’s nearly impossible to imagine Tesla Inc. without Elon Musk, its chairman, CEO, largest shareholder and public face.
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World Bank Offers $1 Billion for Batteries in Emerging Markets

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 16:08
The World Bank Group committed $1 billion to finance battery-storage systems in developing and middle-income countries, and expects its participation to attract another $4 billion in backing from investors as well as public and private funds.
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US Production, Consumption of Non-Hydro Renewables Hit Record High in 1H 2018

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 13:36
Non-hydro renewable energy sources (i.e., biofuels, biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) set new U.S. records for both production and consumption in the first half of 2018, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of data just released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
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Renewables in UK Energy Mix Hit All-time High

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 12:42

The share of renewables in the UK’s electricity generation hit a record high of 31.7 per cent in the second quarter of 2018, while coal dropped to an all-time low of only 1.6 per cent.

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Statkraft Plans Annual Investments of US$1.2 Billion in Renewable Energy, including Hydropower

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 11:00

Statkraft has announced it is planning annual investments of about NOK10 billion (US$1.2 billion) in renewable energy from 2019 to 2025, including “large upgrades of Nordic hydropower.”

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Corbyn Vows to ‘Kickstart a Green Energy Revolution’ in the UK

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 08:20

The Leader of the Opposition in the UK has vowed to “kickstart a green jobs revolution that will help tackle climate change, provide sustainable energy for the future and create skilled jobs in every nation and region” of Britain.

 

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Indian Solar Tariff Questions Answered: Will They Delay Modi's Goals?

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 14:47
India has imposed duties on imports of solar equipment from China and Malaysia lasting two years. The aim is to kick-start a domestic industry that’s failed to take off in the face of ever-cheaper imports of solar cells and modules. China accounted for 89 percent of imports in the last financial year. The protectionist move risks setting back India’s climate change commitments by slowing the buildup of renewable energy capacity, even as prices for solar power in the world’s second-most populous nation fall to record lows.
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Former Coal Plant Now Home to Community Solar + Storage Facility

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 14:32
On Tuesday, ENGIE North American and Holyoke Gas and Electric (HG&E) christened the largest grid-scale energy storage system in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. The 3-MW / 6-MWh system is integrated with the 5.6-MW Mt. Tom community solar farm, one of the largest community solar farms in the state. The solar farm went online in 2017.
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China Sets New Renewables Target of 35 Percent by 2030

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 14:28
China is stepping up its push into renewable energy, proposing higher green power consumption targets and penalizing those who fail to meet those goals to help fund government subsidies to producers.
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Rhode Island Charts a Course for a Cleaner Grid

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 15:45
Rhode Island is a small state with big energy ambitions. Like many states, however, those ambitions are complicated by an outdated electric grid.
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Michigan Utilities Upgrade Pumped Storage Plant ahead of Renewable Push

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 15:30
The Ludington Pumped Storage Plant along Lake Michigan could play a bigger role on the grid as utilities use more variable renewables.
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U.S. Government Awards $27.7M for Long-duration Storage Projects, Research, and Prototypes

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 15:18
Last week the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced 10 projects that will receive funding through a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program called Duration Addition to electricitY Storage (DAYS). The projects seek to provide up to 100 hours of energy storage.
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Understanding Low-Cost, Long-Duration Energy Storage Technology: A Primer

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 12:08
Energy storage has become an everyday element of grid planning and energy network management – driven by technology advances, proven benefits, and steadily falling prices. As storage goes mainstream, it’s no longer unusual to see deployments in the tens of MWh. Although about 95 percent of operational storage in the U.S. is in the form of pumped hydro, which can store massive amounts of energy cheaply for days, virtually all of the remaining storage resources are lithium-ion batteries.
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Need a Residential Solar or Storage Permit? Soon There May be ‘an App for That’

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 14:54
Solar industry unveils campaign to streamline solar permitting.
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Alabama Power Seeks Renewable Energy

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 13:51
Alabama Power said last week that the utility is seeking proposals to meet future energy and reliability needs, including proposals for potential renewable energy projects.
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Future Robo-taxis Could Charge Themselves and Help Balance the Electric Grid

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 11:00

Electric robo-taxis are a real possibility. Trends in transportation, energy, and demographics indicate that future vehicles will operate autonomously, run on electricity rather than fossil fuels, and be shared instead of privately owned. But before everyone can carpool in self-driving electric cars, we need places to charge them.

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California Clean Energy Mandate Comes at Utilities' Expense

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 10:00
California’s ambitious push for clean energy will be a tough lift for utilities and potentially their bondholders.
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