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Saudi Arabia will leave the oil in 2040 for renewable energy

In a business and climate conference on Thursday, Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi ruled out the possibility of reducing reliance on fossil fuels in the short run. In recent times, environmentalists have expressed concerns regarding carbon emissions and are hence urging companies to use more environmental-friendly forms of energy.   According to Mr. Naimi, … Continue reading Saudi Arabia will leave the oil in 2040 for renewable energy

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Duke Energy, University of South Florida St. Petersburg unveil photovoltaic solar energy battery project

Duke Energy Florida and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) today unveiled a new solar battery project that will explore how to store and use energy from the sun. A $1 million grant from Duke Energy is funding the research at USFSP. As part of the grant, a 100-kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) … Continue reading Duke Energy, University of South Florida St. Petersburg unveil photovoltaic solar energy battery project

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Electric Motorcycle and Scooter Sales are Expected to Total 55 Million From 2015 to 2024

The transition from sealed lead-acid to lithium ion batteries is driving rapid industry advances, report finds.     A recent report from Navigant Research examines the global markets for electric motorcycles and scooters and the related battery technologies, including global forecasts for electric two-wheeled vehicles and the batteries used in the vehicles through 2024. Taken … Continue reading Electric Motorcycle and Scooter Sales are Expected to Total 55 Million From 2015 to 2024

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Electric Vehicles Market Set for Big Boost as Li-ion Battery Costs Hit $172/kWh in 2025

Best-in-class players such as Panasonic-Tesla will achieve 35% reductions over the next decade, while others could lag at over $229/kWh, according to Lux Research.  The electric vehicle opportunity is set to expand, as leading battery developers like Panasonic drive down prices of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery packs by 35% to $172/kWh in 2025, according to Lux … Continue reading Electric Vehicles Market Set for Big Boost as Li-ion Battery Costs Hit $172/kWh in 2025

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ASD to present new hybrid battery with exceptionally long lifespan at Intersolar

German energy storage systems manufacturer ASD Automatic Storage Device is set to exhibit its updated hybrid battery, which has recently gone into production, at Intersolar 2015. It is distinguished by its extremely long lifespan, which has been made possible by specially developed software with an integrated feature that compensates for degradation. “Our new electronic storage … Continue reading ASD to present new hybrid battery with exceptionally long lifespan at Intersolar

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EU leads world in total renewable generation, clean tech IPOs, wind energy patents

In advance of United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) a new report for the first time analyses and ranks the economic and energy performance of the world’s 50 largest GHG emitting nations.   Next 10’s Green Innovation Index, International Edition charts country GDP, emissions, energy productivity, renewable energy generation, clean tech investments and other key … Continue reading EU leads world in total renewable generation, clean tech IPOs, wind energy patents

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Renewable Energy Target in Australia: 33,000 gigawatt hours which equates to about 24 per cent of wind power and solar energy

Under the new deal, the RET – which was a bipartisan commitment of five  per cent clean energy by 2020 – will be cut from 41,000 gigawatt hours to 33,000 gigawatt hours which equates to about 24 per cent of wind power and solar energy by the end of the decade.   After more than … Continue reading Renewable Energy Target in Australia: 33,000 gigawatt hours which equates to about 24 per cent of wind power and solar energy

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Government of dinosaurs will give Australia a ‘fossilised economy’

Following a recent meeting of federal and state ministers with the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figures, the federal government announced that it will publish by mid-year the emissions target it will take to the Paris Climate Summit in November. However, even if all the world’s governments agree … Continue reading Government of dinosaurs will give Australia a ‘fossilised economy’

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The Great Transition to Renewable Energy, Solar Power and Wind energy

The global transition to clean, renewable energy and away from nuclear and fossils is well under way, with remarkable developments happening every day. The Great Transition by Lester Brown, Janet Larsen, Matt Roney, and Emily Adams lays out a tremendous range of these developments – here are seven that may surprise you.     1. … Continue reading The Great Transition to Renewable Energy, Solar Power and Wind energy

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Invenergy opens 31.5 MW energy storage project in Illinois

Today, leading clean energy company Invenergy LLC (“Invenergy”) announced the start of commercial operations of its 31.5 MW Grand Ridge Energy Storage project in La Salle County, Illinois. The project is located about 80 miles southwest of Chicago at Invenergy’s Grand Ridge Energy Center, which is comprised of a 210 MW wind farm; a 20 … Continue reading Invenergy opens 31.5 MW energy storage project in Illinois

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Enel Green Power reaches accord with Tesla on wind energy, solar power batteries

Enel Green Power and Tesla have today finalised an agreement for the testing of the integration of Tesla’s stationary energy storage systems with Enel Green Power’s solar and wind plants. The deal aims to increase output from EGP facilities and supply advanced services for a better overall integration of renewables into the grid.   The … Continue reading Enel Green Power reaches accord with Tesla on wind energy, solar power batteries

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Wind power and solar energy were the clear winners in Germany

15 years ago, German politicians agreed to wean the country off fossil fuels and nuclear energy. The shift has been expensive and mistakes were made, but it has put Germany on a path to a cleaner, greener economy.   Sitting at a big conference table in central Berlin, laden with fruit skewers and vegetarian sandwiches, … Continue reading Wind power and solar energy were the clear winners in Germany

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Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Nation’s First 100% Renewable Energy Requirement

Hawaii lawmakers voted 74-2 this week to pass the nation’s first 100% renewable energy requirement. The measure, House Bill 623, makes Hawaii a global leader in renewable energy policy by requiring that 100% of the islands’ electricity must be generated from renewable energy resources–such as wind energy, solar power, and geothermal energy-no later than 2045. … Continue reading Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Nation’s First 100% Renewable Energy Requirement

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Uruguay, the Quiet Green Revolution

Due to its lack of important fossil fuel fields, this Latin American country has been ‘forced’ to choose green sources, which account for 60% of its domestic electricity generation, so this has become one of the most interesting country in the continent, with Enel Green Power also building its first wind farm at Melowind, in … Continue reading Uruguay, the Quiet Green Revolution

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SunEdison strikes renewable energy portfolio

SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), the world’s largest renewable energy development company, today announced the signature of definitive agreements to acquire five portfolios of renewable energy projects and two corporate platforms, LAP Holding, BV in Latin America and two subsidiaries of Honiton Energy Holding, Ltd., in China, as well as the closing of equity investments and … Continue reading SunEdison strikes renewable energy portfolio

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Successful Renewable Portfolio Standards motivating states to reach higher

There’s been a lot of news this past week about Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). These state policies have been successful in attracting renewable energy investment at the state level, which is helping to provide tens of thousands of well-paying jobs all across the country. Because of this success, states are considering expanding these standards or … Continue reading Successful Renewable Portfolio Standards motivating states to reach higher

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Clean-energy innovation essential to meeting climate goals

A concerted push for clean-energy innovation is the only way the world can meet its climate goals, the International Energy Agency said as it released its flagship energy technology report.   The report, Energy Technology Perspectives 2015 (ETP 2015), shows that despite a few recent success stories, clean-energy progress is falling well short of the … Continue reading Clean-energy innovation essential to meeting climate goals

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EWEA welcomes deal on reform of the ETS

The European Wind Energy Association welcomes the deal between lawmakers to reform the Emissions Trading System before 2021. The EU-28 Member States and the European Parliament have agreed to introduce a market stability reserve in 2019 to tackle a glut of over 2 billion excess permits in the ETS. The surplus of allowances is currently … Continue reading EWEA welcomes deal on reform of the ETS

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Renewable portfolio standards state of play

This is a joint blog by Sean Gallagher, Vice President of State Affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and Susan Williams Sloan, Vice President of State Policy at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). As many states have successfully met their renewable portfolio standards (RPS), they are considering expanding these standards or otherwise … Continue reading Renewable portfolio standards state of play

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Andhra Pradesh plans 9,000 MW of wind energy and solar power

The government of Andhra Pradesh has drawn up an action plan for making the state a renewable energy hub in four years. As part of the plan, it has set a target of achieving 5,000 MW solar energy and 4,000 MW wind power capacities in four years.   The state government plans to add 800 … Continue reading Andhra Pradesh plans 9,000 MW of wind energy and solar power

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