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Renewable energy jobs grew to 12 million globally despite pandemic, supply chain challenges
Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip More than 12 million people around the world worked in renewable energy in 2020, an increase of 500,000 from the year before, even after the significant impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.  The joint report from the International Renewable Energy Agency and International Labour Organization found that solar PV employs a third of the renewable energy industry at 4 million workers, followed by bioenergy, hydropower, and wind. More renewable energy professio [...]
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In comments to FERC, renewable energy giants detail interconnection, transmission, and grid upgrade cost-sharing woes
Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip Ørsted, EDF Renewables, bp, Shell, NextEra Energy, RWE Renewables, and EDP Renewables all submitted comments for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on transmission planning, grid upgrades, and interconnection to support the clean energy transition. Giants of the renewable energy industry called for urgent transmission and interconnection reforms, as well as changes to cost-sharing for network upgrades, as FERC sp [...]
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EIA: Global renewable energy consumption nearly reaches that of liquid fuels by 2050
Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip Barring significant changes in policies or trends, U.S. Energy Information Administration modeling forecasts increasing global energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions through 2050. The EIA released the International Energy Outlook 2021 on Wednesday, which makes assumptions based on U.S. laws and regulations as of May 2021, and incorporates existing international laws. The report forecasts that renewable energy will be the primary source for new electri [...]
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Arizona’s renewable energy industry urges Sen. Sinema to support clean energy legislation
Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip President Biden's legacy-defining infrastructure and climate proposals face a challenging road ahead in Congress, in large part because of objections by two moderate Democrats in the U.S. Senate -- Sen. Krysten Sinema of Arizona and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Arizona's renewable energy industry held a roundtable with a representative from Sinema's office, urging support for the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and $3.5 trillion budget recon [...]
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Big wins for renewable energy in the ‘Build Back Better’ bill
Follow @EngelsAngle</scrip Over the weekend, Democrats in the U.S. House released the first specifics of the Build Back Better plan within the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill. The overall package is seen as the most significant legislative effort ever proposed to address climate change. Reconciliation requires only a simple majority of the House and Senate to pass. So, what's in the Build Back Better bill for renewable energy? Here's a breakdown of the highlights. Clean Elec [...]
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GM’s EV company will purchase renewable energy credits from solar farms
Follow @EngelsAngle GM’s self-driving electric vehicle company, Cruise, will purchase renewable energy credits from two California solar farms, the company announced this week. The ‘Farm to Fleet’ initiative allows Cruise — which owns and operates its own EV charging infrastructure — to directly purchase renewable energy credits to power its fleet in San Francisco. In 2019, the company pledged to power its fleet with 100% renewable energy. “Farm to Fl [...]
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Why renewable energy developers must pay attention to RTO stakeholder committees
We are six months away from PJM and ISO-NE filing their compliance plans for FERC Order 2222. CAISO and NYISO already filed their plans because they didn’t seek an extension. MISO and SPP compliance plans are due in April 2022. If renewable developers want to engage in RTO committees on Order 2222, now would be the right time to participate. At least 3 issues are ripe for RE developer participation because they hit on the revenue streams offered in Order 2222. Net metered solar eligibilit [...]
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Senate passes $1 trillion infrastructure bill. What’s in it for renewable energy?
The U.S. Senate approved a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Tuesday that includes $550 billion in new spending. Every Democrat voted in favor of the bill, along with 19 Republican senators. The package moves on to the U.S. House where some progressive members have voiced concerns about the bill. In combination with a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package – a process that doesn’t require any Republican support – the infrastructure package is viewed by renewable ene [...]
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Renewable power plants need better planning and design
Op-ed submitted by Jared Green 33% of all electricity generation worldwide is from renewable sources. Over the past decade, $3 trillion has been invested in clean power worldwide. In 2018, about two-thirds of new energy capacity installed was renewable. If we are going to keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), the best-case scenario outlined at the Paris Climate Accord, global investment in renewable energy needs to double over the next decade. The world will need th [...]
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LIDAR helps Greece become a renewable energy leader
Contributed by Alexander James Capable of recording key wind characteristics such as speed and direction up to and above 200 meters vertical height, her special skills meant #106 was always destined to be a traveler and it wasn’t long before she spread her wings. Within a few weeks, she had traded her first home for a far sunnier climate and was on her way to Athens and her new name. Now known as Eunice, one of the mythical Nereides sea nymphs of Greek legend, her first stop was the head [...]
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Energy Storage, Clean Power associations planning merger to strengthen U.S. renewable energy unity
The U.S. Energy Storage Association intends to merge with the American Clean Power Association in a move to spearhead transformative growth for renewable energies. The merger would unify groups representing wind, solar, storage and transmission companies within the membership. “Our Board sees the merger with ACP as a powerful new chapter for our industry and a pathway to achieving 100 GW of new energy storage by 2030,” said Kiran Kumaraswamy, the Vice President of Market Applications a [...]
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An idea to clear out the SPP interconnection queue backlog to reduce renewable PPA costs
Clearing the current queue backlog is the focus of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) generator interconnection staff. However, they are missing a key long-term solution to address the root cause of backlog, identifying network upgrade costs for developers. Indeed, renewable energy (RE) developers could check if alternatives to network upgrades exist if these developers have study results in hand. SPP staff should run multiple Definitive Interconnection System Impact Study (DISIS) study cycle mo [...]
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Balancing a renewable grid: What are the options?
By Archie Robb Over the past decade or so, the dominant trend has been the retirement of coal plants and the steady advance of renewable sources of generation. The next wave appears to be the phasing out as many natural gas-fired facilities as is feasible as more wind and solar resources are deployed. But there has been an unintended consequence in this headlong rush to displace rotating generation assets – grid instability. The steam turbines and gas turbines of power coal plants, combi [...]
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IRS extends safe harbor provisions for renewable energy projects in the US
New rules give developers a longer window during which to complete projects in order to qualify for tax credits on projects. On Tuesday, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance that extends safe harbor provisions for renewable energy projects in order to address impacts from the COVID pandemic.  The revisions, which are retroactive, do the following: Extends the placed-in-service safe harbor to six years for projects that began const [...]
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Oracle, Amazon make major renewable energy-based announcements
Oracle is giving itself 4 years to be 100% powered by renewable energy while Amazon claims to be world’s largest buyer of renewable energy This week two large American companies made big claims about their use of renewable energy. Oracle pledged to power its global operations, both its facilities and its cloud, with 100% renewable energy by 2025. Amazon announced several new projects that make it the top corporate buyer of renewable energy in the United States, it said. Oracle Or [...]
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The United States consumed a record amount of renewable energy in 2020
by Mickey Francis, EIA In 2020, consumption of renewable energy in the United States grew for the fifth year in a row, reaching a record high of 11.6 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu), or 12% of total U.S. energy consumption. Renewable energy was the only source of U.S. energy consumption that increased in 2020 from 2019; fossil fuel and nuclear consumption declined. Our U.S. renewable energy consumption by source and sector chart (above, larger version here) shows how much renewable [...]
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Enel’s portfolio of renewable projects under construction tops 2 GW
Today, global energy company Enel said that its US renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, has started construction on five new renewable energy projects in the US with a total combined capacity of 1.5 GW. The projects are: Roseland solar + storage,Blue Jay solar + storage,Ranchland wind + storage,Alta Farms wind project, andRockhaven wind project. In addition, Enel said it’s adding 57-MW battery storage systems to the High Lonesome wind farm and the Roadrunner solar farm [...]
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Colorado Governor signs law to define some pumped hydropower as renewable
Colorado Governor Jared Polis has signed a HB21-1052, Define Hydroelectricity as Renewable Energy, concerning the inclusion of pumped hydroelectric energy generation in the definition of “eligible energy resources” for purposes of meeting Colorado’s renewable energy standard (RES). In summary, “The bill removes the existing restriction on pumped hydroelectric facilities as a source of recycled energy, which is included in the definition of an eligible energy resource under the renewab [...]
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World adds record new renewable energy capacity in 2020
The world added more than 260 GW of renewable energy capacity last year, exceeding expansion in 2019 by close to 50%, despite the economic slowdown that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). IRENA’s annual Renewable Capacity Statistics 2021 shows that renewable energy’s share of all new generating capacity rose considerably for the second year in a row. More than 80% of all new electricity capacity added la [...]
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Brookfield Renewable, Plug Power partner on hydropower-fueled hydrogen plant
Plug Power Inc. and Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. announced plans to build a green hydrogen production plant, which would use 100% renewable energy from Brookfield Renewable’s 252-MW Holtwood hydroelectric facility. Green hydrogen from this facility will support decarbonization of the transportation and logistics industries in the Northeast and the mid-Atlantic. The plant will be located along the Susquehanna River in south-central Pennsylvania, U.S., and is expected to be online by la [...]
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A clean energy economy needs renewable thermal energy
by Michael Bakas, Ameresco President Joe Biden kick-started his administration with a slate of sweeping legislation focused on executing his proposed climate plan. As we welcome this new administration — and leader with ambitious goals to improve our climate — I implore his administration to consider issuing an early executive order to implement a national renewable thermal energy (RTE) standard. The institution of a national policy would complement renewable electrification eff [...]
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FERC Order 2222-A continues to be good news for renewable project developers
FERC Order 2222 guided stakeholders, including renewable project developers, to aggregate distributed energy resources (DER) such as PV solar with energy storage. President Biden’s FERC Chairman Commissioner Glick wasted no time closing the loophole in the earlier demand response order from FERC in this new order 2222-A. States with demand response programs no longer have the ability to opt-out similar to DERA order 2222. FERC also clarified DER interconnections in the new 2222-A order, in [...]
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Cleaning up renewable energy
A University of South Australia researcher is helping establish a lifetime stewardship scheme to manage renewable energy waste from solar panels. by Sezen Bakan, The Lead, Australia Australia has the highest proportion of household photovoltaic (PV) systems in the world, with more than 21 percent of homes — or around 2.59 million — now possessing a solar energy system. It is estimated more than 100,000 tonnes of solar panels will enter Australia’s national waste stream by 2035. [...]
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Renewable developers are bearing the brunt of siloed transmission planning
Renewable project developers are bearing the burden of decades of transmission planning focused on transmission owner needs. Renewable projects are dropping out of generator interconnection queues because of the high cost of transmission upgrade costs. PJM, MISO, SPP are all dealing with the same issue – high volume of renewables projects in their interconnection queue. None of the transmission solutions proposed are anywhere close to construction in the next 5 years. We need the Federal Energ [...]
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