- Victoria Government to Build Wind Plus Storage for Advanced Agriculture Facility
The government of Victoria, Australia, recently completed an agreement that supports the development of a wind plus storage facility for a crop farm in Western Victoria.
- 7 days ago 9 Jan 18, 8:47pm -
- Federal Regulators Shut Down Perry’s Proposed Rule for Grid Resilience
In an order issued late yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission determined that Secretary Rick Perry’s Sep. 29 notice of proposed rulemaking on grid resilience does not meet the statutory requirements of the Federal Power Act.
- 8 days ago 9 Jan 18, 1:57pm -
- Ice Loss and the Polar Vortex: How a Warming Arctic Fuels Cold Snaps
When winter sets in, "polar vortex" becomes one of the most dreaded phrases in the Northern Hemisphere. It's enough to send shivers even before the first blast of bitter cold arrives. New research shows that some northern regions have been getting hit with these extreme cold spells more frequently o…
- 8 days ago 8 Jan 18, 4:19pm -
- Brazil Vows to End Amazonian Mega-Dam Construction; Moves Toward Wind and Solar Energy
After years of criticism, the government of Brazil announced in January that it will end the era of building big hydropower dams in the Amazon. In an article in the O Globo newspaper, Paulo Pedrosa, Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, said that the government has no prejudice ag…
- 11 days ago 5 Jan 18, 9:56pm -
- US Utility-Scale Solar, Wind Capacity Could Double by 2020
Proposed net additions to generating capacity by utility-scale wind and solar in the U.S. could total 116 GW by December 2020 — effectively doubling their current installed capacity of 115.5 GW, according to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Energy Infrastructure Up…
- 11 days ago 5 Jan 18, 8:57pm -
- 3 Decentralizing Trends: Empowering State Capitals, Consumers and the Capital Markets
Even as uncertainties loom, the outlook for clean energy technologies and business models is bright. We can pin this optimism in the concrete: Three decentralizing trends are empowering state capitals, consumers, and the capital markets to lead the way on climate action — and, in turn, those trend…
- 12 days ago 4 Jan 18, 7:24pm -
- Of Venomous Toads and Precious Jewels — Farewell 2017!
When Shakespeare’s Duke in As You Like It is deposed and forced into exile by his wicked brother, losing everything and living rough in the woods, he fears all is lost. But he soon sees unexpected blessings. So too do we in the year now ending.
- 13 days ago 3 Jan 18, 8:19pm -
- Top Seven Clean Energy Actions in 2017 — Ringing Out the Old Year and into 2018
2017 was a whirlwind of energy market records, policies, and reports. And here’s my list of the big seven areas of note.
- 13 days ago 3 Jan 18, 8:01pm -
- New York to Procure 800 MW of Offshore Wind in Next Two Years
As part of New York’s 2018 State of the State proposal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday said that New York will procure at least 800 MW of offshore wind power between two solicitations to be issued in 2018 and 2019.
- 14 days ago 3 Jan 18, 1:49pm -
- US Grid Needs to Go on a Diet to Get Leaner and Greener
Many regions of the U.S. have overbuilt and retained too many power plants, which can be detrimental to their owners, consumers, clean alternatives like wind and solar power, and flexible resources like energy storage and demand response (compensating customers for being flexible with their ener…
- 14 days ago 3 Jan 18, 1:13pm -
- The Year Renewables Became Mainstream in Australia
South Australia’s lithium-ion battery grabbed the headlines in 2017, first when Elon Musk announced he’d build the world’s largest battery in 100 days or it would be free, then again when he accomplished it, and yet again when the battery reacted to power surges in record time in December.
- 14 days ago 2 Jan 18, 3:45pm -
- Top 5 State Legislative Issues of 2017
With another year behind us, it is time to take a look in the rearview mirror at the year that was for the advanced energy industry. Our annual review of the top state legislative issues tells a story of policy progress for a myriad of advanced energy technologies, along with some familiar struggles…
- 14 days ago 2 Jan 18, 3:00pm -
- Investors Keen to Support Mongolia’s Renewable Energy Goals
The pace of Mongolian wind investment announcements is quickening. The country’s leaders are working to meet increasing demand for electricity, reduce heavy reliance on coal and improve energy security. It’s no surprise, therefore, that renewable energy solutions have become the focus of such ne…
- 18 days ago 29 Dec 17, 3:44pm -
- Trump Administration Reverses Obama-Era Policy on Accidental Bird Deaths
The Trump administration, reversing an Obama-era policy, said it won’t prosecute oil drillers, wind-farm developers and others who accidentally kill migratory birds.
- 19 days ago 28 Dec 17, 3:51pm -
- Juliana v US: For Children of All Ages — Part Two
In part one of this article, I took a closer look at the oral arguments in the latest episode of Juliana v. United States, and identified two questions that were raised during the orals that bear further consideration.
- 19 days ago 28 Dec 17, 2:50pm -
- 2018 — The Year of the Digital Grid
Nothing will stand out in 2018 as more important for the long-term success of renewables than the advancement of a digital grid architecture. Visibility at the grid edge; integration of sensors and data analytics for distributed generation; smart contracts for energy management; flexible demand; int…
- 20 days ago 28 Dec 17, 1:08am -
- Wind and Solar Curtailments Drop Almost 30 Percent in China’s Xinjiang Region
The staggeringly high curtailment rates among wind power and PV systems across Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region witnessed a 29.3 percent drop over the first 11 months of 2017, down 10 percent from the same period of a year earlier as the region worked to overcome difficulties caused by the rapid gro…
- 20 days ago 27 Dec 17, 3:43pm -
- Four Renewable Energy Trends to Follow in 2018
There are important trends to keep an eye on in 2018 where sustainable energy is concerned. Here are four trends to follow in the New Year.
- 20 days ago 27 Dec 17, 2:47pm -
- Juliana v US: For Children of All Ages — Part One
Through the magic of YouTube TV, I was able to sit in on the oral arguments in the latest episode of Juliana v. United States. The lawsuit is being brought by 21 plaintiffs ranging in age from 10 to 21. It accuses the federal government of causing them harm by failing to protect them adequately fr…
- 25 days ago 22 Dec 17, 7:33pm -
- Workshops Aim to Train Architects, Engineers on Solar Basics
While training opportunities abound for installers, a series of workshops in three southern U.S. cities aims to bring architects and other design professionals up to speed on solar.
- 26 days ago 21 Dec 17, 4:30pm -
- South Australian Government to Be Powered by Solar, Wind
New electricity retailer SIMEC ZEN Energy has won the contract to supply the South Australian Government until at least 2020. Under the contract, SIMEC ZEN Energy will supply more than 80 percent of the government’s electricity needs in 2018. This will escalate to 100 percent in 2019 when it wil…
- 26 days ago 21 Dec 17, 3:09pm -
- Bids Are in for Massachusetts Offshore Wind Procurement; Storage Included
Offshore wind power proposals were due today in response to a request for proposals (RFP) by three utilities in Massachusetts. Companies submitting their bids presented options that could help give their projects a boost in the selection process, including scalable transmission and energy storage…
- 27 days ago 20 Dec 17, 7:07pm -
- Global Wind Energy Insight: Work Harder, Be Smarter in 2018
2017 has been yet another tumultuous year. Cratering prices for wind and solar. The South African stand-off at the OK corral continues. The Indian market drops through the floor as procurement schemes change. On the bright side, wind and solar are hailed by all and sundry as the inevitable technolog…
- 27 days ago 20 Dec 17, 6:01pm -
- Inside Renewable Energy — The Washington DC Outlook on Renewables in 2018
In this episode, Joel Stronberg of the JBS Group discusses the top three big events that happened in Washington D.C. that affected the renewables industry in 2017, plus what critical issues we should be watching in 2018 and the actions industry members can take next year to stay informed and involv…
- 28 days ago 19 Dec 17, 9:22pm -
- 3 Things Companies Can Do in 2018 to Push Global Climate Action
Companies stepped up on climate change in 2017. In 2018, they need to bring countries with them. It is fantastic that there are now more than 300 companies committed to set science-based targets to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
- 28 days ago 19 Dec 17, 6:20pm -
- Tax Equity Market in Potential Peril from Final Tax Reform Bill
As lawmakers prepare to vote on the final version of the much-anticipated U.S. tax reform bill that was released last week, the renewable energy industry is counting its wins, while wondering what the long-term effect of the bill on the industry will be.
- 29 days ago 18 Dec 17, 8:25pm -
- Wind in Europe — How Does It Blow?
Europe maintains a healthy market but is looking forward to fresh energy and climate ambitions to add certainty over what the post-2020 landscape will mean for new wind power.
- 29 days ago 18 Dec 17, 5:58pm -
- Subsidy-Free Offshore Wind Power Possible in Dutch Auction
Subsidy-free renewables could appear in a second country after an auction this week in the Netherlands, which is seeking about $2.7 billion to develop a giant offshore wind farm.
- 32 days ago 15 Dec 17, 6:33pm -
- Can Puerto Rico Really Depend on Microgrids and Renewables for Power?
As Puerto Rico sets out to rebuild its electric system knocked out by Hurricane Maria in September, can it become a model for renewable energy? Scores of government agencies, think tanks and energy experts are mulling that question, as much of the U.S. Caribbean territory still lacks electricity.
- 32 days ago 15 Dec 17, 3:49pm -
- Brazil to Dominate Latin America’s Wind Power Market in 2018
Latin American wind has grown swiftly in recent years to almost 20 GW by August 2017, with 80 percent of installed capacity in Brazil and Mexico.
- 32 days ago 15 Dec 17, 3:40pm -
- A Revealing Look at Wind's Big Markets and Emerging Challenges
On the global stage, China is the leading market for wind energy. With wind capacity of 168.7 GW at the end of 2016, it held a market share in new deployments of over 42 percent. China’s commitment to renewables, with a focus on wind, doesn’t show signs of ebbing: aiming for 20 percent of its e…
- 33 days ago 14 Dec 17, 4:25pm -
- World Bank Puts Fossil Fuels On Notice
The World Bank Group (WBG) yesterday during the One Planet Summit in Paris said that, as of 2019, it will no longer finance exploration for and production of oil and gas.
- 34 days ago 13 Dec 17, 7:18pm -
- Brazil's Largest Wind Company Has Big Plans to Dominate Solar
Brazil’s biggest wind company has set its sights on dominating the country’s nascent solar market. CPFL Energias Renovaveis SA has 1 MW of solar power in operation now, a pilot project in Sao Paulo State, but has plans to build another 450 MW.
- 34 days ago 13 Dec 17, 5:44pm -
- DOE Announces New R&D Effort for Offshore Wind
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry on Dec. 12 announced a significant new DOE commitment to advance offshore wind energy.
- 34 days ago 13 Dec 17, 4:54pm -
- California Storage Providers Help Balance Renewables on Japan's Grid
Two California energy storage providers say they are deploying networks of systems in Japan to help the country use more renewable energy. Stem Inc., a California firm that provides energy storage solutions, said it’s deploying a network of systems with Mitsui & Co. Ltd., marking its first foray…
- 35 days ago 13 Dec 17, 6:33am -
- Multi-Billion Dollar Plan to Re-Power Puerto Rico Includes DERs, Renewables
If Hurricane Sandy, during which millions of New Yorkers lost power and damage to the electric grid was substantial, was the spark that ignited New York’s “Reforming the Energy Vision, aka REV” then perhaps Hurricane Maria will be the spark that ignites a new energy vision for Puerto Rico.
- 35 days ago 12 Dec 17, 7:18pm -
- CHP No Longer Perceived Negatively by Utilities
Attitudes to combined heat and power technology have transformed, according to speakers at the world’s largest electric power conference.
- 36 days ago 11 Dec 17, 7:25pm -
- The View from Washington On Energy Regulations
And interview with Emily Fisher, Vice President, Law, and Corporate Secretary at Edison Electric Institute about the view from Washington following a Thursday, December 7 Plenary discussion at POWER-GEN International. Fisher describes the two different avenues that President Trump is pursuing regar…
- 36 days ago 11 Dec 17, 5:39pm -
- 3@3 on Solar PV: POWER-GEN, Energy Imbalance Market, Solar Trade Case
Today's topics include highlights from POWER-GEN, the largest show for the power generation industry, the energy imbalance market, Azeb Asnake, the solar trade case and more.
- 36 days ago 11 Dec 17, 5:21pm -
- GE's 12,000 Job Cuts Highlight Uneasy Shift to Renewable Energy
After spending years building up its gas-power business, General Electric Co. is trying to figure out how to keep pace in a world that’s no longer all that interested in fossil fuels.
- 36 days ago 11 Dec 17, 4:39pm -
- Trump Will Have to Wait Another Month for a Plan to Rescue Coal
The Trump administration, which was looking to have a plan in place this week to bail out America’s coal country, will instead have to wait until the new year.Kevin McIntyre, sworn in Thursday as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asked for a 30-day extension to act on a sweepi…
- 36 days ago 11 Dec 17, 4:22pm -
- Are Utilities Getting Greener? Merger Proceedings Would Indicate Yes
There has been a steady stream of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the utility sector over the past several years. These transactions generally require public service commissions (PSC) approval in the states in which one or both of the parties have operations, and the PSCs are typically charged wit…
- 39 days ago 8 Dec 17, 5:15pm -
- Letter from the Editor: Why the Energy Imbalance Market is a Billion Dollar Opportunity
Electric grids are mighty complicated. Of course, if you’re in the industry, you don’t need me to tell you that. When we created these huge networks of wires to pass electricity from generator to user, we simultaneously needed to track where the energy originated and where it went so we could fi…
- 39 days ago 8 Dec 17, 5:13pm -
- How Vibration Monitoring Can Eliminate Downtime in Wind Farm O&M
Wind turbine operators are under tremendous pressure to minimize maintenance costs and maximize turbine availability in order to protect profits. A vibration monitoring strategy can help engineers can establish a robust preventative maintenance regime and boost reliability.
- 39 days ago 8 Dec 17, 3:38pm -
- How Drones Will Transform Wind Turbine Inspections
The services that drone companies can provide to wind farm owners/operators will lead to faster, cheaper and more efficient operations and maintenance solutions, which will completely transform the O&M business.
- 40 days ago 7 Dec 17, 10:18pm -
- POWER-GEN 2017 Keynote – Convergence and Collaboration
Though the power industry continues to endure rapid change in technology, demand and regulation, the five keynote speakers at POWER-GEN International 2017 focused on making the most of a changing market through convergence and collaboration.
- 40 days ago 7 Dec 17, 9:05pm -
- Variety of Opportunities for Next-Gen Energy Workforce Focus of Women in Power Luncheon
About 50 people gathered on Dec. 5 at the Women in Power luncheon during POWER-GEN International in Las Vegas to hear the Woman of the Year and other finalists discuss their roles in affecting change in the energy industry, and the variety of opportunities in energy for the next generation of leader…
- 40 days ago 7 Dec 17, 8:56pm -
- Corporates #RocktheGrid by Driving Up Renewable Energy Demand
Speakers in a session on utility-scale renewable power during POWERGEN 2017 presented evidence that corporate buyers are driving an unprecedented demand for renewable energy today and will continue to do so into the future.In #RocktheGrid - New Market Demand for Renewables, Lily Donge of the Rocky…
- 41 days ago 6 Dec 17, 6:09pm -
- What Is the Best Way to Empower a Cleaner Grid?
Energy market participants in some regions of the world are facing the challenge of renewables integration head-on, creating a slow, but steady, campaign to redesign their markets and form more regionalized power grids. Europe has a goal of breaking down the regional barriers that keep energy from m…
- 42 days ago 5 Dec 17, 11:04pm -
- Azeb Asnake Is the 2017 POWER-GEN Woman of the Year
In recognition of her great work advancing power generation in Ethiopia, on Tuesday, December 5 at POWER-GEN International, Azeb Asnake, CEO of Ethiopia Electric Power, was named the 2017 Power Generation Woman of the Year.
- 42 days ago 5 Dec 17, 7:30pm -