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  • 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. […]

  • Residential Batteries in Germany To Provide Primary Balancing Power for Grid Operator
    on 10th December 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Last week residential battery provider sonnen and its technology partner, tiko Energy Solutions, said that they have obtained pre-qualification from the transmission system operator TenneT to provide primary balancing power using its Germany-wide network of residential battery storage systems. […]

  • 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! […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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. […]

  • Italian Innovation on Display at POWER-GEN International
    on 5th December 2018 at 8:10 pm

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

  • 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. […]

  • 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. […]

  • EV Charging Infrastructure Company Attracts Largest Funding to Date at $240M
    on 29th November 2018 at 3:32 pm

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

  • 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. […]

  • Op-ed: POWER-GEN at 30 Strives for Simply Irresistible
    on 27th November 2018 at 11:38 pm

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

  • 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. […]

  • South Africa Solar and Storage Plant Reaches Milestone
    on 27th November 2018 at 9:22 am

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

  • Electric Vehicles Are Already Impacting Oil Demand
    on 20th November 2018 at 12:07 pm

    The International Energy Agency published its World Energy Outlook this week, its annual effort at revising assessments of future demand for and supply of fuels and electricity. There’s a familiar theme within it: The IEA expects more renewable-energy use in the future than it did in last year’s outlook, which was more than it forecast in the 2016 outlook. There’s also something noteworthy on transportation: The IEA is calling the top on oil demand from cars. […]

  • Australia’s Biggest Behind-the-meter Storage Project Goes Live
    on 20th November 2018 at 9:30 am

    UK energy storage company redT has switched on a 1 MW facility at Australia’s largest university – marking the country’s largest behind-the-meter commercial and industrial installation to date. […]

  • 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. […]

  • Hawaiian Ranch Partnering to Build Microgrid
    on 19th November 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Parker Ranch, one of the largest cattle operations in the U.S., has award Go Electric with a contract to design and construct a 400-kW microgrid on-site.&nbs […]

  • 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”. […]

  • Digital Future Carries the day at Schneider Electric Innovation Summit
    on 13th November 2018 at 8:11 pm

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

  • California Moves to Replace Gas Plants With Battery Storage
    on 13th November 2018 at 6:02 pm

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

  • Major Energy Storage Consolidation: C&D Technologies Acquires Trojan Battery
    on 13th November 2018 at 3:11 pm

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

  • 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. […]

  • Duke Carolinas Completes $1B Green Bonds Issue to Finance Renewables and Energy Storage
    on 9th November 2018 at 3:43 pm

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

  • 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. […]

  • NantEnergy Acquires Energy Storage Business from Sharp Electronics
    on 8th November 2018 at 3:13 pm

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

  • Silicon Production On the Rise in China
    on 5th November 2018 at 4:02 pm

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

  • 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. […]

  • Europe's Largest Industrial Energy Storage Facility Unveiled
    on 29th October 2018 at 3:55 pm

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

  • 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. […]

  • Engie Reuses EV batteries for Energy Storage Project
    on 26th October 2018 at 10:36 am

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

  • 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. […]

  • Fueling the Future: How Batteries are Improving, in Three Ways
    on 23rd October 2018 at 1:49 pm

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

  • 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. […]

  • 8 Things You Need to Know About the IPCC 1.5˚C Report
    on 16th October 2018 at 10:19 am

    While all countries committed under the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to 1.5˚C-2˚C (2.7-3.6˚ F), major questions remained: How can the world achieve this temperature goal? And what happens if it doesn’t? […]

  • IRENA: Egypt Could Meet Up to 53 Percent of Electricity Demand with Renewables
    on 16th October 2018 at 10:00 am

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

  • Centrica says distributed energy tech could slash UK emissions
    on 15th October 2018 at 3:35 pm

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

  • Britain's Battery Market Will Grow by $7.9 Billion by 2030
    on 12th October 2018 at 11:37 pm

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

  • IRENA Conducting Survey of Gender and Renewable Energy
    on 12th October 2018 at 1:47 pm

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

  • U.S. Department of Energy To Bring $40B Cash to POWER-GEN International
    on 10th October 2018 at 4:47 pm

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

  • Trump's FERC Pick Could Tip Balance in Favor of Coal Bailout
    on 5th October 2018 at 9:00 am

    U.S. President Donald Trump tapped Energy Department staffer Bernard McNamee to join the nation’s top energy regulator, potentially smoothing the path for a brewing bailout of money-losing coal and nuclear plants. […]

  • For Now, at Least, the World Isn’t Making Enough Batteries
    on 3rd October 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Evidence of the battery-powered era is all around us. Electric vehicles are cruising down our freeways. Household appliances thrum with stored solar energy that was until recently a daytime-only power source. Governments from California to China and South Korea—even Donald Trump’s Washington—have taken steps that will make battery power more ubiquitous. […]

  • From the Clean Power Plan to ACE: Why Not Much Has Changed
    on 2nd October 2018 at 8:00 am

    Has the environment for electricity generation changed dramatically since the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan began its slow exit from public and regulatory consciousness several months ago? Not really! […]

  • World Bank Offers $1 Billion for Batteries in Emerging Markets
    on 28th September 2018 at 4:08 pm

    The World Bank Group committed $1 billion to finance battery-storage systems in developing and middle-income countries, and expects its participation to attract another $4 billion in backing from investors as well as public and private funds. […]

  • US Production, Consumption of Non-Hydro Renewables Hit Record High in 1H 2018
    on 27th September 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Non-hydro renewable energy sources (i.e., biofuels, biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) set new U.S. records for both production and consumption in the first half of 2018, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of data just released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). […]

  • Indian Solar Tariff Questions Answered: Will They Delay Modi's Goals?
    on 26th September 2018 at 2:47 pm

    India has imposed duties on imports of solar equipment from China and Malaysia lasting two years. The aim is to kick-start a domestic industry that’s failed to take off in the face of ever-cheaper imports of solar cells and modules. China accounted for 89 percent of imports in the last financial year. The protectionist move risks setting back India’s climate change commitments by slowing the buildup of renewable energy capacity, even as prices for solar power in the world’s second-most populous nation fall to record lows. […]

  • Understanding Low-Cost, Long-Duration Energy Storage Technology: A Primer
    on 25th September 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Energy storage has become an everyday element of grid planning and energy network management – driven by technology advances, proven benefits, and steadily falling prices. As storage goes mainstream, it’s no longer unusual to see deployments in the tens of MWh. Although about 95 percent of operational storage in the U.S. is in the form of pumped hydro, which can store massive amounts of energy cheaply for days, virtually all of the remaining storage resources are lithium-ion batteries. […]

  • California Clean Energy Mandate Comes at Utilities' Expense
    on 24th September 2018 at 10:00 am

    California’s ambitious push for clean energy will be a tough lift for utilities and potentially their bondholders. […]

  • Top Seven Ways Energy Regulators Should Prepare for EV Surge
    on 20th September 2018 at 3:10 pm

    This week industry association Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) noted that while EV adoption is still small, its growth rate is accelerating. As a result of this accelerating growth rate, public utility commissions (PUCs) are finding EVs on the agenda at their meetings. […]

  • Energy Poll: 8 out of 10 South Koreans Want Clean Energy
    on 18th September 2018 at 1:17 pm

    According to the survey of 1,003 South Koreans across the nation, 86.2 percent of respondents said they are in favor of the expansion of renewable energy, such as solar and wind power. […]

  • The 100 Percent Renewables Vision is Reachable Says Wartsila
    on 18th September 2018 at 9:44 am

    “Smart technology is unlocking the 100 per cent renewables future,” said the boss of Wartsila Energy Solutions today. […]

  • Hydrogen-powered Vehicles Seek Another Shot at Green-Car Race
    on 17th September 2018 at 4:06 pm

    It’s lighter, abundant and finally ready to take on Tesla. Hydrogen-powered vehicles are gearing up to challenge electric vehicles again in the race for mass-market clean cars. This week, a much larger group of companies signed on to a global coalition aimed at drumming up government support for the technology that Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has derided as “ mind-bogglingly stupid” for cars. The firms also pledged to find a cleaner way to produce the gas. […]

  • Global Climate Summit Celebrates Emission Reduction Progress; Calls for Bolder Action to Meet Paris Climate Goals
    on 14th September 2018 at 4:06 pm

    On the premise that the nations of the world are not doing enough to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, Governor Jerry Brown, New York City’s former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other dignitaries convened a high-profile international gathering in San Francisco September 12-14 to inspire more ambitious action and showcase successful efforts. […]

  • Australian Energy Storage Company Raises AU $16.3 Million in IPO
    on 14th September 2018 at 3:22 pm

    South Australian energy storage company 1414 Degrees will start trading on the Australian Securities Exchange after raising $16.3 million as part of its IPO. […]

  • Most Investors Are Going Green to Make Money, HSBC Says
    on 13th September 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Make money first, save the planet second. Those are the reasons for most investors to get into green finance, according to HSBC Holdings Plc. […]

  • Powin Energy to Deliver 70 MWh in Energy Storage Projects to North America, Italy
    on 6th September 2018 at 4:03 pm

    The company has delivered or will deliver over 32.8 MW/70 MWh of projects […]

  • Bilfinger chosen to supply pipeline for 15.9-MW Gaildorf pumped-storage plant
    on 5th September 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Bilfinger VAM Anlagentechnik has been chosen to deliver a distribution pipeline for use in the 15.9-MW pumped-storage power plant being built in Gaildorf, Germany. […]

  • Western States Proceed with Climate Legislation Regardless of Trump’s “ACE” Rule
    on 4th September 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Spurred by President Trump’s announcement that the United States will abandon commitments President Obama made in the Paris Climate Agreement, western seaboard elected officials are highly motivated to act on climate change, notwithstanding the Trump Administration’s actions to replace the Clean Power Plan. California has a well-established and functioning “cap and trade” program that has survived judicial challenge and been extended through 2030. As the fifth largest economy in the world, California’s efforts are a significant driver for similar programs throughout the nation. […]

  • China Solar Giants Shrug Off Market Fall, Chase Growth Plans
    on 4th September 2018 at 2:24 pm

    The top solar manufacturers in China are boosting production capacity, betting higher output will help them seize a bigger chunk of the global market that is set for its first-ever annual contraction. […]

  • California One Step Closer to 100 Percent Renewable Energy Obligation
    on 29th August 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Yesterday another milestone was reached in California’s march toward a 100 percent renewable energy mandate with the passing of SB100 by the Assembly. The bill will require the state to receive 50 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2026; 60 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2045. The current law requires the state to get 50 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2030. […]

  • India Gets Solar, Wind and Storage Hybrid Plant
    on 29th August 2018 at 11:20 am

    A 41 MW solar photovoltaic, wind, and battery storage hybrid plant is being built in India. […]

  • Solar Companies Flock to Illinois, Bringing Jobs, Enthusiasm and Some Questions
    on 28th August 2018 at 3:11 pm

    The family company Wellspring Components started four generations ago to fabricate metal for horse-drawn buggies for Amish families in Indiana. Today, its offshoot Wellspring Solar is among a growing number of national and Midwestern companies launching new solar operations in Illinois, thanks to incentives under the state’s Future Energy Jobs Act. […]

  • EV Charging Firm to Use Blockchain Token Technology
    on 28th August 2018 at 11:16 am

    UK blockchain solutions firm Energi Mine has entered into a partnership with electric vehicle charger start-up Solisco. […]

  • The World’s Oldest Metal Ushers in Solar Energy Boom
    on 24th August 2018 at 11:52 am

    When you examine the solar industry’s trajectory over the last decade, the growth is undeniable. According to a recent report by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), solar energy generation has grown annually by 59 percent on average during the last 10 years; generating enough electricity to power 10.1 million homes. With 1.6 million solar installations currently installed in the U.S. and 4 million expected to be installed by 2023, the nation stands to increase solar energy generation from 53 to 100 gigawatts (GW) of electric generating capacity within the next four years. […]

  • Capital Dynamics Lines Up $1.2 Billion to Buy Renewables
    on 21st August 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Capital Dynamics, one of the biggest buyers of U.S. solar farms, closed a $1.2 billion fund to acquire even more clean-power plants. […]

  • EPA Announces Roll Backs To Clean Power Plan; Industry Reacts
    on 21st August 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Continuing on U.S. President Trump’s campaign promise to revive the coal industry, on Tuesday, August 21, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to significantly alter the Clean Power Plan (CPP), shrinking some of the emission reduction targets that were set in place under the CPP by former President Obama. […]

  • Clean Energy Claims to Get More Scrutiny
    on 20th August 2018 at 2:10 pm

    In late May, Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Co. claimed it was about to become the first U.S. utility with 100 percent renewable energy. It was a little premature and perhaps a bit misleading. […]

  • Project Update: Iberdrola reports work moving ahead to develop 880-MW Gouvaes hydro plant
    on 17th August 2018 at 2:26 pm

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

  • Tesla Forms Special Committee to Explore Privatization
    on 14th August 2018 at 1:59 pm

    On Aug 14, Tesla announced that its Board of Directors formed a special committee comprised of three independent directors to act on behalf of the company in connection with Elon Musk’s previously announced consideration of a transaction to take the company private. […]

  • Trump Officials Helped Edit ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Report to Boost Coal
    on 9th August 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Trump administration officials pushed to highlight the value of coal-fired power plants in a government report on the “bomb cyclone” that plunged the Eastern U.S. into single-digit temperatures last January. […]

  • Energy Absolute Plans Thai 'Gigafactory' to Seize Battery Storage Market
    on 31st July 2018 at 2:41 pm

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

  • Gas 'Peakers' Seeing New Life as Temps Increase and Renewables Fluctuate
    on 30th July 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Europe’s heat wave is hastening the rise of the “peaker,” a natural gas-fired power plant that can switch on and off quickly and runs only when there’s high demand. […]

  • Tesla Trauma Shows Lithium Market Needs to Chill
    on 24th July 2018 at 12:52 pm

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

  • Manufacturing Solar Modules with Solar Energy: One Company’s Vision
    on 23rd July 2018 at 6:00 pm

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

  • Launch of Belgium’s Largest Onsite Energy Storage Battery
    on 18th July 2018 at 11:36 am

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

  • Pivot Power Plans Energy Storage and EV Superhub
    on 18th July 2018 at 10:43 am

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

  • Eelpower Buys Battery Project To Advance Storage Ambitions
    on 18th July 2018 at 9:43 am

    UK energy storage firm Eelpower has acquired a recently-completed 20 MW battery scheme in England. &nbs […]

  • Renewable Energy World Announces Its Inaugural Solar 40 Under 40
    on 6th July 2018 at 5:58 pm

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

  • Bill to Take California to 100 Percent Clean Electricity Gains Traction
    on 5th July 2018 at 5:00 pm

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

  • Here’s Where 3 Million EV Batteries Will Go When They Retire
    on 3rd July 2018 at 4:15 pm

    The first batches of batteries from electric and hybrid vehicles are hitting retirement age, yet they aren’t bound for landfills. Instead, they’ll spend their golden years chilling beer at 7-Elevens in Japan, powering car-charging stations in California and storing energy for homes and grids in Europe. […]

  • Exelon, First Solar Bankroll Campaign to Push a Carbon Tax
    on 20th June 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Major energy companies, including the largest U.S. nuclear power generator, are putting millions of dollars into a new political campaign to push for a tax on carbon dioxide emissions. […]

  • Funding Puts Community-Scale Microgrid in Line for Wholesale Market Participation
    on 18th June 2018 at 12:02 pm

    The California Energy Commission has approved a grant for a community-scale microgrid that will participate in California’s wholesale electricity market. […]

  • Want To Save the World with Your Brilliant Clean Energy Idea?
    on 15th June 2018 at 7:28 pm

    A new partnership between Enel and InnoCentive focuses on the power of the crowd to solve many of the world’s sustainable energy challenges. […]

  • More California Parks Are Now Offering Remote Solar EV Charging
    on 15th June 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Two of California’s state parks have received new public charging infrastructure that offers electric vehicle owners the ability to charge up on solar power. […]

  • How School Buses Could Help Run Air Conditioners During Peak Demand
    on 15th June 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Illinois is proposing to spend more of its VW settlement money on electric school buses than any other state. […]

  • A Solar Market Insight for Intersolar Europe
    on 14th June 2018 at 1:41 pm

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

  • Volvo Wants to Convert Diesel Trucks into Clean Energy Storage
    on 13th June 2018 at 11:10 am

    Volvo is behind new research that could help convert old diesel truck engines into compressed air energy storage systems for fueling large electric vehicle fleets. […]

  • Single European Power Market Is Now Closer to Reality
    on 13th June 2018 at 11:10 am

    The European Union’s vision of a single energy market will move a step closer on Tuesday with the start of a joint market for electricity delivered on the same day. […]

  • Black & Veatch, SAI Group Win Design-Build Contracts for US Fast-Charging Network
    on 12th June 2018 at 10:56 am

    Electrify America has picked two companies to manage the design, permitting and construction of an electric vehicle fast charging network across the U.S. […]

  • British Pay-Go Solar Company Is Ready to Reach Millions in Congo
    on 12th June 2018 at 10:56 am

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

  • Vale Investing $1.7BN in Nickel Mine Amid Battery Boom
    on 12th June 2018 at 10:56 am

    The world’s biggest nickel producer is betting C$2.2 billion ($1.7 billion) that the metal has a bright future amid surging demand for battery commodities. […]

  • Regulators Approve Five Grid-Scale Lithium-Ion Battery Projects for Southern California
    on 8th June 2018 at 5:00 am

    Regulators in California gave San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) approval to move forward with development of five grid-scale lithium-ion battery projects in San Diego and Orange counties. […]

  • Unpacking the Energy Storage Opportunity in America
    on 6th June 2018 at 4:17 pm

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

  • First Grid-Scale Energy Summit Will Highlight Storage "Beyond Batteries"
    on 5th June 2018 at 9:04 pm

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

  • First Grid-Scale Liquid Air Energy Storage Plant Commissioned
    on 5th June 2018 at 12:41 pm

    U.K.-based Highview Power today commissioned what it says is the world’s first demonstration of grid-scale liquid air energy storage technology. […]

  • China Strives to Speed Up Development of EV Charging Stations
    on 1st June 2018 at 11:50 am

    China plans to build a network of 12,000 charging stations to meet the power demands of 5 million EVs by 2020. […]

  • Nevada Utility Is Putting $2 Billion into Solar Power and Storage
    on 1st June 2018 at 11:50 am

    Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary NV Energy is planning to invest $2 billion on solar power from six new projects in Nevada representing 1 GW of capacity. […]

  • New Charging Networks are Furthering Utilities’ E-Mobility Plans for Europe
    on 31st May 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Two utilities serving European markets this week said they are expanding their e-mobility plans with the launch of new electric vehicle charging networks. […]

  • UK Energy Industry Launches Coalition on Gender Diversity
    on 30th May 2018 at 2:26 pm

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

  • Siemens Will Give Proposed Battery Factory in Sweden a Digital Backbone
    on 29th May 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Siemens and Northvolt AB have entered a technology partnership that will deliver solutions to digitize the value chain for NorthVolt’s proposed battery factory in Sweden. […]

  • Fluence Collaborates on Utility-Scale Energy Storage Roll Out in Asia
    on 29th May 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Fluence — the energy storage joint venture of Siemens and AES — has agreed to collaborate on new utility-scale energy storage development and investment opportunities in Asia Pacific markets. […]

  • Siemens Gamesa Installs Pioneering Energy Storage System in Spain
    on 25th May 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa has installed a redox flow energy storage system for testing at its La Plana research and development (R&D) site near Zaragoza in Spain.&nbs […]

  • BP Invests in Tech to Charge Cars as Quickly as Filling Gas Tank
    on 25th May 2018 at 11:47 am

    BP Plc agreed to invest $20 million in a developer of ultra-fast charging for batteries, a technology the oil major believes is key for accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles. […]

  • Clean Energy Laws Signed in New Jersey: Offshore Wind, Efficiency, Solar, Storage and Nuclear Benefit
    on 23rd May 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Clean energy advocates rejoiced as legislation was passed today in New Jersey that will support the development of a massive amount of renewable energy, specifically community solar, energy storage, offshore wind and energy efficiency. The bill also props up nuclear power in the state with the establishment of zero-emission certificates. […]

  • Report: Renewables, Energy Efficiency in New England Will Replace the Need for Gas Pipelines
    on 23rd May 2018 at 9:27 am

    A report that examines statements about rolling blackouts made by regional grid operator ISO-New England, shows that sustained growth of renewables, and not more gas, will boost reliability of New England’s electric power system. […]

  • Big Battery Boom Hits Another Roadblock: Fire-Fearing Cities
    on 22nd May 2018 at 4:45 pm

    The new era of big batteries has already drawn scrutiny after fiery electric-car crashes across America and Europe. Now, U.S. city planners are worried about the same risk of hard-to-control blazes as these power-storage units make their way into basements and onto rooftops. […]

  • Inside Renewable Energy: Taking a Stake in Energy Storage — What to Expect from Today’s Business Strategies
    on 21st May 2018 at 4:32 pm

    In this episode, Ron DiFelice of Energy Intelligence Partners puts the challenges and opportunities of entering the energy storage market into perspective for businesses interested in everything from energy markets to big solar plus storage pairings. […]

  • It's Time to Regulate the Lithium Cartel
    on 21st May 2018 at 11:31 am

    Why is there so little noise about the emerging oligopoly in one of the hottest elements on the periodic table, lithium? Tianqi Lithium Corp. will pay $4.1 billion to buy Nutrien Ltd.’s 24 percent stake in Soc. Quimica & Minera de Chile SA, or SQM, in a deal that will entangle the biggest and fourth-biggest producers of the battery metal. […]

  • Energy Efficiency Leads in Job Growth as Energy Sector Adds Over 130,000 Jobs in 2017
    on 18th May 2018 at 4:06 pm

    The nation’s energy sector employed 6.5 million Americans in 2017, up 133,000 jobs from the year prior, according to a comprehensive report released today from the Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO). This two percent growth rate exceeded the national average of 1.7 percent. […]

  • Solar PV Manufacturer Completes 1-MW Microgrid in India
    on 18th May 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Solar PV manufacturer Central Electronics Ltd. in Uttar Pradesh, India, has commissioned India’s first 1-MW microgrid featuring a CPS-1000 inverter from Burlington, Vt.-based Dynapower. […]

  • Trump Said to Mull 2015 Grid Emergency Law to Save Coal Plants
    on 18th May 2018 at 2:21 pm

    The Trump administration is weighing a broad array of strategies for keeping coal and nuclear power plants online as a matter of national security, with options ranging from invoking a 68-year-old law to a three-year-old one, according to a senior Energy Department official. […]

  • Remote Australian Fishing Town Gets Battery to Stabilize Power Grid
    on 18th May 2018 at 10:49 am

    A cutting edge energy storage system to support a town with wildly fluctuating electricity needs has been switched on in South Australia. […]

  • US Appropriations Committee Approves $243M Cut for Renewable Programs, $58M Increase to Fossil Fuels Research
    on 17th May 2018 at 4:17 pm

    The U.S. House Appropriations Committee yesterday approved an energy and water funding bill that, as compared to fiscal year 2018, cuts energy efficiency and renewable energy programs by $243 million, and increases research and development funding for fossil fuels by $58 million. […]

  • Vivint Plans Solar Plus Storage Offering for US Customers in 2018
    on 17th May 2018 at 11:49 am

    Vivint yesterday said it plans to offer LG Chem RESU batteries to its solar customers across the U.S. this year. The company launched the energy storage offering this week for its customers in California. […]

  • More EV Fast Chargers Will Enhance New York’s Thruway System
    on 15th May 2018 at 5:59 pm

    New York is investing $4.2 million to expand fast charging electric vehicle stations along the state’s thruway system. […]

  • NRDC Helping to Seed Resilient Energy in Puerto Rico
    on 15th May 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Last September, Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico destroying most of the island’s energy infrastructure. Puerto Ricans then had to endure the largest and longest blackout in U.S. history. […]

  • Tesla to FERC: Energy Storage, DERs Enhance Grid Resilience
    on 15th May 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Tesla last week stood up for energy storage and distributed energy resources (DER), telling the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it should consider these assets carefully as it looks to define what makes a resilient power grid. […]

  • Clean Energy vs. the Environment: A Cautionary Tale
    on 14th May 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Traditional alliances are being broken, and new ones are slow to form. Dealmaking has taken on the airs of a zero-sum game in which there can only be one winner. […]

  • Blockchain Companies Take Aim at Clean Energy Transaction Costs
    on 11th May 2018 at 11:36 am

    Power Ledger co-founder David Martin said that as utilities move from a one-way flow of electricity to a distributed platform, the blockchain software can help manage and verify what will be many more transactions. […]

  • Shell Joins Tesla Exec as Investor in Ice Storage
    on 10th May 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Shell Ventures this week co-led a $7.6 million Series-A round of funding for ice storage provider Axiom Energy, joining previous investor Telsa CTO JB Straubel. […]

  • Hydrogen May Rival Batteries for UK’s Renewable Energy
    on 10th May 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Hydrogen stored in Britain’s gas grid could be more effective for making use of excess renewable power than batteries. […]

  • California Says New Residential Buildings Must Have Solar
    on 10th May 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Energy efficiency building standards officially adopted by California yesterday will require new homes in the state to have solar PV systems starting in 2020. […]

  • Storage, Wind, Solar Companies Are Recruiting Coal Miners for Their Work Ethics and High-Tech Skills
    on 9th May 2018 at 2:00 pm

    When a California battery company officially moved its headquarters and manufacturing to Kentucky coal country last week, generous state tax subsidies certainly played a role — but so did something often lost in the debate about coal. […]

  • Barriers to Microgrid Development Spur Bill for Tariff in Hawaii
    on 8th May 2018 at 2:45 pm

    The Hawaii legislature last week sent a bill to Gov. David Ige’s desk that directs the state’s regulators to open a proceeding to create a microgrid services tariff. […]

  • Blockchain May Soon Be Helping Puerto Rico Keep the Lights on
    on 8th May 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Solar panels. Batteries. Emergency fossil fuel-fired generators. They’ve all been deployed across Puerto Rico to help get the lights back on in the months following devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria. […]

  • Australian Energy Storage Firm Launches Bid to Raise $38M
    on 3rd May 2018 at 12:50 pm

    South Australian energy storage company 1414 Degrees has launched a bid to go public and raise up to A$50 million (US$38 million) to fast track its operations. […]

  • Index Launches for Battery Metals and Mining
    on 2nd May 2018 at 7:21 pm

    EQM Indexes today launched a Battery Metals and Mining Index — Bloomberg: BATTIDX — to track the combined performance of global companies in the metal and material supply chain for advanced battery technologies used in portable devices, electric vehicles, and grid storage for renewable energy. […]

  • Could Dairy Farmers Become Energy Traders with Blockchain?
    on 2nd May 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Dairy farmers in Australia may have the chance to begin buying and selling renewable energy on a peer-to-peer energy trading platform for the first time ever next year. […]

  • Global Offshore Wind Leader Steps into Grid Services from Energy Storage
    on 1st May 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Offshore wind developer Orsted is planning its first grid-scale energy storage project near Liverpool, England. The company said that the Carnegie Road battery storage project will be operational by the end of the year. […]

  • Water-Based Battery Offers New Option for Utility-Scale Solar, Wind
    on 1st May 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Stanford University researchers have developed a water-based battery that could provide a cheap way to store wind or solar energy generated when the sun is shining and wind is blowing so it can be fed back into the electric grid and be redistributed when demand is high. […]

  • Solar Plus Multi-Storage Restores Power to Families in Puerto Rico
    on 1st May 2018 at 2:55 pm

    In an Aug. 2 Renewable Energy World article, we reported “Achieving 100 Percent Residential Renewables in Hawaii with Solar+Multi-Storage” since April 2017, 500 hours off-grid and 220 hours grid-tied, using Tabuchi Electric hybrid solar inverter with single embedded battery (10 kWh) and an ROI of three years.&nbs […]

  • Building on the Promise of Solar+EV Charging
    on 30th April 2018 at 2:35 pm

    A group of organizations led by the Great Plains Institute will work together to assess the potential value of treating renewable energy generation and controlled EV charging as a single linked technology that benefits utilities and consumers. […]

  • Blockchain’s Potential for Managing the Impact of Renewables and Peer-to-Peer Sales
    on 30th April 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Blockchain has the potential to change the business world as we know it today. Entire value chains can be shortened by it — including in the energy industry. […]

  • Climate Pledges of the World Are Not ‘Ambitious Enough’
    on 30th April 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Speaking at the start of a new round of climate talks in Bonn, Germany, today, Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said the current climate pledges put forth by signatories of the Paris Agreement “simply aren’t ambitious enough.&rdquo […]

  • Hawaii Takes Historic First Step Toward Creating ‘Utility of the Future’ Now
    on 26th April 2018 at 10:23 am

    In what could be the beginning of the new way forward to utilities, on Tuesday, Hawaiian Gov. David Ige signed the Ratepayer Protection Act, a new law that directs utilities in Hawaii to change their business models and fully decouple revenue and capital expenditures. […]

  • ABB Launches 8-minute Charger for Electric Vehicles
    on 24th April 2018 at 6:07 pm

    This week at Hannover Messe, ABB launched what it says is the world’s fastest e-vehicle charger. The Terra High Power charger can charge up to 350 kilowatts, which translates to about 200 kilometers of range for an EV, in just 8 minutes, according to the company. ABB said that its chargers are being installed around the world, and they have recently been selected for use by Electrify America, the biggest electric vehicle infrastructure project to date in the United States. The new charger is ideally suited for use at highway rest stops and gas stations. &nbs […]

  • Inside Renewable Energy: Training and Recovery in Puerto Rico — Delivering Real Resilience with Solar Plus Storage
    on 24th April 2018 at 4:16 pm

    In this episode, representatives of Blue Planet Energy discuss their work in Puerto Rico helping communities deliver on the value of energy storage and solar power through training and education. […]

  • Australian Water Utility Seeks Net-Zero Costs with Solar Plus Storage
    on 24th April 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Adelaide, South Australia, water utility SA Water is planning to achieve net-zero electricity costs by building a solar portfolio paired with energy storage. […]

  • Convenience at Heart of New US Ultra-Fast EV Charging Network
    on 23rd April 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Electrify America today said it will install a network of ultra-fast charging stations at locations across the U.S. that have been chosen specifically for everyday charging convenience. […]

  • Jordan Eyes Energy Storage as Next Step in Green Energy Drive
    on 23rd April 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Jordan is pressing ahead with its first electricity storage project to bolster its expansion in solar and wind generation. The Middle Eastern kingdom expects to sign a contract for a 30-megawatt battery in the third quarter, according to Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Saleh Al Kharabsheh.&nbs […]

  • Finding Island Grid Resilience with Advanced Software Systems
    on 23rd April 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Grid operators on the islands of O'ahu and Puerto Rico are working with advanced software providers to help them understand how their transmission and distribution systems function with increasing amounts of distributed energy resources (DER), as they seek a cleaner, more resilient power infrastructure. […]

  • 7 Pro-Earth Actions You Can Take on Earth Day
    on 20th April 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, and while it’s easy to appreciate a day that celebrates the importance of environmental protection, it’s not as easy to figure out what actions you can take on Earth Day to show your support for the movement. […]

  • Utilities Can Choose Whether Blockchain Is a Threat or an Opportunity
    on 18th April 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Blockchain has been in the news a lot lately. Much of the noise is a result of the soaring valuation of the digital currencies it supports like Bitcoin and Ethereum. However, digital currencies are just one application for blockchain technology.&nbs […]

  • Domestic Vehicle-to-Grid Charger Goes Commercial for Nissan EV Drivers
    on 18th April 2018 at 1:18 pm

    In what London-based OVO Energy is calling a world first, owners of Nissan electric vehicles now will have access to a commercially available domestic vehicle-to-grid charger. […]

  • New Jersey Gets 40 MWh of New Utility-Scale Energy Storage
    on 17th April 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Two new 20-MW/20-MWh stand-alone utility-scale energy storage installations are set to come online in New Jersey this year. […]

  • Green Investments Needed to Help Africa 'Leapfrog' to Clean-Tech
    on 16th April 2018 at 1:06 pm

    About 800 delegates from 59 countries gathered at Africa Climate Week in Nairobi, Kenya, last week to discuss challenges and responses to climate change for inclusion in the international climate negotiation process. […]

  • Graphene Could Be Next Battery Breakthrough
    on 13th April 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Remember graphene? The advanced material — made up of a lattice of carbon atoms — may be poised for a comeback, albeit a quiet one, Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst Julia Attwood said in a presentation at the BNEF Future of Energy Summit on Tuesday.&nbs […]

  • Wireless Charging Seen as a Game Changer for EV Infrastructure
    on 12th April 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Wireless electric vehicle charging may soon be changing the shape of the growing EV charging infrastructure. […]

  • Illinois Blazes New Trail for Private Microgrids Using Utility Wires
    on 11th April 2018 at 11:30 am

    Imagine you and your neighbors have solar panels on your roofs. You want to create a mini-power grid so that your neighborhood can operate solely on your panels’ electricity, even sending excess power from one home to another. And if there’s a storm that affects the main power grid, your homes can disconnect and stay powered. […]

  • How Blockchain Is Threatening to Kill the Traditional Utility
    on 10th April 2018 at 4:29 pm

    If utilities think rooftop solar panels and batteries are bad for business, blockchain should scare the bejeezus out of them. That’s because in addition to helping more people slap panels on their rooftops — which eats into power sales and taxes grids — the distributed, digital ledger that’s proliferated across industries can also be used to trade electricity without a utility even knowing it. […]

  • Wind Plus Storage for Smart Farming Moves Ahead in Australia
    on 10th April 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Clean energy developer Neoen Australia has selected Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to support development of a wind power plus energy storage facility that will power a smart crop farm in Western Victoria, Australia. […]

  • Gigafactories for Cooking: Massive Potential Awaits Solar Plus Storage
    on 9th April 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Cooking based on solar powered batteries is the next frontier for renewable energy. Consider this: If India’s 275 million households and restaurants, street vendors, and tea-sellers were to use solar plus battery based cooking, the demand for batteries would amount to ~1,000 GWh. […]

  • Which Energy Products Are Capturing the Interest of Solar Buyers?
    on 9th April 2018 at 2:48 pm

    A majority of people in the U.S. who are shopping for solar are also thinking about energy storage products and services, according to a new report from online solar marketplace EnergySage. […]

  • To Be a True Climate Leader, California Must Show the World How to Stop Using Fossil Fuels — Period
    on 9th April 2018 at 12:18 pm

    California is a renowned global leader on climate and clean energy policy, but risks becoming a follower and falling short. To achieve the state’s long-term deep greenhouse gas reduction goals and to continue setting the strong example the rest of the world needs, California must set a clear target to end fossil fuel dependence and transition to 100 percent renewable, non-polluting sources for all energy uses by mid-century. […]

  • Concentrated Solar Thermal Projects See Forward Movement in Africa, UAE
    on 6th April 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Two concentrated solar thermal power projects located in Africa and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have made progress toward commercial operation in recent weeks. […]

  • Where Do EVs Fit in the Urban Energy Outlook?
    on 3rd April 2018 at 6:54 pm

    As the world’s biggest cities work to understand how their infrastructure can help them build clean and sustainable economies, a group of companies is helping in the effort with a study of what they’re calling vehicle-to-everything (V2X) charging. […]

  • Russian Tycoon Chases Next-Gen EV, Grid-Scale Batteries
    on 3rd April 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska is investing in research into next-generation batteries to replace the lithium-ion units that are currently used in phones and cars, and to store power from solar plants. […]

  • Austrian Developer of Solar + Storage “Smart Flower” Quietly Goes Insolvent
    on 2nd April 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Late in 2017, the company that developed the innovative “Smart Flower,” a solar+storage product that comes to life when the sun rises, tracks the sun all day and then stores some of the energy captured for later use, announced it was going insolvent. &nbs […]

  • Siemens Teaming Up with ComEd to Manage Microgrid Clusters in Chicago
    on 2nd April 2018 at 3:49 pm

    ComEd’s plan to construct a microgrid in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side will create an opportunity for Siemens to work with ComEd in the testing and implementation of the software that will operate within the Siemens Microgrid Management System. […]

  • College in Maui Reaches for Net-Zero Status with Solar Plus Storage
    on 29th March 2018 at 12:10 pm

    The University of Hawai'i Maui College says it will be capable of generating 100 percent of its energy from on-site solar PV systems coupled with battery storage next year. The effort is part of a goal for the 10-campus UH system to be net-zero by 2035. […]

  • How California Taught China to Sell Electric Cars
    on 28th March 2018 at 3:39 pm

    California wants 5 million emission-free cars on the road by 2030. China, with a far larger population, wants 7 million electric vehicles by 2025. California has a cap-and-trade program to limit emissions from power plants, factories and fuel suppliers. China is launching a cap-and-trade system to lower fuel consumption and cut reliance on oil imports. &nbs […]

  • Deepwater’s Offshore Wind Plans Could Revolutionize Mass. Workforce and Offshore Wind Industry
    on 28th March 2018 at 2:05 pm

    On Tuesday, March 27, Deepwater Wind announced that it plans to assemble the wind turbine foundations for its “Revolution Wind,” a 400-MW offshore wind farm, on the south coast of Massachusetts. Assembly activities will include welding, painting, commissioning and related work for the 1,500-ton steel foundations supporting the turbine tower.   &nbs […]

  • Lithium Sector Surge Is Poised to Ignite New Deals
    on 27th March 2018 at 7:16 pm

    The tripling in lithium prices over three years is poised to fuel a multi-billion dollar rush of deals as major players jostle for dominance to supply the metal needed for the electric vehicle battery revolution. […]

  • Steel Tariffs May Hurt Growing Energy Storage Market
    on 27th March 2018 at 6:45 pm

    The burgeoning battery-storage industry may become the latest to feel the sting of President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum. &nbs […]

  • Doosan Supports Offshore Wind Plus Storage Demo for Vietnam
    on 26th March 2018 at 4:02 pm

    South Korean wind turbine manufacturer Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (DHIC) last week said it has reached an agreement to support development of an offshore wind plus energy storage demonstration project in Vietnam. […]

  • Powerpack Selected for Victoria’s First Utility-Scale Solar+Storage Project
    on 26th March 2018 at 2:02 pm

    The government of Victoria, Australia, has chosen a Tesla Powerpack for integration with a 50-MW solar farm recently placed into commercial operation in the state. […]

  • Tesla Pushes Energy Storage in Resolution of SolarCity Lawsuit
    on 26th March 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Tesla and Arizona utility Salt River Project (SRP) last week reached an agreement that resolves a lawsuit filed by SolarCity before its purchase by Tesla. […]

  • Will Storage Be at the Heart of Residential Communities of the Future?
    on 21st March 2018 at 1:56 pm

    One of the biggest homebuilders in North America is hoping energy storage can help create sustainable homes that are the foundation of residential communities in the future. […]

  • How Renewables Coupled with Batteries, Diesel- or Gas-Fired Generators are Bringing Firm Power to the Most Remote Locations on Earth
    on 20th March 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Pairing renewables with diesel and gas-fired generators to power remote and hard-to-access regions all over the world is rising trend for 2018 and beyond.&nbs […]

  • Lithium Seen as Lifeline for Oil Majors in Clean Energy Future
    on 19th March 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Lithium could be a lifeline for oil majors as the energy industry shifts toward lower-polluting alternatives to fossil fuels, said Jeff McDermott of Greentech Capital Advisors LLC. […]

  • Clean Energy Issues Highlight “New Hampshire Energy Week”
    on 16th March 2018 at 4:43 pm

    At a breakfast during “NH Energy Week,” Governor Sununu said that its time to take the politics out of energy. His office is set to release a long-term energy plan in the next few weeks that lays out the direction that the state should be going regarding energy. “What we do today should be different than what we did five years ago,” he said, adding that the “old school” way of pitting renewables against cost-savings is no longer valid. &nbs […]

  • Inside Renewable Energy: Cue the Smart Storage — What Artificial Intelligence Can Do for Our Energy Storage Future
    on 13th March 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Artificial intelligence (AI) has a broad set of applications, and exactly how it could be applied in the renewables sector and what changes it might bring to the grid can seem elusive. But this future-like technology is already hard at work for our power system. Stem Inc.’s Larsh Johnson explains in this episode. […]

  • World’s First Energy Storage Fund to List in London
    on 13th March 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Gore Street Capital plans a London listing for the world’s first energy storage fund. The London-based private-equity firm is seeking to raise 100 million pounds ($139 million) from the initial public offering expected later this month on the London Stock Exchange.&nbs […]

  • POWER-GEN Needs You: Submit an Abstract Today
    on 9th March 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Have a listen to this one-minute video that explains all of the new tracks and session types we’ve added to POWER-GEN 2018 and then submit an abstract to speak at the show today. Time is running out – the final deadline is March 16, 2018. &nbs […]

  • Opening the Electricity Market to Competition a Win for Renewables, and Ratepayers
    on 8th March 2018 at 3:43 pm

    The price of electricity has been regulated for so long that price regulation is widely considered proper and necessary. The reality is that rate regulation was needed only to enable utilities to raise investment capital for building large central power plants and transmission lines.&nbs […]

  • GE Brings New Grid-Scale Energy Storage Platform 'Reservoir' to Market
    on 7th March 2018 at 3:30 pm

    GE today launched its new grid-scale Reservoir energy storage platform. GE said that it has a 20-MW/80-MWh pre-launch commitment for the 1.2-MW/4-MWh Reservoir unit. […]

  • What Is Driving Cooperatives to Deploy Energy Storage?
    on 7th March 2018 at 3:01 pm

    The use of batteries to reduce peak demand charges may be one of the most clearly defined business cases for battery energy storage among electric distribution cooperatives in the U.S., according to a report released yesterday by cooperative bank CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division. […]

  • Nissan Wants Free Power for All EVs
    on 6th March 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Nissan today said it is expanding its collaboration with German utility E.ON in Europe to advance its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology so EV drivers can charge their cars for free. […]

  • Utilities Plot Their Digital Future
    on 6th March 2018 at 5:06 pm

    In December, 20 months into the top job at Germany’s Innogy AG, Peter Terium unveiled a 3 billion-euro plan to transform the utility into a provider of electric car technology, digital networks, and offshore wind farms. His goal, he said, was to become “a trailblazer of change. We do not wait to see what happens. We set trends.” Terium didn’t need to wait long to see what happened. A week later, he was out of a job.&nbs […]

  • Utility-Scale Microgrid Cluster Approved for Chicago
    on 5th March 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Illinois regulators last week approved a plan by Exelon Corp. subsidiary Commonwealth Edison Co. (ComEd) to build one of the first utility-scale microgrid clusters in the U.S. in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. […]

  • Jamaican Utility Invests in Flywheel-Battery Hybrid Storage System
    on 28th February 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Jamaica Public Service Ltd yesterday said that it is investing US$21.6 million in a hybrid energy storage solution to support grid stability. […]

  • How Should EV Owners Be Rewarded for Supporting the Grid?
    on 27th February 2018 at 8:33 pm

    A group of organizations with funding from the U.K. government will work to understand how best to reward drivers who use their electric car batteries to support the U.K.’s power grid. […]

  • Solar-plus-Storage Helps Kauai Beat Diesel Power Prices
    on 26th February 2018 at 4:55 pm

    A new solar-plus-storage project in Kauai, Hawaii, will provide power at 11 cents per kWh and help the island’s utility avoid the use of 3.7 million gallons of diesel annually. […]

  • Inside Renewable Energy —The Business of Blockchain: Where Cryptotech Fits for Renewables Today and into the Future
    on 23rd February 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Businesses are asking how much attention they should be paying to blockchain now and what the opportunities are for this crypto-technology in the future. In this podcast episode, Dan Wellers, Global Lead for Digital Futures for SAP, ventures into the coming possibilities of blockchain for renewables and the entire energy value chain. […]

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