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Sunrun: APS Move Away from Increased Grid Access Charge Request a ‘Positive Step’

Arizona Public Service in a Sept. 25 filing to the Arizona Corporation Commission offered to forgo its previous request for an interim increase to its distributed generation grid access charge.

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AES To Securitize $100 Million in U.S. Solar Power Projects

AES Corp., a U.S. power producer with operations in 18 countries, is planning to securitize its first portfolio of solar projects.

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U.K. Labour Party Planning ‘Clean Energy Boom’ for Country’s Cities

The U.K. Labour Party does not plan to renationalize utilities if it wins the next election, its spokesperson on energy, Lisa Nandy, plans to say Tuesday...

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China Plans Offshore Wind Power Plants in Northern Jiangsu Province

A document recently published by China’s State Council indicates that offshore wind power plants are slated to built adjacent to the coastal areas of northern Jiangsu province.

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El Nino affects sediment removal needed above Devil’s Gate Dam

Los Angeles County Department of Public Works plans to remove 2.4 million cubic yards of sediment from the Hahamongna flood-control basin above Devil's Gate Dam in Pasadena, Calif. during the next five years. But, the sediment-removal project is not scheduled to begin until 2016. 

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US-China Cooperation on Climate Change: Don't Forget Waste-to-Energy Technologies

If the September 25, 2015 meetings in Washington between President Obama and President Xi of China yield no additional, substantive agreements to ease the tensions between the two countries in the arenas of monetary policy, currency devaluation, cyber-warfare or China's military build up in the Southeast Asian theater, they will be noted in the annals of environmental history for having yielded a historic, landmark commitment by China to start a national program in 2017 that will limit and put a price on greenhouse gas emissions.

More than any other policy adopted by the Obama Administration with regard to climate change, the decision and success in forging ahead with coordinated strategies at the next global round of UN-sponsored global negotiations in Paris, in December 2015, is a game changer. 

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Virginia Regulators Approve 80 MW Amazon Solar Farm

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Sept. 28 announced that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality plans to issue a permit for an 80 MW solar facility in northern Accomack County, Va.

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Climate Deal Gains With Brazil Pollution Plan and European Cash

Brazil said it will seek to cut its global warming pollution by 37 percent while France and the U.K. pledged billions of dollars more in aid to poorer countries as world leaders try to build support for an international agreement to tackle climate change.

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African Development Bank Seeks $55 Billion for Energy

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, who took over this month, said he’s aiming to eliminate Africa’s energy deficit by 2025 by mobilizing $55 billion of investment.

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Five Top Benefits of Selling 'Clean' with Solar Power

To sell truly clean, green solar power that increases the energy savings, longevity, and effectiveness of solar and other home equipment, proactive dealers are now adding a power conditioning and protection component to typical solar panels, racking, and inverters.

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8 Notable Moments from the GRC 39th Annual Meeting and GEA Geothermal Energy Expo in Nevada

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Solar Power International 2015 Greatest Hits

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Interior Plans November Auction for Offshore New Jersey Wind Energy Rights

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced Sept. 23 that 343,833 acres offshore New Jersey will be offered for commercial wind energy development in a competitive lease sale on Nov. 9, 2015.

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Evaluating the Case for Module-Level Shutdown

With 2014 NEC adoption in full swing, many are anticipating what the next version of the code will hold for the PV industry.

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Batteries May Curb Sales by Power Companies, Moody’s Says

Batteries that allow large users to lower their reliance on the most expensive electricity threaten to cripple sales for U.S. independent power producers and utilities, posing credit challenges, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

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The Crown Estate launches small-scale MHK leasing program

The Crown Estate, one of the largest property owners in the United Kingdom, has launched a program of offshore leasing for small-scale marine hydrokinetic (MHK) testing and demonstration projects less than 3 MW. 

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A Case Study in Energy-Transition Momentum

South Australia is clearly at the forefront of the global energy transition as it establishes a fast-moving model other economies can follow.

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Multinational Bank Financing of Geothermal Exploration Up 11 Percent from 2012

Financing of geothermal energy exploration by multinational banks has increased 11 percent, up from 6 percent in 2012 to 17 percent in 2015, Pierre Audinet, senior energy economist for World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), said on Sept. 21.

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Listen Up: Can I Get Solar if my Roof is Shaded?

Rooftop solar panels only work when they are in direct sunlight. So if you have a partially shaded roof, the output of your system will be lower than if there were no shading.

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News and updates on wave energy, tidal energy, and ocean energy

News related to the worldwide marine hydrokinetics industry from September-October 2015

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News and information on small hydropower projects from around the world

The latest news on global small hydroelectric facilities from September-October 2015

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Tool to assist in energy production at run-of-river hydro plants

The authors share information on a tool developed to assist in energy production at run-of-river hydro plants.

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Data on a new hydrodynamic hybrid bearing and shaft seal

A new hydrodynamic hybrid bearing and shaft seal has been launched into the hydropower sector by Wärtsilä. The bearing is manufactured from fibre and epoxy-based composite materials.

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Equitable development of hydro projects that incorporate multiple purposes

Hydropower is at the heart of the water-energy-food nexus. Developing hydropower projects that incorporate catchment areas and several purposes must be done equitably and involve internal and external stakeholders. Although benefits can conflict at times, they are also often complementary.

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News on the global hydroelectric industry from September-October 2015

News on the global hydroelectric industry from September-October 2015

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News and data on safety of dams and civil structures

The refurbishment work recently completed on Hydro Tasmania’s Rowallan Dam won the utility a Tasmanian Project of the Year award from the Australian Institute of Project Management.

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Lignum Vitae North America LLC donates bearings to teams in the Wave Energy Prize Challenge

Lignum Vitae North America LLC will donate bearings to any of the 20 teams advancing to the next phase in the Wave Energy Prize Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Program.  

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Hydro technology information and research reports

Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

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US Senate Democrats Unveil Energy Bill That Restores PTC and Extends ITC

Senate Democrats unveiled a bill that would provide more tax credits for renewable energy while killing some tax incentives for oil and natural gas producers.

Senators Maria Cantwell of Washington, Harry Reid of Nevada, Charles Schumer of New York and Ron Wyden of Oregon announced the legislation at a press conference in Washington Tuesday.

The lawmakers described the bill as “a Democratic vision for a cleaner energy future,” in an e-mailed statement. It focuses on industries that will modernize the country’s power infrastructure while reducing the carbon emissions that are blamed for warming the planet.

“Our proposal today throws an outdated, stagnant set of tax rules in the garbage can,” Wyden told reporters.

Wyden, who serves on the Senate finance and energy committee, said the bill is a shift toward a “market-based” tax code that would spur innovation in clean energy. “The tax code now plays an enormous role in our energy policy. The system on the tax books is a crazy quilt of laws tethered to yesteryear and it’s suffocating innovation.”

‘Dead on Arrival’

The legislation is “dead on arrival,” in part because the Democrats no longer have a majority in the Senate, said Rob Barnett, a policy analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence in Washington.

“This is a position paper,” Barnett said in an interview. “If Democrats win big in 2016 — win the White House, win back Congress — this is something they’d like to do.”

The bill would re-introduce the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind projects, providing a credit of as much as 2.3 cents per kilowatt-hour. The PTC expired at the end of 2014.

It also calls for extending the Investment Tax Credit (PTC) for solar power that provides a credit for 30 percent of project costs. The credit is due to be eliminated at the end of 2016 for most solar projects, and reduced to 10 percent for others. 

‘Tax Loopholes’

The draft bill would close what it describes as “big oil tax loopholes” for some of the largest integrated oil and gas companies, including expenses for drilling costs and deductions for enhanced oil recovery.

The American Petroleum Industry denounced the bill, saying that it could threaten the U.S. “energy renaissance.” The proposal “uses taxpayer dollars to raise the cost of energy for American consumers,” the trade group said in a statement Tuesday.

The Solar Energy Industries Association, which is urging Congress to extend the ITC, supports the bill.

“This legislation provides the stability that businesses in the solar industry need to grow,” Rhone Resch, president and chief executive officer of the Washington-based trade group, said in a statement.

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US, China Solar PV Players Team Up, Invest $100M in Chile, Uruguay and Japan

Private equity infrastructure specialist Hudson Clean Energy Partners and Hong Kong-based independent power producer Sky Solar Holdings on September 21 announced they are outting as much as $100 million of equity capital to work in developing an international portfolio of solar PV projects.

Teaneck, New Jersey-based Hudson Clean Energy is investing $50 million to finance Sky Solar building, operating and maintaining eight solar PV projects with total generation capacity of some 128-MWdc in Chile and Uruguay. The New Jersey-based company will own a 49 percent share of the projects upon completion.

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Sage Grouse Removed as Threat to Biggest Wind Farm in U.S.

Billionaire Phil Anschutz’s plans to build a $5 billion wind farm in southeast Wyoming will no longer be stymied by the mating dance of the greater sage grouse.

The U.S. Interior Department’s decision Tuesday not to designate the bird as an endangered species means Anschutz’s Power Company of Wyoming LLC may now proceed with the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind farm. It also opens the door to oil and natural gas development in the region.

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CEO Gilles: Challenge in Geothermal is to 'Level Playing Field' with Wind, Solar

The current challenge for the geothermal energy industry is what U.S. Geothermal CEO Dennis Gilles calls “leveling the playing field” with wind and solar.

“We’re competing with the wind and solar companies,” Gilles said during the Geothermal Resources Council 39th Annual Meeting opening session in Reno, Nev., on Sept. 21. “They have incentives, and as a result of their dramatic growth, they have seen their costs come down dramatically.”

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Meeting the Need for Uniform Energy-Storage Codes, Standards and Regulations

The energy-storage industry is now at a stage where stakeholders need to develop a coordinated vision for safety codes, standards and regulations (CSRs). Although standards in the solar industry can provide a guide, the energy-storage industry needs to collaborate to ensure safe and reliable products.

The deployment of energy-storage systems has necessitated the development and implementation of safety standards to ensure safe and reliable operations. Not only do these standards have obvious effects on manufacturers, owners and operators, but they also have policy and legal implications that are critically important to regulators.

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Venezuela uses a ROV to inspect Guri Reservoir infrastructure amidst water level decline

Venezuela's government is taking measures to inspect the infrastructure of the country’s main hydroelectric-related civil structure as rising temperatures, reduced precipitation and increased energy demand affect water levels at the 4,000-square-mile Guri Reservoir.  

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NRG Energy to Form Renewable Unit, Sell Wind Assets to Yieldco

NRG Energy Inc., the worst-performing member of the S&P 500 Utilities Index this year, said it will form a renewable energy unit and sell wind assets to its existing yield-focused business.

The biggest U.S. independent power producer will place its home solar, electric car charging unit and large-scale solar development business in a so-called GreenCo, the Princeton, New Jersey-based company last week in a slide presentation for investors posted on its website. The GreenCo will be created on Jan. 1, 2016.

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Idaho Cuts Solar and Wind Contracts to Two Years

At the end of August, in a surprise decision; Idaho's PUC ruled in favor of Idaho's investor-owned utilities, and new contracts will be for two years only.

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Announcements to move forward development of several hydro projects in Zambia

A recent announcement published by Bulawayo 24 indicates several hydro projects are moving forward in Zambia.

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Top 5 Reasons To Be Optimistic About Geothermal in the US

Joe Greco, Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) board chairman and Terra-Gen Power senior vice president, outlined the top five reasons to be optimistic about geothermal in the U.S. during his opening address at the Geothermal Resources Council 39th Annual Meeting and GEA Geothermal Energy Expo on Sept. 21.

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DOE Releases Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Hawaii

DOE released a final programmatic environmental impact statement for Hawaii to provide federal, state and county governments as well as the public and developers with a reference document for project-specific environmental reviews.

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The 800 Ways Taxpayer Money Supports Fossil Fuel Industries

As world leaders converge on New York for a United Nations gathering that’s expected to have a strong emphasis on climate change, the OECD is pointing out 800 ways rich industrial nations support fossil fuels with taxpayer money, along with a handful of countries that are catching up quickly.

The measures were worth $167 billion last year for the oil, natural gas and coal industries, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a Paris-based institution that advises 34 industrial nations. While that number has fallen from almost $200 billion in 2012, it easily exceeds the value of subsidies for renewables such as wind and solar.

The findings released Monday are designed to stimulate debate on what constitutes fair support for energy technologies. World leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are attempting to ratchet up ambitions for a global deal reducing greenhouse gas pollution. The UN-organized negotiations are expected to yield an international agreement in Paris in December. The OECD report suggests policy makers burrow into their own tax and spending measures for a solution.

“We’re totally schizophrenic,” Angel Gurria, the OECD’s secretary-general, said at a press conference in Paris on Monday. “We’re trying to reduce emissions, and we subsidize the consumption of fossil fuels. These policies are not obsolete, they’re dangerous legacies of a bygone era when pollution was viewed as a tolerable side effect of economic growth. They should be erased from the books.”

The report covered OECD member nations plus six developing economies outside the group -- Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa. It expands on a 2013 assessment and on the work of the International Energy Agency, which put the cost of fossil fuel subsidies at $548 billion in 2013, down 25 percent from the year before.

Biggest Subsidizers


The IEA report includes countries from the Middle East and Africa such as Qatar, Iran and Nigeria that top other rankings of big subsidizers. It looked at how consumer prices vary from market prices, while the OECD looked specifically at measures in national budgets that support fossil fuels.

“If other developing countries were included, then the total would be much higher,” said Angus McCrone, senior analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance in London. “The reassuring point from the OECD report is that although it found attempts to reduce fossil-fuel subsidies running into inertia, it also concluded that support is now on a downward trend.”

Renewable energy subsidies rose 15 percent to $121 billion in 2013 and may rise to $230 billion by 2030, according to an IEA report released last year.

The measures counted by the OECD covered some of the most obscure pieces of national tax codes -- including direct controls on gasoline prices, depreciation allowances for oil drillers, breaks for refiners, credits for infrastructure like pipelines and stimulus for technology to clean up coal emissions.

‘People Are Outraged’

“People are outraged when they find out that their tax dollars are being used to prop up the richest industry on the planet,” said Jamie Henn, strategy director at 350.org, the campaign group founded by environmentalist Bill McKibben to urge investors to divest from high-polluting industries. “Funding fossil fuels is like buying up typewriters at the dawn of the computer age.”

Oil and oil products reaped 82 percent of the support, according to the OECD, with coal collecting 8 percent and gas 10 percent. A plunge in crude oil prices reduced some of the cost of subsidies.

More important were measures taken in India, China, Mexico and Indonesia, as well as most industrial nations, to reduce handouts to forms of energy that produce significant amounts of pollution. India saved 200 billion rupees ($3 billion) from 2012 to 2014 by slashing subsidies for diesel. Indonesia reduced consumer aid for electricity and motor fuels that ate up a fifth of its spending as recently as 2011. In the U.S., Obama has proposed $4 billion a year of savings from reduced fossil-fuel support.

“We’re certainly not saying that all the measures are bad,” since some are targeted to help poor people afford fuel they need, Jehan Sauvage, the lead author of the OECD report, said in an interview. “The key message is to ask if this is the best use of public money. Are these measures the best way to support the goals we have?”

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The Big Question: Where Are the Major Geothermal Opportunities Around the World Today and What Should the Industry Do to Take Advantage of Them?

Geothermal technology offers renewable energy that comes from under the earth. The energy is baseload, dispatchable, and 100-percent renewable.

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Southern to Test and Evaluate 1 MW Battery Project in Georgia

Southern Company said on Sept. 17 that it will test and evaluate a 1 MW (2-MWh) battery storage system in Cedartown, Ga., using lithium-ion battery technology – similar to the battery chemistry in electric vehicles and many of today’s consumer electronics.

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Six-Month Study to Outline Geothermal Opportunities for 10 BC Communities

Geoscience BC is launching a six-month study that will provide 10 communities in British Columbia with detailed information about direct-use geothermal energy opportunities, a spokesperson for the nonprofit said.

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The Solar Foundation to Re-Energize Solar America Cities

One key method of increasing solar adoption and deployment across the world is to focus on reducing the soft costs — those fees, red tape, and other bureaucratic inefficiencies that make it difficult for customers to actually get solar power installed. But a grant awarded this week at Solar Power International (SPI) seeks to start to chip away at those problems.

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Makers of Fuel From Plants Feel Forsaken in Obama’s Climate Push

Producers of motor fuels from plant waste say they have been left behind in President Barack Obama’s push to fight climate change.

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Report: Vermont Clean Energy Sector Jobs Increased 9.8 Percent Since 2013

Vermont saw a 9.8 percent increase in clean energy sector jobs since 2013, and jobs in the sector are expected to grow another 6.2 percent by March 2016, according to a recently released report from the Vermont Public Service Department’s Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF).

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US, China Research Institutes Sign Historic Clean Power Grid Accord

NREL and China's State Grid Energy Research Institute have signed a clean power MoU.

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US Vice President Joe Biden Lets the Solar Secret Out

According to Vice President Joe Biden, the secret that is solar is finally out and that’s a good thing. Biden, who spoke at Solar Power International on Wednesday, is clearly a fan of the technology. He thanked the industry representatives in attendance for the work that they do providing clean energy to the world, jobs to veterans and energy independence the United States. The industry has grown an incredible amount since he took office, he said. “I remember the very first event I attended for solar power, this middle section right here [indicating the first 20 rows in the center] would have been an overflow crowd at the time, not a joke,” he said.

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Canada Investment in Renewables Surged Last Year, Led by Ontario

Investment in renewable energy in Canada almost doubled last year as developers largely in Ontario and Quebec built solar, wind and hydropower projects, Clean Energy Canada said.

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Stems, Sticks Seen Driving Biofuel’s Next Expansion After 2020

The next generation of biofuels that don’t use food crops as a raw material are starting to take hold, with a big expansion of the industry coming after 2020, one of the industry’s key suppliers said.

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Record-Breaking Conference Reveals Excitement Surrounding Hydropower

HydroVision International attracted record attendance this July and highlighted many accomplishments within the industry.

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Extending Renewable Electricity Generation for Decades at Closed Landfill Sites

How can landfill managers squeeze the maximum possible amount of renewable energy out of the gases their landfills produce over time?

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Low-Enthalpy Geothermal Raises the Bar

Low-enthalpy capture could ultimately be transformative for the geothermal-energy industry.

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Data Points

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Wind Turbine Manufacturers Consider New Drivetrain Technology

A changing power-generation landscape has led to new challenges for both wind-turbine manufacturers and makers of turbine components. Will a shift toward new technology ensue?

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2015 Inverters on Parade

Intersolar 2015 attracted a wide array of innovators eager to show their new solar products to the industry. Cost reduction, increased performance, and faster installation times were three of their goals.

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Renewables Help States Meet Clean Power Plan Goals

The historic carbon-cutting plan could be just enough to spur states to build more wind and solar capacity — but they have to act fast.

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Regional News

News from the Global Renewable Energy Industry

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From the Editor

With the year more than half-way over, its clear to me that 2015 will be a year for the history books in terms of the clean energy transition.

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Wind Energy Growth in Europe Seen Slower After Policy Changes

Europe’s wind power industry will grow substantially slower than anticipated over the next 15 years because changes to the region’s climate and energy policies have unsettled investors, an industry group said.

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Wall Street’s Message to US Solar Companies: ‘It’s the Profitability, Stupid!’

For the companies that have exploded with growth at the cost of profitability altogether, the message from Wall Street is load and clear, “It’s the profitability, stupid.”

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China’s Wind Turbine Orders Total 494 MW in First Half of 2015

China received orders for 305 wind power turbines totaling 494 MW from overseas buyers during the first half of 2015. The orders represented substantially more than the number of units during the same period in 2014.

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AWEA: Opportunity for Wind Energy Under Clean Power Plan Could Reach 100 GW

The American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) internal assessments currently show about 100 GW of opportunity for wind under the Clean Power Plan, Michael Goggin, senior director of research for AWEA, said on Sept. 11.

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An ITC Alternative for Any Energy Generation

George Washington University Solar Institute proposes an ITC for any energy generation (or storage) technology — with no sunset date.

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ASDSO awards NYCDEP’s Gilboa Dam its 2015 National Rehabilitation Project of the Year

On Monday, Sept. 14 during it annual meeting awards ceremony held this year in New Orleans, La., the Association of State Dam Safety Officials presented its 2015 National Rehabilitation Project of the Year award to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s Gilboa Dam.  

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Sunverge Partners With Canadian Utility for Home Power Storage

California power storage developer Sunverge Energy Inc. said it has partnered with Canadian utility PowerStream Inc. for a pilot program designed to reduce customer energy use during high-demand periods.

 

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SolarCity, SunSpec Alliance Partner on California Smart Energy Home Pilot Project

SolarCity said it has partnered with SunSpec Alliance and Southern California Edison (SCE) on a smart energy homes demonstration project.

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Latest RGGI CO2 Allowance Clearing Price Increases 12 Cents over Previous Auction

The 29th auction of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) sold about 25.4 million CO2 allowances at a clearing price of $6.02, up 12 cents from a clearing price of $5.50 for RGGI’s last auction in June.

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New Bills May Be Game Changer for New York Geothermal

In early July, two bills passed the New York State legislature to provide tax incentives to geothermal heat pump (GHP) installations. These incentives are designed to put GHP installations on equal tax footing with other renewable resources.

 

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The Grab Bag Rides Again

When I was sports editor for the college newspaper, I wrote a column that was, I'm sure now a decade removed, far less clever than I thought it was at the time. But since I am 1) pressed for time and 2) devoid of original thought at the moment, I present to you, dear reader, a special reprisal of the Michael Harris Daily Weekly Monthly Occasional Grab Bag of Sports Hydropower Stuff.

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Michigan State University Wins DOE Grant for Five-Year Biofuel Study

Michigan State University (MSU) researchers recently won a $5 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to study how biofuel crops acquire nitrogen.

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Microturbines Fuel Growth of the Biomass Industry

From pig farms to breweries, Capstone’s microturbines are making full circle cogeneration an economically and environmentally friendly reality for a diversity of industries.

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California Climate Law Boosts Solar Power and Building Retrofits

California lawmakers on Friday passed a watered-down version of what state Senate President Kevin de Leon had billed as part of the “most far-reaching effort to fight climate change in the history of our nation.”

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UK Rejects $8.3 Billion Offshore Wind Plan From EDF, Eneco

The U.K. government rejected a 5.4 billion-pound ($8.3 billion) proposal to build a giant offshore wind farm in Navitus Bay, saying it would harm protected views from a coast designated as a World Heritage Site.

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Measuring the Measurable: The Clean Power Plan and the Need for Open, Accurate Market Data

These developments, such as the Clean Power Plan (CPP) seem to be setting up another big boost to the renewable energy market, but they are going to both require and create huge amounts of data: data needed by the states to ensure CPP compliance, and market data on the clean energy deployed to meet the CPP’s goals.

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An Industry First, Distributed Energy Storage System Dispatches Electricity to California Grid

Marking a US power industry first, a “smart” network of distributed energy storage systems installed on-site on utility-customer premises successfully bid into and supplied electricity to California's power grid via the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) real-time, day-to-day wholesale power market.  

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Duke Energy Renewables More Than Doubles Its North Carolina Solar Power Portfolio

Duke Energy Renewables on Sept. 9 said it has completed four solar power projects in Eastern North Carolina, adding 30 MW of solar in the state. The projects are located in the towns of Creswell, Everetts, Battleboro and Sunbury.

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India’s Cochin International Airport Goes 100 Percent Solar

Adding a massive feather to its renewable energy cap, India now lays claim to the world’s first fully solar-powered airport. Located in the coastal city of Kochi in the southwestern state of Kerala, the newly inaugurated solar plant brings India one significant step closer to securing its position as a frontrunner in the global solar race.

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Brooklyn to Avoid Blackouts With Utility-Disrupting Microgrids

If you want to see how U.S. utilities could lose control of the electricity industry, keep an eye on Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, which spent a week in the dark after Hurricane Sandy hit New York in 2012.

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Potsdam hydroelectric project has rehabilitation and new construction goals

According to the Federal Register, potential power is presently unutilized at the 800-kW East powerhouse and proposed 700-kW West powerhouse for the Potsdam hydroelectric project on the Raquette River in Lancaster County, New York. The proposed West powerhouse received a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission exemption from licensing in 1981.  

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The Future of the Internet of Things in Renewable Energy

The energy business can no longer be differentiated by simply applying more improvements via mechanical engineering and physics. The next wave of innovation will be driven by sensors and data – in other words, the Internet of Things.

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India to Start Offering Offshore Wind Blocks for Development

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government adopted a policy for India’s offshore wind industry, paving the way for developments as much as 200 nautical miles into the surrounding seas.

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China’s Guangdong Province Speeds Up Development of the Province’s Clean Energy Industry

The Guangdong Provincial Development and Reform Commission has recently issued a development road map for the province’s nuclear and renewable energy sources, including natural gas, wind power and solar power.

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US Solar Power on Track for Record 2015 as Utilities Lead Way

Developers installed 1.4 GW of solar power in the U.S. in the second quarter, up 8.7 percent from a year earlier, putting the country on track for a record 7.7 GW this year.

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Report: Public Finance for Geothermal in Developing Countries Must Increase 7-10 Fold

Public finance for geothermal needs to increase seven to 10 fold – from $7.4 billion currently to as much as $73 billion – in order to drive enough private investment to meet developing countries’ deployment targets of 23 GW by 2030, a recent report by Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) found.

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Commerzbank Sees 10 Percent Drop in Renewable Energy Finance in 2015

Commerzbank AG, Germany’s second-largest lender, expects a 10 percent decline in renewable energy financing deals after a spate of offshore wind projects moved ahead last year.

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Asia Update: Geothermal in Japan, Indonesia, The Philippines

Japan’s Environment Ministry will ease restrictions on geothermal development activities in national or quasi-national parks. Reports have estimated 80% of Japan’s geothermal resources are located in these parks.

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SunEdison Sells Stake in Utah Solar Farm to Dominion for $320 Million

SunEdison Inc., the world’s largest clean energy developer, agreed to sell half of a 265 MW solar farm in Utah to Dominion Resources Inc. for $320 million, expanding a joint venture the two companies formed last month.

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The Cheapest Route to 50 Percent Renewable Includes Concentrated Solar Power

A big ramp up in concentrated solar power is key to meeting California's ambitious 50 percent by 2030 renewable goal cost-effectively, according to a study commissioned by California utilities looking for how to incorporate such an unprecedented amount of renewable energy.

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Listen Up: Running A Successful Solar Business With Pamela Cargill

Running a solar installation business isn’t easy. Whether it’s a small local installer working on one system a week on neighborhood homes, or a large installer working on 500 systems a week in multiple states, the logistics, engineering, financing, customer relations and project management are daunting.

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Wind Farm Investment Plunges With Power Prices in Nordic Region

Investors are pulling back from wind farms in Nordic nations as the lowest electricity prices in 12 years cut the profitability of new projects.

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Green Mountain Power to Install 2 Tesla Powerwall Energy Storage Systems at State Park

Green Mountain Power (GMP) will use two of its pending order of 500 Tesla Powerwall home energy storage systems to build a solar-plus-storage facility at Vermont’s Emerald Lake State Park, a GMP spokesperson said on Sept. 4.

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Inaccurate Reporting of Net Metering Caps Can Lead to Solar Market Instability

A new study from EQ Research is emphasizing the critical role accurate net energy metering (NEM) reporting plays in the stability of the U.S. solar market, and calling attention to how far some states have to go with respect to adopting effective tracking and reporting methodologies.

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Strong fall chinook returns reported at Bonneville Dam

According to the Fish Passage Center website, adult fall chinook counted at Bonneville Dam were 212,618 as of Sept. 3, the second highest on record since counting began in 1938.

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Japan Electricity Deregulation: Birth of Municipally Owned Electric Utilities

The upcoming retail electricity deregulation in Japan will create a way for Japanese municipal governments to produce and supply locally generated renewable electricity. The Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 became a strong source of motivation for local governments to take energy matters into their own hands.

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Panasonic and Tesla Poised for Battery Fight in Europe

Panasonic Corp., which makes the lithium-ion batteries for Tesla Motors Inc.’s cars, will begin selling batteries that power homes in Europe, starting in Germany, where people are given greater incentives to switch to solar-generated electricity.

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OneEnergy Seeks Authority to Build 6 MW Solar PV Facility in Southern Maryland

OneEnergy Renewables is seeking regulatory approval in Maryland to build a 6 MW solar PV facility in Somerset County, Md. The Seattle-based company on Aug. 18 submitted to the Maryland Public Service Commission an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to build the project, which is called the Ibis Solar Farm.

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California Regulators Propose Expansion of Eligibility Requirements for Solar Water Heating Program

The California Public Utilities Commission has proposed expanding the eligibility requirements for customers seeking to participate in the California Solar Initiative thermal low-income program for solar water heating systems.

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Digging Deeper into DOE's $1B of New Clean Energy Loan Guarantees

Addressing participants at the National Clean Energy Summit 8.0 in Las Vegas on Aug. 24, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. Department of Energy's Loan Programs Office is making an additional $1 billion of loan guarantees available for distributed clean energy projects.

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Florida Supreme Court Takes Up Solar Question

Because Florida remains one of only four states where current laws expressly deny citizens and businesses the freedom to buy solar power electricity directly from someone other than an electric utility, the Solar Choice ballot initiative is drawing support from business leaders and owners around the state, according to Floridians for Solar Choice.

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