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Senators Introduce Storage ITC Bill

2 hours 50 min ago

Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced S. 3159 to make energy storage eligible for an investment tax credit (ITC) under section 48.  The bill introduced last month would make energy storage systems with a capacity of at least five kilowatt hours, regardless of whether it was supplied by a renewable resource, investment tax credit eligible.  For instance, a stand-alone storage project that drew power from the grid would be ITC eligible under this bill.

Renewable Energy Was 16.9 Percent of US Electric Generation in the First Half of 2016

4 hours 14 min ago

It’s finally happening. After years of research and development, of policy debates over subsidies and climate change and energy independence; renewable energy is finally starting to replace fossil fuel sources of electric generation across the nation.

Aneel sets cap price for upcoming Brazilian hydroelectric power auction

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 13:16

Brazilian power regulator Agencia Nacional de Eneria Eletricqa (Aneel) has set wholesale cap prices for an upcoming power auction that includes more than 130 small hydroelectric plants.

The Clean Power Plan: Justice Delayed

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 11:51

In the case of the Fossil Fuel Industry, et. al. VS Earth, et. al., I find myself asking—not for the first time—is justice delayed, justice denied? It should come as no surprise that I am convinced it is.

Geothermal Tax Credit Would Help Protect Jobs Across New York

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 08:34

More than 1,000 New York jobs are at risk in the clean energy sector, and a solution overwhelmingly supported by the State Legislature is at hand. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s signature is all that’s needed to avert this disaster.

Hotels and Resorts are Pioneers for New Renewable Energy and Storage Technologies

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 00:00

The paradigm of power generation is changing, and an increasing number of decentralized small-scale cleantech solutions are evolving. For technology providers, the first reference projects are extremely important milestones of the market-entry process.

Plans resubmitted for US$17 million 5-MW Conwy Falls hydroelectric project in Wales

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 11:59

RWE Innogy UK Ltd. is awaiting a decision by the end of August or in early September on its resubmitted planning application for the run-of-river US$17 million, 5 MW hydroelectric project located across Conwy Falls and Fairy Glen near Betws-y-Coed, the principal village of Snowdonia National Park, in northwest Wales, UK.  

Sustainable Women Series: Amassing & Analyzing Zero Energy Building Data

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 09:25

Many believe that the future of net-zero energy is already here. At the forefront, the Net-Zero Energy Coalition is not only leading the movement, but also creating what their team refers to as “The Hub,” a place where all-things-Zero-Energy (ZNE) can be discovered.

Go-ahead Given for World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm: 1.8-GW Hornsea Project Two

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 09:07

DONG Energy has been granted consent for development of the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm. Sited 89 kilometers off the east coast of Yorkshire, England, the 1.8-GW project will consist of up to 300 turbines. A project of epic proportions, Hornsea Project Two dwarfs all other offshore wind farms planned to date.

From Pet Project to Partner: O&G Investment in Solar

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 08:11

When I began my career 37 years ago, the main use of solar panels was on satellites — almost no one on Earth used solar energy. Oddly enough, the best place to be a solar engineer in the 1970s was at a large O&G company.

A New Logo, and a Definition of Energy Democracy

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 00:00

You may have missed our small change, but after rolling out our program logo back in December 2014, we decided to make a small revision in our name and program description, from “democratic energy” to “energy democracy.”

Sub-Saharan Africa — Solving Renewables Project Finance Challenges

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 00:00

In 2015 the UN pledged, as one of the new Sustainable Development Goals, to “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”.  This is a major ambition.

Will the G20 Spur Post-Paris Climate Action? 3 Signs to Look For

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 09:41

The G20 meeting in Hangzhou, China, this September brings together leaders of the world’s largest economies for the first such gathering since the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate. G20 Leaders Summits traditionally focus on economic growth and financial stability, but since more than 190 countries collectively agreed to greatly enhance mitigation of the causes and impacts of climate change, the need to tackle a changing climate and foster clean energy has become a clear economic and business reality.

Apple's Government-Approved Solar Plans and What They Mean for Utilities

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 08:07

Most people know Apple as a company that develops smartphones, computers and tablets, but recently the famous fruit dipped its toes into another market: energy. The U.S. government has granted Apple approval to sell the company's excess solar energy under the name Apple Energy LLC.

Electric Batteries Seen as Key to Unlocking Power, Auto Markets

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 07:36

Batteries that store electricity and offset power required from the grid during peak periods are key to unlocking lucrative power and transport markets, according to BMI Research.

Erex Eyes Biomass, Wind to Expand in Japan Power-Retail Business

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 07:24

Erex Co., a Japanese power supplier, will add more biomass power plants and expand into wind farms as it seeks to reach out to more customers following the opening up of Japan’s power-retail market.

Two Wells Deepened at San Emidio Geothermal Project in Nevada

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 06:48

U.S. Geothermal this month said that it has deepened two wells at its San Emidio geothermal project in Washoe County, Nev., based on the wells’ high thermal gradient and bottom hole temperature.

Tesla Supplier in Austria Expands in US to Supply Solar Industry

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 11:37

The Austrian company supplying Tesla Motors Inc. with the technology it needs to turn sunshine into electricity is expanding in the U.S. to capitalize on growth in the solar industry.

#BlockIsland: Construction Completed on First US Offshore Wind Farm

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 10:26

Deepwater Wind yesterday announced on Twitter that construction on the first US offshore wind farm now is complete.

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