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Solar and Renewable Energy Trends in 2017

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 21:41

The solar and renewable energy industries are constantly evolving — and sometimes changing abruptly – and this will continue in the new year that is soon upon us. Here’s what can we expect from 2017:

Enel Starts Operation of Integrated Geothermal-Hydropower Plant in Utah

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 14:20

Enel S.p.A., through its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America Inc. (EGPNA), has begun operation of its Cove Fort geothermal-hydropower plant.

Why We Need Desert Solar as Well as Rooftop

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 14:06

In the comment sections following articles about big solar projects in the desert, you’ll typically find the claim that we should put solar only on rooftops, citing studies like this from NREL, that stated: "New analysis nearly doubles previous estimates and shows U.S. building rooftops could generate close to 40 percent of national electricity sales.”

Notes from the Solar Underground: 2016 – What Just Happened?

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 13:40

2016 was a wild year and not just for solar. Voters seem to be rejecting the status quo in favor of the unknown in many countries. After decades of reliance on government incentives, subsidies and mandates the global solar industry may be inured to unpredictability but the industry as a whole should be wary of global trends.

Trump’s Pick of EPA Foe to Lead Agency May Spark Senate Fight

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 12:15

President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of a chief opponent of the Obama administration’s climate agenda and a staunch oil industry ally to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prompted vows to battle the nomination.

Global Wind Energy Insight: ‘We’re Moving On’

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 01:43

Well, what was unthinkable just a short while ago is now the reality, and Donald Trump is President-elect of the United States, sending shockwaves across the U.S. and around the world. The press and social media are rife with speculation about which of the many and often conflicting positions he took during the campaign will become reality.

China’s Wind Power Curtailment Rate Declined During First Nine Months of 2016

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 01:15

China’s aggregate wind power curtailment reached 39.47 billion kWh during the first nine months of 2016, according to data from the National Energy Administration of China. The country’s average wind power curtailment rate was 19 percent, down from 26 percent in the first quarter of 2016 and 21 percent in the first half of this year.

US Army Releases Review Related to Streamlining of Solar Permitting

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 01:00

The U.S. Department of the Army announce in the Dec. 2 Federal Register that it has completed a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for construction, operation, and maintenance of solar photovoltaic (PV) renewable energy projects on Army installations and is making the PEA and a draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI) available for public comment.

Wind Farms a Blight, Says Trump — But Does Scotland Care?

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 00:52

For those who are worried about the future of renewables following the reality of a Trump presidency, the news isn’t looking good. These are worrying times. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Rumors abound that he is looking to climate change deniers in selecting his energy secretary.

Google Targets 100-Percent Renewable Operations in 2017

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 19:30

With the trend of corporate renewable energy power purchasing clearly set by global corporations, it’s no surprise that Google is now claiming it will be fully powered by renewables next year.

Red-Dead project in the Middle East will include hydropower

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 17:28

On Dec. 3, the government of Jordan announced it has raised about US$400 to finance the first phase of the US$10 billion Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project (Red-Dead).

New Funding Supports Energy Storage for Brooklyn Low-Income Community

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 13:07

Nonprofit New York City Energy Efficiency Corp. (NYCEEC) on Dec. 6 said it made a 10-year project loan of more than $1 million to bring large-scale battery storage technology to a privately owned low-income housing development in Brooklyn, NY.

What Now? Renewable Energy in the Age of Trump: A Time for Efficiency?

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 12:20

There is a saying that the two things you should never see made are laws and sausage. As a political activist from the city once hailed as HOG Butcher of the World, I can confirm the truth of it.

China’s Control on Deal Cash Flows Could Hinder Solar Privatization Plans

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 17:43

The $1.5 billion privatizations of two of China’s biggest solar companies have been thrown into doubt because of concerns they may run afoul of a government effort to keep more of the nation’s money supply at home.

Kenya’s Power Utilities Should Include Smart Grid Functions in National Code

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 17:22

Kenya Power Company, Kenya’s largest power utility, should come up with technical regulations that require only solar PV inverters with smart grid management functions are connected to its distribution grid.

Missouri River Energy Seeks Permit for 1,200-MW Pumped Storage Hydro Project

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 16:58

The Missouri Basin Municipal Power Agency d/b/a Missouri River Energy Services applied Dec. 1 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit, good for up to three years of feasibility work on the 1,200-MW Gregory County Pump Storage Project in South Dakota.

What Do the 2016 Elections Mean for the Clean Power Plan?

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 15:35

President-Elect Trump has repeatedly claimed that climate change is a “hoax,” and has appointed notorious climate denier Myron Ebell to run the transition team for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Advanced Blade Pitch Systems Part 2 — Three Key Insights

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 14:26

In part one of this article, we looked at five trends in the rapidly evolving technology of advanced blade pitch systems. Let’s take a look now at three key insights for making the right blade pitch system decisions.

TP Ocean Releases 'Strategic Research Agenda' for Europe’s Ocean Energy Industry

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 13:34

On Nov. 25, the European Technology & Innovation Platform for Ocean Energy announced it has defined the research priorities for Europe’s ocean energy industry in its “Strategic Research Agenda” report.

Deepwater Wind Seeks Maryland Approval for 120-MW Skipjack Offshore Project

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 00:42

Skipjack Offshore Energy LLC applied Nov. 30 with the Maryland Public Service Commission for approval of a 120-MW wind project that would qualify for a Maryland set-aside program for offshore wind energy.