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Former SunEdison Solar Team Lands Funding for New Venture

1 hour 49 min ago

Summit Ridge Energy, a new solar company led by former employees of bankrupt SunEdison Inc., obtained funding to build, finance and acquire solar power plants across the U.S.

Court Sides with FERC, Against Consumers and Clean Energy

2 hours 4 min ago

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval of controversial new rules for America’s largest power market. We are disappointed because these rules unnecessarily funnel money from electricity consumers to fossil and nuclear power plants while largely excluding competition from reliable, economical wind and solar power and demand response.

German Utility Planning Storage Project in Salt Caverns

2 hours 51 min ago

German utility EWE plans to build a battery in underground salt caverns in collaboration with Friedrich Schiller University. The project, called brine for power (b4p), will be based on redox flow battery technology, according to EWE.

 

Consortium Supports Flow Battery Installation in Hawaii for Research

3 hours 21 min ago

The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA), Hawaii Electric Light Co., Ulupono Initiative, and UniEnergy Technologies (UET) are working together to install a 100kW/500kWh advanced vanadium flow battery this year at the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park (HOST Park) administered by NELHA.

ACP-EU Cooperation Program in Higher Education Enhances Capacity for Sustainable Energy Engineering in East Africa

4 hours 28 min ago

The paradox in the African energy sector has been of increasing concern to stakeholders at various levels. Africa is energy-resources rich yet energy poor. Statistics of energy supply and utilization may best describe the conditions of energy access on the continent. 

Massachusetts Regulators Direct Utilities to Shorten Offshore Wind Bid Evaluation Timeline

Tue, 27/06/2017 - 22:45

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) in a June 21 order directed National Grid, Unitil and Eversource Energy to shorten their proposed evaluation and contract negotiation periods for offshore wind bids.

The Solar PV Industry Cosmos — Linking Cost and Physics

Tue, 27/06/2017 - 19:11

In a competition between physics and finance (profitability), physics always wins. The smart money will always be on the side of physics. Understanding this dynamic may be the single biggest advantage in solar PV.

 

3@3 on Solar PV: Upsides, Downsides and Potential Challenges

Tue, 27/06/2017 - 18:52

Today's topics include the good news recently out about solar's penetration into the U.S. electricity supply as well as the bad news that it's still such a small amount. Then we'll look at a serious FERC ruling that could start to chip away at progress.

 

Electrify Europe Unveiled in Cologne

Tue, 27/06/2017 - 18:39

POWER-GEN Europe today marked its 25 anniversary by opening a new chapter in the history of European energy industry trade shows. Today the show’s owner, PennWell Corporation, unveiled Electrify Europe, the world’s first event dedicated to the convergence in the power generation and transmission and distribution sectors.

The $123 Billion Question: Are Green Bonds Really Working?

Tue, 27/06/2017 - 18:26

The green-bond market has boomed on the allure of investments that help the environment. Now, the industry is trying to show that the reality matches these ambitions. Advisers and rating companies are starting to track the environmental effect of projects funded by green bonds, such as the impact on air pollution.

World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Sets Sights on New Markets

Tue, 27/06/2017 - 18:04

The chief executive officer of Vestas Wind Systems A/S says the world’s biggest wind turbine maker wants to expand in the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region as it taps into growing demand for renewable energy in new markets.

US Conference of Mayors Approves Resolution Calling for 100 Percent Renewable Energy in American Cities

Tue, 27/06/2017 - 14:29

The U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami yesterday approved a resolution calling for 100 percent renewable energy in cities across the U.S. by 2035.

CSP Eyes Strong Growth with Thermal Energy Storage to Compete Against PV

Mon, 26/06/2017 - 15:11

Concentrating solar power (CSP) has existed since 1866, but for the last couple of decades, photovoltaic (PV) has been the dominant solar technology. Now with technological advancements and energy storage, CSP is poised to make a significant comeback. 

Solar Now Third Largest Renewable Source of Electricity in US

Mon, 26/06/2017 - 14:44

In April, solar reached a new milestone, providing more than 2.3 percent of U.S. electrical supply, according to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information's (EIA) Electric Power Monthly, with data through April 30, 2017. Consequently, solar has now moved into third place among renewable sources — behind hydropower and wind but ahead of biomass and geothermal.

New York Moves to Establish Energy Storage Procurement Target for 2030

Mon, 26/06/2017 - 14:19

The New York State Legislature has sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo companion bills that would lead to the development of an energy storage procurement target for the state.

European Commission Approves Aid for Danish Coal-to-biomass Plant Conversion

Mon, 26/06/2017 - 13:20

The European Commission (EC) last week said that it has approved state aid for the conversion of a coal plant to biomass in Kalundborg, Denmark.