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Challenge of Local Content in Renewable Energy Projects in Africa

1 hour 19 min ago

South Africa and Kenya are some of the African countries that currently are at various levels of implementing local content regulations on renewable energy projects. An expert has called for a review of the approach used in enforcing the new laws, which would ensure more utilization of local labor and manufactured products.

Batteries Win Biggest Energy Storage Competition of the Year

2 hours 34 min ago

Batteries won big in the U.K.’s contest to provide power that can be dispatched quickly to help keep the electricity grid stable, a step that will help the nation expand the amount of renewable energy it’s using.

On a Pachyderm’s Derriere: Renewable Energy in a Sustainable World

5 hours 27 min ago

In the greater scheme of things, direct energy may be little more important than a pimple on an elephant’s butt. Granted it would have to be a pretty big pimple, but the point is that meeting the climate challenge depends upon how energy is used much more than how it is supplied.

SNAP-Ifugao remains committed to developing 390-MW Alimit hydropower project in Philippines

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 21:22

Developer SN Aboitiz Power-Ifugao has said it remains committed to developing the 390-MW Alimit hydropower project in the Philippines, pending consent from indigenous groups impacted by its construction.

How Medium and Small Firms Can Join the Renewable Energy Rush

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 18:27

Renewable energy purchasing has evolved into a sophisticated combination of savings calculations incorporating demand charge savings, multiple energy pricing options, and increasingly flexible generation siting. Large corporations have embraced this trend, by buying more renewable energy than ever — a recent PwC survey showed 72 percent of surveyed firms are actively pursuing clean energy procurement.

France Plans Tender for 3 GW of Solar Plants by 2020

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 17:32

Energy Minister Segolene Royal put out a request for project proposals for solar farms, according to a statement on the ministry’s website. It is seeking six projects with 500 MW of capacity apiece.

Drax Joins UK's Hinkley Debate With Biomass Conversion Offer

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 16:07

The owner of what was once the U.K.’s biggest coal plant joined a growing list of companies jostling for position to fill a potential energy gap if the government drops plans for an 18-billion pound ($23 billion) nuclear station in Somerset.

Where’s Butanol, or Other Substitutes for Gasoline Besides Ethanol?

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 15:45

A reader writes: I’d hoped that the biofuels crowd would have gotten beyond ethanol by now. The industry has made progress creating all kinds of specialty chemicals from renewable sources and more or less successfully brought them to market.  There’s jet and diesel in commercial use whether or not they’re yet profitable.

A Kansas Electric Cooperative Offers Energy Savings with $0 Down - Episode 32 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 07:00

It’s not sexy. But it can make you warmer. It can even make you cooler. On-bill financing provides loans for energy efficiency improvements through the local utility company.

Colorado launches first low-income rooftop solar power project

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 01:00

The Colorado Energy Office, Energy Resource Center, and Colorado Springs Utilities announce the installation of a 2kW rooftop solar power array as part of the state's Weatherization Assistance Program.

Japan’s First Floating Solar System with Microinverters Installed on an Irrigation Reservoir

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 00:58

On a farming reservoir in Fukuoka City, Fukuoka prefecture, 1,200 photovoltaic (PV) modules cover the water surface to generate electricity and additional revenues for the city. Many floating solar systems have been developed in Japan, but this 300-kW system, which became operational this July, is a bit different. This is the nation’s first floating solar system equipped with microinverters.

Moving Beyond the Generation Fixation: Grid Transformation Key to Delivering on Paris

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 00:28

The year is 1878. The city of Paris is hosting the third annual World Fair, featuring the latest in fine art and innovative machinery. For the first time in history, 64 electric street lamps, running the length of the Avenue de l’Opera from the Louvre to the Palais Garnier Opera House, are lit with the flick of a switch.

Used Electric Car Batteries Get Second Life as Home Storage

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 20:57

Aging batteries from electric cars will soon find a second life as power-storage systems for homes and offices, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

IFC, Canadian Government Invest in Biomass Power for the Philippines

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 20:44

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), in cooperation with the Government of Canada and the Clean Technology Fund, will invest $161 million in three biomass power plants in the Philippines.

UK Grid-scale Energy Storage Approaches Commercial Reality

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 19:54

Grid-scale energy storage will move closer to commercial reality on Friday when the U.K.’s grid operator offers contracts to companies to help balance the network, a key measure needed to help balance increasing supply from renewables.

Five Things You Need to Know Before the Clean Power Plan Oral Argument

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 17:44

The Clean Power Plan oral argument is coming up soon. On Sept. 27, attorneys will present their arguments in front of the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Senators Introduce Storage ITC Bill

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 15:48

Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced S. 3159 to make energy storage eligible for an investment tax credit (ITC) under section 48.  The bill introduced last month would make energy storage systems with a capacity of at least five kilowatt hours, regardless of whether it was supplied by a renewable resource, investment tax credit eligible.  For instance, a stand-alone storage project that drew power from the grid would be ITC eligible under this bill.

Renewable Energy Was 16.9 Percent of US Electric Generation in the First Half of 2016

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 14:24

It’s finally happening. After years of research and development, of policy debates over subsidies and climate change and energy independence; renewable energy is finally starting to replace fossil fuel sources of electric generation across the nation.

Aneel sets cap price for upcoming Brazilian hydroelectric power auction

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 20:16

Brazilian power regulator Agencia Nacional de Eneria Eletricqa (Aneel) has set wholesale cap prices for an upcoming power auction that includes more than 130 small hydroelectric plants.

The Clean Power Plan: Justice Delayed

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 18:51

In the case of the Fossil Fuel Industry, et. al. VS Earth, et. al., I find myself asking—not for the first time—is justice delayed, justice denied? It should come as no surprise that I am convinced it is.