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Siemens Gamesa Joins Science Based Targets Initiative

September 18th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

Spanish wind energy giant Siemens Games Renewable Energy announced last week that it has committed to develop a "measurable, science-based emissions reduction target" that will be independently approved and verified by the Science Based Target initiative

Europe Breaks Solar Records Amidst Summer Heatwave

September 18th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

As Autumn begins to finally gear up across the Northern Hemisphere, for those in Europe, the massive 2018 heatwave will disappear into forgotten memory for most, except for the region's solar energy industry, which walks away with a handful of new records at the same time as other electricity generation technologies struggled. 

MHI Vestas Opens Innovative Offshore Wind Farm & Signs Floating Wind Order

September 14th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

Offshore wind energy giant MHI Vestas made two landmark announcements last week with the official opening of its European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Scotland, and the signing of a turbine supply order of the world's most powerful turbines for the WindFloat Atlantic floating offshore wind farm in Northern Portugal

Asia To Drive Natural Gas Growth Over Long Term, According To BNEF

September 14th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

Asia is set to drive the long-term growth of liquefied natural gas, better known as LNG, in the coming decade, according to new figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which is also predicting 2018 will set a new record for LNG imports. 

Google Signs PPAs In Finland Worth 190 Megawatts

September 13th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

Global internet behemoth Google announced this week that it has signed three new Power Purchase Agreements to acquire the electricity generated from three wind farms in Finland worth a total of 190 megawatts (MW), continuing the company's push to remain 100% sourced by renewable energy

DNV GL Predicts Global Energy Demand To Peak In 2035

September 13th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

The world's energy demand is expected to decline from 2035 onward, according to global quality assurance and risk management company DNV GL, which published its most recent Energy Transition Outlook 2018 recently, and which predicts that this will result in a reshaping of energy investment trends. 

US Solar Market Experiences Slight Turnaround In Q2

September 13th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

Despite recent rocky waters, the US solar saw something of a turnaround in the second quarter, with utility-scale solar procurement soaring and residential installations stabilising, according to new research published this week by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Fossil Fuel Demand Set To Peak In The 2020s

September 11th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

The rapid growth of clean technologies is expected to cause fossil fuel demand to peak the 2020s according to a new report from Carbon Tracker, serving to put at risk trillions for investors ignorant of or unwilling to participate in the transition to a low-carbon economy. 

California Governor Brown Signs Law Requiring 100% Clean Energy By 2045

September 11th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

California Governor Edmund "Jerry" Brown on Monday signed Senate Bill 100 into law, setting in place a 100% renewable electricity target for the state by 2045, and doubled down on his clean energy commitment by issuing an executive order establishing a new target to achieve carbon neutrality over the same time frame. 

Large-Scale Wind & Solar Development Could Reshape The Sahara 

September 7th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

A new study published this week has revealed the possibility that large-scale development of wind and solar in the Sahara Desert could result in increases to local temperature, precipitation, and vegetation, resulting in overall beneficial environmental changes. 

US Distributed Wind Surpasses 1 Gigawatt Mark

September 5th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

The US distributed wind energy market crept over the 1 gigawatt (GW) mark in 2017 according to a US Department of Energy report published late last month, after nearly 100 megawatts (MW) was added last year, bringing the cumulative capacity up to 1,076 MW. 

Mammoth 860 Megawatt Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Reaches Financial Close

September 5th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

German energy company Innogy SE announced late last month that its mammoth 860 megawatt (MW) Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm had reached financial close, would be built using wind turbines supplied by MHI Vestas, and would supply 100% of the power generated to Ørsted through a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). 

EU Removes Trade Barriers On Chinese Solar Imports

September 4th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

Following reports last week that the European Union was considering scrapping import controls on solar panels and cells from China, the European Commission has announced that it will remove trade duties on solar panels and cells imported from China, Taiwan, and Malaysia. 

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