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GSR 2018 Renewables Report

178 GW of renewable power added in 2017; electricity leads way Renewable power accounted for 70% of net additions to global power generating capacity in 2017, the largest increase in renewable power capacity in modern history, according to REN21’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report (GSR). But the heating, cooling and transport sectors–which together account for […]

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Generating Buzz

Energy milestone reached in United Kingdom Official figures produced March 29 by the United Kingdom’s governmental publishing service show an energy milestone was reached in 2017. They show that wind farms and solar panels produced more electricity than the country’s eight nuclear power stations for the first time. Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions also continued to […]

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Storage Wars: ‘A’ List

ABB and Amazon are all over the grid ABB just keeps making waves. The Swiss-based company, which officially absorbed Baldor in name to begin the month, has now released a new energy storage solution for residential “prosumers” that offers modular capacity increases, a high-voltage battery for greater efficiency, and flexibility in how the system is installed. […]

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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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No Longer Tariff-ied

ITC’s solar panel proposal surprises by coming in at 35% U.S. solar energy developers might get their first good sleep in a month after hearing the first proposal on imported solar panel tariffs from the International Trade Commission Tuesday, which came in at an unexpectedly modest 35%. The proposal will be sent to President Trump for […]

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Elon to the Rescue?

Tesla CEO says he wants to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid from scratch Elon Musk continues to evoke pondering over whether he is human or an aspiring superhero. In his latest installment, Musk publicly stated interest in rebuilding Puerto Rico’s demolished electrical grid from the ground up—using solar energy—in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The […]

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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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Eclipse & The Grid

Rare event draws crowds, tests solar panels Monday’s solar eclipse caught the attention of most of the country, from Madras, Oregon to Columbia, South Carolina. Thousands planned trips to “Eclipse Crossroads of America” around Carbondale, Illinois, where it was said to be best for viewing. But what happens to solar panels during a solar eclipse? […]

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Renew Now!

This week’s news from the renewable energy world Houghton secures coal-to-biomass contract. Houghton International has secured a three-year motor maintenance and repair contract at Lynemouth power station in England. The plant in Northumberland is currently being converted from coal to biomass. On completion, it is expected to generate 420 MW of renewable energy. Houghton will be responsible for […]

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