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  • Europe Goes Big on Solar; 8.6 GW Installed in 2017

    Early estimates from SolarPower Europe show that Europe installed about 8.6 GW of solar power systems in 2017, a 28 percent increase over systems installed in 2016. Source: Renewable Energy

  • Researchers Plan Comprehensive Study of Waste-to-Energy v. Landfill

    With waste-to-energy technology taking a front seat in the effort to deal with municipal waste in growing regions, some question whether these processing facilities aren’t doing more harm to the environment than good. Researchers at the University of Buffalo are planning to address that concern with what it says will be one of the most…

  • Southeast Asia’s Coming Solar Boom

    2018 should be the year that Southeast Asian solar hits its stride. That was the clear headline from the 35th ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Ministers on Energy Meeting: “ASEAN calls for energy investment.” At the opening of the ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) towards the end of last year, Philippine Energy Secretary…

  • Kenya Plans Royalty for Geothermal Producers in Energy Bill

    Kenya will introduce a royalty for geothermal-power producers under a proposed new law. Fees will be levied at a rate of 1 percent to 2.5 percent of revenue generated from the energy source within the first decade of a geothermal license being issued, according to the draft Energy Bill presented to lawmakers Wednesday. The levy…

  • Blockchain Could Change Everything for Energy

    Scientists have observed that the electricity sector contributes to 35 percent of the carbon emissions in the U.S. every year. And as climate news piles up, there is a growing movement among ordinary people to do something.  Source: Renewable Energy

  • Opportunities Grow for Renewables in 2018, From Pricing to Packaging

    Renewable energy market momentum will continue into 2018, even if the policy needle continues to flutter in the months ahead. As utilities and clean energy firms will tell you, the world doesn’t wait for policy certainty. Consider this: emissions from power plants in 2017 are on track to be less than those from transportation for…

  • 2018 Renewable Outlook Stable: Renewables Can Now Self-Sustain

    With renewable energy undoubtedly entrenching itself as a global industry over the last decade, what will the next 10 years bring? The short answer is “more growth” and notably, “self-sustaining growth.” As the market evolves, growth will this time be supported by advancements in battery storage technology. While developing markets will see demand for power…

  • FERC Removes Energy Market Barriers for Energy Storage; Will Study Aggregated DERs Next

    On Thursday, February 15, 2018, the governing body that oversees the electric power grid in the U.S., the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), voted unanimously in favor of adopting a new rule that would remove the market barriers that now prevent energy storage from participating in the wholesale energy markets, aka, the bulk power grid.…

  • Why 100 Percent Renewable Energy Doesn't Make Sense in Many Locations

    There is a lot of interest in the idea of 100 percent renewable energy both from a political and technical perspective. To understand some of the issues surrounding this goal it is useful to look at smaller systems where high penetrations of renewables are starting to become more common. Source: Renewable Energy

  • France looking to become major player in global marine energy market

    France is hoping to send a message about its potential role in the world’s hydropower sector with the announcement of preliminary studies that will ultimately lead to the launch of tidal energy tenders. Source: Renewable Energy

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