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On Climate, Washington State Back In The Lead

May 12th, 2019 | by NRDC

Washington State closed out its 2019 legislative session with some big wins for the climate. The legislature passed a 100% clean electricity standard, new efficiency policies, and regulation of super-pollutants, but there is more to do in coming years


Wind & Solar PPA Price Index Drops 2.3% in Q1 2019

May 11th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

The cost of commercial and industrial scale solar and wind power is still headed down. Power purchase agreement (PPA) contract prices examined in five independent energy distribution territories in the country showed indexed prices down by $0.39/megawatt-hour, or 2.3% during first quarter of this year compared with the fourth quarter of 2018, according to LevelTen Energy’s latest report in May


Too Many Cities Are Growing Out Rather Than Up — 3 Reasons That’s A Problem

May 10th, 2019 | by World Resources Institute

Imagine Lagos, Nigeria, a city of 22 million. What was once a small coastal town just a few decades ago has exploded into a sprawling megacity spanning 452 square miles. Its rapid growth has stretched the city’s services impossibly thin: Less than 10 percent of people live in homes with sewer connections; less than 20 percent have access to tap water. Many houses are in slums and informal settlements at the city’s periphery. Now picture Lagos twice as big


Dual Axis Solar Tracker Field Performance Yields 27.7% ROI

May 10th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

The slow adoption of new technology in the US solar industry provides time for field verification of manufacturers’ claims, which at times sound too good to be true. In the case of large-format dual axis trackers, however, the latest round of annual production numbers is eye-catching: a 27.73% return on investment, or a payback period of only three years


Indian Renewable Energy Capacity Addition Slips In Q1 2019

May 10th, 2019 | by Saurabh

India’s coal-heavy thermal power generation sector left solar and wind energy sector behind in terms of new capacity added in the first quarter of this year. The decline in new capacity added in the renewable energy segment should ring alarm bells for the government as it seems to be falling behind its ambitious capacity targets for 2022.


Union Of Concerned Scientists Provide “Principles of Equitable Policy Design for Energy Storage”

May 9th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

In December 2018, the Union of Concerned Scientists convened a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss the equitable deployment of energy storage. The group—which included environmental justice and grassroots organizations, policy experts, industry, labor, consumer advocates, faith groups, and renewable energy advocates—collectively developed a set of consensus principles for equitable storage deployment


US Solar Installs Hit 2 Million In Q2

May 9th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

The US solar market is now over 2 million installations, and forecasts expect solar installations to double by 2023, according to Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The Q2 record comes just three years after the industry completed its 1 millionth installation, a feat that took 40 years to accomplish


Renewables Secured: EVgo Contracts 100% Renewables For Customer Charging

May 8th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

EVgo has become the first EV charging network in the United States to contract 100% of the energy needed to power its customers with renewable energy this week. This was made possible thanks to a host of new renewable energy purchase contracts and Renewable Energy Credit purchases that all of the electricity consumed by customers on its charging network directly support renewable energy generation


Siemens Announces Carve-Out Of Gas & Power Business

May 8th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill

German-based technology powerhouse Siemens AG announced on Tuesday it intends to carve out its Gas and Power division to create a "new major player on the energy market" which will start out life with business volume of €30 billion and over 80,000 employees. 


ABB Electrifies The Niagara Falls’ Iconic Maid Of The Mist Ferries

May 6th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

The Niagara Falls is getting a bit cleaner this year, as ABB announced that its zero emission technology will power the next generation fully electric ferries for the iconic Maid of the Mist tour. The two new vessels will be powered completely by high-capacity battery packs, making them the first fully-electric vessels ever built in the United States, according to ABB. As a special bonus, the new ferries will pull all of the electricity needed to charge up their 316 kWh battery packs using zero emission hydropower while passengers get off and on the boat



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