The City of Oakland terminates its lease with a developer who wanted to build a marine terminal to ship coal from Utah

“In a major setback to a years-long effort to reinvent the former Oakland Army Base, the city has terminated its lease with developer Phil Tagami, effectively putting an end to his controversial plan to build a marine terminal and export coal, according to letters sent last month by city attorneys. City officials in those letters…

Puerto Rico considers 100% renewable energy, but natural gas may come first

“As Puerto Rico rebuilds from last year’s hurricanes, lawmakers on the island territory have introduced an ambitious clean energy bill that would commit Puerto Rico to getting 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2050. Environmental advocates praised the proposed legislation’s long-term target, but they are raising concerns about its emphasis on establishing…

VSPT Wine Group to produce wines using 100% renewable energy by 2021

“Two year’s ago, VSPT introduced two renewable energy projects, the first being the installation of the first biogas plant to use organic waste material from the grape harvest as fuel. In addition, the company installed a hydroelectric plant at its Tarapacá estate winery. With the challenge now being set of converting all production to renewable…

Utilities benefit from renewable energy growth

“Even at a glance, NextEra Energy’s (NYSE: NEE) third-quarter results are impressive. Earnings per share grew 18 percent, thumping management’s long-term compound annual growth target of 6 to 8 percent. That keeps the utility on track for another 12 to 14 percent dividend boost early next year. But the best news is inside that performance.…

South Africa isn’t ready to make a major switch to renewable energy yet

“There’s a lively debate raging in South Africa about the extent to which renewables should replace coal, particularly given the threat of climate change. The country’s electricity supply is currently highly dependent on coal. While it’s clear that coal power won’t disappear any time soon, a 100% renewables-driven electricity generation scenario is feasible—and desirable—in a…

SoCal municipalities select 100% renewable electricity default

“Last week, the Ventura County, Calif., board of supervisors voted to set a default of 100% renewable electricity when the county launches service through the Clean Power Alliance in 2019, the Sierra Club has announced. Clean Power Alliance is a Southern California community choice energy provider that will procure cleaner power at lower costs than…

Redwood Coast Energy Authority plays key role in bringing offshore wind to Redwood coast

“In April 2018, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA), created a consortium of potential partners for their offshore wind project. In September, RCEA sent in a proposal to the Bureau of Ocean Management to lease ocean waters for wind turbines. Currently there are no operational offshore wind projects in the state, but offshore wind prospects…

PG&E’s record-breaking battery proposal wins approval from regulators

“California utility regulators approved Pacific Gas & Electric’s proposal to build the two largest battery systems in the world. The 4-1 vote marks a landmark development in California’s quest to decarbonize its electrical system by shifting from natural gas to non-emitting sources for flexible power. “Not only will this help California integrate solar and reduce…

Can the electricity industry seize its resilience moment?

“Resilience discussions come and go in the energy industry. Storms like Hurricane Sandy and Matthew can spur a nationwide focus on resiliency, but change is largely concentrated in local areas that experienced the disaster. After a few news cycles, the topic fades into the background. However, experts agree that resilience is becoming much more important…
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