Renewable Energy News

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:45:00 UTC

Massachusetts Regulators Direct Utilities to Shorten Offshore Wind Bid Evaluation Timeline

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) in a June 21 order directed National Grid, Unitil and Eversource Energy to shorten their proposed evaluation and contract negotiation periods for offshore wind bids.

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Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:11:00 UTC

The Solar PV Industry Cosmos — Linking Cost and Physics

In a competition between physics and finance (profitability), physics always wins. The smart money will always be on the side of physics. Understanding this dynamic may be the single biggest advantage in solar PV.


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Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:52:00 UTC

3@3 on Solar PV: Upsides, Downsides and Potential Challenges

Today's topics include the good news recently out about solar's penetration into the U.S. electricity supply as well as the bad news that it's still such a small amount. Then we'll look at a serious FERC ruling that could start to chip away at progress.


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Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:39:00 UTC

Electrify Europe Unveiled in Cologne

POWER-GEN Europe today marked its 25 anniversary by opening a new chapter in the history of European energy industry trade shows. Today the show’s owner, PennWell Corporation, unveiled Electrify Europe, the world’s first event dedicated to the convergence in the power generation and transmission and distribution sectors.

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Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:26:00 UTC

The $123 Billion Question: Are Green Bonds Really Working?

The green-bond market has boomed on the allure of investments that help the environment. Now, the industry is trying to show that the reality matches these ambitions. Advisers and rating companies are starting to track the environmental effect of projects funded by green bonds, such as the impact on air pollution.

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Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:04:00 UTC

World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Sets Sights on New Markets

The chief executive officer of Vestas Wind Systems A/S says the world’s biggest wind turbine maker wants to expand in the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region as it taps into growing demand for renewable energy in new markets.

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Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:29:00 UTC

US Conference of Mayors Approves Resolution Calling for 100 Percent Renewable Energy in American Cities

The U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami yesterday approved a resolution calling for 100 percent renewable energy in cities across the U.S. by 2035.

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Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:57:24 UTC

Air pollution casts shadow over solar energy production

Global solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust. The first study of its kind shows airborne particles and their accumulation on solar cells is cutting energy output by more than 25 percent in certain parts of the world. The regions hardest hit are also those investing the most in solar energy installations -- China, India and the Arabian Peninsula. … read more
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:11:00 UTC

CSP Eyes Strong Growth with Thermal Energy Storage to Compete Against PV

Concentrating solar power (CSP) has existed since 1866, but for the last couple of decades, photovoltaic (PV) has been the dominant solar technology. Now with technological advancements and energy storage, CSP is poised to make a significant comeback. 

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Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:44:00 UTC

Solar Now Third Largest Renewable Source of Electricity in US

In April, solar reached a new milestone, providing more than 2.3 percent of U.S. electrical supply, according to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information's (EIA) Electric Power Monthly, with data through April 30, 2017. Consequently, solar has now moved into third place among renewable sources — behind hydropower and wind but ahead of biomass and geothermal.

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Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:19:00 UTC

New York Moves to Establish Energy Storage Procurement Target for 2030

The New York State Legislature has sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo companion bills that would lead to the development of an energy storage procurement target for the state.

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:29:54 UTC

Cool power: Breakthroughs in solar panel cooling technology

Breakthroughs in solar panel cooling tech will help keep NASA’s Parker Solar Probe operating at peak performance — even while flying through the sun’s corona … read more
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:42:00 UTC

Solar LCOE, a Data Mining and Fact Driven Challenge

Fully identifying and understanding real life cycle solar PV costs creates a challenge; while not addressing those costs in detail accurately and dramatically, increases project risk. The probability that one can effectively cut costs without clearly understanding what the underlying costs are, is exceptionally low.

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:29:00 UTC

Collaborative Underwater Robots for Offshore Industry

Today, DTU inaugurates a laboratory where researchers will complete a modular robot for use in e.g. offshore wind turbine platforms. The robot will be used for inspection, and the long-term vision is that it will be able to carry out underwater repairs on foundations and rigs.

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:51:00 UTC

NY Green Bank’s Clean Tech Investments Reach $346 Million

NY Green Bank’s investment portfolio reached $346.1 million in 1Q17, an achievement that is expected to ensure a total investment of about $1 billion into New York’s clean energy market, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

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