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Tesla Opens New York Store for Solar, Cars and Storage (Fri, 15 Dec 2017)
If there’s any doubt Tesla Inc. isn’t just a car company anymore, its brand-new Manhattan showroom should put it to bed. On Friday, Tesla opens a store in New York’s Meatpacking District that, for the first time, will sell cars, solar panels and batteries permanently under one roof.
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Subsidy-Free Offshore Wind Power Possible in Dutch Auction (Fri, 15 Dec 2017)
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.
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Eight Great Women in the Business and Science of Solar (Fri, 15 Dec 2017)
It has been a long, long, long road for the global photovoltaic industry and its participants from its early days with few manufacturers and support primarily limited to oil companies looking for a feel-good business unit to what seemed like its overnight success in the mid-2000s. In 1977 the industry had 1.74 MWp of capacity to produce PV cells. At the end of 2017 the industry had 98 GWp of capacity to manufacture PV cells.
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Can Puerto Rico Really Depend on Microgrids and Renewables for Power? (Fri, 15 Dec 2017)
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.
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Brazil to Dominate Latin America’s Wind Power Market in 2018 (Fri, 15 Dec 2017)
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.
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What Is 'Solar-as-a-Service'? (Thu, 14 Dec 2017)
UrbanVolt, the Dublin-headquartered energy-saving LED lighting firm whose backers include rugby star Jamie Heaslip, has announced a new solar solution. The company, which last year signed a €30 million funding deal with Swiss green energy private equity group Susi Partners, has become internationally known for its "light as a service" offering where it installs energy-efficient lighting for businesses free of charge, with an agreement to split the energy savings between both parties over a five year period.
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A Revealing Look at Wind's Big Markets and Emerging Challenges (Thu, 14 Dec 2017)
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 energy needs to be met with clean energy by 2030 and pledging to invest US$367 billion in renewables by 2020, MAKE Consulting predicts China averaging over 25 GW of new wind capacity annually for the next decade.
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World Bank Puts Fossil Fuels On Notice (Wed, 13 Dec 2017)
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.
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Israeli Solar Panel Cleaning Tech Firm Raises $13 Million (Wed, 13 Dec 2017)
Israel-based Ecoppia yesterday said that it has raised $13 million, led by investors Swarth Group, GlenRock Israel, Gandyr Group, and Harel Group Insurance and Finance.
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Brazil's Largest Wind Company Has Big Plans to Dominate Solar (Wed, 13 Dec 2017)
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. 
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DOE Announces New R&D Effort for Offshore Wind (Wed, 13 Dec 2017)
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry on Dec. 12 announced a significant new DOE commitment to advance offshore wind energy.
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California Storage Providers Help Balance Renewables on Japan's Grid (Wed, 13 Dec 2017)
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 into Asian markets. 
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Tesla and Sunrun Among Winners of Massachusetts Storage Grants (Tue, 12 Dec 2017)
Tesla Inc., Sunrun Inc. and National Grid Plc are among recipients of energy-storage grants totaling $20 million from Massachusetts.
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Multi-Billion Dollar Plan to Re-Power Puerto Rico Includes DERs, Renewables (Tue, 12 Dec 2017)
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.
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New York Puts $3.8M Behind Large-Scale Geothermal Heating-Cooling Challenge (Mon, 11 Dec 2017)
New York is making it easier for facilities in the state to access analyses that will help determine whether they can benefit from geothermal systems for heating and cooling.
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CHP No Longer Perceived Negatively by Utilities (Mon, 11 Dec 2017)
Attitudes to combined heat and power technology have transformed, according to speakers at the world’s largest electric power conference.
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The View from Washington On Energy Regulations (Mon, 11 Dec 2017)
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 regarding regulations and the energy industry.  
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3@3 on Solar PV: POWER-GEN, Energy Imbalance Market, Solar Trade Case (Mon, 11 Dec 2017)
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.  
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GE's 12,000 Job Cuts Highlight Uneasy Shift to Renewable Energy (Mon, 11 Dec 2017)
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.  
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China Three Gorges Starts World's Biggest Floating Solar Project (Mon, 11 Dec 2017)
China Three Gorges New Energy Co. started building the 150-megawatt project in July and part of the plant has connected to the grid, according to a Dec. 10 statement. The project features panels fixed to floats on the surface of a lake that formed after a coal mine collapsed, according to the unit. The entire facility is expected to come online by May 2018.  
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Trump Will Have to Wait Another Month for a Plan to Rescue Coal (Mon, 11 Dec 2017)
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 sweeping proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would subsidize struggling coal and nuclear plants. Perry, who had called on the commission to come up with a plan by Dec. 11, granted the delay late Friday, saying he “respects the reasons” but “looked forward to swift action.”
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Can Utility-Scale Solar PV Help with Grid Reliability? (Fri, 08 Dec 2017)
As soon as solar started being introduced to the grid, operators and engineers raised concerns about solar resources causing instability. Is it possible, however, for utility-scale solar PV plants to provide grid reliability services? Mahesh Morjaria, vice president of PV systems for First Solar, says yes.  
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Are Utilities Getting Greener? Merger Proceedings Would Indicate Yes (Fri, 08 Dec 2017)
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 with approving only transactions that are in the public interest. 
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Letter from the Editor: Why the Energy Imbalance Market is a Billion Dollar Opportunity (Fri, 08 Dec 2017)
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 figure out how to pay people for the energy they provided.
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How Vibration Monitoring Can Eliminate Downtime in Wind Farm O&M (Fri, 08 Dec 2017)
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. 
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Looking for New Solar Markets? Think Water. (Thu, 07 Dec 2017)
So if solar won’t be growing in the United States, where should developers look for new markets? One place is in disaster relief. Yung Wong, engineering manager with WorldWater and Solar Technologies explained that when disaster hits, the first thing that the Red Cross and the military do is fly in water bottles. He said that the cost to transport water comes out to about $1.85 per gallon whereas his company can provide drinking water for just a few cents per gallon though a mobile self-sustaining system that purifies water from any source. The system includes 3 kW of solar PV capacity and a 31-kWh deep cycle battery bank and transports as a 7-foot cube.  
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How Drones Will Transform Wind Turbine Inspections (Thu, 07 Dec 2017)
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.
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POWER-GEN 2017 Keynote – Convergence and Collaboration (Thu, 07 Dec 2017)
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.
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Variety of Opportunities for Next-Gen Energy Workforce Focus of Women in Power Luncheon (Thu, 07 Dec 2017)
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 leaders.
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Energy Storage Made Practical (Wed, 06 Dec 2017)
Energy storage is undoubtedly a hot topic worldwide. And as more focus is placed on this vital piece of the electricity system puzzle, particularly in the face of the increasing deployment of intermittent wind and solar generating facilities and growing demand for renewable generation, more technologies and approaches are being developed to provide needed storage.
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The Solar Trade Case: It's Gonna Be President Trump's Decision! (Wed, 06 Dec 2017)
Not much new surfaced at today's public hearing on the Section 201 trade case. Rather it was a reaffirmation by both sides of what they had previously stated in the two public hearings at the International Trade Commission.  The hearings started off with Governor McMaster of South Carolina and Senator Heinrich of New Mexico testifying against the imposition of any tariffs. There were no elected officials testifying on behalf of Suniva/Solar World. 
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Corporates #RocktheGrid by Driving Up Renewable Energy Demand (Wed, 06 Dec 2017)
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 Mountain Institute and head of the Business Renewables Center (BRC), an organization that helps corporations understand how to buy renewable energy, said that this year 16 corporations have signed deals to purchase renewable energy and of those 16, 13 are new, indicating the growing interest. 
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Session Details Challenges and Possibilities of Microgrid Development (Wed, 06 Dec 2017)
Microgrids have suddenly become a hot topic, but why? The five speakers in Tuesday afternoon’s session titled “Tuning Microgrids for Optimized Power Generation” shed some light on why there is increased interest in microgrids by electric utilities and their customers. 
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Enel Signs 85 MW of Energy Storage Supply Agreements with PG&E (Wed, 06 Dec 2017)
Enel's North American unit signed three capacity storage agreements with California utility Pacific Gas and Electric for a total capacity of 85 MW/340 MWh. Under the agreements, Enel will build the Kingston, Cascade, and Sierra stand-alone lithium-ion energy storage projects, which will all be located in California.
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Exelon Invests in Storage Startup (Wed, 06 Dec 2017)
Exelon Corp., the biggest U.S. nuclear operator, is investing in the batteries of the future. The company is a lead backer of Volta Energy Technologies, a startup that plans to evaluate and test new energy-storage technologies. Albemarle Corp., the Charlotte-based lithium supplier, is also a lead investor in Volta.  
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The Mindshift Needed for Utility-integrated Energy Storage (Wed, 06 Dec 2017)
According to one expert, utilities need a paradigm shift in planning when it comes to recouping the full value and receiving all of the benefits of the next wave energy storage. 
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Hoover Dam Is as Inspiring as it Is Educational (Tue, 05 Dec 2017)
It’s been more than 80 years since President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated Bolder Dam, which was renamed Hoover Dam more than decade later. The dam was built primarily to control water flow along the Colorado River and provide a dependable supply of water for Southern California and Arizona. 
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What Is the Best Way to Empower a Cleaner Grid? (Tue, 05 Dec 2017)
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 moving freely around its power grid. And there are few better examples of energy market regionalization than the work of stakeholders on the U.S. West Coast, and in the Pacific North- and Southwest.
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Azeb Asnake Is the 2017 POWER-GEN Woman of the Year (Tue, 05 Dec 2017)
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. 
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China Resources Power and SCE Snag Project of the Year Wins at POWER-GEN International (Tue, 05 Dec 2017)
On Tuesday, December 5th during the keynote session of POWER-GEN International, Renewable Energy World and Power Engineering magazine named the energy storage and renewable energy projects of the year as well as an overall project of the year for 2017. In the energy storage category, Southern California Edison’s Hybrid EGT project pulled out a win over Imperial Irrigation District’s Battery Storage Project and Gensa Energy’s Columbia Microgrid.  
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PoweReliability-as-a-Service Enables DER Integration for Microgrid Applications (Tue, 05 Dec 2017)
Fairbanks Morse, an EnPro Industries company, today at POWER-GEN International in Las Vegas said that it has released its PoweReliability-as-a-Service platform powered by the newly launched Trident OP engine featuring a fuel-efficient opposed piston architecture.
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Offshore Wind Farm Cape Wind Officially Comes to an End (Mon, 04 Dec 2017)
Cape Wind, the offshore wind project off the coast of Massachusetts that drew the ire of the Kennedy and Koch families, is officially dead. Energy Management Inc. has ceased efforts to build what was once expected to become the first offshore wind farm in the U.S., according to an emailed statement from Chief Executive Officer Jim Gordon.
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How the Digital Grid Is Powering the Renewable Energy Era (Mon, 04 Dec 2017)
To serve twenty-first century needs, legacy grids need the ability to accommodate new demands such as intermittent generation sources and increasingly ubiquitous distributed energy resources (DERs) located throughout the transmission network.
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Demand Response for Renewables Integration: Making a Smart Grid for Tomorrow (Mon, 04 Dec 2017)
In September 2017, Arizona Public Service proposed a new product, reverse demand response (DR), that aims to balance system load with excess renewable generation. This is the latest example of using DR for renewables integration (DRRI).
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Clean Energy Leaders Fear Brutal Impact on Renewable Growth As US Tax Reform Takes Shape (Sun, 03 Dec 2017)
In the early morning hours of Dec 2, lawmakers in the U.S. Senate passed their version of a tax reform bill. Unlike the version of the bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate bill makes no changes to the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and the Production Tax Credit (PTC), on which wind and solar energy developers rely to help finance projects. However, the bill makes changes to the way corporations can use tax equity, in a provision called BEAT (base erosion and anti-abuse tax), which stakeholders fear will result in a significant loss of tax equity finance available on the market. 
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850 MW Solar Thermal Plant Will Support Oil Extraction in California (Fri, 01 Dec 2017)
A new 850-MW solar thermal project will help oil and gas producer Aera Energy power its operations at the Belridge oilfield in Southern California. The project will use solar steam and solar electricity for the oilfield, reducing natural gas currently used at the site. Steam is injected into a reservoir in the heavy oil production process called thermal enhanced oil recovery.
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Funding Boosts Australian Renewable Energy Storage Projects (Fri, 01 Dec 2017)
A system to capture biogas from a wastewater treatment plant, store it as thermal energy and sell it to the electricity grid is among the next wave of projects to receive money from the South Australian Government’s Renewable Technology Fund.
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Solar Panel Maker Pushing for US Tariffs Mulls Sale Offers (Fri, 01 Dec 2017)
Suniva Inc., the bankrupt U.S. solar manufacturer asking President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on imported panels, is evaluating a potential sale. The Norcross, Georgia-based company has been in contact with several potential buyers interested in purchasing either its equipment or the business as a whole, according to interviews and documents filed as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy. 
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Despite Some Major Bumps, Bonn Climate Summit Got the Job Done (Thu, 30 Nov 2017)
By the time the last gavel came down early in the morning of November 18, international climate negotiators in Bonn paved the way to the next climate summit in Katowice, Poland in 2018. There, the rules underpinning the Paris Agreement will be finalized and countries can signal their commitments to enhance national climate plans by 2020.
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Will Solar Panels Clean Themselves in the Future? (Thu, 30 Nov 2017)
The accumulation of dirt on solar panels has been proven to reduce their efficiency significantly, placing a heavy burden on owners to keep the panels clean in order to ensure project viability. U.K.-based Opus Materials Technologies says it has received funding that will help it validate a new coating that will allow solar panels to clean themselves.
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