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Details Announced for Billion Dollar Renewable... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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? 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... 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...

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... 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... 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... 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... 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? 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... 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... 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... 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 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... 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...

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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The Long Unraveling of Tesla’s Master Plan While this week’s episode of Tesla Inc. has left us with several cliffhangers, it did show one thing: just how far the company has veered from Elon Musk’s secret “Master Plan” of 2006.

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Ørsted signs with Siemens Gamesa for...

Ørsted signed up Siemens Gamesa to supply turbines for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project that Dominion has planned since 2011. The wind farm 27 miles off the Virginia coast would the first such project in the U.S. mid-Atlantic.



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Xcel Energy breaks ground on 150-MW Foxtail...

Xcel Energy recently celebrated the groundbreaking of its 150-MW Foxtail Wind project in Fargo, North Dakota, U.S.



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Made In Space Proposes Printing Large Solar... LOGAN, Utah - Made In Space, the Silicon Valley startup focused on additive manufacturing in orbit, plans to boost the power available to small satellites with Archinaut, the company's in-space manufacturing and assembling technology. "Small satellites have solar panels that produce a kilowatt to a kilowatt and a half," said Andrew Rush, Made In Space chief executive.

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Solar Power + Salt Storage Project in South... South America’s only solar-thermal project is resuming construction just as the technology it uses risks being overtaken by a cheaper alternative.

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Trump Officials Helped Edit ‘Bomb Cyclone’... Trump administration officials pushed to highlight the value of coal-fired power plants in a government report on the “bomb cyclone” that plunged the Eastern U.S. into single-digit temperatures last January.

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Sempra to Fund Cow-Dung Powered Renewable... Reparations for the worst-ever U.S. natural gas leak will involve cow-dung duty.

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Michigan Utilities Look to Lower Rates through... Michigan is moving ahead of other Midwest states as its two largest utilities propose a combined $20.5 million investment in electric vehicle infrastructure.

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Danish Firm Moving big into U.S. Wind Energy...

Ørsted announced it is buying 100 percent of Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) for about $580 million (500 million €) from owner I Squared Capital. Since I Squared acquired the firm in 2015, LCE has built or is completing than 800 MW in onshore wind generation capacity.



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Hydro has highest average construction cost of...

Hydro had the highest average construction cost per kilowatt of any generating technology installed in 2016, according to recently released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.



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Bullet Train Thinking: How Japan Hopes to Lead... “Japan will present hydrogen to the rest of the world as a new energy choice and will lead global efforts for establishing a carbon-free society taking advantage of Japan’s strong points,” read a statement from Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as it unveiled the country’s ground-breaking Basic Hydrogen Strategy last December.

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Could Minnesota Reliably Meet All Energy... A report released this month, which was commissioned by the McKnight Foundation, revealed analysis that showed Minnesota could retire the state’s coal plants, build no additional natural gas plants, and still meet energy demands reliably through clean and renewable energy sources.

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Branson's Virgin Group Buys Storm-Damaged... A clean-power company owned by billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has taken over a Caribbean solar farm that was damaged last year by Hurricane Maria.

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India to Easily Achieve 100 GW Solar Target by...

India is all set to comfortably achieve 100 GW of solar energy capacity by 2022 and has already installed solar capacity of 23.12 GW till July this year, Parliament was informed today. The data regarding generation of power from various renewable energy projects is consolidated by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA).



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Mexico Gaining $109M Loan to Increase...

New geothermal capacity in Mexico could rise 300 MW over 10 years.



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Renewable-Powered EV Charging Test Launching in... Last week, Enel X signed an agreement with American Honda Motor Company to serve as the software provider for the new Honda SmartCharge test program. Through the program, Honda Fit EV drivers will be connected to Enel X's JuiceNet platform, which manages EV charging so that charging can occur when electricity demand is low (and prices are low) and when the availability of renewable energy is high – all based on the driver’s preferred schedule.

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Solar-Plus-Batteries to Power Hawaiian Brewery EnSync Energy Systems last week announced that it had signed a 20-year PPA with Kona Brewing Company to build a solar-plus-battery storage system at the company's new brewery, under construction in Kailua Kona.

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EIA: Solar, Wind Investment Flourishes, but...

New wind and solar installations accounted for nearly 9,000 and 8,000 MW of capacity two years ago, respectively, while natural gas was close behind at more than 7,900 MW. The EIA used complete data from 2016 installations and will release 2017 generator cost data next year.



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Electric Utilities Will Soon Be Digital and... At the recently held POWER-GEN and DistribuTECH Africa conference, which took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, Ashley Theron, senior content editor for Renewable Energy World’s sister website Smart Energy International, interviewed Vera Kriel, Founding Director of Utility Coach about the utility of the future.

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Yet Another Sorry Epilogue for Sinovel... On July 30, 2018 the controlling shareholder of Sinovel Wind, the publicly traded wind turbine manufacturer, whose Shakespearian rise to prominence and subsequent ignominious fall from grace was chronicled in Renewable Energy World over the last ten years, made a filing with securities regulators that presaged yet another humiliating epilogue for Sinovel.

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Drones Plus AI Making Headway as Solar Asset... Utility-scale solar asset management took a leap forward last week with the announcement that Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) is teaming up with Raptor Maps, a company that uses drones and machine-to-machine learning / artificial intelligence (AI). The companies hope that the solution will cut solar operations and maintenance (O&M) costs.

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Negative Electricity Pricing Abounds As Wind,... Bright and breezy days are becoming a deeper nightmare for utilities struggling to earn a return on traditional power plants. With wind and solar farms sprouting up in more areas -- and their power getting priority to feed into the grid in many places -- the amount of electricity being generated is outstripping demand during certain hours of the day.

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Hawaii OKs Molokai island solar, battery...

The project will include 4.88 MW of solar panels. Its battery system will store energy and discharge up to 2.6 MW during peak hours



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Demand for Clean Energy Coming from Businesses,...

American firms have accounted for 4.2 GW, or 60 percent, of global corporate clean energy procurements so far in 2018, already setting a record over 2017’s previous benchmark pace, according to Bloomberg NEF report. 

 



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Report: California Power System Shifting... With California’s grid facing an era of rapid change as access to renewable energy grows, three new reports from the nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank Next 10 examine key issues involving the state’s power system. The reports take a deep dive into how the grid might be challenged or helped by the rise of electric vehicles; the increase in distributed energy resources (DER), such as rooftop solar panels; and the growth of community choice aggregation (CCA), which allows cities and counties to join together to purchase electricity on behalf of their community members.

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EPM to raise US$1.4 billion from asset sales to...

Empresas Publicas de Medellin in Colombia has announced it plans to raise up to US$1.4 billion from asset sales in a bid to remain solvent in the wake of the crisis at the 2.4-GW Ituango hydro facility.



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Singapore-based Blockchain Company Sparks... According to Martin Lim, COO of Electrify.Asia, a company facilitating peer-to-peer energy trading across the distribution grid, blockchain technology doesn’t take utilities out of the equation, but rather it adds another layer of potential revenue for them and helps reduce the cost of delivering energy to homes and businesses.

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US Offshore Wind Farm to Sell Power for 6.5... Massachusetts electricity users will reap $1.4 billion in benefits over 20 years from the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the U.S. Avangrid Inc. and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, joint developers of the 800-megawatt project south of Martha’s Vineyard, expect to provide power and renewable energy credits at a levelized price of 6.5 cents per kilowatt hour, in 2017 dollars, over the term of the contracts, according to a letter Wednesday from the State Department of Energy Resources.

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The Future of Energy Infrastructure in Africa Utility experts flocked to Johannesburg last month and talked how the skies the limit for the future opportunities and challenges of grid expansion and modernization in Africa.

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Nearly 10-MW Solar Farm Operational in Gallup, NM

The Allison Road solar farm is made up of nearly 29,000 panels in a single-axis tracker array. The Gallup farm is expected to generate more than 20 million kWh annually.



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Five Technology Trends That Are Already... When we take a look back to see what new technologies have been talked about as challenging the accepted ways at utility companies, we can identify certain trends that are rising to the top. Typical among the technologies cited by utility stakeholders are cloud computing, digital transformation and IoT, electric vehicles, distributed/renewable energy sources and security. This article offers an analyst's perspective on how utilities can make the most of these technology trends and use them to improve the customer experience.

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There's a Hidden Battery Play in the... There’s an energy-storage opportunity hidden in plain sight -- and it has little to do with electric vehicles. As batteries go mainstream, the “deepest potential” for them is likely to be in arbitrage, according to a Bloomberg NEF report Tuesday.

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Energy Absolute Plans Thai 'Gigafactory' to... A Thai-based renewable energy technology company, Energy Absolute, plans to invest $3 billion in a battery 'gigafactory', hedging on Southeast Asia’s uptake of electric vehicles and smart grids.

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How Wind and Hydro Power Plus Energy Storage... While most of the world struggles with stabilizing renewables on the grid, a small island in Alaska has it all figured out. Kodiak Island, a place where you’ll find a self-sufficient community encircled by expanse wilderness, is known for its wild bears, its fish processing industry, and — of most interest to those in the energy storage sector —f or its nearly 100 percent clean energy microgrid. Wind, water and energy storage are the elements that have almost completely sunk fossil fuels, enabling the island’s affordable energy rates and miniscule carbon footprint: two achievements many grid operators strive to attain for their own networks.

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Acquisition Action in the Solar Asset... Last week renewable energy monitoring, controls, and asset management providers AlsoEnergy and skytron energy announced a merger. In addition, AlsoEnergy said that it was acquiring the assets of floundering Draker and will honor and support the contracts for the 2 GW worth of solar assets that Draker had been monitoring for its customers.

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Report: Solar Downstream Companies Grab a Large... Total corporate funding (including venture capital funding, public market, and debt financing) into the solar sector in Q2 2018 rose 12.5 percent quarter-over-quarter to $2.8 billion from the $2.5 billion raised in Q1 2018, according to a report by Mercom Capital.

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AEP Kills Plan for Largest U.S. Wind Farm After... American Electric Power Co.’s $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project was done in by shaky economics, and may become a teaching moment for other developers planning big clean-energy projects.

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900-MW Wind Farm to Power Bitcoin Mining Operation The rise of cryptocurrencies as assets attractive to fund managers is breathing life into a spit of land the size of Manhattan located on the southern coast of Morocco.

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Gas 'Peakers' Seeing New Life as Temps Increase... Europe’s heat wave is hastening the rise of the “peaker,” a natural gas-fired power plant that can switch on and off quickly and runs only when there’s high demand.

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Dominion Energy Files 1st Plan under Grid... US utility Dominion Energy has filed grid modernization plans with the Virginia State Corporation Commission.

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If You Are Part of the US Energy Storage... Back in January, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a new rule that applies to energy storage projects. Known as Order 841, the rule allows energy storage to participate in wholesale energy markets for the first time ever. Many in the industry believe that this move could be a “game-changer” for energy storage.

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U.S. Government Has $4.5B to Lend to Renewable... Michael Reed, Director, Technical and Project Management Division at the U.S. Department of Energy is eager to put the money he has in his budget to work building out the next generation of large renewable energy projects.

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What Other States Can Learn from California’s... State energy policymakers can achieve their economic and environmental goals only from carefully designed solar mandates.

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Vattenfall Places First Turbine in New Wind...

The wind farm will increase Danish annual electricity production from wind by about 12 percent.



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Tesla Trauma Shows Lithium Market Needs to Chill Isn’t lithium meant to be a mood stabilizer? That’s certainly not what’s happening in the stocks of companies that produce the element used in rechargeable batteries and psychiatric medications. News this week that Tesla Inc. sent a memo to some suppliers asking them for payment rebates to help it become profitable shook shares in lithium miners.

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China's Silk Road Fund Takes 24 Percent Stake... hina’s Silk Road Fund will acquire a 24.01 percent interest in the world’s largest single-site solar thermal plant, which is being built in the United Arab Emirates. The 700-megawatt project will be developed along with Dubai Electricity & Water Authority and Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power Barka SAOG, ACWA said in a statement on Sunday. The plant will combine a central tower and parabolic trough technology to harvest energy from the sun, store it in molten salt and produce steam to generate power during the day and throughout the night.

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Bids Compete for Saudi 400 MW Windfarm

Saudi Arabia today opened final bidding for its first utility-scale windfarm.



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UK Islands Used To Test $14M Storage and...

An energy storage and renewables project on the UK’s Isles of Scilly is aiming to become a low carbon energy model for island communities worldwide.



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Manufacturing Solar Modules with Solar Energy:... In July at Intersolar North America, Lee Zhenguo, President of LONGi Group laid out his “solar for solar” vision and explained how one day he believes solar will be so cheap that it will be used to help fix some of the monumental environmental issues that plague the world today.

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UK Offshore Wind Power Capacity Could Nearly... The UK's offshore wind power capacity is set to nearly double over the next decade, as a result of a new government initiative, according to the industry. It said that by 2030, between a fifth and a third of the UK's electricity could come from offshore wind power. Thanks to plummeting costs, offshore wind has become an increasingly affordable source of clean energy.

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Should California Opt-In to One Large Regional...

Late last year, Renewable Energy World published articles and a video to explain the energy imbalance market to readers. This is the market that was created as a result of the fact that California often has excess solar, wind and hydropower and must “curtail” those energy sources, which means turn them off completely. Instead of curtailing them, through the energy imbalance market, those solar, wind, and hydropower plant owners can sell their power over the border to neighboring states.  

Now the state is mulling an even larger opportunity, in which it would dissolve its current grid operator, the California ISO (Cal-ISO) and form one large regional grid, which would have oversight from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The move could lead to lower electricity rates and cleaner energy for all regions, some say. Others worry that giving up state oversight and letting FERC take control could lead to California at some point propping up coal-fired power plants in Wyoming and Utah. After all, FERC has been considering proposals from Secretary Perry on how to keep coal and nuclear power plants alive — the latest move being one related to national security. The articles below outline some of the issues in play. What do you think the state should do? -- JMR  



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Fury at Plans to Scrap UK Renewables Subsidies

Renewables and sustainability groups have reacted with fury to proposals by the UK government to scrap subsidies for green energy projects.



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Agreement Signed to Advance 480-MW Majes Siguas...

The Arequipa regional government in Peru and power distributor Luz del Sur have signed a contract to advance development of the 480-MW Majes Siguas II hydro project.



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Report Forecasts 12 GW a Year of Windpower in...

Annual wind power capacity in the Asia Pacific (excluding China) will reach a peak of 12.1 GW by 2022.



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India Proposes Tariffs on China, Malaysia Solar... India has recommended imposing a 25 percent safeguard duty on solar cells from China and Malaysia, saying the overseas supplies have caused or threatened “serious injury” to domestic manufacturers.

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How a “Friendly” Solar and Storage... A 6-kW PV system, lead-acid batteries and an intelligent controller are providing power to more than 70 residents and businesses in a remote African village.

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Launch of Belgium’s Largest Onsite Energy...

The largest energy storage battery of its kind in Belgium has been commissioned at a print binding works in Puurs.



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Pivot Power Plans Energy Storage and EV Superhub

UK company Pivot Power is to build a £25 million grid-scale battery and electric vehicle charging ‘superhub’ on the edge of the city of Southampton in England.



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Eelpower Buys Battery Project To Advance...

UK energy storage firm Eelpower has acquired a recently-completed 20 MW battery scheme in England.

 



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LO3 Energy Brand joins Global Energy Blockchain...

Exergy, a brand of L03 Energy, has become an affiliate of the Energy Web Foundation, which is a joint venture between the Rocky Mountain Institute and Austria-based Grid Singularity.



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EPRI Wins $1.8 million for Solar Forecasting...

Solar Forecasting 2 projects are designed to enable electric utilities to better manage the variability and uncertainty of solar power and improve grid reliability



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Global Investments in Electricity Beat... IEA report reveals that more than US $750 billion went to the electricity sector while US $715 billion was spent on oil and gas supply globally as the world continues on the path to electrification.

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Tilt Renewables Looks to Cloud for Data Analysis

Australasian renewables company Tilt Renewables has signed a deal to use Cloud technology for data analysis of its wind, solar and hydropower plants.



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Last Word: Bifacial Plus Tracking Boosts Solar... While U.S. solar developers may be worried about the Section 201 tariffs another trend could help offset their impact: high-efficiency modules.

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Drones Across Spain Are Spotting Dodgy Solar... Drones the size of manhole covers are helping Spain’s biggest utility to squeeze costs of green electricity, spotting faulty solar panels and wind-turbine blades way ahead of engineers on the ground.

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California Decision Means SCE Could Use Solar,... Last week, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) authorized Southern California Edison (SCE) to recover in customer rates the cost of contracts for innovative clean energy resources to offset the need for new natural gas generation.

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Puerto Rico's Grid Authority Loses Yet Another CEO

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello named two new board members Friday. Eli Diaz and Ralph Kreil will be chair and vice chair, respectively, and the board hopes to name yet another new CEO sometime this week.



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On a Mission to Cut Electricity Rates,... Renewable-power contracts from Boralex Inc. and Invenergy LLC are among those targeted for cancellation by Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who’s working to terminate or wind down more than 750 contracts in a revamp of the province’s energy policies.

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Using Solar Plus Storage Design to Tackle High...

Increasing penetration of distributed, renewable energy is causing an upheaval in traditional utility business models and spurring a re-examination of tariff structures that have been in place for over 100 years. Solar plus storage can help.



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Apple Launches New Clean Energy Fund in China

The fund will be managed through DWS Group



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New York Begins Wave toward 2,400 MW of...

The state’s Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) will procure approximately 800 MW of offshore wind through a solicitation in the fourth quarter this year.



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How EPCs Can Reduce Costs in Ground Mount Solar... Innovations in solar ground mount foundations and racking systems have lagged behind the many evolutionary changes being made in photovoltaics, inverters, batteries and other balance of system technologies that together are driving down costs. Of course, there is not much that can be done to “enhance” a steel pile, a ground screw, rebar or concrete. Catching up will, therefore, require taking an entirely new approach to ground mount foundations. One promising technology is doing just that.

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V2G Highlights E-Mobility Discussions at ees in... At the ees North America Conference this year, new electric mobility-focused sessions branded under the Power2Drive umbrella engaged audiences with a discussion of the convergence of renewables and electrified transportation. All of Wednesday’s Power2Drive sessions touched upon the current gap in EV infrastructure as well as strategies to balance grid demand as EV charging becomes increasingly popular.

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Tesla Plans China Plant With 500,000 Vehicle... Tesla Inc. is planning a factory in China with a capacity for 500,000 vehicles a year, its biggest step beyond the U.S. so far, according to people familiar with the matter. Tesla is due to sign a memorandum of understanding with local entities in Shanghai, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information isn’t public. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk was to be in the city for an event with the government on Tuesday, Bloomberg reported earlier. A Tesla representative in China didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Duke Issues RFP for 680 MW of Renewable... Two major Duke Energy solar programs are rolling out this month in North Carolina, both of which should help increase the amount of solar energy on the North Carolina grid.

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Renewable Energy World Announces Its Inaugural... San Francisco, Calif. — In an effort to recognize the up and coming rock stars of the solar industry, Renewable Energy World is pleased to announce its first “class” of 40 under 40 changemakers in the solar industry.

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Renewable and Sustainable Energy Industries... The U.S. renewable and sustainable industries yesterday collectively sighed with relief yesterday at the news that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head, Scott Pruitt, was resigning. Pruitt, a climate-change skeptic, was appointed by President Trump and while at the helm of the EPA, succeeded in removing many of the environmental regulations that were put in place under President Obama. Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists had this to say about the resignation. ““It was clear from the beginning that Scott Pruitt had no interest in protecting public health and safety, and it’s unfortunate that he wasn’t dismissed until he became a clear political liability.   “While he clearly violated ethical standards and bilked taxpayers, he inflicted far worse injury on American children and families by abandoning science and the EPA’s public health and environmental mission. It’s time for the EPA to clean house." Kimmell said that the next EPA administrator should be “someone who will uphold independent science and commit wholeheartedly to the agency’s science-based mission of protecting public health and the environment.” Dan Lashof, Director of the World Resources Institute, United States added that Pruitt’s time at the EPA “has been the worst in the history of the agency.” He said that under Pruitt’s direction, the EPA had undermined "a wide range of vital protections for people and the environment—and the very mission of the EPA itself” and that “Pruitt led a crusade to undercut the critical role of science and transparency in policymaking.” Andrew Wheeler was named acting Chief of the EPA while Trump considers his next appointee. Learn more about how he views the energy industry in the article below.            

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When Will Electric Vehicles Act as a Grid...

The expected spread of electric vehicles (EVs) has led stakeholders to look at them not only as a burden for the grid but also as a resource, according to the concept of vehicle-to-grid (V2G). Electric vehicles can act as a mobile storage device and provide support to a grid based on intermittent and distributed energy resources (DER) but what is the basic requirement to enable an EV as a resource for the grid rather than a burden?



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How Digitalization Is Ushering in a New Solar Era As exponential growth has taken the solar industry ever upwards — fueling its competitiveness around the world — we’ve witnessed the levelized cost of energy for solar energy drop by some 70 percent. And that’s a story that once again puts big data center stage.

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Bill to Take California to 100 Percent Clean... The Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee approved Senate Bill 100, historic legislation to transition California to 100 percent clean electricity by 2045, sending it to the full Assembly for a vote. The vote could have been influenced by the more than 38,000 messages and signatures in support of the legislation from a range of stakeholders, including health and environmental advocates, clean energy industries, business communities, and environmental justice organizations.

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EV Sales in China Are 142 Percent Higher than... 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... 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 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... 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... 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... 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...

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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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IRS Ruling on U.S. Credit Is an Unexpected Gift...

The Internal Revenue Service is extending incentives for solar power and other clean energy sources by as long as four years.

 



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Solar Matchmaker Pairing Lenders With... The New York-based company is introducing an online exchange to pair commercial solar developers with lenders looking to finance projects. It’s already matched $35 million of deals ahead of its formal opening Thursday, and has a goal of $250 million this year, according to a statement.

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Too Big to Succeed: Solar Titans Flop When They... In the past decade alone, four different companies -- all Chinese -- have surged to the top of the heap, becoming the biggest solar maker in the world, only to subsequently fall flat and get overtaken by an up-and-comer.

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Why the 2018 Solar Tariffs and Tax Cuts... Solar in the United States is still going strong despite headwinds put forth by the current administration. Why is that?

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Illinois Energy Law Lures Northeast... A major developer of large-scale solar in the Northeast is launching operations in Illinois, expecting the state’s new energy law to jumpstart the industry in a way similar to what happened in the company’s home state of Massachusetts.

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The Public Health Benefits of Adding Offshore... New plans to build two commercial offshore wind farms near the Massachusetts and Rhode Island coasts have sparked a lot of discussion about the vast potential of this previously untapped source of electricity.

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Solar Prices Nosedive After China Pullback... Solar panels were already getting cheaper this year, and then China pulled the plug this month on about 20 gigawatts of domestic installations. The result was a glut of global inventories, and now prices are plunging even faster.

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BBOXX, DC Go Form Partnership for Pay-Go Solar... Two off-grid solar providers are teaming up to deliver energy services to the estimated 4.6 million people without access to reliable electricity in Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland.

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Exelon, First Solar Bankroll Campaign to Push a... Major energy companies, including the largest U.S. nuclear power generator, are putting millions of dollars into a new political campaign to push for a tax on carbon dioxide emissions.

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Double-Sided Solar Panels Are Taking Off in China China is expected to jump-start the market for panels that can absorb light on both sides with plans to install 2.7 GW this year, according to research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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Virginia Tech Students Use 100-ton Crane for...

BLACKSBURG, Va. - With the help of a 100-ton crane, a dozen students at Virginia Tech are making progress on what they hope to be the smartest solar home in the world.The research prototype is completely powered by the sun, loaded with responsive technology and adaptable to the world's climates, environments and budgets.



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Coal Is Being Squeezed Out of Power Industry by... Coal will be increasingly squeezed out of the power generation market over the next three decades as the cost of renewables plunges and technology improves the flexibility of grids globally.

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Inside Renewable Energy: The Sustainable...

In this episode, Scott Tew discusses Ingersoll Rand’s work toward achieving its sustainability goals and what other companies can learn from that experience.



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Timely US Offshore Wind Construction Support... Two companies based in The Netherlands have proposed developing a near-term marine vessel solution for delivering wind turbine parts for the construction of new U.S. offshore wind projects planned over the next few years.

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AT&T ‘Goes Big’ on Wind Power in Texas AT&T last week said it is adding to its wind power program with the purchase of 300 MW from two new wind farms in Wilbarger and Hardeman counties in Texas.

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NPR's Planet Money Features the World's Biggest...

California is generating a ton of solar power-some days, more than people can use. It could power the whole state soon, except for one problem: There's no way to hold on to all that energy at night.



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Trump's China Tariffs May Deal Solar a Second... Buried as an obscure-sounding item in a 10-page Trump administration list of Chinese products that are set to be taxed at an additional 25 percent are some solar equipment that, if ultimately included, could affect the renewables industry.

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Funding Puts Community-Scale Microgrid in Line... The California Energy Commission has approved a grant for a community-scale microgrid that will participate in California’s wholesale electricity market.

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Hydro-Quebec, Central Maine Power agree to...

The successful negotiation of contracts this week move Hydro-Quebec's plan to export surplus hydroelectric power into the New England region of the United States one step closer to fruition.



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Want To Save the World with Your Brilliant... A new partnership between Enel and InnoCentive focuses on the power of the crowd to solve many of the world’s sustainable energy challenges.

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New Research Consortium Tasked with Reducing... The U.S. Department of Energy has selected NYSERDA to administer an $18.5 million offshore wind research and development consortium that will identify ways to reduce the cost of offshore wind in the U.S.

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More California Parks Are Now Offering Remote... Two of California’s state parks have received new public charging infrastructure that offers electric vehicle owners the ability to charge up on solar power.

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How School Buses Could Help Run Air... Illinois is proposing to spend more of its VW settlement money on electric school buses than any other state.

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PennWell Partners with Folds of Honor Foundation In commemoration of Flag Day, PennWell Corp. is partnering with the Folds of Honor Foundation to raise money for military families. The effort is in conjunction with PennWell’s Wall of Honor, a traveling wall highlighting the names of our military service personnel (past and present) and displayed at all PennWell power generation events in North America. The wall displays the branch, the company and the name of each person honored.

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Solar in the US Midwest Will Deliver... Vancouver, B.C.-based solar developer Solar Alliance Energy Inc. yesterday said it is moving forward with plans to create solar-powered cryptocurrency mining facilities, with the first to be built in Illinois.

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A Solar Market Insight for Intersolar Europe The advancement of solar power in the global energy mix is demanding and launching diverse affiliated products and services that will help the sector develop. Those products and services will be highlighted at Intersolar Europe in Munich next week.

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Connecticut Selects Revolution Wind Offshore... Connecticut today selected Deepwater Wind’s Revolution Wind proposal for development as part of an approximately 250-MW round of renewable energy projects.

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Engie Brasil raises $50 million for investments...

Brazilian utility Engie Brasil has announced a US$160 million public offering, with funds earmarked for investment into the Jaguara and Miranda hydropower plants.



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Volvo Wants to Convert Diesel Trucks into Clean... Volvo is behind new research that could help convert old diesel truck engines into compressed air energy storage systems for fueling large electric vehicle fleets.

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Morocco’s Noor-Midelt Hybrid Solar Complex... Morocco’s plans for its second concentrated solar power (CSP) complex is moving forward with a new round of financing worth US$125 million from The World Bank.

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Enphase Energy Will Pay $25 Million for... Enphase Energy on Monday said it agreed to pay $25 million to purchase SunPower Corp.’s microinverter business.

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Buried in Musk Job Cuts Memo: End to Home Depot... Just four months ago, Tesla Inc. began a major expansion of its solar division at Home Depot Inc. It was an experiment that would prove short-lived.

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Single European Power Market Is Now Closer to... The European Union’s vision of a single energy market will move a step closer on Tuesday with the start of a joint market for electricity delivered on the same day.

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The Higher Efficiency State: Massachusetts or... In 2017, Massachusetts was ranked No. 1 in energy efficiency by ACEEE for the seventh consecutive year. On the other side of the country, California was ranked a close second after tying with Massachusetts for the top spot in 2016.

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Black & Veatch, SAI Group Win Design-Build... Electrify America has picked two companies to manage the design, permitting and construction of an electric vehicle fast charging network across the U.S.

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British Pay-Go Solar Company Is Ready to Reach...

A British company aims to provide solar power to millions of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the vast central African nation where less than a fifth of the population have access to electricity.



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Vale Investing $1.7BN in Nickel Mine Amid... The world’s biggest nickel producer is betting C$2.2 billion ($1.7 billion) that the metal has a bright future amid surging demand for battery commodities.

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U.S. Department of Energy announces funding for...

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a total of $6.7 million in funding to six recipients, with the goal of developing innovative marine energy technologies "capable of generating reliable and cost-effective electricity from U.S. water resources."



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Report: Overall Solar PV Quality Is Improving... Independent energy and certification body DNV GL reports overall improvement in global solar PV reliability with its fourth edition PV Module Reliability Scorecard report. The Scorecard reports on eighteen months of test results from DNV GL’s PV Module Product Qualification Program (PQP) of commercially available PV modules on the global market.

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China’s Domination of the PV Industry: Veni,... There is no doubt that in terms of solar, China came, it saw, it conquered. Now, a hiccup in either China’s production of PV cells and modules or in its deployment of PV systems would ricochet around the global PV industry.

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UK Utility Takes Next Steps to Convert Coal Units UK utility Drax Power has taken a fourth coal-fired power generating unit offline at the Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire in preparation to convert it to run on biomass.

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Australian Wins Global Energy Prize for His... University of New South Wales professor Martin Green has been named a Global Energy Prize winner for his work in solar PV that has increased the “cost effectiveness and efficiency of solar cells.”

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Silfab Solar Eyes US Manufacturing Opportunities Toronto, Ontario-based solar PV manufacturer Silfab Solar today said it is exploring U.S. manufacturing opportunities and locations to better service growing customer demand.

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Solar Parts Manufacturer Says Trump Tariffs Are...

The manufacturer of metal parts for the solar industry says tariffs have put it at a “huge disadvantage” against foreign competitors.



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Struck by a Hockey Puck: Renewable Energy’s... Everybody loves renewable energy, right? That’s what surveys tell us with global support for renewable energy consistently polling above 80 percent. But don’t tell that to the people of the Province of Ontario, Canada. On June 7, the electorate handed a stunning defeat to its Liberal Government after 15 years of reign. The election winner: Conservative Doug Ford, brother of Toronto’s infamous crack-cocaine smoking mayor, Rob Ford. The issue in the forefront of voters’ minds: sky high electricity prices.

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US Power Africa Initiative Backs $1BN of Solar,... With financial backing from the U.S. government, an Israeli solar developer Gigawatt Global Cooperatief UA signed a deal with the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States to build $1 billion of renewable energy projects in the region.

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Here’s Why Trump’s New Strategy to Keep...

President Donald Trump recently ordered Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take “immediate steps” to stop the closure of coal and nuclear power plants. I can see why this proposal has caused much controversy, partly because of how energy markets work.



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Regulators Approve Five Grid-Scale Lithium-Ion... Regulators in California gave San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) approval to move forward with development of five grid-scale lithium-ion battery projects in San Diego and Orange counties.

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Solar Competition Is Putting $3 Million Behind... The U.S. Department of Energy yesterday launched the American-Made Solar Prize competition with a focus on supporting innovative ideas for solar industry manufacturing.

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Solar Companies Prep for Intersolar 2018 New solar products and solutions, plus training and education, on deck for solar industry participants at solar tradeshows in Europe and California.

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China's Solar Cutback Is Wiping Out Trump Bump President Donald Trump said imposing solar tariffs would help domestic companies. But China’s surprise decision to slash installations is negating those gains, and shares of U.S. manufacturers are plunging.

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This Is How to Understand Complex Vibration...

Wind energy is increasingly popular as the technology advances. However, wind turbines incur higher operation and maintenance costs than other power generation technologies. There are, nonetheless, ways to drive these costs down.



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A Solar Game-Changer for Nonprofits In a groundbreaking decision, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal utility in the U.S., recently granted to CollectiveSun the right to market its proprietary Solar Purchase Agreement (SPA) in the LADWP service area.

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Why We Should Make Wind Turbine Technician...

Last year nearly 44,000 wind turbine technicians around the world completed or refreshed their standardized basic safety and technical training and early indications suggest at least 20 percent more will do so in 2018. Why does this matter? Put simply, we need standardization.



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Record Low Solar Prices May Return to India... India may be the biggest beneficiary of solar industry reforms in China that are poised to reduce prices for photovoltaic panels. China announced last week it was halting approvals of some new solar projects this year and cutting subsidies to developers to ease its pace of expansion.

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California Goes Big On Transportation... Late last week, California’s three largest investor owned utilities (IOUs), which provide service to over 30 million people, agreed to a five-year, $738 million plan to invest in transportation electrification. The plan was formally approved in a unanimous vote by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC), the culmination of a process required by California’s 2015 Senate Bill 350, which set a timeline and pathway for transportation electrification to help advance CA’s clean air and greenhouse gas reduction goals. (CA’s smaller IOUs are on a different timeline.)

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Unpacking the Energy Storage Opportunity in...

Storage is rightfully one of the hottest topics in the energy industry right now. The potential benefits and profitability has prompted plenty of excitement — and questions — among industry leaders. 



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Pay-As-You-Go Solar Provider Raises $2 Million... More than 40,000 homes in rural Myanmar will have access to solar by the end of the year thanks to a new investment in Singapore-based pay-as-you-go provider SolarHome.

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ABCs of NDT: Understanding Nondestructive...

Non-destructive testing is a broad category of inspection methods that technicians use to highlight cracks, corrosion, and irregularities that are too small to see with the naked eye but nonetheless can compromise the integrity of gears, bearings, blades, and other structural pieces that make up wind turbines.



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First Grid-Scale Energy Summit Will Highlight... In the 2019 FY Budget, the office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) included a $90M request to fund a new initiative it calls “Beyond Batteries.” The initiative is part of the DOE Grid Modernization Initiative, and focuses on new approaches to energy storage, which could include hybrid technologies such as pairing hydropower with solar or wind energy in order to provide a stable, dispatchable energy supply.

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South Africa Plans to Add Up to $4 Billion of... South Africa plans to invite bidders for additional renewable power projects that may amount to as much as 50 billion rand ($4 billion) of investment and help stimulate local and black-owned business.

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First Grid-Scale Liquid Air Energy Storage... U.K.-based Highview Power today commissioned what it says is the world’s first demonstration of grid-scale liquid air energy storage technology.

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Utility Green Tariffs Are a New Way for Fortune...

Utilities know their larger corporate customers want clean energy to fulfill their sustainability goals and help their bottom line. Rather than contracting directly with developers, many corporations are finding a new way forward through so-called “Green Tariffs” designed by the utilities themselves.



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The Electricity Sector Is Dominating the Modern... New data on the world’s transition to renewable energy are in, and the results are clear — the electricity sector’s uptake of renewables is well underway, but the transition for the heating/cooling and transport sectors has “barely begun,” according to the REN21 Renewables 2018 Global Status Report.

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FERC releases draft environmental impact...

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the U.S. has prepared a draft environmental impact statement for relicensing of the 361.9-MW Yuba River Development Project in California.



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Trump Orders Action to Stem Coal, Nuclear Plant... President Donald Trump ordered his energy secretary to take immediate action to stem power plant closures, arguing that a decline in coal and nuclear electricity is putting the nation’s security at risk.

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Editor's Letter: States Are Leading the Way...

In April, we witnessed two historic new laws that go further than ever before on changing utility business models, once again showcasing state leadership on clean energy. Hawaiian legislators passed the Ratepayer Protection Act, which directs utilities and the PUC to come up with mechanisms to reward utility performance such as affordability, reliability, customer engagement, integration of renewable energy and timely executive of competitive procurement.



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A Second Act for Wind Farms: Repowering for... The global wind turbine fleet, which, according to data from the Global Wind Energy Council, currently stands at about 341,000, faces an important reality as the years go by – many of its units are getting old.

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Who’s Who in US Offshore Wind: A Look at the...

While it is still early days for steel in the water, the U.S. offshore wind industry is ripe with activity. As of April 2018, there were 30 active offshore wind sites in the U.S. with three very close to beginning construction.



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China Strives to Speed Up Development of EV... China plans to build a network of 12,000 charging stations to meet the power demands of 5 million EVs by 2020.

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Nevada Utility Is Putting $2 Billion into Solar... Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary NV Energy is planning to invest $2 billion on solar power from six new projects in Nevada representing 1 GW of capacity.

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Future Operations at Puna Geothermal Are... In a May 30 update, Ormat Technologies said that damage to the Puna Geothermal complex caused by lava from the Kilauea volcanic eruption in Hawaii has made it difficult for the company to determine when the plant will resume operations.

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Should New Solar Investors Worry About Tax... New sponsors/investors often ask whether a solar investment tax credit (“ITC”) can be clawed back. This is important because these investors are often asked to backstop the ITC. The short answer is that the “unvested” portion of the credit can be clawed back where the project is sold or turned off permanently. The real risk, however, is whether the ITC was miscalculated. Let us first set the stage.

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Understanding Disruptions and the Unintended...

Distribution grid operators are concerned that high penetration of connected distributed energy resources (DERs) could lead to grid instability and create outages at end-user sites, such as commercial buildings or industrial plants. “Today, we don’t fully understand grid behavior under varying DER conditions."



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China’s PV Industry Is Facing Downward... As of the end of February 2018, China was home to 24 polysilicon makers — including those that had shut down production lines in order to undertake regular maintenance — with an effective production capacity totaling 293,000 metric tons a year.

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New Charging Networks are Furthering... Two utilities serving European markets this week said they are expanding their e-mobility plans with the launch of new electric vehicle charging networks.

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Blockchain-based Democratization of Energy... Pioneering blockchain company LO3 Energy is gearing up for international projects set to lay foundations for future of its distributed ledger system, Exergy. Scott Kessler, LO3 business development manager, said in an interview that the three projects involve novel local energy trading market places based around the Exergy platform in Texas, the UK and Australia and that while “all projects are a little different in scope, application and intention, the unifying goal is demonstration of the Exergy platform and its benefits not just for consumers but for distribution utilities, retailers and all existing actors on the grid.”

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Dealing with quality control issues during...

There is concern in the hydroelectric industry about quality control issues when it comes to hydropower asset replacements and repairs. 



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Connecticut Plans $15M in Port Upgrades to...

Connecticut will invest $15 million to update one of its major ports to help in the deployment of equipment and workers for offshore wind projects on the East Coast.



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Clean Energy Groups Appeal Approval of DTE...

A coalition of clean energy organizations have asked the Michigan Court of Appeals to reverse the decision of the Michigan Public Service Commission to approve a massive new natural gas power plant to be built by DTE Energy.



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UK Energy Industry Launches Coalition on Gender... A new initiative has been launched to boost the number of women at senior levels and middle management in the UK energy industry. The Energy Leaders’ Coalition comprises eight of the leading chief executives from the UK’s energy sector – of which only two are women – who are making a public declaration to improve gender diversity in their companies and in the sector as a whole.

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As More Solar and Wind Come onto the Grid,...

Wind and solar energy are growing rapidly in the U.S. As these energy sources become a bigger part of the electricity mix, their growth raises new questions: How do solar and wind influence energy prices? 



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Loans Worth $40 Million Will Spur First...

New private financing from the Asian Development Bank will support the development of Indonesia’s first utility-scale solar PV plants.



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Hanwha Q CELLS to Build Solar PV Manufacturing...

South Korea-based Hanwha Q CELLS Korea Corp. today said it will begin building a solar module manufacturing facility in the U.S. this year.



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Amazon’s Onsite Solar Just Went Up a Notch

Amazon today said it has completed another solar installation in its growing portfolio of onsite rooftop solar projects. The 1.1 MW installation on Amazon’s North Las Vegas fulfillment center in Nevada represents the company’s 17th completed rooftop solar project in the U.S. over the past 14 months. 



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