COAG’s new reliability threshold spooks renewables industry, regulators respond

COAG’s new reliability threshold spooks renewables industry, regulators respond

Following a review of the reliability standard undertaken by the Energy Security Board, energy ministers agreed to introduce a range of new interim energy security measures, during a meeting dominated by the immediate need to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak .“Ministers agreed to implement interim measures to deliver further reliability by establishing an out-of-market capacity reserve and amending triggering arrangements for the Retailer Reliability Obligation (RRO),” the COAG Energy Council communique says.

COAG forms Energy Coordination Mechanism to oversee COVID-19 response

COAG forms Energy Coordination Mechanism to oversee COVID-19 response

The COAG Energy Council has agreed on the formation of an “Energy Coordination Mechanism” bringing together government and industry leaders for weekly meetings to coordinate a national response to the impact of COVID-19 on energy supplies.

Highland group appoints Central Belt firm for £1m wave energy construction

Highland group appoints Central Belt firm for £1m wave energy construction

Inverness-headquartered AWS Ocean Energy agreed terms for Malin to build its half scale Archimedes Waveswing power generation device, designed for offshore wave energy production at its site in Renfrew, near Glasgow.

Multi-million Aberdeen waste-to-energy plant project at heart of jobs row

Multi-million Aberdeen waste-to-energy plant project at heart of jobs row

The city council responded by saying that the project was still in “the very early stages of construction”, adding that it had brokered a meeting at which Spanish construction group Acciona agreed to allow union representatives appropriate access to the workforce.

Oil giant targeted in climate protest

Oil giant targeted in climate protest

In response to the demonstration, Shell said it agreed “urgent action is needed” which requires “effective policy, investment in technology and changing customer behaviour”.He said: “We’re here to demand Shell stops exploring for more fossil fuels.

Austria conservatives agree coalition with Greens

Austria conservatives agree coalition with Greens

Sebastian Kurz's People's Party had been in coalition with the far-right Freedom Party until a scandal toppled the government in May. The People's Party came top in a snap September election, but have only now agreed a deal with the Greens.

Scottish Power plans to build solar panels beside windfarms

Scottish Power plans to build solar panels beside windfarms

The company’s renewable energy division has considered almost 100 sites in Scotland and Ireland for a new breed of windfarm that uses fewer powerful turbines and can be fitted with solar panels and batteries.

All-Energy appoints new director to head up 2020 conference

All-Energy appoints new director to head up 2020 conference

Scotland’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference has appointed a new director to head up the event in 2020.Mr Bloor replaces former event director Jonathan Heastie and will also run All-Energy organiser Reed Exhibition’s Dcarbonise exhibition.

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Demand Changes at New England’s Grid Operator

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Demand Changes at New England’s Grid Operator

Tuesday’s letter agreed that ISO-NE’s use of a MOPR in its CASPR regulation “forces state-sponsored renewable energy to wait for incumbent fossil fuel generators to retire before these clean resources can enter the capacity market.”.

Facebook and Google: Utilities Must Take Lead on Grid Decarbonization

Facebook and Google: Utilities Must Take Lead on Grid Decarbonization

Though Freed said that Facebook has “managed to figure out a system that works for us with every utility partner that we work with,” both companies have also had to do a lot of their own legwork to meet renewables targets.

Half remaining fuel elements in Dounreay’s reactor removed

Half remaining fuel elements in Dounreay’s reactor removed

After designing and testing remotely-operated equipment, a decommissioning team began recovering the elements in 2017, using purpose-built tools that reached down into the reactor to cut the breeder elements free and lift them into a flask for removal to the next stage of the process.

Equinor sanctions £441m floating wind project

Equinor sanctions £441m floating wind project

Equinor made a final decision to invest in floating wind turbines to power offshore oil platforms off Norway after the government agreed to subsidize a large part of the cost.

The German Tech Startup That's Shifting Power From The Energy Conglomerates To The Consumer.

The German Tech Startup That's Shifting Power From The Energy Conglomerates To The Consumer.

Two years later, disillusioned by the corporate greed of the large energy companies, and with a desire to prove that a fairer peer-to-peer trading model could work, they quit their jobs to start Lition AG, a Berlin-based startup that aims to transform the energy market using blockchain technology.

Piraeus Bank joins EIB green infrastructure investment program

Piraeus Bank joins EIB green infrastructure investment program

Piraeus Bank has agreed to support a new EUR 650 million infrastructure investment program developed by the Hellenic Ministry of Development and Investments and the European Investment Bank (EIB).Piraeus Bank will initially use EUR 32 million from the new fund to support investment in projects across Greece.

Croatia: from incentives to premiums until RES target is reached

Croatia: from incentives to premiums until RES target is reached

If the freed-up FiT funds are invested in RES project development under the premium model, we can expect all financial needs of incentivized projects in the wind, solar, and biomass sector to be met by 2025.

BC Transit announces plan for fully electric bus fleet

BC Transit announces plan for fully electric bus fleet

In May, the governments of Canada, B.C., and Vancouver, along with Vancouver transit provider TransLink, all agreed to increase the use of low- and zero-emission commercial vehicles by making the Drive to Zero pledge.13% of the world’s bus fleet is already electric.

Workforce set to double as Moray East deal brings hundreds of jobs to UK yard

Workforce set to double as Moray East deal brings hundreds of jobs to UK yard

The firm, who agreed a £217 million contract to fabricate 55 jackets for the Moray East Offshore Wind Farm project in March, said the increased work would see a doubling of its workforce at its Wallsend facility in Newcastle.

CorPower enter into ‘strategic’ wave energy collaboration

CorPower enter into ‘strategic’ wave energy collaboration

The companies have agreed the Strategic Collaboration Agreement to develop a number of wave energy projects off the coast of the UK and Ireland. Simply Blue Energy said it will also investigate the development and deployment of combined floating wind and wave energy farms.

Freedom photons because solar power is July 4

Freedom photons because solar power is July 4

From a universal nature, and go with me please, a single solar panel, an electron, a human and the ideas of a free society seem to have much in common.

EU NECPs: Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Cyprus, others need to step up renewables ambition

EU NECPs: Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Cyprus, others need to step up renewables ambition

The European Commission has released an assessment of the EU member states’ first-ever draft integrated national energy and climate plans (NECPs), urging them to step up ambition to implement the Paris Agreement and reach the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate targets.

Inch Cape supply firm commits to upping pay following ‘slave labour’ accusations

Inch Cape supply firm commits to upping pay following ‘slave labour’ accusations

A ship management firm contracted for the Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm project has agreed to retrospectively increase worker pay after it received accusations of “slave labour”.

Duke Energy Renewables Sells 1.2GW Minority Interest in Its Wind and Solar Portfolio

Duke Energy Renewables Sells 1.2GW Minority Interest in Its Wind and Solar Portfolio

Duke Energy Renewables, the competitive renewables arm of U.S. utility giant Duke Energy, has agreed to sell insurer John Hancock a minority share of its wind and solar portfolio, amounting to 1.2 gigawatts of generation capacity and $1.25 billion in enterprise value.

RMT slams government for allowing ‘exploitation’ in offshore wind sector

RMT slams government for allowing ‘exploitation’ in offshore wind sector

“The Home Office agreed to grant a concession as a temporary arrangement, outside of the Immigration Rules, to workers deemed to be essential to the construction and maintenance of wind farms within territorial waters.

How greed and corruption blew up South Korea’s nuclear industry

How greed and corruption blew up South Korea’s nuclear industry

“Watching Fukushima was a tremendous shock, especially because I live next to a nuclear power plant myself,” Kim Ik-joong told me when we met earlier this year at a coffee shop close to the headquarters of one of Seoul’s most renowned civic-rights groups.

AGL plans 250MW pumped hydro plant in South Australia as replacement for gas

AGL plans 250MW pumped hydro plant in South Australia as replacement for gas

The company said on Tuesday that it has agreed to pay $31 million for the rights to develop the pumped hydro project at the old Kanmantoo mine from Hillgrove Resources, using the existing open mine pit, with a new upper pond to be built on nearby land.

Turbine firm with major Scottish deal puts business into ‘self-administration’

Turbine firm with major Scottish deal puts business into ‘self-administration’

A turbine firm who agreed a multi-million deal to provide upkeep to four Scottish wind developments has placed itself into “self-administration”. In October, Senvion signed a major deal with SSE to provide upkeep and services to four onshore wind farms in the north of Scotland.

Hanergy joins rooftop solar tile market, in partnership with Australia’s CSR Group

Hanergy joins rooftop solar tile market, in partnership with Australia’s CSR Group

China-based thin-film solar specialist Hanergy has unveiled a new solar tile offering with a firm eye to the Australian market – and a design hat-tip to a bizarre Queensland landmark – through a collaboration with local industrial giant CSR.The two companies said on Wednesday that they had agreed to begin pre-sales of the Thin Film Flat SOLARtile in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, Japan and United States markets, ahead of an official global launch later this year.

Morrison Government must explain emissions reduction method review intervention for coal baron

Morrison Government must explain emissions reduction method review intervention for coal baron

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information (FOI) show that in December last year Environment Minister Melissa Price requested a key oversight committee review “the ways coal-fired power stations can earn credits under the [ERF facilities] method and seek advice on any changes that could be made to the method to improve its clarity and intent.”.

Enel Green Power Acquires Long-Time US Development Partner Tradewind Energy

Enel Green Power Acquires Long-Time US Development Partner Tradewind Energy

Immediately following the Tradewind deal, EGP-NA turned around and agreed to sell Tradewind’s Savion unit, home to its 6 gigawatt pipeline of solar and storage projects, to the Macquarie Group, according to a press release.

Energy Voice  -  Next CfD round will be 'dominated' by offshore wind, research firm claims

Energy Voice - Next CfD round will be 'dominated' by offshore wind, research firm claims

The next UK renewable energy Contracts for Difference (CfD) licencing round will be dominated by offshore wind, according to business research group. Ed Reed, head of training at Cornwall Insight, said:“In capacity terms, offshore wind dominates with it representing just over 7.8GW of the 10GW of all the potential projects that could enter AR3.