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  • Australia in planning for multiple massive battery projects
    on 11th September 2019 at 1:39 pm

    France’s Neoen SA has outlined plans to build a giant renewables complex in South Australia, including battery storage with up to nine times more capacity than the Tesla Inc. design at its nearby Hornsdale plant, which is billed as the world’s largest lithium-ion battery.

  • Australia hits 2020 large-scale renewables target
    on 10th September 2019 at 2:52 pm

    The Clean Energy Regulator of Australia has approved enough capacity to guarantee that the large-scale Renewable Energy Target of 33,000 GWh of additional renewable energy will be met in 2020.

  • Fifth GE wind turbine collapse leaves worker injured
    on 10th September 2019 at 2:00 pm

    A utility worker at the Delta 6 wind park in Brazil has been injured following yet another collapse of a General Electric (GE) turbine, bringing the total number of turbines to have failed in the America’s to five in 2019. &nbs

  • Clean energy investment set to hit $2.6 trillion this decade
    on 9th September 2019 at 3:12 pm

    The global energy supply is turning greener.

  • New POWERGEN award program seeks inspirational women of excellent character
    on 6th September 2019 at 2:25 pm

    In recognition of the widely acknowledged studies that show that organizations with gender equality perform better financially, this year POWERGEN International, along with partner UL, is launching a new awards program that seeks out women of good character.

  • Democratic presidential hopefuls take on climate change, tout goals
    on 5th September 2019 at 10:16 am

    Even as they touted ambitious proposals to reduce carbon emissions to a national audience, Democratic candidates for president tried to balance the boldness of their plans with the need for simplifying a complex scientific problem to make it palatable to voters.

  • Renewable energy takes center stage at POWERGEN ASIA and Asian Utility Week
    on 3rd September 2019 at 2:14 pm

    In a region of the world where coal is still king, there is room for renewables. This was a takeaway from the Ministerial Address and Joint Opening Keynote at POWERGEN Asia and Asian Utility Week. The two annual events kicked off Tuesday, Sept. 3, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • Covering Climate Now signs on more than 170 news outlets
    on 30th August 2019 at 10:21 am

    MORE THAN 170 NEWS OUTLETS from around the world have now signed up for Covering Climate Now, a project co-founded by CJR and The Nation aimed at strengthening the media’s focus on the climate crisis.

  • BNEF finds that hydrogen’s plunging price could boost its role in a carbon-free future
    on 26th August 2019 at 1:51 pm

    The cost of producing hydrogen gas with renewables is likely to plummet in the coming decades, making one of the most radical technologies for reducing greenhouse gases economical.

  • Can Italy strike twice?
    on 23rd August 2019 at 11:34 am

    Italy’s National Energy Strategy aims to increase wind and solar power’s share of gross final energy consumption by 2030. The country boasts a track record of meeting past renewables targets, but can it be successful once more? Stefania Belisario, associate director, Infrastructure, S&P Global Ratings, assesses the factors either driving or impeding progress.

  • Bernie Sanders’ ‘Green New Deal’ aims to have renewables power homes by 2030
    on 22nd August 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Bernie Sanders wants renewable energy to power U.S. homes and vehicles by 2030 -- and he wants to do it by enlisting the federal government in building and running new solar, wind and geothermal electricity projects.

  • Ireland’s renewables expansion to attract massive investment says report
    on 22nd August 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Ireland is set to add 5.8 GW of non-hydro renewable power capacity over the next decade to reach a total 9.6 GW by 2030. &nbs

  • Virginia looks to New York green bank for possible clean energy financing
    on 19th August 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Virginia’s energy office is exploring whether to align the state with a billion-dollar New York clean energy financing program.

  • The energy transition is underway: 10 charts tell the story
    on 16th August 2019 at 1:54 pm

    The renewable energy transition promises to reduce carbon emissions, but it’s happening at different speeds around the world. Read on for some key insights from BloombergNEF’s New Energy Outlook 2019, which provides a detailed road map to the future.

  • Net zero carbon emissions ‘impossible’ without hydrogen says UK energy alliance
    on 15th August 2019 at 9:53 am

    The UK’s North West Hydrogen Alliance (NWHA) is calling for government investment in hydrogen projects to meet ambitious carbon reductions targets in Britain.

  • On the brink of blackouts, Texas makes case for power plant boom
    on 14th August 2019 at 1:38 pm

    It may be time to start building power plants in Texas again.

  • U.S. wind energy prices are at historical lows, DOE report says
    on 13th August 2019 at 6:24 pm

    The national average price of wind power purchase agreements dropped to below 2 cents/kWh in 2018, according to the annual Wind Technologies Market Report released by the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • U.S. announces changes to implementing regulations of the Endangered Species Act
    on 13th August 2019 at 4:45 pm

    U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has unveiled changes to the implementing regulations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that Interior says is “designed to increase transparency and effectiveness and bring the administration of the Act into the 21st century.&rdquo

  • BNEF says corporate energy market is strong
    on 13th August 2019 at 5:14 am

    Coming on the heels of Gap’s announced 90-MW PPA with Enel Green Power, BloombergNEF released its 2H 2019 corporate energy market outlook in which it said that corporations signed contracts to purchase 8.6 GW of clean energy in 2019 through July, up from 7.2 GW at the same time last year.

  • First major US offshore wind farm delayed by government
    on 12th August 2019 at 12:49 pm

    The Trump administration cast the fate of the nation’s first major offshore wind farm into doubt by extending an environmental review for the $2.8 billion Vineyard Wind project off Massachusetts.

  • In battle to break up utilities, Arizona steps to the front line
    on 8th August 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Of all the efforts to break up utility monopolies in the U.S., the one unfolding in Arizona may be the most important to watch.

  • Forecast shows continued decline for coal
    on 7th August 2019 at 9:56 am

    The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released its Short Term Energy Outlook for 2019 and we have summarized the key highlights for you below.

  • The hydrocarbon era’s spectacular end
    on 7th August 2019 at 9:47 am

    Dustin Yellin, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based artist whose intricate 3D photomontages adorn the likes of New York’s Lincoln Center, wants to draw your gaze to climate change. Not in a subtle way, either. He plans to stand an oil supertanker on its end in the ground—a structure soaring 1,000 feet into the air.

  • IEA, EDF unit to build 300 MW wind farm in Nebraska
    on 6th August 2019 at 2:06 pm

    The project award is valued at about $98 million, according to IEA, and will be able to power up to 115,000 average homes

  • Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, NextEra plan combined wind, solar, energy storage project
    on 2nd August 2019 at 2:57 pm

    The Skeleton Creek project will be located in three Oklahoma counties

  • BNEF: Energy to storage increase 122X by 2040
    on 31st July 2019 at 6:41 pm

    According to the latest forecast by BloombergNEF (BNEF), energy storage installations (not including pumped hydropower) around the world will multiply exponentially, from 9GW/17GWh deployed as of 2018 to 1,095GW/2,850GWh by 2040.

  • Democratic debate 2019 takeaways
    on 31st July 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders stuck together, Pete Buttigieg took the middle path, Marianne Williamson took on racism and Beto O’Rourke faded into the background.

  • Energy industry mourns the death of Global Wind Energy Council’s Steve Sawyer
    on 31st July 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Steve Sawyer, 63, Senior Policy Advisor and former Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council, passed away on July 31, 2019 of a sudden and aggressive lung cancer.

  • Foreign firms look to make India a global wind turbine export hub
    on 30th July 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Global wind turbine makers are expanding manufacturing capacity in India to boost exports from the South Asian nation even as the country’s domestic industry faces headwinds.

  • Small Missouri utility proposes big pivot to clean energy in latest resource plan
    on 29th July 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Missouri’s smallest investor-owned utility is charting a dramatically different course two years after being acquired by new owners.

  • Saudi Arabia set to build first wind farm
    on 26th July 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, is poised to start generating wind power within three years as part of an effort to harness renewable energy to cut local demand for fossil fuels.

  • Lincoln Clean Energy: Texas' Lockett Wind project commercially operational
    on 25th July 2019 at 2:02 pm

    The Lockett Wind farm in Wilbarger has the potential to generate more than 700,000 MWh of renewable energy per year, enough to power the equivalent of 70,000 homes.&nbs

  • Namibia announces $338M, 5-year renewable energy strategy
    on 25th July 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Namibia’s state-run utility will build four plants powered by renewable energy over the next five years as the southern African nation seeks to guarantee local supplies and cut its use of fossil fuels.

  • The role of retail in renewables
    on 24th July 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Regulators in a number of states are ratcheting up investigations into competitive retailer behavior and proposing new consumer protection rules. Some states with aggressive carbon emission reduction goals implemented through regulated utility contracts are wondering whether retail competition has a place where a growing portion of energy supply is locked and loaded.&nbs

  • Envisioning the future of hydropower: What do you see?
    on 24th July 2019 at 2:10 pm

    On Tuesday, July 23 at the HydroVision International keynote, Vice President Marla Barnes asked the audience to close their eyes and envision their next vacation. “Are you sitting on a beach? Are you packing your family into the car for a wild adventure? What do you see,” she asked.

  • Study: Fossil fuels are far less efficient than previously thought
    on 22nd July 2019 at 10:53 am

    Fossil fuels, long regarded for their high-energy return on investment, are not as efficient as once thought. In fact, their final yields are not much better than those of renewable options, according to a new study.

  • Fantasy Energy League Draft follow-up: breaking down the first round
    on 18th July 2019 at 2:15 pm

    In late 2018, I put out the call to see how many fellow energy nerds I could gather to indulge me in combining my passion for energy analysis and clean power policy with my love of fantasy sports. By the end of January 2019, I had my cast of characters who somehow thought this idea was as fun as I did (isn’t the Internet the greatest tool for finding people who share your interests?) and I released my Draft Preview. Coordinating this draft among 14 different teams with different time zones and schedules chock-full of actually helping to save the planet proved no easy task, but by the end of March we had conducted 5 rounds of picks for a total of 70 selections in this Inaugural Fantasy Energy League!

  • AEP units looking to invest $2B in 1,500 MW of Oklahoma wind projects
    on 17th July 2019 at 5:00 am

    The projects include a 999-MW wind facility being built north of Weatherford, a 287-MW wind facility being built southwest of Enid, and a 199-MW facility being built south of Alva. They are being developed by Invenergy.

  • Wednesday webcast to reveal what's new about POWERGEN 2019 in NOLA
    on 12th July 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Clarion Energy’s Teresa Hansen, vice president of global content, for a webcast Wednesday  will be making some important announcements regarding this year’s event in New Orleans. Hansen also will offer key details on content, the exhibit floor and resources available to attendees.

  • Driven by China, global investment in clean energy falls
    on 11th July 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Worldwide investments in clean energy projects have hit a six-year low.

  • Utility partners with climate experts on new carbon emission goals
    on 11th July 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Community stakeholders and climate experts from the University of Arizona are helping Tucson Electric Power to build an energy portfolio that supports reliable, affordable and increasingly sustainable service over the next 15 years.

  • GE Renewable Energy wins order for 138 MW windfarm in Turkey
    on 10th July 2019 at 10:57 am

    A 138 MW windfarm in Turkey is to be powered by 27 turbines from GE Renewable Energy.

  • POWERGEN India 2020 to support energy transition in India
    on 10th July 2019 at 4:00 am

    Clarion Energy & iTEN Media announce the launch of POWERGEN India 2020 co-located with Indian Utility Week & DISTRIBUTECH India

  • FERC revises three-year forecast to reflect rapid growth of renewable energy
    on 8th July 2019 at 4:52 pm

    According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), within the past month, the agency has dramatically revised its three-year forecast for changes in the U.S. electrical generating capacity mix. Sharp declines are foreseen for fossil fuels and nuclear power while accompanied by even stronger growth in renewable energy (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) than earlier projected.

  • Natural Gas beat coal in the US. Will renewables and storage beat gas?
    on 8th July 2019 at 1:00 pm

    In April 2019, in the heart of coal country, Indiana regulators rejected a proposal by its electric and gas utility, Vectren, to replace baseload coal plants with a new $900 million, 850 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant. Regulators were concerned that with the dramatic decline in the cost of renewable energy, maturation of energy storage and rapidly changing customer demand, such a major gas plant investment could become a stranded, uneconomic asset in the future. Regulators are now pushing Vectren to consider more decentralized, lower-carbon resources such as wind, solar and storage that would offer greater resource diversity, flexibility and cost effectiveness.

  • PNM plans early retirement of coal plant with massive addition of solar + storage
    on 1st July 2019 at 9:42 pm

    On July 1, Public Service of New Mexico filed a plan with regulators in the state for how it plans to get to a 100 percent emission-free power by 2040. The utility reviewed four scenarios, all of which involved the early retirement of the San Juan Coal Plant, to arrive at its recommended path forward.

  • China drops electricity subsidy price for offshore wind power
    on 1st July 2019 at 3:29 pm

    China’s National Development and Reform Commission (the NDRC) issued a Circular on Policies of Improving the Electricity Price for On-Grid Wind Power (the Circular) at the end of May 2019. According to the Circular, the price of electricity from offshore wind power projects is cut to 0.8 yuan per kWh [US $0.12 per kWh] in 2019 and will further drop to 0.75 yuan [US $0.11] per kWh in 2020.

  • Builder of Saudi Aramco oil rigs plans to expand into wind power
    on 28th June 2019 at 3:12 pm

    An Abu Dhabi-based company that builds drilling platforms for oil giant Saudi Aramco plans to diversify into renewable energy by supplying gear for offshore wind farms.

  • BlackRock unit aims to boost Asian renewables to $5 billion
    on 28th June 2019 at 2:54 pm

    BlackRock Real Assets is aiming to boost its renewables power portfolio in Asia by as much as 10-fold as it seeks to keep pace with the world’s fastest-growing region for green energy.

  • Global offshore wind installed capacity up 21 percent since 2013
    on 27th June 2019 at 1:21 pm

    This week the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) launched the first edition of its Global Offshore Wind Report, which provides a comprehensive analysis of the prospects for the global offshore wind market, including forecast data, market-level analysis and review of efforts to lower costs.

  • The failure of privatization in the energy sector and why today’s consumers are reclaiming power
    on 26th June 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Back in the 1980s and 1990s, the twin forces of privatization and deregulation of public infrastructure services ascended to a global paradigm of progress and development. Government management of services such as telecommunications, transportation, water, and energy was deemed inefficient, underperforming, and monopolistic. Private industry – accountable to the profits and losses of an open market and, thus, believed more efficient than government – was proclaimed the better way for consumer choice and a more efficient use of taxpayers’ expenses.

  • Google spending billions on data centers in renewable energy rich regions
    on 25th June 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Alphabet Inc.’s Google said it would invest 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) to expand its data center infrastructure in the Netherlands.

  • Women are missing out on the clean energy job boom in America
    on 20th June 2019 at 3:07 pm

    While the industry is welcoming more women leaders, its rank-and-file workforce is still a lot like those at fossil-fuel companies: white and dominated by men. The lack of gender diversity is being driven by manufacturing jobs, and that means women are now missing out on the biggest jobs boom America has to offer.

  • EPA finalizes Affordable Clean Energy rule, repeals Clean Power Plan
    on 20th June 2019 at 2:58 pm

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule and simultaneously repealed the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

  • Bloomberg predicts wind and solar will power half the world and bag $9 trillion investment
    on 20th June 2019 at 10:07 am

    Wind or solar now represent the least expensive option for adding new power generation capacity in approximately two-thirds of the world.

  • Hydrogen is the fuel of the future. For real this time, IEA Says
    on 14th June 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Hydrogen, which has been touted as the fuel of the future much of the past five decades, may finally be on the verge of converting its potential to reality.

  • Renewable energy market employs 11 million in 2018 – IRENA
    on 14th June 2019 at 10:27 am

    Eleven million people were employed in renewable energy worldwide in 2018 according to the latest analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

  • Iowa officials consider energy storage tax credit, ‘value of storage’ study
    on 14th June 2019 at 7:21 am

    Iowa economic development officials are tentatively endorsing a tax credit for battery storage to complement the state’s wind and solar generation.

  • Target commits to 100 percent renewables; signs PPAs to purchase wind and solar energy
    on 13th June 2019 at 6:00 pm

    On June 12, Target corporation said it was increasing its renewable energy goals by committing to source 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The goal applies to all of Target’s domestic operations.

  • Remote Chinese region looks to set new clean-power record
    on 12th June 2019 at 2:43 pm

    A sparsely populated Chinese province that’s home to the headwaters of the Yangtze and Yellow rivers is attempting to set a new record for clean energy use, serving as a test bed for the entire country.

  • Siemens inaugurates world’s largest electrothermal energy storage system
    on 12th June 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) said that is has begun operation of its electric thermal energy storage system (ETES), a milestone in the development of energy storage solutions, according to the company.

  • Tower sections of GE’s 12-MW offshore wind turbine shipped to prototype site
    on 11th June 2019 at 1:10 pm

    GE Renewable Energy announced the shipment of the four tower sections that will be part of GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW prototype to be installed later this summer in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam (NL). The four segments at tower manufacturer GRI’s site in Seville, will be arriving in the Netherlands before the end of the month.

  • FERC's data shows US renewable generating capacity has surpassed coal
    on 10th June 2019 at 1:43 pm

    According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), U.S. electrical generating capacity by renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) has now - for the first time - surpassed that of coal.

  • In quest for bigger batteries, California mulls pumped hydro
    on 10th June 2019 at 11:15 am

    As the sun sets on California’s solar farms, a backup energy source deep in the Sierra Nevada Mountains springs to life.

  • Offshore wind experts jockey for position as industry heats up in the US Northeast
    on 7th June 2019 at 4:19 pm

    A number of recent announcements highlight just how quickly and aggressively the U.S. offshore wind industry is growing in the Northeast. States are enacting offshore wind target capacity laws and initiatives and companies are setting up offices in the region and making strategic hires so they can participate in what will soon be a booming industry.

  • It’s clean, powerful and available: Are you ready for hydrogen energy?
    on 6th June 2019 at 2:12 pm

    As the world responds to the challenges of climate change, energy systems are evolving, and evolving fast. The past 10 years have seen the rise (and dramatic cost reduction) of renewable energy such as wind and solar, to the extent that they are no longer considered alternative energy. They have become mainstream energy sources. Now, what will be the “next big thing” as the world shifts to a low carbon future?

  • LevelTen receives series B funding; arranges 146-MW PPA for Starbucks
    on 5th June 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Seattle, WA-based LevelTen Energy helps corporate buyers of renewable energy find and purchase energy from solar and wind projects within North America through its procurement platform. The company says its solution reduces the cost, complexity, and risk of renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPAs), by incorporating analytics, aggregation, and process best practices.

  • PJM looks to plug ‘leaks’ sprouting from patchwork of state carbon policies
    on 3rd June 2019 at 2:02 pm

    The nation’s largest electric grid operator is grappling with how to prevent state climate policies from merely pushing emissions — and costs — across state lines.

  • India's largest coal-fired power producer appoints renewables head to speed transition
    on 30th May 2019 at 2:20 pm

    State-run NTPC Ltd., India’s largest coal-fired power producer, is appointing a new head of its renewables team to speed up its expansion into clean energy, according to a company official with knowledge of the plan.

  • Rhode Island utility commissioners approve Revolution offshore wind PPA
    on 29th May 2019 at 8:56 pm

    The Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved the PPA with utility National Grid for 400 MW in wind power capacity from the Revolution Wind project. Project developer DWW Rev 1 LLC is a joint venture of New England utility Eversource and Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind.

  • Bermuda Electric Light Company installs 10-MW/5.5-MWh energy storage system
    on 29th May 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Yesterday, energy storage company Saft said it delivered and installed a turnkey Energy Storage System to Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO). The system provides up to 10 MW power for spinning reserves and frequency response to maintain grid stability and has a storage capacity of 5.5MWh, said the company. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on May 16.

  • Renewables set to outspend oil and gas exploration in APAC by 2020
    on 28th May 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Renewables energy investment in Asia excluding China will overtake spending on upstream oil and gas projects in the region as soon as next year, according to Rystad Energy.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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