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Harvesting the sun is the new cash crop

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 16:26
It takes a special person to farm these days. Long hours, hard work, and the uncertainties of weather and yield are nothing new to farming, but the 21st Century presents new and unique challenges—and the results are increasingly dependent on factors beyond farmers’ control.

The bursting of the Tesla stock bubble

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 14:27
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

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 14:18
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?

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 14:00
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.

Iberdrola inaugurates 350-MW Baixo Iguacu hydroelectric power plant in Brazil

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 13:37

Iberdrola, through its Brazilian affiliate Neoenergia, has opened the 350-MW Baixo Iguacu hydroelectric power plant, with an investment of more than €500 million (US$559.5 million).

Advocates want next phase of ComEd microgrid powered by renewables

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 18:51
Stakeholders including clean energy and community groups are watching closely as ComEd begins the second phase of a microgrid pilot project in Chicago.

Enel Green Power starts construction of 90-MW Azov wind farm in Russia

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 15:45

Enel Green Power announces it has begun construction of the 90-MW Azov wind farm, located in the Rostov region of Southern Russia.

Turbine collapses at Oklahoma wind farm

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 15:43

No cause has been announced, but Enel Green Power North America is investigating why its turbine, made by GE, failed at the Chisholm View II project. 

UPS bets on renewable gas from landfills in largest deal ever

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 14:40
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

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 14:11
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. DOE announces $6.6 million available through Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 13:47

The Water Power Technologies Office of the U.S. Department of Energy is now accepting applications for $6.6 million in the latest round of funding under section 242 of Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT).

U.S. set to overtake South Korea in 2019 as world’s largest grid-connected battery energy-storage market

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:59
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.

Geothermal industry gets boost with discoveries of ‘blind’ systems

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 21:24
This week the University of Nevada, Reno announced two discoveries in the Great Basin by the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology using a previously untried method for finding unknown, hidden geothermal resources.

Oil companies join corporate lobbying push for U.S. carbon tax

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 16:10
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

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:53
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

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 14:59
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

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 17:04
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

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 12:42
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

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 07:30

People in Germany are more pessimistic than the rest of Europe regarding their country’s progress on its energy transition, or engergiewende.

Associated Electric Cooperative signs 20-year PPA for 265 MW of wind power

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 15:40
Enel Green Power North America announced on Thursday that it has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) between its subsidiary White Cloud Wind Project, LLC and Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. (AECI), a power utility based in Springfield, Missouri. In line with the agreement, AECI will purchase the entire output generated by the 236.5 MW White Cloud wind project, currently in development in Nodaway County, Missouri.