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  • Advocates want next phase of ComEd microgrid powered by renewables
    on 23rd May 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Stakeholders including clean energy and community groups are watching closely as ComEd begins the second phase of a microgrid pilot project in Chicago. […]

  • Oil companies join corporate lobbying push for U.S. carbon tax
    on 21st May 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Oil companies, automakers and consumer products manufacturers will unleash a campaign for a U.S. tax on carbon dioxide emissions even though it may lead to higher prices for their products. […]

  • Xcel Energy sets course for coal-free, renewable-heavy future
    on 21st May 2019 at 3:53 pm

    This week, Xcel Energy announced plans to retire its last two coal plants in the Upper Midwest a decade earlier than scheduled. The acceleration of the coal closures is part of the company’s clean energy transition that includes expanding wind and solar, using natural gas and operating its Monticello nuclear plant until at least 2040. […]

  • Australia's climate wars set to heat up after coal champion wins
    on 20th May 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s surprise victory in Australia’s election was a win for the coal industry and ensures the debate about tackling climate change will continue to polarize the nation. […]

  • Germans pessimistic on energiewende success
    on 20th May 2019 at 7:30 am

    People in Germany are more pessimistic than the rest of Europe regarding their country’s progress on its energy transition, or engergiewende. […]

  • Associated Electric Cooperative signs 20-year PPA for 265 MW of wind power
    on 17th May 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Enel Green Power North America announced on Thursday that it has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) between its subsidiary White Cloud Wind Project, LLC and Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. (AECI), a power utility based in Springfield, Missouri. In line with the agreement, AECI will purchase the entire output generated by the 236.5 MW White Cloud wind project, currently in development in Nodaway County, Missouri. […]

  • More US offshore wind development as Germany’s EnBW sets up New Jersey office
    on 17th May 2019 at 2:01 pm

    On Thursday this week, Mayor Steven Fulop welcomed EnBW North America to Jersey City in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. New Jersey Economic Development Authority Senior Vice President Brian Sabina and others gathered to officially open the German subsidiary’s first U.S. office and marking its entrance into the competitive New Jersey/New York offshore wind market. […]

  • CellCube to bring grid scale vanadium battery to South Australia
    on 17th May 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Renewables firm Pangea Energy and vanadium battery producer CellCube have signed on to build a 50MW storage system alongside a solar farm in South Australia. […]

  • Utility-scale wind energy ramping up for one of best years in U.S.
    on 16th May 2019 at 4:10 pm

    EIA data forecasts that U.S. wind capacity added this year should total 12.7 GW, by far the best since 2012’s record of 13.3 GW. That was the year the production tax credit (PTC) was originally supposed to phase out, although it was extended. […]

  • Ameren tests software that could unlock future ‘transactive energy marketplace’
    on 15th May 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Ameren is preparing to test a Canadian company’s software that could someday help usher in a radically different business model for the utility. […]

  • Former Massachusetts coal plant to be transformed into clean energy center
    on 14th May 2019 at 3:01 pm

    This week, diversified real estate acquisition and development firm Commercial Development Company and transmission developer Anbaric said they plan to build a renewable energy center at Brayton Point Commerce Center in Somerset, Massachusetts. The site is the former home of the Brayton Point Coal Plant, the cooling towers for which were demolished two weeks ago. (video of demolition at the end of article at this link). […]

  • Offshore wind will need bigger boats. Much bigger boats
    on 14th May 2019 at 2:01 pm

    How do you install a wind turbine almost the size of the Chrysler building in the open ocean? Just get a boat with deck space larger than a football field and a crane that can lift the weight of 1,100 Chevy Suburban SUVs. […]

  • EU corporates want renewable energy but bureaucracy and regulations are holding them back
    on 13th May 2019 at 6:35 pm

    This week energy developer BayWa r.e. published its Energy Report 2019, which surveyed 1,200 European corporations about their attitudes toward renewable energy. […]

  • Hydrogen: key to a zero-carbon future, or a costly distraction?
    on 13th May 2019 at 2:45 pm

    The U.K.’s push for a low-carbon economy has some notable successes, but the hardest part of the battle has barely started. […]

  • Enel joins Boston’s Greentown Labs to scout for clean energy startups
    on 10th May 2019 at 6:05 pm

    This week, Enel S.p.A. announced the opening of its newest Innovation Hub in Boston at Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech startup incubator in the United States. The Hub will provide Enel, one of the world’s leading power companies, access to Greentown Labs’ startup community and innovation expertise. […]

  • Two companies align to help wind project owners maximize energy output with machine learning
    on 10th May 2019 at 11:22 am

    This week global engineering company Emerson announced that it had formed a 3-year alliance with Vayu to combine Emerson’s Ovation automation platform with Vayu’s cloud-computing wind energy optimization technology. The new technology will optimize wind farms in the Americas, Caribbean and Europe. […]

  • Washington becomes fifth state in the US to aim for 100 percent clean energy
    on 8th May 2019 at 2:14 pm

    This week in Seattle, Washington, Senate Bill 5116 was signed into law in by Governor Jay Inslee after passing the state legislature earlier this month. This bill cuts out coal power by 2025 and requires an equitable transition to 100 percent clean electricity for the entire state by 2045. […]

  • New Google-supported project will measure and publicize carbon-emission data from every power plant in the world
    on 8th May 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Tuesday brings a somewhat mind-blowing announcement in the world of power plants and pollution. In a nutshell: A nonprofit artificial intelligence firm called WattTime is going to use satellite imagery to precisely track the air pollution (including carbon emissions) coming out of every single power plant in the world, in real time. […]

  • LA is next city to announce 100 percent renewable energy goals
    on 8th May 2019 at 1:58 pm

    As of 2018, the city of Los Angeles boasted close to 350 MW of installed local solar power, according to reports. Its solar capacity increased some 44 percent year over year. […]

  • Siemens to spin off gas and power business
    on 8th May 2019 at 11:24 am

    Global energy powerhouse Siemens is to undergo a fundamental transformation by spinning off its gas and power divisions into a new entity which will also comprise its stake in windpower firm Siemens Gamesa. […]

  • IEA alarmed as new renewables capacity stalls
    on 7th May 2019 at 10:11 am

    Last year was the first time since 2001 that growth in renewable power capacity failed to increase year on year. […]

  • In Illinois, storage is among the next hurdles for renewables expansion
    on 3rd May 2019 at 2:58 pm

    ComEd sees a significant role for energy storage on Illinois’ electric grid as the state works toward realizing its ambitious renewable goals. […]

  • Northeast planned offshore wind farms already bringing economic growth to the region
    on 3rd May 2019 at 9:05 am

    Even though there is only one small existing offshore wind farm in the Northeast, the 30-MW Block Island wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island, two announcements this week highlight the growing economic importance of the region's burgeoning offshore wind industry. […]

  • UK carbon reduction plan includes massive buildout of offshore wind, EV infrastructure
    on 2nd May 2019 at 1:20 pm

    British people need to fly less, drive electric cars, eat little meat and turn their home thermostats down to 19 degrees Celsius (66 Fahrenheit) in order to rein in greenhouse gases damaging the planet. […]

  • Climate experts tell UK to set zero carbon target for 2050
    on 2nd May 2019 at 8:58 am

    Developing carbon capture and storage technology and low-carbon hydrogen is “a necessity not an option” for the UK to achieve a net zero carbon economy by 2050. […]

  • DNV GL launches digital platform for renewable PPAs
    on 1st May 2019 at 7:00 am

    Energy advisory and certification body DNV GL has launched a new digital platform for renewable energy power purchase agreements. […]

  • Clean energy engineering experts share blueprints for zero-emission buildings
    on 30th April 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Buildings account for nearly four-tenths of U.S. energy consumption through heating, cooling and other electricity use, according to the Energy Information Administration. And if that energy comes from fossil fuels, it releases more greenhouse gases that drive human-caused climate change. […]

  • The biggest US market for tiny wind farms isn't the breeziest
    on 29th April 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Turns out the best place to install a small turbine in the U.S. isn’t the Plains, where winds blow the strongest, but the Northeast where the incentives are better. […]

  • Siemens Gamesa to supply 43 wind turbines to Canadian project
    on 26th April 2019 at 5:26 pm

    With more than 3,000 MW installed in Canada, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is the market leader by cumulative installed capacity […]

  • Ball Corporation plans 100 percent renewable push; purchases 388 MW of wind and solar
    on 26th April 2019 at 2:48 pm

    This week global energy and infrastructure group, Eversheds Sutherland, announced that it helped Ball Corporation secure two virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) – one wind and one solar – for a total of 388 MW of new renewable energy. According to Ball, these agreements will allow the company to power 100 percent of its corporate, packaging and aerospace operations electricity load in North America with renewable energy by the end of 2021. […]

  • New York commits another $280M for energy storage
    on 26th April 2019 at 2:10 pm

    This week New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $280 million of support is available for energy storage projects. […]

  • GE expanding Turkish wind turbine blade factory; hiring 300 workers
    on 25th April 2019 at 4:01 pm

    This week LM Wind Power, a subsidiary of GE Renewable Energy, announced its plan to recruit 300 additional employees at its wind turbine blade manufacturing site in Bergama, Turkey. […]

  • General Mills inks 200-MW Clean Energy PPA for Texas wind power
    on 25th April 2019 at 12:30 pm

    The wind farm will produce renewable energy credits that, combined with the company’s previous agreement, should equal 100 percent of electricity used annually at General Mill’s domestic facilities. […]

  • Nevada is the fourth US state to commit to 100 percent clean energy
    on 23rd April 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Nevada is joining the growing list of U.S. places that aim to ban fossil fuels from its electricity supply. […]

  • The world’s longest wind turbine blade rolled off the assembly line last week
    on 22nd April 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Last week, LM Wind Power said it had successfully manufactured the world’s first wind turbine blade to surpass 100 meters in length. […]

  • In Michigan, developer cancels plan for large Upper Peninsula wind project
    on 22nd April 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Citing planning delays, a global renewable energy developer has canceled plans for a major wind project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. […]

  • Mayor: PG&E assets are ‘great’ opportunity to bring clean energy to San Francisco
    on 18th April 2019 at 1:39 pm

    San Francisco Mayor London Breed wants to use PG&E Corp.’s bankruptcy to take over some of the company’s assets for the city’s power needs, a move that would shake up California’s largest utility and remake the state’s energy landscape. […]

  • Three strategies for building solar and wind energy systems on potentially contaminated lands
    on 17th April 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Building solar and wind energy projects on potentially contaminated lands can be a golden opportunity, both effective and cost-effective, for developers. The 120-acre Reilly Tar & Chemical Corporation Superfund site was recently redeveloped with a utility-scale solar farm and is a prime example of the reuse potential inherent in thousands of Superfund sites, brownfields, retired power plants, and landfills. […]

  • In Northeast, more research needed on offshore wind’s impact on fishing
    on 17th April 2019 at 3:10 pm

    As plans for wind farms across New England’s waters progress, fishermen continue to express concerns about the impact of the burgeoning offshore wind industry on their livelihoods. […]

  • Vermont utility launches vision for 100 percent renewable energy by 2030
    on 17th April 2019 at 12:39 pm

    This weekend at its “Earth Day Every Day Fair,” Green Mountain Power announced an energy vision to have a 100 percent carbon free energy supply by 2025 and 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. The utility said the move is among the most aggressive carbon targets for a utility of GMP’s size in the country. […]

  • Get ‘renewable therapy’ during next week’s Solar Education Week
    on 12th April 2019 at 2:07 pm

    The Redford Center, a California-based non-profit co-founded in 2005 by Robert Redford and his son, James, announced that every morning, from April 15-22, 2019, the organization will post an episode a day of "Renewable Therapy for Climate Anxiety," a conversational mini-series featuring Filmmaker, James Redford, and Matthew Nordan, clean energy investor and managing partner at MNL Partners. In each two-minute installment, the pair explores questions that nag environmentalists when it comes to renewable energy. Watch the first episode below. […]

  • Saudi windpower market set for 6 GW growth
    on 12th April 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Saudi Arabia will become a regional heavyweight in windpower by the early 2020's, according to new research. […]

  • Apple says 44 of its suppliers have made clean energy commitments
    on 11th April 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Global manufacturer Apple today announced it has nearly doubled the number of suppliers that have committed to run their Apple production on 100 percent clean energy, bringing the total number to 44. Because of this partnership between Apple and its suppliers, Apple will exceed its goal of bringing 4 gigawatts of renewable energy into its supply chain by 2020, with over an additional gigawatt projected within that timeframe. […]

  • Three ways utilities can partner with smart renewable cities to deliver on their objectives
    on 11th April 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Cities and renewable electricity have, respectively, become the habitat and energy of choice globally. The two are increasingly inseparable. Urbanization and electrification trends have turned cities and the grid into leading platforms for human activity, presenting unique opportunities for today’s utilities to partner with municipalities to achieve their smart city goals. […]

  • Global partnership to make sense of the energy transition
    on 11th April 2019 at 10:31 am

    Enel Foundation has signed a landmark agreement to become the exclusive Global Knowledge Partner of the 2019 Clarion Power and Energy series of events. […]

  • Climate change helping solar, hurting hydro in Europe, say scientists
    on 10th April 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Climate change is picking up pace in Europe, thrusting farmers and power generators onto the front lines of a battle with nature that threatens to upend the lives of the half billion people who occupy the world’s biggest trading bloc. […]

  • A 'Green New Deal' for Central America would present business opportunities for renewable power generators
    on 9th April 2019 at 8:10 am

    Recently there has been a great deal of interest in a ‘Green New Deal’ for the United States. It is seen as a way to solve pressing environmental, employment and economic problems with a single comprehensive plan. Modeled on Roosevelt’s New Deal, which created jobs, invested in large infrastructure projects, and pulled the US out of the Great Depression, the Green New Deal is a modern version of that program, but with green energy investments, 21st century job training, and deficit reduction as the key components. […]

  • UK power grid to be 'zero-carbon-capable' says operator
    on 8th April 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Two years after Britain had its first coal-free day since the Industrial Revolution, the nation’s network operator is readying itself for life without any fossil fuels. […]

  • Amazon to purchase energy from wind farms in Ireland, Sweden and US
    on 8th April 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Amazon.com announced today that it plans to purchase the energy produced by three new renewable energy projects as part of its long-term goal to power all Amazon Web Services (AWS) global infrastructure with renewable energy. These projects – a 91.2-MW wind farm in Donegal Ireland, a 91-MW wind farm in Bäckhammar, Sweden, and a 47-MW wind farm in Tehachapi, California – will deliver an expected 670,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of renewable energy annually. […]

  • MAN Energy Solutions latest power generator to consider hydrogen option
    on 8th April 2019 at 3:09 pm

    MAN Energy Solutions, VERBUND and New Brunswick Power are all experimenting with zero-carbon hydrogen as a future fuel source. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems is also considering the alternative. &nbs […]

  • NEC helps develop three energy storage sites in China
    on 5th April 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Through its exclusive distributor in China, Puxing Energy, NEC developed two 9-MW battery facilities providing frequency regulation for the Hang-Jin and Feng-Run power plants located in Ordos City, Neimongol Province and Tanshan City. […]

  • GWEC says more than 300 GW of wind power capacity to come online by 2024
    on 4th April 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Yesterday, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) unveiled the 14th edition of its Global Wind Report, which it says has been completely revamped. […]

  • Multi-millions of dollars available for wind, solar energy research
    on 4th April 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Over the past week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced multiple funding opportunities to renewable energy research including $130M for early-stage solar and $28M for wind. Further, the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium announced up to $7M in funding for offshore wind. […]

  • Germany generated more than 50 percent of electricity from renewables in March
    on 2nd April 2019 at 1:02 pm

    In a first for the country, Germany generated 54.5 percent of electricity from renewable energy in March 2019. This is according to data collected by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. […]

  • Can this online startup change how companies buy renewable power?
    on 1st April 2019 at 2:45 pm

    It was a milestone deal, not for its size but for the number of parties. In January, five big companies, each with differing energy requirements and renewable strategies, agreed to pool their investment and collectively purchase 42.5 megawatts from a North Carolina solar project. […]

  • Marine energy textbook released
    on 29th March 2019 at 7:12 pm

    A new textbook on offshore renewable energy has been released by M. Reza Hashemi with the University of Rhode Island, in collaboration with Simon Neill with Bangor University in Wales, the United Kingdom. […]

  • Idaho Power sets goal for 100-percent clean energy by 2045; signs record-low solar PPA
    on 29th March 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Idaho Power unveiled a goal Tuesday to provide 100-percent clean energy by 2045 on the heels of an announcement that it will purchase 120-MW of solar energy through a PPA with Jackpot Holdings at a price of less than US $0.022 cents per kWh. […]

  • Tucson Electric Power hires EDF to build its largest wind farm to date
    on 29th March 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is building a 247-MW wind farm that will help the company more than double its use of renewable energy by 2021. The company hired EDF Renewables North America to construct it in a Build and Transfer Agreement (BTA) worth approximately $370 million. […]

  • Survey reveals offshore wind failing to embrace digitalisation
    on 28th March 2019 at 1:06 pm

    The offshore wind market in the is lagging behind other areas of the energy sector when it comes to embracing – and understanding – the potential of digital technologies. […]

  • Phasing out coal in Denmark via bioenergy-based CHP
    on 26th March 2019 at 9:24 am

    Denmark in many ways is the poster child for the generation mix of the future. It led the way for decades in wind generation. It has continued to set ever-more ambitious targets for renewable penetration. And it has shown in the real world how to make a grid work that includes a heavy presence of renewable assets. Along the way, though, it has faced many challenges. […]

  • Shell makes aggressive move into U.K. retail power market
    on 26th March 2019 at 9:18 am

    Royal Dutch Shell Plc took a step forward in its aim to become the world’s biggest power company with an aggressive move into the U.K. retail market by offering one of the cheapest tariffs available. […]

  • New Mexico Governor Grisham signs law requiring 100 percent renewable energy by 2045
    on 25th March 2019 at 9:31 am

    On Friday, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the state’s groundbreaking Energy Transition Act (ETA) into law, meaning that by 2045, the state should be fully powered by clean, carbon-free electricity. […]

  • Wind sector needs to take initiative on off-taker risks to drive European PPA surge
    on 25th March 2019 at 6:00 am

    In order for wind energy power purchase agreements (PPAs) to see sustained uptake in central Europe, sellers need to take a lead in managing long-term risks including power price forecasting, covenant strength and buyer inexperience. […]

  • Forming joint ventures to construct US offshore wind farms
    on 21st March 2019 at 10:49 am

    The U.S Jones Act affects the construction of U.S. offshore wind farms by limiting certain activities in U.S. waters to U.S.-registered vessels owned and operated by qualified U.S. citizens. Much of the expertise in the construction of offshore wind farms is European based. The logical mechanism for marrying European expertise with U.S. firms qualified to operate where the U.S. Jones Act applies are joint ventures. Such joint ventures must take into account the stringent U.S. citizenship requirements applicable to the ownership and operation of Jones Act vessels. […]

  • Wind generated more than one-third of electricity last week in the UK
    on 18th March 2019 at 10:50 am

    RenewableUK highlighted last week that Great Britain’s onshore and offshore wind farms generated more electricity than any other source of power last week. […]

  • Solar and wind take the lead in FERC first infrastructure report of 2019
    on 15th March 2019 at 12:38 pm

    According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), new solar and wind generating capacity has taken the lead over natural gas and all other energy sources for the first month of 2019. […]

  • San Francisco mulls creating its own 100 percent renewables-focused utility from PG&E wreckage
    on 12th March 2019 at 2:05 pm

    What happens when a famously left-leaning city dives into the buttoned-down business of electric utilities? San Francisco may soon find out. […]

  • Wind-solar pairing cuts equipment costs while ramping up output
    on 11th March 2019 at 7:42 pm

    A trailblazing wind-solar hybrid project in western Minnesota could be a preview of what’s to come as renewable developers look for new ways to bolster projects. […]

  • Opinion: Puerto Rico's energy future is renewable
    on 11th March 2019 at 10:47 am

    When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, it cut short nearly 3,000 lives, displaced thousands of families, and subjected the commonwealth to the longest energy blackout in U.S. history. This tragedy invited a new vision for Puerto Rico’s battered electric grid, and I hoped that a central tenet of the rebuilding effort would be an aggressive move toward safe, abundant and resilient clean energy. […]

  • UK in deal to unlock offshore wind boom and green jobs
    on 8th March 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Offshore wind is set to provide more than 30 per cent of UK electricity by 2030 after the government today launched a landmark deal with the renewables industry. […]

  • Indian government to declare large hydropower projects a renewable energy source
    on 8th March 2019 at 3:30 pm

    The Indian government’s Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved measures to promote the hydropower sector that include declaring large hydropower projects to be part of the non-solar renewable purchase obligation (RPO). […]

  • Trump said to again seek deep cuts in renewable energy funding
    on 8th March 2019 at 11:36 am

    The Trump administration is again seeking severe cuts to the U.S. Energy Department division charged with renewable energy and energy efficiency research, according to a department official familiar with the plan. […]

  • New report shows Baltic States ahead of western EU counterparts in renewable energy targets
    on 7th March 2019 at 11:54 am

    Findings in a recently published European Union report showed that the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia make up over 30 percent of the EU countries that have already met their 2020 renewable energy targets. […]

  • Saratoga Wind Farm now delivering 66-MW of clean energy for MGE
    on 7th March 2019 at 11:26 am

    Last week Wisconsin’s Madison Gas and Electric's (MGE) said its 66-MW Saratoga Wind Farm is fully operational and delivering energy to the electric grid. MGE and Vestas – the company that built the turbines – have completed testing of the turbines and electrical systems, and the wind farm is fully online. […]

  • What if the US-Mexico border wall was an energy corridor that could pay for itself?
    on 6th March 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Instead of a wall, build a first-of-its-kind energy park that spans the 1,954 miles of the border between the United States and Mexico to bring energy, water, jobs and border security to the region. […]

  • New Hampshire considers options for buying renewable energy for state
    on 6th March 2019 at 12:59 pm

    New Hampshire is preparing to follow the lead of other New England states and create a system for procuring renewable energy on behalf of residents. […]

  • China’s renewable energy installed capacity grew 12 percent across all sources in 2018
    on 6th March 2019 at 12:41 pm

    As of the end of 2018, China’s renewable energy installation capacity had reached 728 GW, an increase of 12 percent from a year earlier, according to statistics released by China’s National Energy Administration. This breaks down into 352 GW (up 2.5 percent) for hydro, 184 GW (up 12.4 percent) for wind, 174 GW (up 34 percent) for photovoltaic (PV) and 17.8 GW (up 20.7 percent) for biomass. Renewable energy accounted for 38.3 percent of the country’s total installed power capacity, a rise of 1.7 percentage points. […]

  • Non-profit urges UK government to make workforce diversity a priority in clean energy
    on 5th March 2019 at 4:00 pm

    A new paper is being launched today at the House of Lords in London that challenges government, regulators and companies working on clean energy to make gender diversity a key priority. The paper has been produced by the EWiRE network, set up by Regen to provide a vibrant network for women working in clean energy. […]

  • Hawaiian Electric Companies achieve 27 percent renewable energy in 2018 despite loss of geothermal
    on 4th March 2019 at 4:48 pm

    In late February, Hawaiian Electric Companies announced that they have achieved a consolidated 27 percent renewable portfolio standard in 2018, even with the loss of Hawaii Island’s geothermal resource for most of the year following the Kilauea volcanic eruption. Hawaii has a goal of reaching 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. […]

  • Wind farm operators find path to hedge against low winds
    on 4th March 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Investment manager Nephila Holdings Ltd. and insurance giant Allianz SE have banded together to offer an insurance policy of sorts to wind farm developers known as a “proxy revenue swap.” It’s a technical way of saying they’re guaranteeing that revenue from a farm will fall within a certain range. […]

  • Indian wind farm developers face troubling delays in getting projects built
    on 1st March 2019 at 2:12 pm

    India has drawn global attention since it started awarding wind power projects at record-low tariffs, spurring optimism that renewable energy could supplant the nation’s abundant coal resources in electricity generation. […]

  • Pennsylvania joins electric vehicle race with new ‘roadmap’ for transition
    on 28th February 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Pennsylvania is promoting a new roadmap to electrify transportation by designing policies and setting targets to get more electric vehicles on the roads. […]

  • Shedding light on the Hitachi/ABB joint venture and why renewables play a key role
    on 26th February 2019 at 1:31 pm

    As renewable energy proliferates, major players like Hitachi, ABB and GE are seeing value in combining grid and generation business units. […]

  • Energy minister says South Africa will commit to more renewable power
    on 26th February 2019 at 1:24 pm

    South Africa plans to expand use of renewable power as the coal-dependent nation expects traditional, centralized generation plants to “disappear,” Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said. […]

  • Lower than average wind speeds are hurting US wind power producers
    on 25th February 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Unusually still weather in the upper Midwest and Great Plains in late 2018 has already taken a bite out of earnings at NextEra Energy Inc. and Avangrid Inc., which both operate large wind farms. Other wind generators have yet to report fourth-quarter results, including Pattern Energy Group Inc., TerraForm Power Inc. and Clearway Energy Inc. […]

  • FERC takes a firm stand in PG&E bankruptcy filing
    on 22nd February 2019 at 4:25 pm

    The California-based utility requested that a federal bankruptcy court prevent FERC from enforcing the conditions of the more than 380 power purchase agreements (PPAs) that the utility may want to exit under its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. […]

  • What to do about PG&E? Cities and others offer ideas
    on 21st February 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Plenty of people, it seems, have plans for PG&E Corp. Even before the California utility giant filed for bankruptcy facing $30 billion in potential liabilities from wildfires, state regulators began studying whether it needed to be reformed, restructured or even taken over by the government. They asked interested parties -- city officials, unions, consumer groups and trade associations -- to chime in. […]

  • ComEd installs off-grid renewable lighting at Bronzeville schools
    on 20th February 2019 at 5:16 pm

    This week ComEd said that it’s furthering innovation in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood with the installation of renewable energy powered lights along the walkway to the Beethoven Elementary School. Bronzeville is home to the first “microgrid cluster” in the United States. […]

  • Consumers Energy plans renewable push for HQ; seeks ideas
    on 20th February 2019 at 3:36 pm

    The Jackson Smart Energy District aims to achieve the parent firm’s 2040 clean energy goals some 15 to 20 years earlier. Those goals include producing 40 percent of the district’s energy needs from on-site renewable sources. […]

  • 6 key trends in sustainable and renewable energy
    on 15th February 2019 at 3:38 pm

    The 2019 Sustainable Energy in America factbook was released this week by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BloombergNEF) and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE). The factbook highlights a number of key trends in sustainable and renewable energy growth, emissions and jobs in the sector. Take a glance at the six charts below to learn more. […]

  • Despite 2018 slowdown, 2019 is expected to be a big year for wind power
    on 14th February 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Global commissioning of onshore wind turbines declined 3 percent in 2018, partly due to a slowdown in India and Germany. Growth is expected to bounce back in 2019, with a 32 percent jump to 60 GW. […]

  • Opinion: In Germany, the Green New Deal actually works
    on 14th February 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Opponents of the U.S. congressional Democrats’ Green New Deal point to Germany as an example of a country where similar policies have backfired. They should take a closer look; the U.S. could do well to imitate Europe’s largest economy. […]

  • California municipal utility will phase out three natural gas power plants in favor of renewables
    on 14th February 2019 at 4:39 pm

    This week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that rather than investing in the Haynes, Harbor and Scattergood natural gas power plants to meet the requirements of a 2010 law related to a practice known as once through cooling, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will phase them out in favor of renewable energy. […]

  • Portland General Electric, NextEra announce unique solar-wind-energy storage project in Oregon
    on 14th February 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Details on the solar and battery storage components are still up in the air, but the wind farm itself was comfirmed to include 120 turbines manufactured by GE Renewable Energy Inc. […]

  • First blade built for 714-MW UK windfarm
    on 13th February 2019 at 2:30 pm

    The first blade has been manufactured for the 714 MW offshore windfarm East Anglia One in the UK. […]

  • Sempra Renewables Selling Wind and Energy Storage Assets to AEP for $1.05B
    on 12th February 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Sempra Renewables jointly owns all of part of seven wind farms and one battery installation in seven states.&nbs […]

  • FERC Data Shows Substantial Renewable Growth Coming but Gas Still Dominating Today
    on 12th February 2019 at 3:31 pm

    According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), natural gas dominated new electrical generating capacity in 2018. However, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) seem poised to swamp fossil fuels as new generating capacity is added over the next three years. […]

  • Australian Renewable Hydrogen Power Plant One Step Closer To Completion
    on 11th February 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Australian hydrogen infrastructure developer H2U confirmed today that it will use Baker Hughes NovaLT gas turbine generators at its South Australian Renewable Hydrogen and Ammonia Supply Chain Demonstrator in Port Lincoln. […]

  • US Congresswoman Unveils Sweeping Green New Deal
    on 8th February 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released a sweeping package of environmental measures Thursday that has pitted progressives in the House Democratic caucus against moderates over how far to go in pursuit of resetting the climate change debate. […]

  • Betting $1 Million on Offshore New Jersey Wind Paid Off Big Time
    on 7th February 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Over the past year, U.S. Wind got calls “every day” to sell a lease the energy company bought for $1 million in 2015 in its push to build a wind farm off the New Jersey coast. […]

  • Consumer Demand Drives Record Year for Wind Energy Purchases, AWEA Says
    on 6th February 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Fortune 500 brands and a range of other non-utility entities are catalyzing America’s growing demand for renewable energy by purchasing a record amount of wind power in 2018, according to a recent report by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Consumer demand combined with policy stability and low, stable prices helped wind power capacity installations rise to the third strongest quarter in the industry’s history. […]

  • The Caribbean’s Untapped Renewable Energy Potential
    on 6th February 2019 at 11:54 am

    The global strategy for mitigating climate change is no secret. Most countries have embarked on an initiative to transition to clean energy sources. According to a study by scientists from the universities of Oxford and Utrecht, we will almost certainly pass a point of no return for dealing with global warming if governments worldwide don’t transition away from fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas, towards renewable energy by 2035. This would mean that renewables would need to see their total share of power generation increase by at least two percent per year. […]

  • China’s Wind Industry Installs More than 20 GW of Capacity in 2018 and Curtailment Decreases
    on 5th February 2019 at 11:36 am

    Analysts at Huajin Securities in China said they expect newly installed capacity nationwide for 2018 to be somewhere between 21 and 22 GW, and that the wind power curtailment rate would continue to drop. Newly installed capacity for wind power is expected to continue to grow steadily over the next two years, while the proportion of the country’s total power sourced from wind is expected to continue to increase as well. […]

  • LaFleur Will Not Seek a Third Term as FERC Commissioner
    on 1st February 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Federal energy regulatory commissioner Cheryl LaFleur announced on Twitter on January 31 that she will not be seeking a third term and will be leaving the commission later in 2019. She said in the tweet that this is not the outcome she had hoped for but that she felt very lucky to have served on FERC for more than 8 years. She said she plans to serve out the rest of her term, which is up at the end of June. […]

  • PG&E Seeks Court Protection From Federal Regulators on Renewable Energy PPASs
    on 30th January 2019 at 8:39 pm

    PG&E Corp. is seeking court protection to amend or cancel power purchase agreements with suppliers as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. […]

  • The Politics Behind Ocasio-Cortez and the ‘Green New Deal’
    on 30th January 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Hundreds of young activists stormed Nancy Pelosi’s office after Democrats won the House in November, inspired by the new hero of the left, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who briefly joined them in a live-streamed protest to demand passage of a radical plan to fight climate change. […]

  • GE combines renewable generation and grid businesses to increase efficiency
    on 30th January 2019 at 2:32 pm

    GE announced today that it sees a future in housing its renewable generation businesses (onshore and offshore wind, hydropower) alongside its grid businesses which include substations and transformers plus solar, storage and distributed energy resource (DER) control software. GE Renewable Energy CEO Jerome Pecresse said in a press conference that the move will simplify the lives of GE’s customers by giving them one point of contact for all of their renewable energy power needs. […]

  • Facebook's Data-Center Landlord Strikes Deal to Add Solar Power
    on 29th January 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Facebook Inc. is boosting its clean-energy efforts with a deal to help run a Virginia data center where it leases space with solar power. […]

  • Corporations more than doubled commitment to renewable energy in 2018
    on 28th January 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Corporations signing PPAs with renewable energy power producers have been on the rise for quite some time but in 2018, the group as a whole purchased more than double the clean energy they purchased in 2017. […]

  • Germany to Auction Even More Offshore Wind
    on 25th January 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is set to hold more auctions for offshore wind power, plugging a current gap in tenders for the next three years that the industry has said would harm turbine makers and hamper green targets. […]

  • 128-MW Rio Grande Wind Farm Will Use Siemens Gamesa Turbines
    on 24th January 2019 at 3:53 pm

    This week Siemens Gamesa said it signed its third contract in so many years with Voltalia in Brazil to supply wind turbines for wind farms the company is building. […]

  • GE Digitizes Tata Power Fleet in India
    on 24th January 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Tata Power in India has this week started utilizing a digital asset management system from GE to optimize its thermal fleet. […]

  • Tata Power Seeks to Install EV Charging Stations as Demand Growth Slows
    on 23rd January 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Tata Power Co. is seeking to set up electric vehicle chargers in the Indian capital, a company official said, as one of the most polluted cities on earth plans an ambitious push toward cleaner vehicles. […]

  • New Fund Betting on Clean-Tech Startups
    on 23rd January 2019 at 2:17 pm

    A California incubator that houses and nurtures clean-energy startups is expanding into venture capital. […]

  • How Will PG&E’s Bankruptcy Impact the CleanTech Industry?
    on 23rd January 2019 at 12:44 pm

    On January 14, 2019, California’s largest utility, PG&E, filed a bankruptcy notice stating that it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy by the month end on January 29th. Given its business situation, PG&E must proceed with the bankruptcy process unless lawmakers step in because PG&E’s current liabilities from California’s 2017 and 2018 fires are about 10 times PG&E’s current market cap of $3.5 billion, which is down 90% since last Fall. Obviously, this is a big issue for the cleantech industry since PG&E covers a territory that runs from Eureka to Bakersfield, including 106,000 miles of electric grid. […]

  • Digitalizing Wind Power: Myths, Challenges and Approaches
    on 22nd January 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Digitalization has become a worldwide focus and the race to become the global leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly competitive, with many countries, including Canada, China, and the UK releasing strategies in the last twenty months to promote the use and development of AI. […]

  • Offshore Wind: Is The Future In Taiwan At Risk?
    on 22nd January 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Recent political changes have shaken Taiwan, and could put at risk the development and growth of its nascent offshore wind market. […]

  • EIA Sees Strong Renewable Growth Over Next Two Years
    on 22nd January 2019 at 1:58 pm

    EIA expects non-hydroelectric renewable energy resources such as solar and wind will be the fastest growing source of U.S. electricity generation for at least the next two years. EIA’s January 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) forecasts that electricity generation from utility-scale solar generating units will grow by 10 percent in 2019 and by 17 percent in 2020. According to the January STEO, wind generation will grow by 12 percent and 14 percent during the next two years. EIA forecasts total U.S. electricity generation across all fuels will fall by 2 percent this year and then show very little growth in 2020. […]

  • PG&E's Woes Have Spread to New York's ConEd, 3,000 Miles Away
    on 21st January 2019 at 4:21 pm

    PG&E Corp.’s woes are spreading to the East Coast. […]

  • The Inaugural Fantasy Energy League’s Official Draft Preview: Game On!
    on 21st January 2019 at 3:21 pm

    In early December, I put out a call to the online energy professionals community to find participants for the world’s first Fantasy Energy League. Perhaps I saw the pending end of the 2018 fantasy football season and I wanted something to fill the coming void, or maybe I was just curious to see who else wanted to approach energy projections from a gamified lens. Either way, I put out my energy-industry bat signal for the Fantasy Energy League only to see my email inbox and my Twitter feed blow up. […]

  • Bloomberg Opinion: PG&E Reneging On Renewables PPAs Makes No Sense
    on 18th January 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Utilities and renewable-energy advocates have long had a complicated relationship. Yet the prospect of PG&E Corp. tipping into bankruptcy by the end of January has sent shivers through the solar-and-wind sector. […]

  • Threat to PG&E Renewable PPAs Affects US DOE Loans
    on 18th January 2019 at 5:49 pm

    The fallout from California power giant PG&E Corp.’s looming bankruptcy has been both sudden and widespread: Its electricity suppliers have seen their debt cut to junk. Banks are facing liabilities as buyers of last resort for more than $760 million of bonds the utility issued through California. And the rest of the state’s utilities have tumbled. […]

  • Global Clean Energy Spending Dips in 2018 But Installations Rise on Lower Prices
    on 18th January 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Global funding for clean-energy projects sagged in 2018 after China’s decision to curb subsidies dragged down installations in the world’s biggest solar market. […]

  • 100 Percent Clean Energy Goals: What Will It Take To Get There?
    on 17th January 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Here we are in 2019, with more than 100 U.S. cities and 140 large corporations having established 100 percent clean, carbon-free and/or renewable energy goals. In several states, newly seated governors campaigned on goals of 100 percent renewable energy, and congressional representatives have arrived in Washington positioning for a like-minded national proposal. […]

  • World’s Largest Offshore Wind Turbine Prototype To Be Installed In Rotterdam
    on 16th January 2019 at 3:31 pm

    GE Renewable Energy and Future Wind said this week that they have signed an agreement to install the first Haliade-X 12-MW wind turbine prototype in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam this summer. The deal includes five years of testing and a 15-year full service Operation and Maintenance agreement. […]

  • A Study in Emissionality: Why Boston University Looked Beyond New England for Its First Wind Power Purchase
    on 14th January 2019 at 4:22 pm

    While it’s well known that corporations were some of the earliest trailblazers of large-scale renewable energy purchasing — they’ve closed over 14 gigawatts of deals in the past six years, according to tracking by Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center — higher education has also made impressive strides. In fact, a report released last fall showed that the top 30 renewable energy-buying universities are using around 3 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually. That’s enough to power 276,000 homes. […]

  • PG&E Likely Seeking Bankruptcy by Jan. 29
    on 14th January 2019 at 3:30 pm

    The San Francisco-based utility is under investigation for any role its equipment might have played in the deadly wildfires of late 2018, only one year after getting blamed for an earlier, devastating rash of blazes. […]

  • IRENA: Transition to Renewable Energy May Create an Entirely Different World
    on 11th January 2019 at 10:19 pm

    This week at the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), political and business leaders from around the world outlined the far-reaching geopolitical implications of an energy transformation driven by the rapid growth of renewable energy. […]

  • Vestas Hits 100 GW Windpower Milestone
    on 11th January 2019 at 11:17 am

    Vestas has become the first company to install 100 GW of wind turbines. […]

  • How Minnesota Could Economically Reach 70 percent Renewable Electricity
    on 9th January 2019 at 3:57 pm

    A recent report from Minnesota pollution regulators shows the state is making progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but it isn’t doing enough to keep pace with its long-term goals or stop catastrophic climate change. […]

  • PG&E Bankruptcy Risk Gets Real — But What's Next?
    on 8th January 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Standoffs over who pays what for infrastructure are kind of where America’s at right now. Besides the shutdown in D.C. over the southern border barrier, California is grappling with how to finance a somewhat more useful bit of equipment: its power grid. […]

  • Nexans connects 88 MW windfarm in Scotland
    on 8th January 2019 at 9:48 am

    French cable company Nexans has connected an 88 MW onshore windfarm to the grid in Scotland. […]

  • China Approves 720-MWh Battery Storage Pilot in Renewable Push
    on 7th January 2019 at 3:51 pm

    China approved its first large battery storage pilot project as it seeks to maximize clean energy output and improve grid stability. […]

  • Renewables Beat Coal in Germany Power Mix for First Time
    on 7th January 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Renewable energy muscled out coal to become Germany’s biggest source of electricity for the first time last year, helped by a surge in solar panel installations and coal-plant closures. […]

  • The Global Grid Outlook for 2019 and Beyond: Q&A with GE Grid Solution's CTO
    on 31st December 2018 at 11:00 am

    All hands are needed on deck when it comes to the future power generation needs of the world. And all hands should be digitized and ready to pitch in to help each other. […]

  • Enel's Plains Wind Farms now Operational
    on 28th December 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Enel Green Power North America reported that the two projects will generate about a combined 2,600 GWh annually. Those are the 320-MW Rattlesnake Creek wind farm, Enel’s first facility in Nebraska, and the 300-MW Diamond Vista farm in Kansas. […]

  • Projecting 2018 Trends and Macroeconomic Conditions: What to Expect for Renewable Energy Projects in 2019
    on 28th December 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Renewable energy projects were marked by distinctive trends and characteristics in 2018: frothy M&A market driven by a crush of liquidity and a shortage of project supply; a highly competitive environment among investors and lenders for an inadequate supply of projects... […]

  • PPA for 200-MW Offshore Wind Farm Approved by Connecticut Regulators
    on 27th December 2018 at 11:22 am

    Ørsted US Offshore Wind said on December 20 that it received approval from Connecticut regulators for its 20-year power-purchase agreement (PPA) for the Revolution Wind offshore wind farm. […]

  • Report: U.S. Should Invest in Collaborative Offshore Wind Energy Research and Innovation
    on 26th December 2018 at 12:19 pm

    The U.S. could tap into a vast offshore wind energy resource and better steward its marine environment by galvanizing large-scale research and fostering public-private partnerships, according to a report by the Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Research (POWER-US). The report draws lessons from past industry-transforming initiatives and concludes that similar approaches can be taken to greatly expand the ability of the wind energy industry to generate power and jobs for the U.S. economy. […]

  • Happy Holidays from Renewable Energy World
    on 21st December 2018 at 2:46 pm

    It’s been a turbulent and exciting 2018 over at Renewable Energy World. We have a new parent company, Clarion Energy, and we, as a media outlet, are doing more than ever to support the dynamic and top-quality energy events in the Clarion Energy Power and Energy Series, with shows focused on energy all across the globe. […]

  • Reshaping Energy Systems for Future Cities
    on 21st December 2018 at 9:11 am

    The fact that approximately 74 percent of Europe’s population are city-dwellers is a testament to how people have been drawn to cities throughout history. Whether for a lack of job opportunities in rural areas or possibilities for a better lifestyle, unfortunately the unprecedented speed and scale of urbanization does put tremendous pressure on a city’s resources, often resulting in detrimental environmental impacts. […]

  • A Senator’s Advice on Political Strategy and Tactics for the Renewable Energy Community
    on 20th December 2018 at 9:35 pm

    On December 5, at the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Federal and State Policy Summit in Washington DC, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) presented his perspective on the potential for the renewable energy community to expand its markets through climate, infrastructure, and tax credit legislation; the political obstacles; and how to overcome them. […]

  • ENGIE NA Buys South Dakota Wind Project, Completes PPA with Xcel
    on 20th December 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Dakota Range III is being developed in northeastern South Dakota and will feature approximately 36 wind turbines slated for operation by late 2019 or 2020. Dakota Range I and II, developed by Apex and sold to Xcel last year, total close to 300 MW of electric generation capacity. […]

  • Industry Legend, ex-Duke CEO and Solar Enthusiast Jim Rogers Dies
    on 20th December 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Rogers was chairman and CEO of North Carolina-based Duke from 2006 until his retirement in 2013. He was named to the top post following the merger with Cinergy, which he led as chairman and CEO for more than 11 years. […]

  • Gates, Bezos Among Billionaires Backing Alphabet Molten Salt Energy Storage Spinoff
    on 19th December 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Alphabet Inc.’s secretive X moonshot lab is spinning off an energy-storage project with backing from billionaires including Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates. […]

  • The Saudis Just Can't Seem to Become the Saudi Arabia of Solar
    on 18th December 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Around the world, high oil prices tend to accelerate the shift to renewable energy and electric vehicles. In Saudi Arabia, they have the opposite effect. Over the past six years, the Saudis have announced investments of more than $350 billion aimed at making the sun-drenched kingdom the, well, Saudi Arabia of renewable energy. […]

  • New York Sets Sights on Energy Efficiency and Storage with New Targets, Incentives
    on 18th December 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Last week, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York State Public Service Commission approved two initiatives to increase New York's energy efficiency and energy storage targets. […]

  • Massachusetts Wind-Farm Sites Spur $405 Million Bids
    on 17th December 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Three companies bid a record-shattering $405.1 million to nab U.S. rights to build offshore wind farms near Massachusetts on Friday, a testament to the surging appeal of renewable power and investors’ confidence in state demand for it. […]

  • GE's Power Business Marks `Ground Zero' as Market Awaits Rebuild
    on 17th December 2018 at 1:54 pm

    General Electric Co. is set to close out one of its worst years since the financial crisis, and 2019 may be another precarious one. […]

  • Siemens Gamesa Signs Second Russia Wind Deal with Enel
    on 14th December 2018 at 10:27 am

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has won an order from Enel Russia for 201 MW of wind turbines. […]

  • Mercedes-Benz Signs PPA with Statkraft for 46 MW of Unsubsidized Wind Power Capacity
    on 12th December 2018 at 4:18 pm

    This week Mercedes-Benz Cars together with Statkraft announced that it is taking the first step on the road to realizing a CO2-neutral energy supply for its German plants. […]

  • France Will Save Billions By Investing in Renewables Instead of Nukes
    on 12th December 2018 at 3:33 pm

    France will save 39 billion euros ($44.5 billion) if it refrains from building 15 new nuclear plants by 2060, and bets instead on renewable energy sources to replace its all its aging atomic facilities, a government agency said. […]

  • Report: More than 680 GW of new wind to come online over next decade
    on 12th December 2018 at 2:50 pm

    According to the Global Wind Power Market Outlook Update: Q4 2018, more than 680 GW of new wind power capacity will come online globally over the next 10 years. […]

  • Investors Sought for Community Wind Farm on an Island Near Northern Scotland
    on 11th December 2018 at 2:42 pm

    An urgent plea is being made to potential investors to buy shares in a small community wind farm in the Hebrides in order to help reach its fundraising target of £350,000 by the end of the year. […]

  • The Yellow Vests Movement Isn’t Anti-Climate Action; It’s Pro-Social Justice
    on 11th December 2018 at 2:34 pm

    The Yellow Vests riots sweeping across France have grabbed headlines as governments gather in Katowice, Poland for the UN climate conference (COP24). This is the most widespread and violent protest in France since the 2005 suburban riots, and perhaps even 1968. While the unrest initially erupted as a protest against the latest rise in fuel taxes, which the government has now agreed to postpone, some are attributing the riots to a backlash against carbon taxes and climate action. This is a misguided conclusion. […]

  • Getting Renewables Strategy Right and Avoiding Pitfalls in Middle East
    on 10th December 2018 at 5:45 pm

    The outlook for renewables in the Middle East is encouraging. Recent tenders, such as in Saudi Arabia and neighboring Egypt, have demonstrated considerable investor appetite, competitive prices, and a strong market for clean energy. […]

  • Western Australia’s Horizon Power Embarks on DERMS Project To Manage PV & Batteries
    on 10th December 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Last week, PXiSE Energy Solutions, LLC a subsidiary of Sempra Energy and Mitsui & Co. Ltd., announced that Horizon Power would be installing the company’s Active Control Technology (ACT) as the distributed energy resources management system (DERMS) in Western Australia. […]

  • Forecasting the Energy Community: Open Call for the Inaugural Season of a Fantasy Energy League
    on 7th December 2018 at 12:23 pm

    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! […]

  • Siemens Secures Landmark UK Grid Project for 950 MW Windfarm
    on 7th December 2018 at 9:23 am

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

  • Experts Agree: There is No Clear Winner or Loser in Power Generation Technologies
    on 6th December 2018 at 3:19 pm

    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. […]

  • Surprised by Cheap Clean Energy, Coal Stalwart Adds Renewables
    on 5th December 2018 at 10:40 pm

    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. […]

  • Tesla 50-MW Battery Sparks New Projects After Promising Run
    on 5th December 2018 at 10:15 pm

    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. […]

  • Xcel Becomes First Big U.S. Utility to Swear Off Greenhouse Gas
    on 5th December 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Xcel Energy Inc. became the first major U.S. utility owner to pledge to fully phase out carbon-dioxide emissions that cause global warming. […]

  • Nordex wins biggest ever wind turbine deal
    on 4th December 2018 at 11:22 am

    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 […]

  • China Hopes to Lessen Solar, Wind Curtailment in 2019
    on 3rd December 2018 at 7:06 pm

    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. […]

  • Wisconsin Energy Leader and PGI Committee Member Jeff Anthony Dies
    on 30th November 2018 at 8:30 pm

    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. […]

  • Exxon Will Use Wind, Solar to Produce Crude Oil in 'Historically Unprecedented' Deal
    on 30th November 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Exxon Mobil Corp. will use renewable energy to produce oil in West Texas. […]

  • Ontario to Set Targets for Industries to Cut Carbon Emissions
    on 30th November 2018 at 4:23 pm

    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. […]

  • Enel Named Amongst the Top 12 Corporate Startup Stars
    on 29th November 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Italian multinational utility Enel has been recognized as one of the world’s most active companies in the open innovation field. […]

  • Hungary Plans to Ditch Coal by 2030 and Become Fully Reliant on Renewable Energy
    on 28th November 2018 at 3:41 pm

    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 […]

  • EU Unveils Plan to Cut Emissions to Zero
    on 28th November 2018 at 3:31 pm

    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. […]

  • UNFCCC says hydropower can “help climate action”
    on 28th November 2018 at 2:00 pm

    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. […]

  • Clean Power Sees First Win Over Fossil Fuels in Emerging Markets
    on 27th November 2018 at 3:40 pm

    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. […]

  • POWER-GEN International Explores the Competitive Advantages of Power Generation Technologies
    on 27th November 2018 at 2:16 pm

    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. […]

  • Kansas City Firm Buys Rights to 21.8 MW in North Carolina Solar Projects
    on 27th November 2018 at 2:00 pm

    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. […]

  • PG&E's Wildfire Crisis Could Impact California's Ambitions Clean Energy Targets
    on 19th November 2018 at 4:45 pm

    California’s ambitious drive to combat climate change may hinge on the fate of its biggest utility owner. […]

  • Gravity-Based Energy Storage Hits the Market
    on 19th November 2018 at 2:43 pm

    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. […]

  • Solar and Wind Now the Cheapest Power Source Says BloombergNEF
    on 19th November 2018 at 1:25 pm

    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. […]

  • California CCAs Double Renewable Energy Commitment, Adding 1 GW Capacity, in One Year
    on 16th November 2018 at 3:57 pm

    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. […]

  • Governors Urge FERC To Consider the Renewable Benefits of One Unified Electricity Grid
    on 14th November 2018 at 3:30 pm

    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. […]

  • Electricity is the ‘New Fuel of Choice’ Says IEA
    on 14th November 2018 at 2:30 pm

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

  • Wind Turbine Manufacturers Hit Turbulence
    on 12th November 2018 at 3:27 pm

    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. […]

  • Putting PURPA Under a Microscope
    on 12th November 2018 at 3:01 pm

    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. […]

  • Mixed Results for Renewable Energy Agenda in the 2018 Midterms
    on 8th November 2018 at 5:54 pm

    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. […]

  • ENGIE NA Starting Kansas Wind Project under PPA with Brown-Forman
    on 2nd November 2018 at 1:46 pm

    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. […]

  • Dominion Energy Launches Green Bonds Program
    on 2nd November 2018 at 1:45 pm

    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. […]

  • Germany To Auction 8GW of Wind, Solar Capacity from 2019-21
    on 1st November 2018 at 4:13 pm

    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. […]

  • It's Not Just Facebook and Google Buying Clean Power Anymore
    on 1st November 2018 at 4:07 pm

    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. […]

  • Clean Energy and Savings Drive Ballot Measure in Ohio
    on 1st November 2018 at 3:51 pm

    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. […]

  • Progress Continues on World's Biggest Tidal Stream Project
    on 31st October 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Simec Atlantis Energy Ltd., a renewable energy developer, announced a plan to extend its tidal stream project in Scotland by adding two new turbines. […]

  • US and Israel Establish Joint Center of Excellence in Energy
    on 31st October 2018 at 12:32 pm

    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. […]

  • POWER-GEN International Elevates the Event Buying Experience
    on 30th October 2018 at 4:57 pm

    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. […]

  • Vestas, Siemens Gamesa, Nordex Stocks Drop With GE Wind Unit Slump
    on 30th October 2018 at 1:45 pm

    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. […]

  • French Pumped Hydropower Plan Stymied by EU Deadlock
    on 30th October 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Energy storage on a commercial scale is the holy grail for supporters of renewables, including French President Emmanuel Macron. […]

  • Italy on a Clear Path to Renewable-Dominant Future
    on 29th October 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Latest market outlook report predicts that the country will get more than half of its power from hon-hydro renewables by 2030. […]

  • PJM joins Energy Web Foundation for Blockchain-based Pilot for Renewable Markets
    on 25th October 2018 at 1:11 pm

    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. […]

  • FERC Shake-Up Raises Possibility of Coal Bailout
    on 25th October 2018 at 1:09 pm

    An untimely resignation has given one Kentucky Republican a second shot at saving coal. […]

  • Partnership Provides a Better Way to Buy Renewable Energy
    on 24th October 2018 at 2:44 pm

    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. […]

  • How Edge Analytics Will Usher in a Renewable Future
    on 24th October 2018 at 2:20 pm

    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. […]

  • ISO-New England Offers Preview of Pending Energy Storage Market Changes
    on 23rd October 2018 at 11:35 am

    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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