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  • Holtec, Eos create battery manufacturing JV
    on 11th September 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Eos Energy Storage and energy equipment firm Holtec International are creating a joint venture to produce Eos’ next generation of large-scale zinc batteries.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • California aims to fix low-income storage program and deliver new resilience incentives
    on 6th September 2019 at 1:11 pm

    California’s energy storage incentive program has been a great success, with more than 11,000 battery storage systems installed to-date. The problem is, it’s not reaching the state’s most vulnerable communities. A new proposal from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) aims to fix some of the barriers preventing disadvantaged communities from participating in the program, and it allocates $100 million to a new program designed to offset the cost of battery storage systems for populations threatened by wildfires and related utility power shutoffs.

  • Ameren Missouri to bring customers solar energy at night
    on 4th September 2019 at 9:30 am

    Ameren Missouri, a unit of Ameren Corp., filed plans with the Missouri Public Service Commission to build three solar + storage facilities across Missour

  • Company trying to tackle renewable energy curtailment enters European market
    on 30th August 2019 at 10:46 am

    This week, Scottish software company Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) announced that it will be expanding into Europe after completing successful trials with a utility company in Germany.

  • 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.

  • Hydro Tasmania accelerating site investigations for pumped storage hydropower
    on 29th August 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Hydro Tasmania says it is accelerating detailed investigation of three key opportunities for pumped storage hydro development in the state as part of the Battery of the Nation initiative. Work has begun on a full feasibility assessment of pumped hydro development opportunities at Lake Cethana and Lake Rowallan in the northwest and near Tribute Power Station on the West Coast.

  • Hawaiian Electric Companies issue largest clean energy procurement to date; aim to end coal use, replace oil
    on 27th August 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Last week, the Hawaiian Electric Companies began Hawai‘i’s largest procurement effort for renewable energy resources to end the use of coal and reduce reliance on imported oil for power generation, moving the state closer to its goal of using 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.

  • 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.

  • Hydrogen is expected to account for 10% of China’s energy network by 2050
    on 26th August 2019 at 12:44 pm

    The Chinese government recently issued a whitepaper on the status and prospects of the hydrogen fuel and fuel cell sectors, indicating that energy derived from hydrogen will become an important part of the Chinese energy network.

  • 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.

  • The IEA’s hydrogen report doesn’t miss the point. It just buries It.
    on 21st August 2019 at 4:26 pm

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently released a major new report on hydrogen, underscoring the remarkable political and business momentum surrounding the fossil fuel alternative, and touting its potential as a vital component of global efforts to build a “clean, secure, and affordable energy future.” The report takes a bold and prescient stance, and has rightfully inspired a torrent of press coverage about the future of hydrogen and its role in the renewable energy mix.

  • Norwegian battery startup with $4.5B plan has vision for Nordic hub
    on 20th August 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Freyr AS, a startup planning to build one of Europe’s first battery gigafactories in Norway, has a bigger vision for the region: a “Nordic Battery Belt.&rdquo

  • New study shows benefits of local renewable energy marketplaces
    on 19th August 2019 at 3:24 pm

    The financial benefits of buying and selling locally produced energy from rooftop solar, wind turbines and batteries within communities have been revealed in a test case run by energy tech firm LO3 Energy.

  • Softbank invests $110M in new energy storage system
    on 16th August 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Energy Vault, the creator of a new way to perform utility-scale energy storage, announced that SoftBank Vision Fund (Vision Fund) invested $110 million in its Series B funding round. Energy Vault will use the funds to accelerate global deployment of its technology, which enables renewables to deliver baseload power for less than the cost of fossil fuels 24 hours a day, said the company. As part of the investment, Andreas Hansson, Partner for SoftBank Investment Advisers, will join the Energy Vault board of directors.

  • 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.

  • ARENA to provide $40 million funding for South Australia’s first pumped hydro plant
    on 15th August 2019 at 2:16 pm

    The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), on behalf of the Australian government, has announced up to $40 million in funding towards the deployment of a pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) project in South Australia.

  • Stanford researchers develop technology to harness energy from mixing of freshwater and seawater
    on 15th August 2019 at 12:04 pm

    A new battery made from affordable and durable materials generates energy from places where salt and fresh waters mingle. The technology could make coastal wastewater treatment plants energy-independent and carbon neutral.

  • 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.

  • London finds no easy answers after once-in-a-decade blackout
    on 14th August 2019 at 2:29 pm

    When two U.K. power plants shut down almost simultaneously in London’s first major blackout for a decade, it triggered a storm of questions about how to avoid another failure.

  • Who will benefit from the surge in behind-the-meter battery installations?
    on 14th August 2019 at 2:09 pm

    The electric utility industry has been buffeted by two recent trends that threaten to upend the profitability, and in some cases the future viability of, those companies that are slow to adapt to a new, rapidly changing landscape. Specifically, in the past decade, the industry has had to grapple with both waning demand and the growth of distributed energy generation.

  • Vattenfall combines wind, solar, batteries in Netherlands energy park
    on 12th August 2019 at 3:24 pm

    According to Vattenfall, the project will help provide less pronounced energy peaks and an overall more efficient use of energy infrastructur

  • 100 MW of solar and 10 MW of battery storage coming to San José CCA in 2022
    on 9th August 2019 at 1:07 pm

    This week, San José’s Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) which is called San José Clean Energy (SJCE) and EDP Renewables SA (EDPR), through its fully owned subsidiary EDP Renewables North America LLC (EDPR NA), signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for 100 MW of new solar energy capacity and 10 MW of battery storage at the Sonrisa Solar Park in Fresno County, California. The project is anticipated to be operational in 2022.

  • Australian brewer eyes thermal energy storage system
    on 9th August 2019 at 12:11 pm

    South Australian energy storage company 1414 Degrees and Stone & Wood Brewing Company have agreed to undertake a feasibility study for the integration of 1414 Degrees’ electrically charged Thermal Energy Storage System (TESS-IND).

  • Report covers costs of various storage technologies, including pumped storage hydro
    on 8th August 2019 at 7:21 pm

    A report recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy defines and evaluates cost and performance parameters of six battery energy storage technologies (BESS) and four non-BESS storage technologies.

  • Dominion Energy plans four energy storage pilot studies in Virginia
    on 8th August 2019 at 11:00 am

    The four proposed central Virginia lithium-ion projects will cost about $33 million to build and offer 5-years’ worth of test data, according to Dominion.

  • 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.

  • Dominion plans $33 million battery storage pilot
    on 6th August 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Dominion executives said in an interview this week that battery storage has the potential to improve the resiliency of the electrical grid

  • A deluge of batteries is about to rewire the power grid
    on 5th August 2019 at 4:27 pm

    A pale orange-and-gold sunset bathes the macadamia plantations and avocado orchards that sweep down to Australia’s Byron Bay. The coming dusk is a cue for two sleek Tesla battery packs in the garage at Amileka, a secluded holiday villa nearby. They stir silently into action—powering the appliances in the five-bedroom home’s twin kitchens, recharging a $100,000-plus Model X SUV, driving a filter pump for an 18-meter swimming pool sparkling in the shade of a century-old native black bean tree.

  • 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

  • Six more electric utilities commit to delivering content at POWERGEN 2019
    on 2nd August 2019 at 6:00 am

    The latest crop of utility participants includes NRG Energy, Cleco Corp., Entergy, Louisville Gas & Electric/Kentucky Utilities, AEP’s distributed energy ventures group AEP OnSite Partners and Hindustan Power from India.

  • Energy storage sites provide unique wholesale market participation
    on 1st August 2019 at 6:00 am

    ENGIE Storage has announced it will supply and operate a 19 MW/38 MWh portfolio of six energy storage sites that will contribute to the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program and participate in ISO-New England wholesale markets.

  • In Michigan, Consumers sees strong interest in charging station rebates
    on 1st August 2019 at 5:16 am

    Consumers Energy says it’s happy with the launch of its electric vehicle charging station program and open to expanding the three-year, $10 million pilot.

  • 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 CEOs extol virtues of hydropower while bemoaning its lack of public support
    on 30th July 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Last week at the HydroVision International plenary session, a panel of three CEOs — Darrel T. Anderson, President and CEO IDACORP and Idaho Power, Mitch Davidson, CEO and Managing Partner, Brookfield Renewable Power, and Paul Jacob, President and CEO, Rye Development — along with moderator Elizabeth Ingram, Content Director, Clarion Energy, discussed both the merits and the challenges of hydropower development in the United States and Canada.

  • Utility device and data management technologies revenue could exceed $22 billion by 2027edit
    on 30th July 2019 at 1:53 pm

    A new report from Navigant Research released this week says that revenue from device and data management technologies could grow from approximately $14.8 billion in 2018 to more than $22.1 billion in 2027 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.6%.

  • Glendale Water & Power to repower Grayson power plant with solar plus storage
    on 29th July 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Last week, California’s Glendale Water & Power (GWP) received approval from the Glendale City Council to move forward with a plan to repower the aging Grayson Power Plant with a combination of renewable energy resources, energy storage and a limited amount of thermal generation.

  • Energy storage plant set for southeast Asia
    on 26th July 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Finnish energy technology group Wärtsilä has signed an EPC contract for a 100 MW/100 MWh total capacity energy storage project in southeast Asia.

  • HydroVision International kicks off in Portland, Ore., U.S.
    on 22nd July 2019 at 3:00 pm

    The HydroVision International event is now under way in the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, with more than 3,000 hydropower professionals from around the world coming together for four days of learning and networking.

  • 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!

  • Stay chilled: Lessons for district cooling from the Gulf Cooperation Council
    on 17th July 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Global demand for air-conditioning is projected to triple over the next 30 years, as the planet warms and urban populations grow, particularly in emerging markets. Meeting that demand will call for significant investments in new cooling infrastructure and the electrical generating capacity necessary to power it. Although traditional cooling technologies are expected to become more efficient in coming years, countries will need to plan for these additional loads, which will be expensive. Emerging markets can also make use of district cooling, an approach that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which consists of six Middle Eastern countries — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman — have successfully adopted.

  • Shell to install ultrafast EV chargers in the Netherlands in e-mobility push
    on 16th July 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Global infrastructure services firm AECOM said that Shell Retail has hired it to deliver ultrafast electrical vehicle (EV) chargers across the Netherlands. A total of 200 fast chargers – under the brand name Shell Recharge - will be available at Shell forecourts (filling stations).

  • Minnesota utilities weigh energy storage as substitute for peaker plants
    on 16th July 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Gas peaker plants may be among the first casualties of a new Minnesota law requiring utilities to include energy storage as part of their long-range plans.

  • 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.

  • VPPs with smart inverters offer crucial flexibility to the changing grid
    on 12th July 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Energy generation and consumption is rapidly transforming into a decentralized, decarbonized, and digitized model due to a number of market forces. The declining costs of solar energy systems, as well as the increasing price of energy from the grid has led to grid parity. This has caused PV proliferation to accelerate to such an extent that in the past five years alone, PV installed capacity has increased by 300%. Simultaneously, the EV market is also on the rise and is expected to reach the electrification tipping point by 2030. This is due to support from governments trying to limit the effects of climate change, thus leading to automotive manufactures transitioning their fleets from standard petrol- and diesel-powered cars to EVs. As a result of the acceleration of both of these markets, EV charging has created demand patterns causing an even steeper and faster ramp-up in the evenings than the PV duck curve. , This is causing the grid’s balancing act to be increasingly complex. In order to support this new energy dynamic, advanced management software is required to ensure grid stabilization and to unlock the value of these energy resources.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • AI-powered storage company enters Northeast market with “front-of-the-meter” solution
    on 9th July 2019 at 2:06 pm

    This week artificial intelligence (AI)-driven energy storage services provider Stem said that it had formed a partnership with New York-based private equity company Syncarpha Capital to build 28.2 megawatt-hours (MWh) of large-scale storage projects co-sited with solar in Massachusetts.

  • 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.

  • Massachusetts incentivizes energy storage systems for commercial property owners
    on 3rd July 2019 at 11:44 am

    Commercial property owners with existing energy storage systems, or owners considering implementing an energy storage system, may be able to benefit from a recent order by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) allowing utility companies to pay customers who agree to rely upon their energy storage systems and dispatch the energy during peak events.

  • Educating today’s utilities about tomorrow’s innovations
    on 2nd July 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Last week in San Antonio, Texas, about 150 DISTRIBUTECH stakeholders convened to discuss industry trends, best practices for marketing and sales in the utility industry and set the educational agenda for the 2020 event.

  • How a perfect storm is driving microgrids into the mainstream
    on 2nd July 2019 at 11:36 am

    Given the diverse benefits that microgrids provide – reductions in energy costs, business risk, and carbon emissions, and increases in resiliency and power reliability – one wonders why discussion of microgrids has only started to take off recently.

  • The number of public charging stations for EVs in China surges 50.5% in May
    on 2nd July 2019 at 10:32 am

    According to data recently released by the China Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Promotion Association, the number of public charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) owned and operated by its members totaled 401,000 units as of May 2019, of which 229,000 were AC charging stations, 171,000 were DC and 500 AC/DC were integrated, representing a year on year increase of 50.5 percent and 9,658 units from the previous month. Between June 2018 and May 2019, the number of public charging stations for EVs showed an average monthly increase of some 11,205 units.

  • 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.

  • Clearway Energy sets up blockchain test to trade renewable energy credits
    on 1st July 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Clearway Energy Group, one of the U.S.’s largest clean power developers, is launching a pilot electronic marketplace for renewable energy credits as more states push for solar and wind projects.

  • San Diego Airport installs 2 MW/4 MWh storage system to complement existing PV array
    on 27th June 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Yesterday, ENGIE Storage announced that San Diego International Airport (SAN) installed a 2 MW/4 MWh GridSynergy energy storage system. Paired with the airport’s existing 5.5 MW of solar capacity, the new energy storage system will reduce energy charges during peak demand, which according to ENGIE equate to approximately 40 percent of the airport’s monthly electricity costs. The system is expected to begin operation in early 2020.

  • Q&A with an oil and gas executive turned EV charging infrastructure champion
    on 26th June 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Miriam Gozalo is an electrification project development manager at BP, one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world. Her work is squarely focused on the energy transition. Read what she has to say about her role working on ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations in a company that most people associate with drilling rigs and gasoline.

  • NV Energy's new 540-MWh storage and 475-MW solar project comes at a very low price
    on 25th June 2019 at 1:39 pm

    8minute Solar Energy, NV Energy and the Moapa Band of Paiutes announced that NV Energy selected 8minute to develop the largest solar plus storage project ever built in Nevada and one of the largest in the world.

  • Power companies in New England tapping residential batteries to reduce peak demand
    on 25th June 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Here’s the latest wrinkle in the battery boom: National Grid Plc is paying consumers to tap electricity from their power-storage systems.

  • Nigerian renewable energy solutions provider Arnergy closes Series A financing
    on 24th June 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Nigerian distributed utility company, Arnergy, announced it has raised $9 Million in a Series A round of funding led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures with participation from the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund), EDFI ElectriFI and All On.

  • Vermont electric vehicle incentives provide a ‘symbolic’ boost
    on 21st June 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Vermont joined the ranks of other New England states that provide incentives for electric vehicles with Gov. Phil Scott’s signature on June 14 on a yearly transportation bill.

  • EWF launches world’s first open source blockchain for the energy industry
    on 21st June 2019 at 12:12 pm

    The Energy Web Foundation (EWF) this week announced that it has launched the world’s first public, open-source, enterprise-grade blockchain tailored to the energy sector: the Energy Web Chain (EW Chain). As a refresher, blockchain allows for peer-to-peer energy market transactions.

  • Integrating rooftop solar just got easier for utilities
    on 21st June 2019 at 11:52 am

    Homeowners and businesses may now have an easier time getting solar panels on rooftops thanks to software developed at Sandia.

  • 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).

  • Eos supplying non-lithium batteries for Duke, UCSD storage projects
    on 19th June 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Eos Energy Storage is manufacturer and supplier of the zinc-based Aurora 2.0 battery system for Duke Energy's McAlpine substation and as a behind-the-meter solution at the University of California, San Diego.&nbs

  • Energy storage company Saft buys Go Electric
    on 19th June 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Go Electric Inc. is a specialist in energy resiliency solutions for microgrids and commercial & industrial customers integrating renewables and generators

  • New York to pass 'one of the most aggressive clean energy mandates in the country'
    on 19th June 2019 at 11:30 am

    New York is poised to pass its own version of the Green New Deal with a climate bill that would more than triple the state’s solar capacity and aggressively promote development of wind farms off the state’s coast.

  • 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.

  • California Energy Commission gives $3M grant to pair energy storage and fast EV charging
    on 13th June 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Natron Energy said that the California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded it a $3 million grant for “Advanced Energy Storage for Electric Vehicle Charging Support.” Natron will use the money to manufacture and install a high powered, long cycle life energy storage system at an EV Fast Charging station.

  • Sweden's EV boom under threat as electricity demand outstrips capacity
    on 12th June 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Sweden’s ambitious plan to drastically cut emissions from transport by bringing millions of electric cars onto the road could be derailed by a lack of power capacity for new charging stations in major cities.

  • 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.

  • Scottish Power to install biggest battery in Europe at windfarm
    on 12th June 2019 at 11:06 am

    The Scottish government has given utility Scottish Power the go-ahead to install Europe’s biggest industrial-scale battery to date to store energy generated at the 539MW Whitelee onshore wind farm.

  • 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.

  • Are you a global power & energy elite? Nominations are now open!
    on 7th June 2019 at 4:59 pm

    “Recognizing leaders in the power and energy industry not only gives us the opportunity to celebrate them and the projects that they are involved in, it also enables us to learn vital business and life lessons from these often exceptional individuals. We find out what makes them tick, what frustrates them and the processes they follow to address challenges – this is often inspiring, eye-opening stuff and cannot but contribute to the growth of the sector.&ldquo

  • J-POWER invests to help fund 250-MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project in Australia
    on 7th June 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Genex Power Limited has signed a share subscription agreement (SSA) with Electric Power Development Co Ltd, trading as J-POWER, for a conditional investment of up to AUD$25 million (US$17.5 million).

  • 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?

  • Duke Energy Florida to build 22 MW of electricity storage
    on 4th June 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Duke Energy Florida (DEF) announced three battery storage projects, totaling 22 megawatts, that will improve overall reliability and support critical services during power outages, according to the company.

  • Aggreko delivers 2 MW/3.8 MWh energy storage system for National Grid US
    on 4th June 2019 at 1:45 pm

    The energy storage resource is expected to help lower energy costs for National Grid’s customers in upstate New York

  • DC Solar scammers serve as cautionary tale for solar investors
    on 4th June 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Jeff Carpoff had a lot to celebrate as friends and business associates gathered at his company’s Christmas party last year.

  • 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.

  • Brazil plans to add more solar to its hydro-dominated electricity generation mix
    on 31st May 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Brazil is the second-largest producer of hydroelectric power in the world, after only China, and hydropower accounted for more than 70% of the country’s electricity generation in 2018. Brazil’s latest 10-year energy plan seeks to maintain this level of hydro generation while increasing the share of nonhydro renewables, particularly solar.

  • Utah clean energy storage project to combine hydrogen, salt dome assets
    on 30th May 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Herbert was joined by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and Magnum Development at the event to detail the Advanced Clean Energy Storage (ACES) project in central Utah. They called it the largest such energy storage project in the world.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • EV charging sites now outnumber petrol stations in UK
    on 29th May 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Newly released figures from Zap-Map, a charging point platform, reveal that the number of public charging locations in the country has now surpassed the number of petrol stations.

  • Pedernales Electric Coop, Aggreko team on Texas energy storage system
    on 28th May 2019 at 4:28 pm

    The 2.25 MW/4.5 MWh project will be situated in Johnson City, Texas. Aggreko software will manage the battery system, which will provide services into grid operator Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

  • 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.

  • The bursting of the Tesla stock bubble
    on 24th May 2019 at 2:27 pm

    For Elon Musk and Tesla Inc., the blows from Wall Street came one after another this week -- a relentless barrage that left the stock so beat up that some now wonder if it can ever regain its status as the ultimate 21st century disrupter.

  • Companies explore how to make your home smart and 100% renewable-powered
    on 24th May 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Big Oil wants to put a box in your hall closet that works like a human brain, can cut the lights, stop the refrigerator and will know how you move about in the privacy of your home better than you do.

  • Why not a global green new deal through a federation of microgrids?
    on 24th May 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Among my circle of friends and colleagues, everyone is aware of the impact of human activities on climate change - the melting of arctic ice, the destruction of species - and the major causes of it, namely, coal burning for electricity and fossil fuels burning for transport. What nearly everyone is unclear about is what specifically to do about it and how fast.

  • 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.

  • UPS bets on renewable gas from landfills in largest deal ever
    on 22nd May 2019 at 2:40 pm

    United Parcel Service Inc. has agreed to buy the equivalent of 170 million gallons of renewable natural gas from Clean Energy Fuels Corp. over the next seven years in what the company described as the biggest-ever deal involving the alternative fuel.

  • Report: Global electricity access up but sustainable development goals are not being met
    on 22nd May 2019 at 2:11 pm

    A new report produced by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO) and released this week says that despite significant progress in recent years, the world is falling short of meeting the global energy targets set in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for 2030.

  • U.S. set to overtake South Korea in 2019 as world’s largest grid-connected battery energy-storage market
    on 22nd May 2019 at 12:59 pm

    The United States in 2019 will become the world’s largest market for grid-connected battery energy storage, as solar-plus-storage and peaking capacity requirements drive increased procurement, according to IHS Markit.

  • 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.

  • Duke Energy gets approval for solar + battery microgrid and standalone battery system
    on 21st May 2019 at 2:59 pm

    This week, Duke Energy announced that regulators have approved two projects involving energy storage worth about $30 million.

  • Flow battery company joins Power Africa to help power renewable microgrids
    on 20th May 2019 at 5:04 pm

    On Monday, Portland-Oregon-based flow battery manufacturer ESS announced that it has joined Power Africa, a U.S. government-led partnership coordinated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), as a private sector partner. ESS is the program’s first flow battery partner.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ABB and Italian utility in blockchain pact for solar prosumers
    on 17th May 2019 at 9:58 am

    ABB is working with Italian utility Evolvere on how to use blockchain technology to deliver transparent and secure peer-to-peer energy transactions.

  • Modular, scalable microgrid ready for C&I customers in danger of losing power
    on 16th May 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Two companies have come up with a potential solution to help mitigate power outages in California. Recent state utility proposals have called for new measures that would allow California utilities to increase the quantity and duration of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) as part of their wildfire mitigation plans. These PSPS, while important, can have severe impacts on businesses, hospitals and others who need reliable power.

  • Tesla completes acquisition of Maxwell
    on 16th May 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Tesla announced the successful completion of its previously announced offer to exchange all outstanding shares of common stock of Maxwell Technologies for 0.0193 of a share of Tesla common stock, together with cash in lieu of any fractional shares of Tesla common stock, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes.

  • 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.

  • States start hitting America’s EV drivers with higher fees
    on 15th May 2019 at 12:20 pm

    The rest of the world is handing out subsidies and incentives to speed up adoption of electric cars. But in nearly half of U.S. states, driving a battery-powered car requires paying additional fees.

  • Microgrid with long-duration flow battery installed at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
    on 14th May 2019 at 3:48 pm

    This week energy storage maker ESS Inc said that it had deployed an Energy Warehouse (EW) long-duration flow battery system at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California.

  • 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).

  • EESI to help rural co-ops and public power entities ‘ACE’ clean energy upgrades
    on 14th May 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Yesterday, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) announced the launch of the Access Clean Energy Savings (ACES) initiative. ACES provides technical assistance to help rural electric cooperatives and public power utilities apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Electric Savings Program (RESP), which provides zero-interest 20-year loans for improving energy efficiency.

  • Doing business better: Empowering women through solar energy
    on 14th May 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Incredibly, 1.1 billion people – 14% of the world’s population – still live without access to electricity. In rural, remote communities, many people simply have no light after sunset. That makes being productive at night—such as working and learning--extremely difficult. Limiting useful hours of the day by access to daylight holds back personal and economic development and wastes human potential.

  • 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.

  • Geothermal balances California’s renewable portfolio
    on 13th May 2019 at 12:00 pm

    California’s rapid renewable energy expansion has led to a boom in large-scale solar and wind projects and a huge expansion of rooftop solar. As costs have fallen, solar energy has become much less expensive, and utility-scale solar and wind are now less expensive than new gas plants, and far less expensive than existing coal.

  • 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.

  • Toward 100% clean energy: two million solar strong and growing
    on 9th May 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Today, IREC proudly joins the collective voice of advocates and industry celebrating a milestone we have worked for 37 years to witness: two million solar installations now in the U.S. What better timing than in a year when children and governors, presidential candidates and corporate CEOs are all making headlines about the urgency of climate change action.

  • U.K. has been using coal-free energy since May 1
    on 9th May 2019 at 1:36 pm

    The U.K. has now gone more than a week without using any of its coal-fired power stations, yet another record, and a sign that life without the dirtiest fossil fuel might not be that far away.

  • 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.

  • GMP partners with Tesla to provide batteries for all
    on 6th May 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Climate-conscious Vermont utility, Green Mountain Power, is partnering with Tesla Inc. as it aspires to install battery systems in every home it serves.

  • Electric cars and solar inverters compete for the same parts
    on 3rd May 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Electric vehicles and solar tend to get lumped together as partners in the climate-friendly push to phase out fossil fuels. Now they’re competing head-to-head for high-tech components that have been in short supply.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ørsted to buy solar and storage developer, Coronal
    on 1st May 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Yesterday during an earnings call, Danish offshore wind giant Ørsted announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a subsidiary of US-based Coronal Energy a developer of large-scale solar and storage projects. Ørsted’s CEO and President Henrik Poulson said that Coronal is “a nationwide solar and storage developer with a significant pipeline of solar and storage projects” and that the acquisition will expand “our capability platform and exposure to new attractive regional markets.&rdquo

  • Goldman Sachs sees solar panel prices stabilizing
    on 1st May 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Goldman Sachs Group Inc. sees an end to the gloom for solar manufacturers as demand in China stabilizes and free-falling panel prices bottom out.

  • Tesla sued over fatal crash blamed on autopilot malfunction
    on 1st May 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Tesla Inc. was sued by the family of a man who died as the result of a crash allegedly caused when the Autopilot navigation system of his 2017 Model X malfunctioned.

  • 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.

  • AES Gener to build battery backup for run-of-river hydropower
    on 30th April 2019 at 1:47 pm

    AES Gener is moving forward with the Virtual Dam project, which is being built next to the 178-MW Alfalfal I hydropower plant in the San Jose de Maipo district of the Metropolitan Region in Chile.

  • New residential loan options make paying for solar easier
    on 29th April 2019 at 10:01 am

    In 2018, more than 300,000 residential solar systems were installed and that number is expected to grow in 2019. To make it easier for these green-minded consumers to go solar, last week, two companies, EnerBank USA and Mosaic, each announced offerings that will help solar installers and homeowners gain access to the capital needed to pay for solar PV systems.

  • How car insurers could help connect community solar with EV customers
    on 29th April 2019 at 9:35 am

    The insurance industry has lots of exposure to climate change. But as Warren Buffet has explained, not so much for companies that do annual policy adjustments, like Berkshire Hathaway. Their exposure is limited because the trends are baked into the premiums. But there is an opportunity for reducing insurance risk due to climate change, and it comes from the insurance industry itself. The business model is to have car insurance salespeople provide leads to virtual electric car charging services. This has perfect demographics because electric vehicle owners are very receptive to solar electricity. Who wouldn’t want a clean transportation solution with local job creation that can’t be offshore?

  • 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.

  • Minigrid combines solar and digital to electrify Togo village
    on 25th April 2019 at 10:01 am

    Solar energy is now providing the electricity for an entire village in Togo of 4000 people, powering streetlights, homes, schools and shops.

  • Ford invests $500 million into battery company Rivian
    on 24th April 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Through a strategic partnership, Ford will develop an all-new, next-generation battery electric vehicle for Ford's growing EV portfolio using Rivian's skateboard platform

  • DTECH asks experts to share what they know about the future of energy delivery
    on 23rd April 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Utilities and other energy experts convene each year at DISTRIBUTECH International (DTECH) to discuss the future of energy and this week Clarion Energy, organizer of the event, announced that the call for abstracts for the 2020 event is open.

  • 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.

  • APS battery energy storage facility explosion injures four firefighters; industry investigates
    on 23rd April 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Last Friday evening in Surprise, Arizona a storage facility owned by Arizona Public Service (APS) exploded, injuring four firefighters. Reporter for, Maria Hechanova, visited the scene yesterday and reported that the explosion happened while four hazmat firefighters from Peoria were working to extinguish a battery fire at the facility.

  • 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.

  • California college invests in 1-MW solar carport to offset 100 percent of its energy use
    on 18th April 2019 at 8:01 am

    Yuba College, a community college part of the Yuba Community College District, this week completed a 1-MW solar carport installation that it says could result in $10 million of avoided utility costs over the life of the system. The District purchased the solar outright, which resulted in optimal savings.

  • IREC’s career map shows climate change related employment opportunities on the rise
    on 17th April 2019 at 4:00 pm

    A new career map, Careers in Climate Control Technology, provides a first-of-its-kind interactive, visual tool to showcase the employment opportunities that exist in the swiftly growing HVAC/R industry – Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. The sector is on track for projected growth of 15 percent from 2016 to 2026.

  • SEPA helps demystify transactive energy in new report
    on 17th April 2019 at 1:35 pm

    This week the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) released a report that is says will help utilities and other industry stakeholders understand and prepare for the grid of the futur

  • 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.

  • Green new deal electricity – what really bothers the feds
    on 16th April 2019 at 6:47 pm

    For more than 100 years, electricity has been reliably provided to end users through a centralized generation and transmission model. Large coal, hydro and (later) nuclear generating facilities produced huge amounts of electricity and, through a spider’s web of high voltage transmission lines, sent the power to distribution substations which in turn, through a secondary set of lower voltage feeders, distributed the power out to the end users. And when the end user flipped the switch, their lights would go on. This system was very reliable.

  • Clean energy industry applauds Puerto Rico’s new 100 percent clean energy law
    on 12th April 2019 at 3:54 pm

    On Thursday, Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló signed into law the Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Act which lays the groundwork for the island’s transition to 100 percent clean energy by 2050.

  • 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.

  • Vattenfall pilots salt technology with 10x the capacity of water storage
    on 12th April 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Experiments have shown the ability to store ten-times the capacity of water, and for months on end. It is hoped the technology will help overcome any weather-related fluctuations in renewable generation from wind or solar.

  • 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.

  • Genex Power receives final environmental approval for 250-MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro
    on 9th April 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Genex Power Limited has secured all environmental approvals required to develop the 250-MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project (K2-Hydro).

  • 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.

  • 22 million GWh of pumped hydro energy storage potential identified worldwide
    on 5th April 2019 at 6:45 pm

    There are a total of about 530,000 potentially feasible pumped hydro energy storage sites worldwide, with a total storage potential of about 22 million GWh. These astonishing numbers come from a report recently released by Professor Andrew Blakers and other researchers with Australian National University’s RE100 Group.

  • Tax credits for independent energy storage projects introduced in US congress
    on 5th April 2019 at 5:49 pm

    On Thursday, US Congressman from Pennsylvania Mike Doyle introduced a bill that would establish a federal investment tax credit (ITC) for energy storage. The legislation would allow energy storage project developers, both commercial and residential, to receive a 30 percent tax credit for large-scale, commercial-scale and residential-scale storage projects through 2021.

  • Ultra-fast EV chargers coming ultra soon as e-mobility manufacturers ramp up
    on 5th April 2019 at 1:36 pm

    The viability of electric vehicles depends in part on a manufacturing plant in eastern Australia, where gleaming white cabinets the size of large refrigerators are loaded onto shipping crates. They’re among the most advanced car chargers available, promising to deliver a full tank of juice in minutes.

  • 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.

  • ArcelorMittal Energy signs landmark PPA for Spanish solar farms
    on 3rd April 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Infrastructure and private equity investment manager Foresight Group has agreed a 10-year corporate power purchase agreement with the energy arm of global steel and mining giant ArcelorMittal for two solar farms in Spain.

  • Arizona Public Service issues RFP for large solar + storage plant to provide ‘solar after sunset’
    on 3rd April 2019 at 2:51 pm

    After announcing nearly a gigawatt of new clean-energy projects in February, APS is now seeking proposals to build two of them in different parts of the state. The first request for proposals (RFP) seeks partners to add batteries to existing APS solar plants in rural Arizona, storing their power for use after the panels stop producing each day. A second partner is being sought to develop a large (100-MW) solar plant paired with an equal amount of storage, to bring more clean energy to customers after dark. Both of these projects will provide APS customers with more solar after sunset, serving their evening energy needs with an even cleaner resource mix.

  • Why lithium-ion technology is poised to dominate the energy storage future
    on 3rd April 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Clean-energy visionaries have long argued that the world needs a better battery capable of selling skeptical consumers on electric cars and running the grid on renewable power. And yet the battery of the future—at least for the coming decade—will almost certainly be the battery of the past.

  • Investment group says solar energy could see “popularity boost” in UK due to Brexit
    on 3rd April 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Solar energy companies could fill the void created by the lack of secure energy transfer between UK and EU, the group says.

  • BlackRock beefs up its bet on renewables with small-scale solar
    on 2nd April 2019 at 2:01 pm

    BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest money manager, is boosting its bet on clean energy.

  • ABB and Rolls-Royce partner to further global growth of microgrids
    on 2nd April 2019 at 1:47 pm

    ABB and Rolls-Royce on Tuesday announced a global partnership on microgrid technology and advanced automation. Together the two companies will offer a microgrid solution for utilities, commercial and industrial entities.

  • 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.

  • Italy needs energy storage to shore up 40 GW of renewables coming online in next decade
    on 1st April 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Italy must more than double its capacity to store electricity if it wants to slash pollution from burning fossil fuels, the head of the nation’s power transmission network said.

  • Duke Energy seeks approval for a $76M EV charging infrastructure pilot program
    on 1st April 2019 at 6:46 pm

    On Monday, Duke Energy announced a proposal to make what it says is the largest investment in electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure ever in the Southeast – a $76 million initiative to spur EV adoption across the state.

  • 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.

  • FPL building world's largest solar-storage combo facility in Florida
    on 29th March 2019 at 7:05 pm

    The unit of NextEra Energy announced plans to build a 409-MW energy storage facility in Manatee County. FPL says the Manatee Energy Storage Center will be the world’s largest solar-power battery system by four-fold.

  • Ameren, Opus One Solutions partner on DER, transactive energy markets
    on 29th March 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Illinois microgrid to test transactive energy markets as a part of the company's commitment to innovation and clean energy

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mitsubishi Hitachi launches renewable energy services provider
    on 25th March 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Oriden – a play on the English word “origin” and the Japanese word “denki” meaning ‘electricity’ – is the start of a new type of power generation organization.  &nbs

  • 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.

  • Collaborating for a more resilient energy future in Puerto Rico
    on 22nd March 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) this week unveiled a vision to collaborate with communities, technical experts, businesses and investors to build low-carbon microgrids in Puerto Rico, and bring reliable, clean and affordable electricity to rural areas of the island. As described at the “BlackStart 2019: Future of Energy Summit” in San Juan, the new initiative will help modernize Puerto Rico’s electric grid and improve the system’s resilience.

  • Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure, Desjardins acquire Regional Power hydroelectric plants
    on 22nd March 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure (CC&L Infrastructure) and Regime de Rentes du Mouvement Desjardins, Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company, and Certas Home and Auto Insurance Company (together, Desjardins) have acquired Regional Power Inc. from The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (Manulife).

  • New York Governor Cuomo unveils $30 million zero-carbon buildings initiative
    on 22nd March 2019 at 12:53 pm

    New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched an initiative to advance the design, construction and operation of low- or zero-carbon emitting buildings in the state.

  • Norsk Hydro recuperating from cyberattack
    on 20th March 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Norsk Hydro has suffered from a cyberattack that has crippled some of its infrastructure. Norsk Hydro is primarily an aluminum manufacturer, but the company also owns and operates 17 hydroelectric power stations in Norway.

  • Energy storage firm Highview Power partnering with TSK on global projects
    on 19th March 2019 at 1:50 pm

    The partners will work together to develop projects in Spain, the Middle East and South Africa. The projects could add several gigawatt hours of storage capacity by 2022.

  • World’s largest utility joins EWF’s energy blockchain ecosystem
    on 19th March 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Last week, the Energy Web Foundation (EWF) announced it had officially signed more than 100 affiliates in an effort to become the world’s largest blockchain ecosystem.

  • Powering the future… thanks to your neighbor’s renewable energy
    on 19th March 2019 at 11:09 am

    Distributed Energy Resources (DER), such as residential solar panels, are not only changing the way energy systems operate, they also present an opportunity to change the way local communities operate by giving consumers the ability to sell excess energy, generated by microgrids or renewable set-ups, to their neighbors – it’s the new energy paradigm.

  • To renew the power supply in national parks, think microgrids
    on 19th March 2019 at 10:49 am

    America’s national parks are one of the nation’s greatest assets. They preserve and protect vital ecosystems and offer people from all over the world the chance to experience the beauty and majesty of these great spaces.

  • N.C. bill aims to expand ‘free market’ for electric vehicle charging stations
    on 18th March 2019 at 11:11 am

    Hook up your RV at a North Carolina campground or charge your boat at a marina, and you’ll pay for the electricity you consume. Plug in your electric car at a charging station, and you’ll pay for the time you spend at the outlet.

  • Research shows virtual reservoirs can boost flexibility of small hydropower facilities
    on 13th March 2019 at 9:30 pm

    New research shows that small run-of-river (ROR) hydropower projects can provide just as much baseload stability as reservoir-based hydropower plants while being highly responsive to real-time grid and market changes. This means that as the U.S. seeks to expand renewable energy sources without compromising reliability, one option is more flexible (and profitable) hydropower that doesn’t involve dams. &nbs

  • New York utility installing battery to reduce peaks in non-wires alternative plan
    on 13th March 2019 at 2:52 pm

    This week, ConEdison subsidiary, Orange & Rockland Utilities (O&R) and Key Capture Energy (KCE) announced that O&R has selected KCE, an Albany-based, independent developer of utility-scale battery storage projects, will plan, design, install and operate O&R’s new battery storage project in Pomona.

  • Grid tech company Kaluza invests in blockchain firm Electron
    on 13th March 2019 at 10:30 am

    Grid technology firm Kaluza is investing in British blockchain company Electron.

  • 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.

  • Renewable, energy efficiency groups mount united front vs. Trump budget
    on 12th March 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Trump's proposed budget severely cuts the EPA and DOE's efficiency and renewables offices, but allocates funding for R&D, clean coal and advanced nuclear.

  • 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.

  • Storage system built at world’s biggest solar park
    on 11th March 2019 at 3:31 pm

    An energy storage system has been installed at the largest single-site solar park in the world.

  • 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.

  • ABB Customer World Panel: The future of mobility favors the electrified, autonomous
    on 8th March 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Only time will tell whether this is right, but EV adoption is clearly rising both on the individual and fleet fronts. Utilities such as Southern California Edison and Ameren, among many others, are working to build EV charging infrastructure and align power distribution in a way to handle it.

  • Tesla acquisition will spark shift in EV market
    on 6th March 2019 at 1:56 pm

    One of the most game-changing news events in the electric vehicle and energy storage industry, is the acquisition of Maxwell Technologies by Tesla for $218 million, according to Frost & Sullivan.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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