China Prepares Safeguards Against Wasting Renewable Energy

Beijing is drawing up plans for a new “safeguard mechanism” to guarantee minimum levels of regional renewable energy consumption, in a bid to stop so much of the country’s solar, wind and hydropower from going to waste.

China leads the world in solar and wind capacity, but much of the power generated never gets used due to a lack of coordinated planning with the power grid and provincial-level governments, which are often under pressure to support other local generators such as coal plants. Continue reading “China Prepares Safeguards Against Wasting Renewable Energy”

FT: Amplats chief calls for South Africa to open up renewable energy market

Anglo-American Platinum, the world’s biggest producer of platinum, said South Africa needs to open up its renewable energy market to allow companies to generate their own power rather than impose a blanket carbon tax on the industry.

The subsidiary of Anglo American, whose mines rely on power from the country’s struggling state utility Eskom, said the tax would impose millions of dollars of extra costs without helping it to move away from coal-based power. “We don’t have an ability to increase our renewables. There’s no policy that allows us to do that, there’s actually laws preventing us from doing that,” Chris Griffith, chief executive of the company known as Amplats, told the FT. Continue reading “FT: Amplats chief calls for South Africa to open up renewable energy market”

GE Renewable Energy Announces New Solar + Storage Hybrid Project In New York

GE Renewable Energy has announced that it will partner with Helios Energy to develop a new hybrid solar + storage system in upstate New York, which is expected to reach commercial operation in the second quarter of 2020.

Specifically, GE Renewable Energy will integrate two solar PV arrays built by Helios Energy with two battery energy storage systems comprised of GE’s Reservoir technology, Reservoir Inverter units, control systems, and combiner boxes. The two energy storage systems are expected to store and generate 3 MW/12 MWh and 2 MW/8MWh respectively.

The solar arrays to be built by Helios Energy are being built in Lenox, New York, with construction to begin later this year with commercial operation in the second quarter of 2020. Continue reading “GE Renewable Energy Announces New Solar + Storage Hybrid Project In New York”

Could wave power be the next boom in renewable energy?

In a shipyard in Portland, Oregon, a massive new energy generating device is nearly complete. In mid-May, it will begin a three-week journey to Hawaii for the first large-scale test of the tech connected to the grid. Months later, two other new technologies will also head to Hawaii to begin their own tests. It’s one step toward wider adoption of a form of renewable energy that doesn’t yet exist commercially: waves.

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Iberdrola starts work on $340 million Spanish solar plant

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  • The Núñez de Balboa plant will be able to produce enough energy for roughly 250,000 people.
  • It will use will use 1.5 million panels spread across a 1,000-hectare site.
  • Iberdrola’s chairman, Ignacio Galan, says solar will “be a pivotal technology in the energy transition.”

Spanish utility Iberdrola has commenced work on a 500-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic power plant in Badajoz, Spain.

The facility, Iberdrola’s first photovoltaic plant in Europe, will use 1.5 million panels spread across a 1,000-hectare site. The company will invest around 300 million ($340 million) euros in the development. Continue reading “Iberdrola starts work on $340 million Spanish solar plant”

Joint Effort on Solar Power and Storage Aims at 100% Renewable Electricity in Denmark

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Better Energy, Denmark’s leading provider of large-scale megawatt solar parks, has begun a long-term collaboration with the Danish energy storage consulting firm Hybrid Greentech. This partnership will develop new technical concepts to stabilize electricity supplies from solar cell parks. By improving energy storage, energy producers can improve the quality and stability of the electricity supply, earn higher prices on the electricity markets, and improve the overall profitability of the facilities.

“The people at Hybrid Greentech have technical competencies that contribute to our development of energy storage in interaction with our energy technologies. Hybrid Greentech fits in well, and we are sure they will be a strong a strong partner,” said Mikkel Dau Jacobsen, Executive Vice President, Technology and Solutions, Better Energy.

Better Energy has solar power projects in Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, Poland and Ukraine, with a total capacity of 229 MWp / 380GWh. Continue reading “Joint Effort on Solar Power and Storage Aims at 100% Renewable Electricity in Denmark”

Renewable energy to replace fossil fuels as UK’s main power source for first time in history, government says

New strategy could see third of British electricity coming from offshore wind by 2030

A new government deal with industry could see nearly a third of British electricity generated by offshore wind farms by 2030.

If successful, officials say the plan would see more electricity being generated by renewables than fossil fuels for the first time in UK history, with 70 per cent coming from low-carbon sources.

Currently offshore wind provides just 7 per cent of British power, but this would be boosted to 30 per cent by the end of the next decade.

Not everyone is convinced by the announcement, with some environmentalists warning renewables would have to be scaled up even further as the nation’s nuclear ambitions floundered.

According to the government, its promised green power “revolution” would bring 27,000 jobs to the energy sector. Continue reading “Renewable energy to replace fossil fuels as UK’s main power source for first time in history, government says”

Renewable energy growth in USA to continue in 2019, says Deloitte

According to Deloitte, the fundamental drivers of renewable energy growth last year are likely to continue this year in the US.

Deloitte’s report – ‘2019 renewable energy industry outlook’ – informed that 2018 was a resilient year in the US. It gained ground in spite of uncertainty regarding the federal tax reform legislation’s effects. A series of new import tariffs added to the uncertainty.

Utility-scale output from solar and wind energy represented 8% of America’s electricity mix through Q3 of 2018. This was one percentage point up on Q3 2017.
Renewable energy growth – three trends…

The authors of the report see three trends coming into clearer focus.

These three trends, which will probably shape renewable energy growth this year, include:

-Policies that help boost renewable energy growth.
-Growing interest from investors in the sector.
-Technological advances that boost solar and wind energy’s value to the grid, customers, and asset owners.

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Wind industry hires senior Iowa state legislator to advance policy in the “American Wind Belt”

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The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has announced it has hired Navy veteran Jeff Danielson as AWEA’s Central Region Director to lead state policy advocacy efforts across Midwestern and Plains states.
Wind industry hires senior Iowa state legislator to advance policy in the “American Wind Belt”
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Jeff Danielson will lead AWEA’s Central Region state policy programme after 15 years in the Iowa State Senate and 25 years as a firefighter. In his new role, Danielson will advocate for pro-growth policies to help wind power expand and meet strong consumer demand for clean energy. Prior to joining AWEA, Danielson served for 15 years as an Iowa State Senator, representing Hudson, Cedar Falls and Waterloo in Black Hawk County, and worked as both a career professional firefighter with the City of Cedar Falls and an adjunct professor of public policy at the University of Northern Iowa. Before that, Danielson served in the US Navy for six years. He will begin work for AWEA on February 25th. Continue reading “Wind industry hires senior Iowa state legislator to advance policy in the “American Wind Belt””

Renewable energy: UK consults on paying homes and businesses for excess generation

The ‘Smart Export Guarantee’ would replace the export tariff and apply to small-scale renewable sources such as solar panels

The government is seeking views on introducing a new scheme that would pay households and businesses for surplus electricity produced by small-scale renewables such as solar panels.

Under the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) proposal, which would replace the export tariff under the Feed-in Tariff scheme, larger energy suppliers – with more than 250,000 domestic electricity customers – would have to pay consumers for the excess power generated and exported to the grid.

It suggests smaller suppliers may also opt to voluntarily provide a SEG tariff. Continue reading “Renewable energy: UK consults on paying homes and businesses for excess generation”