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Project Update: Iberdrola reports work moving ahead to develop 880-MW Gouvaes hydro plant

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 14:26

Iberdrola has announced that assembly of the first turbine unit for the 880-MW Gouvaes hydro plant has begun, signaling a key milestone in the construction of the 1,158-MW Tamega Hydroelectric Complex in Portugal.

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Details Announced for Billion Dollar Renewable Plan that Includes Solar, Storage, Hydro in Australia

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:51
Earlier this week SIMEC ZEN Energy announced details of the first of many planned renewable energy projects for South Australia. The Cultana Solar Farm, a 280-MW solar power plant expected to generate 600 GW-hours of energy annually in Australia’s sunny climate is expected to begin construction in early 2019 according to details in a press release.
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How Chicago’s New Electric Buses Could Help Balance the Smart Grid

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 08:12
Chicago’s electric bus fleet will be capable of putting power back onto the grid when not in use.
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Most US Businesses See Onsite Energy in Their Future

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 08:03
Most businesses will take control of their own energy use by generating a quarter of their electricity onsite by 2025, with 81 percent of U.S. businesses predicting this change will take place in just seven years.
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Trump Tariffs Help Investors See Rooftop Solar's Bright Side

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:46
Residential-solar companies have been on a tear this year, thanks in part to renewable-energy critic Donald Trump.
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Green Mountain Power Uses Tesla Powerwalls To Beat the Peak

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:26
Green Mountain Power’s commitment to innovation delivered bigger savings to customers as New England recently hit a new yearly peak for power demand.
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What Next after Ontario Cancels Power Contracts?

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:50
Recent headlines have captured the decision of the newly elected Ontario provincial government to cancel more than 700 renewable energy contracts in the province.
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Why 10 Renewable Powered Mini-Grids Would be Better for Puerto Rico

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:02
As we near the one-year anniversary of the devastation Hurricane Maria afflicted upon the residents of Puerto Rico, it’s concerning that post-hurricane efforts have been largely focused on restoring power with little progress on strengthening the already-weakened power grid against a future storm.
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Reports say Ranch Fire now largest wildfire in California history

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 14:30

Active wildfires continue to burn across the U.S. state of California, most of them still only partially contained.

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European Wind Operators Face Wind Drought While Solar Power Production Rises

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 14:01
The current heatwave in Western Europe is also contributing to a ‘wind drought,’ negatively impacting wind farm operators across the region, which includes the U.K., France, Spain, Germany and much of Scandinavia. Meanwhile, solar power plant operators are seeing increased production of solar energy because irradiance is up in many of the same markets.
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Tesla Forms Special Committee to Explore Privatization

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 13:59
On Aug 14, Tesla announced that its Board of Directors formed a special committee comprised of three independent directors to act on behalf of the company in connection with Elon Musk’s previously announced consideration of a transaction to take the company private.
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Drones Help to Reduce Operating Costs for Energy Industry

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 13:47
Cheap drones are poised to boost output and cut operating expenses for the energy industry.
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Bloomberg Analyst: Battery Boom Could Burn Investors

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 11:09
Some of the latest battery technologies may become obsolete before reaching the market because of the breakneck pace of advances in the industry.
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Can Solar Energy Save the Bees?

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 15:03
In response to the population decline of pollinating insects, such as wild bees and monarch butterflies, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are investigating ways to use “pollinator-friendly solar power.”
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Energy Storage System Mitigates Rising Peak Demand Charges in Ontario

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 14:56
Last week Peak Power announced that it had agreed to install up to 2.35 MW / 4.7 MWh of energy storage capacity at Bloor Islington Place in Toronto. Starlight Investments, a real estate and asset management company, owns the building.
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Hydro Tasmania Eyes Pumped Hydro To Shore Up Renewables

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 14:43
Chris Gwynne stands in a ravine below a towering dam in the Tasmanian wilderness and ponders whether the giant concrete structure can withstand the politics that may keep it from playing a key role in Australia’s clean energy future.
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Is Climate Change or Negligence Responsible for Calif. Fires?

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 14:37
It was California’s biggest fire yet. In late July and August, wildfires devastated an area north of San Francisco far bigger than New York City, destroying more than 100 homes and injuring 2 fire fighters. It’s just one in a rash of fast-spreading blazes that have killed at least 56 people this year and last in the Golden State.
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Australian Gas Peaker Plant To Get 4-MW Battery

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 14:31
In an Australian first, Origin will install a 4-MW/4-MWh grid scale battery at its Mt Stuart Power Station in Townsville. Mt Stuart Power Station is a 414-MW open cycle gas power station, designed to supply electricity at times of peak demand and is the largest such facility in North Queensland. In the U.S., these plants are called “peakers.”
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Puerto Rico School Ready for the Next Hurricane with Grid-Resilient Solar and Storage

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 15:16
About 140 students, teachers, administrators, and neighboring community members this week celebrated the installation of a solar plus storage solution at the SU Manuel Ortiz school in the Yabucoa district of Puerto Rico, one of the regions hardest hit by Hurricane Maria last year.
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Ontario Power Generation signs agreement to purchase Eagle Creek Renewable Energy

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 18:30

Canadian provincial utility Ontario Power Generation has signed a purchase and sale agreement to acquire 100% of the equity of Eagle Creek Renewable Energy LLC in the U.S.

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