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The Effect of Natural Disasters on Electricity Prices (Tue, 17 Oct 2017)
Solar leasing promoters have long claimed that electricity costs will keep rising, but we haven’t see this happening – yet.  Actually, almost all of the standard generation sources are benefiting from lower costs – natural gas is low, coal is low, and nuclear is… well it’s not dramatically more expensive than it has been. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that prices are going to go up.
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Three Technology Trends and Their Effects on Data and Software (Tue, 17 Oct 2017)
Companies using OSIsoft’s PI system gathered this week in London at the OSIsoft EMEA Users Conference to talk about the realities of what Martin Otterson calls the velocity, variety and volume of data in the modern business world.
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A Helpful Roadmap for California's Certified “Smart Inverters” (Tue, 17 Oct 2017)
Solar inverters are becoming more intelligent this year. California’s Rule 21, which is now partially in effect, governs the safety of PV arrays and their interconnection communications with the local investor-owned utility.  The rule has three basic phases, of which the first came into effect Sept. 8 under a draft resolution of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The effective date for the other two phases has not yet been set, however a CPUC vote on the draft resolution is set for October 12, and a California Smart Inverter Working Group (SWIG) workshop on Phases 2 and 3 is scheduled for Nov. 17.
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It’s Time to Stop Federal Fiddling with Electricity Markets (Tue, 17 Oct 2017)
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt On Oct. 8 in Kentucky announced the Trump Administration’s plan to repeal the Clean Power Plan, and stated that the solar, wind and other renewable energy tax credits should be eliminated so the industry can compete on its own against coal and other energy sources.
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Swiss Solar Decathlon House Scores a Perfect 100 in Engineering (Mon, 16 Oct 2017)
The Swiss Team took first place in engineering with a perfect score of 100 possible points. For the Engineering Contest, each competing house was evaluated by a group of prominent engineers who determined which house best exemplifies excellence in innovation, system functionality, energy efficiency, system reliability, and documentation through their project manual and construction drawings. Bob Dixon, presenting the award said, “The jury believes the first-place house in the Engineering Contest offers comprehensive performance modeling that sports clear graphs, detailed explanations and a variety of representations. The quality of the thermal envelope is exceptional and carefully calibrated to the target climate with very good resistance to heat flow, a solid focus on airtightness, and high-quality components such as triple-glazed windows and sliding doors.” U
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National Bioenergy Day is Wednesday, October 18 (Mon, 16 Oct 2017)
"Bioenergy" is use of any organic material, such as forest thinnings, residues, agricultural waste or urban wood waste, to generate heating, cooling and/or electricity. Many independent power producers across the United States and Canada produce electricity for the grid using bioenergy. Hospitals, college campuses, school districts and government buildings also use bioenergy for heat and electricity.
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Tesla Fires 400-700 Workers (Mon, 16 Oct 2017)
Tesla Inc. has fired an undetermined number of employees following a series of performance evaluations after the company significantly boosted its workforce with the purchase of solar panel maker SolarCity Corp.
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How to Balance the Solar Efficiency Equation (Mon, 16 Oct 2017)
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s solar cell efficiencies chart depicts confirmed conversion efficiencies for research cells from 1976 to date, for several PV technologies. But as conventional crystalline silicon (c-Si) PV modules approach peak efficiency, with the leap from lab to life—or from demonstration to mass production—occasionally taking over 30 years, the final question is: what is the additional watt class worth?
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Power-to-Gas for Renewables Integration Is on the Rise (Fri, 13 Oct 2017)
Power-to-gas (P2G)—the conversion of electrical power into gaseous energy carriers—is a quickly improving and potentially disruptive energy conversion technology. 
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Time-of-Use Rates Will Turn the Tables for Energy Storage (Fri, 13 Oct 2017)
It is not always good to be first. Last June, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) was the first utility in California to hit its net-metering cap and move to Net Energy Metering 2.0 (NEM 2.0). Now, SDG&E will again be the first utility to start the shift to time-of-use (TOU) period, effective on Dec. 1, 2017.
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Policies for Biomass Criticized in the European Union (Fri, 13 Oct 2017)
Europe must prevent using trees and crops as a way to meet renewable-energy requirements or it will risk further increases in food prices, deforestation and land grabs, environmental groups said.
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Solar’s Remarkable Survival in the Most Extreme Weather (Thu, 12 Oct 2017)
As the Atlantic continues to churn out some of the deadliest storms on record, the repercussions continue to rock the South and southeastern U.S. Whether it is the physical impact of the recent storms on solar projects or the economic impact throughout energy markets, how do these events affect the solar industry, and to what extent?
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Second Unit Now Online at Sarulla Geothermal Plant (Thu, 12 Oct 2017)
Nevada-based Ormat Technologies this week said that the second unit of the Sarulla geothermal power plant in North Sumatra has begun commercial operation.
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Do Solar Owners Love Solar the Way Gun Owners Love Guns? (Thu, 12 Oct 2017)
There has been talk for years about the need for the industry to mobilize rooftop solar owners into one group that together would represent one large voice in favor of solar-friendly local, state and federal policy. With more than 1,000,0000 installations in the U.S., that voice would certainly be loud and strong. A loud, centralized voice couldn’t be more important in U.S. politics right now, where the Trump administration is eying tariffs, policies and rules that could crush the solar industry. One such initiative is the recent DOE directive that is looking to re-write the rules around compensation for power plants, a move that would pay solar and wind facilities less than coal or nuclear generation for the energy they produce. 
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How to Submit Comments on Perry’s Proposal for Grid Reliability (Thu, 12 Oct 2017)
If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the process for approving Secretary Rick Perry’s proposed rule on grid reliability and resilience pricing, it’s important to get to know the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) online system.
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Stanford Team Takes Ambitious Car to the World Solar Challenge (Wed, 11 Oct 2017)
The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge has occurred every two years for three decades, is the oldest solar-powered car race, spanning more than 1,800 miles across the entire Outback from Darwin to Adelaide.
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Can Storage Expand Wind's Share of the Energy Mix? (Wed, 11 Oct 2017)
Leading wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is looking toward energy storage solutions in a bid to improve wind power economics and grid integration.
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This Is the Microsoft Deal That Will Boost Wind-Turbine Battery Tech (Tue, 10 Oct 2017)
Microsoft Corp. yesterday said it is supporting a new project in Ireland that will be the first European wind farm to integrate batteries in each wind turbine.
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Are Batteries Destined for Explosive Growth in the EU? (Tue, 10 Oct 2017)
Investors seeking exponential growth may want to take a look at batteries, according to the European Union’s top energy official.
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All PV Predictions Were Wrong (Tue, 10 Oct 2017)
At the Intersolar Middle East Conference, which took place on September 26 and 27 in Dubai, 86 international speakers presented past, present and future solar PV market developments. A total of 408 attendees made the Intersolar conference in Dubai the biggest standalone PV conference in the region.
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Company investing in two hydro plants in move toward green business (Tue, 10 Oct 2017)
In hydro business news in Laos, Padaeng Industry Public Company Limited (PDI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with EDL-Generation Public Company to jointly invest in the 69-MW Nam San 3A and 45-MW Nam San 3B hydropower plants.
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Who Will Fight the Repeal of the Clean Power Plan? (Tue, 10 Oct 2017)
As word spread yesterday that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt will officially begin the process of repealing the Clean Power Plan, others vowed to fight back.
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3@3 on Solar PV: The Solar Vortex, Renewables, and Puerto Rico (Mon, 09 Oct 2017)
Today's topics include an examination of how two large and looming events in the U.S. power industry could seriously undermine the growth of renewables. Plus, how the industry is mobilizing to offer new hope to hurricane-damaged islands.   
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World Solar Challenge is an Amazing Adventure in Engineering (Mon, 09 Oct 2017)
In its 30th year, the organizers of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge have made the journey even more challenging in 2017 by reducing the size of the solar array that powers the cars.
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Will Solar, Storage Arrival In Puerto Rico Be a Breakthrough? (Mon, 09 Oct 2017)
The U.S. solar industry is about to airlift rooftop solar panels and batteries to Puerto Rico, where more than 90 percent of homes and businesses remain without electricity after Hurricane Maria destroyed the grid. The first plane of supplies is set to leave this week.
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The Truth About GE's Latest Wind Tech Patent Lawsuit (Mon, 09 Oct 2017)
Which way is the wind blowing? If you are a wind energy manufacturer or a developer looking to implement or expand wind energy farm operations, this is a question you must be asking yourself when it comes to the potential effects recent litigation between major manufacturers will have on the wind power industry.
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Grid Resiliency is a Problem, But Stockpiling Coal isn’t the Answer (Fri, 06 Oct 2017)
The U.S. Department of Energy’s recently proposed rulemaking, which directs FERC to “properly value” coal and nuclear power plants for their ability to be “resilient” by having a 90-day pile of fuel onsite, totally misunderstands the problem of grid resiliency. 
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How To Shine In The Solar Village (Fri, 06 Oct 2017)
At noon Eastern Standard Time today — the second day of competition for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in Denver — the Northwestern University team was sitting in first place, according to scores released on the competition website.
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Project of the Year 2017 Finalists Announced (Fri, 06 Oct 2017)
Fourteen outstanding power projects were selected from industry-nominated projects in five categories: Coal, Combined Heat & Power (CHP), Energy Storage, Natural Gas, and Renewables.
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Solar Decathlon Features Hurricane-proof House (Thu, 05 Oct 2017)
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Decathlon officially kicked off today with a ceremony featuring recently appointed DOE Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette.
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Secretary of Energy Moves to Save Coal: The Art of the Squeal (Thu, 05 Oct 2017)
A collective sigh of relief could be heard over Capital City in late August, after the U.S. Department of Energy released its much anticipated and even more dreaded study on the reliability and resilience of the U.S. electric grid. The report was ordered by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in April and took just five months to complete.
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Wind Energy Selling for 4 Cents per kWh in India (Thu, 05 Oct 2017)
New Delhi: India's wind power tariff fell to a record low of Rs2.64 per unit in an auction conducted by state-run Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI) for 1 gigawatt (GW) of wind power contracts that ended in the wee hours of Thursday morning. While ReNew Power Ventures Pvt.
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Trump's Tax Reform Proposal 'Leaves Door Open' to Repeal ITC/PTC (Thu, 05 Oct 2017)
A tax reform package released at the end of September by White House and Republican leadership “left the door open” to repeal critical existing renewable energy tax credits prior to their scheduled either expiration or phase down, Greg Jenner, partner at Stoel Rives, told Renewable Energy World.
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Trump Has a Plan to Save Coal and Hobble Clean Energy (Thu, 05 Oct 2017)
President Donald Trump may soon have a chance to prove wrong the notion that economics will kill the U.S. coal industry and keep clean energy thriving.
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Shell to Seek Sale of Stake in $1.4 Billion Offshore Wind Farm (Wed, 04 Oct 2017)
Royal Dutch Shell Plc and its partners Eneco Holdings NV and Mitsubishi Corp. are seeking to sell a stake in two Dutch offshore wind farm projects that may cost $1.4 billion to develop, two people familiar with the plan said.  
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Solar PV Was Fastest Growing Energy Source in the World in 2016 (Wed, 04 Oct 2017)
The International Energy Agency (IEA) today said that China, India and the U.S. will account for two-thirds of global renewable energy expansion over the next five years.
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How Catastrophic is Perry’s NOPR for Renewables? (Tue, 03 Oct 2017)
Rocky Mountain Institute’s Mark Dyson is an expert who studies grid resilience as part of RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab. He offered his thoughts on what the NOPR means for renewable energy.
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Saudi Arabia Gets Cheapest Bids for Solar Power in Auction (Tue, 03 Oct 2017)
Saudi Arabia received offers to supply solar electricity for the cheapest prices ever recorded, marking the start of a $50 billion program to diversify the oil producer’s domestic energy supplies away from fossil fuels.
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New York Eyes 3,200 MW of New Offshore Wind Areas (Tue, 03 Oct 2017)
New York State officials yesterday said that that the state has asked the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to consider identifying and leasing at least four new wind energy areas (WEA) off New York’s Atlantic Coast, with a total of 3,200 MW of offshore wind generation.
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Sunnova Works to Restore Solar Systems, Build Up Resilient Grid in Puerto Rico (Tue, 03 Oct 2017)
Houston-based Sunnova Energy Corp. yesterday said that it is working to send energy storage systems to Puerto Rico as part of an effort to solve the immediate needs of Puerto Rican solar customers and to create a more resilient, long-term power service for the island’s energy infrastructure.  
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5 Emerging Trends for Corporate Buyers of Renewable Energy (Tue, 03 Oct 2017)
Today, companies are making big moves to power their operations with clean energy. To date, corporate buyers have purchased a global total of 19 GW of renewable energy, enough to power five million average American homes.  
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From Black to Green: DONG Energy is Now Ørsted (Mon, 02 Oct 2017)
DONG Energy on October 2, announced to shareholders that it was changing its name to Ørsted to better reflect the profound strategic transformation from black to green energy and the company’s recent divestment of the upstream oil and gas production.
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Jobs and Gigawatts: How To Position Your Solar Company In Light Of The Suniva Trade Case (Mon, 02 Oct 2017)
How should you position your solar company in light of the Suniva/SolarWorld trade case? To address that question, I recently participated in a Renewable Energy World webcast with Abby Hopper, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association, and Matthew Nicely, a lawyer representing SEIA. For NEXTracker, our position is clear: We fully support SEIA’s efforts to convince the U.S. International Trade Commission to recommend the least harmful remedy, for two simple reasons: jobs and gigawatts.
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Section 201 Solar Trade Case Questions Answered (Mon, 02 Oct 2017)
Matthew Nicely’s answers to the questions that were asked during the webcast, "What Now? How You Should Be Positioning Your Business in Light of the ITC Ruling." Perhaps one of these is your question, too.
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Community Solar: California’s Shared Renewables at a Crossroads (Mon, 02 Oct 2017)
California, once considered a leader in community solar, has struggled to implement Senate Bill 43 (SB-43), which mandated the creation of the Green Tariff Shared Renewables (GTSR) Program. As envisioned by SB-43, the GTSR Program includes a Green Tariff (GT) component and an Enhanced Community Renewables (ECR) component. It provides an opportunity for the three California investor-owned utilities (IOUs) combined to procure up to 600 MW of new renewable energy.  
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Tesla Charging Stations to Link South Australia Capital with World’s Largest Battery (Mon, 02 Oct 2017)
A network of car charging stations is being developed in South Australia to allow Tesla drivers to visit the world’s biggest lithium-ion batterybeing built by Elon Musk in the state’s north.
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Storm-Ravaged Caribbean Is Eyeing Solar, But It Won’t Come Cheap (Mon, 02 Oct 2017)
For Caribbean islands plunged into darkness after hurricanes Irma and Maria, more resilient, small-scale electric systems powered by the sun are looking increasingly attractive. Transforming a grid, though, doesn’t come cheap.
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Garbage From Irma Will Fuel Florida’s Power Grid (Mon, 02 Oct 2017)
When it comes to garbage, geography is destiny. Look at Texas and Florida, recovering from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Homeowners and businesses not incapacitated by the storm have begun the arduous and emotional work of separating destroyed possessions and materials by type and placing them curbside. Cities have begun the intimidating logistics of picking it up and transporting it to its final destination.   
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Secretary Perry Seeks Market Rules That ‘Properly Value’ Coal, Nuclear Generation (Fri, 29 Sep 2017)
The U.S. Department of Energy today said that energy markets are not fairly valuing certain bulk power generation resources, such as coal and nuclear plants, and that federal regulators need to do something about it.
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Intelligent Battery Tech Firm Wins 2017 New Energy Challenge (Fri, 29 Sep 2017)
Technology that increases the lifetime and reliability of battery packs won first place this week in the New Energy Challenge 2017.
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