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The President?s Climate Change Executive Order: Wrong Pretense
30 Mar 2017 at 9:53am

The President announced on Tuesday, March 28th at the Environmental Protection Agency his new Executive Order based on protecting 75,000 US coal jobs by threatening over 3 million US clean energy jobs.

Some context:

According to MorningConsult

The order directs officials to review the Environmental Protection Agency regulations on new and existing power plants, withdraw the Obama administration?s ?social cost of carbon,? which puts a price on greenhouse gas emissions, end a moratorium on new coal leases on federal land, review regulations on methane emissions from natural gas systems, end a guidance for agencies to consider climate change, and end Bureau of Land Management restrictions on hydraulic fracturing.

The Trump administration has not yet released the text of the order  which is based solely on saving coal and other fossil jobs, but a senior White House official shared details with reporters in a call on March 27th.


Full Text of Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence an...
29 Mar 2017 at 12:56pm

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1.  Policy.  (a)  It is in the national interest to promote clean and safe development of our Nation's vast energy resources, while at the same time avoiding regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation.  Moreover, the prudent development of these natural resources is essential to ensuring the Nation's geopolitical security.

 


A Low-Tech Approach To Energy Storage: Molten Metals
29 Mar 2017 at 6:23am

The ability to store energy promises to revolutionize the way we generate, transmit and use electricity - making renewable sources such as wind and solar cheaper and more dependable. Massachusetts is one of just three states requiring electric utilities to build battery facilities in the future.


SunEdison India Assets to Help Double Greenko Capacity
28 Mar 2017 at 6:01am

Greenko Energy Holdings, the green power developer backed by sovereign wealth funds, expects to double its capacity in India by 2019 with the help of assets acquired during the bankruptcy of SunEdison Inc.

Generation capacity should grow to about 5 gigawatts in the next two years as new projects come online and Greenko integrates 1.5 gigawatts of SunEdison assets into its portfolio, Mahesh Kolli, the founder of the company based in Hyderabad, India, said in a telephone interview.

 


Trump to Cancel Obama's Policies Aimed at Paris Climate Pledge
28 Mar 2017 at 5:24am

President Donald Trump is moving aggressively to undo policies designed to keep the carbon-cutting promises the U.S. made alongside nearly 200 other countries in Paris, while stopping short of a decision to formally withdraw from that landmark climate accord.

Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday that begins unraveling a raft of rules and directives to combat climate change, which President Barack Obama wove into the fabric of the federal government as he made addressing the issue a centerpiece of his second term.


Blockchain Technology for the Electric Grid: What Will Come Out of Today?s Wi...
24 Mar 2017 at 6:48am

We?re in the Wild West when it comes to blockchain technology for the electric grid. But Steve Davis, founder and CEO of Oxygen Initiative, has a vision of where we?re headed ? and it?s big.

 

 


Large Scale Energy Storage: An Investment In Jobs, Reliability And Affordability
24 Mar 2017 at 5:37am
The Andrews Labor Government will invest an additional $20 million to support large-scale energy storage initiatives across Victoria, creating jobs, protecting affordability and maintaining the reliability of our energy grid. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Energy and Environment Lily D'A


Biting the Biggest Apple: New York?s New Plan to Reward Distributed Energy Re...
23 Mar 2017 at 9:19am

How do we compensate those who add clean electricity to our shared power grid? This fundamental question has affected the rate at which the U.S. has adopted, deployed, and put into use clean, distributed energy resources.


Canada Firm Uses Salt, Tesla and Flywheels in Clean Energy Race
23 Mar 2017 at 5:22am

Canadian firm is hoping to cash in on the burgeoning market for electricity storage -- no matter which technology breaks out first.

NRStor Inc. is positioning itself to be the go-to distributor, developer and operator of lithium-ion batteries, magnetically-levitated flywheels and other technologies seeking to solve the age-old question of how to save electricity for later use. The Toronto-based company is the only distributor of Tesla?s Powerwall residential battery in Canada and is working to turn a giant salt cavern into a compressed air energy storage system.

Battery technology is advancing swiftly, largely driven by Elon Musk?s Tesla Inc. At the same time, other methods are being refined that can be used to store energy for even longer periods of time. The global market could expand to around $20 billion by 2024, from around $600 million in 2015, according to U.S. firm Navigant Research.


Maintaining the Value of Solar Generation
21 Mar 2017 at 3:09pm

Traditionally, solar electricity generation has been driven by feed-in tariffs. Each kilowatt-hour of electricity generated by a solar system has been given a fixed high value independent from the time of the day and location. 


Flow Battery Storage Pilot Project Begins in California
21 Mar 2017 at 12:35pm

San Diego Gas and Electric last week said it has launched a 2-MW vanadium redox flow battery storage pilot project in coordination with Sumitomo Electric.

Vattenfall Wind Farms to Use BMW Energy Storage
17 Mar 2017 at 10:07am

Sweden's state-owned utility Vattenfall will use 1,000 lithium ion batteries supplied by BMW Group to provide energy storage at some of the power company's wind power facilities.

 


German Coal Mine to Be Reborn as Giant Pumped Storage Hydro Facility
17 Mar 2017 at 5:12am
A coal-mine that powered German industry for almost half a century will get a new lease on life when it?s turned into a giant battery that stores excess solar and wind energy.

 


Nicaraguan Resort Turns to Solar+storage Solution to Reduce Utility Costs
17 Mar 2017 at 4:48am

Rancho Santana resort and residential community on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua is turning to solar and energy storage to alleviate the high cost of peak energy in the region.

 


A Longer Look at Long-duration Energy Storage
16 Mar 2017 at 6:15pm

According to a recent report "Beyond Four Hours: The Transition to a More Flexible, and Valuable, Long-duration Energy Storage Asset," 80 percent of market participants define long-duration energy storage (LDS) as an asset than can provide at least 3 hours of energy storage. But even that definition of LDS was not the same for everyone, according to Jason Deign, author of the report.

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