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Forecasting the Energy Community: Open Call for... Fantasy sports and the energy industry might not have much in common on the surface, but I’ve always personally approached these two passions of mine in similar ways: obsessively reading the breaking news, following my favorite experts in the community on social media, and diving deep into the available statistics to create graphs and try to come up with hot takes. I think the fantasy sports model can be used to encourage an academic and educational exercise in the energy industry, so it struck me—I should establish the first fantasy league for the energy sector!

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Siemens Secures Landmark UK Grid Project for...

Siemens has won its largest ever UK grid access contract with a deal to connect a 950 MW offshore windfarm.



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U.S. Senate confirms McNamee to FERC by...

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Bernard L. McNamee to join the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, with a vote of 50:49.



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Experts Agree: There is No Clear Winner or... At a mega-session during POWER-GEN International, a panel made up of utility resource planners, transmission operators and generation technology experts all seemed to come to the same conclusion: when it comes to picking energy generation technologies for the future, there is no standout technology. Each technology comes with a series of pros and cons that must be weighed in order to set a course for the future.

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Surprised by Cheap Clean Energy, Coal Stalwart... Marubeni Corp., the Japanese trading house for whom coal makes up about a quarter of its power generation, never expected renewable energy prices to plunge as much as they have.

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EV + Clean Energy Microgrid Partnership Explored

On Wednesday, eMotorWerks, a subsidiary of the Enel Group’s new business line Enel X, and LO3 Energy said they have launched a partnership to use JuiceNet’s smart-grid control technology for a series of microgrid + EVs projects with the joint goal of exploring high-value use cases for local energy markets.



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Tesla 50-MW Battery Sparks New Projects After... A year after Elon Musk rolled out what was then the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery to aid South Australia’s blackout-prone power grid, more projects are set to follow in its footsteps at home and abroad.

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Solar Goals Stymied in India as Investors Shun... India’s effort to spur its own solar power equipment industry seems to be failing, with only one company so far bidding for the nation’s tender to set up a factory.

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Italian Innovation on Display at POWER-GEN...

The panel explored Electric Vehicles in particular, with an emphasis on how the coming transition to an electrified transportation sector will affect the utility grid and the demand curve



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Xcel Becomes First Big U.S. Utility to Swear... Xcel Energy Inc. became the first major U.S. utility owner to pledge to fully phase out carbon-dioxide emissions that cause global warming.

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Nordex wins biggest ever wind turbine deal

Windpower group Nordex has won its largest order to date in a deal with E.ON and Credit Suisse for 114 turbines at a 475 MW project



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China Hopes to Lessen Solar, Wind Curtailment... China set three-year targets for allowing more wind and solar power onto the power grid after the rapid addition of panels and windmills forced some electricity distributors to partly block that energy from flowing into their systems.

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Wind Power Operations and Maintenance is Focus... Attendees from utilities, insurance, vendors and consultants attended a pre-conference technical tour on Monday, December 3, 2018 in Orlando, Florida as POWER-GEN International kicked off.

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Wisconsin Energy Leader and PGI Committee...

Anthony spent numerous years giving of his time as a committee member for the Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo North America. This past week he was a committee member for POWER-GEN International.



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Exxon Will Use Wind, Solar to Produce Crude Oil... Exxon Mobil Corp. will use renewable energy to produce oil in West Texas.

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Ontario to Set Targets for Industries to Cut... Ontario plans to cut carbon gas emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, setting reduction targets for industries and encouraging private investments in clean technologies.

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Ontario Power Generation has finalized its...

Ontario Power Generation has finalized the acquisition of Eagle Creek Renewable Energy LLC, an operator of small hydropower facilities in the U.S.



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Meet Powerful Women at POWER-GEN...

The statistics on the low number of women in the power industry can be discouraging and yet in reality, there are many successful women in energy and even more to be nurtured. The Women in Power Luncheon at POWER-GEN International celebrates achievements and offers successful strategies to further workforce diversity.



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Waste To Energy: The Next Step After Banning... In October of this year, the European Parliament voted in favor of a ban of the ten most notorious single-use plastics that harm our planet and marine life, including straws, plastic cutlery and cotton buds. The vote also committed to a move towards a circular economy – recognizing the inherent value of the 2.12 billion tonnes of waste that is dumped globally each year. Yet questions remain about how we deal with the items not on the list, the ones where there are no obvious alternatives; the fruit trays, the ice cream tubs, the burger boxes. With waste generation expected to double by 2025 we must continue to act on this growing crisis and be more innovative with waste.

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Enel Named Amongst the Top 12 Corporate Startup... Italian multinational utility Enel has been recognized as one of the world’s most active companies in the open innovation field.

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Excluding Solar PV From Czech Renewables... The Czech Solar Association is sounding the alarm about planned legislation that would exclude solar PV projects being entered into future Renewable Energy Auctions. The Czech Ministry for Industry and Trade has recently submitted an amendment proposal to the law which explicitly bars solar energy from future auctions. If passed in its current version (Act. No. 165/2012 Coll., on promoted energy sources) the law would lead the Czech Republic down a needlessly expensive path, warns the Solar Association. Solar energy has proven the cheapest renewable form of energy in countless solar auctions in surrounding countries.

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EV Charging Infrastructure Company Attracts... This week, Electric Vehicle (EV) charging network provider, ChargePoint, announced that it has raised $240 Million in Series H funding, which is more capital than any other EV infrastructure company in the world, surmising in its press release that the move to electrify transportation is accelerating.

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Repowering with Wind: Leveraging Latest... Wind and other renewables are driving America's all-of-the-above energy mix because they are increasingly the lowest-cost electricity source. But their rapid growth rates are bringing change not only to the energy industry as a whole, but also within each renewable sector. It is a maturation process that is accelerating growth opportunities – for wind industry companies with the ability to seize them.

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Constellation and Enel To Help Make Starbucks... This week Constellation, an Exelon company, said it signed a long-term PPA with Starbucks to power more than 340 Illinois stores with 100 percent renewable energy produced by Enel Green Power (EGP) North America, Inc.’s HillTopper wind project in Logan, County, Ill.

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Hungary Plans to Ditch Coal by 2030 and Become...

Following yet another hike in the European Union's emissions trading system (ETS) in its fight against climate change, Hungary has announced that it aims to phase out its use of coal and be fully reliant on renewable energy sources by 2030



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EU Unveils Plan to Cut Emissions to Zero The European Union unveiled its long-term vision on combating climate change in a push for more ambitious action on the environment just days after U.S. President Donald Trump rejected his government’s warning on the economic costs of global warming.

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UNFCCC says hydropower can “help climate...

People in the hydroelectric power industry have long known that this clean, reliable, renewable generating technology has an important role to play in meeting vital goals related to the environment and climate change. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change agrees, as evidenced by an article published on its website last week.



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Op-ed: POWER-GEN at 30 Strives for Simply...

POWER-GEN International will celebrate its 30th birthday when it begins next week in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center’s West Halls. Like most 30-somethings, PGI is vastly more educated, both of the hard-knocks and academic kind, carries more responsibility and yet remains ever more uncertain of what the future holds.



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Clean Power Sees First Win Over Fossil Fuels in... Developing countries have added more clean power capacity than fossil fuel generation for the first time ever, charging ahead of wealthier nations in the global green energy push, according to Bloomberg NEF.

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2 GW of Solar Capacity Headed for the US Midwest This week Capital Dynamics announced that its Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI) business signed an agreement with Tenaska to develop a portfolio of 14 greenfield solar projects with a total generating capacity of 2,000 MW (2 GW) in the in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) market.

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POWER-GEN International Explores the... When California voted to get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045, it sent a signal to the market about which types of power generation technologies will remain competitive into the future. And according to Mike Ferguson, Director, North America Energy Infrastructure and Sustainable Finance with S&P Global Ratings, what California does, other states may soon follow.

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Kansas City Firm Buys Rights to 21.8 MW in...

The three farms, totaling 21.8 MW, are under construction and expected to reach commercial operation early next year. Once completed, the SE Solar Portfolio will sell all the power generation to a utility off-taker through a 15-year fixed-price PPA.



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South Africa Solar and Storage Plant Reaches...

A 100 MW solar and storage plant in South Africa has generated its first power to the national grid.



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Joint venture to launch French tidal energy...

A collaboration has been launched to bring 2 GW of tidal energy to northern France.



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Siemens Gamesa sells Spanish solar PV plants

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...

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...

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 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...

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 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 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

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...

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... 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... 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... 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... 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...

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... 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... 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 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 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... 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’...

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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ENGIE Signs 25-year Solar Deal in Senegal

ENGIE has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement for two solar photovoltaic projects in Senegal, Africa.



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Digital Future Carries the day at Schneider...

And CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire, the French CEO of Schneider Electric, said it was fitting to focus so much on digital in North America. “This is the birthplace,” he said in the opening keynote at the Hilton Atlanta downtown. “This is where it all started.”



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California Moves to Replace Gas Plants With... PG&E Corp. plans to replace three natural gas-fired power plants in California with battery-storage systems as the state continues its push to squeeze fossil fuels out of the electricity mix.

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The Blue Circle partners with Ayala Group to...

The Blue Circle Pte Ltd has signed a strategic partnership with AC Energy Inc., power subsidiary of Ayala Corporation, to jointly develop and construct a pipeline of projects providing about 1,500 MW of wind capacity across Southeast Asia, including more than 700 MW in Vietnam.



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Major Energy Storage Consolidation: C&D... When two battery companies with almost 100-year histories combine, the result is one huge battery player, ready to meet the growing demand for energy storage solutions. That’s the idea at least behind Trojan Battery Company’s announcement last week that it is being acquired by C&D Technologies.

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120-MW Pulichintala hydroelectric project...

The fourth and final 30-MW hydro generating unit has been commissioned at the 120-MW Pulichintala Hydro-Electric Project in Telangana State, India.



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10 Options and 5 Case Studies Show How to... Experts from Rocky Mountain Institute, the Advanced Energy Economy Institute and America’s Power Plan have released a new report that shows why new utility business models are key to the energy transition.

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Wind Turbine Manufacturers Hit Turbulence The shakeout in wind turbine manufacturing industry is starting to produce winners and losers after increasing competition gutted margins. Wind is one of the lowest-cost forms of energy generation and getting cheaper, with turbine prices down more than 50 percent in the past decade. That has hurt profit and spurred gloomier market outlooks from wind machinery makers from General Electric Co. to Vestas Wind Systems A/S.

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Putting PURPA Under a Microscope A 40-year-old law that’s been key to the growth of renewable energy in the U.S. may be due for an overhaul.

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Michigan Utilities Have a $7B Grid... Michigan’s two largest utilities plan to spend $7.2 billion over the next five years to improve electric reliability while preparing for more electric vehicles and distributed generation.

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How Digitalization and Blockchain Can Unlock an...

Digital solutions could revolutionize energy trading if they were adopted more widely across the market.



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Research Center for a Smarter Grid Opens in NYC This week, distributed energy resource management (DERMs) software provider Smarter Grid Solutions announced the official opening of its new research and development laboratory in New York City.

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Duke Carolinas Completes $1B Green Bonds Issue...

Duke is focused on emissions reduction by retiring coal-fired plants, increasing nuclear generation capacity and has add close to 650 MW of built or purchased solar energy.



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Solar + Storage ‘Net-Zero Plus’ Residential... When Florida lawmakers approved key solar legislation last year, they unleashed a tidal wave of residential solar potential. Yesterday’s announcement from energy storage company sonnen and homebuilder Pearl Homes is another example of the how solar is taking off in the sunshine state.

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Mixed Results for Renewable Energy Agenda in... Clean energy is usually never a central focus of the ballot but was a high priority for voters this election. Here's a recap of the most critical results affecting renewable energy.

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SINN Power initiates second phase of renewable...

SINN Power is gathering the necessary data to evaluate the renewable energy potential in Conakry, Guinea, considering wave, wind and solar resources.



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1000-Acre Sunflower Solar Farm to be Built for... This week the parent company of Recurrent Energy, Canadian Solar, said that Recurrent had signed a build-transfer agreement (BTA) for a base purchase price of approximately $138.4 million with Entergy Mississippi for a 100-MWac solar PV project in Sunflower County, Mississippi.

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NantEnergy Acquires Energy Storage Business...

Included in the acquisition is Sharp’s Energy Systems and Services business, as well as the SmartStorage behind-the-meter energy storage system.



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It Takes Power to Make Power: Temporary Power... As the fourth largest source of power in North America, wind energy continues to be an essential part of the renewable energy story. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Vision report expects wind energy to supply 10 percent of the United States power needs by 2020, 20 percent by 2030 and 35 percent by 2050.

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GE's Latest Offspring Hopes to Ride Wind, Solar... The latest company born out of General Electric Co. expects sales of its industrial engines fired by natural gas to benefit from the spread of renewables such as solar and wind.

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Floating Solar No Longer ‘an Exotic Niche’... The company responsible for the technology that allows solar arrays to float on water and produce energy, Ciel & Tierre, announced that it has completed two new projects in the United State and that it has a pipeline of many more to come.

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China's Solar Bailout Won't Counter Global... China’s proposal to increase its solar energy target to as much as 270 gigawatts by 2020 won’t be enough to erase the worldwide panel glut that’s crippling prices, according to analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG.

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DigiKoo: A German Solution to the Utility Data... For most of their history, in North America, electrical utilities have been centralized distribution networks. Utility operated generation resources are the hub of the network and electricity flows one-way via distribution networks largely controlled by the same utilities. In this model, there has been little reason for utilities to share anything but a small slice of data about their operations with anyone else other than themselves.

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Construction Complete on Vietnam's Largest...

Wind energy developer The Blue Circle has completed construction of Phase 2 of the Dam Nai Project in Ninh Thuan Province, South Vietnam.



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Opportunity, Or What Happens When Utilities and...

Utilities across the country are increasingly taking a proactive role on initiatives to advance clean energy and grid modernization. But to hear a utility CEO like Kipp focus unequivocally on one of the most critical drivers for the growth of solar and storage was striking — and yet another sign of the sector’s ongoing transformation.



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The Largest Solar Farms in Tennessee and... Facebook Inc. plans to light up a data center in Huntsville, Alabama, with power from the largest solar installations to be built in Tennessee and Alabama.

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Study: Women on Corporate Boards Reduce the...

Each woman appointed to a corporate board reduces the firm's risk of being hit with an environmental lawsuit by 1.5 percent, according to a new analysis published in the Journal of Corporate Finance. In fact, board gender diversity is among the top three factors predicting a company's vulnerability to environmental lawsuits.



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Forecast: Battery Boom Will Attract $620... The battery boom is coming to China, California and basically everywhere else — and it will be even bigger than previously thought.

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KIUC awards contract for West Kauaʿi Energy...

The Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) has executed a contract for design, engineering and construction services for the West Kauaʿi Energy Project in Hawaii with EPC contractor McMillen Jacobs Associates.



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Companies Eyeing U.S. Southeast for Solar Power... Two global solar PV players announced last week that they are forming a joint venture that will be focused on the development and construction of solar energy projects in the southeastern market of the United States.

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100-MW Solar Portfolio, with 38 Projects in US... Independent renewable energy provider, Soltage LLC, said last week that it closed a first round of investment in a 38 project, 100-megawatt (MW) solar project portfolio located in five states across the East Coast and the Southeast.

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Silicon Production On the Rise in China According to statistics released by the China Photovoltaic Industry Association, factories across the country produced 143,000 tons of polycrystalline silicon during the first half of this year, a year-over-year increase of 24 percent. Silicon chips manufactured soared to 50 GW during the same period, up 38.9 percent, of which, 52.7 percent were monocrystalline. Battery chips coming off production lines totaled 39 GW, up 21.9, of which, 41 percent were monocrystalline. Output of battery components reached 42 GW, up 23.5 percent.

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Gap Between Renewable Energy Subsidy Approval... From August to September this year, the Ningxia Office of the Northwest China Energy Regulatory Bureau of the China National Energy Administration wanted to better understand the issues facing local solar and wind producers in the region, especially concerning implementation of renewable energy subsidies for power generation. The bureau's goal was to understand what could be done to help producers solve practical difficulties around the subsidies. The methodology of the survey included data collection, panel discussions and field visits, as well as input from industry analysts.

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Crowdfunding Renewable Energy November Update:... As the Internet serves to democratize the world and enable strangers to share everything from their spare bedrooms to their personal cars through apps and websites, the trend has made its way to renewable energy startups. Specifically, crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo allow innovators to break outside of the traditional model of seeking out venture capital or applying for government grants. Instead, these ambitious renewable energy projects are increasingly gathering needed startup capital by splitting the risk up among many backers willing to offer up bite-sized chunks of funding.

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ENGIE NA Starting Kansas Wind Project under PPA...

ENGIE North America has made a $228 million investment in the East Fork project, the second phase of the Solomon Forks Wind project under construction. Together, the two will generate 472 MW of clean energy to Brown-Forman Corp. under a PPA.



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Dominion Energy Launches Green Bonds Program Dominion Energy on Friday said that it had closed its inaugural offering of green bonds. The $362 million in privately placed bond proceeds will be used to reimburse Dominion Energy for previously deployed capital related to the acquisition, development and/or construction of 20 merchant solar projects with a total capacity of 574 MW of renewable energy.

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Navajo Nation Eyes Utility-Scale Solar with... Momentum is growing around modernizing tribal renewable-energy policies on the Navajo Nation of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, according to a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.

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Germany To Auction 8GW of Wind, Solar Capacity... Germany’s ruling coalition sealed a long-awaited plan to boost auctions of wind and solar power, brushing aside the political turmoil that’s dogged the alliance since the summer and making good on election promises.

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It's Not Just Facebook and Google Buying Clean... Businesses with more modest appetites for electricity -- including Swiss Re AG, Nestle SA and others -- are increasingly banding together to line up deals for clean power, broadening a market long dominated by tech giants, according to a report Thursday by Bloomberg NEF.

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Clean Energy and Savings Drive Ballot Measure... Voters in a Columbus, Ohio, suburb will decide Tuesday whether to let city officials try to negotiate for cheaper and cleaner electricity on their behalf.

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Seven States to Double Their Wind Power in Near...

Seven U.S. states will soon build enough wind turbines to more than double their wind capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) newly released U.S. Wind Industry Third Quarter 2018 Market Report.



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ORNL releases report on Small Hydropower in the...

The recently released Small Hydropower in the United States report provides an update on the status of small hydro (less than 10 MW) in the U.S., which it says makes up most of the “limited development of new hydropower … in the last decade.”



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South Australia Subsidizing Residential... Beginning this month, 40,000 South Australian households will have access to AU $100 million (about US $70M) in state government subsidies to pay for the installation of home battery systems.

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Progress Continues on World's Biggest Tidal... Simec Atlantis Energy Ltd., a renewable energy developer, announced a plan to extend its tidal stream project in Scotland by adding two new turbines.

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US and Israel Establish Joint Center of... The United States Department of Energy and the Israeli Energy Ministry this summer signed the Implementation Agreement to establish the U.S.-Israel Center of Excellence in Energy, Engineering and Water Technology.

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POWER-GEN International Elevates the Event... POWER-GEN International, part of the newly formed Power & Energy Series from Clarion Energy, has introduced a new Key Buyer Program for its upcoming December 4-6, 2018, event in Orlando, Florida.

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Vestas, Siemens Gamesa, Nordex Stocks Drop With... Shares of Europe’s major wind turbine makers fell after General Electric Co. in the U.S. said orders and profitability slumped at its unit in that business.

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180 MWh of Lithium-ion Storage Plus 150-MW of... The “landmark amount of energy storage for the state of California” with CCA off-takers is a first for developer Recurrent Energy.

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French Pumped Hydropower Plan Stymied by EU... Energy storage on a commercial scale is the holy grail for supporters of renewables, including French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Major EV Charging Pact Announced for US Drivers

A strategic partnership involving some of the world’s biggest car-makers has been launched that plans to roll-out expanded charging and communication capabilities for electric vehicle drivers in the US.



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Europe's Largest Industrial Energy Storage...

Europe's largest industrial energy storage facility has been inaugurated in Belgium.



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Italy on a Clear Path to Renewable-Dominant Future Latest market outlook report predicts that the country will get more than half of its power from hon-hydro renewables by 2030.

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Largest Solar Power Plant in Southeastern US... The 200-MW facility located in Twiggs County, Georgia was recently sold to Origis Energy.

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POWER-GEN International To Showcase Flexible,... Up until now, solar generation on the electricity grid operated in most places in what is known as a “must-take” scenario. That means that all solar that is generated must be used on the grid. When renewable energy was a fledgling new technology, this scenario made sense.

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Brazil company auctioning carbon credits earned...

Energetic Barra Grande SA (BAESA) is auctioning carbon credits under the Verified Carbon Standard or VCS.



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Engie Reuses EV batteries for Energy Storage...

French multinational electric utility Engie has deployed an energy storage system in Holland that is powered entirely by second-life batteries from Renault electric vehicles.



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Why Commercial Buildings Need to Get Smarter... New state energy goals and innovative utility program offerings have been making headlines in recent months. These types of regional policies and incentives are important, especially as we face challenges ranging from grid constraints and fluctuating electricity prices to environmental concerns, but significant portions of the country are outside of the direct influence of energy use mandates and incentives.

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How Does Your State’s Community Solar Program... A national scorecard released by the independent Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) grades the nearly 20 state shared renewable energy programs (aka community renewables or community solar).

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E.ON embarks on first U.S. wind farm repowering...

E.ON is partnering with GE to repower its Panther Creek I and Panther Creek II wind farms in west Texas. The repowering includes replacement of a significant portion of the components, effectively increasing annual production for all 172 wind turbine generators, totaling 258 MW, on the sites.



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PJM Joins Energy Web Foundation for...

EWF and PJM Environmental Information Services Inc. (PJM-EIS) announced they are teaming up on developing and testing a market-wide reference implementation of Energy Web Origin for the Generation Attribute Tracking System (GATS) administered by PJM-EIS.



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PJM joins Energy Web Foundation for...

EWF and PJM Environmental Information Services Inc. (PJM-EIS) announced they are teaming up on developing and testing a market-wide reference implementation of Energy Web Origin for the Generation Attribute Tracking System (GATS) administered by PJM-EIS.



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FERC Shake-Up Raises Possibility of Coal Bailout An untimely resignation has given one Kentucky Republican a second shot at saving coal.

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U.S. President signs America’s Water...

U.S. President Donald J. Trump signed S. 3021, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, on Oct. 23.



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Partnership Provides a Better Way to Buy... It would be difficult to overestimate the impact that corporate procurement of renewable energy, primarily through power purchase agreements (PPAs), has had on the overall renewable market. In less than a decade, renewable energy created from corporate PPAs went from zero to more than 13 gigawatts in the U.S. alone. Microsoft is one of the largest players in this market, beginning with a 110-megawatt wind project in Texas in 2013 to a portfolio of more than 1.2 gigawatts in six states and three continents.

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How Edge Analytics Will Usher in a Renewable... Despite the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, state governments and corporations alike continue to look to renewable energies to power our future. Similarly, the European Union has adopted a series of initiatives aimed at cutting greenhouse gasses, improving energy efficiency, and producing more power from renewable sources by 2020 to meet its climate and energy targets. Even in developing countries strapped for resources, solar panels now line rooftops of buildings in a drive to combat reliance on imported energy and oil.

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South Carolina AFB Homes get Rooftop Solar PV...

Shaw Air Force Base, partner Hunt Southern Group and affiliate Hunt Alternative Energy Investments worked with Duke Energy on installing 5,865 solar panels on 284 homes at the complex. This solar energy—estimated at about 2.4 million kWh per year—is expected offset approximately 40 percent of electricity consumption in Shaw military housing.



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Fueling the Future: How Batteries are... In the race for the next generation battery, lithium-ion technology has made huge leaps in recent years. But the power packs continue to have drawbacks: they use raw material mined in unstable countries, they’re dangerous if they break and they could pack more power.

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ISO-New England Offers Preview of Pending... Excitement over storing electricity, and expectations for new market rules in the U.S. promise great changes in energy. Instead of hype and speculation, this blog offers a preview of those market changes. For those who are waiting for FERC Order 841 to sort things out, ISO-New England has published something you might want to see.

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What Can We Learn from Failed Renewable Energy... After surveying how crowdfunding is kickstarting the renewable energy transition, it’s important to note that for every successful project on Kickstarter or Indiegogo an average of two go unfunded. The reasons behind such failures vary from project to project: too ambitious of a funding goal, unrealistic projects, an overall lack of exposure, or countless others.

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Trump Administration Announces Offshore Wind... Last week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced three major developments in American offshore wind energy spanning from coast to coast. Continuing with the Trump Administration's all-of-the-above energy policy, the Secretary spoke at the American Wind Energy Association’s Offshore Wind Conference and announced 1.) much-anticipated wind auction in federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts; 2.) the environmental review of a proposed wind project offshore Rhode Island; and 3.) the next steps to a first-ever wind auction in federal waters off of California.

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Europe's Biggest EV Markets Need $17B in... The growth of electric cars in Europe’s two biggest vehicle markets will require billions of dollars of investment in ways to keep them charged.

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Regulations, Not Resource Determine Wind Energy... Regulations governing the construction of wind farms vary considerably between countries. Indeed, these differences can have a stronger impact on generation costs than differences in wind resources. In the future, northern European cross-border renewable energy auctions should take diverging regulatory conditions into account, a new study argues.

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A Solar Movement Grows in New York City New York, a city of soaring towers and ever-changing shadows, has designs on something that requires open skies: solar power.

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E.ON Pilots Efficiency Funding Scheme for UK... Integrated energy company E.ON and BNP Paribas Personal Finance are piloting a new energy efficiency financing scheme for UK consumers.

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Astaldi receives stop work order for 824-MW...

Nalcor Energy has issued a stop work order to Astaldi Canada Inc., the main contractor on its 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydro project, and is arranging for the company’s about 500 workers in Labrador to return home.



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New Partnership Explores V2G Solutions for Europe Last week San Diego-based Nuvve Corporation and European-based EDF Group announced a strategic partnership that will leverage Nuvve’s expertise in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technologies in support of EDF Group’s Electric Mobility Plan on “smart charging.”

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Could Sustainable Clean Energy Securitization... The financial instrument that nearly collapsed the global economy is being re-engineered to create a new market with a lofty goal: to save the planet.

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Industry and Academia Partner To Train Next... Last week, Siemens and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) announced a new new academic partnership that they say will provide students with the skills needed to operate and advance the nation’s energy grid.

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Energy Storage in California is About to Get... California recently joined other leading states, provinces, cities, and corporations around the world by setting an ambitious 100 percent carbon-free electricity target. It’s a landmark, not because California was the first, but because it is the biggest. The state ranks as the fifth-largest economy in the world.

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Voith and Siemens to collaborate on hybrid...

Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG and the Siemens Energy Management Division have signed a letter of intent for collaborating on appropriate hybrid power projects containing hydropower.



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Global Electrification Goals Are Driving... According to the Microgrid Market Growth Potential - Industry Size Outlook Report 2024, the microgrid market is expected to reach $19 billion by 2024, nearly five times the original valuation of this business space in 2016.

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Denmark Does U-Turn on Electric Cars to Reach... Denmark plans to postpone tax increases on electric vehicles as part of a slew of new measures the government is seeking to consolidate the country’s reputation as a “green pioneer” and help it achieve its climate goals.

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Cybersecurity Pact for Europe’s Energy Sector

A European cybersecurity pact has been agreed that is intended to make “the tools of the energy transition safe for citizens and secure for providers”.



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SoCal Edison Selects esVolta for Energy Storage...

The projects, which are pending approval by the California Public Utilities Commission, include the Wildcat Energy Storage project (3 MW/12 MWh) near Palm Springs and the three Acorn Energy Storage projects (total combined capacity of 6.5 MW/26.5 MWh) in Thousand Oaks.



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Walmart Procures 233-MW Wind-Energy PPA from...

The deal with Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart includes three wind farms—all developed, owned and operated by EDP Renewables—in the states of Illinois and Indiana. 



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HSBC Pension Pledges $329 Million Investment in... HSBC Holdings Plc’s pension manager plans to invest 250 million pounds ($329 million) of its pension scheme into renewable energy infrastructure for wind and solar in the U.K., joining around 30 other firms making similar climate change pledges.

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8 Things You Need to Know About the IPCC 1.5˚C... While all countries committed under the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to 1.5˚C-2˚C (2.7-3.6˚ F), major questions remained: How can the world achieve this temperature goal? And what happens if it doesn’t?

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Drax to Buy U.K. Hydro and Gas Plants from... Drax Group Plc agreed to buy some of Iberdrola SA’s power plants for 702 million pounds ($923 million), boosting its clean energy assets in a further shift away from burning coal.

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IRENA: Egypt Could Meet Up to 53 Percent of... Egypt has the potential to meet up to 53 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Egypt Renewable Energy Outlook, released in Cairo last week in the presence of Egyptian government officials and regional decision makers, found that pursuing higher shares of renewable energy could reduce the country’s energy bill by up to $900 million annually in 2030.

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Centrica says distributed energy tech could...

The UK could meet a significant slice of carbon emissions’ target if it more widely deployed distributed energy technologies.



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Toward the Digital Power Plant: Siemens and... This week in London to kick off the Year in Infrastructure event, Siemens and Bentley Systems announced a further integration of their respective platforms with the combination of Bentley's and Siemens’ asset performance management (APM) software capabilities. The companies say that the integration will allow power plant owners to take full advantage of digitalization, which helps improve maintenance operations and planning.

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IEA: World Could Install 1.3 TW of Clean Energy... The world could install more than a trillion watts of renewable power over the next five years, more than the entire current generation capacity of the European Union.

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Renewable Hungry Companies need to get on the...

The report by recently rebranded Wind-Solar Alliance points out that more than 100 U.S. corporate buyers —members of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance — have set a goal of purchasing 60 GW of new U.S. renewable energy capacity by 2025. So far, since 2013, the companies have procured just over 13 gigawatts of renewable power.



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Britain's Battery Market Will Grow by $7.9... Britain’s power market will need investment of 6 billion pounds ($7.9 billion) between now and 2030 in flexible generation and storage such as batteries to support the transition toward an economy that emits less carbon, a study showed.

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IRENA Conducting Survey of Gender and Renewable...

The International Renewable Energy Agency is conducting a survey to gather quantitative and qualitative insights into the current status of women’s participation in the renewable energy sector.



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Schneider Electric Building Microgrid at Port...

Schneider Electric announced Wednesday that it has a $5.2 million contract to design, engineer and build a new microgrid at the Port of Long Beach in southern California. The port also is going to get a huge infusion of electric vehicle infrastructure from utility Southern California Edison.

 



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Reaching the Tipping Point: Why Investing in... While price is one of the key drivers to integrate renewables in mines, solar alone is no more the lone influencer

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E.ON Optimizes EV Charging with New IT Backbone E.ON has partnered with Finnish-based technology firm Virta to optimize its EV charging network across Europe.

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New York Has $40 Million for New Solar+Storage... New York’s Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has ambitious goals for renewable energy and energy storage. In his state of the state address this year, he announced the he wanted 1.5 GW of energy storage on the grid by 2025 and in June NYSERDA and the Department of Public Service, developed the New York State Energy Storage Roadmap to identify the best path toward the 2025 target. This week Cuomo is putting some money behind the goal, announcing that $40 million will be made available to support solar projects that integrate energy storage.

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Kickstarting the Energy Revolution: How... When innovators come up with the idea for the next great technological breakthrough, the first roadblocks to seeing that idea to fruition are typically funding. Among renewable energy inventions, this need is typically filled through wealthy private investors, venture capital firms, or government grants. But today, in the age of the Internet, budding entrepreneurs have taken their funding needs online through crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

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PECO Offers Financial Support for Commercial... PECO (formerly the Philadelphia Electric Company) announced that the utility will be offering a new incentive for commercial customers who install electric vehicle charging stations for public use. The incentive will be available to commercial customers who successfully apply for funding under the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) “Driving PA Forward” program.

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Bolivia looking to finance US$2 billion of...

Bolivian energy authorities are in the process of identifying about US$2 billion in financing for early stage hydro and wind power generation projects, which total 710 MW and 45 MW, respectively.



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U.S. Department of Energy To Bring $40B Cash to... After wallowing in limbo for the first part of 2018 awaiting re-authorization, the Loan Program Office (LPO) at the Department of Energy is back in business with about $40 billion burning a hole in its proverbial pocket. Mike Reed, Director and Chief Engineer of the Technical and Project Management Division of the LPO and his team are planning to hit POWER-GEN 2018 in Orlando, Florida in December to identify people and projects that might need financing.

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Maui Electric Adds Cheap Solar to its Grid Maui Electric Company said it turned on its second large-scale solar project on Tuesday, October 5. The 2.87-MW project spans 10.85 acres and was built in partnership with Kenyon Energy, the developer, and M+W Energy, which served as EPC for the project.

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Duke Energy Plans To Invest At Least Half a... This week Duke Energy said that it plans to deploy about $500 million of battery storage capacity over the next 15 years, which it estimates to be equivalent to about 300 MW of capacity. (MWh of capacity was not specified.) The storage capacity investment is written into its latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)

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WAPDA announces 1,410-MW Tarbela 4th Extension...

The Water and Power Development Authority in Pakistan says the third and last unit at its 1,410-MW Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project has been synchronized with the National Grid.



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China EV Funding Tops Clean Energy Deals in Q3

Equity raised by Chinese electric vehicle companies was the “conspicuous bright spot” in clean energy transactions in the third quarter of this year, which saw the total global deal value fall 6 per cent on 2017’s figure.



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Exxon Puts $1 Million Into Quest for Carbon... An effort to put a tax on carbon dioxide emissions just won an unlikely underwriter: a top producer of oil and gas.

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Wind and Solar Power Changing How Coal Plants... The Gentleman coal plant was once the linchpin of Nebraska’s electricity grid, its twin smokestacks visible for miles across the prairie. Now, the state’s biggest power source is routinely pushed aside to make room for more wind and solar energy.

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Orlando Utility Commission is Host Utility for...

In union with OUC’s role as host utility of POWER-GEN International, the utilities Board President Gregory D. Lee will be a keynote speaker on the conference’s first day. Lee was elected president of OUC’s governing body in 2016. He will kick off POWER-GEN International’s first keynote session on Tuesday, December 4.



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Report: $2.4 Trillion Clean Energy Investment... The world must invest $2.4 trillion in clean energy every year through 2035 and cut the use of coal-fired power to almost nothing by 2050 to avoid catastrophic damage from climate change, according to scientists convened by the United Nations.

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Ørsted Acquires Deepwater Wind for $510 Million On Monday, global offshore wind leader Ørsted announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire a 100 percent of Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind at a purchase price of US $510 million. Deepwater wind built the first U.S. offshore wind farm — the 30-MW Block Island Wind — and is currently constructing two additional facilities off Long Island, New York (South Fork at 90 MW) and Connecticut (Revolution Wind at 600 MW).

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SINN Power to conduct feasibility study of wave...

SINN Power is conducting a study to determine how a renewable energy mix of its wave technology, small wind farms, kinematic hydroelectric plants and solar energy can be used to secure a durable and stable power supply in Guinea.



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Iowa Looks to Take the Next Steps on Storage A $200,000 state grant will finance research into two solar-plus-storage projects aimed at better understanding the state’s energy storage potential.

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The Utility of the Future Will Provide More... Utilities that are concerned about eroding or changing business models have something to be very excited about, and that’s new technology that will allow them to increase their reach into areas that they have not had much of an impact on before.

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Trump's FERC Pick Could Tip Balance in Favor of... U.S. President Donald Trump tapped Energy Department staffer Bernard McNamee to join the nation’s top energy regulator, potentially smoothing the path for a brewing bailout of money-losing coal and nuclear plants.

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Solar PV + Energy Storage Systems Take Charge... The decreasing cost of solar PV and battery storage equipment coupled with high cost of electricity and grid outages are playing an increasingly important role in the future energy landscape of the Caribbean region. Most recently, Hurricane Maria devastated multiple islands including Puerto Rico, Dominica, USVI and BVI, amongst others, which left both urban and city dwellers without power for extended periods of time.

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Rolls-Royce Invests in Plug-and-Play Energy... Rolls-Royce announced that it is investing in Berlin-based start-up company Qinous GmbH, a provider of what it calls plug and play energy storage and control systems.

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Duke Plans Park & Plug EV Pilot Installing 530...

The EV charger installations are part of a pilot project, Park and Plug, that runs through 2022. Duke Energy is working with various communities and groups to install the units for public use at apartments, work sites and other venues with high traffic counts.



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Genex says declaration will advance development...

Genex Power Limited announces the 250-MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project (K2-Hydro) has been declared a Coordinated Project by the Queensland State Government.



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Why Machine Learning Could Improve Resiliency... Power grids across the United States are facing greater technical challenges as new technologies and needs place higher demands on an already overburdened system.

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For Now, at Least, the World Isn’t Making... Evidence of the battery-powered era is all around us. Electric vehicles are cruising down our freeways. Household appliances thrum with stored solar energy that was until recently a daytime-only power source. Governments from California to China and South Korea—even Donald Trump’s Washington—have taken steps that will make battery power more ubiquitous.

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Saudi Fund, SoftBank Deny $200B, 200-GW Solar... Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. both said they’re continuing to collaborate on solar energy plans after the Wall Street Journal said their $200 billion development was put on hold.

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Trump's Import Tariffs Will Make U.S. Wind... President Donald Trump’s trade war won’t wreck the U.S. wind industry, but it will raise the cost of power.

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Saudi Arabia Shelves Work on SoftBank's $200... Saudi Arabia has put on hold a $200 billion plan with SoftBank to build the world's biggest solar-power-generation project, setting back another eye-catching transformation project in the kingdom.

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From the Clean Power Plan to ACE: Why Not Much... Has the environment for electricity generation changed dramatically since the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan began its slow exit from public and regulatory consciousness several months ago? Not really!

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Informed Utility Customers Want More Renewable... On Monday during the Itron Utility Week (IUW) event in Scottsdale, Arizona, the company unveiled its 4th resourcefulness report, which measures how informed consumers (defined as energy consumers who think about their utility bill) and utility executives view how well their utility is wisely and carefully using water and energy resources.

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Solar Power Plant Operators: Are You Prepared... Solar reliability audits are intense and time-consuming. The energy facility operator bears the burden of demonstrating compliance with reliability standards that are continually evolving to keep up with technological and regulatory changes. Even so, with the fast-paced growth of solar energy development, some solar facility operators have yet to experience a reliability audit. Understanding the audit process and having the right strategy can ease the burden and help ensure that you are well-prepared.

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New Jersey's Planned $4.1B Clean Energy... New Jersey’s biggest utility says it can make money by getting its customers to use less of what it sells.

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How Renewables Lead to a World of Peak Energy 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... 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... 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 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... 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... 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

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...

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...

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... 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 +... 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... 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 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... 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... 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... 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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