Renewables

Renewables became second-most prevalent U.S. electricity source in 2020, per EIA
In 2020, renewables generated a record 834 billion kWh of electricity, or about 21% of all the electricity generated in the U.S., according to the Energy Information Administration, coming in second to natural gas at 1,617 billion kWh. Renewable energy sources include wind, hydroelectric, solar, biomass and geothermal energy. Only natural gas produced more electricity than renewables in the U.S. in 2020. Renewables surpassed nuclear (790 billion kWh) and coal (774 billion kWh) generation for [...]
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Renewables a key tool in the fight against Covid19
Bloomberg reported this week that over 2.66 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines have now been administered across the globe, with the bulk of those doses received in Western nations. Most people reading this will have lined up at their local leisure centre, school or sports club at some point over the last couple of months to get their vaccination without giving much thought to the resources needed to deliver such a large scale programme. The process is actually incredibly energy-depende [...]
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Oil majors attracted by economic competitiveness of renewables
The expected decreased demand for fossil fuels, coupled with the falling costs associated with renewable energy projects, are driving major oil and gas companies – including bp, Total and Shell – to actively restructure their businesses to add more renewable power projects to their portfolios. This is according to the latest research from data and analytics company GlobalData. The study shows that within the renewable power sector, solar and wind energy are expected to show the highest gr [...]
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National Grid Renewables announces operations at Bingham and Temperance solar plants
Two new Michigan solar projects are now operational and delivering up to 40 MW of carbon free power to the region. National Grid Renewables announced work was completed at Bingham Solar and Temperance Solar, both part of the company’s MiSolar Portfolio. National Grid Renewables owns both projects, which will generate under power purchase agreements with utility Consumers Energy. The developer kept the construction work as local as possible. Michigan-based contractor J. Ranck Electric han [...]
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EU approves €400 million aid scheme to develop renewables in Denmark
The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Danish aid scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources: onshore and offshore wind, wave power plants, hydroelectric power plants and solar PV. The measure will help Denmark reach its renewable energy targets without unduly distorting competition and will contribute to the European objective of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. “This Danish scheme will contribute to substantial reductions in greenhou [...]
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Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan starts Energy Transition Ventures group looking into CCUS, renewables
By Rod Walton, Power Engineering and POWERGEN+ Content Director A big-time fossil fuels player is jumping into the energy transition in a bolder, more focused way. Kinder Morgan Inc. has formed a new Energy Transition Ventures group to identify and pursue commercial opportunities within the low-carbon sector. The company is one of the biggest in the oil and gas infrastructure sector, with close to 85,000 miles of pipelines and 144 terminals either under ownership or interest, according to [...]
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Customers are driving the push towards renewables and digitalization
Renewable energy is moving into a new stage in its evolution. By Allen Austin, ABB Renewables account for more than two thirds of new generating capacity additions in the U.S. This means that renewable energy is claiming an increasing share of the national generation mix. EIA estimates that wind power accounted for 9% of U.S. electricity generation in 2020., surpassing hydropower as the predominant renewable electricity generation source in 2019. The agency expects wind to make up 31% o [...]
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California-based Desert Harvest 1 & 2 solar projects completed by EDF Renewables
Today, EDF Renewables North Americaannounced the completion and commercial operation of the Desert Harvest 1 (114 MWdc) and Desert Harvest 2 (100 MWdc) solar projects. Desert Harvest 1 will provide electricity to MCE under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), while Desert Harvest 2 will supply energy and renewable attributes to Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) under a 25-year Renewable Energy Credit (REC) + Index structure contract, according to EDF. [...]
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Bernie Sanders’ ‘Green New Deal’ aims to have renewables power homes by 2030
Bernie Sanders wants renewable energy to power U.S. homes and vehicles by 2030 -- and he wants to do it by enlisting the federal government in building and running new solar, wind and geothermal electricity projects. [...]
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Natural Gas beat coal in the US. Will renewables and storage beat gas?
In April 2019, in the heart of coal country, Indiana regulators rejected a proposal by its electric and gas utility, Vectren, to replace baseload coal plants with a new $900 million, 850 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant. Regulators were concerned that with the dramatic decline in the cost of renewable energy, maturation of energy storage and rapidly changing customer demand, such a major gas plant investment could become a stranded, uneconomic asset in the future. Regulators are now p [...]
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Target commits to 100 percent renewables; signs PPAs to purchase wind and solar energy
On June 12, Target corporation said it was increasing its renewable energy goals by committing to source 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The goal applies to all of Target’s domestic operations. [...]
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Germany generated more than 50 percent of electricity from renewables in March
In a world first, Germany generated 54.5 percent of electricity from renewable energy in March 2019. This is according to data collected by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. [...]
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BlackRock beefs up its bet on renewables with small-scale solar
BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest money manager, is boosting its bet on clean energy. [...]
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SINN Power to conduct feasibility study of wave energy, other renewables in Guinea
SINN Power is conducting a study to determine how a renewable energy mix of its wave technology, small wind farms, kinematic hydroelectric plants and solar energy can be used to secure a durable and stable power supply in Guinea. [...]
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Event Focus: SolarVision highlights Asia renewables potential
Southeast Asia is poised for a long-overdue and much-needed boom in solar. [...]
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Duke Carolinas Completes $1B Green Bonds Issue to Finance Renewables and Energy Storage
Duke is focused on emissions reduction by retiring coal-fired plants, increasing nuclear generation capacity and has add close to 650 MW of built or purchased solar energy. [...]
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Bloomberg Opinion: PG&E Reneging On Renewables PPAs Makes No Sense
Utilities and renewable-energy advocates have long had a complicated relationship. Yet the prospect of PG&E Corp. tipping into bankruptcy by the end of January has sent shivers through the solar-and-wind sector. [...]
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Excluding Solar PV From Czech Renewables Auctions an Expensive Mistake, Warns Solar Association
The Czech Solar Association is sounding the alarm about planned legislation that would exclude solar PV projects being entered into future Renewable Energy Auctions. The Czech Ministry for Industry and Trade has recently submitted an amendment proposal to the law which explicitly bars solar energy from future auctions. If passed in its current version (Act. No. 165/2012 Coll., on promoted energy sources) the law would lead the Czech Republic down a needlessly expensive path, warns the Solar Asso [...]
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Renewables Beat Coal in Germany Power Mix for First Time
Renewable energy muscled out coal to become Germany’s biggest source of electricity for the first time last year, helped by a surge in solar panel installations and coal-plant closures. [...]
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US Production, Consumption  of  Non-Hydro Renewables Hit Record High in 1H 2018
Non-hydro renewable energy sources (i.e., biofuels, biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) set new U.S. records for both production and consumption in the first half of 2018, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of data just released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). [...]
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Colorado Regulators Green-light Xcel's Plan Boosting Renewables, Cutting Coal
A plan by Xcel Energy Colorado to boost the share of power it gets from wind and solar and retire a third of its coal generation was green-lighted Monday by state regulators. [...]
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Xcel Energy — Renewables Marketing Assistant Job
Post Date: May 16, 2018 Job Title: Renewables Marketing Assistant Job Location:  Denver, CO To Apply: Apply Here Job Description Do you want to start your career at a leading energy company with lots of room to grow? If you’re ready to work hard in an environment where you’ll be challenged, respected, and encouraged to develop your skills and talents, an entry-level job at Xcel Energy is your first step. We are seeking an energetic marketing professional to assist with implementing custome [...]
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Shell Bolsters Renewables Bet With Stake in US Solar Company
Royal Dutch Shell Plc is investing in a U.S. solar energy developer, continuing its recent expansion into the electricity business. The Anglo-Dutch oil and gas producer will acquire a 44 percent stake in Nashville’s Silicon Ranch Corp., which owns and operates about 100 solar facilities across the U.S.  [...]
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Solar Grabs Half of Global Renewables Investment in 2017, Reaching $161 Billion
In its recently released annual figures, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said that solar lead the way in global renewable energy investments. [...]
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