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Why Are Oil and Gas Companies Investing in Nuclear Fusion?

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The oil industry’s search for carbon-free alternatives to fossil fuels has led to many interesting investment decisions over the years. Somewhere high on that list is nuclear fusion, the energy that powers the sun, which has drawn investment from at least three major oil companies.

The 5 Biggest US Utilities Committing to Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

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Over the past three years, some of the country’s biggest utilities have been committing to a goal that few may have predicted they’d undertake on their own: weaning themselves off carbon-emitting generation by 2050.

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Duke and Solar Developers Reach Grid Agreement, Clearing Path for Hundreds of Megawatts

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Duke Energy submitted a settlement with large solar developers including Cypress Creek Renewables and Strata Solar to North Carolina regulators on Thursday that aims to resolve longstanding interconnection issues in the utility’s territory.

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So, What Exactly Are Small Modular Nuclear Reactors?

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What’s the problem with nuclear energy? At a time when lawmakers are scratching their heads over how to decarbonize national energy systems, nuclear is sitting on a technology that is low-carbon, mature and, despite the odd meltdown, relatively safe.

Total Buys 3.3GW Solar Portfolio and Signs World’s Largest Corporate PPA…With Itself

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French oil major Total added another 3.3 gigawatts of Spanish solar to its renewables portfolio on Friday as it chases down a target of 25 GW by 2025. The company also revealed it has signed a corporate power purchase agreement for 6 TWh of power from around 3 GW of its Spanish solar portfolio. That makes it the largest corporate PPA in the world. Google signed a 1.6 GW deal across 18 projects last year.

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How to Accelerate the Electrification of Buildings in the Midwest

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Laura Sherman is president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. Building electrification is a potential game-changer for energy efficiency, demand management, distributed energy and other advanced energy industries, as well as for the broader task of reducing emissions.

SunPower Completes Spinoff of Manufacturing Assets to Newly Formed Company Maxeon

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Distributed solar and storage company SunPower and panel manufacturer Maxeon Solar Technologies finalized their split on Thursday.

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‘First of a Kind’ UK Project Aims to Unleash Residential Grid Flexibility

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A new residential grid flexibility service available in parts of the U.K. will combine energy storage, vehicle-to-grid and smart EV charging for the first time. The project, led by energy technology firm Kaluza, will trade that flexibility in close to real-time conditions.

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Siemens Lifts Lid On Its Energy Future: 4 Takeaways

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Two capital markets days in the space of a week have offered a forensic look at wind turbine supplier Siemens Gamesa and its new parent company, Siemens Energy.

The Solar Singularity: 2020 Update (Part 2)

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For five years running, author Tam Hunt has provided his take on global clean energy markets in his Solar Singularity series. Read his first installment in this year's update here , covering solar and batteries.

WoodMac: A New Battery Chemistry Will Lead the Stationary Energy Storage Market by 2030

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Lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) will become increasingly popular for stationary energy storage applications, overtaking lithium-manganese-cobalt-oxide (NMC) within a decade, Wood Mackenzie shared in a new report.

PV Plant Owned by First Solar Is Being Paid to Help Balance Chile’s Electric Grid

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Back in 2016, First Solar proved in a California pilot project that utility-scale solar farms can provide critical transmission grid services. Four years later, the leading U.S.-based

The Current System of Electric Billing No Longer Makes Sense

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Dan Seif is vice president for market development at 7X Energy, a Texas-based solar developer. Let’s stop pretending that we’re paying for “energy” via our home power bills and understand that we’re mainly paying for infrastructure.

New Mexico Utility PNM Wanted to Replace Coal Power with Gas. The State Went All-In on Solar and Storage [GTM Squared]

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Europe’s Latest Supergrid Plan Could Slash Offshore Wind Transmission Costs

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A heavyweight team led by renewables veteran Dr. Eddie O’Connor is pushing for a new grid infrastructure to link Europe’s wind and solar resource centers.

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WoodMac: Energy Sector Faces ‘Darwinian Challenge’ to Tame Climate Change

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The world is on course to sail past the recognized "safe" level of 2 degrees Celsius of warming to as much as 3 degrees Celsius, according to the latest Wood Mackenzie Energy Transition Outlook.

Exelon Threatens to Close 2 Nuclear Plants as Battle Over State Subsidies Looms

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Exelon is following through with a threat to close two of its Illinois nuclear power plants by next year unless it receives state support to boost their financial viability, a move that could undermine the state's carbon-free electricity goals.

Array Technologies, Supplier of Solar Trackers, Looks to Launch IPO

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Array Technologies, a solar tracker company based in New Mexico, filed paperwork on Tuesday indicating plans to take the company public with an initial offering of $100 million.

Can Gas-Fired Power Plants Coexist with a Net-Zero Target? Yes, Southern Company Insists

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Southern Company intends to test the proposition that a U.S. utility can reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 while still keeping natural gas as a central part of its business, both to generate electricity and to sell to its customers.

Germany’s Hobbled Wind Market Finally Looks Set for a Rebound

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Germany’s depressed onshore wind market finally looks set to get some relief. Long a global leader, Germany's wind market fell to its lowest point in years in 2019, due in part to a botched auction design.

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‘Enormous Step’ for Energy Storage as Court Upholds FERC Order 841, Opening Wholesale Markets

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In a victory for the energy storage industry, a federal appeals court has upheld Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 841 , clearing the way for transmission grid operators across the country to open their markets to energy storage, including aggregated batteries connected at the distribution grid or behind customers’ meters.

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Tesla Battery Day: Expect Battery Costs to Drop by Half Within 3 Years

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After much Muskian fanfare, Tesla's Battery Day revealed a smattering of improvements to cut battery prices in half. Tesla CEO Elon Musk insists he measures the company's success by the extent to which it accelerates the arrival of sustainable energy.

Solar Dominates Maine’s Largest Renewables Procurement on Record

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Maine utility regulators have announced the results of the state’s largest renewables procurement to date, with solar developers coming away with the majority of winning bids.

Unlocking California’s Gigawatt-Scale Distributed Energy Potential

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California’s distributed energy resources add up to gigawatts' worth of capacity that could be used to prevent future rolling blackouts and balance the state’s increasingly clean-powered grid — if the state can compensate them for those services.

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World’s Biggest Wind Farm Will Boast World’s Largest Installed Turbines

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The world’s largest planned offshore wind farm will use the world’s largest installed offshore wind turbines when it starts spinning in British waters. SSE Renewables and Equinor are developing the 3.6-gigawatt Dogger Bank project in U.K. waters, to be built in three 1.2-gigawatt phases.

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#Solar100’s Jigar Shah and Van Skilling on the Evolution of the Solar Asset Class

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The solar industry continues to grow, even in these unprecedented times. In addition to being a source of nearly 250,000 jobs in America and a systemic response to climate change, solar is also a growing, maturing asset class.

Investors Still Betting on Next Big Energy Storage Technology: Solid-State Batteries

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The U.S. may have fallen behind Asia and Europe in battery manufacturing, but a number of well-funded companies are looking to get the country back in the game with a technology that could supersede today’s lithium-ion chemistries.

Germany’s Fallen ‘Solar Valley’ Sees New Life as Meyer Burger Buys Former SolarWorld Factory

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Once bustling with PV research and manufacturing, Germany's "Solar Valley" fell quiet in recent years as China gained control of the global PV manufacturing sector. But the fabled valley may soon spring back to life.

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Sunrun To Acquire Vivint Solar for $3.2B In All-Stock Deal

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California-based solar installer Sunrun plans to acquire competitor Vivint Solar for $3.2 billion, the companies announced Monday night. The price rivals that of other high-profile clean energy acquisitions; Tesla bought SolarCity for $2.6 billion in 2016, while Google acquired Nest for $3.2

4 Questions Going Into Tesla’s Battery Day

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Leave it to Elon Musk to turn battery chemistry into a viral phenomenon. Musk teased a forthcoming “Battery Day” during Tesla’s second quarter earnings call. He noted that "cell production at an affordable price" is the key limitation on Tesla's growth.

‘Math Doesn’t Yet Add Up’ for Utility Decarbonization Goals: Deloitte

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Does Solar Have an Innovation Problem? [GTM Squared]

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How South Australia is Dealing with Rampant Solar Growth

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SA Power Networks will be able to switch off new rooftop solar systems from Sept. 28 as South Australia wrestles with soaring PV production. Around 270,000 electricity customers in the state have rooftop solar, adding up to some 1.5 gigawatts of capacity.

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Can a Novel Zinc Battery Deliver Clean Multiday Backup Power?

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California is looking for ways to keep power flowing to customers amid wildfires without burning fossil fuels. A Canadian storage technology startup thinks it has the solution. This summer, Toronto-based e-Zinc won a $1.3

How Grid Operators Are Getting a Grip on the Rising Hybrid Renewable-Battery Resource [GTM Squared]

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