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The Big Embrace: Electric Utilities Accept Wind and Solar as Reliable Sources, Plan for the Long Haul
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:12:00 GMT

Despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that the Clean Power Plan is being repealed, the attractive cost of renewables and improvements in battery storage technology mean that wind- and solar-generated power are here to stay.

Proposed Tax Reform Bill Has ‘Disastrous Implications’ for Renewable Energy
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:27:00 GMT

Last week, both houses of the U.S. congress passed versions of a tax reform bill. As readers might recall, tax reform was one of the platforms on which Trump ran for president and getting a major tax reform bill passed would be a big win for him. Each version of the bill has implications for the renewable energy industry but the wind industry is particularly worried about the House bill.

Putting Solar+Storage to Work for Africa’s Farmers
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:22:00 GMT

BayWa r.e. renewables subsidiary successfully commissioned its first project in Southern Africa, a combined solar PV plant and battery system in the Zambian province of Chisamba in October.

Massachusetts Opens RFP for the First 100 MW of “Smart” Solar
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:27:00 GMT

On November 13, utilities in Massachusetts announced that they would begin to accept bids pursuant to the new “Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target or SMART” program, which seeks to ultimately add up to 1,600 MW of solar capacity.

The SMART program was voted into law in April and explained in great detail by Renewable Energy World contributor John Farrell in this post. Farrell likens the program to the California solar incentive and Germany’s long-expired Feed-in Tariffs, which kick started solar in each region. 

DERs and Grid Optimization — The Next Phase of the Grid Modernization Journey
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:44:00 GMT

The call for grid modernization is occurring across the world and utilities are positioned at the forefront of this industry transformation. While some states and countries are moving at a more rapid pace than others, grid modernization is a necessary outcome for utilities to ensure long-term sustainability.

Orsted Green Bond Bets on the Future of the Planet
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:41:00 GMT

Orsted A/S, the Danish company built on oil and gas extraction, will issue its first green bonds as it moves toward completing a transition to renewable energy.

Pennsylvania Moves to Protect REC Prices
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:51:00 GMT

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf this week signed into law a provision that will support strong renewable energy credit prices in the state. According to the governor’s office, the legislation requires that renewable energy facilities only generate RECs if the power from the facility is delivered to an electricity distributor operating within the commonwealth.

Subsidizing Coal, Nuclear Could Drive Customers Off-Grid
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:52:00 GMT

Within the next month, energy watchers expect the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to act on an order from Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would create new pricing rules for certain power plants that can store fuel on site to support grid resilience. This initiative seeks to protect coal-fired and nuclear power plants that are struggling to compete with cheaper energy sources.

Solar Companies Scramble to Find a Critical Raw Material
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:38:00 GMT

Solar manufacturers are being battered by higher costs and smaller margins after an unexpected shortage of a critical raw material. Prices of polysilicon, the main component of photovoltaic cells, spiked as much as 35 percent in the past four months after environmental regulators in China shut down several factories.

New North Sea Wind Atlas to Inform Future Offshore Developments
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:24:00 GMT

Wind farm operators in the North Sea will have a new atlas for wind resources in the region to help them identify how much power they can generate and how robust turbines should be.

Wind Energy Feels the Force of World Markets
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:44:00 GMT

Vestas Wind Systems A/S lost about a fifth of its stock market value after the Danish company said it was squeezing less profit out of sales of equipment and services compared with a year ago because of increased competition. Before last week’s plunge, the shares had risen 15 percent this year.  

Enel to Bid in Mexico Power Auction After Raising $1.35 Billion
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:20:00 GMT

Enel Green Power SpA, the renewable-energy unit of Europe’s largest utility, plans to bid in Mexico’s power auction this month after raising $1.35 billion with a deal to sell stakes in eight wind and solar projects in the country in October.

West Africa's Off-Grid Market Drives Pay-As-You-Go Firm
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:46:00 GMT

West Africa’s booming off-grid solar industry is drawing international investors eyeing expansion. Lumos Global, a Dutch off-grid developer that raised $90 million last year to start business in Nigeria, said it’s expanding in Ivory Coast this month.

The UK's Biggest Solar Farm Will Be Built Without Government Help
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:21:00 GMT
Cleve Hill is set to become the UK's biggest solar farm when it is built in 2020. At a capacity of 350 MW, it will be able to produce more than five times the power as the country's current leader. And all this could happen without government help.
Clean Energy Is Overtaking Coal in This Competitive Electricity Market
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:58:00 GMT

Look around the U.S. and you’ll find plenty of examples of smart policy that is driving the adoption of cleaner, more efficient energy resources. In particular, California, New York, and Illinois are all leveraging policy to reduce carbon pollution and transition to a 21st century electric grid.

Why Solar Microgrids Are Not a Cure-All for Puerto Rico’s Power Woes
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:27:00 GMT

In addition to its many other devastating human consequences, Hurricane Maria left the island of Puerto Rico with its power grid in ruins. Power was knocked out throughout the island, with an estimated 80 percent of its transmission and distribution wires incapacitated. When hospitals and other critical users could not get backup power and water supplies ran low, an extended outage became a humanitarian crisis that has yet to be resolved.

Where Does CSP Fit on the US Power Grid?
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Every day our power needs fluctuate, causing grid operators to make quick decisions to balance the U.S. grid. This can happen on hot summer days when people are turning on their air conditioners or in the middle of winter when they crank up the heat. Either way, grid operators must find a way to meet rapid spikes in energy demands.

3@3 on Solar PV: Pricing, Grid Defection, Disaster Relief
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:19:00 GMT

Today's topics include PV module pricing and how the trade case is already impacting prices despite that fact that nothing has been made official yet. As Paula says, “no news is bad news.”


The Microgrid Imperative
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:00:00 GMT

The Microgrid 2017 conference, which ran from November 6-8 in Boston, kicked off with a list of events that point to a desperate need for microgrids, and I bet you’ve heard of them: 

Listen Up: Home Backup Power System Primer
Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:37:00 GMT

This week, we review the spectrum of backup power solutions from generators to home battery backup power systems connected to solar. I’ve been installing home battery backup power systems on and off for 20 years.