Category Archives: Other renewables

Russia does not have a strong commitment to renewable energy compared to most countries

Russian hydropower company RusHydro has launched a wind power plant in Russia’s Arctic region. It’s far from a signal that fossil-fuel-hungry Russia is going green, but it’s a start. Russian company RusHydro has launched a 900-kilowatt (KW) wind power plant in the Arctic settlement of Tiksi in the Yakutia region in Russia’s Far East. Some … Continue reading Russia does not have a strong commitment to renewable energy compared to most countries

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New report on renewable portfolio standards misses the mark

The University of Chicago (UCH) released a “working paper” this week examining renewable portfolio standards (RPSs). Unfortunately, it’s based on false pretenses and uses a questionable economic model to claim RPSs are substantially more costly to consumers than previously thought. While it is important to understand the effectiveness and impacts of these programs, the authors’ … Continue reading New report on renewable portfolio standards misses the mark

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China to lead global concentrated solar power market by 2030

The global CSP capacity is estimated to increase significantly from 5.6 gigawatt (GW) in 2018 to 22.4 GW in 2030 following significant capacity additions by China, Chile and countries in Middle East North Africa (MENA) region according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.   The company’s latest report ‘Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Market, … Continue reading China to lead global concentrated solar power market by 2030

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Delingha 50 MW Tower Concentrated Solar Power Plant Reached Full-load Operation

At 14:19, April 17th,2019, SUPCON SOLAR Delingha 50MW Tower CSP Plant reached full-load operation. Records show the major indicators of the system has exceeded their design parameters: The molten salt at the outlet of the receiver reached 566? and steam pressure reached 13.3MPa. The turbine generator output power reached 50.65MW. The main subsystems including heliostats … Continue reading Delingha 50 MW Tower Concentrated Solar Power Plant Reached Full-load Operation

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FERC directs SPP to lift unjust membership exit fee

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) issued a statement in response to FERC directing SPP to eliminate the membership exit fee for non-transmission owners. Yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) directed the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) to eliminate the membership exit fee for non-transmission owners. The decision granted a complaint about SPP’s exit fee … Continue reading FERC directs SPP to lift unjust membership exit fee

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American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) endorses energy storage ITC bill in Senate

Encouraging investment in America’s energy storage systems would improve grid resilience, create new clean energy jobs and bring the grid into the 21st century. Senators Heinrich (D-NM) and Gardner (R-CO) introduced bipartisan legislation to create an energy storage investment tax credit (ITC). It currently has 10 cosponsors representing a diverse collection of states. The legislation, … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) endorses energy storage ITC bill in Senate

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American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) issued a statement reacting to President Trump’s new executive orders on energy and infrastructure

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) issued the following statement reacting to President Trump’s new executive(Opens in a new window) orders(Opens in a new window) on energy and infrastructure: “We agree enhancing U.S. energy infrastructure is a critical priority, but these executive orders miss a major opportunity by focusing almost exclusively on pipelines, whose capacity … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) issued a statement reacting to President Trump’s new executive orders on energy and infrastructure

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The Kathu Concentrated Solar Power plant was officially inaugurated in South Africa

The Kathu Solar Park constructed as an EPC project by ACCIONA and the engineering and technology group SENER, was officially inaugurated in the Northern Cape Region, in South Africa. The opening ceremony was hosted by the Northern Cape’s Premier, Sylvia Lucas. From ACCIONA, it was present the Managing Director of ACCIONA Industrial, Ramón Jiménez, among … Continue reading The Kathu Concentrated Solar Power plant was officially inaugurated in South Africa

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Israel’s Megalim concentrated solar power plant starts operations

The Megalim solar thermal power plant, a joint venture of BrightSource, GE Renewable Energy and the Noy Fund, said on Wednesday it has begun commercial operation in Israel’s Negev desert.   The 3 billion shekel ($839 million) concentrated solar power project was announced in 2008 and construction began at the end of 2014 under the … Continue reading Israel’s Megalim concentrated solar power plant starts operations

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Michal Kurtyka: For the energy transition to work, it must be “just”

On 4 April Michal Kurtyka – Secretary of State in the Polish Ministry of Environment and President of COP24 – spoke at the WindEurope Conference in Bilbao about the challenge of delivering a ‘just’ energy transition for all Europeans. As the chairman of December’s UN “COP24” Summit in Katowice, Kurtyka explained recent climate agreements in … Continue reading Michal Kurtyka: For the energy transition to work, it must be “just”

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Renewable energy: the future of power for Vietnam

Vietnam could meet its long-term energy demands by adding renewable energy sources and cutting-edge battery storage technologies to its arsenal of solutions, experts said at a two-day international conference on renewable energy that ended on April 4 in HCM City. Speaking on the sidelines of the conference, Nguyen Tam Tien, CEO of Trung Nam Group, … Continue reading Renewable energy: the future of power for Vietnam

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American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) endorses energy storage ITC bill

Accelerating energy storage investment would help modernize the US electricity supply, enhance grid resilience, and add clean energy jobs. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA) introduced legislation, The Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act, to create an investment tax credit (ITC) for energy storage systems. “We applaud Representative Doyle for his effort to modernize the U.S. … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) endorses energy storage ITC bill

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Argentina unveils new landmark wind energy and grid capacity tender

Undersecretary for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of the Government Secretariat of Energy, Ministry of Treasury, Argentina, unveils new tender at GWEC’s Global Session on Global Markets at Wind Europe 2019 Conference & Exhibition. New tender to support further renewables growth and additional grid capacity in Argentina. Argentina came fifth in GWEC’s 2019 Global Wind … Continue reading Argentina unveils new landmark wind energy and grid capacity tender

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The wind power generated 2.4% of electricity in March in Spain

Once the effects of the calendar and the temperatures have been corrected, the peninsular demand of the month has been 4.5% lower than the same month of the previous year. 43.5% of the peninsular generation was renewable energy (wind energy 24.2%, solar thermal 2.4% and photovoltaic 3.9%) and 70.9% did not emit CO2.   Generation … Continue reading The wind power generated 2.4% of electricity in March in Spain

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Pakistan to Set 30% plus 30% Renewable Energy Target by 2030

The new government in Pakistan plans to increase the share of renewable energy in total power generation to 30% by 2030, referring to power from wind energy, solar power, small hydro and biomass. In addition, there is a target of 30% large scale hydropower (more than 50 MW). Currently, the share of renewable energy stands … Continue reading Pakistan to Set 30% plus 30% Renewable Energy Target by 2030

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Draft National Energy & Climate Plans won’t deliver 32% renewables target

Europe’s draft National Energy and Climate Plans are insufficient to deliver the EU’s 32% renewables target for 2030, according to analysis released today by WindEurope at its annual event in Bilbao. The analysis shows that some EU countries are pledging to deploy good volumes of wind in their Plans. But the Plans are badly lacking … Continue reading Draft National Energy & Climate Plans won’t deliver 32% renewables target

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Renewable energy capacity reached 2,351GW by the end of last year

IRENA’s annual Renewable Capacity Statistics 2019, the most comprehensive, up-to-date and accessible figures on renewable energy capacity indicates growth in all regions of the world, although at varying speeds. Renewables now account for a third of all power capacity installed around the world. That’s according to new data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency … Continue reading Renewable energy capacity reached 2,351GW by the end of last year

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European Court of Justice rules feed-in tariffs do not constitute state aid

The European Court of Justice has decided in a landmark decision that feed-in tariffs as provided by the German renewable energy law EEG do not constitute state aid or, in other words, subsidies. The Court ruled: “According to the Court of Justice, the General Court was wrong to find that the funds generated by the … Continue reading European Court of Justice rules feed-in tariffs do not constitute state aid

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GE Renewable Energy partners with Tajikistan to make hydropower plants climate resilient

GE Renewable Energy announced the booking of a hydropower contract with Barki Tojik to refurbish six Kaplan units at the state-owned Qairokkum hydropower station in Tajikistan. This 60-year old plant located on the river Syr Darya, is the only power plant located in the northwestern province of Sughd and the sole source of electricity for … Continue reading GE Renewable Energy partners with Tajikistan to make hydropower plants climate resilient

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The Energy Transition Act will increase New Mexico’s use of clean energy

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham today signed into law The Energy Transition Act (SB489), advancing the state’s national leadership in renewable energy with a goal to source 50 percent of New Mexico’s energy from renewable sources by 2030. The law sets even higher goals for the future, targeting 80 percent renewable energy by 2040 … Continue reading The Energy Transition Act will increase New Mexico’s use of clean energy

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