Renewable Energy News

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:11:00 UTC

SunPower Shuts Plant, Cuts Jobs 25 Percent to Survive Solar Slump

SunPower Corp. is following through with a planned restructuring effort that will reduce its workforce by 25 percent to cut costs after solar prices plunged in an oversupplied market.

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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:58:00 UTC

US Wind Seeks Maryland Approval for 750-MW Offshore project

U.S. Wind Inc. applied Nov. 30 to the Maryland Public Service Commission for approval to develop a 750-MW wind farm project off the coast of Maryland, and is also seeking offshore renewable energy credits (ORECs) for approximately 248 MW of the project.

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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:33:00 UTC

South Africa Needs Regulatory Certainty to Build Large Wind Sector by 2050

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Investors are looking beyond hiccups such as the stalling of the scheme to buy clean energy by the South African government from independent power producers to create a very large wind sector by 2050, but they want clear regulations.

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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:58:00 UTC

Linearly Extensive Electricity Businesses

In my book, The Microgrid Revolution: Business Strategies for Next Generation Electricity, October 2016, Praeger, I make the case for differentiation of electricity services. That is, parsing the electricity business into product-markets, and pursuing each as an opportunity. Each rectangle in Figure 1 may be treated as a standalone business, and a business plan written for its pursuit.

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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:37:00 UTC

Court to US Treasury: ‘Basis Equals Purchase Price’

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims decided that Halloween was the perfect day to release its Alta v. United States opinion, and the plaintiffs are enjoying the treat.

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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:41:00 UTC

Solar and Renewable Energy Trends in 2017

The solar and renewable energy industries are constantly evolving — and sometimes changing abruptly – and this will continue in the new year that is soon upon us. Here’s what can we expect from 2017:

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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:20:00 UTC

Enel Starts Operation of Integrated Geothermal-Hydropower Plant in Utah

Enel S.p.A., through its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America Inc. (EGPNA), has begun operation of its Cove Fort geothermal-hydropower plant.

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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:06:00 UTC

Why We Need Desert Solar as Well as Rooftop

In the comment sections following articles about big solar projects in the desert, you’ll typically find the claim that we should put solar only on rooftops, citing studies like this from NREL, that stated: "New analysis nearly doubles previous estimates and shows U.S. building rooftops could generate close to 40 percent of national electricity sales.”

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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:40:00 UTC

Notes from the Solar Underground: 2016 – What Just Happened?

2016 was a wild year and not just for solar. Voters seem to be rejecting the status quo in favor of the unknown in many countries. After decades of reliance on government incentives, subsidies and mandates the global solar industry may be inured to unpredictability but the industry as a whole should be wary of global trends.

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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:15:00 UTC

Trump’s Pick of EPA Foe to Lead Agency May Spark Senate Fight

President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of a chief opponent of the Obama administration’s climate agenda and a staunch oil industry ally to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prompted vows to battle the nomination.

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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:43:00 UTC

Global Wind Energy Insight: ‘We’re Moving On’

Well, what was unthinkable just a short while ago is now the reality, and Donald Trump is President-elect of the United States, sending shockwaves across the U.S. and around the world. The press and social media are rife with speculation about which of the many and often conflicting positions he took during the campaign will become reality.

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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:15:00 UTC

China’s Wind Power Curtailment Rate Declined During First Nine Months of 2016

China’s aggregate wind power curtailment reached 39.47 billion kWh during the first nine months of 2016, according to data from the National Energy Administration of China. The country’s average wind power curtailment rate was 19 percent, down from 26 percent in the first quarter of 2016 and 21 percent in the first half of this year.

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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 UTC

US Army Releases Review Related to Streamlining of Solar Permitting

The U.S. Department of the Army announce in the Dec. 2 Federal Register that it has completed a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for construction, operation, and maintenance of solar photovoltaic (PV) renewable energy projects on Army installations and is making the PEA and a draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FNSI) available for public comment.

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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:52:00 UTC

Wind Farms a Blight, Says Trump — But Does Scotland Care?

For those who are worried about the future of renewables following the reality of a Trump presidency, the news isn’t looking good. These are worrying times. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Rumors abound that he is looking to climate change deniers in selecting his energy secretary.

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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:30:00 UTC

Google Targets 100-Percent Renewable Operations in 2017

With the trend of corporate renewable energy power purchasing clearly set by global corporations, it’s no surprise that Google is now claiming it will be fully powered by renewables next year.

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