Taylor to loosen Australia’s lax fuel standards to support oil sector

Taylor to loosen Australia’s lax fuel standards to support oil sector

Federal energy and emissions reduction minister Angus Taylor announced on Wednesday that fuel standards under the Fuel Quality Standards Act will be amended to free up stockpiles of unneeded jet fuel for use in other sectors and that the government will spend almost $100 million to purchase oil from the United States.“The temporary change provides Australian refineries with flexibility and can assist them to shore up their viability by helping them resolve some storage and supply issues,” Taylor said.

Renewable Energy Gets Major Boost in New York State Budget

Renewable Energy Gets Major Boost in New York State Budget

The Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth & Community Benefit Act will streamline the processes for building renewable energy projects across the state and ensure clean power is efficiently transported wherever it needs to go.

Renewables are Spreading, but Not Fast Enough

Renewables are Spreading, but Not Fast Enough

The growth is led by solar PV and the increase of one 200GW is equivalent to the total installed power capacity of the United States currently.Wind produced onshore will make up a quarter of growth over the next five years and is at the heart of renewable energy in places like Texas.

Virginia lawmakers pass major renewable energy legislation

Virginia lawmakers pass major renewable energy legislation

(AP) — The Virginia House and Senate passed sweeping energy legislation Tuesday that would overhaul how Virginia’s utilities generate electricity and, supporters say, move the state from the back of the pack to the forefront of renewable energy policy in the United States.

TechnipFMC braces Wall Street for $2.4bn write down in Q4

TechnipFMC braces Wall Street for $2.4bn write down in Q4

Headquartered in Paris with a large presence in Houston, TechnipFMC attributed the write down for the subsea assets to “reduced market capitalization” while the reduction in value for the company’s onshore assets is being attributed to a lower activity outlook for shale plays in the United States and Canada.For more from the Houston Chronicle click here.

Polysilicon Industry Awaits Certainty on US-China Trade Deal

Polysilicon Industry Awaits Certainty on US-China Trade Deal

The trade deal signed between the United States and China this week brought a jolt of positivity to U.S. polysilicon manufacturers, which have for years struggled to stay competitive while tariffs hampered access to the Chinese market that accounts for more than 90 percent of polysilicon demand.

European EV Platform Everon Rolls Into US in Partnership With Arcadia

European EV Platform Everon Rolls Into US in Partnership With Arcadia

Arcadia, a clean-energy access startup, is helping European electric-vehicle charging platform Everon make its first foray into the United States with a new partnership announced Friday.

U.S. electricity generation from renewables surpassed coal in April

U.S. electricity generation from renewables surpassed coal in April

Conventional hydroelectric generation, which remains the largest source of renewable electricity in most months, totaled 25 million MWh in April.According to forecasts in EIA’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, coal will provide more electricity generation than renewables in the United States for the remaining months of 2019.

More U.S. homeowners say they are considering home solar panels

More U.S. homeowners say they are considering home solar panels

Solar power (both small- and large-scale) generated only 2% of the total electricity in the United States from October 2018 to September 2019.

Opinion | What Will It Take to Clean Up the Electric Grid?

Opinion | What Will It Take to Clean Up the Electric Grid?

Some advocacy groups are demanding that these emissions be eliminated entirely within a decade, requiring a scale of industrial and political mobilization matching or exceeding that of World War II.In the United States, most of the Democratic presidential candidates have embraced a goal that is more limited, but still challenging: cleaning up, to a large degree, the electricity grid by 2030, just 10 years from now.

UN climate talks in Madrid ended without resolving their toughest issue

UN climate talks in Madrid ended without resolving their toughest issue

Almost 200 countries at the two-week United Nations meeting known as COP25 did approve a statement calling on them to do more to fight climate change by next year, when the next round of national commitments to curb greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris climate agreement are due.

Solar tariff talks on the menu – bifacial exemption extended and ITC argued

Solar tariff talks on the menu – bifacial exemption extended and ITC argued

Commissioner Schmidtlein, at the end of a long discussion as to whether the tariffs had met certain technical goals – solar cell manufacturing in the United States, President Trump could extend the tariffs beyond two more years.

Northern Virginia operators unite against Dominion's new renewable tariff

Northern Virginia operators unite against Dominion's new renewable tariff

"Rider TRG fails to meet the criteria we look for in utility programs and also closes off otherwise-available opportunities for our companies to pursue renewable energy through competitive service providers offering this service in Virginia," said the group in a joint letter to the State Corporation Commission.

The United States has filed the official paperwork to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement

The United States has filed the official paperwork to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement

The US withdrawal from the Paris accord is also a blow to international efforts to fight climate change, an endeavor that requires effort from every country in the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The largest private coal company in the United states just went bankrupt

The largest private coal company in the United states just went bankrupt

Even before the rise of wind and solar as significant contributors to the electricity mix, cheap fracked gas was eating coal’s lunch, and the capacity factors of coal plants have fallen sharply, undermining their economics.

From the Rooftops, Big Box Stores Are Embracing Solar

From the Rooftops, Big Box Stores Are Embracing Solar

Target is so serious about being viewed as a friend of the planet that by November, the company said, it will have erected rooftop solar panels on 500 of its stores in the United States.

NSW energy minister says renewables and storage will replace old coal generators

NSW energy minister says renewables and storage will replace old coal generators

Image Credit: AAP Image/Peter Rae. The NSW energy minister Matt Kean has urged Australia’s investment community to support new energy projects and drive the energy transition in the state, and predicts that renewables, coupled with storage or fast-start gas generators, will replace the state’s ageing coal plants.“Here in New South Wales, we have a government that is pro-business and pro-investment,” Kean told the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) summit in Sydney on Monday.

Dominion proposes $7.8B offshore wind project, positioning Virginia as 'hub' for regional development

Dominion proposes $7.8B offshore wind project, positioning Virginia as 'hub' for regional development

Dive Brief: Dominion Energy announced plans Thursday to develop 2.6 GW of wind capacity off the Virginia coast, making it the largest project yet proposed by the United States' nascent offshore wind industry.

NERC finds first remote hacker interference on US grid from cyberattack

NERC finds first remote hacker interference on US grid from cyberattack

Dive Brief: The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) on Wednesday revealed details about a March 5 cyber event that caused an undisclosed utility in the western United States to temporarily lose visibility of certain system parts.

What can President Trump learn from Danes? Ida Auken answers

What can President Trump learn from Danes? Ida Auken answers

Blackouts: In Denmark, 50.1% of our 2017 domestic electricity production came from wind — at times 100% – but the country averages only 15 minutes of power outages a year, compared with two hours in the United States.Wind and solar energy together account for twice as many jobs in the United States as the entire coal industry.

Walmart Says Tesla Solar Panels Set Fires Atop Stores

Walmart Says Tesla Solar Panels Set Fires Atop Stores

The complaint asserted that Tesla engaged in “widespread, systemic negligence” and “failed to abide by prudent industry practices in installing, operating and maintaining its solar systems.” It said the panels were installed on the roofs of more than 200 of the 5,000 Walmart locations in the United States.

Investments in biking routes improve access to jobs in US metros

Investments in biking routes improve access to jobs in US metros

Credit: David Gonzalez/MnDOT First-of-its-kind research from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota ranks the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States for connecting workers with jobs via bicycle.

New York signs deal for 1.7GW of offshore wind as it moves to 100% renewables

New York signs deal for 1.7GW of offshore wind as it moves to 100% renewables

“With this agreement, New York will lead the way in developing the largest source of offshore wind power in the nation, and today I will sign the most aggressive climate law in the United States of America.

NextEra Energy: U.S. Can Hit 50% Renewable Energy by 2030

NextEra Energy: U.S. Can Hit 50% Renewable Energy by 2030

The estimate that the United States could generate 50% of its electricity from renewable power sources in just 11 years moves the goalposts so far up the field it can't really be compared to other projections.

Heerema wins construction deal for major US wind project

Heerema wins construction deal for major US wind project

Dutch contractor Heerema has been awarded a contract to help construct the first major offshore wind project in the US. CEO Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven said: “We are extremely proud to be part of the first and largest commercial offshore wind project in the United States.

Climate friend or carbon bomb? Global gas market faces $1.3trn stranded asset risk

Climate friend or carbon bomb? Global gas market faces $1.3trn stranded asset risk

In the report, Global Energy Monitor has warned that up to US$1.3 trillion in new LNG export and import infrastructure currently under development is at significant risk of becoming stranded, as the world market for gas risks becoming oversupplied, particularly if the United States and Canada play a larger role.

Trump Administration Strips India of Special Trade Status

Trump Administration Strips India of Special Trade Status

The measure will hit some Indian exporters of products like textiles, jewelry, auto parts and agricultural products, and aggravate tensions between the United States and a country the Trump administration has described as an ally to counter China.

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Top 3 in May: Smart Cities, Biodiversity, Bulgaria’s electricity export tariff

Top 3 in May: Smart Cities, Biodiversity, Bulgaria’s electricity export tariff

Bulgaria has amended its energy law to abolish a fee levied on exports of electricity, in what will remove obstacles to trade with Energy Community contracting parties in the Balkans and pave the way for the future market coupling with North Macedonia, the Energy Community Secretariat said in a statement welcoming the move.

DOE Releases New Study Highlighting the Untapped Potential of Geothermal Energy in the United States

DOE Releases New Study Highlighting the Untapped Potential of Geothermal Energy in the United States

In addition to summarizing opportunities for geothermal energy in the United States, the GeoVision analysis includes a roadmap of actionable items for stakeholders to reduce technology costs and speed up project-development timelines.