Tag Archives: renewables

Renewable Project Goes Bankrupt

DOE-backed plans for solar/storage array at Crescent Dunes haven’t panned out With all the promise of renewable energy technologies, we can get lost in the plethora of feel-good headlines. Especially with integrated projects, such as solar-plus-storage, sometimes it feels like renewable energy ideas are immune to failure. News from the Nevada desert this week proves […]

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Great Balls of Fire

Sunrun acquires Vivint in residential solar megadeal worth $3.2 billion San Francisco-based Sunrun, a provider of residential solar, battery storage and energy services, will acquire Vivint Solar of Lehi, Utah, in an all-stock deal worth approximately $3.2 billion, according to a July 6 press release from Sunrun. The deal will add complementary direct-to-home sales channel […]

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Renewables Officially Pass Coal

It’s official, green energy has passed its age-old nemesis for the first time in 130 years. In an update to an item from three weeks ago, renewable energy has officially passed coal on the American energy consumption chart for the first time in 130 years. In 2019, U.S. annual energy consumption from renewable sources exceeded […]

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Renewables Finally Get the Green Light

Projections are early, but pandemic should finally push green past coal The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its May 2020 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) this week, and it contains big news. Albeit an early projection, the government body found that this year—however permanently tainted—will be the first official year on record where renewable energy […]

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Vest Unrest Continues

France’s ‘fuel riots’ have become more—a political forum and a national emergency Updating a previous item, Paris police deployed water cannons this past weekend in the latest phase of defense against the “Yellow Vest” protesters decrying fuel costs in France. The protests—which have sprawled to riots in some cases—entered their fifth weekend on December 15. […]

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NRG Sells Assets

Company restructuring moves forward with sale of renewables business NRG, the power company with dual headquarters in Princeton, N.J., and Houston, Tex., announced specifics of its restructuring plan February 7. The company will sell a number of assets, including sale of its interest in branches NRG Yield and NRG’s Renewables Platform. NRG and NRG Yield entered into […]

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Sierra Madre Wind Project

Long-developing wind project using DC to cut emissions A large-scale energy project that has been on the docket for almost a decade appears to be moving forward, albeit at a snail’s pace. At least one catalyst in the ongoing production of Wyoming’s Sierra Madre wind project is good old DC transmission. Power Company of Wyoming’s Chokecherry and […]

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Batter Up

World’s largest battery goes online in Australia In what some consider a landmark achievement for renewable energy, the world’s largest battery went online Monday in Australia. Hornsdale Power Reserve, in the state of South Australia, features the world’s largest lithium-ion battery, used to provide power to huge wind turbines. The project—a joint venture between French […]

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GE Will Cut 12,000 Jobs

Cuts will come from GE Power; at least half will be in Europe General Electric will eliminate approximately 12,000 positions from its power division, GE Power, affecting both professional and production employees, the company announced today. The “headcount reductions,” as GE calls them, are a result of prior miscalculations of the sectors demand for coal […]

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Xcel’s New Spreadsheet

Energy provider releases “Colorado Energy Plan”, retires two coal plants Xcel Energy announced its latest energy proposal Wednesday, calling for the shutdown of two major coal-powered plants and a headfirst dive into renewable energy for the state. While the stipulation hinges on consumers saving money, it asks the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to approve […]

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