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…

Floating offshore wind begins to commercialize in Europe

“Two European projects aiming to advance floating offshore wind technologies marked milestones this month. In the first, a consortium working to commercialize floating offshore wind farms received a significant boost from a European Union innovation fund. Separately, the Norwegian government is set to unveil two new sites for floating offshore wind plants later this year,…

Hooray for S.B.100! Now what happens for wind energy?

“Although non-hydro renewables are likely to be the primary option for supplying the bulk of California’s zero-carbon electricity supply in 2045, it is not clear what California’s lofty new goal means for wind energy. Permitting in California is difficult, and federal land use policies have dramatically curbed wind development on Bureau of Land Management land.…

Largest California solar-plus-storage project agreement signed

“Canadian Solar Inc. recently announced its wholly owned subsidiary, Recurrent Energy LLC, has signed two 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Monterey Bay Community Power for a 150-megawatt solar power system with 180 megawatt-hours (MWh) of battery storage. This joint procurement effort represents the largest contracted solar-plus-storage project in California…

Minnesota and New York earn “A” grade for renewable energy programs

“Minnesota and New York have earned an “A” for their renewable energy programs. That’s according to a national scorecard released recently by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), which graded nearly 20 state shared renewable energy programs (aka community solar). IREC’s National Shared Renewables Scorecard uses specific criteria to evaluate how each program stacks up…

Peninsula Clean Energy awards six grants totaling nearly $450,000 for local community pilot projects

“Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) of San Mateo County has awarded grants of up to $75,000 each for six innovative local pilot projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support low-income customers, and advance electric transportation. The Community Pilot Program awards will fund programs within the county to repair homes for low-income residents, promote access to electric…

Sacramento leads by example on cleaner energy with help from electrification

“Sacramento’s commitment to cut climate pollution from its energy system is certainly worth celebrating, and it’s also an opportunity to demonstrate how the transition toward electrification can help rethink energy use in other parts of the state and country as well. In recent years new technologies have entered the market that make it cheaper and…

State Finance Department sued for refusing to release analysis of power grid expansion bill

“San Diego attorney Michael Aguirre is suing the state Department of Finance and its director for refusing to turn over records related to Gov. Jerry Brown’s failed efforts to expand the California power grid. According to the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday in San Diego Superior Court, state finance officials refused to release their financial…

SV Clean Energy signs major contracts for California’s largest solar-plus-storage projects

“Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) signed two long-term agreements for the largest utility-scale, solar-plus-storage projects to be built in California. The two projects will provide 153 megawatts (MW) of solar and 47 MW of storage and will be developed by Electricité de France (EDF) and Recurrent Energy Development Holdings, LLC. (Recurrent). These projects will come…

Why wind power isn’t the answer

“The punchline here is obvious: wind energy has been sold as a great source of “clean” energy. The reality is that wind energy’s expansion has been driven by federal subsidies and state-level mandates. Wind energy, cannot, and will not, meet a significant portion of our future energy needs because it requires too much land. Miller…

A powerful new solar cell produces both hydrogen fuel and electrical power

“In a field that’s essentially water-bending meets renewable energy, researchers successfully harnessed photosynthesis to split water to produce hydrogen fuel. Splitting H2O at its molecular level is something scientists have been doing for over 200 years, and could hold the tantalizing key to an emission-free hydrogen economy — if only it could be scaled up.…

Wind of change sweeps over renewable energy sector

“Fort Benning military base in Georgia, United States, is blazing a trail with an innovative windmill. The US military has long been interested in renewables for bottom line and energy security reasons, and the Navy’s top brass frets that climate change-induced sea-level rise could impact naval installations. The Army has been quick to realize the…
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