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ACS wins 1,550 MW capacity at renewable energy auction in Spain

The government’s renewable capacity auction of about 3,000 MW, most of which was for solar power producers, was the second this year and is part of a drive to make sure 20 percent of all energy consumed in Spain by 2020 is from renewable sources.  Spanish construction company ACS has won 1,550 megawatts (MW) of … Continue reading ACS wins 1,550 MW capacity at renewable energy auction in Spain

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Renewable energy boosts national security, military preparedness

Jon Powers is an Iraq veteran and former Chief Sustainability Officer for the U.S. government. He’s also a founder of Operation Free, a coalition of former service members who “advocate for securing America with clean energy.” This month, he penned a pair of op-eds explaining why the armed forces look to renewable energy to strengthen … Continue reading Renewable energy boosts national security, military preparedness

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Renewables on the grid: Market-based solutions support reliability

AWEA supports creating markets for grid reliability services as the most cost-effective way to ensure electric reliability. Renewable resources are already able to provide many of these grid reliability services as well as or better than conventional power plants. As shown in the following table, wind plants already exceed the reliability services contributed by conventional … Continue reading Renewables on the grid: Market-based solutions support reliability

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ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of offshore wind energy in the UK

ABB has won a $30 million order from ScottishPower Renewables to supply two SVC Light® Static Compensators (STATCOMs) that will smooth out the voltage fluctuations that are an inherent feature of intermittent wind energy. They will increase power transfer capability, improve power quality and enhance grid stability, enabling more energy efficient and reliable power supplies … Continue reading ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of offshore wind energy in the UK

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Renewables on the grid: Putting the negative-price myth to bed

New, comprehensive analysis of electricity market price data confirms that renewable energy policies are not directly factored into electricity market prices. Three years ago, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) rebutted arguments that occurrences of negative prices at nuclear plants in Illinois were frequently caused by wind energy. That “compelling” data led FERC Commissioner John … Continue reading Renewables on the grid: Putting the negative-price myth to bed

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Siemens receives major order from TenneT for DolWin6 offshore grid connection

Siemens has received another order from the German-Dutch grid operator, TenneT TSO, for a grid connection for offshore wind power plants in the German waters of the North Sea. The company will supply the entire technology for efficient direct-current transmission for the “DolWin6” grid connection. The Spanish partner, Dragados Offshore S.A., is a leading general … Continue reading Siemens receives major order from TenneT for DolWin6 offshore grid connection

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Cooperation and innovation mark a period of major turbine contracts and mega battery installation in the Netherlands

As the industry sets its sights on Amsterdam for WindEurope’s upcoming conference and exhibition this November, wind power has been enjoying a robust week in the historical land of the windmills. On 6 July, it was announced that renewable energy firm Siemens Gamesa will install 94 turbines at the Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind … Continue reading Cooperation and innovation mark a period of major turbine contracts and mega battery installation in the Netherlands

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Electric Vehicles to accelerate to 54% of new car sales by 2040

Electric vehicles will make up the majority of new car sales worldwide by 2040, and account for 33% of all the light-duty vehicles on the road, according to new research published today. The forecast, put together by the advanced transport team at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, draws on detailed analysis of likely future reductions in … Continue reading Electric Vehicles to accelerate to 54% of new car sales by 2040

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Nuclear power has taken a back seat to renewable sources of electricity for the first time

Electricity production from utility-scale renewable sources exceeded nuclear generation in March and April. That’s the first time renewable sources have outpaced nuclear since 1984. The growth in renewables has been fueled by scores of new wind turbines and solar farms. Recent increases in hydroelectric power as a result of heavy snow and rain in Western … Continue reading Nuclear power has taken a back seat to renewable sources of electricity for the first time

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Renewable energies generated 37.7% of electricity in Spain in June 2017

Renewable energies generated 37.7% of electricity in Spain in June 2017. Wind power 18.2%, solar thermal 3.4% and photovoltaic solar power 4.6%. Generation of the month of May 2017 Peninsular demand for electricity in June is estimated at 21,681 GWh, 7.1% higher than in the same month of the previous year. Taking into account the … Continue reading Renewable energies generated 37.7% of electricity in Spain in June 2017

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€4 million EU funding for proposed electricity link between France and Ireland

A project to build an interconnector linking for the first time the French and Irish electricity systems will today be awarded a €4 million grant from the European Commission. The Celtic Interconnector will make it possible for energy to be traded more freely between EU countries, enhancing Ireland’s security of energy supply and allowing the … Continue reading €4 million EU funding for proposed electricity link between France and Ireland

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U.S. Conference of Mayors passes 100 percent renewable resolution

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, a bipartisan group representing 1,400 mayors across the country, just adopted a resolution to encourage cities to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. The move follows big 100 percent renewable announcements in recent months from cities like Atlanta, Chicago, Portland, Ore., and Salt Lake City. Many smaller municipalities, … Continue reading U.S. Conference of Mayors passes 100 percent renewable resolution

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ABB’s microgrid to power Aruba and support transition to renewable energy

ABB will provide an advanced microgrid to WEB Aruba N.V., the main power utility serving the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba. ABB’s software, automation and control technologies will help WEB Aruba integrate solar and wind energy, forecast and plan better and optimize operations in real-time, while meeting Aruba’s growing demand for electricity.  The island is … Continue reading ABB’s microgrid to power Aruba and support transition to renewable energy

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Electrification and clean hydrogen key to decarbonising economies

Wind energy together with clean hydrogen can play a vital role in decarbonising economies, WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson will tell delegates at the Gas Infrastructure Europe conference today in Prague. Wind power is now 154 GW capacity and accounts for 10.4% of power demand in the EU. And it now supports the wider energy system … Continue reading Electrification and clean hydrogen key to decarbonising economies

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May cooler heads prevail in debate over renewable energy’s role in providing clean electricity

While articles in the academic journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences don’t often provoke bitter fights on the pages of major newspapers, that was the case for an academic study about renewable energy published earlier this week. The article was authored by 21 energy experts, many of whom previously published articles showing large … Continue reading May cooler heads prevail in debate over renewable energy’s role in providing clean electricity

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Cheap gas, not renewables, primarily depressing power prices

Last week, the electric grid operator for the Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes states (PJM) proposed a reform to its energy market rules to address concerns that prices are too low. There has been some confusion regarding why PJM felt the reform was necessary, with some incorrectly claiming it was primarily caused by renewable energy or … Continue reading Cheap gas, not renewables, primarily depressing power prices

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No evidence that changing power mix endangers electric system reliability

A new report by Analysis Group answers questions asked two months ago by Energy Secretary Rick Perry about the reliability and market rules of the U.S. electric power grid. Analysis Group finds it is market forces – primarily low-cost natural gas and flat demand for electricity – that are causing some coal and nuclear power plants … Continue reading No evidence that changing power mix endangers electric system reliability

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Wind energy and solar power surpass 10% of U.S. electricity generation

Wind turbines and photovoltaic arrays provided slightly more than 10% of U.S. electricity generation in March. This marks the first time these two renewables combined have made a double-digit contribution to the nation’s generation of electricity, says a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. EIA anticipates that April figures will show that the two … Continue reading Wind energy and solar power surpass 10% of U.S. electricity generation

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GE Renewable Energy and Fina Enerji Sign Ten-year Full Service Agreement in Turkey

Continuing its pioneering collaboration in the development of clean energy in Turkey, GE Renewable Energy and Fina Enerji have concluded negotiations to broaden their cooperation program into a comprehensive ten-year Full Service Agreement (FSA), complemented by a 2-year trial of GE’s Predix-powered Digital Wind Farm solutions. The new FSA, signed 21st April, 2017, is designed … Continue reading GE Renewable Energy and Fina Enerji Sign Ten-year Full Service Agreement in Turkey

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Renewable energy sources make up over half UK electricity

Renewable energy sources generated more than half of the UK’s electricity for the first time ever at midday, on Wednesday, 7th June, 2017, Britain’s multinational electricity and gas utility company, National Grid plc, reported. Renewable energy is energy from a source that is not depleted when it is used, such as solar or wind power. … Continue reading Renewable energy sources make up over half UK electricity

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