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Clean Energy Leadership Emerging in Washington, DC

Fri, 25/05/2018 - 22:26
About a month ago, legislators for the District of Columbia introduced a bill that, if passed, could revolutionize how utilities deliver power to customers. The bill is known as the Distributed Energy Resources Authority Act. It would establish an independent body that ensures DC utilities look at non-wires alternatives whenever they propose to spend more than $25M on construction to expand capacity or enhance reliability. The independent body would determine if any of the capacity or reliability requirements could be met with energy efficiency, demand response or distributed energy resources (DERs) like solar and storage.

Now May Be the Best Time to Give Your Wind Turbine a Makeover

Fri, 25/05/2018 - 21:30

Wind farm operators can earn an 11 percent rate of return for replacing turbine nacelles, hubs or rotors this year, and that’s even after a key federal tax break was reduced from last year, according to a report Wednesday from the consulting company ICF Inc.

As Apple, Google and Others Promote Renewables, What Is the Best Way to Evaluate Corporate Energy Leadership?

Fri, 25/05/2018 - 20:53

At 62 percent of U.S. retail electric sales, commercial and industrial electricity consumers can substantially influence the demand for renewable energy and accelerate the pace of electric sector decarbonization.

Siemens Gamesa Installs Pioneering Energy Storage System in Spain

Fri, 25/05/2018 - 19:20

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. 

BP Invests in Tech to Charge Cars as Quickly as Filling Gas Tank

Fri, 25/05/2018 - 14:47

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.

Why California’s Rooftop Mandate Isn’t Good Enough for Some Solar Enthusiasts

Thu, 24/05/2018 - 19:23

You might expect the debate over California's new rooftop solar mandate to pit two well-defined camps against each other. But there are more than two sides.

China, India Lead Global Solar Power Expansion

Thu, 24/05/2018 - 19:08

India and China are driving a rapid global expansion in large-scale, solar power developments as the cost of building new projects falls, according to an analysis by Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.

Renewable Energy and DERs Are a Better Deal than New Gas Generation Almost Every Time

Thu, 24/05/2018 - 18:41
Utilities and independent power producers (IPPs) plan to invest $110 billion through 2025 to build new, natural gas-fired power plants. They, their shareholders and society would be better served were that capital invested in new, distributed, renewable power generation and distributed energy resources (DERs), including utility-customer demand response and energy efficiency programs, the Rocky Mountain Institute says.

Canada Is Ready to Demonstrate the Power of Its Geothermal Resource

Thu, 24/05/2018 - 18:32

Drilling for initial production and injection wells will begin next month for a geothermal energy demonstration project in southern Saskatchewan. Once built, the facility will be the first geothermal power plant in Canada.

Home Finance Options are Adapting to Meet California’s Solar Landscape

Thu, 24/05/2018 - 17:31

As California continues to push aggressive policies for the advancement of solar deployment in the state, options for homebuyers to finance solar also are growing to meet their needs.

Clean Energy Laws Signed in New Jersey: Offshore Wind, Efficiency, Solar, Storage and Nuclear Benefit

Wed, 23/05/2018 - 22:47
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.

In Landmark Day, East Coast States Secure 1.2 GW of Offshore Wind for US

Wed, 23/05/2018 - 22:42

Massachusetts and Rhode Island today selected two offshore wind projects for development, securing a total of 1.2 GW of offshore generating capacity along the East Coast.

New Fast-charging EV Infrastructure Will Lessen Grid Strain with Batteries

Wed, 23/05/2018 - 20:28
Accelerating the roll-out of EV charging infrastructure is widely seen as a key step towards furthering the widespread advent of electric transportation but isn’t without challenges. To address some of these challenges, Nidec Industrial Solutions, has unveiled a battery-based, ultra-fast charger (UFC) for electric vehicles (EVs).

Hydro, wind and solar: Undeniable synergies

Wed, 23/05/2018 - 18:45

“There is no technical or economic barrier to transitioning the entire world to 100 percent clean, renewable energy with a stable electric grid at low cost,” said Mark Z. Jacobson with Stanford University. This is the key finding of research completed and published in early 2018.

Here's What It Takes to Be a Leader in the US Offshore Wind Supply Chain

Wed, 23/05/2018 - 16:36

Virginia is taking the next step in growing the infrastructure necessary to support the offshore wind supply chain with the release of an RFP seeking an expert to develop a plan to strengthen the state’s existing assets.

Why More Solar and Wind on the Grid Should Be Driving Today’s Investment Decisions

Wed, 23/05/2018 - 12:27
A new LBNL report offers concrete suggestions about what investments today will be most beneficial in tomorrow’s renewable energy future.

Report: Renewables, Energy Efficiency in New England Will Replace the Need for Gas Pipelines

Wed, 23/05/2018 - 12:27
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.