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Siemens Gamesa sells Spanish solar PV plants

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:12

Renewable energy investment and asset management firm Aurea Capital has bought three solar PV plants in Spain from Siemens Gamesa in a deal worth $113m.

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University Spin-off’s Small Packets Are a Big Deal for Energy Industry

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 08:24

It’s been a whirlwind year for Packetized Energy, the Vermont-based clean energy sector start-up spun off from a U.S. Department of Energy project in 2016 by three University of Vermont electrical engineering faculty, Paul Hines, Mads Almassalkhi and Jeff Frolik.

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Canada’s NEB approves Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 15:15

In a recent ruling, Canada’s National Energy Board said, “The [Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission] Project is and will be required by the present and future public convenience and necessity.” Therefore, the board recommends that the Governor in Council approve the board’s issuance of a certificate.

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Electric Vehicles Are Already Impacting Oil Demand

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 12:07
The International Energy Agency published its World Energy Outlook this week, its annual effort at revising assessments of future demand for and supply of fuels and electricity. There’s a familiar theme within it: The IEA expects more renewable-energy use in the future than it did in last year’s outlook, which was more than it forecast in the 2016 outlook. There’s also something noteworthy on transportation: The IEA is calling the top on oil demand from cars.
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Australia’s Biggest Behind-the-meter Storage Project Goes Live

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 09:30

UK energy storage company redT has switched on a 1 MW facility at Australia’s largest university – marking the country’s largest behind-the-meter commercial and industrial installation to date.

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PG&E's Wildfire Crisis Could Impact California's Ambitions Clean Energy Targets

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 16:45
California’s ambitious drive to combat climate change may hinge on the fate of its biggest utility owner.
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Gravity-Based Energy Storage Hits the Market

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 14:43
Earlier this month, Energy Vault, an Idealab company, announced the commercial availability of its energy storage solution that is based on the principles that underpin traditional gravity-based pumped hydro plants.
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Hawaiian Ranch Partnering to Build Microgrid

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 14:30

Parker Ranch, one of the largest cattle operations in the U.S., has award Go Electric with a contract to design and construct a 400-kW microgrid on-site. 

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Solar and Wind Now the Cheapest Power Source Says BloombergNEF

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:25

Unsubsidised solar and onshore wind are now the cheapest source of new bulk power in all major economies except Japan thanks to falling technology costs.

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Buildings Are Becoming Energy Hubs: How Utilities Can Adapt

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 11:13
As utility customers invest more in advanced energy technologies, buildings are becoming dynamic energy hubs. Anywhere, anytime, a building could be a consumer, storage point, or generator of energy. And a building’s energy profile could change instantaneously as it responds to signals from internal controls, the grid operator, or third parties to deploy assets like controllable water heaters, smart equipment, solar, and storage.
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Utilities Offering Community Solar Programs Can Consult New Checklist to Ensure Success

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 16:16
Coming on the heels of Salt River Project’s announcement that it will procure up to 1 GW of solar capacity by 2025 and will seek to offer some community solar projects to its customers, this week two organizations released a new checklist intended to help regulators and interested stakeholders evaluate and improve community solar across the country.
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California CCAs Double Renewable Energy Commitment, Adding 1 GW Capacity, in One Year

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:57
The California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) announced this week that community choice aggregators (CCAs) in the state have signed long-term contracts with new renewable energy facilities totaling more than 2,000 MW (2 GW), reflecting a strong commitment by CCAs to drive clean energy and economic development in California and help the state achieve ambitious decarbonization and climate change goals.
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SRP Adding 1,000 MW of Utility-Scale Solar Capacity by 2025

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:35
Salt River Project (SRP) this week announced that it plans to add 1,000 MW of new utility-scale solar energy to its system by the end of fiscal year 2025, accelerating the pace of development and total solar capacity that it had previously announced by 700 MW.
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FERC provides deadlines for implementing elements of America’s Water Infrastructure Act

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 20:00

FERC announced Nov. 14 it has begun the process to implement the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018.

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First U.S. Residential Solar Projects Turn to Output Insurance

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 18:07
A tool designed as an insurance policy for solar-power generation will be used to manage the risk associated with U.S. residential systems for the first time as part of a financing agreement backing 4,000 projects in the Northeast.
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The UK’s First Deep Geothermal Electricity Plant Starts Drilling in Cornwall

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 14:24
Geothermal Engineering Ltd. (GEL) announced that drilling for the UK’s first deep geothermal electricity plant at the United Downs Industrial Estate near St Day in Cornwall began last week. The aim of the initiative is to demonstrate the potential of the geothermal resource in the UK to produce electricity and renewable heat. The plant will have a capacity of up to 3 MW.
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Monsoon Winds Help Indian Wind Farm Owners in 2018

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:56
Wind speeds in India during the 2018 monsoon season were significantly higher than normal, and up to 20 percent higher than long-term averages in some regions, according to wind performance maps Vaisala published today. These higher wind speeds will benefit wind farm production; this is welcome news for wind energy operators and investors, who have faced several years of lower-than-normal wind energy production during the monsoon period.
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California ‘Smart Home Study’ Underway

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:48
The California Energy Commission (CEC) is funding a study that it hopes will result in lower utility bills for customers and more control over electricity load for utilities. The project will involve 100 homeowners in Southern California who will install various types of distributed energy resources (DER) such as thermostats, load control switches, batteries, water heaters and eventually electric vehicle chargers.
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Governors Urge FERC To Consider the Renewable Benefits of One Unified Electricity Grid

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 15:30
The so-called “Seams Study” conducted by NREL and presented at POWER-GEN International in December 2017 during a session called #RocktheGrid is the basis of a new proposal put forth by a group of 18 U.S. governors. The bipartisan Governor’s Wind and Solar Energy Coalition sent a letter on November 9 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging commissioners to consider the benefits to the entire country of one unified electricity grid.
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Electricity is the ‘New Fuel of Choice’ Says IEA

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 14:30

According to the International Energy Agency, “2018 is the year of electricity” and global electricity supply “is being transformed by the rise of renewables”.

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