AEMO chief operations officer quits to take role at Mondo Power

AEMO chief operations officer quits to take role at Mondo Power

AEMO has announced a major shift in the ranks of its executive team, with the resignation of chief operations officer Damien Sanford after 10 years at the Australian Energy Market Operator.

Morrison sponsored report says reef tourism may be virtually wiped out by climate change

Morrison sponsored report says reef tourism may be virtually wiped out by climate change

Tourism to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, worth billions to the Australian economy, could be all but wiped out due to climate change, according to a new research report commissioned by a panel of world leaders that includes Scott Morrison.

UPDATE 1-China to slash coal-fired power capacity at big utilities by merging assets -document

UPDATE 1-China to slash coal-fired power capacity at big utilities by merging assets -document

“(The utilities) will strive to reduce coal-fired power capacity by one quarter to one third ...cutting total losses by more than 50% from the current level to achieve a significant decline in debt-to-asset ratios by the end of 2021,” the document said.

Gov. Polis on Colorado’s Quest for a Clean Grid — and Where Storage Fits In

Gov. Polis on Colorado’s Quest for a Clean Grid — and Where Storage Fits In

Indeed, the initial bid prices for wind-plus-storage came in lower than even existing coal generation, Polis said, which may have encouraged Xcel's goal of attaining an 80 percent carbon-free mix by 2030.

Scottish Government sought to ‘assist’ troubled CS Wind prior to job losses

Scottish Government sought to ‘assist’ troubled CS Wind prior to job losses

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Government said: “This has been a very difficult time for workers at the CS Wind tower facility at Machrihanish and our priority has been to support the company in its attempts to secure future work for the site.

Victorian energy savings scheme target increase to 2025 with more upgrades eligible for financial incentives

Victorian energy savings scheme target increase to 2025 with more upgrades eligible for financial incentives

The Energy Savings Industry Association (ESIA) welcomes the release yesterday of the Victorian Energy Upgrades program Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for target setting from 2021-25 which indicates the most ambitious targets since the program’s start in 2009.

SSE pledges to support Armed Forces with work after service

SSE pledges to support Armed Forces with work after service

He said: “In signing the Covenant, we’re joining over 400 local authorities and more than 5,000 businesses and charities, who pledge to help support both ex and serving military personnel.

BlackRock raises $1bn for clean power as wind, solar boom

BlackRock raises $1bn for clean power as wind, solar boom

Here’s the latest indicator of how hungry investors are to profit from clean energy: BlackRock just raised $1 billion for wind, solar and battery-storage projects.BlackRock Real Assets aims to raise a total of $2.5 billion for the fund, Giordano said.

Germany is closing all its nuclear power plants. Now it must find a place to bury the deadly waste for 1 million years

Germany is closing all its nuclear power plants. Now it must find a place to bury the deadly waste for 1 million years

This is the "wicked problem" facing Germany as it closes all of its nuclear power plants in the coming years, according to Professor Miranda Schreurs, part of the team searching for a storage site.

NCH Launches built-for-purpose solar Panel cleaner for harsh Australian conditions

NCH Launches built-for-purpose solar Panel cleaner for harsh Australian conditions

Cleaning solar panels twice a year will prevent this loss of productivity, however most commercial cleaners are designed for a different kind of dirt.Using a cleaning product specifically designed for solar panels can increase both the efficiency and lifespan of solar systems.

Tasmania Marinus Link would work best in fast transition to renewables

Tasmania Marinus Link would work best in fast transition to renewables

Plans to build a second interconnector linking the wind and hydro-rich island state of Tasmania to the mainland Australian grid could unlock up to $5 billion in new renewables investments, but only if the rest of the NEM keeps up a fast pace of clean energy transition.

Australia slammed for using First Nations people to try and dodge climate bill

Australia slammed for using First Nations people to try and dodge climate bill

Australia, in trying to minimise its culpability for to climate change impacts and avoid footing the bill for damaged caused, referenced the vulnerability of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to suggest that there shouldn’t be a ‘developing/developed country divide’ when it came to allocating responsibility for the costs of climate change.

Investors Still Waging War With Spain Over Retroactive Cuts

Investors Still Waging War With Spain Over Retroactive Cuts

The Spanish renewable energy association APPA welcomed the 12-year offer, saying it “helps eliminate the regulatory uncertainty for existing projects.” For Spanish developers, it is potentially the best offer on the table, since they were forced to fight the retroactive cuts in Spanish courts that found in favor of the government.

Tilt lands $1 billion deal for sale of Snowtown 2 wind farm

Tilt lands $1 billion deal for sale of Snowtown 2 wind farm

The sale to Palisade Investment Partners Limited and First State Super follows the start of a “strategic” review launched in June by Tilt which was looking to free up capital for a raft of new investment opportunities in Australia for wind, solar and battery storage projects.

A Silver Lining in Vineyard Wind’s Delay?

A Silver Lining in Vineyard Wind’s Delay?

Speaking two weeks ago at an industry event hosted by FTI Consulting in New York, Hunsberger noted that BOEM has not yet breached the two-year permitting window given by President Donald Trump to federal agencies to complete their environmental reviews for major infrastructure projects.

Hyundai launches first car with solar roof charging system

Hyundai launches first car with solar roof charging system

The semi-transparent solar panels are applied to a panoramic sunroof, maintaining transparency whilst charging an electric vehicle’s battery or an additional battery mounted on an internal combustion engine vehicle.

BiFab deal at £2bn Scottish wind farm could bring jobs to Arnish

BiFab deal at £2bn Scottish wind farm could bring jobs to Arnish

A new wind farm deal for Burntisland Fabrication (BiFab) could bring a Christmas jobs boost to workers at its Arnish yard, according to a source close to the firm.

Energy storage growth clumpy but broad in 2019, next year it triples

Energy storage growth clumpy but broad in 2019, next year it triples

The quarter was the highest Q3 so far, and outside of massive months where utility scale projects dominated, is at the end of consistent growth (red line added by pv magazine USA ) when combining the various ups and downs of markets.

Orkney scheme for turning oil rigs into hydrogen producers seeks supporters

Orkney scheme for turning oil rigs into hydrogen producers seeks supporters

The Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) is leading the consortium, which also includes Flotta operator Repsol Sinopec Resources UK (RSRUK), Aquatera, Cranfield University, Doosan, EMEC Hydrogen and NOV.

This goofy bird vs. the fossil fuel industry

This goofy bird vs. the fossil fuel industry

That includes a landmark conservation plan passed by the Obama administration’s Department of Interior in 2015, which was supported by both industry and conservationists.The plan included bans and restrictions on mining and oil and gas leasing on sage grouse habitat.

The Myth of Whole-Home Battery Backup

The Myth of Whole-Home Battery Backup

Battery backup systems coupled with solar are being hailed as the best solution to public safety power shutoffs in California — not to mention our archaic electric grid.

Comparing Renewable Schemes: FIT vs. SEG

Comparing Renewable Schemes: FIT vs. SEG

Created in 2011, the feed in tariff program (FIT) facilitated the solar industry by providing subsidies for anyone who produced solar energy and more for those who exported it to the grid.

£40 million to be invested in Port of Dundee after wind farm contract win

£40 million to be invested in Port of Dundee after wind farm contract win

Mr Hammond said at its peak the work to assemble the huge wind turbines before they are sailed to their location on the Firth of Forth will require at least 20 acres of land at the Port of Dundee.

Mexico’s Clean Energy Sector Gets Renewable Credit Win

Mexico’s Clean Energy Sector Gets Renewable Credit Win

(Bloomberg) -- Mexico’s clean energy industry was handed a big win on Thursday after a federal court reversed an earlier decision on a renewable credits rule change that critics said would have been damaging to the sector.

Coal power becoming 'uninsurable' as firms refuse cover

Coal power becoming 'uninsurable' as firms refuse cover

The number of insurers withdrawing cover for coal projects more than doubled this year and for the first time US companies have taken action, leaving Lloyd’s of London and Asian insurers as the “last resort” for fossil fuels, according to a new report.

Are rare earths used in solar panels?

Are rare earths used in solar panels?

A new report by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe) shows that rare earth minerals are not widely used in solar energy and battery storage technologies.

Americans could use renewable energy from solar, wind and hydro power more than coal by 2021

Americans could use renewable energy from solar, wind and hydro power more than coal by 2021

Americans could use renewable energy produced by solar, wind and hydroelectric power more than coal by 2021, according to a new report.

Jobs fight at CS Wind fails as ‘possible’ 80 workers face redundancy

Jobs fight at CS Wind fails as ‘possible’ 80 workers face redundancy

Unite union described the situation as “pretty frightening” for the Scottish renewable energy sector as it warned that virtually all jobs at the company are “at risk”.“Where is the commitment from the Scottish Government to the whole green economy and the renewables sector throughout Scotland?”.

Ireland’s Gigawatt-Scale Tender Opens Door for Onshore Wind

Ireland’s Gigawatt-Scale Tender Opens Door for Onshore Wind

Ireland has launched the first round of its new renewable power auction process, with nearly 1 gigawatt of capacity available for onshore wind if it proves to be the lowest-cost option.

Why is pumped hydro in Australia not used very much?

Why is pumped hydro in Australia not used very much?

Corporatisation of the various supply authorities during the 1990s, requiring them to operate like profit maximising businesses, was followed by the establishment of the National Electricity Market, the completion in 2001 of the major inter-connector between Queensland and New South Wales, and the construction of gas fired peaking power stations.