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.

Jay Inslee’s Climate Plan Is Every Wonk’s Dream

Jay Inslee’s Climate Plan Is Every Wonk’s Dream

He just released his second climate plan — it’s more of a manifesto — called the Evergreen Economy. Wunder Capital is the leading commercial solar financing company in the United States. Click here to find out how Wunder Capital can help you finance your next commercial solar project.

Past Is Prologue: Trends That Got America to 2 Million Solar Systems

Past Is Prologue: Trends That Got America to 2 Million Solar Systems

It took four decades for America to install a million solar systems. Wunder Capital is the leading commercial solar financing company in the United States. Click here to find out how Wunder Capital can help you finance your next commercial solar project.

Are Uber and Lyft Bad for Energy and Climate?

Are Uber and Lyft Bad for Energy and Climate?

Get in touch with PG&E’s EV specialists to find out how you can take your transportation fleet electric. Wunder Capital is the leading commercial solar financing company in the United States. Click here to find out how Wunder Capital can help you finance your next commercial solar project.

Job losses begin in Queensland as new solar rule puts 50% target at risk

Job losses begin in Queensland as new solar rule puts 50% target at risk

And she raised further concerns – also voiced by local government groups in Queensland – that rural jobs will be the biggest casualty of the rule change.“We are particularly concerned about this regulation locking communities out of many employment opportunities at solar farms in regional parts of the state, in return for expensive fly-in fly-out arrangements with electricians from metro areas,” Freeman said.

Welfare lobby calls for zero net emissions target to protect vulnerable

Welfare lobby calls for zero net emissions target to protect vulnerable

In the statement, the social justice and community organisations called for an ambitious plan to transition to zero net emissions, stressing that it strong climate and energy policies are crucial to tackling the wider issues of poverty, inequality and the protection of human rights.“Climate change and a slow, poorly managed transition to zero net emissions is a major threat to achieving our vision.“ the joint statement said.

What the Renewed Debate Over Costs of Renewable Energy Policy Is Missing

What the Renewed Debate Over Costs of Renewable Energy Policy Is Missing

For well over a decade, researchers have been modeling the cost of state renewable energy mandates. After a lull, the debate over the cost of renewable energy targets is re-emerging. Wunder Capital is the leading commercial solar financing company in the United States.

The Northeast leads the country in net-metered wind electricity generation capacity

The Northeast leads the country in net-metered wind electricity generation capacity

Since 2011, net-metered wind electricity generating capacity in the Northeast has grown faster than in the rest of the United States. Between 2011 and 2017, the average capacity of net-metered wind installations in the Northeast increased from 23 kW to 59 kW.

New wind and solar power projects tend to come online at the end of the year

New wind and solar power projects tend to come online at the end of the year

Capacity additions for other technologies in the United States (all utility-scale electricity generation from sources besides wind, solar PV, and natural gas) are more evenly distributed throughout the year.

7 things we’ve learned about Earth since the last Earth Day

7 things we’ve learned about Earth since the last Earth Day

The IPCC report also provided goal posts of the Green New Deal , a far-reaching proposal for the United States to take the lead in fighting climate change.

US energy consumption hit a record high in 2018 — driven mostly by fossil fuels

US energy consumption hit a record high in 2018 — driven mostly by fossil fuels

The United States has made substantial progress in cutting emissions from electricity, largely by switching natural gas for coal in electricity generation.

How much solar would it take to power the U.S.?

How much solar would it take to power the U.S.?

Given the U.S. consumes about 4 petawatts of electricity per year, we’d need about 13,600,000 acres or 21,250 square miles of solar panels to meet the total electricity requirements of the United States for a year.

US Volt/VAR Market to Peak in the Late 2020s

US Volt/VAR Market to Peak in the Late 2020s

The advanced volt/VAR control (VVC) market in the United States grew by 39 percent from 2014-2018, and currently totals half a billion dollars. More detail on the Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables report 'Advanced volt/VAR control and optimization 2019-2028: US regulation, adoption and market forecast' can be found in the report brochure.

Illinois Awards 215 Megawatts of Community Solar, but Developers Left Hungry

Illinois Awards 215 Megawatts of Community Solar, but Developers Left Hungry

The Illinois Power Agency ran a much anticipated solar lottery this week and awarded renewable energy credits to community solar projects across the state, a major step in constructing a fledgling state market.

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.

China Is Building the Batteries of the Future

China Is Building the Batteries of the Future

Indeed, countries that build credible and reliable li-ion battery supply chains will reinforce their competitive positions, resigning the United States to a supporting role in the global electric vehicle industry.

Snowy 2.0 construction costs blow out to more than $5 billion

Snowy 2.0 construction costs blow out to more than $5 billion

Here’s the analyst note from ITK’s Leitch in full:(AAP Image/Lukas Coch)A consortium of Salini Impreglio (65 per cent including its US unit Lanes), and Clough Engineering (35 per cent) has been awarded the an $A5.1 contract for the civil and electromechanical works for Snowy 2.0.The Clough Engineering press release states that the value of the contract includes escalation of prices through the eight years of the project.