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News and Policies, World

US Power Africa Initiative Backs $1BN of Solar, Wind Projects

June 8, 2018

Via: Renewable Energy News

With financial backing from the U.S. government, an Israeli solar developer Gigawatt Global Cooperatief UA signed a deal with the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States to build $1 billion of renewable energy projects in the region. The U.S. […]


Commercialization, Renewable Energy

Billions in US solar projects have been shelved after Trump panel tariff

June 7, 2018

Via: CNBC energy

President Donald Trump’s tariff on imported solar panels has led U.S. renewable energy companies to cancel or freeze investments of more than $2.5 billion in large installation projects, along with thousands of jobs, the developers told Reuters. That’s more than […]


Commercialization, Conventional Fuels

OPEC Stumbled Into A Balanced Market, Can They Stumble Into An Unbalanced One?

June 7, 2018

Via: Forbes

It speaks to the short-term views of the oil market that when prices fall, many analysts pronounce OPEC dead, and when they rise, it is declared reborn. The truth, as I remarked in an earlier column, is that the organization […]


Chemical, Conventional Fuels

A Costly, Deadly Obsession With Coal

June 6, 2018

Via: WSJ Business

President Donald Trump’s efforts to revive coal mining have been criticized as picking winners. Actually, it’s more like picking losers: coal has become a sunset industry as cleaner energy sources rapidly get cheaper. If Mr. Trump succeeds at reversing the […]


News and Policies, State

Kentucky amends law allowing surface coal mining and reclamation permit applications to submit their own bonds

June 6, 2018

Via: Penn Energy

At the beginning of April, Kentucky governor signed a bill that amends portions of chapters of the Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) that relate to mining. The 40-page bill introduces numerous new provisions with regards to different types of mining operations […]


Commercialization, Renewable Energy

Solar module prices set to fall 35% in 2018 – BNEF

June 5, 2018

Via: PV Resources

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), the global average selling price (ASP) of solar modules is expected to decline by 35% in 2018, compared to previous forecasts of a 20% to 27% decline, due to the Chinese government curtailing […]


News and Policies, World

Why Did China Tap The Brakes On Its Solar Program?

June 5, 2018

Via: Forbes

Chinese solar companies sold off sharply on Monday following an announcement by the Chinese government that it would take measures that may curb the astronomical growth of its solar industry. The South China Morning Post reported: “A joint statement put […]


Conventional Fuels, News and Policies, Nuclear, U.S.

Trump Orders Action to Stem Coal, Nuclear Plant Shutdowns

June 4, 2018

Via: Renewable Energy News

President Donald Trump ordered his energy secretary to take immediate action to stem power plant closures, arguing that a decline in coal and nuclear electricity is putting the nation’s security at risk. “Impending retirements of fuel-secure power facilities are leading […]


News and Policies, State

Duke Energy Finds Support for Smaller NC Grid Improvement Plan

June 4, 2018

Via: Greentech Media

Duke Energy Carolinas has reached an agreement with environmental groups on a multi-billion dollar grid improvement program for its North Carolina territory. Duke initially wanted to spend (and charge customers) $7.8 billion over 10 years for its grid plan. The […]


Conventional Fuels, Nuclear

Report: Trump Administration to Force Purchases of Coal, Nuclear Power

June 1, 2018

Via: Power Magazine

A draft memo circulated by the Trump administration before the National Security Council reportedly urges federal action to force grid operators to buy power from uneconomic coal and nuclear plants. Bloomberg on May 31 pointed to the existence of the […]


News and Policies, State

NV Energy awards 1GW PV, plans 100MW batteries for Nevada but ballot roadblock looms

June 1, 2018

Via: PV Resources

Utility NV Energy has awarded contracts in the US state of Nevada for over 1,000MW of renewable energy projects – including a 420MW-dc solar farm – and has also requested approval for 100MW of energy storage. In January, Energy-Storage.News reported […]


Mainstream technologies, Renewable Energy

Why Trump shouldn’t revel in latest US solar manufacturing expansions

May 31, 2018

Via: PV Resources

Hanwha Q CELLS became the latest company to make a gigawatt-scale manufacturing commitment in the US. However, no overseas firm has committed any new cell capacity, suggesting the longer term value to the US economy is likely less than hoped. […]


Emerging Technologies, Renewable Energy

Making Renewable Power More Viable For The Grid

May 31, 2018

Via: Revolution Green

Making Renewable Power More Viable For The Grid. “Air-breathing” battery can store electricity for months, for about a fifth the cost of current technologies. Wind and solar power are increasingly popular sources for renewable energy. But intermittency issues keep them […]


News and Policies, State

South Carolina Sues Feds Over End of Nuclear Fuel Program

May 30, 2018

Via: Power Engineering

AIKEN, South Carolina — South Carolina is suing the federal government after the Energy Department announced it was stopping construction of a plant to turn plutonium used in nuclear weapons into fuel for nuclear reactors. South Carolina Attorney General Alan […]


Commercialization, Renewable Energy

It’s Been a Pretty Good Year So Far for Solar Stocks

May 30, 2018

Via: Greentech Media

Wall Street could be forgiven for having doubts about the solar market last year. On the residential side, a string of bankruptcies and withdrawals cast doubt on the prevailing business model. Utility scale companies had to contend with the unwelcome […]